Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Little Vintage Goodness....and The Winners!

I scored a little treasure last week

as I helped my friend open her antique shop for the season.

I happened to spot this little guy sitting in the corner

on top of a huge, old safe

next to a much larger version of himself.

{I almost fell flat on my face

as I tripped over a rug in my sprint to pick him up.}

So, of course...

he had to come home with me.

A girl can never have too many cute little fans, you know.

I will admit, though...

 it's a little dangerous for me to be "helping out" in G 's sweet shop,

Doster Emporium.

My radar cranks up a couple hundred notches the second I walk through those old doors ~

and I always walk back out of them at the end of the day

with some treasure clutched in my sweaty little hands.

It never fails.


What's a junking gal to do....?

I've also been doing a little floofing around the house

since we've been having

one rainy day after another...

after another....

after another.

I've seriously considered building an ark.

So, to pass the time between the rain showers ~

(after spending the necessary 45 minutes every day on my new elliptical trainer
and burning 500 calories every morning....woo hoo!)

Sorry.....I digress.

So, to pass the time
(because I reeeally wanted to be outside in the garden)~

I floof inside.

I took one of my favorite Sanibel seashells carried home with me this year

and nestled it next to a sweet little nest

among some white tulips

on top of a vintage grain sack

in a old wire basket.

I adore the rough, white texture of this old shell.

In fact, I prefer this type to the perfect, shiny ones.

I did some rearranging of the vignette on the top of the bookcase in my studio

(I'm calling it my studio now, instead of office.  

It's just a little hehe!) 

showing my

strange new love of string and twine....

(added a little texture with this photo)

Grassin twine can and twine ball with scissors:  LaurieAnna's Vintage Home; Glass canisters: Farmhouse Wares; Vintage clothespins: a gift from Amy at All Things Home

A girl can't have too many twine balls, either....
can she?

The kitchen buffet table now sports a simple wire egg basket

spray painted with Krylon's 'Rubbed Bronze'

and a sprig of springtime lilacs tossed in for good measure.

Egg basket:  Hobby Lobby; Picture frames: flea market

There's just something about the contrast of the dark bronze with

soft white that I love.

There are some sweet, red strawberries tumbled into an old ironstone bowl

sitting on the kitchen shelf.

Strawberries: Faded Plains; Vintage ironstone: Goodwill

 Vintage beaded goodness

that look so real

you can almost smell them.

(Fooled you, didn't I?)


I won't keep you waiting any longer.

I know you want to know who won!

First, let me thank ALL of you

who entered my first giveaway!

Your sweet comments left me with a 

smile on my face

and a song in my heart!

It was so much fun

that you can be sure I'll be doing more of them in the future!

The winner of the Beach Blue Giveaway is

Victoria from Slightly Shabby


the winner of the Shabby Pink Giveaway is

Susan from Writing Straight from the Heart!

Congratulations, girls!

I'll drop you an email!

{ hugs }

{Winners were randomly drawn by my hubby}

{I'll be joining with the rockin' linky parties located on my sidebar!
Just click on the buttons and they'll take you there for all the fun!}


  1. I love your sweet little vintage fan and all of your wonderful vignettes! Congratulations to all of the winners!

    Kat :)

  2. Oh Lauire, that fan is so sweet. Sure brings back memories of hot days and hotter nights..

  3. We have an old fan that's sort of like that, love it!

  4. Lovely post and great photos, Laurie. Oh, I know what you mean about helping in that friend's antique shop. I'd be the same as you, picking up little treasures each time! And 45 minutes on the elliptical? Woo hoo. GOOD FOR YOU. That's inspiring! Thanks once again for the giveaway. I am SO THRILLED I won one! Susan

  5. Oh girl you must be so excited about your fan. I love all your pics, the seashell setting is lovely. I love all the white space on your blog, between the pics, between the paragraphs - it's very calming. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Between Naps linky party -


  6. Looks like you've been busy decorating. You're not the only one stuck in the house because ofthe rain...ugghh!! I wish the sun would shine and dry everything up:-)

    Congrats to the lucky winners.


  7. Congratualations to the winners........What a lovely nice post Laurie...happy new week love

  8. Love the vignette in your "studio"! Especially the nest and eggs. So pretty!! And such a great little find - the fan. I would love to snag one of those. Have a great week...enjoy your spring weather.

  9. Yes I renamed my room my "studio" too!
    I am a fan of vintage fans too...yours is great!
    Congrats to the winners and hope you have a great week!

  10. Congrats to the winners! Beautiful photographs Laurie. And your fan and strawberries...sweet!!!

  11. OH my goodness!!! It's only 6:30 a.m. here and I'm doing a happy dance with my morning coffee! I am soooo excited to have won!!!!!

  12. Love the fan my friend...LOVE IT ALL!

    Now...I hope your Mother's Day was wonderful...


  13. Such a nice place to visit, loved your post and congrads to the winner of your give away.
    I am from Michigan too, I live in GA now, born and raised in Southern MI a little town called Romulus, have a very blessed day, Barbara from

  14. I love your fan AND your berries- I DID think they were real at first (but as you know I AM blond)...Everything is looking beautiful inside and I know you are champing at the bit to get outside and work-me too! It has been cold here and rainy...we don't have any green except the lawn and my daffodils finally poked their heads up and are open.

    That shop is a dangerous place for you!! I suspect she should bar the door when she sees you coming- Or Roger should send her a letter telling her you are in a re-hab program for "junkies" and NOT to sell you anything~ Hmmm...never mind- I won't tell Roger-because, after all I am YOUR friend! xxoo Diana

  15. Loving that fan, girly! I've been on the lookout for one like that, but I guess everyone around these parts either still uses them or all the good ones have been bought :) Hope you're doing grea,t and hugs to you sweet lady!

  16. I want that fan, Laurie! Oh, it's a keeper! I have one and would like to add to the collection. I found it at a thrift store, of all places. Don't think I'll get that lucky again. Love all the touches you've added. You have such a great eye for decorating. Truly!
    Congrats to the winners! Woo hoo!
    Hope you had a beautiful Mother's Day weekend!
    ~Michelle :D

  17. Looks like the rain is headed our way-it is supposed to rain all week here.
    The fan was a great find.
    Congrats to your lucky winners.

  18. Congratulations to the winners! I know they are thrilled!! Love your vignettes too. I had a shabby aqua TINY fan and I sold it ...can't believe I did that. lol

  19. l.o.v.e. your fan...I too have a little thing for those industrial beauties. Your "fluffling" is just beautiful too!

  20. Congrats to the winners! woo hoo!! I love your fan, very cool! haha get it? "cool".. sorry. :) Your floofing is beautiful, I love all your treasures and how you have arranged them. Can you please pick me up in your ark? :)

  21. Hi Laurie!
    Love that fan!!!! I know what you mean about rain rain won't stop here either, but allegedly it's supposed to be nice for a day or 2 this week ~ but I'm not holding my breath!

    Good for you elliptical girl! I need one of those so I don't have to leave my house to work out! (excuses excuses ... ha haha hahahahahahah:)


  22. We found a neat old aqua metallic colored fan last year it's so fun but it clanks and we can't figure it out but, we like it anyway.

  23. LOve your new finds!;)
    THANK YOU so much for the sweetest compliment on my blog today!! Hugs,Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

  24. What an great vintage fan! What a lucky find. Love all the vignettes- keep dry over there!

  25. Congrats to Victoria and Susan1
    Laurie, I love the fan, and the strawberries are adorable. I have a small collection of beaded fruit tucked away, pears and berries, I've always loved them, never seen strawberries though.
    Your photos as always are just wonderful. xxx tami

  26. A girl certainly can NOT have too many twine balls:) the old fan, too...

  27. Lovely vignettes! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice compliment.

  28. I'm crazy about string and twine too! Love your shell and nest vignette.

  29. That little fan is so cute. Well done on your great find. Your vignettes are really special too.

  30. LOVE what your floofing accomplished, sis! Everything looks so pretty. The screen looks wonderful painted, and void of the lace.
    Your pics, combined with the music is so soothing.
    Cannot wait for the antique market!!
    Love you bunches.

  31. Love your fan and all your other treasures. The strawberries are so adorable.

  32. Love all your treasures, and especially all your sweet babies.....thank you for stopping by..

  33. C’est tres jolie...I felt peace just reading your blog.
    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog!

  34. Lovin' it here.

    barbara jean


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