Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Review For The Adirondack Girl

Recently at a Swap & Tell Party, I swapped a jar of lace, buttons, and a Frozen Charlotte for a vintage English toffee tin from Diana (Adirondack Girl @ Heart ).

She had included in the swap three oversized tags.

 
One as you can see is a chalkboard.








I do love vintage tins, and this one is lovely.

A Punch and Judy street scene on the front.
















A bright yellow and red that reflects the traditional decor of a Punch and Judy puppet booth.











The label states Thorne's is the world's premier toffee.

















Another look at the pretty tags.

















And the tin goes perfectly with the toffee tin already on display on my mantel.












Diana's Etsy shop can be found here:  Adirondack Girl @ Heart 

Some of my current favorites in her shop are:



 Woolen Socks


























Diana has a wide variety of vintage items for sale - go and visit her today.

Remember Swap & Tell starts at 8PM Eastern each Tuesday night!

See y'all!






















Use this discount code to receive 10% off your purchase at the Distressed Donna Etsy store:

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Departing Baskets

basket makeovers with fabric and paint
After months of buying and giving baskets makeovers, it was time for a grand departure.

We could have had a parade.

Here are a few completed ones.

Some were decked out with distressed calico ruffles and fabric blossoms.

PRAIRIE STYLE !









Some received green plaid liners.















Some were stained a bit.

And some had tassels.












Some held vintage lace.

All had multiple coats of paint.


Both white and pink.

All are now at Riverfront Antique Mall.

Coming soon the basket babies.

They will be departing for the Etsy shop.








We have lost our heads in excitement - our niece Leia is coming to town.

She plans to strip the bath of grimy grout and reseal it.

The guest room is waiting!


See y'all!




I am hoping you are getting your projects ready for next week's opening of Make It Monday.

Come visit!






On Monday, September 8, I will be co-hosting the new Make It Monday link party with Tamara and Mitzi.

Tamara had this link party for quite awhile and then took a break. Read the Party Anouncement at Etcetorize!












Use this discount code to receive 10% off your purchase at the Distressed Donna Etsy store:

DISTRESSEDDONNA14

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Paint-By-Number Thrifting

paint by number art, vintage finds, thrift store
Look what greeted me last weekend when I entered the thrift store!

A box filled with paint-by-numbers.

Mostly clowns.

Rather well-done.

All initialed on the back and dated 1953.




Those of you who know me well are asking themselves why a clownophobic would buy a stack of clown paintings.

I don't have a clue.

I thought they would be great for a Halloween display at the booth.

They were rather appealing in a gruesome way.

NOTE: "Coulrophobic" is the correct term for someone with a fear of clowns.





Who can resist a face like this?

Very close to Emmett Kelly, the fearful clown of my 1950's youth.














I brought home both the small and large ones.

A few in-betweeners too.















A clown dancing with a baby elephant.














A juggling clown with a bear playing an accordion.

Folks this is the stuff of horror movies.

There is some D movie about clowns from outer space - the name escapes me.

Scared me into nightmares for weeks.









Now for the tame stuff.

Purchased solely for the frames.

I have to do a frame project or thirty to use the frames lying around.

Yes, I have said that several times.

Yes, I continue to buy deep frames.








A floral print from the forties.

My favorite Madonna and Child print.

Two small nature prints.










A grab bag of stuff revealed -

A BABY JESUS!!!

I always save Baby Jesus if he is thrown in some box.

They all come out at Christmas.


I never pass up bronze baby shoes.

The others will be put in display boxes.



A wire basket with a metal twig handle.

And just for Cheryl in Wisconsin -


A cheese box.













Look what is stamped on the bottom, Cheryl!














I am hoping you are getting your projects ready for next week's opening of Make It Monday.

Come visit!






On Monday, September 8, I will be co-hosting the new Make It Monday link party with Tamara and Mitzi.

Tamara had this link party for quite awhile and then took a break. Read the Party Anouncement at Etcetorize!





See y'all!









Use this discount code to receive 10% off your purchase at the Distressed Donna Etsy store:

DISTRESSEDDONNA14

SHOP HERE! 



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Green Wooden Wonder

Distressed Painting, primitive cabinet
I teased you a bit last week with a glimpse into the back of the pick-up.

Last Friday was a project day.

The driveway was filled with makeovers-to-be.

I was determined to get this cabinet completed.


It is heavy and I was not going to drag it around the house and then to the shop. 

Notice those wonderful green tree shutters!




I found the wooden wonder at Ridge Antiques and Dry Goods in Ridge Spring, SC.

It was sitting in Mary Anne's garden area.

It is an odd piece.

A storage cabinet.

Someone had labeled the compartments #1 through #8 in chalk.





You could use it like this and open from the top.

It would need legs.







I decided upright.

After sanding off the dirt and grime, I mixed up some homemade green chalk paint for the outside.











 





Some buttermilk-colored paint for the inside.

Used a dry brush technique.














Applied some Mission Oak stain all over to bring out the wood grain.

















I know some of you are wincing at the casters I put on it.

Usually I have these already distressed and aged, but I could only find three.

Three?  Weird.


Plus, I needed five.

It was 100 degrees.

I had been outside for six hours painting.

This cabinet was definitely going over to my booth.

So new casters it was.






Chucks was nice enough to attach the casters while I tagged stuff, and we loaded the truck.

We drove the twenty miles to the store with just enough time to roll in the cabinet, the shutters, the ladders (you saw those the other day), and some windows.

I threw everything in the booths and left.

Went back Saturday to make it all look nice and to take the photos I had forgotten.






The green wooden wonder looks nice in the cottage booth.





















Look at the saw marks on the wide planks.

















A very practical piece of furniture.

If I had space, I might have kept it.

Eight compartments to shove junk into?

A good thing!








The green shutters, the ladders, and the windows all fit somehow into the large booth.

This is the outside of the large booth.

Our booths are enclosed.

We are allowed two feet of space on the aisle - see the white dot?

We are not allowed past that mark.

I call it my front porch.

Come visit!






On Monday, September 8, I will be co-hosting the new Make It Monday link party with Tamara and Mitzi.

Tamara had this link party for quite awhile and then took a break. Read the Party Anouncement at Etcetorize!


See y'all!










Use this discount code to receive 10% off your purchase at the Distressed Donna Etsy store:

DISTRESSEDDONNA14

SHOP HERE! 



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