Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New Etsy Shop Listings

I've been making a few things and listing a few things on my Babylon Sisters Etsy shop.

I found this beautiful embroidered panel at a thrift store a long time ago  I decided to make a cushion cover so I backed it with some vintage Irish linen and added the pom-poms.  Just because I love pom-poms!

I made these simple curtains from a vintage sari (saree?).  I love the colors.

I listed this 70's stoneware tea set.  Perfect for relaxing with some herbal tea...

I haven't listed this yet.  It's a great older black velvet cushion cover with the Four Musketeers.  I don't really know the story but I thought there were only three.  I guess it's like that fifth Beatle thing.

Not sure what I'll do with it yet but I'm thinking pom-poms...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Favorite Thrifted Items

When we moved I got rid of tons of stuff.  Some of my favorite thrift store finds I just couldn't part with though...

An beautiful old flue cover.

A statue of St Clare of Assisi, Patron Saint of Television, dated 1958.

A fun England cutting board.

A plaster hand from the Portobello market in London.  I somehow tend to find really heavy things to bring home in my suitcase...

Two glove molds and a pottery plate.

thriftfully yours,

Monday, September 19, 2016

Meatless Monday - Sunday Roast Dinner Leftovers

My husband is from England so the Sunday Roast Dinner is something we do a lot.  I always make enough for leftovers on Monday - easy peasy!

My husband would have meat if we were in England but at our house it's vegetarian substitutes.  We really like Gardein patties and the gravy that comes with them is the best!

I can finally make Yorkshire puddings at least somewhat as good as Mummy...

Using this mix!

Roast the veggies and bake the potatoes and there you go!


Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Favorites - Magnolia Market

I wrote about our trip to Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas here.  It's the shop of Joanna and Chip Gaines from the HGTV show "Fixer Upper".   Their rustic farmhouse style has really caught on!

Magnolia Market

If you don't happen to be in the area, the on-line Magnolia Market is just the thing!  I especially love the home organization section and Joanna's signature candle is hands-down my all time favorite.

Magnolia Market

I always have a Magnolia candle on the mantel.  This one is the "valencia" scent.  Pretty but the original linen scent is still the best.  I bought the wire and test tube vase at the shop on a whim.  Turns out I use it constantly for rooting plant cutting, stray wild flowers, etc..  A very fun and useful item!

Magnolia Market

These Magnolia Farms crates were on sale the day we were there.  I knew I'd find a place for it and I did!  Lots of plants in the picture window of our new house...

Magnolia Market

This galvanized metal spinny thing is perfect in the kitchen for pens and pencils.

Today is the last day of the September Sale.  40% off selected items and free shipping - how could I resist?

Magnolia Market

I ordered a garden scent candle because the price was right...

Magnolia Market

and an essential wire basket.  Because it's essential.

Hope you're having a fun Friday!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Dreaming of Outside

It's still too hot and humid to do much outside here in Houston but that time is coming.  Eventually.

In the meantime, I'm dreaming of beautiful outdoor spaces...

Posted with the A/C blasting and the cicadas singing.  In the morning.
Sigh... xoxoMary

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Two Thrifted Tables

I'm really happy with the two tables we found recently at thrift stores for our new-to-us house!

Our dining room is quite intimate (small) so our beloved old set had to go.  We found this table for $150 and added the new Ikea chairs.  It looks lovely, doesn't it?  Ha,ha, not for long...

The fun bit is that we've really only used that space for the kids' art room so far.  Luckily the chair covers are washable because they'll need it!

Our other great find was this round painted wood coffee table for $40.  Perfect size and no sharp corners to hurt little people!

Keep on thrifting!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Meatless Monday - Trader Joe's

Tonight's supper isn't really going to be about cooking.  It's going to be more about opening and heating.  Some nights that's all I got...

Luckily, we have a new Trader Joe's in our neighborhood - yay!!  Here's what we're having -

Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's

Happy Monday!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Moon Magic

This last one is how I sometimes feel sewing gypsy curtains for my Etsy shop.  The fabrics are often so old and fragile it's like sewing spider webs.

Most of these images are from my Pinterest Art board.

Wishing you lots of moon magic in your life!

Monday, September 5, 2016

SMEG Retro Style Refrigerator - Needed...

It has gradually come to my attention that our gigantic new stainless steel fridge that was great in our previous kitchen is totally wrong for the smaller and older kitchen in our new house.

Remember the monoliths in 2001 A Space Odyssey?  That's what the fridge is doing in our kitchen - it's LOOMING.  All wrong.

There is, of course, a perfect alternative.

Make the dream real...