Tuesday, August 31, 2010

ANTIQUE GYPSY

While we're on a romantic gypsy theme "Antique Gypsy", a shop in Brenham, Texas, is absolutely full of thrifty inspiration.


Love this color!
A gypsy theme.
Never pass up old shutters.  You can connect them to make a divider or just hang them as art.


An old wardrobe with the doors removed makes a great display cabinet.  The fabric is from an antique umbrella.





Monday, August 30, 2010

Junk Gypsies

The Junk Gypsies Junk-A-Palozza sale was very fun, very inspiring, very junky!





A Babylon Sister with a sweet neice!








She's just so photogenic!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?

We do.  Hurricane Katrina blew us out of the city we love.  I have many things in my house from New Orleans but one area in particular is dedicated to NOLA.




We bought this crazy couch years ago at an antique shop on Decatur St..  I think it was a movie or theatre prop.  It once graced the entry of our grand apartment in the French Quarter.  It's kind of crumbling (much like New Orleans, even before the storm) but I don't know how I could part with it.




I bought two of these candle holders from a junk shop in the Marginy.  Only one has survived - it still gets lots of use.



                                                     A collection of New Orleans memorabilia.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Junk-A-Palooza

Babylon Sisters are off to College Station, Texas to the Junk Gypsies Junk-A-Palooza Sale.


Junk Gyspy style!

Looks interesting!

We'll let you know how it goes!  Taking camera and cash!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Elephants on Parade

I was taking some pictures of these cute elephant keychains for my Etsy shop and decided to look for some other elephant items (all from Etsy).


 

via Latrouvaille
via MabonMoon
via broochonmyback59
via RomyVintage








Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Thrift Scores

Just a few treasures I found at the thrift store today -

Mod push pins.

I love vintage religious items!  This will go on a goddess altar in my bedroom.




A great container for loose incense.




A pretty vintage rhinestone necklace for my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

How to Display How You Spent Your Summer Vacation

Get those summer vacation pictures off your computer and on to your walls!  Here are some ideas:


A great collection over  an excellent piece of vintage furniture.

Two words - Sticky-tack!

Go all-out!

Bring home a bit of the beach.







Monday, August 23, 2010

RV DREAMS

My husband and I have been thinking about buying an RV.  Unfortunately, the ones that we like are not very practical...









Sunday, August 22, 2010

BUY THIS NOW!!!

I'm pretty much a magazine freak.  I've probably read every issue of Vogue published since I was 15 years old - and that's quite a few issues, let me tell you!

I live with mountains of decorating magazines at all times.  I have piles of inspiration journals filled with years of magazine clippings.

"Where Women Create" is perhaps the greatest magazine of all time.  The latest issue is so fabulous I don't even know where to start - just buy it!




I WANT TO PAINT IT PINK!

When I was a little girl, I totally adored pink houses.  Now, although my house is painted a more 'sensible' color,  I do have a neighbour after my own heart: 

Love it!

Start with some vintage frames...

Transform any thrift store coffee table - really!

A chic accent...
Spray paint works wonders!



Don't stop paintin'!



Thursday, August 19, 2010

TODAY, WHY DON'T YOU...

Years ago, when Helen Gurley Brown was the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine she used to write a column of 'Why don't you's?'.  Hers were:  Why don't you...have a bath in champagne?  Or, Why don't you...have an affair at the office?  My less costly and less risky 'Why don't you?' for today is:  Why don't you...frame something that is not a picture?


A fabulous scarf


Creative jewelry display



Swatches of gorgeous barkcloth


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Looks for a New Sofa

Babylon Sisters' sister bought a new sofa today at Ikea.  A nice comfy blank slate!  So, the question is, what throw cushions to make?


Fun versions of the Union Jack.

A riot of color!

English country garden.

T-shirts you can't part with.






        

Monday, August 16, 2010

Can We Do It? Yes, We Can!

Here are some things I know you can make because you're so talented...


This designer 'statement necklace' costs about $1000.00.  Are you kidding me? - here's what I'm thinking: 
                        black satin ribbon
                        black satin fabric
                        good iron-on interfacing
                        hammer your own grommets ( at Micheal's or JoAnne's, don't worry!)
                        collection of vintage gorgeous things (our speciality!)
                         we pretty much rock.


All of you knitty-felty girls will have no problem with this one.  What are you waiting for?  Just do it.



Embellish those vintage clutch purses!  They're all over Etsy.  Very elegant but you need to make it your own.



Ok, I'm obsessed with cuffs.  My tattoo is on my wrist - I wear mountains of bracelets - I don't know what it is - some kind of Wonder Woman power thing.  Anyway, this is a fabulous example and I have a huge box of things collected to make cuffs.  When I bust out at my Etsy shop, I'll let you know!


Well, maybe we can't ALL do this but you stylish Northern girls, get at it!