Monday, February 9, 2009

Three Chicks Ode to Our Favorite Magazines

For those of you who had an appreciation for the magazines we will no longer receive in the mail or can buy on the stand, you might be able to relate to this post, but for  those of you who not only appreciated, but waited in anticipation, looking forward each month to a new and inspiring get away, even if just for a few moments, into the pages of a few of our favorite decorating magazines, We know you will relate.  We think for us the reality that we would no longer be able to flip through, study, and fall in love with something we saw,  loved enough to tear out the page and add it to our notebook of favorites, was when we received the replacements for the wonderful Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion, Cottage Living, & Country Home (although I don't know if I received a replacement for that one yet- have you?)  I want to make this very clear though, that I am very, very thankful that another magazine was willing to take over my subscription, and that these are wonderful magazines  that have much to offer and I know many enjoy, but wouldn't you, who  have been receiving Southern Living and/ or Martha Stewart because you love them,  and then, one day in the mail you are informed that they will no longer be coming, wouldn't you, at least for a moment, feel sad?

We must say that we will no longer take for granted our monthly get away moments into the pages of Country Living, Romantic Homes, Veranda, Better Homes and Gardens, and other magazines that we love and still receive.    They will continue to be our monthly inspiration  into the world of the decorating style we love and, we will open the pages of our replacement magazines, and I am sure,  be inspired, learn from, and enjoy the pages of Southern Living and  Martha Stewart Living. Which is a fabulous magazine with wonderful decorating ideas, creativity, and insight, but can, at least for us, tend to remind us that our desks are piled high no matter how hard we try to get organized,  our work rooms are cluttered with projects started but not finished because we have so much to do and life gets in the way, and my-Robin  (I won't include the other chicks on this one- ha ha) freezer is full of social suppers- my version of the home-cooked meal. 

So, if you can relate at all, please let us know.  I think we, the faithful subscribers to a monthly 
interlude into the homes of others in hopes of seeing something that makes us oooo and ahhhh and possibly accomplish in our own homes, or just simply tearing out the page or pages to add to our book of favorites for later  inspiration...yes, I think we can have a brief pity party-  this was ours!

I will end with a quote from the last Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion we received, 
 " A bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you fail to make the turn"  unknown author.

On another note,  we have some ideas for future blogs that I hope you will like, love, or at least  enjoy a little. One idea is, We will be featuring a chick a week- myself-Robin, Niki & Marlo will share a little about our families, ourselves, and share some pictures of our homes.   Not sure when this will happen, but hopefully sometime soon.   

We also had a great sale at Good Ju Ju this past weekend.   We need to get busy shopping for next month- yeah,  we love that part!   We are putting some really cool finds away until April and the Miss Frenchies sale-  we'll include some teasers for this show in a future blog too.

Blessings for you and yours,  The Three Shabby Chicks, 
Robin, Niki, & Marlo

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Website up and Running!

We are so excited to let you know that our website is on line and we have put some of our favorite things on there for you to see.  We have put some fabulous finds on the website for you to check out.   We have  antique frames made into bulletin boards,  a fab chalkboard made from an antique door, and my favorite are the antique table legs made into candle holders.   I LOVE using architectural pieces on tables, mantels, above cabinets,  just about anywhere- can you tell.  As you can see above, I've put a few pictures of our Vintage Chick jewelry line on this blog.  These are just a few of the awesome pieces that we have on our site.  Niki did a such a great job making these fabulous, unique, one of kind pieces for you.  Just click on the link on our blog page and you can check it all out!

We are really excited to let you know that we are working on our own t-shirt line that will be sure to have a shabby, vintage feel.  We will let you know as soon as our vision is a reality!

We have some great shows coming up that you won't want to miss too.   
This weekend is Good Ju ju in Kansas City.  This is a great once-a-month sale that always has a fun, unique variety of good junk.  We will be there on Friday-  Check out the picture above of   some of our stuff for sale this month.

We are really looking forward to these two show coming up this spring and fall.
We feel really honored to be asked to join the Miss Frenchies French Market show this April.  Be sure and check out the blog and we will have more details coming soon, AND is anyone up for a Road Trip!   We will be heading to Minnesota this fall to be a vendor at a  fabulous show called Junk Bonanza.  We will be keeping you up to date on this show too,  but you might want to start planning to come and check it out.  Click on the name for more info.

Hopefully, we will be adding some more fun shows to our schedule, so we will be sure and let you know.

We are so new to the blogging and internet world, and know that we are not as polished as so many of the blogging veterans that are such an inspiration to us and others.  We will continue to add to our favorite links, so be sure and check out some of our favorites that inspire us.   But,  we are hoping and planning to begin adding decorating ideas, pics of our homes and junking adventures, and other shabby chick ideas we can come up with.   You can join our email list, if you want to keep up with our blogs and happenings.  

In case you didn't know, We do offer decorating services.  We can help with ideas, rearrange what you have for a whole new look & shop for the perfect item (s) for you home.  We also do holiday and party decorating.  Just email us if you are interested in more info.

If you have a blog or a website, please let us know.  We would LOVE, LOVE to add you to our favorites, and we would be honored if you would add us to yours.

We are so blessed to have our wonderful family and friends,  and we are so looking forward to adding more friends to our lives.   I wish I had an inspirational quote just inside my head, but I am not that good, so I have to look one up- found one! 
 "I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate"  Elbert Hubbard.  
Wise words for us junkers-ha ha.

Until next time
Love and Blessings,   Robin, Niki, & Marlo