Sunday, August 2, 2015

Quickies


quick makeovers, vintage finds, chick feeders, old drawers
I managed to squeeze in four quickies this week between straightening and restocking the booths, buying junk, and painting furniture.








First a kitchen cabinet drawer.

Painted white and distressed with a hand sander.

Bought several packs of pretty paper napkins to use in projects.











Separate the top layer and Mod Podge it.














I wanted a slightly Asian design.



















Stamped "birds and nests" across the bottom.

















Done!




















A small bench - just needed paint.
















Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Serene. 

Light sanding.

Waxing.



Done!










I have had these chick feeders in my window sills for the wrens to build nests.

Swiped some white paint across the fronts.






Stamped some chicks and "No. 1".
















A couple of light sprays of satin varnish. 

Done!
















Azalee was not happy with these sewing drawers taking up space on HER sofa.













Both were distressed white when I bought them.

Both were useful to hold mail.

Both are going to the booth.










But first I had to slap some paint on the insides of the two.

I have a bunch of projects to finish this coming week.



And yes, I went junkin' this weekend.

Just a tad.

More quickies next week.

NOTE:  Kim of Snug Harbor Bay had such a tremendous response about the blog name bracelet she gifted me, she has decided to offer customized bracelets. See her blog post here for descriptions of the bracelets she offers.  A great gift for yourself or a blog friend.  Also she will customize a bracelet for a special occasion.

Check out the listings from her SnugHarborBay Etsy shop.

Here:
Blogger Bracelets 
Customize Me Cuff Bracelets 

 



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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Gifts From Horror Monster

Horror Monster, organizing clutter, craft stash
Soon Horror Monster will need a new name.

This is a small portion of the items moved out this past week.

Does not include the truckload I sent to the thrift shop.

 
Three large wire golf ball baskets.

Except for the few we use around the house, these are the last of the 150 baskets I bought when a local golf range closed.

They were great sellers in the booth, and I wish I could find some more.

Unfortunately, driving ranges are using plastic baskets now.




At one time I created gift baskets.

I donated several large garbage bags of excelsior, Easter grass, and ribbon.

The paper twist I decided to sell in the booth which led to customers wanting to know how to use it which led to demonstrations.

I probably should have just donated it! 









This project grew from discovering a box of pint canning jars, a huge canister of buttons, and a bag of wooden spools. 

Put them all together with a purple torn cotton ribbon ...







And a nifty little stamped tag.

Voila!
















I found a box of china and ceramic items from an auction in 2005.

I remember buying them.




This particular auction I loved attending because the auctioneer was FAST!

Every Friday night for several years.

Robert would hold up an item and start the bidding at $50 and then say $1.

He did that auction talk for about thirty seconds before putting the item over on a table.




You had to bid as FAST as he was auctioning.

Once the table was filled, he started bidding on the table - starting at $1.

You had to buy the entire mess of items, box them yourself and get them out of the building as FAST as you could.






I had lost out on some small wooden benches.

I was not FAST enough to get my bid in.

So I had to buy the entire table to get the benches.

 
Luckily most of the items sold.

But I never even attempted to sell these.

Do not even know why I kept them.

Back then you could not give an owl away.

I sorted through the box, donated some and have these to sell.

I miss Robert and his FAST auction style.

Back into the depths of Horror Monster.



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Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Finds

thrift shopping, junkin', vintage finds, vintage crochet
Yes, I am back to my old junkin' ways - sorta.

The loads are small and most go directly to my hidey hole space in the back of my booth.

Never entering the house.

I am hauling out far more than I am bringing in.

First up this green 45 RPM record box with records.

Haven't checked out the selection of tunes yet.






A clutch of test tubes.

Yes, project involved, but I promise it is a quick one! 













Low on architectural items - found these muntins (window dividers)

A gray metal data file box with a leather handle - quite spy-like.

A brown leather suitcase.

A wood office letter box.

A small bucket.

An ironstone plate.







This poor lady is losing her veneer - will repair and paint her.











A stack of old new stock of shutters.

Wooden shutters are getting harder and harder to find at reasonable prices.

These have never been used.

I did clean some of the dirt off.

Left some for eye-appeal.







Only five volumes of the New Masters Pictorial Encyclopedia, but who could resist those covers!

Great line drawings inside.












A basket filled with -

A wire soap dish.

A boy and his dog cookie cutters.

An Audubon Field Guide For Birds.

A book for veterans.

Worlds to Explore - a Girl Scout Manual.










Checking out, the manager asked if I saw the box of crochet stuff.

Thinking she meant afghans, I was not really thrilled but looked anyway.

Oh, my word!

It was a box of vintage baby clothes intricately crocheted and never used.

No stains or foxing (brown spots).

This set a bonnet, coat, and booties - the edges have tatted silk lace. 




 So sweet!

















This set a coat and booties.














 A small dress.




















With tiny white buttons on the other side.

I displayed it with the buttons on the front.

Most likely meant for the back - you wouldn't want tiny buttons where a baby might pick one for a snack.




 

Two white, pink and blue bonnets.













 
The last set was crocheted from pink silky thread.

There was a dress.












With tiny pink buttons.

















And the matching coat and bonnet.

It took awhile to go through the box - everything was jumbled together.

I hope I was able to match all of the sets. 

I did leave others behind.

I promise.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Precious Gift

If you read my post yesterday, you know I am participating in the Thrift It, Gift It, Facelift It challenge.




My box of goodies was sent by Kim of  Snug Harbor Bay.

Tucked deep inside was this tiny box stamped with a nest image.







And nestled in this box was a silver bracelet made by Kim.

Stamped Distressed Donna Down Home.

I fell in love with it immediately.






It fits perfectly!

The bracelet has been on my wrist for the past several days.

Kim, this is such a precious gift.

I will treasure it.




See Kim's selection of cuff bracelets in her Snug Harbor Bay Etsy Shop.



 

See y'all!







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