Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Small town antiquing

We have some lovely small towns near our home in SW Washington and it's always a nice relaxing getaway to visit them. We love to go antiquing, so we went to one of our nearby favorites, Camas Antiques just 20 minutes away from us in Camas, WA. 

Downtown is small, population is around 20,000 here, but it is a very pretty place. I've always loved the Liberty theatre, we've seen movies here a few times, usually second run features.  I don't have any photos of the interior which is quite pretty as well, especially with the plush purple seating.This theatre has been well maintained and was built in 1927. The antique store is located next door. 

Love the neon signs on these old theatres. Lots of pretty greenery still in late September. 

This lovely fountain is in the downtown square with a memorial plaque dedicated to 9/11 victims. I like the simple brick wall behind it and the statue of the young girl too. You can get a glimpse of how narrow the streets are here. Pretty shops nearby. 

Onward to the antiques. I've been loving hutches lately, since I need one for our dining area, so I was focusing on those during our visit, among other things. None of the booths were too cluttered, which makes it easier to find what you're looking for. 

Love the lace lampshade and picture frames. 

 One of my favorite things in the shop was this lovely barn wood style door with french writing. Love the grape motif on the urn too. Lots of pretty things in here. 

This black cupboard with the unique tins inside caught my eye. I've never really liked black for home decor, but I do like this cupboard, also the vintage movie poster on top. 

Local vintage type signs for Lacamas Lake, a small lake in the area. I really like the welcome signs of the vintage speedboat, deer and the suitably spooky Lacamas Lake monster sign. Hubby liked the metal animal sculptures with the fans inside. Well, they are different. 

I also liked the faux brick Mt Hood sign and the fishing basket. A pretty bird chandy is on the upper left. 

I love vintage trays, this one is rather small of the coca cola lady, would love a larger version of this one. Pretty hair accessories for your vanity. 

I can see this old cabinet in a farmhouse kitchen, very primitive look 

I really like the warmth of wood in this hutch. I would need something smaller, but very similar in style. Nice large area to display all your dishes.

Pretty gardening booth. The fence with birds and hooks is really cute. Especially like the open suitcases with displays inside.

I wanted to add a pic of this booth because I love the alphabet letters with the birds. I might go back another time and get a couple of those. I held back since hubby was with me and I wasn't sure where I would put them.  It can be a good thing to have your guy with you since it cuts down on impulse buys!

Here's another booth that tempted me because I love vintage suitcases and shutters. It's interesting how some things appeal to us more than others. Some times it just triggers a pleasant memory and other times we just love it for whatever reason. 

 I know that cotton bolls have been popular in blogland for awhile now. I've really liked the displays I've seen by fellow bloggers. These were all intertwined together.  I'm not sure if they are a trendy thing or here to stay. Cute fall things on the shelves. 

Some of these fall  ribbons are so pretty they could be an accent on your wall, maybe. Really like the pheasant ribbon and wall tapestry. 

A lot of fun things in this booth. Love the croquet balls and Artic boy water cooler. Vintage typewriters are always fun and love the clocks. Notice the rather creepy vintage eye poster reflected in the mirror above the typewriter. 

I'll end my little antique tour with this rather quirky owl plaque. I thought it was so cute and such pretty detail. I didn't buy anything this trip, but I was certainly tempted.  Love antiquing in the fall. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Little Red Vignette

Even though fall is my favorite season for decorating, I tend to keep it simple and just add a few vignettes around the house to get that fall feeling. I love all the pumpkins, deep rusts and golds of the season, but I'm not ready to add those things yet to my decor. I knew I wanted to add red for early fall, so I found some small fall dishes and added them to my basket. A simple white bowl and some faux apples completed my display.

I love the pop of color that red adds and the addition of the apples for early fall creates a sweet vignette. I also like the high profile of this white bowl and the simple ribbed design. 

These are all thrifted finds that I've collected over time, so I just spent a few minutes creating a few looks for this little corner. 

I couldn't find the small plates I wanted for fall, so I added these bowls with a small saucer. I love the leaf border and design on these small  dishes.   

I found some vintage napkins edged with embroidery awhile back and wasn't sure what to do with them, but I found that they worked just fine with my display. The lace hankie added to the basket lid  makes a pretty addition as well.  I enjoy tweaking and making subtle changes to my vignettes. 

I also added a vintage apron to my spool rack. I'm always looking for old style aprons, which can be hard to find in my price range, but this one looked just right for fall or anytime of the year. It also continues the apple theme with the apples, pears and grapes. I really like the contrast of red and gold this time of year too. 

I'll be adding some fall flowers to my wall basket, but for now I like the look of combining late summer and early fall decor and creating a simple uncluttered look. 

I also think lavender looks pretty anytime of year, so I'm keeping it out for now until I put together a display with some dried wheat and fall flowers. I don't need elaborate displays to remind me of fall. I'm quite content with these little changes. 

Continuing with my little red vignette theme for those of us who remember the 80's song by Prince, I have a Little Red Corvette for you, driver included. 

Now that's my kind of car! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Teatime with Chai tea latte

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Labor day weekend. I wanted to share my petite rose dishes again before I put them away for the summer. I also wanted to try some chai tea, I'm basically a coffee drinker, but with fall approaching I'm always looking for other hot beverages to try. 

 If you're not familiar with chai tea, here's a little background on it.

Chai tea is a flavored tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs. Originating in India, the beverage has gained worldwide popularity, becoming a feature in many coffee and tea houses. It is traditionally simmered with green cardamom pods, (aromatic seeds of a plant  in the ginger family) cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger and black peppercorn mixed with black tea. 

Milk and sweetener are also added. Retail versions include tea bags for infusion,  instant powdered mixtures and concentrates.    

I've never cared for traditional  hot tea with sweetener, I love it iced, but with the addition of milk and other spices I wanted to make my own version of chai. I bought a milk frother recently for my cafe lattes, so I decided to use it to make a chai tea latte as well. 

Here is a basic recipe I found for two to four servings. 

Chai Tea Latte Ingredients
2 cups water
2 black tea bags
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cardamon
1 clove
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups low-fat milk
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Boil water and put in both tea bags. Let steep for one minute and toss bags.
2. Add ginger, cardamom, and clove and stir in.
3. Heat sugar and milk together separately until sugar has dissolved, and pour half a cup into each mug.
4. Remove clove from tea, stir in cinnamon, and pour half a cup into each mug of milk mixture.
If you have an espresso machine you can add steamed or foamy milk on top instead of mixing it with the sugar in step 3. Just add the sugar into the tea mixture after step two instead. Add a light dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg on top and enjoy!

I changed the recipe a bit because I didn't have any cloves or cardamom. I added cinnamon and ginger to my simmered tea. I didn't take any pictures of the steps, but I wanted to share the frothing process. Since I am experimenting with the flavors, I only used 1 cup of milk with the sugar and added a little vanilla flavoring. I heated it for about 90 seconds in the microwave and frothed the milk with my aerolatte. 

This isn't a recommendation for the aerolatte, it just happens to be the one I bought recently at Bed Bath & Beyond. It does froth the milk really well, I had foamy milk in less than 30 seconds, but the switch that turns it on is rather hard to move at times. It is also battery operated and sometimes it doesn't seem that powerful, but so far it froths great as you can see. 

It also has a nice holder for storage. The frother adds a pretty foamy top and I sprinkled on some cinnamon.  

I made some blueberry muffins from a mix, I added fresh blueberries though, and created a simple teatime tablescape. 

A closer look at my sugar bowl. I love the soft rose pattern on this china. The thrift store where I bought my dishes had the entire set, but I bought them at different times since I didn't know how I was going to use them. I also have other china in storage so I decided not to purchase the dinner plates or bowls. 

 I didn't buy the sugar bowl on my first visit so I went back and fortunately it was still there. I also found this pretty white ceramic holder that I used for my extra napkins. To see an earlier post of this china with my canning jar rack visit here. 

A simple white table setting always brightens up a room. 

My version of chai tea came out fairly well. It needed more spices, but it was a decent cup of tea. I did love all the milk and frothy foam, so I will try again with other flavorings. There are many ways to prepare chai, so experiment and find the kind you like best. I thought I might try some with a hint of orange and cloves, also pumpkin spiced tea and  cafe lattes with spices sound really good for fall.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wood Spool Rack

Summer is really slipping away, so I thought I'd show the simple spool rack I made. I've mentioned before that I'm not a big DIY person, I just don't have the room or desire right now to do big projects, but I love a simple craft that I can make my own. 

I've seen a few spool racks online and I knew I wanted to make something similar. I didn't have any vintage spools, so I found some wood ones in a craft store.  I painted a wood plaque a soft green and added my spools in a lighter green, distressed them a bit and I was done. 

I originally wanted to hang vintage towels or aprons on it to give it a farmhouse look, but I came across a colorful red quilted bag in a thrift store so I decided to start from there. It was in one of those thrift stores with little organization and the bag I found was pretty dirty, but I knew it had potential. I found a hat and scarf while thrifting and added an apron I already had, so it made it easy to put it together. 

I got the inspiration for using the red bag from this calendar. I get inspired from the smallest of things at times. I really loved the colorful dresses displayed here, especially the red one so I knew I wanted something colorful to add to my spool rack. These sleeveless dresses are displayed in a very unusual way, back to back,  but they are so lovely with all the colorful flowers and I love how they are blowing in the breeze. 

I'm not really a red person, I love small touches of it though and loved the blue flowers on the bag. The knitted flower on the hat is a pretty addition too. 

I only have one vintage apron right now, but I'm hunting for more since I love aprons. I also love the look of an apron displayed on a hanger. This is on my opposite wall next to the patio doors. I have several vases of lavender so I added one to the top of our old stereo that hubby can't seem to part with. I'm working on it and the table it's sitting on isn't going to be around much longer either. I just work around everything and hope it all comes together. 

  A little closer look at the apron with the lacy butterfly and floral edging. I like the vintage look of it with my floppy thrift store hat and scarf. 

Adding the bag gives a little different look. Either way it reminds me of the farmhouse look that I love. 

Another look next to the pantry and my faux hydrangeas. 

I love this charming garden picture that I've had for years. It's hard to see the detail in this pic, but there is a footbridge over a small creek and colorful flowers surround the cottage.

I really like the feel of this with the garden picture, it pulls it all together for me. I just don't think you can go wrong if you let simplicity guide you. And with the addition of floppy hats, aprons and some lavender you have a simple prairie style look that takes you back in time.  Thanks for visiting!