Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Inspired Creating

Hi Bloggerettes!  I just looked at my follower count  and I cannot
believe that I have 881 followers!  Thank you all so much, I feel so 
honored and blessed. So, I am counting down to 1000 starting next week and will be offering lots of giveaways.  So stay tuned! 

I love looking at French Larkspur's beautiful blog.  She featured
decorative pots, using peat pots, which I believe she said she found in Somerset Magazine.  I loved the idea, so I stole, copied it using my own decorative twist.  Pretty cute, um??

Did you notice in the Pottery Barn catalog, the book bundles at $39. !!! ouch!!!  We bloggers know that we can do better than that, so we make our own.

A few old books from the thrift store, some images and vintage lace plus some jute twine and there ya go!

Would you like to see a sweet shabby cabinet that Peggy found and we put it in our booth? 
We sanded it too death and underneath all the varnish was a lovely old patina.  We gussied her up with some lovely pieces and here she is waiting on a new home.

Just look how this gorgeous antique lace lovingly wraps itself around her!

It's time for me to go blog hopping.  I know that inspiration awaits me with every click of the key board and that my head will be whirling with more creative ideas, but isn't this why we all love it so much!



Grace said...

Oh my that is wonderful all those fabulous followers! Congratulations! What a beautiful post I love the peat baskets. Grace xoxo

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Well I think that is marvelous, closing in on 1000...giveaway ideas are awesome, love the pretty bound book bundles!

Theresa said...

I can believe it Sissie, everyone wants to know what your up to! You fill us with as much inspiration as you find on here! I love the peat pots and when I saw them in Somerset I thought, hmmmm I need to remember this one, good thing Tracie and you reminded me! The cupboard is wonderful, I bet it won't last long in your booth. The snow is falling like a snow globe here and so maybe tonight will be a quiet and creative night for me. Theresa xoxo

Jacqueline, Cabin and Cottage said...

Oh the peat pots! So pretty! But I am crazy over that chest. I'm sure it would be a beauty painted, but it has such dignity, doesn't it?

oldgreymare said...

Digging the peat pots (couldn't resist) I use them all the time...so delightful! Did you see PB's version of an advent using them? So versatile!

Also loving that lamp shade- I've been looking for one and forgot to check out Lowes, so thank you, maybe I'll finally find one I like or maybe even that one will work!

Good luck on your countdown to 1,000. WOOT!


Nice and Easy Antiques said...

We follow because we love your creations! Congrats!!

Fish Tail Cottage said...

Thanks Sissie for popping over and saying hello to me. I love coming over & peeking to see what you are up to. 1000 followers - that is awesome. I am almost to 100 & have a giveaway planned as well when i reach that exciting number. Hugs to you!

Heidi Meyer said...

Happy New Year Sissie! I love your sweet peat pots! Anything with vintage lace has me at "hello", lol.

It is no wonder you have so many followers with all of the beautiful things you post - Congrats!

Linda said...

Sissie, I saw those same peat pots today as well. Yours are adorable. I also love the contents. Spring flowers are hard to come by this time of year so your contents are a great alternative.


LuLu Kellogg said...

I love those Peat Pots!! Wonderful idea!

Sissie, I love the new picture of you! You are so pretty!


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sissie, great idea with the altered peat pots. Yes, PB's price on those book bundles is silly. I blogged about the same thing the other day. We bloggers know how to get those the cheap way.

afistfullofweeds* said...

I like your's and Tracey's pots..very creative!! Rhonda

Char said...

I always love coming in and seeing what you are up too. Pretty as always and lots of beautiful creations, Char

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Hi SissieGal...I sooooo needed this Jolt of Inspiration to get myself busy in both my Antique Booth and ETSY Shop Opening! I'm going to steal...I mean COPY...several of your ideas! Especially like the old book redos! Everything is really gorgeous here on your blog and at your booths! I'm INSPIRED!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh...the peat pots are so sweet! I love how you are using them like little nests! I love getting inspired by other blogs...in fact, I love reading Pottery Barn just to copy ideas!! They must really dislike us bloggers!! Love your books and that gorgeous cabinet. Keep up the creativity!!


Suzann said...

Sissy those peat pots are so very sweet!!!

Thank you for sharing!
Suzann xoxoxo

Roselle said...

I LOVE peat pots Sissi! Yours are adorable and I love them hanging from the branches. I will have to keep that in mind when and if I ever make any. I look to YOUR blog for inspiration!

gretchen said...

I've used the tiny peat pots- painted them and they end up with a great old look because of the texture.
..your photos are lovely!

Mari said...




Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Great ideas Sissie! Love that you can personalize the books-fun:@)

Victoria said...

Congratulations on so many followers, how exciting! I'm sure you'll be at 1000 in no time! I never shop PB but I've heard it's very pricey!!! I think handmade items are so much prettier anyway:)

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Sissy,

Love your new lamp! These pots are so cute, I like yours better. I can't believe the price of those book bundles at Pottery Barn. Yours are waaaay prettier too! thanks for sharing your pretties!


Tara said...

Sissie, you never fail to inspire.Loving the sweet pots..xx

Kathy said...

Cute girlfriend...
the little pots would be great for Easter too!
Eggs, jelly beans and happy smiling Grands faces!
Love the Altered books...have tried a couple of those too.
I think the Mags. get all their ideas from the crafty blogworld!!!
We rock!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Sissy, I am so surprised that Pottery Barn has book stacks, Have you tried selling any in your shop? I love the old cabinet!


From Tracie said...

Your decorated pots are so cute!!

And I love the book bundles too. Awesome!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Just had to come by and see what pretties you had for us tonight. Those pots are really cute. I love the books too.
Hope your having a wonderful week.

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

Congrats on the followers! That is great!

Barbara Jean said...

Love the ideas Sissie!

The posts gave me an idea for Valentine's Day treasures. thanks


barbara jean

Kendall@ Finesse Your Nest said...

Hi Ms. Sissie! Thanks for popping by to say hello. I've missed you! I'm looking forward to diving into your blog to see what you've been up to these last 6 months. Talk to you soon!!!

Allison said...

Your peat pots are sweet. I love the lace and pearls! Great new photo of you, Sisise! You are beautiful.

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Wonderful creations Sissie. Love the book project.
xo Tina

Dorthe said...

Sissie, LOVE your peatpots, how sweet they are sitting in the branches- I love their romantic shappy feeling.-And the books ,too-you surely do wonderfull -they are so lovely to put on a little table,or shelf.So wonderfull to see you create beauties, from the paper world,too, dear friend.
Love and hugs,Dorthe

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Hey Sissie Girl,
You may have 888 but I'm your #1! I don't know why, but you bring out the goofy in me every time! I'll be looking for those give-aways! Lisa

Diane said...

Sissie, the numbers will easily grow! :-) And what pretties you have posted again today! The old cabinet...a treasure! I have to chuckle though....it has escaped your paintbrush!! ;-)

Hugs! Diane :-)

Jacqueline said...

Hi girlfriend!

I've managed to dig myself out of the snow in our corner of the world. Took a drive down to our booth and made it cute. I posted on it today and I would like to feature your booth on my blog too. Is that okay?

All is well in Gnomeland and beyond. Were tucked in with spring fever!

Love the peat pot idea. Really simple and sweet.

Ozma of Odds said...

..lovin' those pretty lace peat pots!!
~ and fabulous "jeanne d'arc" like books!!!

No wonder we all follow you around Sissie, How else would we know style when we see it??!!

xo, Rosemary

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Sissie, Congrats on 884 followers so far! You deserve everyone of them. I love the peat pots with the bling you added and the book bundles. These are adorable.

Lululiz said...

Those peat pots look great! I might have to ermm, borrow that idea for our cottage in France.....

Mary Ellen said...

Oh those little peat pots are a must try!! So pretty and I love the books too! I did a few book bundles though they are not nearly as darling as yours- Might have to redo them a bit!

bee blessed

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You deserve each and everyone of your followers! I love the peat cups, what a cute decoration. hugs, Linda

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I love your blog...is it any wonder that 880 others do too? ~Hugs, Patti

Diana Evans said...

oh wow!!! these are some cool projects!!!! wonderful work

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Adorable peat pots, Sis! Especially the pearl one! :0)

Love that antitque cabinet at your booth and the lace is certainly the crowning touch on it!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Cindy Adkins said...

Purely amazing, Sissy!!!! WOW! I hope you'll have a chance to visit my blog...I've got some exciting news...I am launching a new online magazine and would love to feature you on it and tell about your etsy store too...
I will feature new people each Monday--so I'd love to have you as a guest!!!

Riet said...

OH My Sissie,How beautiful that is. You can make so much of little things.Everything so decorative you make art of it. Love and hugs from Riet

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Sissie!

That's one heck of a LOT of followers! Congratulations. I remember being soooo thrilled to tell my husband I had ONE! :-)

Love your projects...


Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Love these sweet little pots. I so need to get me some old books and go to town with them.


Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Sissie, congratulations on your awesome follower numbers! I know why you have so many, your blog is just wonderful and I love dropping in to see each and all of your beautiful treasures!


June said...

Your little peat pots are awesome Sissie! OMG I love them. I want to try this myself. I saw them in Somerset too, but they didn't catch my eye quite like yours. I love creating things I see in the Somerset publications. There are so many wonderful ideas floating around out there. I love there 'Green Craft' issues.
hugs to you....


Ha! Ha! Isn't it the truth...my head absolutely spins but I can't help myself! And I cracked up the first time I saw the coverless books for that much $$$. Really? People would pay for books that have their covers removed??? Who knew? Keep up the good work. Loved your peak pots. Great inspiration.


A Cottage Muse said...

Good Morning Sissie! I truly think that PB is knocking off of blogland! Your peat pots are adorable and the new piece...well she looks divine!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Well now with posts like this one, it is no wonder you have so many followers. Everything is simply gorgeous!


Marydon said...

Oh, wow! How clever you are ... peat pots, old magazines & books ... mercy! You are endlessly bringing wonderful eye candy creations to us ...

Congrats on your nearing 1,000 blogerettes! What a coup for you ...

You have the most elegant, serene & warm blog that just beckons one to see what you've created/presented us with ... it is such a joy to visit you, my friend.

Have a beautiful day ~
Hugs & love, Marydon


Well, aren't you full of inspiration! yes, I too saw those peat pots and was overflowing with creative juices! and now here you are showcasing your lovely creations! they are stunning!
everything here always is! that's why I keep coming back...and it's no surprise that you are up to over 800 followers! you'll reach 1000 in no time!

I love the book idea...and I'll be on the lookout the next time I'm out thrifting for some gems of my own to build!!!! thanks for doing what you do...and for inspiring me!

you are top notch!

ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

The French Bear said...

Gorgeous, I love peat pots, and that wonderful twine!!!! Oh my you make everything look so good!!!! I really do love your pillows, I do need to finish redoing my living room so I can buy some from you!!!
Margaret B

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Hi Sissie! I saw Tracey's post on those pots and loved them, too. Yours are just so beautiful as well!! They look so pretty hangning off the the tree branches! Love everything you shared with us today!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Jo :)

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