Friday, September 30, 2011

Well, hello there! I do hope everyone's had a great week and is ready to enjoy a relaxing weekend....I know I am! I didn't feel like going to garage sales  today (I know, alert the press!) so I decided to go to an antique mall instead, knowing the prices are higher...I had fun looking around but came out empty handed, always a disappointing turn of events, no? So since it was almost time to pick up my dd from school I decided to head home and went past a storefront that used to be a wonderful treasure trove of a store, but now sits empty.....however today there was a sign in the window for an estate sale. As luck would have it there was a parking spot almost right in front so I whipped out of my car with my hair on fire and made my way wasn't too impressive all in all, but I did pick up the fun Beano game for $1, and the 3 old Raleigh bottles for .75 each.....after paying I walked over to an area that had some old clothing and saw these ribbons.

They had a wonderful feel about them, almost like silk but I'll have to test them for that to find out....they look like old theatre belts....they each have a name on the area behind the bow.

I think they look pretty hanging just like this, don't you?

The colors are just amazing! They did smell very musty and old, however, so I plunged the lot of them into some Woolite and they're hanging outside to dry...I'm racing the weather because right now we have some nice breezes and sunshine but that's all supposed to go away this weekend...:(.

So after spending a total of $5.25 on this loot, I feel pretty good!
I think these ribbons would look really pretty just hanging in a window on a lovely clothes hanger, so time will tell what becomes of them.....have a great weekend!

Monday, September 26, 2011

"I'm so glad we've had this time together".....

Isn't it pretty? There are lots of pretty things out there, some we have for a really long time, others a short time.
(make sure you click on the pics to get the pretty details)

I purchased this gorgeous decadent french jewelry box from a lovely seller on Etsy.....had to have it. The inside was in awfully poor shape, but I knew I'd had fun reviving it..and I think I did.

I added the green velvet and the trims and wallpaper to the inside, whereas before that it was just either wood or I've put her in my Etsy shop, all gussied up. It makes for a fantastic shadowbox effect with your favorite items inside.
It's truly swoon worthy, but it's time to  move on to a new home...and if it takes awhile, that's o.k. with me ~wink~

Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's time for "Shopping Therapy Thursday" again....

It's that time of the week again! Stacey, over at A Sort of Fairytale Girl offers up a cool linky party so you can visit her blog and click on whatever items pique your fancy....hope you have time to visit!
These are some of my newer items in my shop....

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Think I need help yet? Many would probably say YES....!

so I picked up the big scary baby doll in the picture today at St. Vinnies....she just seemed to "go" with my other two scary babies...the sweet gal helping me in St. Vinnies said, "Oh, do you restore old dolls?" Hahahahaha! Didn't have the heart to tell her, "No, I like them just like this, the scarier the better!"

and I DO have big plans for them for Halloween.....

the best part is.....I don't have to dress them up, they're already scary! No comments necessary on this post, I'm sure lots of you will be rendered speechless anyways!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fresh goods today!

I must be in a heavy metal mode today! I've added two new "metals" to my shop, the super cool jadeite green bread bin above with a darling tea towel with crochet trim,

and this pale creamy german chocolate tin (I'll probably be sorry to see this one go, doubt I'll ever find another like it!).
Oh well, things come and go, right? That's just the nature of this business.....:). Hope your week has gotten off to a great start!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A tiny out-of-town trip.......

I do hope you've all had a relaxing weekend! On Saturday I talked, o.k., forced dh to take me up to Salem for the Vintage Antique Faire being held at the Historic Deepwoods Estate....oh my goodness, this home and grounds are simply spectacular! We were lucky enough to get in on the last guided tour of the day and this home is so incredibly beautiful, inside and out. I love hearing the history of old homes, don't you?

Check out this darling gazebo....I made sure to take a few pictures just in case dh feels industrious some day and decides to build one for me....:).
I was so excited to attend this Vintage Faire because I've never been.....I was looking for an extra work table for my studio....

And as luck would have it, I found one! I'm sure I gasped when I saw it, can't remember now because it was all a fog...I approached the table and didn't see a sale tag on it, story of my life...the one item I really want is not for sale! But the table was butted up against a tree (did I mention this was an outdoor sale?) and as I walked around the back side of it I saw a price tag...couldn't quite believe my eyes, so I kept looking. $30, could that be right?

I loved everything about it, the cream colored bamboo detailing, the vintage wallpaper on the top, but mostly I loved the fact that the legs came off and we could fit it into our car to get it home!
It measures a perfect 3ft. by 3ft. square and about 32" tall, the perfect height for me to work on.

Some of the bamboo detailing up close....

One of my requirements for a table in my studio was that it be able to roll so I can easily move it out of the way or wherever I needed it to go, so dh put casters on it today. Rolls like a dream.
I know this table will be so handy in my studio.....I'm so lucky to have found the perfect one so quickly after deciding I really wanted one....I could have looked for months and not found the right table for me. I think the fact that the price tag on this baby was facing a tree so that no one could see it definitely worked in my favor!

I also found this beautiful wallpapered sewing box for a song! Prices were really reasonable at this event, I'll definitely be going again next year.

Signing off for now, hope you all have a wonderful week!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

~Etsy update~

a masculine book display...

a halloween collage....

2 leather bound books on British poets....

a gorgeous leather book on the history of France....

and yet another leather bound book on Abe Lincoln....
still more to come as  soon as I can get them listed!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A must-have when dealing with scam phone calls...and a cool Halloween-ish ledger!

So Wednesday morning was the very first day of school here. That means that I have to actually get up at a normal time in the morning, something that doesn't set real well with me. And around 5 a.m. our phone rings, which is next to dh's head and not mine (there's a real good reason for that!) He picks up the phone and says in a voice that sounds like he's been up for hours, "Hello"?
Some weird phone #, which he later "googles" and tells me that it's some sort of scam call, they tell you that there is money waiting for you in some account, yada, yada, yada....
Well, we're up now! And the calls continue, as I'm already cranky and most irritated. If you want to block calls with *78, apparently you have to pay more money for that service! Forget that s**t!
So this a.m., at 6 a.m. this time,  the calls keep coming and I pick up and have a dialogue that I will spare you from......apparently my harsh tones did NOT do the job, because they had the cajones to call yet again. I warned my dd (who hates loud sounds) and I warned my dh standing right next to me....cover your ears! And my trusty whistle came in mighty handy people! I highly recommend it..if you're getting phone calls of this nature that you don't want to be harassed by, get yourself and whistle and practice blowing it as loud as you can.....hmmmmm, haven't had another call all day...silence is bliss!

On to happier new, this came today, a fabulous ledger that I want to use for Halloween decoration in my home.....

Check out that handwriting.....what?

It has just the right amount of age on it, and I adore it and can't wait to use it somehow....

This is the back of it, I love everything about it, even it's musty smell!!!!!
Thanks for listening to my rant about scam phone callers, take my advice, it seems to work.....:).
I'm so sick of people who take advantage of others who work hard for their money....if by chance they call back (and I'm not naive enough to think they won't, I'm going to put my 10yo Mario fanatic on the phone with them and tell her to just keep on talking about Mario incessantly and not to give them a chance to get a word in edgewise......methinks that may work also!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Pretty in Pink...really pretty!

I've seen a lot of things in my many years of antiquing and thrifting, but this one takes the cake!! Really....I was in an antique mall today and spied this beauty in a locked case (you know the ones we all hate because we can't see a price or touch the item).

Well, I went to get one of the owner's so he could open the case for me and I could take a closer look at her, she looked to perfect, you know? Not a chip, not a stain, not a rip, I'm talking MINT people! Then I thought, "Maybe my mind's playing tricks on me, maybe she's a  ~shudder~ reproduction! Could it be? No, as far as I know these chalkware beauties haven't been reproduced.

She doesn't even have any pin holes in her dress....amazing!

She came with this plastic case (not kidding!) without a lid...hahahaha! Hilarious, but it's probably what's kept her so clean all these years...and she fits p-e-r-f-e-c-t-l-y inside of it, like it was made for her. Now I don't know about you, but I don't  think when these were produced way back in the 20's (or thereabouts) that there were plastic containers to house them, do you?
Weird how she fits so perfectly in there though, don't you think?
Oh.....and she's in my Etsy me crazy! I'll probably change my mind before the weekend over because I can't stop looking at's obsessed I am....:).
Have a lovely Labor Day weekend my friends!