Time flies when you’re having fun – or at least, a garage sale

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted – I mean seriously, I thought it was just like, a couple weeks ago!

Anyway, in the last month I’ve been insanely busy… Greg and I closed up our booth at the antique mall, so we had to haul some of the stuff home. This was in addition to all the stuff we had hauled home over the last few months that had not sold. It was a lot, and it was all in my basement. So the plan was to have a big blowout garage sale on June 2-3 to get rid of all the “smalls” and a bunch of other stuff.

Of course, this comes with all the requisite moving stuff around, hauling it up from the basement, unpacking, pricing, etc. I actually kind of enjoy that part – however, I must point out that Greg did virtually ALL of the heavy lifting. If I had had to haul all this stuff by myself, I simply could not have done it. Unless perhaps I had started in January.

Anyway, here is just a portion of it – there was a lot household decor and glassware in the back (not pictured), to the left of the garage. Sale days were to be Friday and Saturday.

Garage Sale 2017 | Vintage Floral Cottage

Friday was a very active day (but really hot – 90’s and sunny), and we sold a lot. Saturday morning was also busy, but it was sooo hot… we made the decision to close up early, so at 1 pm Saturday, we put the remainders out on the curb:

Garage Sale 2017 | Vintage Floral Cottage

This was pretty good strategy on our part, because starting Monday was to be curbside cleanup day in the neighborhood. So the rest of the weekend, the curb pickers were out in full force, collecting up what they wanted. And by Sunday afternoon our leftover pile looked like this:

Garage Sale 2017 | Vintage Floral Cottage
On Sunday afternoon, I was doing a little container gardening at the back of the house and I heard some thumping coming from up front. I came around to find that it was this young skinny gal from down the street, trying to shove that big blue cabinet into the back of her SUV all by herself. I told her to hold on a minute and I went and got the two-wheeled dolly, and I pushed the cabinet down the street for her. (And the useless men she lives with were waiting for her at the house – no help at all. Yeah that’s okay, young bucks, leave her to fend for herself with only her grandma to help. Dicks.)

And on Monday morning, it was down to literally just a couple of boxes and the big ottoman they were sitting on. The solid waste crew came and took the rest away before I even left for work. I feel VERY good about the miniscule amount of all that stuff that went to the landfill.

With all the “smalls” gone from our antique booth business venture, I felt like I had literally lost weight – physically and mentally. My basement and garage are finally mine to reclaim! More about that soon!

 

 

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Tablescape for Mother’s Day

Do you know where I spent Mother’s Day last year?

the beach y'all | Vintage Floral Cottage

Also, here:

Disney World, y'all | Vintage Floral Cottage

 

This is because my daughter was working at Walt Disney World in Orlando through their College Program. (If you know someone who is interested in that program, please read Stephanie’s blog, Waiting for Walt, which chronicles her experiences. She is a superb writer and storyteller, if I do say so myself.)

Through a series of miracles she managed to get two days off in a row, one of them being Mother’s Day, so I traveled down from Iowa and we spent Mother’s Day at Cocoa Beach and then the next day at Magic Kingdom. It was one of my favorite Mother’s Days in all of history.

This year, do you know where I will be spending Mother’s Day?

Home Alone | Vintage Floral Cottage

Yep, home alone. Which is a long ways from Cocoa Beach, and Disney World, let me tell you. The reason I’ll be home alone is that Stephanie is actually back in Florida for another round at Disney – she just left on Monday of this week.

Of course, I’m happy for her and wishing her every success – but if she could spend Mother’s Day with me, I like to think we might sit down to this cute table and enjoy a Springtime breakfast or brunch.

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
Our table starts with a wonderfully faded vintage tablecloth and then tableware in soft tones that echo that fading:

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

The place setting includes pale blue Lenox “Butler’s Pantry Gourmet” –

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
… topped with a plain Johnson Brothers (England) plate in ivory:

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
Love the two scalloped edges!

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
For beverages we’re keeping it simple with ice water and coffee – these Whitehall tumblers by Indiana Glass are my absolute favorite for iced drinks due to the fact that they hold plenty of liquid even after you put the ice in.

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
We’ll keep plenty of water on the table in this pretty pitcher by Martha Stewart Everyday.

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
And for coffee, I would share my Royal Albert “Cheeky Pink” mug with Stephanie –

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
… and I would use the cute mug she gave me proclaiming “To eat is human, to pig out is divine!”

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
Our centerpiece features pastel Gerbera daisies in a vintage vase, and a sweet pink “spaghetti poodle” which – coincidentally – is a little treasure that Stephanie found in the ditch on her way home from school one day many years ago!

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage
Mother's Day Table | Vintage Floral Cottage

Now, before you start feeling sorry for me because I will be “home alone” on Mother’s Day, let me just say that this young lady is amazing – I will miss her, but I am so proud of her, even though I’m pretty sure she won’t get Mother’s Day off this year. 😉

My sweet daughter | VFCstyle

I’m sharing my (our) Mother’s Day Brunch table at Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch! 

 

 

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House tour: great (and small) room

You may have read my recent tablescape post and thought to yourself, “that tablescape is awesome but daaanngg, that is a small house!”

And you would not be alone (or wrong) as I thought the very same thing!

Well I thought you might like a tour of the whole place, which would take all of about 60 seconds… So how about we not try to do all that in one chunk and I’ll just show you the “great room.” Or as I call it, the “great and small room”.

First, here’s an exterior shot of the entire  house. It’s a rental, very small and plain but very well maintained and in a terrific neighborhood. (More about that in a future post, perhaps.)

The Dollhouse | Vintage Floral Cottage

This house is actually perfect for me right now. The entire footprint is only 24 x 26 feet, plus a small enclosed mudroom at the back. It does have a decent basement, half of which is finished as a rec room and the other half of which is a laundry/utility room. The landlord, Jerry, calls it a dollhouse.

Until recently, my boyfriend Greg and I shared the house, but due to a shift in our relationship we’re no longer living together. So now it’s just me, and my sweet cat Lily, in the dollhouse.

Lily in the Dollhouse | Vintage Floral Cottage
Okay back to our tour of the great and small room! Here we are standing just inside the front door. As you can see, this open space encompasses the living room and eat-in kitchen. Bedrooms and bathroom are to the left, through closed doors because when I tidied up for these photos, that’s where I put everything. 

The Dollhouse | Vintage Floral Cottage

Well I hope you enjoyed the tour!

 

Ha, just kidding, it’s small but I’ll share a few more pictures so you feel like it’s bigger.

Lily in the Dollhouse | Vintage Floral Cottage

 

The Dollhouse | Vintage Floral Cottage

Here’s a better shot of the kitchen; I do like the open feel of everything! The mudroom is behind that pocket door between the cabinets. The door to the left goes into the smaller of the two bedrooms.

The Dollhouse | Vintage Floral Cottage

Here’s the view looking back toward the front door from the kitchen. The mudroom is behind us at this point.

The Dollhouse | Vintage Floral Cottage

I might have a little too much furniture, but I don’t mind because these are all pieces I love, and some are family pieces. I’ll share a little more about them in the future. Oh, except that sofa. It’s broken in the middle so I’ll be replacing it as soon as possible. Which is too bad, because it’s really comfortable!

 

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And one that got away

Junk Quote | Vintage Floral CottageI’ve often said that I’m lucky to have the “purge” gene as well as the collecting gene. What I mean is, when I get overwhelmed by stuff, I simply go into purge mode and donate, toss or organize large amounts of accumulated clutter.

Of course, along with that comes the danger of then thrifting a couple weeks after a purge, and re-buying something I just donated because it’s SO CUTE. I’ve had to stop myself a couple of times.

Right this moment, though, I really wish I’d come upon something that I re-donated a few months ago. Because I really need it back!

About a year ago, I bought a small hobnail milkglass hurricane lamp base at Goodwill for $1.99. It was electrical – not an oil lamp – and it would have been perfect for soft lighting on the kitchen counter. It didn’t have the actual hurricane cover, but I bought it anyway, believing I’d eventually find a cover for it.

Except I didn’t. For many months I looked, and finally decided I wasn’t going to find what I was looking for. So I tried to sell the base at my Fall garage sale, and failing that, I re-donated it shortly thereafter back to the Goodwill.

And then this happened:

Hurricane lamp cover | Vintage Floral Cottage

By the time I found this sweet little hurricane cover, painted with soft pink roses, my hurricane lamp base was long gone.

I even searched through my remaining “to be donated” boxes thoroughly, just to make sure I no longer had it. But I could picture the box it had been laying in, and I knew in my heart that box was gone.

As for the rose-painted hurricane cover? 99 cents. I bought it anyway.

And now the hunt begins anew, for the piece that got away.

 

 

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Tablescape for Cinco de Mayo

First things first: happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth Be With You!

Friends, I can’t tell you how excited I am about today’s post, and the reason is this beauty right here:

Harvest top table | VFC Style My new harvest-style tabletop!

With the new tabletop, I finally have enough room to try my hand at designing and setting beautiful tables: tablescaping!

Well this past Saturday was cold, rainy, and horrible – a great day to stay inside and play with the dishes, which is just what I did. After pulling nearly every dish out of every cupboard and carefully considering my options, I knew there was only one theme I could go with for this particular week: Cinco de Mayo! (Bet you didn’t see that one coming!)

You see, I had these amazing dishes that I acquired at Goodwill a few months ago, which soooo reminded me of those colorful Mexican blankets… and turns out, for good reason: those blankets and these dishes are both called Serape! Here’s the table I styled for Cinco de Mayo:

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

I mean, seriously – TELL ME YOU HEAR THE MARIACHI MUSIC? (or at least “La Cucaracha?”)

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

Here’s a closer look at a place setting – ready for tortilla soup in a green crock from Dollar Tree, followed by… well something authentically Mexican. 

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

And HERE is a better look at these gorgeous square plates! They are so different from anything else I own, but they were absolute show-stoppers sitting on the shelf at Goodwill and I could. Not. Resist. I practiced self-control by only purchasing two dinner plates and two salad plates, though there were EIGHT of each on the shelf! This is the larger dinner plate:

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

And I’ve used the salad plates for dessert off to the right, each set with – what else – a Fiesta coffee mug.

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

One thing I love about this table is that I was able to use so many colors, but it all works because all those colors are pulled right from the square plates! From the coffee cups…

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

… to the soup mugs…

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

… to the water tumbler…

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

… to the paper napkins! (Yes, paper – we haven’t quite graduated to cloth napkins around here yet. Baby steps, people, baby steps…)

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

The flatware, by the way, is my everyday Oneida “Chandelier,” which was the set my great-Aunt used to use for family dinners when I was growing up.

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

Of course, we also have to enjoy a pretty centerpiece pulling its colors from those Serape plates…

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

… and our lunch would not be complete if we didn’t celebrate with margaritas in these cute seguaro glasses also from Dollar Tree:

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

NOW can you hear the mariachi music? I know I can!

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

Cinco de Mayo table | VFC Style

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I’ll be sharing my Cinco de Mayo table for Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch!

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