Mini me

Don’t miss the Champlain Mini Maker Faire on September 29 at Shelburne Farms…that’s Tomorrow! This event will be a wonderful opportunity to make, craft, learn and be inspired by celebrating arts, engineering, science and technology. The Champlain Mini Maker Faire will feature local makers and their creations, including Rabid Raving Robots, Pumpkin Chuckin’ Pirates, Baffling Buoyant Balloons, Quad-Copter Choreography and keynote speaker Dean Kamen. For more info, Click.

 

Peg Dispenser

This great little bucket is ideal for use indoors or outdoors. You could use the bucket for decor and add some pretty flowers to brighten up your laundry. The Shabby Chic enamel metal bucket has a small handle on each side. Also has a small drainage hole in the bottom of the bucket. We like.

 

Free falling

The weather is perfect for what we Vermonter love to do…look at leaves! For prime foliage viewing seasoned with a dash of historical lore, consider taking this easy afternoon junket out of Woodstock. The leisurely 35-mile loop begins in Woodstock village and takes to the high country for panoramic views and a feast of autumn color. Farms, an active beaver pond, and ice cream complete the picture. Here’s a list of a few other fun foliage events. Thanks, Scenes of Vermont! After looking at trees, you may be tired. Here’s some great places to sleep:)

 

10 Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas:

Idea #1: Collect and use Old China plates, depression glass,and pitchers. Antique bottles and pitchers work good for filling with fresh flowers. This adds a splash of seasonal color.

Idea #2: Here you can see a screen with pink fabric gathered and attached in it. This setting has that charming pink shabby chic appeal. You can make a frame from old screen doors or old window frames hinged together to create this look.

Idea #3: Find vintage style light fixtures and lamps. You can spray paint the old metal flower designed ones. You can also use crystal chandeliers, or use small accent lamps. All these contrasts of style work in Shabby Chic Decorating.

Idea #4: Find and use painted wicker pieces, both vintage and new. Use wicker furniture or small accent pieces. Hampers, and wastebaskets are fun to purchase and spray paint. Woven baskets painted in pastels would work well.

Idea #5: Use ornate mirrors and frames for the wall. Paint and distress them and hang them on the wall. You might even like to hang them with a wide piece of ribbon.

Idea#6: Throw old quilts over chairs and couches to add instant appeal. If you can’t find old quilts, buy new ones and tea-stain them to make them look worn. Throw them in the washer and dryer a few times to give them some wear.

Idea #7: Here is a great idea for a shabby style candle holder. This has been done with a wide picture frame, then painted and distressed. This is a very easy and cheap home accent. You could also find a tray that you don’t want any more and spray paint it, and get this same effect.

Idea #8: Collect items in white. White is a signature color to use through out this chic style of decorating. Take all white items and group them together to make an interesting display. Here are some ideas: teacups, milk glass, pitchers or a grouping of white candle holders.

Idea #9: Use vintage items in your yard. Here is a great idea. Use an old chair as a plant holder and you will have a quick and easy garden accent.

Idea #10: Stop in at Town and Country and browse!

To a tea

Town and Country specializes in all forms of relaxation. One of our favorites is a harmonious cup of tea served with love. Our friends at Dobra Tearoom (80 Church Street in Burlington) specialize in the science of tea and are very skilled in a variety of special tea serving techniques, tricks of the trade, and mysteries. Teas whose first infusions generate immediate strength and potency are served in hand crafted teapots with the leaves removed for your ease. Teas which can be infused many times are served in unique teapots appropriate to the country of origin and are accompanied by additional hot water with instructions. A solitary tea-drinker is traditionally served with a “Gaiwan” or similar sized pot depending on their tea of choice.  Make sure you take some home, too!

 

Just our type

Maybe it’s the vintage appeal or just because people want to write without the distraction of the internet, typewriters are making a comeback. We think it’s because they look so great on shabby chic shelves!

coveted vessels

Siemon & Salazar created The Tango Cumulo Barrel,  a vessel that uses dollops of glass over a central core. The hot bits are blown out to diffuse the color and create a bulbous cloudlike shape. The bulbs are arranged so that each vase will sit in a way unique to itself. Handblown and shaped in lead free crystal. Designed by Caleb Siemon & Carmen Salazar. Made in California. Signed. Cool. Would look great juxtaposed on a hand-painted table from TC…just sayin!

Blue

The Blues Benefit for Bennington Coalition for the Homeless and the Vermont Arts Exchange is this Saturday September 15, 2012, 8pm. Tickets, $35, Click for tickets or at the following locations: VAE, Power’s Market, Spice’N’Nice, Nova Mae Cafe, Beverage Den, or call 1-800-838-3006. Featuring: BLUES SANCTUARY Bennington’s own backyard bluesmen, — winners of the Northeast Blues Society’s 2008 “Colossal Contender” award plus… Dinner with Chef Chuck from Dunville Hollow Mining Co., 6-8pm. Cash and dessert bar and silent auction!

Wood you?

These bold ties are made from redwood beams, reclaimed from salvage yards in the San Francisco area. Once part of a barn or warehouse, planks are cut, sanded and varnished, leaving the wood’s natural grain and coloring on display in a charming plain or vertical, striped pattern. Individual panels are connected with a hidden elastic cord, which slips easily around the shirt collar for a comfortable fit. Handmade in San Francisco. Thanks to our friends at Uncommon Goods!

Sneaky cool

Osklen is a small sportswear brand from Brazil that uses reclaimed materials such as salmon skin to make shoes and accessories. Since 1999, designer and UNESCO ambassador Oskar Metsavaht has made environmental stewardship a key component of his company’s DNA, with Osklen among the first Brazilian apparel labels to declare itself carbon-neutral. If you get to NYC, You can find Osklen in Soho. The address is 97 Wooster Street.

 

 

The curry cure

As we are all holding on to these late days of summer, fall slowly shows its signs. “Back to school” and back to our routines.
Spice it up with this easy curry chicken recipe from one of our staff at T&C!

You’ll need:

1.5 lb. chicken (I like thighs)
1 cup coconut milk
2 medium onions finely chopped
2 tbsp curry powder
1 chili finely chopped
1  cup chicken stock
salt & pepper
squeeze lemon juice
3  cloves garlic

Here’s what you do:

1. Soften the garlic & onion in a frying pan
2. Add chicken to brown
3. Throw in pot & add all other ingredients except coconut milk
4. Cook on low 2-3 hours
5. About half an hour before eating add coconut milk & stir through

YUMMY!

For more great taste…try one of these:)

Go to the hop!

The South End Art Hop is this weekend! Artist’s studios, and local businesses are being refit as art galleries and exhibition sites for the more than 500 participating artists. The event celebrates the unique characteristics of the Pine Street corridor, in particular the development of creative and artistic activity in numerous re-purposed factories and warehouses within the District. See you there!

On a roll

Our charming Antique Dice Table is a sure bet when it comes to adding new life to a room and a touch of the unexpected. Use one as an eclectic side or end table; or, double your luck by combining two to create a one-of-a-kind coffee table. Crafted from smooth-surfaced, distressed walnut veneer with antiqued red polish with ivory pips. The smoothed corners give it an aged look. Dimensions: 18.75W x 18.75D x 18.75H inches. MORE JUST IN!

 

 

 

Vermont Traditions

Quilts and cozy cottages are like peanut butter and jelly. They go together naturally. See over 100 contemporary and traditional quilts on display at the 2012 Quilt Show, right in Shelburne!  There’s a silent auction, craft table, food vendors, raffle quilt,
 and special displays including Vermont quilts from the
 Vermont Historical Society, family quilts of Vermont
 and Somali Bantu
 needlework sponsored by the Vermont Folklife Center.
 Lunch and refreshments are available.

The 30th Annual Vermont Traditions Quilt Show
October 20 & 21, 2012 The Field House
166 Athletic Drive in Shelburne (one mile from Shelburne Museum)
Saturday, October 20th from 10-5 and Sunday, October 21st from 10-4

Admission $6.00 Under 12 FREE! Ample free parking