happy earth day

Most of the projects we do around here are “green”.  We love to recycle, upcycle, repurpose…whatever you want to call it.  We generally try to use what we already have and consider what the impact of buying new may have on the earth.  Not only is recycling earth-friendly but it is practical on the wallet in most cases too.  It is incredible to think of what we’ve repuposed in our home for a look that is uniquely ours.

Here are a few of my favorite earth friendly choices that we’ve made…

In our kitchen, we have a recycled pallet wood backsplash that has been going strong since day one.  We still love it.

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Recently we wallpapered our dining nook with old blueprints.  Love!

Flea Market Style Dining Nook

Our headboard is made from a recycled old interior door.

architectural salvage bedroom

Once we rescued this old chair from the curb and gutted and upholstered it, it was good as new.  We couldn’t part with it!

Rehabbed Club Chair

We’ve started working outside in the vegetable and perennial gardens.  We’ve began composting all of our kitchen scraps and seeding veggies for a summer harvest.

beans

We’re also working on cutting back on unnecessary garbage wherever possible.  We recently switched solely to fabric napkins.  They’re no longer just for fancy occasions!

Spicy Tortilla Soup

Habitat for Humanity’s Restore recently launched a new blog with all sorts of DIY tips and ideas on this very topic.  I contributed this post regarding repurposing a small window.

Habitat for Humanity

Did you know that most counties have a Habitat Restore that will take your donations?  If you are renovating, do the responsible thing and  donate your old cabinets, doors, hardware and fixtures plus furniture and other household items.  It’s better than these items ending up in a landfill.  Find the Restore near you!

How are you making an impact in your home, garden and community this Earth Day…and everyday?

 

 

 

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where has the time gone

Wednesday already?  Mid-April?

Oh my, the usual Clover Market hangover has lingered an extra day or so this time around.  Being the first market of the season, I seemed to forget how much work goes into the prior days of preparation, early morning day-of setup, evening break down and clean up for such a popup.  Not including the actual 7 hours of selling and schmoozing!  I think many shoppers probably don’t have a sense of what goes into an event as epic as Clover Market.  I try to price my items fairly so it can be frustrating when someone asks for a big break on a price in the first hour of the market after I’ve already put in about 5 hours of work.  I certainly understand the sport of haggling and it can be fun but I prefer to wait until later in the day to make a deal.

Clover Market Spring 2014

At any rate, we had a great turn out in Chestnut Hill on Sunday and absolutely stunning 80 degree weather which, by the way, where did that go?  I was happy to see so many familiar faces in both fellow vendors and regular shoppers.  Everyone was ecstatic to be out and about after the long winter.  Would you believe I didn’t take a single picture?  I really have no excuse.  #livinginthemoment  There are plenty of photos posted on the Clover Market facebook page along with new previews.

The market will be back at its freshman location in Ardmore in two weeks.  Circa Dee will not be at that event.  I have a spa date!  But we’ll be back at the May 18th Ardmore market fresh from a trip to Brimfield so who knows what goodies we’ll have.

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So what’s next?  Well this weekend is Easter, duh, so we’re working on stocking some new plants and other spring holiday & gardening pleasantries at The West End Garage in Cape May.  Stop by Friday through Monday if you find yourself at the shore.  The adorable Ribbit succulent gardens will be back in stock.  Perfect for a beach house!

ribbit succulent garden

Can I digress a bit?  I haven’t mentioned Houndstooth in a while – Ryan’s West End Garage venture.  We’ve been adding new inventory there weekly.  The latest additions are yummy beach themed dog cookies.  Perfect for your pooches’ Easter basket.  Do people do pet Easter baskets?

Houndstooth - Cape May dog cookies

The cookies look and smell so good that I want to taste one.  They are made from human grade ingredients so why not?  Ok I won’t but Wilson goes nuts for them!

Wilson

Finally, I’d like to add that on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm I will be popping into Serendipity Shops of Doylestown to talk milk paint.  Stop by for a free demonstration while you’re out running your errands.  Bring project questions, before pics, etc.  If you can’t make this one, next month’s demo is tentatively scheduled for May 17th – time TBD.  You can always check milk paint demo deets here.

Serendipity Shops of Doylestown

So that’s what’s in store for this weekend and beyond.  Do you have an Easter egg hunt planned?

spring paisley

I can feel it.  That sense that spring is just around the corner.  The air is still cold but not as bitter.  The sun is lingering longer each day.

Parting of the clouds

We’re already soaking it up as much as possible.

Late Winter in Cape May

Taking quick trips to the beach and bike rides around the block.  Watching the birds.  Oh it’s going to be a glorious spring!

Is it spring yet

This subtle change in the weather has me so over my winter wardrobe.  It is dreary and frumpy.  I’m ready to inject some spring color!  I came across this beautiful teal pashmina from Spiegel to pair with my favorite vintage jacket.

Late Winter in Cape May

I ordered it from their website and it arrived quickly, in just a few days.  I was not only impressed by the quick turnaround but also by the size and quality considering the low price – just $18. In fact, I loved all of the scarves but ultimately settled on the teal teardrop paisley one because the paisley pattern resembles my Circa Dee logo, don’t you think?  I love it!

Paisley Teardrop Tapestry Pashmina

You’ve heard of Spiegel, right?  The catalog company has been around for 100 years!  I had no idea.  While my new scarf is gorgeous and all, I was probably more drawn to the company’s history on their website which features the iconic vintage catalog covers.  The ones from the 1940′s are my favorite for sure.  I’m always drawn to images and memorabilia from WWII era.  Which year’s Spiegel catalog cover is your favorite?Spiegel 20s

Spiegel 40s and 50s Spiegel 60s-70sSpiegel 80s

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all opinions and beach frolicking are my own.  I truly love my new Spiegel scarf!  #lovespiegel

P.S.  Don’t forget…

Feb demo

february milk paint demo

Happy February, friends!

Is it raining or snowing where you are today? It’s quite dreary here but fortunately the Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint color of the month (#mmsmpcolorofthemonth) for February is bright & cheerful Apron Strings!

apron-strings-sample

Bring it on!

Save the date for the next in-store milk paint demonstration at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown. I will be sure to mix up Apron Strings for you to see in person.

#mmsmilkpaint demonstration

Join us!  No registration required.  This is a free, hands-off demonstration.  Simply come as you are and allow me to introduce the suite of products to you.  Ask questions about your own DIY projects.

Milk Paint Demo at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown

We hope to see you in the shop on Sunday, February 23rd at 1 pm.

February 23rd #mmmsmp demo #ilovemilkpaint

If you’ve joined us for one of the past demonstrations, we’d love to see how your project turned out.  Please email photos!

the frozen sea

We felt a bout of cabin fever setting in over the weekend so we headed out on a mini road trip around the area to take in the polar vortex sights.  A dusting of snow was coating the already frozen Delaware Bay when we approached.

Frozen

It was unbelievable to see in person and may be hard to tell in these photos that the water is not cresting but is merely frozen in that position that we are so used to seeing.  We couldn’t hear the presumable sound of the surf crashing.

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In fact, it was eerily quiet. And gray but in the most beautiful way.

Frozen Cape May

With the temperatures reaching above freezing yesterday and the sun peeking out, we actually ventured onto the beach.  The water was crashing in this location but right next to huge snow mounds.  What a crazy sight.  There is nothing like playing in the sand and snow at the same time.  Can you tell where the snow ends and the water begins?

Snowmound Beach

cape may winter + a sale

We’ve been enjoying a wintry existence here in Cape May.  As have most of you in this part of the country and beyond.

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I like that there’s snow on the ground just blocks from the ocean.  It’s peaceful. Winter in Cape May 4

We still try to venture to the beach if it reaches above freezing.  Of course, it requires extra layers of clothing this time of year.

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And instead of a beach blanket, we need multiple wool blankets to thaw out after said beach trips.

Winter in Cape May

But…

I have spring on my mind.

It’s not that I want to rush winter.  I really enjoy our distinct 4 seasons but I’m excited for spring inventory.  New treasures, colors, textures and whatnot.

In order to make room and clear some things out, I’ve upped the ante at The West End Garage.

The winter sale is going on now and we’re offering 25% off.  The discount will be applied to everything at Circa Dee in The West End Garage in Cape May.  Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Which means you need to come visit this winter.  I saved you a parking spot…

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