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28 February, 2013

French Farmhouse Style...on a Budget

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If you know me, you know how much I love French farmhouse style…and that I love creating that look on a budget! Sooo...I am really excited to show you my latest vignette combining both! To create it, I have gathered some of my favorite thrifting finds, bargains and cherished gifts.

IMG_0203_thumb[5]First you must pretend that you are here…in this wonderful mas or farmhouse in Provence. I actually spent a week here a few years ago. Sigh! If you would like a closer look, click here. Next you must pretend that we are having a rustic country-style supper of vegetable potage and a crusty baguette with sweet Normandy butter followed by fresh fruit.

Ozzie And of course, our French farmhouse has a cat...the lovely Mademoiselle Ozzie who looks a little pensive today. Perhaps the sunny day (finally!) has her dreaming of spring. Just in case you are wondering, that’s my favorite frenchy faux grain sack table runner on the table.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Farmhouse Style on a BudgetAt the center of it all is this fanciful tureen…a $6.00 Goodwill find! I love its oh-so-frenchy lines!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Farmhouse Style on a Budget And…you’ve gotta love this pair of candlesticks…another Goodwill find at under $3.00 for the pair! You may have noticed that they match one of the plates in my header!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Farmhouse Style on a Budget2 Aren’t these bowls gorgeous? I love the vintage Hungarian peasants! They were a sweet gift from my friend Barb at The Everyday Home! (You should check out her online shop Farmhouse Decor where she has lots of wonderful farmhouse accents at a very reasonable prices!)

I love the folk costumes and...of course...the colors!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Farmhouse Style on a Budget4 Here’s another one of my favorite gifts…this one from my mom. I love the intricate details of this vintage depression glass butter dish! Can you see the etching on the plate? It was used at a dinner during the Carter administration.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Farmhouse Style on a Budget5 I was really excited to find these wonderful grain sack dish towels at the Williams Sonoma outlet on sale for about $8.00 each. They are so soft and  thick and are big enough that they could be made into a pillow if I ever decided to! I was happy to see them in blue to match my faux grain sack table runner since I only seem to find red.

066 And a real splurge for me…this wonderful rustic wooden tray for $32 from the Pottery Barn Outlet. I fell in love and it had to come home with me. The metal corners and handle and the rough-finished wood just called my name! For me, it was the element that pulled it all together...and I know I will be getting a lot of use out of it.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Farmhouse Style on a Budget8 And here’s a final look. I love the patina of the wood and the wonderful contrast of the apple green with the blue and white…just a little hint of spring! And…like our Ozzie, I am really ready for it to get here!  What about you?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my French farmhouse vignette! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Winter Blues Wednesday

The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! À la prochaine!

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24 February, 2013

Burlap and Dogwood...My Easy (and Almost Free) Spring Wreath

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CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Easy Spring WreathI don’t know about you, but I need a little bit of spring! We have had nothing but rainy, cold, gloomy days for what seems like forever here in Georgia…so I decided to make a new spring wreath to lift my spirits. This one is super easy and was almost free! Woo hoo! Gotta love that!

Baby KittyAnd…to help put us in the mood for spring, we have finally had a sunny day today! In fact, it has been glorious! Baby Kitty decided to take full advantage of a sunny spot and have a long nap so I will be going it alone.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Spring Wreath Tutorial But that is not a problem since this one is so easy! Here’s all I had to do:
  1. First, wrap a straw wreath form ($3.00 with a coupon at Michaels)  in strips of burlap, securing them with staples as you go. I had plenty of burlap in my stash, but if you don’t, a yard should be more than enough.
  2. Next, I gathered my supplies…two faux dogwood stems, a nest and some little Easter eggs…also from my stash…so free! However, with a coupon and some careful shopping, they would not be expensive since most craft stores have their spring decor on sale right now.
  3. Then I cut the dogwood stems to fit my wreath and secured them with hot glue.
  4. Finally, I hot glued the nest to the wreath and then added the eggs…also with hot glue.
  5. And…taaa daaa!…here’s the finished wreath!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Easy Spring Wreath2 I love it! And…the fact that it only cost three dollars is a bonus! Ahhh! Surely it won’t be too much longer now until spring! What about you? Are you getting out your spring decor?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my spring wreath! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Winter Blues Wednesday

The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

French Country Cottage for the Six Days of Spring Party
 French Country Cottage for It's a Spring Thing Linky Party
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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21 February, 2013

Easy-to-Change Seasonal Vignettes...All Dressed for Saint Patrick's Day!

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page5Do you love changing your decor with the holidays? I have a secret I am going to share with you today...my three easy-to-change seasonal vignettes! And since it’s just a few weeks until Saint Patrick’s Day and I am part Irish, I have them all dressed for the wearin' o' the green!

erin go bragh First, I have added a little Irish saying on my Goodwill tray-turned-chalkboard to greet my guests…Erin Go Bragh…Ireland Forever. The little silver tray is now filled with shamrocks…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Tiny Christmas Tree Greeting_thumb[5] …instead of little bottle brush trees as it was at Christmas when a frenchy Christmas greeting graced the chalkboard tray.  And if that looks familiar…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Valentine Chalkboard Greeting2_thumb[13] …it may be because I also used the same little arrangement to display a Valentine greeting with ticking and toile hearts! I just love finding a versatile vignette that can be tweaked to fit any holiday with just a few simple changes!!

043_thumb[9]More Irish fun…these easy vintage-look Saint Patrick’s Day candles are simply Dollar Tree candle holders covered with copies of vintage postcards! You can find directions for making them including the graphics here.

HolidayCandleSleeves_thumb15 And speaking of versatile…here are the same Dollar Tree candle holders dressed for different holidays…and I have also included the graphics for each of these! Click to see more of the candles dressed for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Halloween.

030_thumb[5] You have figured out by now how much I love finding something that I can change for the holidays, so let me show you my all-time favorite versatile piece…my rustic box! That’s Baby Kitty looking on approvingly in the background. Here it is all ready as a Saint Patrick’s Day centerpiece

holiday box …but I have also dressed it for Fall, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter! Gotta love this versatile little work horse!

erin go bragh And…here’s a final look at my little chalkboard holiday vignette all dressed for Saint Paddy's Day! Now that I have tweaked all of my seasonal decor, I think I am just about ready for the wearin’ o’ the green! What about you? Do you have some favorite versatile go-to vignettes?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my versatile seasonal vignettes! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Winter Blues Wednesday

The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! À la prochaine!

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17 February, 2013

Ballard Bargains...Boxwood and French Script

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CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Boxwood and French Script Woo hoo! I am so excited about my favorite new finds…fabulous French script document paper and its matching ribbon along with some classic little boxwood wreaths! And…I owe it all to my good friend Linda at Nina’s Nest who spotted them at the Ballard Designs outlet and knew I would want some of each! Merci, Linda! Is that a good friend or what?

Boxwood WreathsI asked her to pick up four of the little wreaths for me since I knew I could definitely use them on the backs of chairs or on kitchen cabinet doors at Christmas time…not to mention the fun things I could do with them all year long as well! And…they were under $4.00 each!

French Script PaperYou know I love this frenchy document paper! And the outlet store was selling it in single rolls for about $5.00 each. Woo hoo! My mind is reeling with ideas!

French Script RibbonAnd just look at the French script document ribbon…gorgeous! It’s a little more expensive…at $15 for a 10 yard roll…but I love it!

Ozzie That makes a total of about $34 for all of that wonderful vintage-y frenchy goodness! Score! I am so lucky to have a friend who knows me so well! And I am also lucky to have a wise CEO like our Miss Ozzie who helped me come up with some fun ways to use my new favorites!

French Script Books She suggested I try making some simple book covers from the document paper and I love her idea! I am also thinking about making sleeves to add a vintage touch to some of my pillar candles.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Boxwood and French Script3 But my favorite idea is this one that combines the document ribbon with the boxwood wreath…all dressed up in a used-to-be-gold frame from Goodwill. First I gave the frame a coat of Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint with a dry brush. Next, I painted the cardboard inner liner with chalkboard paint…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Boxwood and French Script …and attached the wreath with some of the frenchy ribbon. Then all I had to do was add a Bonjour and I have a new vignette to greet my guests as they enter my home! I love it! And I still have oodles of ribbon and paper plus three more wreath to play with! I am going to have so much fun!

And...if you hop on over to their web site, I think you will find the paper and ribbon on sale there, too...and they didn't pay me to say that! Just  a little hint in case you are interested...

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my new favorites! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Winter Blues Wednesday

The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! À la prochaine!


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15 February, 2013

Woo Hoo! My Pottery Barn Inspired Spring Vase...And It's Free!

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I hope I am not rushing things for you, but after having my Christmas decorations up until the first of February for my holiday photo shoot, I need a little bit of spring! And I am so excited about this project because...unlike the $89 Pottery Barn version…mine was free!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Baby Kitty2Baby Kitty was the one who first spotted it in their catalog…a pretty glass vase with a mercury glass base…and we knew that had to be our next project!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Spring Vase4Here’s how I did it:
  1. I already had some mercury glass candlesticks that I found at Goodwill year before last…when the mercury glass craze began.  Mine were only 99 cents each…and after three years I am calling that free! I also had a vase that was the perfect shape…leftover from a sweet gift of a bouquet of tulips.
  2. I liked the shape of the candlestick turned upside down, so I remove the felt cap on the bottom.
  3. I simply hot-glued them together with a small bead of glue around the top edge of the candlestick using the low temperature setting…and voilà!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Spring Vase3And finally…just fill it with your favorite things! I used some eggs as a little preview of Easter just as they did in the Pottery Barn catalog, but I can also see it filled with lemons this summer…or acorns and little pumpkins this fall. I am going to have some fun with this copy-cat vase! And…best of all…mine was free! Woo hoo!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my spring vase! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Winter Blues Wednesday

The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

French Country Cottage for the Six Days of Spring Party
French Country Cottage for It's a Spring Thing Linky Party
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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12 February, 2013

My Early Spring Almost-Too-Late for Valentine's Day Centerpiece

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CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Ironstone and Tulips4I don’t know about you, but I need a little bit of spring...with maybe some Valentine's Day thrown in before I am too late!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT KittyAnd our Miss Kitty is in complete agreement with me since…

Christmas mess …we are still in the process of taking down our Christmas decorations due to our recent holiday photo shoot with Country Sampler magazine! Woo hoo! I’m still beaming about that one!  :-)

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Ironstone and Tulips3 So when I passed these tulips in the grocery store, I knew what I needed to do!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Red Cliff Ironstone Tea Set I pulled out my vintage Red Cliff ironstone tea set to create something light and springy for the breakfast room table!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT DIY French Linens I also took out my homemade “vintage” French linens

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Salt & Pepper …and these wonderful frenchy rooster salt and pepper shakers…a gift from my friend Babs at Upstairs Downstairs

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT flatware …and another sweet gift...from a dear reader, Jackie…this lovely vintage flatware in my favorite grapey pattern!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT TulipAnd of course, the inspiration for it all…these wonderful pink and white tulips…ready to do double duty for Valentine’s Day and an early peek into spring!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT heart And…maybe just a little bit of my leftover Christmas thrown in for good measure!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Ironstone and Tulips4 And there you have it…my early Spring/almost-too-late for Valentine’s Day centerpiece! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my Valentine/ early spring centerpiece! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Winter Blues Wednesday

The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

French Country Cottage for the Six Days of Spring Party
French Country Cottage for It's a Spring Thing Linky Party
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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