Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mothers Day Gift Idea

For Mothers Day this year I wanted to make something cheerful and beautiful, yet everlasting and decorative. I also wanted something personable, I love to receive gifts that are a reflection of the person giving them. Some of my favorite things are flowers, tarnished silver and nothing is more timeless to me than a string of vintage pearls. I thought it would be perfect to put these all together to create this little gift from my heart.

I bought these vintage silverplate goblets at the thrift store for .50! What a bargain. You could use anything such as teacups, crystal goblets, bowls, urns, vintage tumblers etc. The important thing is choose something that is a reflection of you, or personalize it for the mother receiving it.

I collect vintage pearl strands and have over 500. I sorted through them all and chose the best pearls for those I will be giving these gift too. You can find vintage strands of pearls at any antique or vintage shop.

The silk flowers I purchased at my local craft store along with florist moss & foam. Using my glue gun I adhered the moss to the foam. Next I cut the stem of the flower to 3 inches and then stuck it down into the foam. This is a super easy project, I finished in under 1/2 hour. Very inexpensive however I think it will be cherished for many years to come.

Happy Mothers Day, xo Alys

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Super Hero Powers...I think we all need some!

Tonight I was hanging out with my nephew Anders, we were playing outside when he showed me his "Super Power Ring"

I asked him: Where did you get this?

Anders: I found it in the magic toilet

Me: Oh Really!...Where is the magic toilet?

Anders: It's in my will have to come down to my room to see it

We took off to his bedroom on discovery of "the magic toilet"

Me: So where is this magic toilet?

Anders: points to an empty corner in his room and says "its right have to get inside, flush, and then you go down to magic land were everything you find is magic! You may even find a magic ring like mine! Now Aunt Alys lets go!!!

Me: What kinda of magic powers does your ring have?

Anders: If you put it on your finger no monsters will get you and you can have anything you want!

I'M THINKING WE ALL NEED A MAGIC RING! Anything you want, WOW...I'll start my list

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Spring

Today for Easter I thought it would be fun to dress up one of my antique dress forms in her Sunday best for us all to enjoy! As you know I have a slight obsession for antique dress forms, and I must admit she looks rather "GAArGEoUs" in her Easter pretties! However you choose to celebrate this weekend I hope you feel just as fabulous as my dress form must! Happy Spring~ xo, Alys

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Our Home

I have had many request from all of my favorite peeps wanting to see photos of our home. Since it is an always changing array of antiques and vintage I have never really compiled a photo album to display it. I love lighting, paying attention to fine details and beautiful antiques are all very important to me. Decorating is one of my passions and I do it both for our home and local clients. Living among the things I love is such a blessing, It inspires creativity in all forums of my existence. According to my family, I have always had an eye for the finer things in life. I try my best to mix in both high end antiques with flea market finds whenever possible. I was a single mother for a few years and decorating my home on a budget became very important to me. You will see a trend of French antiques throughout these photos of my home. I adore old dress forms, chandeliers, old portrait paintings, fabulous architectural fragments and mirrors. You will see this trend through out our home. I am planning on posting a couple different post of rooms for you to see over the next couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy being a part of our personal space...xo, Alys

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Curious Necessities

I was paying a visit today to one of my favorite blogs in blogland Heather Bullard and was instantly inspired. Don't you just love it when you fall in love at first site! Well this is how I feel when I stop into Heathers Blog. She always has the best photos full of ideas and inspiration for our homes along with great recipes for all you cooks out there. "We all know that counts me out, unless driving to the dairy queen is included in the recipe" Anyhow she just did a post on pretty cabinets and like I said, I was instantly inspired. My dining room table has been crying out for a new display and this antique cabinet has been gather dust for years in our basement so I thought it would be great to bring it upstairs and throw a little something together. What a fun & unique idea...Thanks Heather! xo, Alys

Spring is in the Air!