Thursday, February 10, 2011

etsy inspired project...and a shop update!

One of the best things I have ever done is start selling my smaller treasures on the past I have sold my painted furntiure, but in December I decided to open up a new Etsy shop...share the love and offer some of the smaller things I find. Oh my gosh, has it been a whirlwind! I cannot thank you girls enough for all of your support. It has been so much fun!

Actually...let me be honest...I am thanking you for giving me a reason to keep up my junking addiction! I was slightly afraid that since I loved to go to auctions, estate sales and yard sales so much I was going to end up as a subject on have saved me. So I thank you. And my hubs thanks you, too


When I am wrapping and labeling packages, I often wonder where they will end up...who is giving this little piece of history I found a new home. One day I decided to add a little "P.S let me know what you are going to do with these" note at the bottom of my thank you card to a customer. It was the first time I have done that, and I didn't think I would actually hear back from her.

But, Lauren from Our Hiding Place, surprised me the other day...and sent me a link to a post on her blog where she showed me what she did with the vintage envelopes she purchased from my Etsy shop.

Isn't it just so stinkin' cute??

She was inspired by something she saw in Pottery Barn's catalog...

But decided to put her own spin on it...and found my vintage envelopes...

she strung them on a little jute twine...used a few clothespins...

and she had a simple and beautiful bunting above the bed!

I love this Lauren, thanks for sharing! Hmmm...maybe I should save some of those envelopes for myself!

Take a minute to visit Lauren's blog..she is a newlywed and her and her husband are decorating their first home by the sea...and she has done some beautiful things!

I have a long list of things to add to the shop check back for an update! I am finally listing a basket with chippy aqua paint, an old wooden toolbox tote, more antique keys and bottles and maybe a piece of furniture or two! Lots of other things, but that is all my tired brain can think of at the moment!

Happy Thursday, girls!


  1. I absolutely love this idea, your blog and your shop are amazing!! I am a follower! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  2. funny,i am doing the same thing too but with the vintage keys i just bought. :)

  3. How stink'n cute is that! Amazing to see what women do with their purchases from you! It would be wonderful to see more! I'm off to send you a picture of my tresure from you! :)

  4. That is really super cute what she did! I love Pottery Barn inspired projects! Thanks for sharing!

  5. That is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

    I love your etsy shop and am always excited to see when you add new things!

    Have a great day.

  6. So adorable! The writing on those old envelopes looks just like my grandmother's did. I'm on my way over now to get the red dominoes. They remind me so much of her.

  7. So Sweet of her to share her ideas with all of us.It looks great! I will pop over to say hello to her as well.
    Have a great day! ~Cheers Kim

  8. This is fabulous, I never would have thought about doing this, I love it!
    Which reminds are you coming along with your room? I'm not anxious or anything :)

  9. That is so cute! I love PB diy's! :)) I'll tell ya.. I am itching and craving flea market season.. I. just. can't. wait. period. I want to scour Kane's grounds!!! It's nice to hear your etsy is doing great!

  10. oh this is sweet.
    I love love vintage paper ephemera.
    especially handwritten letters.
    Going to check out your etsy

  11. I LOVE this idea, Mary! I love simple decorating that makes an impact, and this definitely fits the bill... fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing Loren's blog with us, and I'm gonna be checking to see what's new in your shop!
    Jo :)

  12. Hi Mary,
    What a great idea to hang vintage letters behind the bed. It looks beautiful!!
    Congrats on your shop success.
    Have a lovely day.

  13. What an amazing way to connect with someone! That's so neat.

    I'm always thinking the same thing - who is this going to? How are they going to use it? Do they love it as much as I did when I found it?

    I had a similar experience when I visited a clients home. She purchases things from me privately throughout the year and when I got to see them in her house, displayed, I was so proud. It was as though all those pieces that I had found, we meant to end up in her house, and just made for that particular space. It was really gratifying!

    And yes, my house is slowing becoming less cluttered as I move things too. It's a good thing, until I hit up another sale!

  14. I just love that idea! And I also love her headboard!

  15. Darling! Just Darling! I have love notes from my hubby...from way back in high school. They are in a little box~Ithink I will do this with them in my bedroom!
    Have a pretty day!

  16. I've always wanted to do something like this...but, haven't so far..... I believe that you and Lauren have inspired me ! Thanks for, I'm off to check out your etsy :-)

  17. SUCH a cute idea!

    And I for one am thrilled you started an Etsy shop! I acquired one really cool clock as a result! :-)


  18. oh I love that idea! I just bought some of your flashcards and antique keys! looking forward to them and I'll be sure to send along a pic once I've done something with them ;)

  19. This is a very clever idea - how nice she shared. So glad your shop is successful, it's certainly deserved.

  20. i can't wait to move so i can buy some things from your shop! i have no room in this here, apartment, and well, it's just no fun not buy all the cute vintage stuff out there! you have my mind mind reeling about this aqua basket you are going to list...i bet i will love and want it!!
    love the envelopes on the line with the clothespins, what a great idea she had, and so simple too!

  21. a chippy aqua basket??
    yes please :)

  22. Hi Mary....I just love your style and how you write. I just ordered a few things from your shop..I will let you know what I do with sweet that you will see where your treasures will end up. We are Canadian snowbirds loving living in AZ in the winter and our beautiful home in BC..great thrift shopping much fun.
    Thanks for your inspirational blog and great photos. There are many places to buy on Etsy but I am always drawn back to your beautiful blog!

  23. What an adorable idea for use of those vintage envelopes!! So cute

  24. What an inspired idea
    that work for a lot
    of meaningful things....
    cards, maps, play bills,
    tickets....My mind is
    spinning with possibilities!
    Isn't Blog World grand?!
    So happy you are having
    fun with your shop...
    off to have a look-see : )
    Happy Weekend, Mary!
    xx Suzanne

  25. How adorable is that!!

    So happy you are having fun and success in your Etsy shop! I just love Etsy!

  26. Hello,

    I just discovered your etsy shop. So many beautiful things. Thank you for sharing. I will check it out again. Have fun with your Etsy shop.

  27. Those hanging envelopes are way too stinkin cute!!! How fun for you to get feedback like that! Glad to hear you are having such a good experience with your shop!

  28. Love it. I have something similar in my kid's rooms for their art work. We took the wooden clothes pins and colored them with spray paint and marker. :) They love being surrounded by their artwork and I love not having tons on my fridge that fall off every time we open the door! :)

  29. as you know i have a hard time staying away from your gorgeous shop! i know what you mean about hoarders! i'm having a huge yard sale come the nice weather!! have a great weekend! susan

  30. I do that with my grandchildren's wonderful art. So brilliant and honest and easy to change the display.

    Love it,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a little Green Island

  31. I really like it alot. And I will have to go check out Lauren's blog. I love homes by the sea!

  32. I love hers and the PB image, both are really wonderful! thank you for sharing these! Theresa xoxo

  33. How fun to see where your treasures end up! You've got the ultimate situation, extremely valid excuse to shop for the good stuff on a regular basis. I also have my excuses, but I'm sad to say I don't think the word valid applies!

  34. What a create & simple idea! I love it! Great idea to ask your customers what they do with your lovelies! xoxo Beth

  35. So cute. How amazing you just posted this, I was just thinking how I need to send you a message. I just finished a project too, from old keys I purchased from you. The keys were PERFECT - thank you! You can check out the finished artwork at