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


Tiered Cake Stand- The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co


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Vintage Key Art + Pot of Gold Giveaway!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and although we typically don’t do much around here to celebrate the Irish tradition, I thought it would be fun to join a group of other Canadian bloggers in hosting a “Pot of Gold” giveaway! I’m sure you’d love to get your hands on $300 worth of Paypal cash! (More on that in a bit.)

In the spirit of today’s giveaway, each of us were asked by Tara from Suburble to create something gold. Of course, I went to my old stand by, liquid gilding, as it hasn’t let me down yet! (Take a look at my gold gilded bird art and inspiration pin board to see what I’m talking about.)

This vintage key art project is super easy and will definitely add a bit of sparkle to your space.

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To make your own Vintage Key Art, you will need:

Shadow box
Vintage keys
Liquid gold gilding
Paint brush
Painter’s tape
Scrapbook paper or wallpaper
Magnets and/or glue

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Lightly sand your shadow box frame and tape off glass portion with painter’s tape. Apply a coat of gold liquid gilding to entire box (inside and out) except for the back (which will be covered with paper).

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Once it’s dry (overnight is best), cut the paper the same size as the back and hold in place with glue or magnets (depending on if your shadow box backing is magnetized or not). Attach the vintage keys with magnets or glue. That’s it!

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Hot Chocolate Bar {All the Details}

Last week I shared the hot chocolate bar I put together for the holiday season. As promised, I’m sharing all the details of that project with you today. Before you read on, be sure to grab a cup of deliciousness for yourself!


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Before I get to the DIY details and source list, here are a few more photos to refresh your memory…


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Nostalgic Hot Cocoa Station

It was around this time last year that I spotted a hot cocoa station on Pinterest and decided I wanted to create one of my own for this holiday season. I began planning the style back in November, and when a “secret box” of ornaments from Pottery Barn showed up at my door, it was the missing piece I needed to tie everything together.


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The color of candy cane red combined with robin’s egg blue and, of course, a background of white, is a scheme I have always been drawn to. There’s something about it that evokes a sense of nostalgia. After spotting these inexpensive blue mugs and their matching bowls, I had my jumping off point. A little more shopping around, including a couple thrift shops, as well as my own cupboards,  and I was able to put together the perfect station for warming up after a skating party or day of skiing on New Year’s Day.


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Thrift Shop Find: Vintage Tea Towels

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’re most likely aware that one of my favorite things to do is peruse thrift shops or flea markets whenever I get the chance. I’ve become very disciplined with my purchases ever since I laid out some ground rules for thrifting earlier this year. So difficult, but so necessary! Only buying items I have a definite plan for has really kept the clutter in our basement storage rooms to a minimum.

With that being said, I was thrilled to stumble across a couple vintage tea towels at a local thrift shop last week. I have been coveting similar Anthropologie dish towels, but we’re far to hard on ours (think overflowing coffee maker like the one I experienced this morning!) to spend in the ballpark of $20 each. Instead, I picked up both of these for $3!


Flowers and Trees Vintage Tea Towels


The “Scottish Wild Flowers” cotton tea towel was created by Glen Appin, a Scottish textile and gift company dating back to 1903. I love the summery colors and simple illustrations of some of my favorite flowers.


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