Vintage Tag Sale Shopping

Hello my friends! I hope are having a wonderful Sunday! I wanted to share with you my finds from this weekend!

I know I have talked about The Painted Mill before. Right within Main Street a new Vintage Tag sale was happening and I went in for the first time yesterday! 

  
It is called The Vintage Tin Can. Super cute! They had amazing vendors and excellent service! I was able to get a few items and I am so happy with my new treasures! 

  1. Picture Frame

  

I found this beautiful frame to put my great-great grandparents wedding picture in. I am going to take the next month or so and start looking for more to start framing those old family pictures! 

2. Tray

  

How cute is this little tray? I love the color and it is light.

3. Mason Jar

  

I got this lavender painted Mason Jar. It is a 1975-present but we all see those painted Mason jars on Pinterest. And while I can paint my own I love getting some from local business owners! Going to a Vintage Tag sale is a great way to not only to shop local, but if you feel like you don’t have creative bone in your body. I have purchased a painted 1965-1975 year mason jar that I use as a vase. 

I wanted to share how I set up my little tray. 

  
I put the tray on my coffee table and put the mason jar on top. The flowers are silk flowers that were a part of my wedding bouquet. I put my coasters next to the mason jar and they have the monogram “S” and on top of those is a mini cast iron caldron with a LED light inside. 

If you’re a vintage lover, what have been your favorite finds?

Happy Hunting!

Brandy

Home Decor Finds

Happy Saturday! The weekend is here and I don’t know what your plans are for today, but mine so far have involved cleaning. I don’t know if I have mentioned this before, but Colin and I live with his parents. So, while I am mainly responsible for our space, once I start I just keep going! I don’t really mind cleaning. I use to hate it when I was younger. However, it has grown on me.I have started a new DIY project. I am making over my makeup drawers. I am hoping to finish at least the drawers and then access if I need more paint. I am going to post a before picture below:

A few years ago I covered the handles with zebra print duct tape. At the time it seemed like a good idea and I loved it. Now that I have been looking at it, I was feeling like it needed paint. I started with one drawer, and in all honesty: I am kind of just coming up with the general idea of what I want to do as I go. I painted the first drawer and so far I am loving the colors I chose! Here is a picture of the drawer I painted:
I am planning on doing a more in depth post on how I am going about this project. As well as a full picture of the finished project.
Yesterday I went to the Painted Mill for their vintage tag sale. I love shopping local and I love antiques. I found a great afghan for $10! I fell in love! It is prefect for not only fall but Christmas as well.

It is so gorgeous!! It just the perfect addition to our room!

While I was visiting West Virginia, I picked up this cute little sign for $6 at the flea market down there.

 It was my first fall décor item that I put up. I have been slowly starting to take advantage of the Christmas decorations, so that after Thanksgiving I can start decorating for Christmas. I started getting my holiday scents from Bath and Body Works and sadly my fall scents are starting to dwindle down to the point you can’t light them anymore. I have been waiting for the 2 for 22 sale to come back so I can get a couple more holiday scents. I have been using the left over wax to make wax cubes for my wax warmer. That way I am not throwing away any perfectly good wax! I did snag this one to last me till after Thanksgiving 😉
While on the topic of home décor, let me share this amazing find I found about a month ago at HomeGoods!

I have been finding quotes and I love displaying my favorites on this pretty chalk board. I think I spent $14/$16 for it. I have been looking for something like this, and I have used it for one women’s event at church already, you can see how I used it here. I wrote “Welcome” and it just added a sweet southern touch.

Have you found any sweet finds for your home lately? Share with me in the comments below!

~ Brandy

How To Clean Out Your Bath and Body Works Candles

   If your anything like me, the Bath and Body Works candles are my favorite. I especially love it when they have their 2 for 22 sale!! 🙂

They also have cute, reusable jars. Let’s face it, even though they are so worth the price, it’s just a waste to throw the jars away. All you have to do is clean them out and they can be used for storage, candy jars.. It does take some time, so I suggest doing this on a day when you have time.

So at about this point in your candle the wick will have been burned down. Below is the picture of the inside of the candle:
 (Sorry for the poor picture!!) But you can see enough to see that the wick is burned down. At this point it’s time to clean it out use it for something else.
Step 1:
You put your candle in the freezer.
I had my candle in there for anywhere between an hour- 2 hours. This is to allow the candle wax to crack, therefore making it easy to remove the wax.
 You can kind of see the crack in the wax. There are a couple small cracks. If you don’t see any cracks replace the candle back into the freezer and until the wax cracks.
Step 2:
Now it is time to remove the wax from the candle jar. Take a butter knife and start taking the wax pieces out of the jar.
Now once you get the wax out, I put the remaining wax in an air tight sandwhich bag to be used in a wax warmer. No need to throw away perfectly good wax!

Step 3:

Now for what I consider the harder part of this project. To remove the stuck on wax and the three metal wick holders. Those things are glued on and I found it easier for me to just put hot water in the jar and let the wax and the glue soften so that I can remove them.

 Once I poured out the water I remove the remaining wax. and then work on the metal pieces.
I used a tooth pick to remove the glue from around the metal pieces. Then I used the same butter knife and removed the metal pieces from the jar.
Step 4:
Now it’s time to take the stickers off. Now I did this as step three, but it really doesn’t matter in which order you choose to go with. It is the easiest part. I did the bottom first. I ran hot water directly onto the bottom sticker to make it easier to peel off.
After I soaked the sticker, I then just take my finger and scratch the sticker off the bottom.
Now it is time for the front sticker.. I do the same thing as I did with the bottom sticker.

Step 5:

All you have to do is wash your jar and then you get to enjoy your new jar!!!

 

~ Brandy

My Wedding Day: June 1,2013

I love weddings, I rejoice with those who get engaged and pray for every girl to have their wedding dreams come true. I want to blog about my wedding. (7 months almost 8 months after) I am going to share what I felt was worth the cost and ways that I saved money. As well as something things that I did that I feel made my day special. Our venue was at Deer Creek Overlook.

                                                            Decorations:

I did some major DIY. I did all the flowers, and between me and my mom we purchased some a little here and a little there. I had a theme, southern garden.

Here are a couple of Instagram pictures of what I did on my own as well as pictures from the wedding.

My mom bought the cake stand from HomeGoods. I bought the ribbon and the button from Walmart. Then I weaved the ribbon through and put the button on it.

Photo by Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
The small chalkboards I got from Etsy ( I don’t remember the vendor) I bought the liquid chalk from Michaels in the wedding section.
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
I was having an outdoor wedding, and there was no way I was going to wear heels. Not only that but I wanted shoes that I could easily kick off and dance. I got the shoes from Walmart, and the decals from Michaels.
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Instead of programs we did a poster board. We made it look like a chalkboard. One side had the bridal party and on the other side order of ceremony.

Our favors were S’mores. S’mores is a huge part of our love story. It only made sense that a piece of how we met was a favor for our wedding.

Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Our center pieces were a framed table number, a lantern, a flower in a glass, and a thick piece of scrapbook paper underneath. Then have the s’mores around it. I love lanterns and used lanterns for the aisle as well.
I did the flowers myself. I got the flowers from Walmart and Michaels.
Photo by: Shannon McFerren by Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
 Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
For my throwing bouquet, I made a small bouquet that broke apart and more then one girl got a flower.
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
I did not do a seating chart. I bought a sign from Etsy and it is universal that I can use it in my home as well.
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography

Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography

We had some loved ones that have passed that we wanted a way to honor them. I made a table to display photos and have a candle lite.

 

Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
My mom made this marker so that people could find the venue.
Photo by Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Instead of doing the ring pillow, we made a sign. I painted the sign itself and my mom did the lettering.
Photo by Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
The ceremony we kept it simple at the beginning of the aisle and at the end, we put a lantern on each side and a small pot of flowers.
Photo by Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
We did a sand ceremony as a nod to my love of the beach. I got saved on the beach and it only seemed fitting to use sand to symbolize our unity together in Christ using sand. The sand and the sand heart shaped holder is from Michaels. The flowers were something that was at our house. even though our colors were pink and navy, I did not want pink sand, but chose the natural color and blue.
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
I had two cousins serving overseas at the time of my wedding. They both wanted to be there. So as a way of showing thanks for serving our country and knowing they were their in heart, we had a table in honor of them.
I made small cards for significant others of some of our bridal party, inviting them to sit with their loved one. I didn’t get a picture of them but I was thanked for the gesture. 🙂
It was worth it:
There were some things that I bought and things I decided to invest in that really, looking back I would do it all over again.
1. Having a wedding coordinator.
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
I am so happy I had wedding coordinators at my wedding! It was so nice to know that there were people who helped to make my day run without a hitch. They did such an excellent job with my wedding that I highly recommend them, and if I ever have a party and need planners I will go back to using them. Courtney and Rebecca were amazing!
I used: Moore & Co. Event Stylists http://mooreandcoevents.com/#/home/  
2. My Wedding Dress and Veil.
Photo by Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
The first time I saw this dress I knew it was the one. The dress was what I was excited about. I love this dress and it fit perfectly with my theme, and the venue.  Here are some of my favorite dress shots.
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
My Veil was another love at first sight.. It was long and beautiful. I pray that my daughters will love it and use it. The beauty of this veil is that I plan to have it as an heirloom. Here are some of my favorite shots of my veil.
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
I got my dress and veil at :K&B Bridals http://www.kandbbridals.com/
3. Hair and Makeup
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
I got my hair and makeup done at Salon 23
Special Moments:
Then you have all the wonderful memories that you make.
1. First Looks.
Colin
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Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
My dad
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
2. First Kiss
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
4. Happy Birthday Aunt Diane
(Our wedding day was the same day of my Great Aunt Diane’s birthday and we say Happy Birthday and presented her with flowers)
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
3. First Dance
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
4. Parent Dances
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
5. Cake Cutting
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Music:
I love music and I love dancing. Here is a list of some of the songs that were played.
1. Ceremony
From This Moment by Shania Twain ( instrumental)
Making the Movies Jealous by Kristen McNamara
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri (Instrumental) * I walked down the aisle to this song*
Stuck on You by Elvis Presley
The songs above were played off of my iPhone by our friend Shawn Cappron
We had our friends Aubrey and Amanda Roach sing In Christ Alone
Photo by Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
2. Reception
The Way You Smile by Newsong ( first dance)
I Loved Her First by Heartland (father/daughter dance)
Handprints on the Wall by Kenny Rodgers (mother/son dance)
I See the Light from the movie Tangled (cake cutting)
  and of course dance music!!
our DJ was Bill Braun

Photo by Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography

Photo by: Shannon McFerren of  Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography

Photo by: Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
Our videographer was my Uncle Ozzie
Our Photographer was Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography http://www.shannonmcferrenphotography.com/
We were so blessed to have Mrs. Shannon do our wedding. She did such a fantastic job. She did our engagement photos as well. Here are some of my favorite shots.
All photos below were photographed by Shannon McFerren of Shannon McFerren Photography
I know this was a long one! I hope you enjoy this post and I hope you have a blessed day!
~ Brandy

A Few of My Favorite Things Days 3-4

Well as promised I am going to finish my favorites. I am going to go ahead and do the last two and the go into the rest of my blog.

A Few of My Favorite Things: Books

1. Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn: I love all these books!
2. I’m No Angel by Kylie Bisutti
3.Bible
4. While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin
5. Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury

Few of My Favorite Things: Hobbies

1. Crafting: Nothing beats getting in touch with my creative side and making something.
2. Singing and Dancing: I do not perform for anybody. I sometimes love to lift my voice in song.
3. Blogging: Having a blog is such a great way to share your thoughts with the world!
4. Writing (in general): I love to write short stories and poems.
5. Home decorating: Nothing beats making a house a home.

There you have it friends! A Few of My Favorite Things! 🙂

I have been on Pinterest the past couple of days pinning craft ideas and home organization and decor.. Pinterest has so many great ideas for those on a budget. If your anything like me, you have gone through the clothing pins wishing that as you pinned that cute outfit would just magicly appear.. Same for home decor. I have made a list of projects that I want to do once Colin and I are in our own place.

1. Make my own curtains: I don’t know about anybody else, but I can never find the right curtains. I have ideas floating around in my head and when I go to look for something as close to my vision… I never can find it. That or I find it and the price tag is horrifying. I have found fabric. At first, I may buy some inexpensive curtains to start out with.

2. Mason Jar soap dispensers: I found an easy tutorial on how to make them. I am wanting to do a larger on for dish soap. Then a couple of smaller ones for hand soap.

That is really to name a couple on my list. I will post about my progress on my projects.  I know I have mentioned the fact that I love printables. Friends, I went on Pinterest and found a whole bunch of them!! I smell a trip to the craft store!

What projects are you doing?
~ Brandy