Sunday, August 30, 2015

First Friday is almost here!!

**Save the Date**
September 4th

First Friday
in Old Town on Main Street
is coming up this Friday, September 4th


Pick up a map at any of the vintage shops,
stroll down Main Street
and enjoy the Fall sights, 
get a stamp at every shop and you could win a lovely prize!!

First Friday shopping starts at 
4:00PM and shops close at 8:00PM

Hope to see you there! 


Feels like Fall!

...and looks a lot like it too!!

I've been hustling away bringing all things Fall to el&em. 
Changed up the front window, closed out & packed up all our 
Summer goods and made an (almost) complete store shift into FALL.

Had a very fun (and challenging) pumpkin hunt. 
Come to find out, pumpkins aren't all that easy to find in August. 
I did manage to round up a few fake ones 
and altered their tacky fauxness into "upCHICed" beauties. 
Learn how to do this in our upcoming "Posh Pumpkin" workshop!! 

(I did have a couple lovely REAL pumpkins delivered to my door this week.
  Whine Ask and ye shall receive! Thanks Pumpkin Queen!!) ;)

I'd been saving this plate rack for awhile, 
as I knew it would be the perfect starting point for a Fall tablescaping vignette
 I'd had dancing in my head for a couple months. 

And wouldn't you know it,  just as I was starting my set-up, IT SOLD! 
Yes, that IS the point, but sometimes I get a little sad when a vision 
I've had and been collecting for,
 never gets to see the light of day. 
Silly, but I feel this way often. 

Despite the early bird shoppers, I did manage to get a lot of treasures 
put out this first round of Fall though.
So many lovely textures, colors and even Autumn scents!
Archipelago candles have been a longtime favorite. 
They smell absolutely amazing and the colors are perfectly Fall!!

Aren't these colors just perfect for early Fall decor? 
A beautiful way to kind of ease into the season. 
Bits of azure and cobalt pop alongside Autumnal browns and orange. 

I've brought in a few new refurbished vintage desks, antique globes 
and lots of upcycled chalkboards just in time for back to school.
Maybe encourage happy homework with a unique updated space!?

Cool new hardware also hit the shelves this week.
Gorgeous designs and shapes. 
And remember: we can order in quantity for cabinet makeovers 
or large jobs and it only takes about a week to arrive!! 

here's just a bit of what we have in stock...

We also had a couple fun workshops this week
It was P O U R I N G and blustery outside...
a perfect Fall like rainy day to get crafty inside with friends, glitter and gluesticks!! 

We created mixed media junque journals 
and DIY marquee letters too!

Well that's what I was up to this week. 
Feeling very Fall-y and loving every second!!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Fall Inspirations


I know we're  n o t   q u i t e  there yet, 
but being the planner geek that I am, 
I have my sights set on all the fun, crafty, DIY decor goodness 
that Autumn brings!! 
So I thought I would wet your whistle 
with a little tease of  the fun we have in store....

here are just a few of the  
Fall, All Hallow's Eve and Harvest 
inspired workshops and DIY projects 
we will be creating in September and October

Crystal Ball Creations

                  Party Crow Tussie Mussies                  

Posh Pumpkins

Natural Leaf Projects 

Be sure to follow us on Instagram for 
sneak peeks all week!!

Canvi destació! i... Llimonada! / Cambio de estación! y... Limonada! - Entre núvols de cotó
how about you??


Sunday, August 9, 2015


We still have a couple seats available in our 
Milk Paint BYO...
project workshop

Saturday, August 15th 
3:00 to 6:00
Furniture Makeovers Galore... - Miss Mustard Seed. Chair I painted at MMS workshop!

Have a piece that's long been needing a facelift? 
Want to add a pop of color to an updated room? Always wanted to learn about Milk Paint? 

This workshop is your perfect opportunity to tackle all of those endeavors!!
Come to class with a small piece of furniture that you can comfortably carry (accent/side table, chair, stool, frame, etc). 
We will cover step by step the methods to transform your piece. You will learn how to prepare milk paint, apply colors of your choice, distress and utilize furniture waxes or topcoats for a smooth finish. 
Your piece goes from drab to fab in one day! 
Class fee is $50.00. 
All tools and equipment are provided.

Check out these fabulous before and afters for a little inspiration on what you can do, all with the magic of Milk Paint!!

Personalized milk paint storage crate before & after
MissMustardSeed Dresser MilkPaint Before and After! What a stunning transformation using a non-traditional color!
Refinish your old damaged furniture into coastal design inspired pieces with milk paint. Love the stenciled table top! See more photos here.

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Before & After - Ball and Claw Foot Side Table #milk #paint #diy

French Nightstands Makeover using Miss Mustards Seed's Trophy Gray and Grainsack.
Piecrust table before and after. Painted with General Finishes milk paint,  walnut veneer top stripped and sanded, then I used General Finishes Brown Mahogany gel stain to give the walnut a softer color. General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin protects the wood.
Before and After: The Gray Milk Paint Side Table!
Typewriter desk reveal  #iheartmilkpaint #mmsmilkpaintcolorofthemonth
(all images via Pinterest)

Milk Paint FYI's...

Milk Paint is an ancient all-natural paint containing basic ingredients including milk protein (casein), limestone, clay and natural pigments. When absorbed into the surface, Milk Paint will never chip or peel when applied to a raw wood surface. It is suitable for both interior and exterior applications and is naturally mold resistant. Milk paint provides a completely breathable coating and is ideal for painting wood, plaster, drywall and a variety of other surfaces.  It is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and contains no VOCs.


One quart of milk paint covers approximately 70 sq. feet.  Simply mix this powder with water- it’s that easy! A Milk Paint finish is unique and can range from a solid color to a stain, it all depends on how much water you add! It can be used on any porous surface without a primer. It will never chip or peel on porous surfaces as it soaks in and binds with the substrate.

Want to join us for our hands 
on intro to all things Milk Paint!!?
or drop by the shop to sign up!!