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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

better late than never

In case you have been following my monthly musings, you might have noticed that I started my yearly organizational kick back in January. Well, it sort of fizzled out as quickly as it began. I do love it when everything is in its rightful place and I also love using vintage wares in upcycled ways. So here is the next phase of my journey on the road to an organized life...
starting with that dreaded under-the-bed black hole.
 
 
I always knew my hoard of random stuff would come in handy! I line up mix and match vintage drawers under my bed with the pretty handled side facing out. Then they can be filled with everything from books and magazines to belts and purses.

 
This old wooden hanger with clothes pins is transformed into a wonderful place to store and display delicate scarves.


I don't know what it was originally, but it works perfectly for scarves and jewelry. Making one would be as easy as can be...

 
I am in love with this metal tackle box!
The colors are a dream...

 
I cleaned it and coated it inside and out with mat polyurethane. Now it is ideal for a vanity makeup case.

 
Here is yet another use for my vast collection
of rusty old cheese graters...

 
A fun way to organize my earrings and bracelets. Be sure to clean them and coat with clear mat polyurethane to protect your counter tops and jewelry!

 
It feels great to get organized and I really love the way it looks. I have written numerous articles sharing upcycling and organizing ideas. These are some of my favorites! I hope you are inspired and are ready to get organizing too!


Friday, April 14, 2017

springtime in the shop

Spring has sprung and Easter is right around the corner.
This is the perfect time to share a mini tour of the shop...
 
 
You can always find a beautiful blend of blooms
and bounty from the sea...

 
I mix the best of gardens and gulf shores in my shop.
These precious pink dragonflies are also available
in the online shop.
Click HERE...

 
There are flowers in bloom on the hand painted china...

 
...and planters ready for the garden!

 
In case you don't have a green thumb, these low maintenance air plants are an ideal choice.

 
Who can resist these delicate sea urchins.

 
In case you need a thoughtful hostess gift,
are only $7.50 in shop or online!

 
I have been making a lot of dresses too...

 
Thanks so much for visiting!
I hope you have a blessed Easter weekend!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

rushing the season

April is here and you know what they say...
April showers bring May flowers.
I am really fortunate to live in a place where I can garden all year around. But for many of you, it's far too soon to be digging in the frozen ground. I remember those days and I would be getting garden fever by now. One good cure was gardening indoors. I loved splitting my house plants and dividing the succulents.
 
 
Another way to cure garden fever is to decorate your space with vintage garden inspired treasures like these old hand tools and this handsome cherubic little guy...

 
I adore vintage metal trays like this beauty,
decoupaged with precious bird ephemera...

 
Bird and butterfly prints are also wonderful choices for garden inspired art. This lovely piece is actually framed embroidery. It is available for sale in my online shop...

 
Surround yourself with garden goodness!
 
 
Oh how I love anything to do with gardening
from digging in the dirt
to seeing each new bloom
to collecting vintage garden wares
to decorating my home with garden inspired treasures.
It's all wonderful!
Happy first day of April...


Friday, March 31, 2017

a little more green

The time has come for me to rework the Surroundings by Melinda online shop. It is going to take some time but it is a labor of love! Since I had such a lovely response to the last post, I thought I would share a few more treasures from the garden shop...
 
Precious bird's nests only $6.50 each
 
 
Vintage inspired metal urn napkin rings $18.00/set


A darling vintage apron $28.00

 
Green transferware platters $16.00/pair
 
 
Vintage handkerchief collection $12.50/set of 4

 
Swedish art glass candle holders $28.00/pair

 
 
A charming decoupage box of egg soaps $10.50/set 
 
 
Handsome wooden nesting baskets $28.00/set
 
 
 
I hope you will visit my online shop and have a peek at all six shopping categories filled with treasures!
 
 
Now it's time to get back to work!
Thanks for taking the time to visit...

Friday, March 17, 2017

happy st. patrick's day

It's St. Patrick's Day!
As I have been sharing this month...I love green. I have an affinity for this lovely holiday because of my Irish grandmother. I was surfing the internet recently and came across this charming take on an old Irish blessing...
 
May the road to the flea market
rise up to meet you.
May you never leave a good,
vintage find behind.
May the sun shine warm upon you
while junking.
May your car be loaded down with
roadside finds.
And until we meet again,
may God holds you in His hands
as you go looking for rusty gold.
 
I have seen this fun blessing on several different sites so I'm not sure who to credit but I got such a kick out of it that I wanted to share! It made me laugh and warmed my heart.
 
http://surroundingsbymelinda.com/shop.php
 
I have filled the garden page of my online shop with green vintage goodies. From old glass bottles (perfect for a fresh shamrock) to darling button collections... 

http://surroundingsbymelinda.com/garden.php
 
...to linens...

http://surroundingsbymelinda.com/garden.php
 
...to whimsical salt and pepper sets...

http://surroundingsbymelinda.com/productphptest.php/?tprodid=GG074&table=garden
 
...to mint green pottery...

http://surroundingsbymelinda.com/garden.php
 
...to lovely transferware.

http://surroundingsbymelinda.com/productphptest.php/?tprodid=GG075&table=garden
 
Of course I had to add a bit of Irish luck too!

http://surroundingsbymelinda.com/productphptest.php/?tprodid=GG077&table=garden
 
Thanks so much for taking time to visit.
If you see a must-have treasure please pop over to my online shop.
 
 
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
 


Saturday, March 11, 2017

the garden gate

In keeping with the green theme for the month of March, I want to share a few of my favorite things! I adore all things vintage, garden and green so much that I even have a page in my online shop dedicated to this treasured trifecta...
 
 
http://surroundingsbymelinda.com/garden.php
 
I hope you will visit my shop to see the vintage goodies.
 
 
You just might find a unique gift for someone special...
or something you can't live without!
I can't tell you how much your support means to me.
XOXO

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

feeling green

I love the month of March!
To me, March is synonymous with the color green.
It is a sign that spring is right around the corner.
In honor of the first day of March I thought I would add some fresh greens to my home...
 
 
It's hard to resist my favorites...
hydrangeas, baby's breath and roses.
A big bouquet of fragrant stock is another must have!

 
Fresh flowers are a real luxury.
They turn any day into a special day!

 
A big bowl of vibrant green apples is as beautiful as can be
and a wonderful sweet treat too!  
 
 
Green is the color of the month,
and I intend to love each and every minute of March.
Day one is off to a wonderful start!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

a day for love...

Why does romance only get one day of recognition? It is an important part of life. It doesn't matter if you are in a relationship or single. Romance is a lifestyle. It can be a way to pay homage to elegant periods in history. Finding beauty in the mundane made for a graceful existence. The Victorians fully appreciated this philosophy. I try to integrate romance into every part of my life from the adorable vintage clothes I wear...
 
 
to the handkerchiefs in my purse...
 
 
 to the lovely hats prominently displayed in my home.
 
 
I love to set my table with mix and match floral dishes...
 
 
making an everyday dinner a fanciful affair.

 
I dress my beds with vintage linens...
 
 
I even try to iron my pillowcases.

 
I adore antique sewing notions...
 
 
...charming books as well as other ephemera...

 
...and I have a real affinity for oddities like these delightful flowers made from tiny seashells.

 
There are many things in this world I do not understand. But I do fully understand and embrace a romantic lifestyle. Let February 14th be the kick-off for adding a little romance into your world. It can be as simple as placing a few fresh flowers on a nightstand or eating lunch on real china. It can be the start to a beautiful way of living.
Happy Valentine's Day!