I LoVe Imperfections...
chipped... salvaged... tattered... worn... rusty... crusty...

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve ~ It's VINTAGE DISCO BALL Nite!*!*!


A Nite of Dance & Merriment
as we Ring-In  The NEW YEAR
And Imagine What *2015* Will Bring...


Monday, December 29, 2014

It's just a Matter-Of-Time...


T*I*M*E,
Frequently referenced with C*L*O*C*K*S,
has so much meaning...  
A reflection of What Was  ~  Of What's To Be...


Top **3** FaVoRiTe Shows of ~2014~
Northwind Perennial Farm's
Annual Antique Garden Show in June
That Show TOTALLY-ROCKED!*!*!
EVERYTHING depends on the weather
at this show ~ AND IT WAS Beyond FaBuLouS!!!



 Elhorn Flea in Wisconsin
September 2014 Season Finale
**Just AwEsoMe**
I LoVe being constantly B*U*S*Y...
Soooo many of my FaVoRiTe F*I*N*D*S were For Sale,
and the Displays just came together effortlessly...




 FaVoRiTe Occasional  S*A*L*E At-Our-Home
For the *2014* Season
Cedarburg ~ Wisconsin



 ** RiNgiNg In-The-New Year **
Some of Us BLiNg-It-Up on New Year's Eve...
Some of Us just keep it simple with a Cozy Nite at Home...
Whatever you may choose ~
Wishing you a Wonderful Evening
and a HaPPy New Year!*!*!

C-U in *2015*

Friday, December 26, 2014

The SPaRKle of Christmas SHaBBies!*!*!


Almost time to start boxing up the 
*~ Christmas S*P*A*R*K*L*E ~*
I do LoVe My ViNtaGe Aqua/Blue Trees Sooooo!*!*!

Hope you had a wonderful past few days
with Family and Friends...
 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

MeRRy Christmas

 It warms my heart to be doing what I love,
and knowing that YOU have made it possible...
Good Times... Great Friendships...
Some of YOU I have never physically met - but through this Blog we have connected in a special way...

~*Season's Greetings*~
To Y*O*U & Your Families Across the Miles...

Sunday, December 21, 2014

HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP... It's All-In-The-D*E*T*A*I*L*S!*!*!


 ~* WraPPinG GIFTS *~
It's like putting "Jewelry On-The-Dress"...


Make it Simple & Elegant...
~ OR ~
Add Lots of Detail & HoLiDay Bling...



I'll always remember the **1st-Time** I received the most beautifully wrapped package I had ever laid my eyes on...  It meant so much to me that someone cared enough to make EVERY SINGLE DETAIL of the GIFT, Wrapping, Bow, Tissue Paper, and all, ~ Soooooo Special ~ and it was "Just-for-Me"!*!*!  
That was the start of me - passing on the
L*O*V*E & Thoughtfulness
 - by Now Wrapping *~LoVeLy Packages~* for others as well...









 It's a W*R*A*P!*!*!
CHriStMaS *2014*
**~ Make Someone Feel Special ~**
Give A P*R*E*T*T*Y Package... 
You'd be surprised how much you can find just around your home to make a lovely package...  Snip some branches/berries from a tree... Attach an old piece of jewelry... Tattered fragments of lace & ribbon...  ETC.


Hope you're well on your way with preparations...
C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S
Is only a few days away!*!*!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Keeper-F*I*N*D*S "Tweaked" For The HoliDays...

More ~*SNeaK-PeeKs*
~* ChiPPy-SHaBBy's *~
GUEST ROOM

 Amy Just L*O*V*E*S
Sleeping Here on Her ViSiTs!*!*!



•ViNtaGe  CHanDelier 
 "FaB-Find" from Room 363 in Naperville, IL



 *Decked-Out* Glass Cloche
 with Reindeer/Bottle Brush Tree Vignette...




 I LoVe  Naturally Time~Worn Pieces
 of Architectural SaLvaGe!*!*!
 *Arched Mirror 
The Gleaner - Ohio
 *Architectural Fragment - Back Edge of Cabinet 
Jackie - Kane County Flea, IL...
*Architectural SaLaVage Capitol Base Fragment
Diane Passi Find...



ChiPPy-WHiTe VinTaGe Window
Polly Hood Find ~ Kane County Flea, IL...

Architectural Pediment/Shelf
Sandwich Antique Market - IL



 Architectural Zinc Fragment
Diane Passi Find



 Time~Worn ViNtaGe Horn
Just AwEsoMe PaTiNa
Grayslake Flea Find...




*~ BeSt-Ever Naturally ChiPPy-WHiTe SHaBBy Table ~*
Let me tell you...
I VaMpeD-Over This Table for years at Debby Martinez's House in Ohio!!!  FINALLY, the day came, some years back - and Debby S*O*L*D IT TO ME!!!  I LoVe Tables like this next-to-the-bed!!!







Time to Get WraPPing Gifts!*!*!
My FaVoRiTe Part!*!*!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SHaBBy-Painted ViNtaGe Ladder ~ Just PerFeCt for my Wreath...


O*M*G!*!*!
ChiPPy-SHaBBy
 Bought a Re-Paint!!!!!!!!!!
SHaBBy-Painted ViNtaGe Ladder
~*JuSt PeRfeCt For-My-ViNtaGe-Wreath*~ 


This past Friday, "Frog Husband" and I were Out & About antiquing "near" Rockford, Illinois...  Checking out the Map ~ I come to find that we were only 30 minutes away from
 URBAN FARMGIRL, AND MARY'S SHOP ~ WAS O*P*E*N!*!*!
OMG!*!*!  What an AMaZiNg Space!!!
  The Architectural Structure was "just jaw dropping"... 
SUCH A FaBuLoUs "Street Presence"...
Mary has done an EXCEPTIONAL JOB!!!
I Vamped-Over ALL her FaB Lighting in-the-store!!!
The Building show-cased her merchandise such - giving you a "FEEL" of what it would be like in your home...
EVERYTHING was Displayed Soooo Beautifully!*!*!


As soon as I saw the ladder in Urban FarmGirl, ~  I Just knew it would be a perfect fit for show-casing my Bottle Brush Wreath!!!

This BOTTLE BRUSH WREATH Is A FaVoRiTe
of Mine ~ Never to be parted with!!!

~Purchased many years ago from Janice Kempf~
at an Illinois Flea...

 I LoVe... LoVe... LoVe...
It's *Thick n' CHuNky Flocked Bristles*!*!*!
It's "Soft Light Oyster-White" Color... 
Just AWesoMe Old R*E*D Bow...
Mercury Glass Balls with a "Killer-PaTiNa" as well...







I tucked it in on the wall adjacent to our
 HoLiDay Entry Vignette...
Plain & Simple...



Monday, December 15, 2014

ViNtaGe ORNAMENT HOOK BOX...


I have quite a collection of ViNtaGe Christmas 
Ornament Hook Boxes
but am only using *O*N*E* This Year...


I'm finding that 
*~ RED ACCENTS ~*
 ARE MY STRONG COLOR 
 THIS HoLiDay Season...



Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Chicago Icon... MARSHALL FIELD & CO.

*~ The Store Of The Christmas Spirit ~*
How touching is that!*!*!

Such fond childhood memories for me...
 Just Dad and I in-the-City...
Viewing Marshall Field's HoLiDay Window Displays...

OMG!*!*!
*~ I just L*O*V*E the BiRdS ~*
A "QUICK-RUN" INTO GRAYSLAKE FLEA, IN ILLINOIS,
 THIS PAST SATURDAY, NETTED ME "A Box Full Of Memories"...
MARSHALL FIELD & COMPANY
Closed it's Doors in "2006"
 ~ After being in business over 100 Years!!!
~* A Chicago Icon *~



Marshall Fields... Heartfelt Sentiments...
This reminds me of 2 Recent PBS Series...
MASTERPIECE THEATER'S
** THE PARADISE **
~ and ~
** MR. SELFRIDGE **
Both revolving around Victorian-Era Department Stores...



Friday, December 12, 2014

ViNtaGe SILVER PITCHER with P*A*T*I*N*A...



 Just AwEsoMe 
Naturally Time~Worn PaTiNa!*!*!
Soooo Much More Interesting Than Brand New!*!*!



Pitcher is resting on an Old Mirror 
with "Ghosting" & "Silver-Loss PaTiNa"...
 






 Live "Spruce-Tip" Tree
ViNtaGe Holy Bible Cover ~ OMG!!!




 Getting Our *~Guest Room~* Ready
 for THIS WEEKEND!!!




Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Re-Purposed ChRiStMas HoLiDAy Display...


 
Re-purposed VINTAGE ITEMS Display
 from a HoLiDay Show I did a few years back...
•Re-Purposed License Plate Letters...
 •Re-Purposed *Chicken Feeder*
 Table Centerpiece with apples/candles...


Monday, December 8, 2014

Re-Purposed Light Fixture ~ *With a HoLiDay Twist*...

S*O*L*D 
Both of these pieces a few years back...
What Was I Thinking?!?!

 Hope your MoNDaY is Off To A Good Start!*!*!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sad-To-Say Disappointing Show...


 Our Quaint Little Town of Cedarburg, Wisconsin
was A-Buzzzzz with HoLIDay ShoPPers on WASHINGTON AVENUE this past Weekend...
That Most Certainly WAS NOT the case at the 2-Day Craft/Gift Show I set up at, held in the Historic Lincoln Building (Senior Center) ~ just foot steps away from Washington Ave.

Traffic was extremely sparse the ENTIRE 2 Days...
Only "2" regular Chippy-Shabby Customers came...  THANK YOU!!!
Those who did wander in ~ did just that ~without buying...
Very friendly Dealers... Enjoyed the Chit-Chat
~ But I was there to Sell!!!
TIME TO PUT THESE "13 Hours" and then some -  BEHIND ME!*!*!