Classic Style Using Authentic Treasures

It's all about living an AUTHENTIC life, being true to who we are and finding beauty and inspiration in our daily surroundings. Decorating our homes with found items and antique and vintage treasures, we create a personal ~ classic style ~ that defines who we are!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Respect for Mother Nature

Praying for the survivors and those lost in the recent tornado outbreaks!

Not sure when I became so scared of bad storms.  From an early age, I hated thunder storms!  I guess once I had children of my own, I have felt such a responsibility to protect my family.

I am neurotic when it comes to storm prep.  I pack everyone's medicine, make sure my teens have shoes and jeans and whatever things they want to keep shoved in a backpack.  I have taught my children where to look for safe shelter if they aren't at home. 

I am something of a joke with my family and friends.  Most of the time, the storms coming from Alabama into Georgia weaken before they reach our North Georgia area and everyone gives me a hard time.  But this time was different.  Three separate storms with tornadoes passed within 10 miles of my home and ten total tornadoes made their way across my state!  Georgia wasn't spared, but my heart goes out to Alabama!  It could have been my family and me looking at destruction!  We have been blessed.

I am horrified by the pictures I see and wonder with an F4 or F5 tornado if we would have survived...even in our storm room under the basement stairs !  I respect Mother Nature and her awesome power and am so very grateful that we are safe!  

Please pray for the families and communities effected by this tragedy!

Life is Precious!  Don't take it for granted!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Word in the Hand: Sabbath

Word in the Hand: Sabbath: "The light went out. He was the Light, so that was weird; the paradox of being and not being was hard enough when he became human but this wa..."

As we celebrate Easter today, I ask that you open the blog post shown above.  Truly an inspirational piece, the author draws us in to think about Christ and His physical body.
He is Risen!  Happy Easter!  It is a time for rejoicing and renewal!
Martha +x

Thursday, April 14, 2011

So much to do, so little time!

Lakewood 400 starts tomorrow! 
The third weekend of every month is an Antique lover's dream,
if you live in the North Georgia area!

Furniture everywhere...

Shabby Chic and repurposed vintage finds....

A little bit of something for everyone!!

Hope I can get down there...I'm only 45 minutes away!
So much to do in my own two booths.
I may have to wait until next month to go back.
Hope you enjoyed these pictures from the Lakewood 400 blog!

Have a great weekend!

Live Authentically,

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I'm a Magazine Hoarder!!!

I can't help it...there are several things I am drawn to.....
Sea Shells, Rocks, Old Books, Home Decor books, 
Fabric and Magazines!!!  
Last year I ran across one of the most beautiful 
magazines I had ever seen...
but every site I found it on, 
did not offer subscriptions to US residents.  
The magazine in question? 
Jeanne d'Arc Living....absolutely beautiful!  

There are several sites now that wholesale the magazine and
offer US residents an opportunity to have this magazine....
I have received two so far...the third one is on its way as we speak...I can't wait to see it!
I bought my subscription from 
Lori Miller of Round Barn Potting Company...
check out her blog...
she is a master of product merchandising!
One day I would like to visit her beautiful Minnesota.....after the snow melts!
Here are some more pics from previous Jeanne d'Arc Living magazines....makes me drool!

I'm drooling...are you?
Anticipation.....can't wait for the mailman!
Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Repurposing At Its Best!

Something fun!  

While I am in the process of creating my 
new grain sack pillow business, 
I am also trying to put together a craft room / office.  
I recently found this old doctor's exam table at a local thrift store and just HAD to have it!  I forgot to take a picture of the before....but we put the outer covering back on it so you could see what it looked like!

My husband and son starting ripping and tearing 
and pulling out old tacks.  
Two layers of vinyl, and really old foam later.....
a perfect top to work with!  
I was so afraid the foam might have been glued down...
but yay...a clean top awaited!  

Still trying to decide what to do....
I can see there was a layer of green paint 
before this cream one...
I may just scuff it up a bit and go with it.  
As for the top, I'm thinking of some sort of modge podge project and a piece of glass! 
Lots of storage and a fun credenza to boot!

I'll share pictures of the final project when I get it completed!
Things are moving along with my new booth at 
Gateway Antiques in Dahlonega.

I'll have more pictures to share soon!

Live Authentically,