Friday, December 30, 2011

New Finds

Vintage Lefton Vase
I hope everyone had a great holiday with loved ones! Did you get all that your heart desired?
We had fun,but it's time to get back to work! here's a sneek peek at the new items that will be listed in my store in the coming week....

Lovely Vanity Mirror

Vanity Powder Jar

Tin Kitchen Hot Pads

I found a few lovely things to freshen up the boudoir as well as the kitchen. I hope you'll come visit my store soon if you haven't already!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Little House has fifteen minutes of Etsy fame..

Just a few days ago, I was contacted by Etsy to be featured on their  blog's home decor feature that runs weekly.
I was very excited to see it and wanted to share it with the few followers I have (maybe I'll have more soon?)

Anyway,if you haven't seen it yet-here it is

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Setting the table...

Wow-I haven't been here in a while and can't believe that Thanksgiving is almost here!
I've been thinking about my table settings and what vintage pieces can I mix in this year? This time it's just the two of us,but we will eat in style, I'm sure, even while keeping it simple!

Here's a look at some of the items in my store that would make a great table setting...


                                     Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fall Color

I was just taking another look around my store and was happy to see all the pretty fall colors
that are represented in some of my coolest items. Many are under $20 (quite affordable!) so take another look....




What are your favorite colors this season?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dear Mr. Groundhog...

Please don't eat my tomatoes!!

I know they're your favorite but we like them too.
That's why we planted them in those self-watering rolling planters with CAGES around them-
to keep out critters like YOU!

I know you're cute but it's not helping you any.
vintage target by bidbklyn on Etsy

So please find someone else's garden to hang out in.

print by amberalexander on Etsy

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Harvest

Last week we finally had some peppers (banana,jalapeno) and tomatoes ready from our deck garden!
Now I just have to find some recipes.
Actually the banana peppers and tomatoes were great with grilled chicken marinated in olive oil and balsamic vinegar!
Next year I want to grow bell peppers!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Inside the Little House

I finally took some pictures of the main floor!
We had the kitchen redone a couple of years ago and then the living room had to get a makeover too!

LR color is "Yarrow"

All new cabinets (in '07)

A cutout in the wall to the LR

I (well DH approved) decided to go BOLD in this house with colors like Yarow, Bamboo Shoot, and
Raucous Orange(5 coats!!).

Dining room with new breadboard paneling
Let me know what you think!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Light Fare for a Summer Night

Once in a while my Hubby and I like to spend a leisurely Saturday evening making a few dishes just for ourselves.
This weekend,I just felt compelled (almost obsessed) to make a classic three bean salad.
I had never made one before,so did a quick internet search and found this recipe.


  • 1 (15 ounce) can green beans
  • 1 pound wax beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed


  1. Mix together green beans, wax beans, kidney beans, onion, sugar, vinegar, vegetable oil, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Let set in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.

I had to cut it quite a bit since this version is for about 16 people!
Needless to say we have leftovers!

Three bean salad in vintage Pyrex!

We paired this with filets on the grill and small red potatoes that we boiled and then grilled and mixed in herbed olive oil. It was worth the work-as always!!

For dessert,we had a three berry shortcake that my husband made. He's my dessert expert!
Let me know if you want the recipe.


Three beans and three berries!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Vintage Collections: Milk Glass

Some pieces in my master bath including a
newer vase from Martha Stewart!

Milk glass is an opaque or translucent,[citation needed] milky white or colored glass, blown or pressed into a wide variety of shapes. First made in Venice in the 16th century, colors include blue, pink, yellow, brown, black, and the white that led to its popular name.

This is the Wikipedia definition of milk glass. I was surprised to find out how long it has been around.
Have you ever seen brown milk glass? Interesting!!

I was also pleased to see that this month's Country Living had nice photos of some enviable milk glass collections,
including designer Sarah Richardson and her collection in her summer home's kitchen.
Oh, to have a summer home for new ideas and collections! Maybe some day!


Contemporary milk glass reached the height of it's popularity in the 1940's and 50's with companies such as Fenton and Westmoreland.

Hobnail Pitcher and Tumblers from

Fenton hobnail piece from

Fenton covered dish from RollingHills on

a compote from Imperial Glass available in my store

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Do you use vintage?

I have lots of vintage collectibles that I display around my house,like my yellow Mccoy pottery,for example. Some of these collections I will be sharing with you soon.
But I especially like using vintage dishes for serving snacks! It's fun to always have options and I like the divided dishes that used to be so popular.
I found this one years ago and haven't seen anything like it since. It has four parts and a handle that's a fish and was made in Japan. I don't know why it didn't sell in any of my shops but I decided I couldn't part with it and have enjoyed using it!

Tell me about how you use your vintage finds!
Just a note-for some reason I'm having trouble commenting on my own blog and others lately,so thanks in advance for all comments!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Day in the Country

I know I'm days late to post this-but just wanted to share with you something fun to do if you're ever near
Sperryville VA.
 Last Saturday the Hubby and I decided to skip breakfast and check out someplace for brunch. He had read about a coop in Rappahanock Co. that had a new restaurant, an art gallery and some shops so we decided to go there.
It turns out it was near one of our favorite antique places as well!

So we started with brunch at the Indigo Cafe. I had an omelet with spinch and plenty of potatoes. The sausage patties tasted farm fresh and we had what was probably homemade ice cream for dessert!
The rest of the place (which use to be an apple mill) was still opening but we did walk through the gallery,which was actually a series of small spaces where artists could show their work and work in at the same time.
The art spaces inside the coop-check out the chandelier!

Inside the cafe Indigo

My brunch!

The next stop (which was right next store) was Copper Fox Antiques- a great place to find furniture. they have everything from Victorian rocking chairs to Mid century dining sets!

We ended up with this little chair for our cottage style bedroom:

I hope everyone had a great long holiday weekend! The next weekend is almost here (no holiday though!)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Over 100 sales!

After a sale in my stuart road vintage shop last night,I was going to announce that I had finally reached 100 sales! But after an unprecedented day of activity,I am proud to call it 105!!
I opened this store in February of 2010,so I could use a different name from my first store ( which is now my ephemera and kitschy items store. That one has 169 and seems to be stuck there lately.
Please take a look,since I just listed this item the other day:

vintage poodle night light

Monday, May 16, 2011

Pretty Pink Vintage Stuff

I just noticed that I've been picking up a lot of pink items lately and wondering why?
Is it the blooms of the azaleas and peonies that are influencing my color palette,or is it just coincidence that there are lots of pink things on the shelves of thrift stores these days..
Regardless,pink is a refreshing color and one that was super popular in the 1950's-with both men and women alike!
pink velvet jewel travel case

pink 1950's casserole dish

pink octagonal soup bowls

fenton vase with peachy-pink interior

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Using Vintage Planters

Yesterday I was at a garden center getting a few things and I walked by a cart filled with cactus (cacti?)
and cute little succulent plants. I have never tried owning these plants,but their recent popularity and easy care reputation made me buy a few!
I love the way they look in clean white vintage pots-especially the footed ones!
I left these in the pots they came in,but if you have a planter with a drainage hole you can plant them directly.
I used plastic newspaper bags to fill in under and around the pots,and then filled in with seashells and vintage marbles.You could also use buttons in one color,gravel or colorful beads!

A layer of larger shells makes a base for the pot

                                                          This McCoy planter will be
                                                                                                                 available soon!
Use your smallest and most intersting shells on top

A Weller planter with colorful vintage marbles
I'm keeping this one!

Think about where these plants will be living since some need bright light and some are better in low light.
  Let me know what you think..I love comments!