Monday, July 28, 2014

Check Out 3 Thrift Store Shoppers in a Mini Blog Tour!

You have probably enjoyed a number of blog tours this summer...I know I have. So when Linda from Itsy Bits and Pieces asked me to participate, I said "Yes!" without even batting an eyelash.

Then, my blog friends and I played tag trying to enlist each other...I won't tell you what Tina said, but as usual, it made me laugh out loud. So...I did find one willing tourista, but first...

Linda's blog caught my eye early, and I've been following her for almost all of my nearly 3 years. 

She is a vintage dealer, writer and photographer, who loves to blog and incorporate her cool vintage finds into her home projects, which are chock full of great ideas.

The chippy pig on the scale cracks me up!
She creates wonderful pieces from her finds as well:

Linda has FOUR wonderful Etsy shops, btw. To find them, click HERE. To top it all off, she's a really nice, considerate blogger and human being. Be sure to pay her a visit!

This is the part where I answer questions...

What am I working on?
Today, I spent a while sterilizing canning jars, labeling them and filling them with spices and organic food ingredients that have been cluttering a cabinet in my kitchen. I need to hang a spice rack I bought at a garage sale and painted. The top is on the right side...

I also have been working on lace lamp shades to go on 3 lamps I have painted. Things are not going very smoothly!

And, I'm playing around with a mini makeover in my living room, changing the radiant violet I had in the spring to aqua.

How does my work differ from others of it's genre?
For one thing, I am single, so pretty much everything I do is done by yours truly. 

For another, I have a thing about using opposites - I love to see modern and vintage, plain and fancy, industrial and French, etc. 

I like to change things seasonally, and have created a neutral palette in most of my home so I can do it fairly easily. (I'm still working on the rest of my home...)

Why do I write/create what I do?
Three and a half years ago, I didn't even know blogs existed. My daughter sent me some links to show me ideas for her future house, and when I started looking, I was hooked! I began blogging as an accountability thing - if you post you're going to do it, you should do it and FINISH it, right? I also thought I might be able to offer a single woman's perspective and tips. I never imagined the friendships, which have been  a lovely surprise.

How does my writing/creative process work?
I most often post about something I have found at a thrift store or something I'm painting (that I found at a thrift store!) My home is probably 75 percent thrifted items, which works well for  a one-income household.

The most important thing I always post is a Bible verse that relates to what I post. God is good, and though sometimes it is harder to relate a verse than others, it usually works. Sometimes, I'll even tweak a post to make it match a really good verse better. Why do I do it? Because I believe what the Bible says, and Isaiah 55:8-11 says this:

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

I figure if I put it out there, someone who needs to read it will read it. I think that's pretty cool. 

Now, I'd like you to meet a fairly new blog friend, who is also a Texas girl! Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction was introduced to me via another very sweet Texas girl - Audrey - and I'm so glad we did. She's been featured at least twice in my weekly Thrifty Life Thursday link party.

Cecilia from  started her blog a little over a year ago.  She writes about her adventures in thrifting and repurposing her finds for her home and garden. 

Her garden is FABULOUS! And BIG. Wow, Cecilia. No surprise; she is passionate about her Secret Garden which serves as both her creative sanctuary and as the origin of her Etsy herb shop. 

She has been known to swoon over Vintage dishes and linens!  I love how she uses them with new things mixed in. Can you tell which is which?

Now, if only she, Audrey and I could meet for lunch and a day out doing the garage sales, I'd be a happy camper.

When you visit Cecilia, tell her Revi says, Hi!

Word for the Day:
Proverbs 27:9
Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Aqua Painting

Last week I house sat for sweet friends from church, and spent time with this pretty girl.

This time, the gardener did all the watering in Dani's garden, so I hung out with Sadi inside, since we had record-breaking heat. See more of Dani's Garden here, if you want to see a lovely space.

I decided to embrace my "free time" away from home, with practically no chores, and paint.

Here is a detail of one section:

Below, another detail:

And another. You can see this piece has a variety of soft aqua and turquoise hues:

It is painted with acryilc paints with graphite accents.

I plan to list it on Etsy this week. Meanwhile, it is hanging in my living room...telling me to go ahead and do some turquoise accents before fall. 

Word for the Day:
Deuteronomy 8:18
You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Possibly Linking With:
Sundays at Home
Mod Mix Monday
Make it Pretty Monday
Vintage Inspiration Tuesday
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Scoop
Wow Us Wednesday
What’s it Wednesday
Cottage Style Party
Drop it or Swap it Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations
Share Your Cup Thursday
Feathered Nest Friday
Furniture Feature Friday
Frugal Friday
Junkin’ Joe
Party Junk

Friday, July 25, 2014

What's Next? Heavy Industry and Fancy French - TOGETHER!

You know how it can see it your my mind's eye. For me, it is often a visual feast of two very opposite styles showcasing each other.

Opposites used together excite me so much; ornate gold frames, walnut wood, rusty vintage industrial objects...

Perhaps a new gallery wall behind the sofa, with gilded frames, aged mirrors and industrial tidbits all mixed together.

 A bigger, even more industrial version of this:

I can see gilded gold, gray metal, dark wood, and a pop of mustard yellow here and there...

Really, it is not so very different from what I have done in the past, just more focused, minus some of the cottage whites. 

Favorite objects collected over many years will be used, of course; many you have seen before...

...but hopefully they will be displayed in different ways. New things found in the past few months will also be incorporated. I have been saving some of them to show you at the proper time.

Grayed down whites, grays, mustard yellow, dark wood, gilded metal, rusty metal, dark bronze...

a visual feast of patina and texture...

Industrial wire, vintage French, plain and fancy...

More than just the decorative items will change...I plan to do some furniture switcharoo, too. 

Musical chairs and tables will happen...and the sweet cottage bench will go to the middle bedroom.

But the vintage trunk will stay because it has the right Vibe.

The French chair will stay...and more French friends will join the party.

The book shelves will stay...

These changes will most likely spill into the dining room, since the two rooms are really almost like one space.
I will save that for a different post!

Word for the Day:
Psalm 119:127
Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold.

Possibly Linking With:
Sunday Show-off Link Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sundays at Home
Mod Mix Monday
Masterpiece Monday
Make it Pretty Monday
Vintage Inspiration Tuesday
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Scoop
Inspire Me Tuesday
Inspiration Exchange Linky Party
Wow Us Wednesday
Show Me What Ya Got
What’s it Wednesday
Cottage Style Party
Penny Pinching Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations
Time Travel Thursday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Feathered Nest Friday
Furniture Feature Friday
Friday Redoux Link Party
Frugal Friday
Fabulously Creative Friday
Party Junk
Get Schooled Saturday
Show and Tell Saturday

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thrifty Life Thursday # 28 and a New French Chair

Pretty shape, pretty legs and a nice price.

So she came home with me. 

Even the Fleur de Lis fabric is pretty, and I think it might be silk. But it has problems...

It is nothing a coat of off-white paint and some drop cloth can't fix. She'll work well with something new I want to try in the living room...

I have waited so long to do a "summer" look in the living room, I think I want to go ahead and begin implementing the look that will carry me through until Christmas decor begins; 

Hmmm...maybe I'll post some elements I've been collecting and some inspiration soon.

But for now, take a look at the projects other bloggers have been working on!

Features from last week's party:

Julie from Renaissance Mermaid shared a wonderful new coffee table she and her husband collaborated on. 
I love how she kept the hardware on the door...

Joy from A Vintage Green shared some lovely vintage vignettes and some photo & editing tips. 

Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction shared a beautiful beachy table scape...using vintage gray Fire King plates she found at a thrift store and other lovely things.


Gathering Guidelines:

This is a gathering for people who enjoy hunting for treasures 
that may have previous experience or lived a former life elsewhere. 

Please share items that are second-hand or are composed of second-hand materials.

Types of Posts to Share:
    • Home decor, furniture, collectibles, garden items and even wearables are welcome, as long as they have a second-hand element.
    • Please, no food items, new pieces from "real" stores, or crafts, unless made with upcycled, thrifty finds.
    • Hand-me-downs and curbside finds are welcome, as are items found in thrift stores, garage sales, antique shops, flea markets and other interesting places.
    • Treasures may be listed as you found them, or with your updates, tweaks, and re-purposes; befores and afters are both welcome.
    • Items need not be "vintage" but must be pre-owned or second hand.
    • Posts including Etsy and other shop links are welcome! For visitor enjoyment, please link to your blog post, not directly to your Etsy shop. 
      • Though it is not a requirement, it would be lovely if you would follow Revisionary Life  via Bloglovin', Blogger or subscribe via email. Links are located in my sidebar to the right.
      • Please link your post (not your blog address) back to Revisionary Life.             
      • Please visit at least one other party friend.
      • I'd love for you to comment and introduce yourself if we've never met before. :) Otherwise, don't feel obligated to leave a comment. 
      • Featured items must meet the criteria above. 
      • Only posts that link back may be featured.
      • I will try to leave a comment or email you and let you know if you were featured!

      Word for the Day:
      Hebrews 10:24-25
       And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 
      25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, 
      but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.