Jacq, I hadn't noticed when I did this last photo yesterday but I think it has significance, no?...
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!
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 was...men! 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...
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...
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?
I'm off to an antique show tomorrow in Merrickville - hope to find some more treasures there!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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"! :)
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 ...
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!
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. :)
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:
p.s. Think my of fear of snakes is irrational? Well, my darlings, check *THIS* out!
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. ;)
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!
I can't make this stuff up!
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....