Saturday, September 27, 2014

vintage chenille blanket pumpkins

this is a repost from October 1st 2012.
i had not planned on reposting this but.....

after perusing a, new to me, Face Book page,
coastal farmhouse

 i came across one of MY very own images...which lead me to this chic's blog....where I disturbingly found My images used and touted as HERS?!?!  really?  she even put her watermark on my image and gave instructions as to how to make these if she EVER made one in her life! 

miss coastalfarmhouse is a phony.

(go check out her will see my photos)
she also used one of my images of my handpainted doily pumpkins...with absotootly no credit given!

i have never written anything negative on my blog, so this is a first for me.
i hate negative energy!
(such a waste of time!)

but guess what?
 miss Coastalfarmhouse...

thank you.
today i will harness that extra "energy" (ahem) and use it in a creative way!
i am heading to my studio now, to create to my hearts content....
and what will you be doing, i ask?

and tonight, when i lay down to sleep, i will sleep soundly and dream beautiful dreams....

your attention to this matter will be greatly appreciated.




p.s.  you will notice that in this post below , i give credit where credit is due (very important!)
i did not make these pumpkins...

my friend,
Rita Anderson
 at the Nashville Flea Market makes these...
Shed 5 Booth 50

she is there THIS weekend!

but i did indeed 

collect them
stage them
and photograph them.

it's october!   yay!
  my favorite month!
and what better time to share my collection of pumpkins, made from vintage chenille blankets.
the image above, has made its way around and around pinterest, and come back to me, with lots of interest and questions.
i do not make these cuties.  i collect them.
 i buy them at the nashville flea market...
handmade by rita.
i started my collection, years ago,
 with these three orange ones
so cute.
 last year, i was thrilled to find rita selling these white ones.
i collect white vintage chenille blankets and white hobnail milk glass pottery and so these really spoke to me.!

 this year, i added to my collection with more of the white pumpkins in different textures.
and can you believe this...rita and her daughter had seen my photo of her pumpkins on pinterest!
it's a small world.
 at first, i arranged them on my dining room buffet....
 i liked how they looked here, but we don't use this room very much.... 
 so i moved them to the den mantle, where i can see them more often.
 don't tell mr. dan, but i am thinking of whitewashing the stone on the fireplace, to tone down the orange hues.
i need to replace the blue hydrangeas in the cement swans, with something fall-like too.

if pumpkins can be adorable, then these chenille ones are!!
i just love them.
i buy them from a sweet lady, named rita,
shed 5
booth 50
i spoke with her on the phone and she told me that the old chenille blankets are becoming harder and harder to chenille is thicker and tougher to sew, so she prefers to work with the old spreads....and this vintage lover likes that...
rita does not have a web site or e-mail or a computer.
 the only way to buy her pumpkins and other treasures are at the nashville flea market....
held the fourth weekend of every month except december.
if you go, please tell rita
from erin
happy october

Sunday, August 17, 2014

City Farmhouse Pop Up Show!!

it's been a while...i know!!  i almost forgot how to post!  it's not because i haven't anything to post about...but more that i have sooooo many things happening...i have been posting an image on Instagram almost every day and LOVE iT!!  it's well...just so instant and simple and i am amazed at the quality of photos that my smart phone please follow me there, if you wish to.....

so, i suppose by now you have heard of the

 City Farmhouse Pop-up Sale

coming this October 17-18??
hosted by my friends

Kim and David Leggett
owners of one of my favorite stores here in Franklin, Tn.
City Farmhouse

this years pop up sale (the second annual) will be held on the grounds of the Buddy Killen Mansion,
in Leipers Fork, TN...
a cool old decrepid, unlived in mansion that feels stuck in time (1960-80)...used to be owned by a big wig music publisher named Buddy Killen...a grand 17,000 square foot home that was uber sheik back in its day....see that picture above .....of me and Kim and David (center back) and other designers ...we are standing in front of the mansion and those magical rainbow beams just appeared above us in the photo!  pretty cool huh?
the grounds surrounding the mansion have been untouched and overgrown for years and have a "Grey Gardens" feel about them which i find magical....

years of wisteria vines have taken over the back pergolas....

here's Kim (big chicken) scared to venture into the overgrown alee of vines and boxwood...a secret three tiered fountain is hidden inside...
she wasn't really scared just cautious....ha ha.
i feel honored that Kim has asked me and my friend Anna Anderson to partake in this super inspiring and creative project called 
Folk and Folly
during the pop up barn sale,
here is a description i lifted off of the site.....
and check out that room above where we will be displaying our art/antique installation!!!!

Folk & Folly
What is Folk & Folly? Folk & Folly, sponsored by Social Marmalade, is a creative and collaborative design showcase presented as part of the “Dream Team” events at the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show. Folk & Folly will showcase local talent (interior designers, artists, creative directors, photographers, etc.) and the revered qualities that set apart creativity in the Southern milieu: elbow grease, resourcefulness, storytelling, and play.
A group of selected artists and creative industry professionals will team up with the challenge of creating installations that will generate curiosity and connection, using “found objects” — or more aptly, “picked” items — in the creation. Think “Alice in Wonderland”, “Where the Wild Things Are”, “Avant Garde”.
During the two day event, show attendees will be given the liberty to follow their curiosity into the "lost in time" plantation home of Buddy Killen. Inside they will find a space that captures their attention, inspires them to share what they’ve seen, and engages them into looking further at the individual artists who have creatively presented their “outside the box way of creating and presenting design”. This unique showcase is sure to pleasantly surprise all of those who wander through.

so this old mansion.....
has a chandelier in every room...wowza!
and here is just a
of what is to appear in our room....

and another tease....
stay tuned,
because this is going to be so cool and avant-garde
and right up my artsy-fartsy alley!
we are so excited to be included in this
 first of its kind
yep, that is the space we will be decorating!!
(that's Jason Counce, one of the other designers and photo bomber, who will be decorating another room)
did i mention that 
Matthew Mead
Nina Hartmann
will be there!!!
more info
and teasers to come....

stay well, my friends!


Friday, June 20, 2014 bedroom

hi friends!
just poppin in to give you a little tour of my bedroom....

decluttered, simplified and freshened

 up for the summer....

mr. dan went on a fishing trip recently,
and i developed a serious crush.
his name is
benjamin moore.


this perfect soft blue/grey is called "silver cloud" it!
and it went on like one coat.

i have had these two old doors hanging out in my living room like forever....and i brought them in here, plopped them on either side of the bed..... and loved the simple/zen look so much, that i scrapped the whole idea of using two old garden gates that i purchased recently as a headboard (sorry, forgot to include a photo of the gates....which weigh a couple of tons.....and probably would have fallen off the wall and killed someone.....which would not be a bad way to go....actually).

my friend kim leggett from "city farmhouse",

who owns one of my very favorite stores in franklin....
came up with the brilliant idea of  hanging some lights from the doors
 (and of course i had the perfect lights in my prop room...who doesn't?)

and she suggested i hang some of my handmade

( words+wire=wirds )

above the bed.

inspired by the little sign that i "lifted"
 from a stay at the ritz carleton.

thanks kim!
for the great ideas!!

white chenille bedspread from a tag sale
was a bargain for $5.

love me some
 ball fringe.

a mix match of bedding...

annabelle hydrangea cut from my backyard
on a bedside table...

"hi there!"

funky accessories
just for fun...

part of an old yo yo quilt as dresser scarf...

these lights,
at night
 are so perfect!

lavender is soothing....
darling daughter gave me the awesome vase.

and simple white/breezy sheers bought at world market
soften the big windows.

i absotootly 
love my bedroom now!

 hope you enjoyed this little tour today
you are having a good summer!!
(officially starts tomorrow!)


p.s.  i have installed fancy schmancy logos on my side bar...
but, i can not for the life of me figure out how to make them smaller? ? and gave up trying for now...the computer can be such a time suck!
you can click on them to instantly take you to my links....
won't you please 
"follow" me
on Face book 

p.p.s i have been the proud owner of my very first smart phone for about a month now....
and i am totally addicted to Instagram!!!
sooooo fun.

Monday, May 26, 2014

back deck abloomin!


 from my back deck!

i call this my favorite "room" in the house....

please enjoy these photos
 enhanced in photoshop (just for fun)
 with a
"soft and faded" action
from "Pioneer Woman"

we spend a lot of time out here....

right now,
 the New Dawn Rose
 is blooming in all its full glory
 over one of the arbors....

my urns are planted out with an all white palette....

and bright pink hydrangeas add a pop of color....

last year i had a swing hanging here,
 and this year, i have moved my little garden folly greenhouse to this location...
and lo and behold...

two types of clematis (henryii and jackmanii) both found their way into the folly (with just a wee bit of my coaxing)

nature amazes and inspires me so!

i hope you enjoyed this little tour

 of a part of my world...

can you see why this is my favorite room?

happy day to you, my friends!