{thrifting 101: flower power}

There seemed to be a theme to my finds on my last visit to the thrift store – flowers! I swear I found all three of these items during one visit to one store, sometimes things just work like that. 

This super retro looking ashtray was just too pretty not to scoop up. In fact the word ‘ashtray’ to me seems too dirty for something this cute. This would be a great dish in your bathroom or bedroom for hairpins or rings. Or I guess it could be used as an ashtray, if you must. 

I’m a sucker for tins….like it’s probably gotten a little out of control. I usually don’t find true vintage tins in thrift stores, they’re more of a flea market find but my eyes lit up when I saw this colourful tin. I haven’t decided where it will live yet but everyone has something that needs a good storage space. Or you could take the lid off and use it as a vase with some really basic wild flowers or grasses.

Lastly is this huge vintage bedspread that I found. It’s so big that I can’t really show it all in a photograph. I was so drawn to the colours and velvet-like texture but I had walked away from it because I just didn’t know what I would do with it. But before I cashed out I had to go back and grab it because it was just too nice to look at. I love the vibrant colours and contrast between the random flowers and the orderly pattern. 

When I brought it home I took it out on the deck to take pictures and realized that it looks amazing on the ground and would make a super cozy rug (shoes off please) with a bunch of big pillows tossed on top for extra seating. 


{thrifting 101: flea market finds}

Let the flea market crawl begin! Check out these great finds I picked up at the Almonte Flea Market last weekend while I was there for Handmade Harvest. I definitely have a weakness for housewares but check out the neon water canteen I found in mint condition. In love! I will never be unfashionably thirsty again. 

If you’re in the Almonte area, stop by on a Sunday morning this summer. 

{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.