Aug 29, 2007

I Have a Thing for Stickers ....

and pretty little packages tied up with string ...

I bought these unique ephemera sticker tins from the lovely Heather at The Present Past Collection. Not only do I enjoy her beautiful blog, but her online shop is amazing as well. And this girl sure knows the art of presentation.

It turns out that some of the round stickers fit perfectly into these cute metal tags I had bought a while ago.

I added the key and lock charms for extra bling.

Jacq, I hadn't noticed when I did this last photo yesterday but I think it has significance, no?...

Aug 28, 2007

Advice, please

After many years, hubby has finally added a thick wooden railing to the front porch of the house. He wanted to paint it dark green and I wanted him to paint it black. So he painted it dark green. With some old paint that didn't dry right. I then persuaded him to try black, which he did. Surprise, surprise, he doesn't like it.

I say there is enough green on this house as evidenced in the pic below. Green roof, green shutters...a little black added into the mix might be nice. A punch of color to make it pop!

So then I suggested we paint the front door black to match which he thought was ABSOLUTELY PREPOSTEROUS. I then conceeded a tiny bit and thought maybe only the wood trim on the door should be black. Black wood trim on the hand railing, black wood trim on the door...

Help a girl out! What do you all think? Your comments are most appreciated!

My sister-in-law and her children are moving far away tomorrow...

Aug 27, 2007

A Weekend Full of Finds

Sometimes you have to sort through the trash before you find the treasure...

Bought a couple of costume jewelry bag lots at Value Village the other and had so much fun going through them!

Here are just some of the treasures I found hidden inside. The huge rhinestone brooch was missing a few stones but low and behold, I found some within to replace. I saw this exact brooch under glass at the antique show we went to on Saturday. The lady was aghast(!) when I told her what I had found in a junk bag. The vintage cherries pin is made of metal and very heavy.

This is an old wooden box I found on Saturday morning during the yard sales. It looks fairly non-descript...I have to admit I was driving by this yard sale and wasn't going to stop until I saw someone open the lid....

All I saw was pink and roses. Instead of the lady in the Ikea commercial saying "Start the car- start the car!" I was more like "Stop the car - stop the car!" The gentleman who owned it said it has been his grandmother's and was perhaps used for sewing notions - he then told me it needed a lot of work. I told him it was perfect the way it! Do they always need to fix stuff?? ;)

It's two-tiered and just look at these shabby roses!

I found these old Pyrex beakers and thought they'd make lovely stem vases. I think they look lovely grouped together...'en masse', as they say. Have I mentioned I love anything 'en masse?' The more, the better baby!

And finally, when were were antiquing on Saturday afternoon I had spotted this old Eiffel Tower. These are a dime a dozen nowadays (replicas) but this one is different. It's vintage and is actually a lamp! It holds a tiny bulb underneath and I can't wait to see the light it will cast. I need to dig through my Christmas decorations to find a bulb this small.

Promised the kids back-to-school shopping today. Yes, there will be a spring in my step when we go down those aisles! After all, it IS the most wonderful time of the year...

Aug 26, 2007

Vintage Roses, Anyone?

*Update - 3.4 yards of it now listed on ebay!*

O.K. when we went to the Merrickville Antique Show yesterday we were very disappointed as there weren't very many sellers there. The weather wasn't really co-operating either and I was afraid we had driven an hour for nothing. And then I spotted it.

Vintage canvas fabric with roses. On a pink background.
To. Die. For.

And not just a little bit. A whole roll of it. Thick, heavy canvas. Hallelujah! My good luck is still holding out! This stuff is perfect for recovering outdoor furniture. Oh, the possibilities...

More great yard sale finds tomorrow...

Aug 24, 2007

House Sale Finds

Popped into a house sale the other day and found this lovely old leather box with original key. For only ten bucks! Bought it originally for my mother-in-law who LOVES boxes, but I think it wants to stay with me. (!)

This lovely old tray with roses was marked at $18.00 which I thought was way too expensive seeing it had a chip on it. I brought it to the proprietor (whom I know) and she hadn't seen the chip so she changed the price to five bucks. Never hurts to ask!

This old derelict cabinet was overlooked by many but I knew it could be beautiful again. All I did was add some old wallpaper and some pom-pom trim. How cute in a bathroom, huh?


And after!

I'm off to an antique show tomorrow in Merrickville - hope to find some more treasures there!

Aug 22, 2007

Spring Cleaning in August

Barb came over today and we tackled (insert scary music here) THE BASEMENT. Our basement includes a rec room for the kids, my craft room, a bedroom and hubby's workroom. I swear he and I cleaned the basement, I mean, really cleaned it, about 6 months ago. Well, somehow a tornado whooshed through there since that time and it was a disaster I have been avoiding like the plague. I mean there was stuff EVERYWHERE.

When Jack had a science fair project due back in April hubby and him went into my precious craft room and sullied it with all of their ugly, nasty tools. Since then, the spiders had set up condos in every nook and cranny and dust tumbleweeds were billowing across the floor.

It was time. Time to reclaim my domain!

And so I did. I'm lovin' it so much I might stick a cot in there! It took us 3 hours but we cleaned the whole basement, well except for hubby's work room which is still a disaster - and now even more so now that we dragged everything in there. (!)

I relocated all of my precious "junk" into my craft room and now just have to figure out what to do with it. :) For now it makes me happy just to look at it.

Aug 21, 2007

The One(s) That Got Away

When it comes to antiquing, or even yard saling, he who hesitates is lost. Did you ever see something that you loved, but didn't end up buying it - only to kick yourself later? It's happened to me many times...

Two years ago I remember seeing a very unique find that I didn't act upon - which now I regret. It was a roll of linoleum. (a roll of linoleum of you say?) Yes! It was as old as the hills and looked like an old floral rug. No word of a lie. With the best faded pink and blue roses on it. Linoleum that looked like a rug. Would've been perfect for my craft room. Ugh.

Hubby and I also learned a while back that if you love something and it's a good price, snap it up! While antiquing at our favorite outdoor antique show in Odessa, we happened upon an old french bistro set - it was fabulous. We hesitated and told the seller we'd walk around for a few minutes and discuss it. We were no more than 500 feet away when I realized buying the set was a no-brainer, we hurried back only to realize she had just then sold it. We missed it by 60 seconds! But we hadn't told her for sure and she wasn't holding it for us.

Lesson learned!

Aug 20, 2007

Soon the Yard Sales will be Over....

...and then what will I do?

This is a vintage bag I found during Saturday's yard sale. It reminds me of Paris. :) It's a sturdy bag - it has that old rubbery feel to the outside. And oh, the colors - yummy pink and gold - I spotted it from a mile away!

Here is the old ledger I picked up at the same sale for $3.00. (the wife's price!) It is huge - I don't think the picture portrays that fully. Also, I picked up some old German buttons at a flea market on Sunday. The owner had painstakingly displayed them on a cork board - all lined up in order. As soon as I came home with them they ended up in a pile on top of this book. Happy as clams!

Aug 18, 2007

Be Still my Shabby Heart

I know most people would look at this old piece of ceiling tin and think "WHY would you buy that?" ... Cuz I think it's fabulous!

Went yard saling this morning (after a rather late night) but so glad I did! The sale that I picked this up at was full of antiques. The husband and wife got into a fight while I was there as she was selling stuff really cheap and he caught wind of it. (I thought it was hilarious) His prices were a bit inflated so I was lucky to purchase a huge, old ledger book from her for a mere $3.00. I'm sure he would've charged upwards of $20.00 or more.

For the tin, I had to deal with him unfortunately. But his price was fair I guess. I love this piece because of the fleur de lys and the pearl-like detail which is swagged in between. You just don't see stuff like this anymore. I had hubby cut it into three pieces for me so they'll end up on ebay. I know there must be some shabby enthusiasts who will love it as much as I do!

Aug 17, 2007

Junk for Joy!

Oh my, here I go again with another obsession - JUNK! Well, truth be told, I have always had an obsession for junk, I just didn't know what to do with it. Still don't really but there are others who use it in "mixed media" and "altered art". I admire these people because not only can they see the beauty in the ordinary they can transform it into something truly unique. And it keeps these old items out of landfill sites. Just check out this seller I found on - Opulent Oddities. I am in love with her stuff. She creates one-of-a-kind jewelry out of vintage found objects.

I am not talented in that sort of way so I just assemble junk into my own little "still life's". It makes me happy. And it drives hubby crazy.

As they say, "One man's trash is another man's treasure"! :)

Aug 15, 2007

MORE vintage finds!

I have had the best luck in finding bargains lately! Not just bargains, but interesting vintage finds - like this old thick glass TELEPHONE sign. I believe it is British as the second 'e' is underlined. Found it today when I was in V.V. and it does appear to be an original, not a reproduction. Up for sale on ebay! :)

I walked out of V.V. with quite a few things actually - including a fabulous vintage queen bed sheet, which is covered in the best pale pink roses, an old lace curtain with fringe, a cute little Easter vase and this sign. Funny how things go - I saw my sister-in-law on the way in and she said "Oh, there's nothing in there today..." Boy was she wrong! Truth be told I had great timing as I found the telephone sign and vase as they were just coming out on the floor. I should always be so lucky!

I have started making my old vintage hooks again. This one is my all-time favorite as the door plate is the shabbiest cream color. I think I'll keep it! ;) They're great for hanging up aprons, bathrobes, purses, dish towels - you name it. I have a stock-pile of these old glass knobs but sometimes the plates are hard to find - or too dear in price. I did get some at that huge barn flea market on Sunday but I have to paint them up as they are just plain brass. Blecchh! Give me silver any day ...

Aug 14, 2007

Retro Lamps & Good Manners!

These retro lamps have so much personality, don't they? I picked them up at this huge barn flea market - the place was filled to the rafters, literally. They don't fit in with my style so I bought them to sell on ebay. As far as condition goes, they're minty mint mint - just the way I like 'em!

Yesterday the kids and I ventured states-side as Jack had money in his wallet and needed to get it out of there! Can I just say that I am not a good shopper? Shopping tires me out completely. The kids were great though and even let me have my time in a place called "Memory Lane" - a huge antiques store with many different sellers right in the mall. Best part of the day came when we were leaving the Dollar Store (Jack had already paid for his own items and was now walking to the truck) and the cashier said quietly to me "I just want to tell you that your son is very polite. I don't tell that to too many parents because you just don't see it anymore." My heart swelled and I thanked her for saying so. I have always said that my most important job is trying to raise well-rounded, respectful children so that comment sure made my day. He's polite even when I'm not there to remind him - woo-hoo!

Aug 13, 2007

Vintage Inspiration

Vintage Inspiration
Originally uploaded bythejoyof
Finally got around to making a mosaic on Flickr - what fun!

Aug 12, 2007

Saturday's Yard Sale Finds

I have a penchant for old suitcases - perhaps it's because I love travelling so much? Who knows, but I simply could not pass up these vintage beauties. Alligator or crocodile I believe - I love the warm brown color.

I grabbed this silver box, which was very tarnished, and asked the price. "One dollar." the crusty man said. "Sold!" I replied. I could not love it more!

I also got this lovely carpet from the 1930's for a whole five bucks.

I hadn't been yard saling in a while so I was pleased with my finds. My sister Melody, who joined me, was looking for a tent. We didn't think we'd find one but at the second-to-last stop, there it was - all set up even! A perfect end to a perfect morning. :)

Aug 10, 2007

It's the Little Things...

...that make me happy.

Ellie and I went to Value Village yesterday - or "V.V." as we now like to call it. (sounds so much more chic, doesn't it?) I found this adorable pen and note holder for my desk - DIAL ME baby! And the price was right. A whole 99¢. Makes me want to clean up my desk so it would look cute like
Miss Fifi's desk. Ca c'est beau!

Found this there too:

Well be still my beating heart! A vintage rhinestone pin with *gulp* accented pink heart and arrow! I nearly fainted. Going to list this baby too. :)

p.s. Think my of fear of snakes is irrational? Well, my darlings, check *THIS* out!

Aug 9, 2007

More Toronto Pics

This artwork is haunting. It was displayed at that restaurant we went to "The Academy of Spherical Arts". If art is to move you - than this did the job nicely.

I had to laugh when we walked by this lawyer's office. Their motto should be "Don't let the name fool you..."

My son Jack was wowed by these two buildings. What 12 year old boy wouldn't be? :)

And finally, a little country in the middle of the city. It just goes to prove you'll never know what you'll find! Wouldn't you just love to peek inside?

We had dinner al fresco last Sunday evening...

We had to move the set onto the grass, in the shade, as the sun was just too strong! I am loving this warm weather and sometimes wish we lived in a place more condusive to this all year long. I swear this morning when I went to water my flowers I could smell Fall in the air - oh noooooo! Oh yeah, I added the 'blingy' trim to
ebay yesterday - it's been while since I've sold on there and I do kind of miss it. Well, I guess I miss the extra pocket cash, really. ;)

Aug 7, 2007

Shameless Self-Promotion

There's nothing like FREE advertising! Did some work yesterday on the computer and found some sites that feature new products for absolutely no cost. Well, I'm all over that! Woke up this morning to see that The New Pink was kind enough to feature me!

In other news, I was blessed to have come upon some absolutely fabulous antique trims. These are exquisite, featuring sequins and glass beads. They're total bling -my sister and I love them so much that we could bathe in them! These will be sold on ebay as soon as I can do them justice in pictures. (or, as soon as I can bring myself to part with them!)

See my Flickr sidebar for more pics!

Aug 6, 2007

Sucker Punched

Friday evening we had plans to go out for dinner with my sister-in-law and her husband. I decided to get a little dressed up for the ocassion and put on a new dress and heels just for fun. While I waited for hubby (I always have to wait for him) I decided to water my window boxes. Up I hopped onto the rocks, barely balancing myself in my oh-so-cute leopard-print strapless heels, propping up my arm to begin the watering when !POOF! a *FROG* JUMPS OUT of the window box and comes FLYING AT MY FACE and believe it or not HITS ME IN THE CHIN... then, FALLS ONTO MY CHEST (and here is the part where I tell you this dress is a low v-neck design) and before it had the chance to fall down my dress, I managed to throw the watering can down, regain my balance and WHOOSH it off me like it was on fire. A few nasty expletives completed the experience as I ran inside to inform my husband I was just sucker punched by a frog in our front yard. And worse off, it almost got to second base with me.

I can't make this stuff up!

Aug 2, 2007

Am I Insane?...

Well, that's depends on who's asking...

Yesterday I cleaned with my cleaning lady. Years back she used to help me about 2 times a month but had to 'retire' to work exclusively for an older couple who needed her every day. I've lamented many times about the loss of Barb because she is one great lady. Not just a cleaning lady, but a friend. When she comes over to clean, we start with a coffee together and then get down to business. No-one even comes close to her diligence so I just gave up and tried to do it on my own. Hah! Out of the blue she called me last week to say that she was free - FREE! And would I need her again? WOULD I NEED HER AGAIN? Umm, the same answer applies to "Are my floors dirty?" Yes, oh my heavens, yes!

She tackled cleaning the windows - first with soap and water, followed by Windex, and I took off the curtains to wash them. O.K. I cannot believe I am actually going to admit this, but I had never washed them. (wait, I have too much pride to tell you just how long it had been) When I put them in the bath tub I nearly fainted when the water hit them. THE WATER WAS BLACK. Who KNEW curtains could get that dirty from a non-smoking home? Was Wilbur perhaps taking them down while we were out and using them to dry his paws? I don't know, but I had to wash them 3 times to get 'em clean. And then I hung them on the clothesline to dry in the warm, hot, fabulous 'sun-shiny' sun. Move over Prozac, 'cuz you cannot get close to the feeling this gives me inside. CLEAN CURTAINS. IN FRONT OF CLEAN WINDOWS. Does it get any better than this? I think not.

I also dragged the HUGE (artificial) tree in the corner outside as it was full of dust. I took the hose to it which was very satisfying. Maneuvering that thing was not easy to say the least. And it's heavy. But I succeeded.

Now here is the part where I tell you that I have been suffering from a sore neck and shoulder for, oh, I don't know - 3 months now. I finally broke down and went to the chiropractor who fixed me up after approx. 6 sessions. Turns out both my beck and spine were out of alignment. I have just started feeling more like myself and was happy to complete 4 hours of solid cleaning with Barb. So much so, that after she left, I decided to keep going. And start moving furniture around. More precisely, a couch down these stairs.↓

Well, more of a loveseat, really. And truth be told, Jack helped me. (as much as a disinterested 12 year boy can help) The couch had been upstairs in the loft but I decided it might look better in the kitchen. The kitchen orginally had four club chairs, but I, being the Gemini that I am, decided I was bored with that configuration. So the couch came down - and the 2 chairs went up. That was fun ... in a pull-your-brains-out-through-your-nose sort of way.

...Oh yeah, my new chiropractor appointment is Friday at 1:30 p.m....