Month: August 2013

My Vintage Finds

The other week, I posted some pictures of my dining room that included some of my recent purchases of vintage silver and ironstone.  At the time, I promised to post pictures of the other items that I had purchased on that shopping trip, but to be honest, with my son’s birthday party, my guest bedroom makeover and the start of school, I haven’t yet had a chance to incorporate everything!  But I didn’t want to further delay showing you the goodies I found, so I took a couple of pictures just to give you a sneak peek.  Please forgive that these photos aren’t very exciting!


I purchased these three vintage flower frogs because….well, because I like them!  I love industrial pieces and worn metal and these flower frogs do both!  I might use them for flower arrangements when needed, but more than likely, I’ll just use them as part of a vignette in either my dining room or guest bedroom.  If I use them in the guest bedroom, I’ll likely use one as a photo holder since I love to find new uses for vintage pieces.

Tidbits&Twine Vintage Flower Frogs


I also found these cute Bingo cards.  I love the worn look on the cardboard!  And these are actually useful because we can play Bingo with the kids for family game night.

Tidbits&Twine Vintage Bingo Cards


Both items are currently displayed together in my guest bedroom inspiration piece (that I have yet to paint!)

Tidbits&Twine Vintage Flower Frogs and Bingo Card Vignette 1


I also found these three small clipboards.

Tidbits&Twine Small Vintage Clipboards


I know they don’t look like much right now, but I plan to add some family photos to them and use them as frames on the wall, as shown below.

Tidbits&Twine Clipboard Frames


But the piece I am most excited about and just love, love, love is this vintage scale!

Tidbits&Twine Vintage Scale Vignette 1


I love that the colors work well in my kitchen, plus the face is perfectly worn with tons of character!

Tidbits&Twine Vintage Scale Face


I haven’t yet exactly figured out how I will use this in my kitchen, so I tried out a couple of different vignettes.

Tidbits&Twine Vintage Scale Apple Vignette


Plus, did you notice that this one still has its metal basket on top?  (By the way, does that basket have an official name?  If so, what is it?)

Tidbits&Twine Vintage Scale Top Apple Vignette


I had a blast shopping at Room With a Past and am so happy with my purchases.  Now if I could just finish up some of my projects so that these items can finally have a home!

Tidbits&Twine Vintage Finds

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In Search of The Perfect Tufted Ottoman

Believe it or not, but the coffee table in my living room is an old teak table that was my husband’s in college.  Given that it’s teak, the quality is great and it’s held up well, but doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of my decor.  Until now, a new coffee table was never a priority, but lately, it’s been on my mind.  I’m looking for something that is neutral, both in color and style, affordable (that’s key!), and that plays more of a supporting role in the room, since I don’t want it to compete with the piano that is nearby.  More and more I find myself looking at large tufted ottomans.

One thing that appeals to me about tufted ottomans is that they can be either formal or informal, depending on how you “dress” them in the room.  And of course, in a pinch, they provide extra seating.  They are classic and timeless, but can be updated for a modern look with the right fabric and legs.

Tidbits & Twine Tufted Ottoman
Houzz Traditional Striped Tufted Ottoman
John Minshaw Tufted Ottoman
{John Minshaw}
Houzz Tufted Ottoman

Tidbits & Twine Upholstered Ottoman

You can use them as a neutral backdrop….

Houzz Neutral Tufted Ottoman

Or as your accent color!

Houzz Traditional Tufted Ottoman


When I first started thinking about getting a tufted ottoman, two favorites came to mind.  One is Restoration Hardware’s Tufted Coffee Ottoman.  I love that it has a distinctive personality given it’s somewhat unique shape, so while it makes a statement of its own, it can still blend nicely in a room without calling too much attention.  I also love that it has a flat surface, making it easier to balance trays and other decorative items, as well as casters, so that it can easily be moved.  Unfortunately for me, this particular tufted ottoman is only 15″ and so will be too short for my room.  I prefer the look when coffee tables are 1-2″ less than the height of the sofa’s seat cushion.  In my case, my living room sofas are quite puffy and sit at 19″ high, so I’d like to find an ottoman that is about 17-18″ tall.

Restoration Hardware Tufted Coffee Ottoman


The other is Zentique Inc.’s Square Tufted Cocktail Ottoman.  The height is perfect and the shelf below provides extra storage (maybe for my dough bowl?), but it’s currently out of stock!Zentique-Inc.-Square-Tufted-Cocktail-Ottoman Other options include Target’s Button Tufted Upholstered Ottoman, which sits at 18″ tall and at $329.99 you can’t beat the price!Target Button Tufted Upholstered OttomanI also really like the Milania Tufted Ottoman from Horchow.  It has so much detail and looks very feminine, but I also love the industrial touch with the nailhead trim.Horchow Milania Tufted Ottoman


And while I was online searching for the Zentique Inc. ottoman, I found another beautiful one from the same manufacturer called the Maison Tufted Cocktail Ottoman, but it’s out of stock, too!Zentique-Inc.-Maison-Tufted-Cocktail-Ottoman - CopyBallard Designs’ Castered Tufted Storage Ottoman is on wheels, which is great if it needs to be moved out of the way or used for seating.  It is also available in a ton of different fabric choices, but I think it’s too small for my space and purposes.Ballard Designs Castered Tufted Storage Ottoman

I’m not sure I’m brave enough to attempt making my own ottoman, but after viewing this great DIY tutorial from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs, maybe I’ll give it a try!

DIY Tufted Ottoman



Many of the ottomans I showed above come in other fabric choices, but neutral is my middle name so I don’t think I’ll go with anything too bold.  Fingers crossed that I find just the right one for my space!


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Backyard Campout Birthday Party

Whew!  What a week I’ve had!  Yesterday was my son’s 9th birthday and he asked to have a backyard campout with a few of his friends.  Originally, I planned to keep it very simple, but three days before, decided that I should put a little effort into making it feel like an actual campout.  And so, let the craziness begin!  It took me three full days of frantic shopping, crafting and cleaning, but I pulled it off!

Tidbits & Twine Backyard Birthday Campout


It all started about four weeks ago when I ordered some invitations off of Etsy (this is the one and only thing I planned in advance!).  I chose this particular design because it included a trail map that could be customized for the party so that the guests could see exactly what we were going to do.

Tidbits & Twine Campout Invitation


Instead of mailing them, we decided to hand-deliver them along with a snack bag of s’mores, which consisted of Golden Grahams, mini chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.

Tidbits & Twine Campout Invitation with Smore Bag


For other party printables, I found this fantastic {free} download for Camping Party Printables from Printabelle via Catch My Party.  It’s awesome and includes signage, food cards, cupcake toppers, bottle wrappers and more!  Click here to download.

Tidbits & Twine Free Camping Printable


I also created several trail marker signs using a wooden fence board cut into thirds hammered to a wooden stake.  The sign at the front door led guests into the house for Camper Registration.

Tidbits & Twine Camper Registration

And I was so lucky that this owl landed on the sign just in time for me to snap a photo!

Tidbits & Twine Camper Registration 2

Just kidding – it’s fake!


Once the kids arrived, we took them to a local miniature golf place and let them golf and play arcade games for a few hours.  We had a BBQ when we returned home, followed by a neighborhood trail map scavenger hunt.  For the scavenger hunt, I hid colored shapes and prizes at different locations around our court (with the homeowners’ permissions, of course!).  I’ll post more about the scavenger hunt at another time.   After the scavenger hunt, we had a pinata and a silly string fight, and then it was time for the dessert table.

Tidbits & Twine Backyard Campout 3


For the table decorations, I used just a simple white tablecloth with a piece of burlap over it (I already had the burlap since I plan to use it in my guest room).  I then used extra burlap to make the banner that hung above the table.  I also added the menu cards using pinecones glued to cardboard (for stability), with moss and sticks.  Lastly, I added a length of burlap around a mason jar and created a handle to make a lantern out of it.

For food, the dessert table included a s’more station…

Tidbits & Twine S'more Station


…strawberries on a log and popcorn…

Tidbits & Twine Strawberries on a Log


…worms in dirt (pudding with Oreo crumbles on top and gummy worms) and Red Vine lassos…

Tidbits & Twine Worms in Dirt


…and a trail mix station.  I used my two-tier basket to hold the trail mix items on the bottom and miscellaneous party toys on the top (in this case, silly string, glow bracelets and punch balloons).

Tidbits & Twine Trail Mix and Party Station

Tidbits & Twine Trail Mix and Party Station 1


We set up tents on the lawn and my wonderful husband, who is such a good sport, slept outside in a small tent next to the kids.

Tidbits & Twine Backyard Campout


Instead of a birthday cake (which we did on his actual birthday), we lit giant marshmallows on fire and sang Happy Birthday while they burned.  And then began the process of trying to get all of the boys to go to bed.  I’m sure you can imagine how well that went…. :)  The next morning, we made pancakes and my son got a special “9” pancake for his birthday.


When the kids left in the morning, they each got a knapsack that was a red bandana full of goodies that was wrapped up and tied to a stick.  I used the Printabelle cupcake toppers as thank you tags tied to the bandana and wrote “Thank You for Coming” on the back.

Tidbits & Twine Goodie Sack

Tidbits & Twine Goodie Sacks


I think everyone had a great time, but I am exhausted!  Now it’s time to gear up for the first day of school tomorrow!

Tidbits & Twine Backyard Campout Birthday Party




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