Tinsel Trading Co.

Of all the amazing stores I had the chance to shop at while in New York, I would have to say that browsing through the aisles in the Tinsel Trading Co. was my all-time favorite. Too bad I was not able to get a shot of the store from the outside. I was there later in the day and the street was already in shadow from the buildings across the street. But no matter. Inside, it was a crafters dream full of vintage flowers, buttons, ribbons, german glitter, trims and so much more. But I think I am more of a collector, because I have no intentions of using any of the bits and bobs that I brought home. I guess this is verging on hoarding now. Oh well, that’s me!

Olde Good Things

Just a few days before leaving for NYC, I discovered another book by Sibella Court called The Stylist’s Guide to NYC in Anthropologie. It was perfect timing because I found out about a lot of interesting places that I may have not stumbled across on my own. One of the stores I had the opportunity to check out was Olde Good Things (page 62 in the book). Lots of brass door knobs, metal letters, marble fireplaces and stuff galore — too much to mention!


NYC Antiques Garage

One of the best times I had while in NYC was checking out the Antiques Garage Flea Market. During the week, it is a parking garage, and then on weekends it is turned into flea market heaven. I definitely came home with a few goodies!

Wedding Inspiration Table

Since getting engaged in New York, all I have on my mind now is everything about the wedding. Looking at my own parents wedding pictures, I have always loved the color scheme of my mom’s baby pink dress (her second marriage) and my dad’s chocolate brown suit. Since they have both passed away, I would like to incorporate the memory of them into my own wedding. So using this as an inspiration, I am going to bring the color scheme of earthy browns and pale pinks into the look and feel of the ceremony and reception. It is going to be vintage, rustic and elegant.


A short while ago, I was contacted by Helen at Obsessionistas, a new blog about collectors and their collections, based out of the UK. She had stumbled across my ring holders while doing a google search for tea cup collections and was very interested in sharing my story with the readers of her blog. You can read the interview here.


Brooklyn Flea Market

One of the big highlights of going to New York was the flea markets. Here I am at the entrance to the Brooklyn Flea market that is held every Saturday at Fort Greene in the schoolyard of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. Most of the vendors from this market then move to Williamsburg on Sunday.
Craig and I arrived mid Saturday morning and although the weather was quite drab and grey, luckily it did not rain. The flea market is also well known for its amazing food from a huge selection of vendors. So, as Craig went straight for the food line-up, I went looking for treasures. And there were many treasures to be found!

John Derian NYC

One of the stores on my must-go-see list while I was in New York was John Derian. Walking into the store was exactly what I imagined it to be. I was completely overwhelmed with the amazing selection of decoupaged paper weights, plates and vases. Luckily, I could take my sweet time and savour it as I made my way through the store. I was in heaven!


Anthro NYC

As promised, here are a few pics I took inside the Anthropologie store at Chelsea Market in NYC. I absolutely love the shelving unit with all of the skinny drawers. It would be a piece of heaven in my studio!
Did you know that they carry wallpaper? There were some sheets in a drawer but I did not know if they were samples or not. I love the turquoise/gold butterfly pattern….and of course, they were a small fortune per roll.

Either there is a trend in transforming found objects into unusual and functional lamps, or that is what ended up catching my eye….

Anthropologie Chelsea Market NYC

Going to New York City was a dream come true. And it was even more of a thrill when the Anthropologie at the Chelsea Market still had 2 ring holders left on display in a vintage pharmacy cabinet. Since the ring holders were shipped out last fall, I was not sure if any of them were still going to be left for me to see them in person. I am just relieved that they have not been discounted and thrown into the SALE room!

I have more pics that I sneaked of the interior of Anthro that I will share in another post. I admit that a ridiculous amount of time has gone by since my last post. I am truly sorry for falling off the wagon and hope to get back into the swing of things. I will be back!

Happy Easter Monday

Last weekend, a bunch of us lovely girls got together to put on a little Easter tea party. We made those fancy little sandwiches and lots of other nibbles including mini red velvet cupcakes. We got the inspiration from Martha to make the darling little bird nests that were used as place cards for each guest. And we used pussy willows to hang egg decorations that we made with orgami paper — another Martha idea. Thanks Martha!

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