I LoVe Imperfections... Soooo much more interesting than brand new!*!*!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

BeSt!*!*! Vintage Lamp "Lady & Flower Basket"...

The BeSt!*!*!  I picked up this GoRgeOuS ViNtaGe Lamp the other day...  Just Stunning!!!  I'll be looking for just the righ spot for it in the house today... ~ If it doesn't work out - I'll put it on Ebay...  Speaking about Ebay - I have a couple shabby items closing tonite...  Please do Check Out My Items...  CLICK HERE!

 Sooooo PeRfeCt for a SHaBBy Decor!*!*!
**FaBuLouS Lamp**



I love her sweet little basket and puffy sleeved blouse...

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Still Celebrating!*!*!

OMG!*!*! ~  "Still Celebrating"...  Another BiRthDaY Lunch - this time with my Dearest Friend "on-the-planet" - Lin!*!*!  Firstly, I can't say enough about how special Lin's friendship is to me...  - She is a REAL Gem!!!  I am honored to say she is my friend...  Many a time we flap our chops over the good food and quiet atmosphere at California Pizza Kitchen... ~ We just love going there - we can actually sit there for hours and not feel the need to be pushed out the door if you know what I mean... 

BeSt Chit-Chat Friends...  We've been known to be the last customers in the restaurant!!!


Lin had a delightful birthday goodie bag for me...  - She knows I'm "BiRd CrAzY" this year!!!  LoVE these fun spring-time napkins...


 
The BeSt!*!*!  I couldn't think of any place I'd rather shop...
Look at that SPECIAL PACKAGING from Anthropologie... ~ The gift card was slipped inside...



ViNtaGe!!!   OMG ~ wait till you hear the scoop on this!!!  But - Firstly, what a thoughtful vintage gift - with the bird of course!!!  I can just see it tucked in a vignette - perhaps in a shadow box or little stand of sort...



INSIDE - SURPRISE SCOOP!!!   OMG!*!*!  As I was flipping through the pages of this little birdie book, I came across this "Secret Code of Sort"...  I showed it to my step daughter... - Let me tell you - Amy is one smart cookie!!! ~ Remember the movie with RALPHIE and the RED RYDER BB GUN - "A Christmas Story"??? - Well, This was THE CODE Ralphie was writing down while listening to the radio program - locked in the bathroom... The dates match up, on the back of this book having a calendar 1928 - 1935...  It was advertising OVALTINE...   How Fun!!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

The BeSt!!! BiRdiE Makeup Bag - Fossil...

My BiRthDay goes on and on ~ still being CeLeBraTed...

This this "THE SWEETEST" MakeUp Bag ever!*!*!
My Step Daughter, Amy - picked just the right item for me - with birdies!!!
Don't you just love the the little key pull tab on the zipper too...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Anthropologie SEASHELL Drawer Pull Knobs!!!

OMG!*!*! ~ Check out these AwEsoMe Seashell Drawer Pull Knobs from ANTHROPOLOGIE - Currently Up for Bid - on EBaY!!!  PeRfeCt for a Beach Cottage -or- SHaBBy Decor!*!*!


Click here to check out ALL My Current EBaY Items 
"Up For Bid"...  Seller:  chippy-shabby

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! Items - UP FOR BID on EBaY!*!*!

 Check out EBaY Seller chippy-shabby!!!  ~ It's Me!!!   ~ I've finally started my "winter selling" on EBaY!!!    Here is a quick "sneak-peek" of a few items I have up for bid right now...  I'll be adding every couple days...  Those of you that live far and wish you could make it to my SaLes - Now is your chance to buy a FaBuLouS SHaBBy Find!*!*!  Some items are BUY-IT-NOW...  Some have No Reserve... Others do have a Reserve...  
A "RESERVE"  is a mininum selling price established by the seller - at which to sell the item.  This dollar amount is not normally shown in the listing... The item will not sell until the item reaches the dollar amount of this reserve.    Reserves are usually used by sellers on more desirable or expensive items which protect the seller's investment.  Soooo if you really want the item - "KEEP BIDDING" - Till It Reaches the Reserve - Or it won't sell...

Vintage Mirror with Patina!!!


Architectural Newel Post...


BeSt!*!*!  SHaBBy Cherub Statue...
Can't believe I've let this one go...  It's up for bid!*!*!

Monday, February 22, 2010

ANABA TEA ROOM - Shorewood WI

The ANABA TEA ROOM, located in Shorewood, Wisconsin is an absolute delight!*!*!  My friend Jenny and I have February Birthdays - just a day apart... ~ Yesterday we decided to "CeLeBraTe" our special day!!!  Jenny made a GREAT SUGGESTION to visit the ANABA Tea Room...

The ANABA TEA ROOM is located inside a retail store - GARDEN ROOM...  
The GARDEN ROOM mixes in a few "vintage items" along with upscale practical garden accessories.  The Store has quite a look!


These "Leaf-Vines" are REAL!!!  The leaves are planted along an open railing that surrounds the "roof -like" area of the tea room...


This is the TEA ROOM seating area "under these vines"...


This lower level where the TEA ROOM is located has a warm welcoming atmosphere...  As you enter the seating area there are two large metal cages of sort with lighted pilar candles...  I REALLY liked the fact that even though there are a lot of people/tables - IT'S QUIET - You can actually hear the person across from you!



We made and EXCELLENT Tea Selection - "Mandarin Citrus"...



 
Hot from the Oven!*!*! - Just Yummy...

 
Our Salads with Shrimp were just as delicious as it looked...



As we were leaving, our server snapped this picture of myself and Jenny - by the AmAziNg "Hot Water Tea Pots" ...  YES, we had "to-go" boxes...



During the warm weather months - THE GARDEN ROOM/ANABA has seating on their ROOF TOP!!!  We took a sneak peek - FaBuLouS!!!  I can just imagine this green house area in Spring!


Lastly we browsed through the GARDEN STORE...  I spotted this AmAziNg Vintage Iron Wall Sconce of sort...  It had a hefty price tag - of course!!!


Saturday, February 20, 2010

It Arrived in the Mail ToDay ***PORCH MAGAZINE***

I've become acquainted with a Whole New World since my First Trip to Warrenton, Texas!!!  If it weren't for "Garden Antqs Vintage" - Hosting a BLOG PARTY  - I never would have made such wonderful new friends/connections...    Because of these Blogs - I was introduced to PORCH MAGAZINE - JuSt LoVe the new issue that arrived in my mail box today!!! ~ BeSt Ever!*!*! ~ Featuring a twist on "Romantic French"...  This Issue is a Must See!*!*!

You can easily order your own copy by going to:


Friday, February 19, 2010

Thanks for all your good wishes!*!*! & ANTHROPOLOGIE...

Thanks to ALL of YOU ~ new and old friends for wishing me a Happy Birthday - yesterday...  
Amy & Desi sent me this GoRgeOuS "Fresh Flower Arrangement"!*!*!   Soooo beautiful against the outside "snowy" winter background here in Wisconsin... 


 
I wanted to stay home last night and "grill-out" - STEAKS!!!  ~ A real treat...  Jeff bundled up in his winter gear and braved the elements... YES - we're still up to our "you know what" in snow here...  HOWEVER - 23 days till day light savings time happens - YES!!!


Thank YOU all my friends and famiy for your thoughtful e-cards, and those that got mailed...  It really made my day...  Does that "Bird have a Crown on It"?!?!?! - OMG...


As a Birthday Treat - ANTHROPOLOGIE sent me a 15% Off my entire purchase in the Month of February!!!  Isn't that store The BeSt!*!*!  ~ Guess where I'm headed on Saturday... and I still have my Christmas Swipe Card!!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

It's My Day!*!*!

OMG!*!*! ~ It's my BiRthDay!!!  Can't wait to see what the day brings...  How Old???? ~ Old enough to lie about my age!*!*!  
On our family birthdays my Mom would always make a "Chocolate-Cherry" Cake...  I still have the recipe & do bake it on those special occasions...  It is "The BeSt"!!!


Although my Mom has been gone for a very long time ~ I like to set out one of the many birthday cards she sent me over the years ~ and remember when...  There is something so special about the Mother/Daughter connection...


***Let the Celebration Begin***

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

**BeSt** SHaBBy TaBLe @ Cedar Creek Antiques, Cedarburg, WI

It sure seems to take a lot more effort to do a show in the winter... ~ lack of sun & wearing bulky coats/sweaters most certainly doesn't help...  Soooooo - yes, I'm still recovering!!!  However, I did put a few **Shabbies** out in the hall area of Cedar Creek Antiques - located in the Cedar Creek Settlement - here in Cedarburg, WI...  

This Shabby White TABLE has The BeSt!*!*! natural time-worn patina...




The table has such great form ~ Perfectly chippy in ALL the right places...  The lovely Wall Mirror has been shabby-painted...  ~ This would look fabulous in an entry way with a chandelier hanging above!!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

FaBuLouS!*!*! ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! Show Last Saturday...

OMG!*!*! ~ I was soooo thrilled with last Saturday's turn-out at the Germantown Flea Market/Show...  ALL my efforts were well worth it!!!  A Big  "Thank-You" to ALL  of my many valued ChiPPY!-SHaBBy! customers...  Enjoy the pics...  Comments WeLcoMe!!! (click to enlarge)

 
"Spring was in the air" in my ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! Booth... 








 Although I'm not much of a crafter ~ I've been inspired by those of you who are...  I whipped up a few of these BiRdie - "Spring's Sweetest Song Tags" - to use as adornments...  They went fast... 



Patti & Diana were the "First-Ones-In-The-Door"!!!  These darling Gals drove up all the way from Chicago!!! ~ Way to go ladies...  As you can see, they BOTH know how to shop!*!*!


This "Sweet Little BiRdiE" was my Spring Inspiration for the show!*!*!  I put a "bing-bling" crown on him...



I put quite a few "Fresh" flowers in the booth...



Jenny & Lisa are the BeSt ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! Customers!!!    Once again they walked away "happy" with their arms full!*!*!  



Everyone LoVeD this little birdie shadow box ~ with funky "bling-bling" on his crown...



 This was a FaBuLouS Old Chippy Frame ~ SOLD right away...



Maureen was another customer that drove up from Chicago...  Although she did not get there right at 9 a.m. when we first opened - she still snagged the "Shabby Frame" that was shown on my preview pics...   Maureen left with her arms full too!*!*!



This architectural tin was just AwEsoMe... Unusual wood/gesso center motif... My friend Elizabeth thought it would be perfect for her collage above the couch...



This darling BiRde Rack/Holder Sold right away...  Wouldn't it look just perfect in a bathroom with towels rolled up in it!?!?!












  



Sunday, February 14, 2010

**Happy VaLenTiNes DaY** xoxoxoxox...

Valentine Cookies!*!*!  ~  PeRfeCtly Delicious...
I baked these yummy cookies (recipe from the"Silver Palate Cookbook" -one of my favorites cookbooks)...   I brought them to Yesteday's Flea Market/Antique Show... ~ COOKIES were "Free with purchase"!!!  I displayed them as-is in this "VINTAGE TIN" BAKING PAN WITH REMOVABLE HEART CENTER"...  Quite a few people wanted to buy the tin!!! 



 
My Husband surprised me with this Vintage Candy Box for Valentine's Day...  It is just AwEsoMe!!!  I LoVe the Cherry Motif...  




The lid is still in very good condition ~ sort of padded... The inside still retains it's original embossed scalloped-edge paper...




Jeff carefully lined the inside of the box with foil &  filled it with my Favorite Candy from 2 of our local candy shops ~ Amy's Candy Kitchen (http://www.amyscandykitchen.com/) & Beerntsen's Confectionary (http://beerntsens.com/)...  What a thoughtful husband I have!!! XOXOX

P.S.  Yesterday's Show "exceeded my expectations"!!!  A Big Thank YOU to ALL my Customers!*!*!   I'll be posting show pics tomorrow...  
Happy VaLenTine's Day to all...