Thursday, December 10, 2009

Holiday House Tour #1, 2009

Welcome to the Hooked on Holiday Houses Tour hosted by the lovely Julia at Hooked on Houses!

I'm participating, however I am CHEATING. Guess what... not MY house! But boy, do I WISH!!

A gorgeous Victorian home built in the late 1800's, with a fantastic partial octagon front~ Lovingly restored!

The first room we came to after the entry way was the dining room; filled with exquisite flow blue china! Keep an eye out for the pretty decorated light fixtures!
I knew right away that the owners had impeccable taste. Fresh greenery adds the perfect touch to
this beautiful table setting
Candlelight dances across the buffet showing off the snowflake pattern of the china~
A swag decorated in blue rests upon the china cabinet,

Next we enter the kitchen~ where gingerbread "fills the air"...HPIM2629
The cabinets and countertops were built by the home owner. Phenomenal!

We then went into a sitting room~ I LOVE the green furniture and the window here...
After exiting the room, I heard someone say that carolers came to visit! How perfect! It was so magical~
We then stepped into the hallway... can you guess what was there? The staircase of course! Can you imagine moving furnture up that sucker?
Looking down from the top,
We then ventured into the parlor. Ah, what a sight!
Anyone else recognize that "Melissa" rug from Walmart? I have two of them, plus two runners!
What a mantel!
The Violet Bedroom upstairs,
Decorated vanity from another bedroom,
Nova's favorite spot in the upstairs hall~
Enchanting powder room!

Ok folks, this post is LONG and I do apologize! I know you have other homes to tour.
I suppose I'm making up for not posting in over a month, lol!
But I took over 100 pics of this beautiful home and if you would like to see more you can go
here. You can play the slideshow there or enlarge each photo.

Be sure to stay tuned, as I plan to attend a big home tour this weekend! Bye y'all!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!!

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I hope you all had a Happy Halloween!
Nova told me almost two months ago that he wanted to be a bat. So I got right on ebay and found this cute costume for only $10! It was a really chilly night, so it worked out perfectly.
He loved his wings!
It was also Nova's idea that I was to be a witch, and Daddy a ghost.
Nice, cheap costume year!
Oooooo, creeeepy!
Glad I had this black vintage coat, I was cold! Had this nice hat to keep me warm too~
My son is really into skeletons. It's kinda making us wonder about him! LOL! He begged for this guy from Walmart, but I'm totally creeped out because it's "his" size~
I'm glad Nova shares my love for costuming! Unfortunately for him, he is just as anal about details as I am. He wanted me to look EXACTLY like the Wicked Witch of the West from Oz, and was NOT happy with my hat of choice. He kept showing me to pull my hair back like hers and that it should be black. Too funny!
The witch was fun to do. I'd never used liquid latex before, cool stuff!!
By the end of the night I couldn't stand it any longer tho... only because my nose was running inside the fake nose, LOL!
All good things must come to an end....

I can't believe it's been a year since we were Captian Hook, Peter Pan, and Wendy! WHEW! The time is flying by!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pink Saturday, Espisode Sixteen~ Pink vintage dresses on parade~

Hello and welcome to Pink Saturday,
hosted by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.
Please visit her to see many other participants showing off their pink eye CANDY!
Today I thought I'd share some of my pink vintage dresses.
Since we're building a storage area in my craftroom, (no~ still not finished, weekends only and we've been doing other things instead), I wanted to have an area to hang some vintage things for show. Most of them are from the 30's or 40's, some 50's.
These first two are aprons. However, they meet all way in the back and I've been wanting to adjust the closures so that I can wear them for blouses. The pink and green one has such a cute rose motif.
You may click the photos to enlarge if you wish, just remember to hit the back button to return.
The dress on the left was a gift from a fellow collector. The one on the right is one of my faves with great PINK buttons! It needs a few repairs, I've worn it quite a bit.

Here's a closeup of the darling embroidered design on the one.

I may have featured this dress below on the left before. It is one of my all time favorite vintage dresses. I found it "new with tags". The dress on the right I got on my birthday, yet I haven't had a chance to wear it yet. Just haven't felt like styling my hair properly, etc. lately. I think as soon as I color my hair red again, I'll have my vintage "mojo" back, lol! I bought the dress at the Vintage Haberdashery in St. Louis.

I adore the coral pink shade of the 30's crepe dress on the left. And the texture of the linen dress on the right.

Ok, you caught me. The dress below isn't vintage. It's a $3 Walmart clearance cheapie. But it's one of my lazy day favorites!
I bought this coat, (probably circa 80's or 90's) on ebay to embellish into Rose's pink coat from Titanic. I've changed out the buttons but that's as far as I've gotten!
This plum colored dress is so cool because it's cotton, yet it's iridescent. Changes from plum to green. Just awesome.
Next to it is one of my oldest dresses, to too small for me... it's a teen or pre-teen's garment from about 1912. Just darling. Perhaps I'll do a Pink Saturday post on that one alone some time!
Ah... I HATE to alter vintage via cutting it up, unless it's too far gone with stains or rot. But this vintage 60's or 70's dress on the left is just TOO scrumptious to let go. I plan to cut part of the length off, and add it to the bust and waist so I can wear it. Incredibly selfish me thinks, but I just HAVE to do it.
I beleive the dress next to it is actually a dressing gown, made of nylon. It has some repairs to be made too... and I'm thinking of hemming it. I just love the dogwood pattern on it!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing these pink frocks!
I have recently shared some new pink in my life. In the previous post, the background on the table is actually a vintage full size bedspread that I bought for only $8!! I'm using it as a tablecloth for now.
And a few more posts back I shared a baby scale from the 50's. Wonderful, wonderful retro pink. WOOT!
Thank you everyone for your well wishes on my new ETSY shop!
Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tales of a shoe hoarder, episode 12~

Ok, ok.... so I'm still stuck on the pink shoes we wore in my sister's wedding. They are So freakin' cute!

I hope to resume my shoe hoarding posts to normal soon.

However, today's post is special.


I have joined Etsy to bring you The Scarlett Rose Garden Shop.

"A mixed bouquet of vintage fashoin & handmade goods."

Shoes are my main focus right now.


These are some of the shoes that I have listed, or am getting ready to list.

They are either vintage or embellished.

When I got married over 8 years ago, I searched high and low for Marie Antoinette style shoes. I burned my eyes out on the internet and could only find shoes for $200 or more. I ended up finding a black pair in a thrift store, and I "reupholstered" them with the fabric from my wedding dress.

Today, they are still hard to find. There is really only one shoe that shows up for retail, and it runs between $50 and $70. And yet, the heel is too spikey and not so 18th century looking.

So I have decided to alter shoes to resemble colonial and victorian times, or a mixture of modern day with the past.

I'm having fun with it.

It has kept me quite busy lately!

And that vintage pink baby scale I showed you recenlty? It will come in handy to weigh things for shipping! Cool, eh?

You can click on the photos to enlarge them, or if you would like to view my listings please click

I would love to hear from my fellow blogger friends who have Etsy shops as well!

Wish me luck!

*please note: if searching sellers for The Scarlett Rose Garden on etsy, leave off the "THE"*

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Garage sale goodies!

First up is a vintage baby scale~ TOOOO cute and perfect 50's pink!
I got this a few weeks ago for $5.
It will come in handy with a new endeavor I will share with you soon!
*NO, it's not a baby!*

Some antique flatware~ mostly from the 30's I beleive. Ten cents each.

My latest find.... two antique iron fireplace fronts!! I have wanted one forever, as we have a mantel to put in our parlor. I was so lucky to find these... and guess what~ only $10 each!
You can click to enlarge.
Such beautiful scenes!
I was so excited as I adore cherubs. That one is busted on top but I think it can be fixed. I'll probably paint it white later.
They have both been painted, the other has a great patina as is.
The other find was a sheepskin rug... I already had two, but it was so cheap I couldn't pass it up. I'll put it in the bathroom this winter!
I used one to take pictures of Nova when he was 6 months old.
These are some of my favorites!
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Naturally, he peed on it~
That was some thick wool to wash!
He's wearing a vintage balloon outfit with trains here.
Cutting teeth and drooling like crazy!
He still sleeps with this elephant.
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