Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ye Old Curiosity Shoppe, also known as a little slice of cluttered Heaven and a Scentsy GIVE AWAY

I sometimes get emails or visitors who will ask where I've gotten a certain piece of something or other in my home.  It's OFTEN from this GREAT little store a couple miles from my home.  Long time Whimages readers will remember that I posted about this treasure trove last year.  It's been awhile, I figured you could use a bit of eye candy from Bob, the proprietor of Ye Old Curiosity Shoppe.  You can spend hours here and not see a fraction of what Bob has.  Everything is packed in like sardines but usually you can ask if he has "blank" and he will!  Even after being there yesterday and then looking at these photos, I still see different little goodies that I hadn't seen while there.  There is SO much to see, so enjoy!  Remember, you can click on the photos to make them larger and if you have any questions don't hesitate to call Bob and tell him Robyn sent you! His number is 410-734-6228     
NOW for the give away!  This is going to be a "where's Waldo" sort of game.  Email me with how many different ROBOTS (pretty popular in little boy rooms) you can spot.  If you are correct, I'll put your name in for a FREE SCENTSY plug in warmer and 2 scent bars including the scent of the month!  My email is  GOOD LUCK!

I love this purple hued bottle!

Vintage iron and a sweet doggie bank (I think that's what it was!)

There are several of these enamel wash basins around the shop.

These antique and repo airplanes would be awesome hanging in a boys room!
Bob holding a turn of the century sprinkler.

Looking toward the back of the store.
Also looking toward the back but from the side.

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I LOVE this green juicer and measuring cup...I also ADORE that silver pedestal to the left and that Jadeite bow in itl!

Bob has many pitchers throughout the store.  This green one would be AWESOME with bunches of daisies in it!

Sweet slim ironstone pitcher.

Shelving at one of the sides of the store.

Shelving. If you look closely there is more of that green depression glass that's so pretty.  You could probably start a collection immediately!

Obviously, I've got a little crush on this green pressed glass pitcher!

Pansy pitcher.

Another pitcher...and the Pillsbury doughboy too!

This shelf is the first place I hit when going to Bobs, I've gotten several cool little goodies here.  Look at those cobalt blue salt and pepper shakers and those very pale blue ones further down.

The store has quite a supply of carnival glass.

I've found several goodies in this stack of plates.  One of my favorites is in my foyer, it's a divided transferware cafeteria plate (there is one at the bottom of this pile) from a restaurant in Baltimore.  Bob calls them "grill plates".

More airplanes to the right.

There is a bunch of this clear glass withthe balls on the end (I don't know what it's called, sorry) all over the store.  Again, instant collection!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Most inspired post EVER!

Last night I wrote the MOST inspired, fabulous and engaging post in Whimages history only to wake up this morning to find it gone!  Ok, so maybe it wasn't that fabulous or inspired but it took me a while to write!  It was a bit lengthy.  This time I'm just going to give you the facts. Jack. 

Our living room has somehow morphed into the room that our teenage twins like to entertain their friends.  I think it has more to do with the fact that WE are not in there than it attracting them style wise.  Regardless, it's ready for a little makeover.  I have NEVER like the paint color in there.  It's a soft lemon yellow when it was supposed to be matched to our kitchen and foyer which is a soft, warm butter yellow.  We've decided to put wainscoting and crown (which might be a long while!) and paint the top a gorgeous Sherwin Williams color I saw on HOUZZ called Tidewater Blue.  This is a totally different method to choosing a paint color than what I normally do.  I usually "see" the color in my head and then go pick it out.  (that sounds like I'm some freak)   So this is a stretch for me...I hope we love it! It's the color of the walls in the first photo from yesterdays post.  We also want to have the furniture slip covered in some super incredibly durable and washable fabric.  I think we'll get this all accomplished when the money tree we planted in the backyard starts to bloom.  In the meantime here are some of the rooms that have been inspiring me!  (I hope this post doesn't disappear!)

Lola Bs traditional living room

House in the Hamptons traditional living room

Kitchen, Bath and interior design traditional living room

Attention to details traditional entry

Lafayette Residence Two traditional living room

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Let's talk CAKE! ...and a Shabby Apple WINNER!

 While looking for cake ideas for Peyton's party, I came across this gorgeous rose cake.  I couldn't get it out of my mind.  This weekend we had a Scentsy open house and also a Stella and Dot trunk show.  I figured that would be the perfect time to test out this cake decoration on my unsuspecting friends!  Unfortunately the only photo I took of the cake was the side that had the mistake.  Sorry!  The other side really looked better!  If you want to try your hand at this pretty cake (btw, I only did the outside decoration like hers, I actually made a 5 layer carrot cake) there is an easy tutorial on the FAB blog, I am baker.  It's very easy, I think you'll be surprised if you try it.  I'd love to see your cakes if you decide to make one! I had to modify the tutorial because my cake was much taller than the original rose cake and I used my favorite deluxe cream cheese frosting instead of the buttercream recipe in the tutorial.  It's such a pretty, creamy white. I also made mini blackberry cheesecakes, lemon squares, apple pie and chocolate covered strawberries.  I don't need much of an excuse to bake!
Totally off the subject, Callie got her pointe shoes at the beginning of January.  I think pointe is so pretty!  We finally had a pretty day in Maryland.  Callie had been waiting for a nice day so I could take a photo of her shoes for her facebook profile.  It turned out sort of cool with a little help of a wee bit of cross processing.

We have a Shabby Apple Winner!  Julie, number 15!  Julie lives in my town so I'm hoping I'll get to actually see it.

EDIT:  This is the last piece of the rose covered carrot cake.  It's looking a bit sad but still delicious.  I thought I'd share it with you and the good news is you can enjoy it this way without ANY calories! Yay! ...that's me, always looking out for your well-being.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

SHABBY APPLE Giveaway!! and a coupon code!

Just yesterday, a dear friend was showing me gorgeous photos from her whilwind tour of Europe.  I couldn't help falling asleep last night with visions of enchanting monuments and quaint and charming street-side cafe's.  Her son is in a college program in Spain and is loving every minute!

Ironically, this morning I discovered that I get to GIVE AWAY a marvelous vintage inspired womens dress from SHABBY APPLE and their "Roamin Holiday" collection.  Have you seen the LOVELY dresses this company has designed?  I spent all morning going over the Shabby Apple site.  Gorgeous dress after gorgeous womens dress...and accessories! Sweet little girls dresses too!

There are so many dresses that I'm in love with and there is a fabulous little style tool that shows you which dresses are cut to flatter your body style.  That's like having your best friend with you in the dressing room!  The Shabby Apple moto is: A return to what dresses were always meant to be — a one-piece outfit. No need to add tank tops, no cardigans, nothing (except accessories, of course!).  I love that!

I'm sure you are waiting with baited breath to hear about the GIVE AWAY! The dress that Shabby Apple and Whimages is giving away is called Spanish Steps, it's that fabulous dress up there next to the sexy red Vespa!  I love the cut and that gorgeous detail on the skirt.  Shabby Apple is ALSO offering Whimages followers a 10% discount coupon code!  The code is whimages10off  and will expire 30 days from today.

You have 4 chances to win this amazing dress! You will have to leave 4 seperate comments.   Here we go...
1.  Go to Shabby Apple's Facebook page and "like" them, come back here and leave a comment  to let me know you did.
2.  Become a follower of Whimages and leave a separate comment letting me know.
3.  Blog or FB about this giveaway with a link back to this post and leave a comment about that.
4.  Leave a comment telling me what your favorite Summer time food is! ;-)

Contest ends Monday at noon.

Here's some fine print: The winner must have a U.S. shipping address.  There will also be no exchanges for the winning dress.

Stay Tuned for a GIVEAWAY!! Plus an obession

Come on back later today for a FABULOUS GIVEAWAY you will want to win!

I'm SERIOUSLY addicted to THIS!  I never want to walk away from the computer screen. Laundry be damned!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Out On A Whim: Pretty Little Studio

Vintage style die cut from Pretty Little Studio

Rainy weather vintage style diecuts from Pretty Little Studio

Vintage style flash card from Pretty Little Studio

I don't remember how I came across today's OUT ON A WHIM last week, but when I did, I couldn't stop looking at all of the FABULOUS vintage style goodies in this SWEET and HAPPY little store!

 PRETTY LITTLE STUDIO is a delightful site that has many inspirational nooks and crannies.  From the first page of the website, you know you are in for a TREAT!  There is the store of course and the Etsy store too, but there is also an inspiration gallery, a Twitter, a Facebook and a BLOG .  Even if you don't scrapbook, this store has so much to offer.  I discovered that they will personalize their flashcards with whatever you want!  This is such a COOL gift to give someone and at $2.00 for a 5 x7 and $4.00 for an 8 x 10, they are cheaper than a greeting card!  How cute would these be as a gift tag?!  I had to get some flashcards for myself.  They really are so cute and great quality.

My personalized flash cards. I LOVE these!

Personalized nursery rhyme. HOW COOL?
Flash card that adds up to my family number!  I love this!

* I am in no way affiliated with Pretty Little Studio and I was not compensated for this review.  It is just a great little company with products I fell in love with!