Monthly Archives: February 2012

Happy Wednesday

Bump the Hump

Does anyone wish to comer over for an afternoon spritzer? I’ll leave the front door open, just come on it ❤

Elisa

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has my four favorite colors for a room: white, black, pink and green (only missing gold!!)

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Everyone loves stripes…and pink!

 

Toodles and happy Tuesday!

❤ Elisa

Thrifty Nifty Shop

I couldn’t resist from returning to Flamingo Plaza this weekend. I have no idea why I went back…I didn’t really “have” to buy anything :/ BUT there were so many amazing little items I just had to have! So I followed my own tips from my Thrift Finds post, gave myself a budget of $35.00 (that was all the cash-back Walgreens would give me, hehe) and on my way I went to find more treasures.

Red White and Blue Thrift Store

While I was browsing it came to me…I’m going to make a new Etsy shop where I can sell these awesome thrift store items!! This way I will give people who don’t have access to a thrift store the opportunity to still own some vintage treasures AND I still get to shop…YEY!!!

However now that I was shopping for other people I suddenly became more “price conscious” (a.k.a: stingy :P) I started noticing that some items were really overpriced and honestly I even felt a little insulted. It was obvious to me whoever was pricing these items had no idea what they were doing.

So when picking out items I asked myself these questions:
– Am I getting a good deal?
– Is this item functional?
– Is this item of good quality?
– How does this item fit into today’s modern home?
– Would I buy this item for myself?

Sadly I had to leave some pretty awesome (although the more expensive ones) behind. There was a bronze birdhouse that was really old and actually functional that I had to leave behind and I was so bummed about it. I imagined this in an modern home on some design books next to some bright pink flowers on the sofa side table…ahhhh, dreamy. BUT, I figured I’d open shop with the less expensive items and if I had a positive response then I’ll step up my game for the next shopping trip 🙂

So, without further ado…here is the new Nifty Thrifty Shop and here are some of the items for sale:

Two Vintage Avon Ruby Red Glass Cape Cod Pattern Berry/dessert Bowls Dinnerware

White flower vases for eggs - perfect for easter

Vintage Milk Glass round vase (Wedding Milk Glass -Wedding Decor -Shabby and Chic -Pedestals)

Vintage real brass candelabra

Vintage silver-tone embossed jewelry box

Steel party tray with wooden handle, three compartment

I hope people like the items that I have picked out and that someone is able to bring some of these treasures into their home.

O.K…have a happy week, lovies…keep it cool till next weekend 😉

Elisa

The Family Chapters

So I don’t really plan on doing a lot of flowers at our wedding, for two reasons. One they are expensive when they are done nicely, and Two they aren’t very…err..green? To cut hundreds of flowers that you really only use for a day, maybe a week before they die seems so pointless. Just too much waste.  So I’m looking into alternative options for this. I’m not totally sure what I’m doing for my bridesmaids, but I’m thinking small potted succulents that they can then take home. I do think I will have one special bouquet made for myself, but thats about it. There are a million alternatives to boutonnieres that have nothing to do with flowers that I think I will try.

For our “decorative flowers” I have decided to do moss! That way we can keep them or give them away, and they will last for as long…

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Flower Curtain

I’m so excited!! I received a request to make a flower curtain from a buyer on Etsy. I’ve been wanting to make some wedding related flower products to offer on Etsy and post about in the blog. So I’ll keep you posted on my flower curtain project. Here is a picture of the inspiration for the flower curtain as well as some other lovely wedding pictures.

Flower balls...these would also look beautiful hanging

Cupcake toppers

I have been dying to make cupcake toppers but haven’t tackled that project yet…maybe next weekend? If only I could somehow buy some time…sigh.

A-DO-RA-BLE!!!!

I can’t wait to make these…aren’t they just beautiful!!!

Isn’t this such a beautiful way to spruce up any food display. You can serve cake, cupcakes, desserts, ANYTHING and make it look just FAB!

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I just adore this cake! This is the most elegant, sweetest creation. And the most amazing part is that you can just use a regular, white ‘ol cake and dress it up in beauty and elegance.

Etherial

Flower crown…next weekend, for sure. Iv’e been putting this off for way too long now.

So there you go. I hope you enjoyed looking at these pictures as much as I did. My mind just wanders into idea dream land when I see these.

You can also follow me on Pinterest for more fun ideas and inpiration.
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And check out my store on Etsy, Live.Play.Love

Have a beautiful weekend, lovies!

Elisa

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these pictures. They all came from Pinterest.

Succeed or dye trying!

Happy Saturday 🙂

I started making my flowers and everyone kept telling me how beautiful they were but what I really wanted to hear was some good constructive criticism. I had the feeling I could still make something better…because you can ALWAYS make something better. Finally someone made a request. One of my buyers gave one flower to each of the kids’ mom for Valentines Day (she had a fabulous V-day party) and said the only thing she didn’t like was that the stem was sticky. THANK YOU! I make the flowers for bouquets so I wrap the stem with floral tape which is a little sticky. So I’ve decided to address this issue in case people want to use the flowers for other purposes.

So this weekend (AGAIN) I strolled over to Pearl and got some Rit dye in different shades of green. The goal was to match the shade of green that the store dyed stems come in. I have already used them in flowers and they look perfect but they’re much more expensive.

Here are some pictures of my experiment and the products I used.

I filled four cups with hot water and the different dyes and I let it sit overnight.

As you can see the colors look much darker and richer when they’re wet.

The first stem is the store-bought green I'm trying to match.

Obviously I didn’t get an exact match, BUT…I think I’m ready to go for it. I’ll do a little mixing and I’m sure I’ll get close enough.

Using Rit Dye was so much fun and my mind was overflowing with ideas as I was working with the dyes but I MUST warn you…this stuff is powerful and I ruined my brand new shirt that I got from my mom for my birthday 😦 so here are some precautions to take:

– Change into something that you wont mind getting stained
– Wear gloves (or you will be walking around looking like you killed a smurf…that was me)
– Work near a sink but not if it’s white
– Cover the surface you’re working on…NOTHING is safe from the dye!
– Do not work outside (wind is not your friend)
– Have within reach a towel or paper towel
– Clean right away any spills of powder or dyed water
– Do not touch your face
– DO NOT TOUCH your white dog or cat *lol*

Ideas that were coming to mind were “painting” on shirts with the dye, dyeing shirts/tank-tops, pillow cases, scarves….but I must concentrate on my flowers so I’ll leave those ideas for later. If you guys decide to have some fun please share the pictures of your adventure.

So, have fun…get dirty…get creative!!

OK, lovies…many blessings! xoxo.
Elisa

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