Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pairings







Found this sweet box
on Ebay or Etsy last week.

Cannot remember which,
but it was just too special to pass up....
that and it was plaid!





Kind of scuffed and tattered,
 hand-painted,
though not very old.

It's actually bigger than it looks --
much like a small shoe box.


Now that's what I call "chippy-shabby"!




Sweet enough on its own,
but when paired with
the little golden retriever
I found a couple weeks
ago in brass...
















... it's a cute little pair, right?












Have you done any
match-making lately?


:)




P.S.
For the next two days,
I will be scouring the local
antique and vintage markets and shops with Jenn
in search of some new things for the shop. 
So excited to see what 
treasures are to be found!


Have to get in the "mind set"
which my friend Jeannie 
reminds me when we go out
to restock our shops. 


She asks me,
"are you on a buying trip
or a shopping trip?"

(I Shop for the shop, but I BUY for me!!!)




Some days there is
a very fine line. It's so HARD.
"Stay focused" she tells me!
Jeannie is much more disciplined than I.
:)


Keep you posted!












33 comments:

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Love your new puppy. The plaid box, silver and red tulips are such a wonderful match.

Bliss said...

Plaid will always remind me of elementary school... as I trotted off with my plaid lunch box wearing my plaid dress made from the same material as my dads shirts.

Focus, remember you are shopping.

~Bliss~

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

A combination buying AND shopping trip! Sounds perfect! ♥

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the plaid, what a super find. The dog is wonderful. I think they are fabulous together. Have fun on the shopping trip. Hugs, Marty

suburban prep said...

Oh my. I love plaid. The box is something I would not have been able to pass up. perfect finds.

Rebecca said...

I'm sure that IS a "fine line"! Sometimes I cross it by "buying" for a shop I don't have....That is NOT a good thing.

Your pairing is very attractive, by the way. The puppy is really sweet.

Karena said...

A perfect combination Alison! Have fun on your buying quest!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Richard Cottrell said...

The box is very special. I just can't imagine painting it. That took a hand. Of, course i love the dog. Have fun shopping and good luck. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Deserae said...

Love both your new treasrues paired together! Have fun on your shopping trip :o)
~Des

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love that box. What a great find and love the brass doggie, too. Have fun shopping.

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

What a great pairing! You have such a good eye!

Salmagundi said...

I would have bought that box in a minute! Sally

Sarah said...

Alison, like minds! I think I may have bid against you on this one. LOL I did end up with a card box that is painted like yours. I'll need to pair it up with something soon and do a post. ;-)
I'm envious of your shopping trip! Oh, I guess I should say "buying" trip! Have fun and find lots of treasures. ~ Sarah

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Love both the dog and the plaid box....

The shopping trip sounds like fun!

Sandy said...

Perfectly perfect! Love plaid. The combo couldn't be better...good job!
xoso
Sandy

Calypso In The Country said...

Love the dog! Great combo with the plaid too! Have fun shopping also...can't wait to see what you buy!
-Shelley

The Old Farm Bell said...

Hi! Alison,

Just love the tartan pattern. The box combined with the sweet Golden Retriever compliment each other "beautifully". Nice find! Love the contrast with the tulip too. Very inviting!

Happy shopping/buying ;o)Have fun!

xoxo
Marlene

michele said...

ha! i get the mind set thing. that is why it is so easy for me to part with vintage jewelry. i love admiring the pieces as art but i usually have very little desire to wear a piece more than once!

plaid is like the most timeless thing!

michele

Kim said...

I have the same problem Alison. My BFF/business partner is used to it by now. I love the pairing of the plaid and brass. You make it look so easy!!!
xoxo,
Kim

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

They make a very cute pair, Alison. Love the dog.

Blondie's Journal said...

The dog and the plaid box look so good together...you have a great eye! I think you should go shopping! ;-D

XO,
Jane

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful box....buying and shopping sounds great to me!

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

How can you buy without shopping!? I'll be with you "in spirit"!

Karen said...

That would be a huge challenge for me...I'd end up wanting to keep what I find. I guess when you have a shop you have to be disciplined. Be sure to share your treasures with us.
xo,
Karen

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Now that's a perfect match Alison and a very pretty vignette!

Designs By Pinky said...

I just know that if I had a shop I would want to keep everything for myself:):) Have FUN! Wish I could tag along. XO, Pinky

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

What's not to love? Love dogs, love plaid!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

What a cute pairing! Can't wait to see the new finds coming up!!!
xoxo
Me

Sue @Rue-Mouffetard said...

Okay I have found my blog soul mate....another lover of plaid!! and equestrian decorating.....I am a plaid fanatic...even wore a tartan plaid ball gown to my daughter's wedding....which she still gives me the business about....You must then also be a fan of Ralph Lauren.....Nice to find your blog and look forward to your future posts! Sue

Sue @Rue-Mouffetard said...

Okay I have found my blog soul mate....another lover of plaid!! and equestrian decorating.....I am a plaid fanatic...even wore a tartan plaid ball gown to my daughter's wedding....which she still gives me the business about....You must then also be a fan of Ralph Lauren.....Nice to find your blog and look forward to your future posts! Sue

laxsupermom said...

Love both the plaid box, and your brass puppy. I wish I hadn't seen the puppy. Now I have to go back and see if the brass lot is still there.

I would have so much trouble if I had to shop for work. Staying focused must be so difficult. Thanks for sharing.

The Gilded JunqueYard said...

hahaha that's funny....me telling YOU to stay focused! We're heading out to some good "shopping" trips in March, you in?
xxo-j

Mike said...

The golden retriever statue is beautiful. I would love something like that in my home.