Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Shabby Chic in Myrtle Beach Recipes: Spicy Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Pineapple Poppers !

Remember how we moved here to be near the beach but we missed our garden so much that we planted all kinds of jalapeno plants this Spring?  Yeah well, be careful what you wish for ... they are producing like crazy and we're swimming in peppers!  

Our pepper patch and pepper pots!
After canning lots of jars of jalapeno slices, I started looking for recipes to rework to include them.  That's when I came across an appetizer recipe for bacon wrapped pineapple that sounded so good and did I mention they're bacon wrapped?!   

Can't go wrong with that, and what if I stuffed the pineapples into the jalapenos ... even better!  The best part was that I had all the ingredients on hand!

6 jalapeno peppers, cut in half
12 pineapple chunks
6 pieces of bacon, cut in half
1/2 cup BBQ sauce

These are really so simple to make.  Just remember to wear a glove when seeding your jalapenos, you'll thank me later for that little nugget of wisdom!  

Don't worry if you accidentally tear a jalapeno along its side when stuffing them with the pineapple, the bacon will cover it.

Wrap each popper with the yummy bacon! 

Secure each popper with a toothpick.  The bacon may actually stay put around the popper without them but I didn't test it.

Bake them for 45 minutes at 400 degrees.  Get your BBQ sauce ready because you're going to take them out of the oven and immediately dip in your favorite BBQ sauce while they're still hot. Put them back in the oven to bake for another 15 minutes.  

And that's it!  Serve them hot or cold, they're delicious and they'll go fast
They would be perfect for a beach party, a summertime luau or even a good 'ole cookout!
And of course it's all about presentation so don't forget to serve them on your prettiest Pineapple platter!  This one is in the Shabby Chic in Myrtle Beach eBay shop!

Thanks for following along today, I hope you'll give them a try!
Well, it's time to put on the flip flops, see you on the beach!

Love Julie

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Thrifty Treasure Haul: Starting August Off Right!

August is off to a great start around here, hope it is for you as well!
Spent all morning Saturday out and about treasure hunting around Myrtle Beach, 
so excited to show you what I found!

Treasure Haul!

Can we talk about the elephant in the room first?  Lol, that embroidered pineapple garden flag is huge at 44"L x 28"W!   I love this size though, they make an impressive display on the front of the house.  This one does need a bit of cleaning though, have you ever washed a garden flag?  

Lawn and Garden Flags on Facebook recommends that you hand-wash it with mild detergent and cold water.  Then rinse it thoroughly with cold water and lay it flat to dry.  I think this sounds like good advice and will try.  

Embroidered Pineapple Outdoor Flag

This beautiful sailboat ceramic art tile is just amazing, the colors are so bright and brilliant.  It displays like a picture frame with a black velvet easel back that's in really great shape.  The art tile has elevated outlines that you can feel, almost like a relief.  Sadly, there's no markings or label to identify the artist.

Sailboat Ceramic Art Tile
Wastin' away again in Margaritaville, Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt ... Margarita glasses, how fun!  Will put these together in the shop as a pair.  Also found that sweet little cutting board the glasses are standing on, will use it for repurposed art projects.     

Is it 5 o'clock somewhere?!
Check out the flamingo picture frame, love it!  I'll have to do something to fix the inset or replace it with my own artwork.  Someone made it on a piece of cardboard using flat black acrylic to look like chalk board paint and a silver glitter pen to write "Jus Relax."   It's adorable but when you look on back, the cardboard's exposed and the frame backing looks torn. What would you do with it?

That flamingo looks pretty relaxed to me!

Also picked up a few jewelry pieces ... a pretty chainmaile necklace with silver links and white Mother of Pearl coin charms, two cloissone bracelets (one marked Fornash) and one is new with no markings, and a watch that I'll repurposed into a bracelet.

Silvertone links and Mother of Pearl charms necklace by Claires

My heart melted when I saw these two porcelain flower candles, they're so shabby chic and lovely all at the same time.  Have never seen these before so I'll have to research them.  One was broken at some point ...  the one on the right was repaired as you can see at the bottom.  It will probably detract from its value a bit although it looks like you wouldn't see the repair when the candles are in holders.

Shabby chic porcelain candles!

Pretty vintage basketweave purse, how sweet is that?!  Thank you Goodwill, they put these smaller sizes into the cheaper wallet bin instead of with the purses that are marked $5.00.

Vintage basketweave purse

 And last but certainly not least, this (I'm pretty sure) antique amber glass pillar candlestick.  The glass is all intact and boy is it ever pretty!  Again, I'll have to research it more along with the porcelain candles so I've got my work cut out for me this week!

Antique? amber glass candlestick pillar
But, I'm not complaining!  I love searching for treasure and then being able to share with you.  Thank you for following along today my friends!

Time to put on the flip flops, see you on the beach!

Love Julie

Monday, August 5, 2019

Vintage Treasure Sold: Murano Glass

It was such a pleasure to have had this beautiful vintage Murano glass fish aquarium vase come through the shop if only for a short while as it sold very quickly.  

Vintage Murano glass fish aquarium vase - SOLD

If you love collecting glassware or vintage glassware, chances are you've heard of Murano glass and it's been around for centuries.   

(Beautiful Murano glass, Photo source Wikimedia Commons)

Murano glass is made on the cluster of Venetian islands of Murano and was 
Europe's first major glassmaking center.

Colorful canals in Murano

If you've ever wanted to travel there for your own piece of Venetian glass direct from the artisan, check out An Insider's Guide to Shopping for Murano Glass on the Italy Magazine website.  A great travel primer of where to find the best deals and what you'll expect to pay.  

(Murano glass wares on the canals.  Photo credit:  Laura Morelli, Italy Magazine)

Keep up-to-date with special events and festivities, news and shops of Murano at the Murano Glass website and on Facebook.

(Murano glass fish art.  Photo credit:  Facebook / MuranoGlass.com)

I'm always on the lookout for vintage pieces on my treasure hunts so be sure to follow me on my Shabby Chic in Myrtle Beach Facebook page too.  
I'll let you know when more come in the shop!

Hope you enjoyed our little trip to Murano today ... 
time to put on the flip flops and I'll see you on the beach!

Love, Julie

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Vintage Finds: Tiki Bar Collectibles

Hoping the month of August is off to a great start for you my friends!

Sharing with you all today one of my very favorite vintage finds because they're so much fun, this vintage set of two Orchids of Hawaii Tiki Tumblers.  Orchids of Hawaii was one of the early manufacturers of tiki mugs.  

This Polynesian pair in a warm brown glaze is in the shop if you'd like to see more pics.

Orchids of Hawaii Tiki Tumblers

I remember seeing these growing up in the 60s, following on the heels of the tiki obsession that started after World War II when servicemen brought home tales of the pacific islands.  Hawaii had just become the 50th state, too ... hard to believe that was just 1959!  

Hawaii Kai 1967 brochure in Myrtle Beach from Tiki Central

It was a whole tropical - polynesian vibe that fit well into 60s design.

Trader Vic's in New York from New York Eater
Ultimately, the tiki glass was a souvenir.  In the 50s and 60s, when you went to a tiki bar or restaurant, you could take your tiki mug home with you.   

Vintage Tiki mug collection from Worthpoint

Today, when you go to a tiki bar, you can most often buy your mug but now with the newest Tiki resurgence, it's a collectible piece of art designed and signed by the artist.

Frankie's Tiki Room in Las Vegas offers signature tiki drinks where you can order just the drink or have it served in its souvenir mug.  The Nakalele Knockout tiki mug designed by Brad Parker holds a rum, hibiscus and lime concoction that's dedicated to its namesake blowhole in Maui.  "Drink one and count your blessings.  Drink two and watch your step."

Frankie's Tiki Room mugs

If you want to learn more about the tiki culture and mugs, Flea Market Insiders has a great tiki mug Primer to get you started plus Collectors Weekly has a great article I think you'd enjoy.  If you're interested in keeping up with the tiki lifestyle, you could follow Tiki with Ray.  He has regular blog posts and a fun Youtube channel!  Over at the Tiki Central forum you can totally immerse yourself into the entire Tiki Tribe. 

Flea Market Insiders

Thank you for following along today on my Tiki adventure!

Time to find some tiki glasses and a rum drink, see you on the beach!

Love, Julie
Owner, Shabby Chic in Myrtle Beach on eBay

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Our Backyard Playground: Sunflower Fields

Sunflower season is upon us and whether you live by the beach, in the mountains or anywhere in between, we all love them!  

No other flower can make us happy quite like a sunflower.

Bet you're smiling!

Whether you want some to pick them or are looking for an awesome photo op, chances are you'll find a sunflower farm or field near you that's open to the public ... just enter a Google search for "best sunflower fields near me."  

You could even bring a professional photographer for unforgettable family pictures, some farms may even be able to recommend one for you.

Sunflower fields make perfect photo ops!

Here in South Carolina, about 20 to 30 minutes outside of Greenville is Beechwood Farms.  They anticipate their sunflower season to start in August through mid-September, you can find hours, fees and recommended items to bring here.

204 Bates Bridge Road
Marietta, South Carolina  29661
(864) 915-3319

Facebook/Beechwood Farms

Dogwood Farms in Belews Creek, North Carolina has a Sunflower U-Pick and Maze around late July through early August.  Hours, fees and photographer instructions are on their website.

8096 Belews Creek Road
Belews Creek, North Carolina 27009

Source Dogwood Farms 

Draper Wildlife Management Area in York County plants acres upon acres of sunflowers to make a ready supply of seeds for their dove fields.  You'll want to mark your calendars for next year though as their season has passed, generally for two weeks around July 4th.  It's probably a good idea to call any location before making the trip to make sure the flowers are in bloom. 

1080 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, South Carolina  29726
(864) 427-5140

Image from Southern Departure

Remember when you go to bring the bug spray, you're not the only one who likes to visit the flowers!  It will most likely be warm so dress appropriately, bring the suntan lotion, a hat and plenty of water.

Source Southern Departure

Don't forget to bring a bit of water for the flowers and something to put them in if you plan on picking some to take home!

Thank you for following along into our backyard playground where the sunflowers grow.

  Time to put on the flip flops, see you on the beach!

Love, Julie
Owner, Shabby Chic in Myrtle Beach

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Amazing Thrifty Treasure Hauls: Feeling Grateful

Hope you've all had a great week my beachy friends! 
 Time to share my thrifty treasure hauls for the very last weekend of July 2019.  

Such amazing finds this week ... so where do I start?!

This week's Thrifty Treasure Hauls finds!

With the flamingos of course! 
They're a vibrant and colorful new with tags set of three Flamingo Love cosmetic or accessory bags from Imoshion.  

I love that each bag has its own hot pink tassel.  They would be great to keep one for yourself and give the other two as gifts.

Flamingo Love Accessory bags from Imoshion

I couldn't resist this metal cut-out BEACH sign, it's my favorite kind ... one that always points to the beach! 

Cut-out Metal BEACH Hanging Directional Starfish Sign 

Be still my heart, check out this pretty seashell stand alone 5"x7" picture frame.  The shells have been collaged together to form purple and white flowers.  I still haven't decided but I'll either put it as is in the shop or maybe even use it to frame one of my paintings.  

Seashell Flowers Picture Frame

This sweet little wicker basket with fabric lining is on my project desk.  Soon it will hold a coastal bouquet filled with my own silk and seashell flowers.  Fingers crossed it turns out as pretty as it is in my head Lol !  

White wicker basket with fabric lining and handle

Living in South Carolina, I always keep my eye out for baskets, sweetgrass baskets in particular.  They've been made here for generations using the Sweetgrass that grows in the moist, sandy soils found near oceans and marshes.  

Image Source:  The Trembley Group 

You can read more about this heritage rich handicraft from the SCIWAY website, South Carolina's information highway!

I couldn't get this sweetgrass basket off the thrift store shelf fast enough!  It's just gorgeous and a nice size at 12 1/2  inches across.  

Sweetgrass basket

The round basket looks so lovely on my round coffee table ... it may just have to stay there!

Another section of the thrift store I always go through are the books.  Anything related to the beach and coastal living I will pick up (if it's in good shape!), including fiction.  

Have you read this one from author Vanessa Greene?  I'm looking forward to reading and learning more about her, apparently she likes to collect vintage things, too!

The Seafront Tearoom by Vanessa Greene

So, remember the last jewelry box I upcycled into a child's tea cabinet?  I found a sweet little tea set that fits perfectly inside each "shelf."  

Upcycled tea cabinet with tea set is in the shop on Etsy

Well, today I found this adorable mini blue canister with spoon that's only about 2 inches tall!  I'll keep it to add to the next tea cabinet I make ... and maybe even find some little blue teacups to match!

And last but certainly not least ... 
I've already posted this gorgeous vintage Murano glass fish aquarium vase into the eBay shop.  Just look at those vibrant colors ... I couldn't believe my good fortune to have found it!

As always I say a prayer of thanks and am so grateful for the treasures I find and for being able to share them with you!  Thank you for following along today my friends,

See you on the beach

Love, Julie
Owner, Shabby Chic in Myrtle Beach

Friday, July 26, 2019

How to Clean, Protect and Repair Your Straw Beach Bags

Whether you live by the beach or planning a trip to one, a beach bag is at the top of your must-have list.  

My favorite will always be the straw beach bag because they're so easy to shake the sand from after a day 
on the beach.

When out thrifting and treasure hunting, straw beach bags always catch my eye. The bags I choose for the shop are ones I would use for myself even if they need a gentle nudge to bring them back to their original beauty. 

I'll share with you my restoration tips but first, let's discuss how to take care of a straw bag from the beginning.  
Really, all that's required is a little TLC. 

How you store the bag when not in use is most important to help keep its shape.  If it's rounded on the bottom, hang the bag from its handles on a hook.  If the bag bottom is flat, keep it on flat surface like a closet shelf.  

Rounded bottom straw bag - hang by its handles to store.

A soft bristle brush will be your best friend for keeping it clean. Gently brush your bag as necessary to remove 
dust or remaining sand from the beach.  
Never brush the straw when wet!

If your straw bag does get wet, take everything out and let dry as quickly as possible.  

This brings me to why I usually find straw beach bags at the thrift store. They're a little stretched out, a little dirty and  
was probably cast aside to be replaced by a new one.

But, like I said, they're easy to bring back to their original beauty simply by ... are you ready for this? ... pouring boiling water over it in a sink!  The hot water softens the straw so it can be shaped back into place and cleans it at the same time.  

Use a few cups or more of the hot water just to make the straw pliable but not so much as to completely soak it.  Once the bag is cool enough to pick up, lift and let any excess water drip from the bag.  Place the wet straw bag upside down on a box to dry.  

Wet straw bag sitting on box covered with a plastic trash bag

Choose a box that fits as snugly as possible without stretching the straw.  (Place a plastic bag over the box first to keep it from getting wet).  Press and form the straw 
back into its original shape.

You can also apply a mixture of 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup water to any dirt or stains that didn't come off with the hot water.  Carefully apply with a soft white cloth 
and wipe clean.  

If possible, let your bag dry outside. The fresh air and sunshine will help it dry faster and smelling nicely.  Once completely dry, remove it from the box and store as recommended.

Pretty simple, right?!  I hope you enjoyed following along today and that this helps to keep your straw beach bags looking great for many summers to come!

Time to put on the flip flops ... don't forget your beach bag ... and I'll see you on the beach!

Love, Julie
You can see all my bags in the shop here:
Shabby Chic in Myrtle Beach on eBay