Sunday, June 24, 2012

avid gatherer

hello my name is rosey and i have an addiction...there I've said it. the line between when i thought thrift shops were full of clutter to when i saw them for their true haven is blurred, but i admit it, i cant help but fossick through any store that might hold the holy grail of thrifting finds. 
what is the holy grail?? good question, when i find it i will let you know ~_~ but for now anything that grabs my fancy is good enough and this week i managed to find a few goodies for under $30.

i just love this colander, the colour is so pretty, i need to paint lots of things in this shade of blue so that i can be surrounded by it.  and this is not just a show piece, oh no, she is a working gal, heavy, so nice to hold. so happy she is mine! on the same outing my sister was with me and she found a sweet little mosaic brooch, really good day for gathering ~_~

then later in the week we hit another thrift store and found this baby.

i seem to have a little collection of mirrors now and i love each and every one of them. i haven't hung them all but i really do want to, they are like pieces of art work and should be displayed.  i have the nicest etched mirror...maybe when i clean the craft room i can dedicate a wall to my mirrors.

and on the way home from a visit with friends we dropped in to our favourite thrift shop and found this!!

i have decided that this is a boy and i just think he is the most handsome typewriter ever made.  he is an Olivetti, studio 42, circa 1947 and we are in love with him.  lucky my hubby had his eyes open and spotted him on the bottom shelf just waiting to be snatched off to a new life.  imagine the stories that have been written on this little beauty... my imagination runs wild of who the owner might have been.  he takes pride and place in our family room ~_~ swoon!

i know that i am not alone in my addiction, i seem to have passed it on to my girls and of course my hubby is the biggest hoarder of us all (you should see his collection of old planes and i don't mean the type that fly). but after reading a little article in my Mollie Makes magazine i am going to start calling myself an 'avid gatherer' instead of a 'thrifter' it has a nicer ring to it don't you think? and i have decided to embrace my addiction...after all, i have plans for my gathering even if they are just dreams for now ~_~

have a great week

p.s. made the tastiest banana cake with caramel icing thanks to Merles cook book ever!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

on loan...

on a recent jaunt to the local thrift store with my sister anita, we stumbled upon this most gorgeous round cabinet and although the price tag was hefty, anita couldnt pass up the chance to grab it.
we justified the purchase by saying that it would be used to help promote her cake decorating business. the round top is a tray so the idea would be to display a cake inside and pop the bite size taste test slices (try saying that 3 times fast) on the top and take it over to the prospective bride...cant you just imagine that? anyhow...thanks to anita not having enough room at her place at the moment this little treasure gets to live with me for now...
and now how about some pictures of some cakes that she has made so far this year..

mia loves cats and she loves mario cart wii, isnt she lucky to have a cake decorator for an aunty?!?

and this cake was made for my niece's boyfriend...guess what he loves?
if you want to see more head over here to her facebook page!/pages/Bloomin-Scrumptious/210765318993399 she really is fabulous!

anyhow, 2 posts in 2 will be sick of me soon.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

at last...

well after a much longer time away from this blog than anticipated...i am back!!  after 12 months of study i can call myself a florist ~_~ now all i have to do is find myself a job.  i thought i might pop on here and show you the results of my final display. the brief was that we had to create a window display or a display for a bridal expo but the catch was that we all had different dresses...dresses from the red carpet.  mine just so happened to be a gorgeous shade of blue violet and after toying with the idea of using shades of orange i decided to stick with a monochromatic theme and here are the results.


not sure how to write in this new style blogger (well new to me as i havent been on here since november last year!) i used to be able to write and insert my picture and drag them around etc...but it was a huge mission just to do what i have done so i am not going to mess with it anymore.
we had to make a hair piece, bridal trailing bouquet, bridesmaids posy and a table arrangement.  i decided on a candy bar theme and made some sweet paper bunting and asked my sister to make me some macarons and a cake with ruffled icing.  i borrowed some candy dishes from my niece and filled them with purple treats. 
the second photo shows my lavender and spray rose hair piece at the bottom of the teapot.
the third photo shows the trail bouquet, so pretty!
i love my cascading table arrangement but it looks huge on this small table so just imagine it is sitting on a bridal table ~_~
and how cute is my posy sitting on top of a stack of macarons which were divine by the way.
i was very happy with the results and exhausted afterwards!  a week later and i am just about to refine my resume and go hit the pavement. wish me luck!

i hope to be back here more often now, any advice on how to work this new blogger would be greatly appreciated.