Category Archives: Find


Thrifting Thursday: Bay Blanket Pillows

August 16, 2013

My Dad is to thank for this fantastic thrifting find.  He picked up these 2 Bay Blanket Pillow cases at a garage sale for $5 for the pair. They are in perfect condition and actually still have the tags on them. I’m pretty excited about these, you know I love a Bay Blanket.

What have you found lately on your thrifting adventures? Can you top this one?

Design / Find

Vintage Black Botanical Poster

August 14, 2013

Our new, more modern, living room is coming along. I’m so excited about the latest addition to the room, this huge botanical print of a walnut tree! Walnuts and I go way back. When I brought this home, my husband asked me if I was ok with having a walnut in our living room, considering our history. When Dylan was just 3 months old and Denali was almost 2, I broke my foot on a walnut.  Yes, I had a cast up to my knee for 6 weeks because of a walnut. We had a tree and walnuts actually have a green skin around the hard shell we see. So, I stepped on one in the back yard and it is kind of like stepping on a banana peel. It was interesting getting around the house with a baby and me on crutches. I ended up putting Dyl in a stroller to move him around the house in order to feed him and change his diapers. But, back to the poster. Isn’t it fabulous?

There is one thing in particular that I am always on the look out for at flea markets. I love vintage maps and Science charts. I’m married to a geek (Lonnie is a High School Biology teacher). We even borrowed a cool frog chart to decorate with for Dylan’s science themed party from his classroom. I’ve wanted to find a cool oversized chart for our home, but they are almost always out of my budget. There is a vender at the Rose Bowl Flea that sells amazing vintage Science charts and maps from France.  I always stop and look through her stuff, but most of the pieces start at about $200. She even has a newsletter that she emails out with her new stuff, and I drool over it every month.

I got to go to the Rose Bowl Flea Market this last Sunday. It really is one of my most favorite things to do. I took my sister in law, who had never been, and my mother in law. I love taking someone for the first time. It’s so exciting to see their reaction and help them find a fabulous treasure at a steal. My sister in law walked away with the jack pot. We found a set of 4 paint by numbers that someone had done beautifully and each one was of a different Season. I really wanted them, but I wanted her to leave with something really great and have a good experience. So, she took them home. It was a really fun day and I only bought a cute jadite turkey dish for Thanksgiving and a vintage California felt pendant for Riley. I spent less then $20 and I had a blast!

And again, I keep heading off on tangents, back to the posters.  Here’s a couple botanicals in homes that I think look really great.


I especially love the charts with the black backgrounds. They are bold and graphic and just the statement I want for my space.

Here’s a few more that I’ve found online. The two reproductions of the Male Fern and the Mushroom are both of from the same shop Nicole of Making it Lovely got her Dog Rose print. They are priced at $198 with the dowels on either end for hanging.

And this one of a hazelnut has beautiful colors and is the real thing, and is priced accordingly at $245.10. 

This pineapple reproduction makes my pretty happy and it’s priced reasonably at only $50.

And now I’ve saved the best for last.  Guess where I got my chart? And you’re not going to believe how reasonable it was. It’s not an original, but I’m ok with that. I got my walnut print at IKEA for $19.99!!!!!! How fantastic is that? I think this is a pretty fabulous fake, and I’m sure we’ll love it for many years to come. I love all the green in it, and when you see the whole room together, I think you’ll agree. And don’t you love the nice contrast of the black print on the white walls.  Can you tell I’m pleased with my purchase?

Design / etc. / Find

Window Shopping: Pineapple Pretties

August 8, 2013

I warned you yesterday that I’m on a pineapple kick this week. I’m not ready for summer to be over, so I’m keeping it alive with this tropical fruit theme. I did a little online window shopping and picked out some fun Pineapple Pretties.
Since colonial times, the pineapple has represented hospitality. I love what this fruit symbolizes. I always want guest to feel welcome in my home and being hospitable was something my parents definitely modeled for me as a child. 
If you like these and want to see more,  I’ve found some other great pineapple perfect pieces and pinned them to my Island Life Board.

etc. / Find

Thrifting Thursday: Vintage Picnic Basket

August 1, 2013

I’m pretty excited about this find. I’m up in Northern Cali and on Monday, my youngest brother, my mom and I did a little thrifting and antiquing in downtown Eureka. My brother found a new shop for us, Annex 39 Antiques. It’s fabulous and the prices are really great. It’s one of those fun antique stores where everything is displayed beautifully and it’s just a treat to walk through the shop. Yes, I do love a good hunt through a dusty, messy shop now and then, but it’s refreshing when someone puts a little effort into their displays.

This green picnic basket was the first thing to catch my eye when I walked in the shop. Actually she had quite a few really great woven and metal baskets. This basket will be an awesome addition to Riley, my vintage trailer. It’s even the right color of green and it’s thought to be from the 1940’s (which is perfect for my 1948 trailer). I think I’ll store blankets and pillows.

It’s in really great condition and I think at $38, it’s really a pretty great deal. Have you scored an fantastic thrift finds lately? Tonight I’m going to go to a local furniture auction here in Eureka. I’m excited for the experience and don’t have plans to buy anything, but if there is anything super spiffy I won’t hesitate!

Design / Find

Triangle Wall Treatments

July 31, 2013

I’m putting more thought into my new, soon-to-be more modern living room since I painted it all white. I’ve been hunting out floor poufs and I’ve gathered a few new and old finds to hang on the walls. 
I’ve been wanting to do something bold and graphic on the entryway wall. I really want to add something fabulously geometric! You know how much I love triangles. And as much as I think hexagons are taking over, I still think my favorite 3-sided shape will win in my living room. 
I’ve put together a round up of some really great triangle walls. I really love the mini peach and grey ones all in neat rows, but I think I’ll go bolder with the color like the small black ones. Or maybe I’ll play with mixing colors like the triangles in pairs. 
There’s a lot of great ideas out there, and I’ve pinned more geometric walls on this board. Do you have any thoughts or ideas for me? I’d love you input. Whatever I do, I think it will be a removable vinyl type, low risk with big impact.  

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Window Shopping – Floor Poufs and Ottomans

July 22, 2013

I’m trying to make my living room a more modern space. I’ve painted the room a crisp white and I got a new chair. In an effort to make the space feel brand new without spending very much money, I’m on the look out for some great accessories that pack a whole bunch of style for very little cash.
I want to be able to relax and unwind at the end of the day in my living room.  I love the casual feel of flour poufs.  And many of these bring fun texture to the table as well. The gold Moroccan one is to die for, I kind of love it.  
Do any of these catch your eye? What makes a space comfy to you? I think being able to put your feet up is important. 

etc. / Find

Instagram iphone Case Giveaway

July 3, 2013

This giveaway is sponsored by INK361, but my words and opinions are all my own.

I’ve got a fun giveaway for you. I have two totally customizable iphone cases to giveaway. INK361 allows you easily take your favorite instagram images and turn them into fabulous iphone cases.

I turned one of my favorite instagrams of Olivia into this iphone case. I took this picture one evening outside one of our favorite Mexican restaurants while we waited for a table. That’s the beauty of instagram, you may not always have your camera with you, but you probably will have your phone. And then you can slap on a fun filter and share your shot with the world.

You know I’m a huge instagram fan. I’m on it all the time, posting pics and checking out what everyone else is up to. But some of my favorite shots of my kids and adventures are just stuck in the virtual world of instagram. It’s nice to be able to bring them to life in print.  INK361 offers professional photo prints, elegant fine art prints,  photo cards, mosaics, canvas prints and iphone cases.

For a long time I’ve used the INK361 widget to display my images in the sidebar of my blog. They offer a great instagram web viewer where you can like, comment, share and organize your instagrams.

So here’s how you can enter to win one of 2 iphone cases from INK631. Simply follow me (@jeranmcconnel) on instagram and then leave me a comment below with your instagram handle so I can check your instagrams out as well.  For additional entries, just share this giveaway on twitter, facebook, pinterest or instagram and then leave me a comment telling me how you shared. This giveaway will be open till Sunday, July 7th noon.  I will announce the winner on Monday, July 8th.  Two lucky readers will get to head over to INK361 and make their own instagram iphone case.


Thrifting Thursday – Vintage Alarm Clocks

June 20, 2013

While I was in Idaho, the week before last, my mother in law and I checked out a mini vintage flea market. It’s a new vintage show run by Two Chicks in a Barn.  They’ll be holding another event in September, so all my Idaho friends, be sure to check it out.  This California girl was impressed with Idaho prices.

I came away with a couple fun, very inexpensive treasures. These vintage alarm clocks just had to be mine and for just $5 for the pair, it was meant to be.  I think they’ll look really cute together on my bedside table, or maybe I’ll put them in Riley (my vintage trailer) since they are wind ups and no batteries or electricity is needed. And maybe this a collection in the making, we’ll see.  For now I’m happy with these two little guys, but if I see a third, I might need to get it.

This octagonal one is my favorite. Octagons are the new triangles, right?  I still love my triangles, but I have a feeling could love this new geometric shape just as much.  

Have you had time to hit any garage sales or done any thrifting this summer? Tell me about your best find lately.

Find / Travel

The Brooklyn Flea

Well, I’m FINALLY back. Thanks for your patience friends, this was a much needed break that both my family and I needed.  We have been all over the place the last couple of weeks.  We drove to Idaho (a 14 hour trip), to visit Lon’s family. Then while we were there, Lon and I left the kiddos with his very generous parents and flew to NYC.  We got to spend FIVE days there, all by ourselves. Then we flew back into Idaho, spent a few more days with fam.  Then early Monday morning we drove to Lassen Volcanic National Park and met my parents there.  We spent yesterday exploring the park (it’s fabulous and I’ll be sharing that with you as well), and then this morning we drove to my parent’s place in Eureka, CA.  The kids are fantastic travelers and we are having a great summer. And there’s still a lot more Summer traveling adventures to come.
We are celebrating our fifteen anniversary this summer and wanted to do it in a big way. It was BIG friends – New York City big. We had such a great time and packed in tons of great stuff and lots of yummy treats. I’ll be sharing some of our NYC adventures in the weeks to come. Today I’m sharing our first destination in NYC – the Brooklyn Flea.  My husband is a good sport, and even though he is NOT a shopper, he does enjoy wondering around a flea market.  
Denali would have loved one of these brass owls or cats.
The view of Manhattan from the Flea
I’ve long been a flea market fan. If there’s one happening near by, I’ll be there (from France to Santa Fe to the Rose Bowl and everything in between).   The Brooklyn Flea did not disappoint. It was small and quaint and was a great mix of great old stuff and also local artisans work.  And probably some of Brooklyn’s best food was there. I wish I would have been a little hungrier, because there were many treats that tempted me, but I just couldn’t justify stuffing another thing into my face (especially People’s Pops, so I may need to buy their cookbook).
Lon’s favorite treat of the day was a Lemon Poppy Seed Donut from Dough. Oh my, it was warm and just a perfectly light yeast donut. They had lots of unique flavors like Passion Fruit Cocoa Nibs and Blood Orange Glazed.
I went for the more dainty, lady like treat – Grilled Maple Bacon Stick from Landhaus. It was the generous hunk of bacon, grilled to crispy perfection, then drizzled in maple syrup and topped with some yummy smoky salt of some sort. One stick was a meal. 
There was definitely a limited selection of furniture and vintage knickknacks, but what was there, was of high quality.  It was like a well curated Flea Market, without all the tacky junk.  I ended up coming home with a handmade mug as my souvenir. I couldn’t resist this cute fox piece by SKT Ceramics.  It was hard to choose from all her cute animals and gorgeous pastel glazes.  
Brooklyn was probably my favorite part of NYC. If I had to choose a place to live, Brooklyn would be it. It’s hip, young, artsy and is rapidly being refurbished. I love the potential of the place and the people who see that potential. And an added bonus is that Brooklyn has a healthy bike culture.
If you’re headed to New York anytime soon, I recommend you take a L train Sunday morning and spend a couple hours at the Brooklyn Flea. 

Design / Find

House Plants

May 29, 2013

Well, I have to admit, I’m not the best with house plants.  Truthfully, I haven’t invested in any that are very big, because I’m afraid they just won’t last.  But, I really like plants and would love to have some in our living room or dining room.  I’ve been doing a little research and I’ve found a few that I really like in the homes of some of my favorite bloggers and designers.

photo source: Making it Lovely
This first one is a Bird’s Nest Fern in Nichole’s (of Making it Lovely) living room.  It’s a nice size and I like that it’s not terribly tall.  It could be nice on a table or bench against a wall. 

photo source: Making it Lovely

This tall, handsome plant is a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree also in Nicole’s home.  I’d love one of these beside the windows in my dining room.

photo source: Emily Henderson

And this last group of well styled plants is in the home of Bri Emery (of Design Love Fest).  Emily Henderson recently teamed up with Bri to makeover her living room.  It is a fabulous space with beautiful splashes of color.  But, I think it’s the plants that brought the room to life.

Are you a house plant kind of person?  Can you recommend any plants that are easy to care for and look beautiful all year long?

I’ll be going to my favorite local nursery this afternoon, and I better be on the look out for some stylish pots as well.