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Posts from — June 2011

Apothecary Glass Jar + Seashells

Not sure how many of you get home decor catalogs or magazines, but the summer editions I receive lately have been showing lots of glass apothecary jars.  These jars can house soaps, candy, sponges, flowers, fruit -  just about anything you can imagine!  But these jars don’t always come cheaply.  Many of the prices I’ve seen start them at $30 and that doesn’t include the cost of filling it.  So when I came across one at a garage sale filled with seashells, I just had to jump on it.  Take a look…

It stands about 18″ tall and cost $6.  It was worth every penny!

The above apothecary jars are from Pottery Barn and start at $36.

Images:  House of Many Hues, Pottery Barn

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June 27, 2011   2 Comments

Dreamy Cakes

Woke up this morning thinking about cake.  This happens sometimes (i.e. alot).

Images:  SugarCraft, Maggie Austin Cake

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June 14, 2011   1 Comment

Meet Stylist Tara Sloggett

Isn’t it wonderful how you can start researching one thing online and then before you know it you follow a trail that lands you somewhere amazingly unexpected?  I’m sure I must have mentioned this before.  But it’s true!  My husband is always shocked how much I have going on at once on my laptop.  Generally, I have at least 10 internet windows going at once.  I LOVE researching, learning, being inspired and sharing what I come across.  So this is how I ended up at Decor and Lifestyle Stlylist Tara Sloggett.

Her site opens with this message on top  -

So here I am!  New beginnings three years ago took me from London to Cape Town and now that the dust and the heart has settled I’m here to stay.  Specialising in styling, art direction, prop sourcing and production for international and local editorial shoots and commercial clients, I’m lucky enough to do what I love, with amazing people, in a beautiful, inspirational country I’ve come to call home.  Thanks for having me!”

Sounds like Tara has been following quite an adventure!  Here are some of her decor photo’s…

Love the little bits of ribbon tied to this chandelier.  For some reason the ribbon reminds me of something that Cox & Cox would sell.

Images:  Tara Sloggett

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June 8, 2011   1 Comment

Growing Veggies

The vegetable garden is now fully planted!  Can you say whoo hoo!  There were great delays in planting this year due to all of the rain we had a few weeks ago.  I’m so glad that all of my plants (I think my husband counted over 90) are in the ground and for now doing well.  I have everything from snow peas, to eggplant, to yellow wax beans,  and even cantaloupe and pumpkins.  I’ve been thinking about what to do with any surplus I may have – my guess is there will be more than I know what to do with!  My thoughts are on putting up an unattended roadside stand and selling off my crop for some extra cash.  My neighborhood has an “egg” lady, a Christmas tree farmer, a pumpkin patch, firewood galore, and a roadside corn stand just to name a few.  However, I don’t know of anyone that sells anything like bell peppers or broccoli.  Or maybe I’ll just take it up to the local farmers market.  We’ll see how things progress.

In other area’s of my garden, here’s what’s in bloom…

Images:  House of Many Hues

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June 7, 2011   No Comments

Vintage Board Game Art

Ever think about framing the artwork of a vintage board game?  I am soo loving this idea!  There are tons of board games to choose from and make such a unique display.  However, there are 2 challenges I foresee – 1.  Finding a frame that will fit.  I think the word here is “custom” (there are some great online resources for this) and 2.  Finding just a box in great shape for sale.  Really, this is just my problem because I would feel awfully guilty if I cut up the box of a game intact.  These are not huge issues, but they did pop up in my mind and come out on the keyboard.  But back to the artwork, check these out…

I think some of these would look great in a kids room or play area while others maybe be fun in a den or family area.  Let’s just say that the possibilities are endless!

Some of the ad’s on the box crack me up…”It’s just like golf…without the walking”!

Ok, this one above may be a bit creepy for my taste – but there are people who just love clowns and find them intriguing.

Images:  eBay

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June 2, 2011   2 Comments