Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hooray for rust, paint, and dolls!

I was going to begin tonight's post by saying that it's been a hectic week but then it occured to me -- IT'S ONLY TUESDAY! (LOL) I hope everyone had a lovely Mother's Day. My guys made my day very special and I'm happy to report that all of my meals were either out or take-out!

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For a few months I have been looking around for a wire shelf. Something a little rusty, maybe some chipped paint, to hold my jelly jars of supplies. Once an antique shop owner asked me what I was looking for and I joked, "I think I'm looking for something that doesn't exist!" And then I saw it holding flower pots outside at The Greenery . . .

As you can see, I bought it . . .

Then dry-brushed it pale aqua (because everything looks amazing when it's painted pale aqua), making sure to keep hints of rust showing. I finished the project by spraying it with a clear coat to seal it all in.

On Mother's Day my husband hung it up in the Girlie Office and yesterday I moved the jars in (or on?).

I love the chicken wire backing . . .

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On a recent post at Laurie Star, the talented Laurie shows the most adorable clothespin dolls she made with her daughter. GASP! So cute and I noticed that one named Jane was for sale at her Etsy shop. No hesitation whatsoever and now the little Jane doll is mine, cheering by my side.

I love all of the thoughtful details from head to toe, front and back.

Along with my doll, Laurie also sent me pretty earrings and one of her Funky Flower pins. Be sure to check out all of Laurie's cute and colorful things at her Etsy shop, Trinkets NH. Tell her Jane sent you!



Lisa said...

I just love you shelf! Now I want one!!! Glad your mother's day ws great and I hope your week slows down! Off to check out the dolls!
Hgs, Lisa

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Elyse! :) I LOVE the wire rack!!! My goodness, you find the best things! I so agree with you about the color aqua too :) The makeover you did on that is amazing!!

That doll is too cute for words. I will have to check her site out :)

Thank you so much for the compliment on my boys names :) I wanted really unique names and the nwith Ashton, That 70's Show with Ashton Kutcher came out like a month before he was born and everyone thought I named him after him, NOT! I had that name picked out months before. Isnt that weird? And now it is a "common" namr, lol! I LOVE being the mom to all boys too :) Being the Queen rocks!! LOL! I am so glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day :)


Bethany said...

I love Jane.
And that is the cutest, coolest, most amazingly fun shelf ever. I am going to The Greenery on my way to work before you snag all the best stuff!
Thanks for th cupcake comment on my blog, so funny. Made me LOL as they say (do they still say that?)

Anonymous said...

Elyse I love this unique shelf!! It looks like a one of a kind- all your pretties just make it look even more fun!

What a cute little doll!


Lisa said...

Love the shelf especially painted blue. Very cute! And so awesomely useful (O:

debi @ life in my studio said...

Love that shelf...it's sooo cute! And yes, it's wonderful in pale aqua.

Stephenie said...

I'm so glad you had a great Mother's Day!!! I love your new shelf. Love the color you painted it to..Hope all is well.

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh that new wire rack is just wonderful, & the aqua colour oohh it is all so lovely!
Aahhh what a sweet little dolly, too cute.
Love the new look here & thank you for visiting me & your kind words about the 'new look' website.
Have a lovely day

Anonymous said...

Morning Elyse! What a great find! I'm laughing because I get these ideas in my head too and then I get frustrated because I can't find what I created up there!lol This is adorable; love aqua! AND I adore the background of your blog! Wish I had wallpaper in my sewing room just like it!!! Glad you had a nice Mother's Day - Sincerely, Jeannette

Anonymous said...

NICE!!! Looks awesome in the girlie office! Good job, hubby!

Glad you had a nice day on Sunday -- YES, let's get together ASAP! I want to hear about your recent craft sale. Plus, I only have the one coffee checked off on my recently obtained Panera coffee club card! I need to fill that thing UP!


LaurieStar said...

Awww... I am so touched to see little Jane making an appearance on your blog! She looks happy in her new surroundings. I'm glad you like her so much! :)
But I love your wire shelf! Even more the fact that your husband put it up for you - that is wonderful. I love the little birdie resting on it. So cute! Thank you for all your kind words - they make my day!

Natasha Burns said...

LOVE the shelf, it's gorgeous! And the dolly is super cute too!

Claudia said...

That shelf is fantastic. And you are right, everything looks better in pale aqua! Just when you think you won't find something, there it is!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Sweet Elyse! What a great job you did on your darling shelf! It is so you and cute! Great find!!!!!! I love what you have displayed in it to! Happy yo had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Love ya!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

WOW!!! I love your rusty aqua painted jar holding shelf! It is perfect!!

lorhen82 said...

What a perfect shabby shelf! Great find! ~Lori

Terri said...

Ok...I want that shelf and I want to live near the Greenery! Love Love Love the shelf! Terri

Natasha Burns said...

LOL ummmm no, we don't have kangaroos jumping around in the back yard!!! We mostly all live in the cities along the coast. Kangaroos keep away from all the hussle and bustle. I took the pics at a wildlife park on Phillip Island. Now they DO have kangaroos jumping around in the wild, but it's considered rural out there :)

Jenny S said...

Oh my gosh! I love that shelf!! Very cool and I agree all things look better aqua. See my Suzanna's blog for an aqua outdoor set to die for!! I really want it to come home with me...maybe if it doesn't sell by the end of summer!!!

Linda said...

What a great look, I love the shelf.
Cheers Linda

Vintagesquirrel said...

Hi Elyse!
I don't know why it's taken us so long to find one another. I love your blog as well. Do you know that I live in southeastern MA? And that I have 3 sons. Hon, I think we have a lot in common. I'm sooo glad you left me a comment.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Love what you did with the shelf....so shabby cute!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Anne Fannie said...

I love this wire rack and I love the color you chose to paint it!Wonderful!

bekimarie said...

Hi Elyse

Thanks for dropping by my blog, i've just had a quick flick through yours, I will have a proper read later when my little man is in bed as it seems to be full of pure gorgeousness just like your Etsy shop. Love the little postal canvases, they really are lovely.
I see you live in Rhode Island, I visited there many years ago when I was 15 and even at that age I fell in love with the place.
Beki xxx

bekimarie said...

I forgot to say, your wire rack looks beautiful.
I'm never lucky enough to find great stuff like that.
Beki xxx

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Your wire shelf turned out sooo cute! The chicken wire adds a bit of country cottage charm! Yes, setting up a French Flea on Rhode Island would be great. In fact, taking the Flea on the road to different places across the country would be a BLAST! We could just jump around like a real "flea!" Of course, if you came with a U-Haul, we may not have enough treasures to endure a world-wide tour! Thnaks for stopping by.

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Ok Girl, I'm really laughing at your remarks. First one Its only tuesday, when the week hasn't even ended. You sound like me, but I probably wouldn't of notice until much later. Second, the remark in the antique store. Your a riot! Anyhoo, I'm crazy about your shelf, and I do love the chicken wire. I might be adding that kind of wire in a cabinet I have in the bathroom.

You really made my day- I hope next time you can make me laugh like that again. I do believe I needed that. Take Care

Jen Kershner said...

Oh.my.gosh. Thou shalt not covet. Thou shalt not covet. Arghh! I can't help it! I want that shelf. I'm hoping it cost you 86 four hundred dollars so that I won't be too jealous. It's perfect. As is your paint job. What is your fave shade of aqua paint? Can I come play in your room with you? Hello to birdy! Hugs, Jen

Fete et Fleur said...

I love that wire rack! What a neat way to store your creative goodies.


Vintage Dutch Girl said...

Totally blog hopping today...Love luv LUV LOVE the pale aqua as well!

C. C. said...

Hi Elyse!

How sweet of you to check in! We were on vacation and now I am behind on everything!

I'm glad you had a nice mothers day. I like your new clothes pin baby!

Have a nice day!

C. C.

luckygirlgifts said...

absolutely wonderful find, and what you did with it is pure YOU, amazing!! I love the new look of your blog too. I was thinking it had been a hectic week on Sunday night. (Oh, yeah, that's the very beginning of the week.)Oh, well. I also saw the beautiful little trailer you made. too fabulous, as always.

Anonymous said...

Aqua/rust shelf = totally delightful!

cottage farm villa (cottagecharm) said...

Oh Yes!! that is one cute wire shelving unit!!! A real keeper!.. curious if you have started working on the front yard (?) :)

Barb said...

Oh I love that wire rack. Don't suppose they had another one??
I could paint it up aqua like you did. It is so cute.

The little doll you ordered is adorable and how fun to have it right there cheering you on as you work.

blessings and happy Saturday.

barbara jean

TattingChic said...

That is the cutest shelf/rack EVER! You are amazing girlyfriend! Love it!

Sharon said...

I love the shelf~ muti-tasking it's a good thing~ Thanks for visiting my blog~ Sharon@C'estChouette