Ye Olde Apothecary

I just love old apothecary jars.
I've never bought one though because so far I've never found one for a "steal".

So on a seemingly different topic, I was cleaning out my fridge the other day and decided to get rid of an old jar of Chili Sauce. I bet you know where this is going. ;)

When I washed out the jar the label came off. I was walking it out to our recycle bin. I really, really, did plan to throw this out. Then it struck me how the shape of the bottle had a vintage look to it.

So I printed out an apothecary label from the wonderful Graphics Fairy and used Mod Podge to adher it to the bottle.

There you have it.  A new "old" apothecary jar.

I filled it with flowers from my Chaste tree.

Behind it is a wonderful old box I picked up at an antique store. It has wonderful patina. The little mercury glass bird was after Christmas clearance at Target.

My two treasures.....

I've have two treasures I've bought this year that I just love.
Both have little stories to go with them.
 So sit back and I'll share.....

Once upon a time (when I lived in Illinois) I bought an antique scale.
The price was very good, $12.00 I think.
It was beautiful and I loved it.

Then one day the top broke off.
This was before I knew blogging existed.
I had never heard of epoxy.
So I.....
Well I......

I threw it away ~gasp!~


I feel like such a dummy!!

I recently decided I need to put the past, in the past, and move on to the future.
 So I've bought an antique scale off Ebay.
 She's rusty and curvy and I just LOVE her!
I'm a happy girl!
All's well that ends well!

I found this beautiful candlestick at an antique mall.
For some strange reason I didn't buy her.
I was getting other things that day and I guess I just felt I had to draw the line somewhere.

Of course I couldn't stop thinking of her.
I was kicking myself for not bringing her home.
When I went back to the store she was gone.
Of course.

Except it turns out she wasn't gone.
Many months later I returned to the store.
She had been placed in a different spot, way up on a high shelf.
And now she is mine.
We are living happily ever after. ;)

I'm linking up to: Show and Tell @ My Romantic Home

Platter Up!

I found this pretty Italian platter at an antique mall. It didn't start out looking like this though.

This is how it looked when I found it.

I really like the engraved detail on it.

I can't tell what it is made of. It's not metal and it feels to light to be wood. Can any of my Italian bloggy friends tell me?

First I gave it a coat of white paint.

Then I used some glaze brushing it on and then wiping it off. I then highlighted some area's with more white paint and a few area's with some brown paint.

It's now up on my fireplace mantel and I'm really enjoying my pretty new piece.

I'm sure it will get moved all around the house.

I've joined these awesome parties!!
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm
Met Monday @ Between Naps On the Porch

Shabby Lovely Washboard

I'm still working away on my laundry room make-over. I'm excited because it's all starting to come together.  This is my latest project for the room.

I found this little washboard at Ross and thought it had potential. I already have a vintage washboard that I would never touch. But this decorative one I could have some fun with.

The burgandy and orange weren't going to work with the look I'm going for.

First step: Paint it white. Can you tell I was eating Doritos while I worked on this? Sorry.

Next, out came the power sander. I wanted the paint to look shabby.

I printed this image out from Graphics Fairy (love her!). I brushed brown paint around the edges of the image.

I am terrible at sizing things on my computer so I just painted the sides around the image brown and then a light coat of white, since I don't know how to make the image fit perfectly. I used mod podge to adher the image to the washboard.

Here's how she turned out.

I think she's both elegant and shabby.

I'm linked up to Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors

The Bellagio Conservatory

First I want to say a big, huge, thank-you to all of you who took the time to leave me such sweet comments on my 17th wedding anniversary post. You guys are the best!!

Part of my hubbies anniversary surprise for me was taking me to the Bellagio's conservatory, because he knows how much I love it there.

I promised more pictures and here they are!

It was magnificant!

The giant ants were slightly creepy, but the rest was wonderful!

Love these giant mushrooms!

See the butterfly on the enormous pot? It's wings open and shut!

Of course a giant pot needs a giant trowel to go with it.

Cute ladybug.

Made of flowers!

These giant watering cans are......


So cool!

Another cool water feature.

You can see why I love to visit!

I'm linking up to Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer