{thrifting 101: milk glass treasures}

I love hunting for vintage. It’s pretty much a past time. There’s nothing better than finding a great find for pennies at a thrift shop or garage sale. My place is full of it. That’s kinda the problem, I’m running out of space! But that’s a problem for another day (etsy vintage store in the near future?).  

Friends often make comments about when they go to a thrift shop all they see is junk. They ask me ‘how did you think of that?’ or ‘what will you do with that?’ or when it comes to fashion finds ‘how did do you make it look modern?’. So I’m starting this series called Thrifting 101 with lots of thrifting before & afters and tips to inspire you next time you’re in a thrift shop. You’ll never look at junk the same again. Promise. 

First up are these cute milk glass dessert cups that I found for $2 each. 

And voila! now it’s a super cute mini planter. I chose a succulent because they are nice & small and don’t need a ton of soil or watering. How great would this be as a hostess gift? 

Add it to a few other treasures for a collection (try to stick to odd numbers in groupings…it just looks better) Here I have another milk glass favourite find and a candle made from an old mason jar. The candle was a gift from the fabulous vintage find & inspired store in Almonte, Ontario called Tin Barn Market. Definitely worth the visit if you’re anywhere in the Ottawa area. 


{succulent lies}

I’m not sure where it came from but last week I was hit with drive to scratch off a bunch of stuff on my ‘house decor to do list’. I think it’s because someone who has never been to place before was coming for dinner. That’s usually when I’m driven to do anything, especially clean.

My bathroom has been bugging me because the transformation I started months ago (like at least 4-5 months) is only 80% complete. That’s why I haven’t blogged or posted any pictures of it yet.

I’ve been collecting a bunch of old product tins at random sales and markets with the idea that I would put some sort of plants in them. Well I decided the time is now my friends. My close friend (the faux floral buyer) gave me a bunch of artificial succulent plants last summer and they’ve been sitting in a bag since.

I decided I wanted to put some in my bathroom so around 10pm on a weeknight I decided to go out in the freezing cold, get that bag from my shed and get this show on the road before my ambition faded.

Happy I did, because I LOVE the result!! I loved it so much that I filled a BUNCH of them and thought they looked so good that they were worthy of the fireplace mantel.

Take a look.

I also got this fun set of tea light holders. The lady at the store was so rude when I asked her if I could possibly get a discount if I bought #1-10 so I decided to just take #1-7 and try and let her sell 8 & 9 on their own! I think just getting 1-7 is more interesting anyway.

The original inspiration – the bathroom…just a peak.

Don’t they look great?! And I don’t have to worry about them ever dying on me. Succulents are such great artificial options for greenery because even the real ones look fake sometimes. I also added soil to all of them to add to the lie.