Sunday, November 2, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
This is the very first year I will be celebrating Halloween and I can't say I'm not a little nervous! I've been warned by others that this area gets hoards of kids. I'm absolutely terrified that I'm going to run out of candy! I really have no clue how to go about the whole Halloween experience, do I just let the kids grab the candy out of a bowl themselves or do I hand it to them so they don't overdo it and grab too much? One nice elderly man I was talking to at Walmart the other day told me that last year he had kids making requests! Some kids asked for soda pop but he wasn't handing out soda pop and they left empty handed! Can you imagine!? What is wrong with kids these days? If I had been allowed to celebrate Halloween when I was a kid I would have been perfectly happy with whatever I was given. Now of course I'll probably wind up with nothing but the scary mean kids knocking on my door LOL! I can't wait till Liam is just a tad bit older and we can take him trick or treating, such fun it will be! And I guarantee you I will teach my boy to be grateful for whatever he may get and to always say thank you :)
These photos were taken a little while ago as the sun was going down in my backyard.
As you can see by the picture, Mr. Bingley fits in just nicely! I feel very lucky to have found another Chihuahua that get's along with Liam and Boo so well. When Griffin passed away I was certain I'd never be able to find another Chihuahua that would do so well with Liam but apparently I was wrong because Liam and Mr. Bingley have become good friends and seem to really enjoy each others company. Bingley is such a sweet little guy, so cuddley and affectionate. He's also my little shadow, he follows me everywhere I go. And he's become such a well behaved little guy! He rarely has any accidents now and happily goes outside to do his business. Yes, I really do love this newish addition to my family, he's such a doll!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
This post is especially for my wonderful husband Oliver who is away from home for work. Oliver, I LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVE you SO much! I miss you and can't wait till you return to me! I'm so proud of you and I wish you lot's of luck with work and please don't forget what I look like while you're away :) I won't be able to forget what you look like because the above picture of you and Liam is blown up HUGE on my computer screen! Lot's and lot's and lot's of love, your sweetie XOXOXOXOXOXOXO
Posted by Kim Naumann at 6:55 p.m.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
This is the closet in my little room. There are no doors so I hung up some of my Indian fabric for a little curtain. The blue tin is a lovely vintage find from a second hand store.
These Chinese lanterns are not vintage but still lovely and they fit right in with their bright colors! I hung them from lengths of creamy yellow antique lace.
My cabinet was a purchase from IKEA. It matches my desk on the other side of the room. One of these days I think I will paint them both. The little cabinet on top was made by my mum. The vintage tin canisters on top are both finds from my favorite antique shop in Great Village Nova Scotia. I have a matching set of three of the one with the yellow lid! On top are four 100 yard rolls of vintage seam binding in glorious colors!
Here we have a cute little straw bag full of wonderful treasures! An antique photo, two antique Delineator fashion magazines in surprisingly good condition, A very large book of aged lined paper from 1921 complete with page numbers stamped on by hand, a vintage copy of 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town" sheet music and other neat things. Those are vintage rhinestone clip-on earings attached to the front of the bag.
Two lovely vintage rose patterned bowls houseing some antique Victorian trade cards as well as a roll of rose patterned vintage wallpaper border. These trade cards are just a teeny tiny part of my collection. I have about ten rolls of that wallpaper border, all 12 feet in length!
Pretty things displayed on the shelves above my desk. Three vintage plates, a Bailey's sugar pot in the bottom left corner and two gorgeous vintage velvet millinery flowers.
This adorable velvet bear was made by my mum when I was a little girl. It's wearing my vintage rhinestone bracelet. The alarm clock, also vintage, was made in Paris. I have two, one slightly different than the other. The button cards and loose buttons shown are all vintage as well as is the hanky shown hanging out of my Tiffany & Co. gift bag which is also home to an assortment of old cabinet cards.
More old books piled up on my desk. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin is my favorite Beatrix Potter book. I'm hoping to find a first edition copy one of these days. The Horses & Ponies book was my mum's when she was young. The bible was in an auction lot that I won and while I'm not religeous I love it's worn old look. I'd have to double check but I believe that one was printed in the 1800's.
This metal K that hangs on the wall is from an old metal screen door. The pretty sparkly is a vintage rhinestone broach.
More vintage tin canisters, one holding paint brushes and the other paper flowers. The pink cake plate was a wonderful gift from my mum. On top of it is a vintage blue carnival glass sugar dish holding vintage rhinestone lovelies, two antique pocket watches, some swarovski crystals awaiting the right project to use them in, a blue sparkly bird and the pretty gold tiara I wore on my wedding day. The vintage glass jars hold more vintage supplies such as white velvet leaves, white buttons and some not so vintage but rather new plastic pearl beads. There you see a stack of antique postcards which are only a smidgeon of my antique postcard collection. If I could only collect one thing it would be these postcards! I love them!
Another shot of my desk. The chair is quite old and missing most of it's paint but I love it like that. It only cost me $10!
More on display on my shelves, this time we have a Baileys cup full of new velvet leaves and a vintage mother of pearl button card, a vintage salt shaker, and in the background one of my paintings and a Victorian childrens book from the 1800's, every page is covered in gorgeous color illustrations!
And last but not least, more shelf treasures! A lovely old handstiched hanky, a beautiful and fairly large antique Victorian trade card featuring yellow roses, the little horses I mentioned before and some of my Eiffel Towers.
Well here they are! A sneak peak into my new home. I don't have alot of photos yet due to things still being unfinished and a real lack of furniture but this sort of gives you an idea of what things are going to look like for our new domain. I do have to apologize for the lousey first picture, it's dark and grainy and well, just not all that good.
The above picture is of the artwork currently on display above my livingroom couch. The canvas paintings were all painted by me in a sort of f0lksy style and the gold frame and framed piece of tapestry are antiques.
This picture is a shot of my front foyer/hallway seen from my livingroom. Decorations have to be sparse with a toddler about so most of my treasures are on display upstairs in my art room/studio. Don't you LOVE the old Regulator clock above the chair!? It's an antique that was given to me by my parents. I seriously adore that clock! It has all of it's parts but I need to take it in to get it fixed as it stopped running a number of years ago. It's been in my family since I was a little girl. The floors are all the old floorboards original to the house that we decided would be lovely painted a nice peanut butter color. The kitchen and laundry room have the old style lino tiles in a light green and cream colored checker pattern which goes perfectly with it's very 50's style look. I can't wait till the kitchen is finished so I can reveal how neat it looks :)
Monday, August 25, 2008
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Saturday, August 2, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
This has been one of my latest projects. Two antique picture frames that desperately needed a make-over. The off white one is finished and the gold one hasn't been started yet. I got the off white frame at a local estate auction for $5 and the other at the Amherst flea-market for $15. I plan on painting and distressing the gold frame to look just like the other one. The green chair is my favorite piece of furniture and definately my most humble. I got it in Great Village at an antique shop for $10, I haggled it down from $20!
I'm offering art supply packets on Etsy now. Most of their contents are vintage with the odd bit of something new added in here and there. I decided to do this when I realized that I have a heck of alot of stuff and not enough time to use it all. The above pictures show some of the goodies. Feel free to check it out :)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Andrea over at One Hundred Wishes is having a summer sale! I just put in my order and so should you :). She has the paper flowers in the above picture on sale and they're vintage too so they're extra special! They're also selling out quickly. I was hoping for the blue ones but they were all gone so I went with the dark pink instead. I love her selection of goodies and can't wait for my order to get here! You can visit her blog HERE.
Over the last two days I've been updating my website. Removing some of the old art, adding some new art and making new banners for each individual gallery. You can see the new banners below. Be sure to click on each one to see them all full size, they're so much better that way!