Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Flea Market Finds

Hello Friends!

How was your weekend?

We've been very busy around here packing but we did manage to get to the flea market. i don't have much time to post this week so this is going to be a short post. i have to say think you to our friends and family who have been so generous to offer to watch our girls this week. Thank you, thank you! Tonight is our last night in our old house. This will be my last post in my old house.

it was love at first sight.
Well, my fiance might tell you i have many loves at first sight. it's true!

Vintage Dentist Cabinet

Vintage Birdcage and Wicker Basket

Old Bench

The old bench we picked up at a garage sale this last weekend for $10. it now sits in our new backyard just waiting to be used. isn't it a gorgeous view? i can't wait to spend my days and evenings here with the girls, my fiance, family and friends.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

until next time,


Monday, March 21, 2011

Crochet Beanies and Big Bear Trip

Hello Friends!

How was your weekend?

i think we have all done this before-while packing our house we find something we have completely forgotten about? In a brown paper bag i packed a long long time ago i found yarn, a crochet needle and an unfinished beanie. i have only crocheted a few things in my life... a handful of beanies, a blanket for my nephew and maybe a scarf or two. As soon as i found it i knew i wanted to make beanies for the girls. There were only a few rows left to be finished on the un-finished beanie and i hoped it would fit my fiance. it was exciting to know that we were going to big bear that weekend and he could wear it snowboarding.

(the beanie finished..... and yes, i am totally smitten by this man : ))

We stayed in a lovely cabin on the lake. it was peaceful, romantic and rejuvenating

After a day of snowboarding we spent the evenings being cozy

i couldn't remember exactly how to start a beanie so i found this video to help refresh my memory. Before we left on our trip i took the girls to Michaels to pick out what color yarn they wanted for their hat.

i brought one of my daughters beanies with me on our trip for reference. i would check my measurements about every two rows. All i could do was hope they would fit once they were finished.

i'm hoping to take the girls up to the snow before it all melts away. i've got to hurry! The weather here in santa barbara has been rainy so, for now, they'll have to wear them inside.

i'm going to add on these felt flowers for extra cuteness!

Next weekend a flea market is coming close to town! i'll be going here. i Can't wait to share with all of you what great treasures i find.

Have a wonderful week!

until next time,


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Chandelier's and Princess Day at the Zoo

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all having a great start to your week!

i'm anxiously awaiting moving into our new home so i can start decorating it. i have a lot of projects to finish before getting to the end result. i'm trying to have patience but it's so hard when your so excited. Since i'm working on a budget i have to be resourceful and thrifty. Flea markets, estate sales and craigslist are all great resources to get a great deal on furniture and home decor. i scored on craigslist over the weekend on two vintage chandeliers. i paid less then $200 for the pair. i can't wait to share them with you! My dream is to have a vintage chandelier in every room. i just love the way a chandelier makes a room look.

(source unknown, help?)

(shabby scraps)

You'll be seeing lots of rust, ruffles, chippy paint and crystals in my home. They're all so yummy!

The girls had a blast at Princess Day at the Zoo with their little girlfriends. i had to share a couple of the photos with you.

until next time,


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Day Trip to LA and First Sewing Project

Hello friends!

I hope everyone is having a good week!

Last weekend my fiance's cousin played in a CIF soccer tournament in LA so we drove down there to cheer him on. A few days before, i found myself in Borders to purchase my second sewing book. i've been drooling over this book but didn't have the confidence to make any of the projects. The timing for picking out this book couldn't have been better because i learned that the author has a vintage and french inspired fabric store in Hollywood.

i wanted to buy fabric for a shower curtain pattern in the book but i couldn't make a decision quick enough. My adorable fiance was waiting in the car with our sleeping babies and there were so many wonderful choices! Don't worry, i didn't go home empty handed...... i fell in love with this bag as soon as i saw it.

i passed on a grain sack bag once at a flea market and i've been wishing for one ever since. Just a couple of weeks ago it was my birthday and my loving Mother gave me some birthday money (Do you still get birthday money from your parents? i feel too old! But i truly do appreciate it). "Mom, this is what i bought!".
i Love it! Thank you!

We enjoyed the rest of our afternoon with a bite to eat, more fabric stores and a special visit to a best friend who works at the Saks Fifth Avenue Sisley counter in Beverly Hills.

Finally, we had a gorgeous day here in Santa Barbara and i was able to "use" my first project (i say that lightly because with kids things never go as planned). i made these adorable picnic place mats for my girls.

There's a little pocket for a napkin and a holder for your fork and knife.

i decided to use two different fabrics for a two-sided design. Please don't make the same mistake i made and sew the pocket on after you've sewn the wrong sides together. Make sure you sew the pocket on first and then sew the wrong sides together--that way you won't see the stitching on the other side! Beginners mistake!

This is my first sewing book, One Yard Wonders and where i got the pattern. The projects are adorable and only require 1 yard. Even better, i found this great sew along that goes with the book and they will be making all 101 projects. Sure wish i could keep up!

i hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

until next time,


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ends and New Beginnings

Hello friends!

i hope you all had a lovely weekend!

i'm not going to be sharing my sewing project with you today because there is something else i'd like to share with you this week.
Saying goodbye is never something easy for me to do. This week i had to say goodbye to a place i hold dear to my heart only because my adorable children deserve all my attention.
i became an antique dealer here last april. i've always loved interior design! You could always find me at Pottery Barn, an antique store or the interior design section at Borders. Once i discovered the world of blogging it taught me how to refinish furniture and repurpose junk. i was hooked!
With my fiance's support, i started out on an amazing journey as an antique dealer. Some of my most rememberable dates with my fiance were the ones we spent at flea markets. He would help me carry my new treasures and also keep an eye out for any junk i may have missed (thanks honey!).

Isn't he adorable?

In December the Carpinteria Magazine did an article on Whimsy Antiques. When i found out the background of the article would be inspired from the walls i painted in my space i was overjoyed! it was exciting when i had the first copy in my hands to see if there would be any pictures of my space...... and there was! Four pictures : )! Down below in the photos i'm trying to show you which pictures are of my space by pointing to them.

if you are ever in the Santa Barbara area you need to take the time to stop by both of Whimsy stores. i promise you will not be disappointed. They have amazingly talented dealers!
Here are a few photos of my space over the last year.

The best part of the entire adventure is the new friendships i made along the way. i think we all know those are better than any treasure we ever find.

Blogs i'd like to thank for their inspiration....

As it's said, when one chapter ends a new one begins. i'm happy to share with all of you that we are moving into a new home. You know what that means, right? i get to decorate! : ) Yay! i'm already looking at magazines, books and blogs for inspiration and i can't wait to share the process with you.

Hope you all have a great week!