Saturday, March 31, 2012

Dade City's Spring Antique Faire

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Today is my birthday, I am 27 years old. I went to an antique fair, for my 27th birthday. It was a good birthday.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Key Elements of a Vintage Wedding

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Do you think there is such a thing as a bad wedding? Most people would answer with yes - for one reason or another. But that's poppycock (hah, why did I use that word?).

To me, weddings are beautiful no matter what the circumstances are, as long as there is the essential:

One purpose (love), two rings (although even this isn't completely necessary), three people (two people in love, officiant/witness).

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

18 Letters for Lucy

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When's the last time you sat down at your desk and thought "today I'm going to write. On a piece of paper."

I probably write one letter a year and it's usually to Pete on his birthday. Unless I find the perfect cat card at the grocery store. But this year the cats weren't calling me, so I devoted this birthday to letter writing.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DIY: Reclaimed Wood Key Rack

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Reclaimed wood comes in all different styles, which makes it perfect to turn into something cool and unique. We picked up a 1x4 of this old blue wood from Schiller's last weekend, and today I decided to do something with it and came up with this: a key rack that hangs in our front hallway and lets our guests know whose house they're in. The total cost for a project like this is a few bucks for the scrap wood, then just a few materials you probably have around anyway, like some rope, screws, and paint.

Preserving Old Florida

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I love Florida, but especially old Florida. Old Florida is the sweet smell of orange trees; the hot brick roads shaded by oak trees; the colorful beach bungalows with broken picket fences. It's the strange attractions like mermaids in Weeki Wachee or the coral castle in Homestead. There's nothing like old Florida and, call me crazy, but I feel like it's my responsibility to save some small part of it.

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Dirt Jar: A Roadtrip Memento

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The year was 2009. It was a different time, then. Leslie and I weren't thinking about babies, we weren't the Mojeikos--we weren't even engaged. We were just a couple crazy young kids in love. In December, I separated from the Air Force after six years, and Leslie was on winter break before her last semester of grad school. She flew up to meet me on my trip out of Montana, and we drove through 12 states together to get back home and start our lives together. We've both been on roadtrips before, and after, but this one was special. We were still getting to know each other, and sitting next to a person in a truck, on the road for 10 days straight is either a) a quick way to learn that you can't stand somebody, or b) a reaffirmation of what you already know: I want this girl to be my wife. A few days after we got back to Florida, I proposed to Leslie, and now we're happily married with a little June bug on the way. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Assemblage Art by Antony Becker

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While we were at the salvage yard yesterday, we met a new friend: Antony Becker.

He's one of the friendliest guys you could meet. He started to talk to us about the warehouse and all the things he loved about it. He asked us where we're from and what we like to do, and it wasn't until I started asking him about purchasing an item that I realized he didn't work there. He just has a true passion for salvage and specifically, assemblage.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Salvage Yard Visit: Schiller's Architectural and Design Salvage

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Today Pete and I visited Schiller's Salvage in downtown Tampa for the first time. We saw online that they were holding a grand opening event for their new warehouse location so we figured... what the heck. Let's go.

Okay, if you know us then you know that's a complete lie. We saw "grand opening event" and jumped off the couch looking for our shoes. It was one of those rush-out-the-door, no-time-for-make-up, forgot-to-let-the-dog-out kind of mornings. Don't worry, we quickly ran back inside to let Clementine out. She's fine.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

DIY: You Light Up My World

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Isn't that a sweet and cheesy title? Pete told me this when I came home from work... as he was drilling holes in a globe on the dining room table.

The globe was a gift from his sister two years ago, but I know she wouldn't mind if he drilled a few holes here and there. Right, Christina? ;) Well, too late now anyway.

When I looked at the globe, I started to see a pattern. There were holes in Florida, North Carolina, New Mexico... all the way up the west coast to Washington. Then they moved over to Montana, skipped a few states, then another one in Iowa. All places we've been together, mixed with a few places we've traveled individually. There was a hole in Mexico, where we spent our honeymoon, and some holes in the middle east and Europe, where Pete spent his time in the military.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

There's an Elephant in the Room

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My friend Jen @ insideways had this wonderful idea on how to stay motivated for a project. Her goal is to practice the cello for two hours every day for 100 days, and in order to remind her of that goal, she created a habitworm.

Each day the habitworm will get colored in and once she's reached 100, she gets to reward herself.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

DIY: Foosboard

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This Foosball set used to have a little wooden ball. It also had sticks that weren't bent and a backboard that wasn't cracked and falling off. That was before 10-year-old me got a hold of it and beat it to hell in some of the most intense, back porch Foosball games ever played. Since then, I've kept it around, always meaning to restore it or do something with it. Leslie and I set it out at a yard sale we had last year, for 10 bucks, but after watching a few people casually dismiss it, I realized how much this old Fooser meant to me, and I took it back in the house.

Monday, March 19, 2012

DIY: Magazine Racket

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A few months ago we found these awesome tennis rackets at a thrift store. Neither one of us plays tennis, but we knew we could do something with them. After staring at them from every angle, I realized what they would become. A tennis racket magazine rack! AKA The Magazine Racket.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Becoming Junkmaster Leslie

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I've earned a lot of titles in my life that I'm very proud of - from college graduate to Mrs. Mojeiko to mother (or soon-to-be anyway). All of my titles have been pretty clean-cut and professional, so my next title may come as a surprise to most. But after starting Salvaged Spaces, I am determined to become a junkmaster.

What is a junkmaster? Well, I'm not really sure. I guess you master junk. I do have a Master's degree, but I'm pretty confident that I didn't study junk. I like to think that a junkmaster can find beauty and worth in everyday, I'm-about-to-fall-apart-items and repurpose them to become something that people can use.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

DIY: Map Art

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I might have a problem.


My name is Pete, and I'm a mapaholic. I can't get enough of them. Whenever Leslie and I go somewhere, and I see a map, I don't just want it--I need it. Every once in a while, my maps start to show up everywhere in the house, and I have to do a "map purge," in which I throw out my least important maps while sobbing. Well, that time has come again, but this time, I decided not to throw them out. My maps shouldn't be hidden away in drawers anymore, they need to be on display. Leslie and I have collected some of these maps together, and they all document pieces of our life together. There's a map of Wilmington (our favorite city), an old reproduction railroad map from our hometown, a map of Sanibel Island, where our favorite antique store ever is, and so many more.

Friday, March 16, 2012

DIY: How to Make a COFFEE CANdle

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We don't know a thing about making candles. But don't stop reading! I say that to encourage others who don't know a thing about candle making because this is one of the simplest DIY projects you can do this weekend. But before I share with you how to make a candle, here's why we decided to (because, seriously... this project would have never crossed our minds before).

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Selling Your Memories

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I've never bought my own home (yet), but Pete and I look for the same type of things in a house that I'm sure many other families look for. Can we afford it? Does it have enough bedrooms? Is it in the neighborhood we want? We're currently in the process of looking at a home, but unfortunately it's a short sale and it's a long process that could go wrong on so many levels.

But as we wait patiently each day to hear an update from our realtor, we live at Pete's parents' old home. They are currently on the road, so it's our responsibility to take care of this home that is no longer questioned with things like "Do you have enough bedrooms?" or "What kind of neighbors are you hanging out with?"

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Researching Your Junk

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There she is, watching over my office, a whole wall to herself, and slightly askew. This big (44 by 22 inches), bright orange, Goodwill find is vintage needlepoint artwork, depicting an old timey ship sailing into the sunset, while lonely people wave goodbye from the shoreline. I don't know why, but I love it. Out of all my salvaged scores, I think this is my favorite. It's got a lot of character, it looks great, and it didn't require any fixing up. I got this as a Christmas present to myself while Christmas shopping at thrift stores last December. It was 15 bucks.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What "wood" you do?

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I live in a small town with one consignment shop (that I know of). But it's the best consignment shop I've ever been to! The shop is called Easy Street Home Decor and I somehow find something "new" to buy every Saturday. It's easy to do because the owners are super friendly and the prices are better than you'd ever believe.

Take, for instance, my "new" five-piece living room set. The minute I saw it I knew I had to have it. Which I'm sure will surprise some of you considering the condition it is in.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Nursery Finds

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Putting together a nursery is an atypical project, and it requires some atypical solutions. Unlike most room designs, your first baby's room starts from scratch. Leslie and I put together our current living space from an amalgamation of furniture, appliances, and decor that we had collected over the years, and we may add to it, or change it around, but all of our current rooms are just evolved forms of their past selves: the bedroom was always a bedroom, we just painted the walls, then got a new bed; and the living room was always a living room, we just swapped some furniture, and upgraded the tv set.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Salvaged Dressers

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Pete and I used to live in an apartment with an incredible view: the dumpster. Almost every day there was a new, or rather, old, piece of furniture sitting outside the dumpster waiting for someone to claim it. And since we had the best view in the place, we got a lot of awesome furniture. For free.

My favorite piece from the dumpster was this antique dresser:

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Keep Going

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This was posted by my friend Jen and I'm so glad I watched it today. I have given up on so many projects because I think I'll never be good enough to "make it," however you define that. But if I can just keep reminding myself that it takes time. And it's normal for things to progress slowly at first, then someday I will have something to be really proud about.

Sewing Room

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One of my hobbies for past couple of years has been sewing. I originally started a blog called A La Indie (which I'm in no way abandoning just yet), which focused on my love for sewing. As life happened, I found that I either didn't have the time to sew as often as I'd like, or I simply couldn't think of something that I absolutely needed to sew. I never quite got into sewing my own clothes, mainly because I would try and the clothes did not fit right, or I could buy an outfit at a lower cost at a thrift store.

Friday, March 9, 2012

First Post

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I am incredibly tired. And to most people, 10:00pm on a Friday night is early. But to this increasingly growing pregnant lady, it's late. Way too late to still be on a computer at least.

But I've been on a mission this past week and I have to finish strong. Last Friday I attended a presentation about Appreciative Advising that was given by Dr. Jenny Bloom and she told us some ways to help our students discover their dreams. During the process, I discovered one of mine. I discovered that I have a strange love for all things vintage and repurposed, and that I find too much joy in blogging. Jenny handed us a piece of paper where we had to identify our wildest and craziest dreams. The first thing I thought about was all the DIY and decorating blogs I follow on a regular basis. I thought, heck, it would be awesome to have something like The Lettered Cottage or Young House Love. But if we're dreaming super big here, I'd like my own HGTV show. So I filled out my paper and was given advice from the lady sitting next to me: