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Thursday, January 26, 2012

French Labels and Post Road Vintage

I hope all of you are having a wonderful week!  So far so good for me.  The weather has been cooperating and we even had the sunshine peek out from behind the clouds yesterday morning!  But I can't go any further with this post until I thank each and every one of you.  You guys are the best!  I can't get over the fact that you all take time out of your busy lives to pay me a visit and leave such encouraging comments. 

I hung this old canning jar on a row of vintage chippy white hooks that Karl added to a bare wall in our bath.  I found a vintage style french label that I printed off at Karen's wonderful blog, The Graphics Fairy, and used Mod Podge to seal it to the jar.  You can find tons of great labels of any subject and for any creative project at The Graphics Fairy.  It is a lot of fun to go through them and see all the different choices.

This flower frog hanging vase top came from Heather at Post Road Vintage.  I bought a couple of these tops from Heather and love them.  You can use them for any season.  Here I added some winter berries.  Heather sells them at her online store.  Don't have any mason jars at home, don't worry, she sells those as well!

As I mentioned, I got this wonderful attached hanging flower frog top from Heather at Post Road Vintage.  If you haven't been over to her blog, you have to promise me that you will go soon!  Heather is a fellow Michigan blogger and her home and garden are most adorable.  I am excited to share a couple pictures from her beautiful blog with you as a small taste of what you will find over there.  Heather also has an online store that you can pick up your own mason jar soap dispenser or hanging mason jar flower vase.  To visit the Post Road Vintage Store *Click Here*

To read her Mason Jar Soap Dispenser Story *Click Here* 

Heather sells handmade wooden shelves as well.

{all photos courtesy of Post Road Vintage}

{all photos courtesy of Post Road Vintage}

{all photos courtesy of Post Road Vintage}

I also added another vintage French label with Mod Podge to an old glass jam jar.  This label is from The Graphics Fairy as well.  This one sits on our bathroom counter.

Yes, that is exactly what you you think it is in the background, a mason jar soap dispenser from Heather!  I love it here in my bath.

Thank-you again to all of you for stopping by.  And a big thank-you to Heather at Post Road Vintage and Karen at The Graphic Fairy for their inspiration.

 I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Maria ~Rusty Hinge

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

And the Liebster Award Goes To...

Good Morning to you!  A HUGE thank-you goes to my friend, Cheryl over at Fresh Vanilla for C!  Cheryl and I both started a blog around the same time last year.  Even though we live across the country from each other, she was one of my first followers and through this we have become wonderful friends. 

She awarded this here blog with the Liebster Award.

Liebster is German and means 'dearest' or 'beloved' but it can also mean 'favorite'. The idea of the Liebster award is to bring attention to blogs with less than 200 followers. So, in the spirit of good fun I am passing this award on to 6 other bloggers.
Please click over and visit them. Then decide if they may be one of your new favorite blogs!

The RULES are:
  1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  2. Reveal your five or six picks for the award and let them know.
  3. Post the award on your blog.
  4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogshare-other bloggers.
  5. Finally and the best rule of all.......have fun and spread the love!

It's now my turn to pass the award along. And the Liebster goes to.....in No Particular Order!!!

Mary Alice at Chateau Chic

Please go and pay these lovely ladies a visit!  Let them know how wonderful they are!

Maria ~Rusty Hinge

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Let it Snow

Hello again, sorry I have been absent for a bit.  For Christmas this year, Karl's parents had given a cruise to the whole family, so all seventeen of us have been on a boat out in the Caribbean all week!  It was wonderful!  Thank-you, Mom and Dad!  We had a blast!

A gorgeous sunrise over the Caribbean.  We had wonderful weather and made many great memories.  We arrived back home again on Saturday.  This is what we came home to, lots and lots of snow!

What a huge contrast to what we had been experiencing on our vacation.  Just a couple days ago we were enjoying the hot sunshine! 

I hung a cedar wreath in every window each with a red bow to add some color.

It is a tradition for my mom and I to make garland together every year.  We go out to the woods to collect many different kinds of greenery and winter berries.  This year I made over fifty feet and it was so heavy, I could barely carry it to my front porch! 

Karl found this old wheelbarrow for me this summer, and for winter decor I stuffed it with pine and winter berries.  This fall, I decorated it by filling it with pumpkins and gourds.  To view *Click here*

It hasn't stopped snowing since we arrived back home.  Even though it will take me a couple days to get used to the cold weather again, it's really quite beautiful, isn't it?

It's good to be back, I have missed all of you,

Maria ~Rusty Hinge

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