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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Lives Again Our Glorious King!


Christ the Lord has risen today!  Alleluia!  Happy Easter to you!  




























"But the angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here, for He has risen, as He said.  Come, see the place where He lay.  Then go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him.  See, I have told you.'  So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples."

Matthew 28:5-8


Happy Easter!



Maria ~Rusty Hinge



Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Homebound is Here!


Spring Homebound edition is here!  I once again have the great privilege of being a contributor.  Thank you again, Heather, for this wonderful opportunity!  I had a blast styling my home for my contribution!  Even though it doesn't look a bit like Spring outdoors in Michigan with the cold temperatures and lingering snow, indoors here it is a different story.  But don't let me give it away, go get your copy and see it all for yourself! 




Here is a little preview of what you will find in this wonderful issue:





If you love what you see and would like to purchase your own copy, you can order the full printed version sent right to your doorstep here or the full digital here. 






Doesn't this get your heart pumping?!  I can't wait to get out in the garden again!




On another note,  Heather has been quite the busy bee!  Not only has she just released Spring Homebound, but she also put together a course revealing all her secrets in the how-to of the Mason jar soap dispenser.  Heather has shipped out thousands of these over the last couple years and knows all the ins and outs!  In this six week, self-paced e-course she will share different ways on how to create them as well as her business tips and supply sources for selling them!




I love these soap dispensers and have them at all my sinks, including my bathroom sink above.  The larger jars are even great for dispensing laundry soap and softener too!  If you are interested in this course, you can purchase it here.  A downloadable e-book also comes free with purchase of the course.  This all may have been an overload of information, so I'll leave you here for now.  But before I go, I want to give one last big THANK YOU to Heather for everything she does!




I also wanted to say thank you to Debra of Common Ground as well for making my day and featuring my new online shop at The Marketplace!





Maria ~Rusty Hinge





Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A New Favorite Shop

I want to take a moment and thank you all for shopping my vintage wares and for all the encouraging comments you sent my way regarding my new shop!  In all honestly, I was actually quite nervous to step into this venture and wondering how well received it would be, but you have all blown me away with your kindness!  Most has already been sold and I am furiously photographing new treasures to restock the shelves very soon.  In case you missed it, please *Click Here* to check out what is still available for purchase.




 In the meantime, I would like to share with you one of my new favorite shops!  Jennifer from Chalk Farm Home has amazing taste and sells the most delightful flea market finds and vintage French wares.  In fact, her style so mirrors mine that I can never leave there empty-handed!  She found these vintage French bistro wine carafes in Paris and I just adore them!  See the enameled number tags wrapped around each one?  They are numbered for each particular table of the bistro.  Ooh-la-la!         



They fit perfectly in my vintage french water-glass carrier.  I added a few green mums to bring some color to my coffee table.  Nothing like fresh flowers to brighten any room and add a touch of Spring indoors (because it sure doesn't look like Spring outdoors here!) 




The good news is Jennifer still has a couple of these vintage french carafes left in her Etsy shop, but you better act quick!  Once these one-of-a-kind vintage carafes are gone, they're gone!




I can guarantee that this won't be the last time you see one of Jennifer's finds in my decor!  Thank you again, Jennifer!




On another note, I have again the great privilege of being a contributor in Heather's fabulous e-zine, Homebound!  The Spring Edition comes out in less than a week, and I will let you know as soon as it is here!






Well, I better go for now as I have lots to catch up on and I hope to get my shop restocked very soon!  Thank you all again from the bottom of my heart!  I can't do any of this without you!




Maria ~Rusty Hinge




Saturday, March 16, 2013

Grand Opening!

Yay!  It's finally here!  I am so excited to present to you my very own online shop.  Here is where I will pass along my vintage treasures.  They are all near and dear, but because I am constantly redecorating and moving things around and don't have room for everything, it is time they find new homes!  You never know what you could find... vintage linens, quilts, French wares, ironstone, seasonal, collectibles and decorative pieces so please always keep one eye on the shop!  I think I finally figured through most of the details, but we will learn as we go.  All new shop items will be presented right here in updated blog posts at rusty hinge blog (a separate shop website is currently under construction!)  If you see something that you must have for your very own, inbox me with your shipping address to mgmarcusse@gmail.com.  I will then send you a Paypal invoice with an updated shipping cost.  First email takes it, so be quick!  Note:  All shipping prices are exact and will include delivery confirmation and shipping insurance.  I will combine shipping of multiple items for savings and will also ship internationally.  Now that we have finished with the boring details, I will now go ahead and cut the ribbon!  Happy shopping!  






   Vintage Victorian ironstone wash basin with Iowa stamped beneath.  Notice the delightful patina and aged appearance.  Perfect for corralling rolled towels in the bath.  It measures 15" wide and 4 1/2" tall.  
Price~ SOLD.






Straight from France!  This adorable antique twisted wire basket is in wonderful vintage condition without any broken wires and with just a touch of rust.  It measures 8" wide and 2 1/2" tall.  
Price~ $35.00.  SALE~ $30.00!






This vintage breadboard is from England.  It shows some old knife markings and signs of use.  It measures 9 1/2" wide. 
Price~ SOLD.






An adorable little confit pot with original lid straight from France.  I love, love and collect all French pottery!  This one has the number 4 stamped on the lid.  These pots were most likely used for food storage in the kitchen or pantry.  It measures 3 3/4" tall and 3" wide. 
Price~ SOLD.




Yellow trug with bent wooden handle.  I am not sure of the age of this trug, but I used it in my bath to store wash clothes and soap bars.  It is the perfect size for a half bath.  It measures 16 1/2" long, 10 3/4" wide, and 4 1/4" tall (without handle.)
Price~ SOLD.






Highly collectible and authentic this vintage cardboard egg advertising sign was used in a general store to price the eggs. It is in excellent vintage condition with no tears.  You can see the rotating wheels in the back that spin for a price change on the eggs.  Imagine only paying 20 cents for a dozen!  It measures 12" wide and 18" tall.
Price~ SOLD.






This vintage wooden general store seed display is the perfect piece to add to your Spring decor.  I displayed this on my garden potting bench.  It will come along with ten vintage seed label packets.  It measures 24 1/2" wide and 18 1/2" tall.  
Price~ SOLD








A vintage-style metal gate that I used for a message and photo board.  I added miniature metal clips that are included.  Measures 20" wide and 31 1/2" tall.  
Price~ SOLD.





A completely hand sewn feedsack quilt in the double-wedding-ring pattern.  These complimentary pastel pinks and blues are splendid for adding a touch of shabby chic to any decor.  It measures 79" by 79".  
Price~ SOLD.  




One of my favorite items for sale is this vintage European dough board.  I love decorating with these old boards as they make wonderful centerpieces and serving boards on the kitchen table.  This one is quite large measuring 23 3/4" wide.  
Price~ $165.00.  SALE~ $145.00!




See in these photos how I have previously used these dough boards?  They look great displayed everywhere...on the kitchen table, propped on the counter top,  and even hung upon the wall.  They are great for collecting as well!   




Well, I have to end here for now, but don't worry this is only the beginning and there will be much more listed soon so please come back again!  




Maria ~Rusty Hinge  




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