Simply shabbilicious magazine issue 1, 2014

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Home Tours Evelyn and Rose ~ Susan

Must Love Junk ~ Susan

Jennelise Rose ~ Jennelise

Inspiration Ewa Szymczak

Creative Projects Egg Shell Place Cards ~ Carolyn

Chic Ephemera Easter Eggs Kristy

Editors Note While we enjoy the last of our lazy days of summer here in Australia, our friends in the northern hemisphere eagerly await spring and her promise of new life. In this issue of Simply Shabbilicious, we embrace the pretty pastels of spring decorating and the preparations for joyful Easter celebrations. We tour two gorgeous homes that capture the romance of decorating with a delicate pastel palette. From the dainty teacups to ruffles and roses, every inch of these homes ooze feminine charm. While for the lovers of shabby vintage, we visit an enchanting home filled with an eclectic collection of pieces that are rusty, well-worm, chippy and weathered. A neutral colour scheme unites the many unique, whimsical pieces in this character filled home. Thank you to the amazing contributors of Simply Shabbilicious‌ for without your generosity of spirit, I wouldn’t be able to continue offering this magazine as a free read to our many shabbilicious friends. Hugs ~ Kerryanne You can connect with me at my blog ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Google+ ~

Susan Frick Hello, I'm Susan from the blog "Evelyn and Rose". Decorating and crafting have long been favorite hobbies of mine, most notably in the 1939 Cape Cod style home our family lives in today. I share this charming cottage with my husband and two young children. It has always been a goal of mine to make our space warm, bright and inviting. Thanks to magazines, decorating books and wonderful blogs I find a wealth of inspiration to guide me. The French, Nordic and Shabby Chic styles especially draw me in. White is the soothing predominant color throughout our home. It reflects lovely light and provides the perfect back-drop for any piece of furniture, art or vintage piece. Since visiting flea markets is one of my favorite activities, there are many vintage treasures scattered around our home. Their unique appeal lend originality and personality. Another way I love to add originality to our home is to create pieces for display. Recently I crafted a Santos cage doll from wood embroidery hoops, wood slats and the upper body of a vintage doll. It has been such fun to dress her for the seasons, too! Many pieces I find at the thrift store get a fresh coat of paint or other kind of transformation to fit my palette. Don't be afraid to change something drastically to fit your style, especially if it's at a bargain price! Soft whites, creams, greys and blues are my go-to colors for decorating and crafting. French style fabrics and flower bouquets liven up our rooms as well. Find your go-to colors and fabrics, and spread them throughout your home for a consistent look.

Now that spring is in the air, it's a wonderful time to freshen up our homes. Pink peonies and roses along with soft vintage floral fabrics are my staples to showcase this time of year. If you stop by my blog, you may find me giddily sharing a flea market treasure or showing the latest Tilda's World project I've been working on, using patterns by one of my favorite designers, Tone Finnanger. Many original fabric designs and vintage pieces find their way to my Etsy shop, "Evelyn and Rose". It is truly a blessing to be able to decorate, create and share what I love with like-minded souls.

Connect with Susan at her blog: Or at her shop:

Evelyn and Rose

I’ve been saving my egg shells for this Easter décor project and I’ve been cracking eggs differently too. Instead of wasting a bunch of eggs, I used a knife to crack the tops of the eggs and then I soaked the egg shells in hot soapy water and left them to dry thoroughly.

Once I had enough egg shells, I gave them a more vintage look by soaking them in a muddy bath of used coffee grinds and a little water. For this light brown shade, I soaked them for about a half hour. I love the uneven light brown shades on the eggs.

To assemble the egg place cards, the eggs were gently stuffed with tissue paper and then a layer of moss added to peek over the edges. A pink silk flower and a few pink faux berries give the neutral eggs a little splash of color. Vintage seam binding was used to write the place card names on. Tip: to write on soft ribbon or fabric, use double sided tape to secure your ribbon to your desk or writing surface. Use a fine tip pen and handwrite your words. I used a silver gel pen. To hold up the eggs, I used the base of cardboard egg cartons also dipped in the coffee mud and quickly rinsed and then dried.

For more fun and creative projects

by Carolyn Garris visit her blog at: or

I'm Susan from 'must love junk'.

I live in Ohio in a 1928 Colonial with my husband of 15 years and our 2 kitties. My home is an eclectic mix of styles. In it you'll find a lot of rustic, some farmhouse and vintage, a touch of industrial and a little bit of whimsy thrown in for fun! My style has really evolved over the last few years, even though I've always loved using vintage items in my decor. To me they just have so much more character than anything shiny and new.

I used to use a lot more color (think painted furniture in pinks and greens) and 'cottagy' accessories. But when we had our carpet pulled up to reveal hardwood floors underneath and had them refinished in a dark stain, I was drawn to start replacing my pastel color scheme with more natural, rustic wood pieces and accessories in cream and brown tones. However, I do still like to accent with touches of green, red, and most recently blue. I love to shop flea markets, antique shops, garage sales, and thrift stores. I'm definitely a bargain hunter! I've gotten most of my decor at unbelievably low prices. However, if I find something really unique or it's something that I truly can't live without then I'll occasionally splurge. Anything rusty, well-worn, chippy, or weathered gets my heart beating faster! The shabbier the better! (Hence 'must love junk'). My mom and I have a little shop called 'Home Sweet Home' so we're always on the hunt for great treasures. The shop really comes in handy because I'm always swapping things out. To create a beautiful, interesting home I recommend using things in unconventional ways. To me that adds interest, and makes your space unique! I love when I find a fun, quirky item! Again, adding these kinds of things here and there keeps your decor from becoming too boring, and gives you a look that no one else has! I believe that if you buy what you truly love then it will all work together to create a space that makes you happy, and that reflects the true you. And isn't that what a home is all about?

Blog For more vintage inspiration visit Susan’s blog at

Etsy Shop If you love vintage treasures, pop over to Susan’s Etsy shop for beautiful well worn... reborn... home goods.

Supplies: Dictionary Paper Handmade Paper Foam Brush Water Liquid Glue Plastic Eggs

Instructions: 1. Tear small strips from dictionary pages and handmade paper 2. Create decoupage paste: mix 1/4 Cup of standard liquid glue with 1/4 Cup of water 3. Using a foam brush apply decoupage paste to a plastic egg. Working from top to bottom; layer torn paper strips onto egg. Brush on more paste as needed 4. Repeat steps 1 - 3 for each egg 5. Set each finished Ephemera Egg in an egg carton to dry

Kristy Doubet Haare is the co-author of the Bittersweet Walnut Grove Series at and shares her journey and photography on her blog Life-Reflection at

My Mother was born in England and immigrated here to Canada with her parents when she was only 4. Some of that old world ambience seems to have crossed over with her and our home has always been a reflection of another time and place. I grew up evolving with her as she discovered new treasures at flea markets and antique shops, and I captured the excitement of finding something rare and precious hidden around a corner. I seem to have had the rare privilege of learning what I love from an early age and shying away from fads and gimmicks with relative ease. That love for elegant and feminine decor has inspired and fashioned my own personal tastes as I have learned from my Mother what it means to create your home around an element of romance and timelessness. I love a soft palette - creams and pale yellows, pastels, dusty rose, and sage green. Furniture in my home has to have flowing lines and, more often than not, some special detail such as delicate carving or handles shaped like the bow of an ornate key.

My family takes frequent trips out of town on “antiquing holidays” and over the years we have refined what we love to the point where each of us (including my Dad!) can pick out a treasure from across a room, even if it is very well disguised with clutter and debris or chipping paint! If you ask my Mum what my preferred style is she will say “Romantic Shabby French” - which seems to be a combination of old and new ideas including my Mother’s ancestry, my love for all things Marie Antoinette, and the burgeoning fresh idea that the beauty of something old is in its imperfections. The two pale yellow half moon tables in the “Parlour” are an example of embracing the presence of a little wear and tear. They have missing paint here and there and yet to this day are one of my most precious finds! I also love old lace and linens - rarely perfect and yet always stunning in their detail and design. I began reading books a few years ago in order to learn all of the beautiful names that laces have been christened with over the centuries: tambour, princess, cluny, point de gaze, valenciennes, and so many more! I am always on the lookout for a beautiful piece of lace and this past year when I began to make lace flower brooches called ‘Gillyflowers’ (so named after my Mum Gillian) for my shop I discovered the allure of new lace trims from France and Japan as well. In the beginning my little etsy shop 'Jennelise Rose’ was born out of a desire to showcase my artwork which, like everything I love, is feminine and whimsical. It didn’t take long for me to branch into vintage treasures and handmade creations and my shop has become a place for me to find like-minded people on the hunt for that special something - be it a piece of hand painted china, a lace flower, or their own name hand drawn in curling letters and dripping with tiny depictions of their favourite things. My art is an outward reflection of everything I am inside: a daughter, a dreamer, old-fashioned, and brimming with the need to make the world prettier.

My blog is also a homage to everything I have learned from my Mother about beauty and elegance and the possibility that not everything in life has to be utilitarian. I am so very grateful for that tender tutelage and I hope that one day I will have daughters of my own that I can pass on that respect for the past and love of home to. For now I appreciate the chance to continue to refine my tastes and discover new ways to revitalize old ideas in my romantic shabby French home.

Visit Jennelise at her blog:

Or her etsy store at:


Editor and Creative Director: Kerryanne English Email:





Copyright: All images and content contained in Simply Shabbilicious magazine are covered by International Copyright Law. Reproduction of any part of this magazine without prior written permission is prohibited.

Credit: The gorgeous graphics used in the designing of this magazine are by Raspberry Road Designs. Š Susan Darter, Raspberry Road Designs 2014. All Rights Reserved. .

With sincere thanks to the following people for their contribution to this issue of

Simply Shabbilicious magazine.

Susan ~ Evelyn and Rose , Ewa ~ Minty House , Susan ~ Must Love Junk, , Jennelise ~ Jennelise Rose ,

Carolyn ~ Homework Kristy ~ Life-n-reflection ,

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