Vintage Tiered Cake Stands

Last weekend, I was invited to a sneak peek event at a new home decor shop that specializes in vintage, collectibles and shabby chic. These types of shops tend to be my favorite because you never know what you’re going to find, and they’re different every time you go back. As some of you already know, I stopped buying anything I don’t have a dedicated purpose for a couple years ago (even if it’s a great deal). It does take a bit of the fun out of vintage decor shopping, but not having to deal with cluttered storage rooms later is worth it (not to mention the money I no longer waste)!

After exercising a lot of restraint, I left the shop at the end of the evening with one antique silver tiered cake stand. At just over $20, I think it was a steal since, from what I can tell, most sell for more than $50 on Etsy.

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I’ve always loved the way these tiered plates look, and I’m not worried about what to do with mine because they’re so versatile. Take a look and see what I’m talking about…

Of course, one of the more popular ways to use any tiered cake stand is for cupcakes or treats.

2 Tier cake stand- Jolly Good Wedding

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Tiered Cake Stand- The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co

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Repurposed Jewelry Cloche

On my birthday trip to Vancouver over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to do a little shopping and picked up an adorable individual butter dish. A while ago, I promised myself to only purchase items I had a specific plan for (even if something was a bargain). I’ve never been one to be wasteful or spend money foolishly, but I did find that we always seemed to have stuff to take to the second hand store or items sitting in cupboards and drawers for far too long. So, with that in mind, I decided that only one glass butter dish would come home with me to be repurposed as a jewelry cloche.

 

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I’ve always been drawn to depression glass, both vintage and reproduction, so it didn’t surprise me that the table of glassware is where I spent most of my time pondering at The Cross. The cake plates, goblets, votive holders and other tableware were stunning. Items like these are beautiful on display in the kitchen and dining room, but they can easily be used in other parts of the home if you just think outside the box.

 

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At the moment, I’m using the butter dish in our bedroom to store my rings. I may eventually use it for another purpose (perhaps even butter!), but for right now, I’m liking the way it adds a bit of sparkle to our dresser.

 

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Household Chore Tips {Everyday Made Easy}

Last week I posed a few questions regarding household chores, and I wasn’t too surprised when so many of you chimed in. I often go in waves when it comes to the day-to-day tasks of managing a household. Some weeks laundry really gets on my nerves and I want to go on a cooking strike, and other weeks I’m inspired to try new recipes and I find cleaning somewhat therapeutic. Whatever mood I’m in on any particular day, the thought of making any household duties easier is very appealing. That’s why I asked a few other bloggers to share some of their best household chore tips to make the everyday tasks a little easier.

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Workspaces That Inspire {Nostalgic Summer}

I was looking for the perfect gift to give to one of my girlfriends back at Christmas and I remembered these cute vintage necklaces made by Renee of Nostalgic Summer. Some of you may recall the Etsy Feature and giveaway I hosted back in November. While gathering info for that particular post, Renee made a real impression on me and I knew she was someone I wanted to keep in touch with. What stood out to me was her kindness, the care and detail she puts into her craft, her love of integrating old and new, and the story she has for each of her unique jewelry pieces.

While I was on summer break, I started thinking about new topics to write about for the blog. I began making a list of all the things that inspire me and I remembered some photos I kept of Renee’s workspace for creating her jewelry. One that stood out in particular to me was her inspiration board. My intention was to eventually share this photo along with other interesting boards I’ve gathered over the months. Instead, the thought went a bit further and led to the idea of starting a new series: Workspaces That Inspire. I think it’s only fitting that Renee’s space is the first I’m sharing with you.

Renee's Inspiring Workspace

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Mission: Jewelry Organization

I’m not the fashionista with boxes, bags and containers over-flowing with jewelry. I love it, but I’d say that I’m more of a bag girl when it comes to accessories. I’m also lucky to have access to my aunt’s jewelry collection at any given time, making it unnecessary to find a home for too many pieces.

The jewelry I have is a collection of vintage pieces I bought or were handed down, gifts from friends and family (my beloved pandora bracelets), and some selections I found  impossible to walk away from. I’m finding this last category is growing (could be something to do with Anthropologie opening up), but the incidence of wearing this jewelry has not. I tend to wear the same pieces over and over, like that same comfy sweater we always seem to reach for.

I wondered WHY this was the case. When I looked at how I stored my jewelry, the answer became apparent. We do what is simple and easy. Easy isn’t spending time looking for the match to an earring. Easy isn’t finding the right necklace and/or bracelet to go with those earrings if they’re mixed up and tangled in a bag. Easy is grabbing a pair of silver earrings off the dresser and heading out the door.

My goal was to create an organizing system that encouraged me to wear all my jewelry. (And if I didn’t have an event to wear a special piece to, I would create one!) I also needed to make room for these:

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