Saturday, September 24, 2011

claw foot tub feet repurposed

I've seen others re-use old feet from a claw foot tub in some interesting ways.
I've seen them used as bookends, brackets for shelves, doorstops, etc.
So, I've been on the lookout for a pair to use around my house.

I found several on the internet, etsy and at local antique shops.
Those were either expensive ($30 per foot, $80+ per pair), not my style, 
in bad condition or a yucky color.  

A few weeks ago, I finally found a set for me.
for less than the price of one at other places.

Where did I find it?
I don't know who runs this shop but I like some of their stuff and their prices.

Can you believe these?
I wonder what the rest of the tub looked like.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Decision making confusion

Those who know me well know that I have a difficult time making a decision.
It can take me days, weeks, months or 
even longer to make a decision and commit to something.
It doesn't matter if it's about something trivial or important, 
I just have a hard time deciding on things.

Internet, blogs and Pinterest have made it worse.

Currently, my front door, both inside and out, is painted black 
as is the interior side of the back door.
My front door has been black for almost 10 years.
The interior side of the doors were painted black about 2 years ago.
Painting the outside of the front door black was an easy decision and only took me a day.
Deciding to paint the interior side of both doors took months.
Lately, I've been thinking about a change.
I narrowed it down to two simple choices: 
leaving them black or painting them a true red.

Red doors look so interesting to me
and really seem to brighten a place up.
Kelly Green Interiors
Design Sponge
Sarah Richardson
Homestead Revival
Then, I saw these!  Blue doors!
They look so fresh and clean and bright too.
dress design decor
Cottage and Vine
Made by Girl

Tiek Built Homes
Now I'm thinking maybe blue...but still I like the red.
Then, I saw this!  Black!  Just like I have now.
It looks so vintage and just plain cool and I like the contrast.

Aubrey Road

Now, I'm confused.  Red? Blue? Black?
I like them all.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Maisy's new bed with a dilemma

Our little Maisy got a new bed.
It's cute little pale aqua metal bed on wheels.

Do you remember Maisy?
She's our little Morkie (maltese/yorkie).
She weighed 1.5  pounds when we got her 
and was about the same size as a soda can.
That was about 6 months ago.

Here she is at 4 months and weighing 2.5 pounds.
She doesn't like her hair bow.

Now she's all grown up weighing 3.5 pounds
and she's ready for a big girl bed.

Jennie and I went to a flea market a couple of weeks ago 
(an indoor flea market thank goodness; 
it was 107 degrees today by the way)

I picked up this cute little vintage metal pale aqua bed on wheels.
It's an old doll bed repurposed into a dog bed.  
One side even raises and lowers.

Maisy seemed to like it.

There's just one thing wrong.

I hate this old decal on it.  Hate it.
Okay, hate is a strong word.
I really, really strongly despise that decal.

This is a vintage Amsco doll crib made around the 1950s.
I love everything about it except that decal.  
I can't peel the decal off or remove it with out damaging the bed.
If I paint it, I take away the perfect blue color with just the right amount
of rust and wear.  

What do you think?
Leave it or paint it?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

This is it

I did it.  It's done.
I changed everything.
This is it.
This is my blog.

Why?  Click here.

I changed my blog name, header picture, the little favicon, the blog icon picture and
you will soon notice...even the blog address.  
I'm a little excited about all of the changes.

There is no getting around the fact that I live in a cottage style house
and I love cottage style.  However, I've been adding quite a bit of
vintage industrial stuff to my house and of course 
I still like some farmhouse pieces as well.
Combine that with our family number "3" and my favorite color "red"
and I came up with:


I like how simple it is.  I think the use of the red 3 in place of the
last "E" gives a sort of industrial twist.   It seems to really fit me I think.

I've lived with it for over a week now and love it more each day.
So, I took the huge step of changing everything over.

Over the next day or so you should be automatically redirected
to the new address.  We'll see if that works.   I'm a bit nervous about it.

I feel like "3 Ring Cottage" was a practice blog for the last year and a half
where I learned about blogging and tried to figure out what I wanted my blog 
to be and how I wanted it to look.
Now that I've mastered some of the skills of blogging,  
I am graduating to my permanent blog.

Did you notice I'm approaching 500 followers?
That's 495 more than I thought I would ever have.
If I get to 500, I think we'll need a giveaway to celebrate
that milestone and the transition to the new blog.

So, here we go!
Hope you'll come with me, bring your friends 
and have a good time!

With this change, those following may have lost feeds/updates. 
You may need to "unfollow" and then rejoin or follow again.
Thanks so much!

September 11

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I saw this! there?

As many of you know, I work for a public school district.
Fort Worth Independent School District to be exact.
I was at an elementary school this morning 
for one of my interns and I was stopped in my tracks.
I can't believe I saw this...there!
sorry for poor quality; quickly capture by iphone
Granted, this is an older elementary school
but still, just a regular neighborhood elementary school.
This cool little vintage industrial table
was just sitting in the hallway next to some
ladders, dollies, and other random things.

Round wooden top, turquoisey color,
metal, wheels, super cool.

I've occasionally seen a rolling cart like this
but not with a table top.  Next time I see
a similar cart, I'm snatching it up.
This could be such a cool kitchen/breakfast table
don't ya think?

Monday, September 5, 2011


Remember this?
I went a little bold for a change.

I wanted an impact wall in my second entry area and wanted to go
a little vintage industrial.  When I posted about this in June, I said
I kind of liked it but wasn't sure if I loved it.
I asked you for feedback and I got some great feedback 
and suggestions from you.  
I now know that I didn't love it.  
It looked like I slapped those on a wall and called it a day.
Maybe I did.

So, I reworked it a bit.
Some of you suggested I frame it in or paint the background a different color.
It needed some kind of perimeter to define it and finish it out.  
I have a piece of old moulding that has traveled around my house
and currently didn't have a home.  
So, I added it here to define and contain my collection of Gs and 3s.

I also add some smaller ones to fill in some of the big blank spaces.

There is still room to add more if I find just the right ones
but for now it looks more finished.

I like this a lot better.  

This is my favorite one.  It's an old thin metal stencil.
What do you think now?
You were all so kind last time when it really didn't look good.
By the way, they are all hanging straight.  
For some reason, some of them look a little crooked
in the picture but I assure you they are perfectly straight
in real life or it would drive me insane.

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