flower frogs – the kind that don’t go ‘ribbit’

My mom called me awhile ago and mentioned that I should do a post on all the different things you can do with flower frogs.  If you visit my site for design inspiration, then hopefully you know these aren’t the kind that go “ribbit” but instead are used in floral displays.

vintage frogs

Flower frogs are used at the bottom of vases or bowls to keep floral arrangements in place.  They come in different sizes, shapes, materials and price points. You can pick them up new or like the above box, can often find an assortment at vintage markets and antique stores.

pottery frogs

I spotted these ceramic frogs at a boutique in St. Albert that are designed to sit on top of glass bottles or vases.  I love the patterns and colours they used.  Continue reading “flower frogs – the kind that don’t go ‘ribbit’”


road trip – what i bought

After a 3,000 km trip through three states and two provinces with stops in every antique, thrift and fabric store we came upon, it wasn’t too tough to fill up the truck with some vintage goodies.  Here are a few of the fabulous things I picked up on the way:

vintage goodies

Back row – The picnic basket is so lovely and in wonderful condition.  I gave the piece a good dose of tung oil as it was a wee bit dry and I’m still deciding whether or not I’ll paint or stain the lid (or cover in fabric, etc.).  The bottle dryer is a reproduction but I can’t afford the real deal.  My coffee mugs now hang from it.  The picture with all the old bathtubs was apparently taken at Rejuvenation prior to them becoming part of the William Sonoma family. Once my bathroom is renovated, it’ll hang in there to keep my clawfoot tub company.
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Accessories, DIY

my own la voliere pendant light

I became obsessed with the series of La Voliere lights when I visited The Conran Shop in New York several years ago.

La Voliere

I thought it was such a fun and whimsical piece and when I bought my home, I really, really wanted to splurge on one for my bedroom.  With so many other projects though, it just wasn’t in the budget so I decided to create something similar myself.

bird cage pendant

This DIY all started with a wire umbrella basket from Target.  My Mom picked it up for only $10 as there was no price tag on it so the sales associate just quoted what she thought was a fair price (hmmmm, I guess I’m part of why they’re leaving Canada?).  I then picked up a mini pendant kit from Home Depot, an Edison light bulb and some little birds from Dollar Tree. Continue reading “my own la voliere pendant light”