Monday, October 31, 2011

Sweet Salvage

Imagine someone scouring antique store after antique store after flea market after garage sale to find the best of the best in home decor.  Then delivering the look of a European market, Restoration Hardware and Anthropologie at very fair prices.  That's what the cool folks at Sweet Salvage are doing the third Thursday-Sunday of every month.

This non-descript little warehouse at 7th Street and Camelback has a line down the block before the doors even open.  Each month brings a new theme and for October it was French Market. 

The man greeting us asks if we brought our truck and we laugh, but later we understand it was no joke.  The pieces are amazing and the prices are unbelievable.  Who could pass up a $45 antique burlap covered chair that looks straight off the pages of Ballard Designs?  Or green vintage bottles similar to West Elm and Pottery Barn, but for $8 and the real deal.  I was absolutely smitten with the vintage flour sack pillows, but (as you may know from my previous post on pillow addiction) limits must be set. 

Last month I walked away with a chippy white wood crate, rustic antique wood tool box and a funky big glass jar.  I was thisclose to coming home with a four foot long Keep Our Highways Clean white and black rusty metal sign.  Perfect size and color, but not sure if the message was quite right (although I fully support clean highways and am anti-littering).

This time around I didn't arrive until Sunday afternoon and most of the goods had been picked over.  Still worth my while though.  Less people meant the ladies gave me special attention - like sifting through old wine and champagne bottles together reading inscriptions from strangers' celebrations past. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sonoran Foothills Pumpkin Patch & Craft Show

Petal Pusher will be at the Sonoran Foothills Pumpkin Patch and Craft Show this weekend!  Come check out the local artists and handmade crafts, as well as activities for the family - face painting, pumpkin decorating, petting zoo and games.

Sunday, October 30 from 2-6pm
Sonoran Foothills Community Center
31910 N North Foothills Drive
Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

JAM Fest in Old Town

A peppy brunette in a colorful apron is helping to fluff tutus, admire customers' goods and demonstrate floral hair ties, while at the same time greeting newcomers with a down-to-earth, "Hey ya'll, so glad you came today!"

This was my first introduction to Shauna at JAM.  This gal is a pure dynamo committed to building and bringing together a community of indie crafters.  JAM is a charming historic bungalow filled to the brim with one-of-a-kind pieces of art, clothing, jewelry, accessories and vintage craft materials.  Besides being an artisan's boutique, JAM functions as a creative venue hosting art classes, trunk shows, live bands and social events.  Before even setting foot inside, you can feel it's a magical place.   

It was a joy watching this young woman from Louisianna, so dedicated to providing what Scottsdale so desperately is lacking: a fun, funky creative co-op of sorts.  My mind was spinning with admiration and inspiration.  I can barely wait to book class at JAM and check out one of their JAMMIN On the Porch music nights.  (Curious what JAM means?  Me too.  Turns out J and M are her brothers' initials.  Aww...)



Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mackenzie-Childs New York

My husband and I recently took a trip to NYC to celebrate his 40th birthday.  It also happened to be our first trip together without kids.  We enjoyed all the city had to offer - food, architecture, sights - and walked just about everywhere there was to go.

Many friends of mine are in love Mackenzie-Childs (I've always had a crush myself), so when we stumbled on their store at 57th Street & 5th Avenue I just had to stop in.

New York City Store Picture

Take a peek at what I found inside...

Note patient (but bored) husband in lower left playing on his iPhone

Real pumpkins handpainted by MC artists, what a MC Thanksgiving dinner table looks like, and darling new MC snowglobes atop checked tea cups...

Goodbye, New York.  Until we meet again!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Neutral Color Schemes & Pillow Addiction

Over the last few years I've found myself drawn to neutral color palettes.  I've accepted that bright colors and commitment to them is just not my thing. The contrast between tan, white, black and gray, when combined with various textures, can be soothing and interesting. It creates a simple, classic backdrop allowing for seasonal punches of color. 

Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn have defined this trend for awhile.  My favorite local store that epitomizes the look is Found in Mesa. Take a peek at the store and the owner's home.

Don't you just want to jump inside and live in these photographs?

Along with my love of neutrals has been a growing addiction for making pillows. I recently made little lumbar pillows for our foyer chairs...

It was as simple as sewing two rectangles together, stuffing with polyfill or down insert, then handstitching the last bit shut.  I added a few Funky Blooms that were embellished with vintage metal buttons.  Love the rusty, matte patina they have.

Made a couple 20x20 pillows for our family room sectional, plus a few purchased off Etsy...

Black jute webbing can be found in the home fabric section of the store by the tassels and fringe.  First, I hot glued it to one of the squares, making sure to get the edges the entire length and leave 1/4 inch of webbing at the top and bottom.  Then I laid the two squares front facing inwards and sewed them both together.

This linen bicycle print pillow is a favorite and an Etsy find.  Chevron, numbers, linens, natural cottons, vintage bicycles, ikat, Funky Blooms and Petals, stripes...Hardly boring, right?

I'd still like to add more gray and white to our scheme, but...This is a start!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Inspiration in Jerome & Sedona

The founding gals of Magnolia Market (comprised of myself, Emily from Thirty One, Dana from Applewhite and Kathleen from BeCutieful) took it north last weekend and found inspiration amongst the artist studios, historic buildings and stunning natural backdrops of Jerome and Sedona.  Here's our story in photos.