Saturday, April 28, 2012

Array of Elegance Tablescape Luncheon

The Elkhart Auxiliary hosts a fund raiser every year to raise money for a nursing scholarship.  This was our 2nd year of participating.   They also have a style show and lunch and always pack the house  at The Matterhorn.
Our theme was "On Golden Pond" and as always we combined lots of unusual elements for a table anyone could duplicate (and we will on First Friday,  May 4th for our "Pure Michigan" theme).  We'll have a mix of cottage and lodge for a relaxed summer time feeling.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Big Round of Applause

Truly the best part of being in this business is the people we meet.  When you're passionate about what you do it attracts like minded souls.  
 We were invited to attend the Earth Day celebration at  IUSB  to celebrate our friend Myles.  As you can see he was awarded the first Student Sustainability award.  We couldn't be happier for him!
 Then our friend Sarah from Unity Gardens was also presented an award for all the work they do in the community.
We felt so honored to be in the same room with all these people who truly go above and beyond their jobs to make South Bend a better place to live.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Celebrate the Earth

The World is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.
      -E.E. Cummings

Lets keep it that way! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


We often times feel like the cattle call of furniture...Head em up, move em out!  So here are a few of the new replacements.

Apple green goodness, and a German mirror used as a tea tray.

April Showers....

A new crib quilt made with vintage embroidered quilt squares.

Rock a bye baby.  Comes complete with mattress, crib sheet and comforter.
Made from a 1985 Gear Kids fabric. 

The year of the dragon domino coffee table.

Handmade Personal Notebooks in time for Professional Assistants day.

This one's mine!  I use it all the time.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Colorado Road Trip!

Our friend in junk, Judy Akins moved to Victor, Colorado and has been so busy revamping the town.  She has a shop and just bought the old hotel in town and is busy refurbishing it.  If you sell or buy cool old stuff here's a wonderful opportunity!  
Oh how we wish we could go!

Mark your calendars for the first annual Junk Mother Lode to be held June 23-24 in historic Victor, CO, at 106 N. 4th St, just under The Olympia Hotel. Vendors from across the country are invited to this juried show featuring vintage wares, one of a kind repurposed items and salvaged treasures.  20 spaces are available on a first come, first served basis, with hotel accommodations included for the first five out of district registering vendors.  2 primo spaces $125 each, 18 spaces $75 each.

If you like rusty metal, weathered wood, chippy paint and reclaimed treasures, this is the place to be.  Be the first in line to grab the best one of a kinds!  Admission is free to the public with free parking, no pets allowed.  Rain or shine, indoor event.

Sponsored by Marigold Mercantile 120 S. Third Victor, CO
Treasure Hunting Hours: Saturday 9-6 / Sunday 9-3
Hungry?  Grub vendors will be onsite

For more information, call Judy Akins 574.524.0833 or email

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A thank you note

We can't thank these gals enough for the great photo's they took for our Asian theme this month.  But we can spread the word and tell the blog world how good they are.  

You'll love what they capture in their photo's.


Here's a little info I borrowed from their blog...
Hi. We are the faces behind the cameras at XPose Photos.
We approach photography with the same philosophy that we use to approach life. Being comfortable with yourself is the most flattering expression of you. BE VIBRANT. Life is voiced through a broad range of emotion. BE REAL. Life must be filled with gut-bursting laughter, unforgettable adventure and intense love.XPOSE YOUR JOY!
We’re so glad you’re here. Enjoy this glimpse into our most current adventures in life and photography.
Tina and Suzi

Some traditional Japanese treats from Hiromi
No man can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself.    —James Russell Lowell

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Close ups

Furoshiki's are back

Tasseled table topper

Retro asian dinnerware

Earrings, and necklaces....Oh My

It's all about the details

Thursday, April 12, 2012

X Pose photo's from First Friday

Tina & Suzi from XPose Photo's came early on Friday to shoot the store before the mad rush.   I'll share a few every day.  So this is our version of Chinoiserie through their beautiful eyes!

Anyone feeling a little woozy?  We have a seat for you.

Spring has sprung!  We're loving the bold and the bright.

Haywood wakefield expandable tablewith faux bamboo legs

April Showers

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

This explains a lot...

Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.


Go be a rebel!  Get creative :)

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Here are just a few pictures from First Friday.  Thank you to all who came,  it was a great crowd.  The Asian theme was such a hit,  we will be restocking the store next week!

  The pro's Tina & Suzi from X Pose photo's came and shot lots of pictures, so I'll be sure to share as soon as they arrive.

 Our very special guest artist Hiromi Winderquist of Harujion Design made some beautiful handbags with fabrics from Japan.  You have to see them to really appreciate all the hand work that goes into them (hand beaded and embroidered).  The fabrics are reproductions of vintage kimono fabrics.
 Hiromi invited some of her friends to wear their heirloom kimono's.  They are passed down from their mother's and treasured.  This one was a beautiful silk.  If the weather would have been rainy she would not have chanced ruining this heirloom.
 I love hearing the stories from their homeland and so appreciate every little detail that goes into everything they do.

The shoppers

 Children's table and chair set.  The chairs are retro and I designed the table to go with them.  The corners had holes so I made stash bags for crayons, markers etc, easily gathered up with a bead.
 Baby cradle set, and Hiromi's paper balloon mobile.
WABI SABI Saturday,  April 14th.  Paper Crane Class with Hiromi will take place at junk Evolution next Saturday.  Please call for reservations  574-215-7812.