I finally read through all of the comments from the announcement post about my upcoming book. Wow…thanks so much. Getting started is a little overwhelming and all of that encouragement gave me a huge boost. I had my first photo shoot for the book yesterday and it was also encouraging to me. As I started staging and snapping photos, I knew it would all come together and ideas and inspiration have been popping up everywhere from casual conversations to a stroll around Lucketts. I’m obviously going to keep the photos for the book under wraps, so everything is fresh and new when the book is released, but here is a picture of one of the bouquets I put together. I added the dried lavender to the fresh arrangement after some feedback from my editor and I love how it looks. I’m going to trying tucking dried lavender in all fresh arrangements and maybe even use some for Christmas.
I also picked up some small golden European cypress and rosemary bushes to add some greenery around my house. I do not have a green thumb, but I only need to keep them alive and looking good for a few months, so hopefully I’m up to that task!
It’s going to be such a fun process and I look forward to getting deeper into it.
Now to share a few of my favorite finds from the last few weeks… Lately, I’ve been keeping a lot of what I buy. I not only have the book as an excuse, but a few other big photo shoots coming up, so I’ve wanted to focus more on my house. (Usually I’m pulling stuff out of it to sell, so it’s sort of a nice change of pace for me.) Here are some of my recent acquisitions…
An antique deli scale (from Dana, one of my “pickers”) and a license plate from the flea market…
…a peanut scale…
…and a bird cage (both also from Dana.)
…And this really cool vintage “ladies” sign from the Raleigh flea market. I’m hoping to find a “men” or “gentlemen” sign as well.
One of my fellow bloggers and shoppers, Kristen, had picked it up and was considering it. I remembered my manners and restrained myself from snapping it out of her hands as she thought about it. I think I blurted out, “If you don’t get it, I’m going to.” She decided not to and I bought it immediately. I think that makes up for the typewriter she scored.
I did warn them that when I go shopping, it’s no joke.