New Venture Is Under Way

Hey there, long time no bloggy! Well I’ve been just a little busy as usual! I can’t sit still. I do think, wait, I do know I have a problem!

So without much further ado I present to you Something Borrowed Something Vintage Party Rentals! I have decided to go full time (or as much full time as a mom to 3 busy kids can go) into the wild and crazy world of weddings!

I no longer am selling in the fabulous Orange Circle! Boo hoo!!! Only because I can’t possibly do both businesses and stay sane. Its all good though, I’m ready for a change.

Bring it on!

a sneaky peeky into my vintage warehouse….

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Much love and blessings!!

Lisa Jayne xoxo

A Few Of My Favorite Vintage Decor Props

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I made these sweet little benches. Great for staging items at different heights.

 

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Glass and Copper Cloche, great for displaying my collection of vintage travel clocks

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Another favorite build. My salvage DIY wood pallet tray.

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Sweet little clocks.

They all still run too when you remember to wind them.  These remind me of when I was a small girl sleeping in a double bed with my sister in the upstairs bedroom of  my great grandmothers home in England. She had one of these sweet little clocks on the bedside table. It’s ticking sound was comforting to me.

photoVintage books are so amazing to decorate with. They can give varied height to displays and vignettes. They have amazing color and patina. And sometimes they’re even a good  read.They’re also the best way to learn about our past and history. Forget about Google, I’d rather feel the pages under my fingers and smell the ink on the pages.

Much Love and Blessings…XO Lisa Jayne

New :: Vintage Finds

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Sometimes I’m not sure what I ‘m thinking when I buy furniture…

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Chandy! A definite great find at just $10.

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Camo Joe! Not vintage but will look great painted and at a desk!

What have you found for a make-over lately?

 

Am I a hoarder? and what’s really important…

I have to tell you, while garage saling (yes, that’s a word in my world) last Saturday I came across this gigantic knick knack sale of crazy proportions….I mean tables and tables of just knick knack crafty old stuff. A lot of it was still in original boxes and packaging. Like dating 30 years or more!

Wow it took me a long time to search through it all. BUT the best part of the story or not so best part comes next. When I was checking out I asked the lady in charge if someone had passed away because there was just so much STUFF and she said “No, it’s my mom’s stuff and she’s a hoarder.” EEEEkkkkkkk “wow”, I said. And she said “Yeah, it’s been really stressful going through everything, but I finally convinced her to do it” she seemed really SAD. 🙁

I didn’t know what to say so I just said what I always do at garage sales. “Does she have any furniture?” wink wink, (I’m winking at you, the reader, not the lady). Anywho, she looked at me real weird and said “Let me ask her if its OK for me to take you inside the house”. OMG (goodness)!!!! I might get to go in? What? I wasn’t prepared. I didn’t know if I actually wanted to go in. But then she said “yes”! What? Ok I thought…here we go. If she has said yes then I better do it so I don’t offend!!

We walked to the front door and she put her hand on the knob and stopped, turned back towards me (I was right on her heels) and said “prepare yourself”….. AAAggghhhhh….Ok I thought, here we go. We stepped inside and it was out of a nightmare. I instantly felt overwhelmed and sad for this lady and her daughter.

It wasn’t hoarder like up to the ceilings stuff it was hoarder like old, old, old stuff EVERYWHERE. Almost like an abandoned storage unit but someone lived there. It smelled bad and the carpet was ancient and thick with dirt. I didn’t know what to say, I was speechless. Dusty and musty is only how I can explain it. She showed me a little dining set she wanted to sell but she didn’t want to do it that day she was just so overwhelmed she said. AWWW, I felt bad for her and wanted to hug her, which is unusual for me (I’m not a hugger, cept my kids). I asked when would be a good time to come back and gave her my phone number.

The point of my story is that I don’t want to be like that. Every day I fight this battle with myself (and my husband) over the “stuff” I have accumulated in my garage. Furniture, things I can fix. Things I have ideas for. Pieces that I got off the side of the road. Chatckes for the store. Supplies for fixing things, scrap wood, etc. etc. etc..

I’m pretty sure I won’t get that way but I have this FEAR of it. I’m sure a hoarder doesn’t think “oh one day I want my house to be filled to the ceiling with useless stuff”. From what I can tell it just sort of takes over. And I think that is my fear.

I wake up thinking about furniture, Goodwill, Salvation Army, painting, garage sales, makeovers, etc… It’s on my mind 24/7 people! Crazzzeeee, like my Aunt said I need an intervention.

BUT it is all about balance. I’m constantly juggling, kids, hubby, painting, organizing my “stuff”, chores, friends, church, etc… the Lord (he should be first on my list). So I guess my point is, that for me, I love what I do. I have to make time for what I do. I am blessed to be creative. I am blessed to have my sweet family. I am blessed to have a husband that tolerates what I do.

But, at the end of the day I don’t want to be a hoarder and I don’t want my family and friends to think that “stuff” is more important to me than they are. So I have to find balance and when I get that “yucky” feeling when I’ve been to too many GW’s and garage sales it’s time to call it quits for the day and go home to what really matters. And it ain’t furniture….LOL!!!

So what about you, do you get overwhelmed with “stuff” in your space?

Be blessed, Lisa XO

Awesome DIY Furniture Blog

This is my newest  favoritist blog. I love a great transformation! While looking through Pinterest like I do EVERY night for furniture inspiration I came across this blog and practically pinned every transformation!

It’s called Better After and it’s exactly that. If you have a piece of furniture that you’ve transformed send in a before and after pic. Maybe you’ll be featured next!

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I have a desk just like this waiting for me to do this….yay looks great!

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I think this one is my favorite…love the yellow and the birdskristenfafter

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No, maybe this one is my favorite. Do you know how many of those ugly ole’ plastic front dressers there are at the GW??? To think I’ve always passed them up. I think I feel a thrift store run coming on….

Anywho go check out this site….Better After

Be Blessed, XO Lisa

Coral Dresser Transformation

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Before, this dresser was already a looker

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But then I mixed a little of this paint I got free from the dump…

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with this red paint I already had in my stash…

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To make this beautiful salmonly coral color…is salmonly a word? hmmmm, nope don’t think so but it looks good!

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Add a little primer to my dresser to equal this….

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Stunning Transformation!

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I was already in love with it before, but now…. IMG_5848

muahhhh!

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Love it…

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Striped detail on top…

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pretty feet

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sprayed the hardware, satin 

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I replaced a few drawer stops

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I even put out a drop cloth, I’m getting careful in my old age.

I’m calling this dresser South Beach. Just reminds me of urban modern chic in Florida and the color issss fabulouuuuus…

What do you think?

Be Blessed XO, Lisa

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Update 4/8/13 SOLD!

Swedish Paint Finish, part 3

Here is the last installment of video on how to achieve a Swedish Paint Finish. Here we will be adding the last ingredient, wax. I use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint dark wax, you can probably use any dark wax you have.

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There is an extra special treat in this video, my daughter, Emma Jayne. She wanted to be my assistant, heheheh

Swedish Paint Finish Part 2

 

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So far I’ve given my coffee table a coat of milky white paint. Now that it’s dry I’m ready for stain. I used Minwax Grey stain. Here is the video on how to achieve a Swedish Paint Finish part 2, stain.