Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Heavy Linens



Bed sets, linens, thrifting
I have been heavy on linens here lately.

Both buying and purging my own extensive collection.

Sometimes I do buy modern linens.



IF they have a vintage vibe.

OR a great price I can pass on to my customers.

Which was the case recently.







At an estate sale I found stacks and stacks of custom Waverly bedding and drapery sets.

I only had to pay the dry cleaning fee.

What a great deal.

There were comforters, duvets, shams, pillow cases, valances, pillows, and bed scarves.








Bed scarves?!?!

What the heck is a bed scarf?

It is a half comforter folded across the bottom of the bed.

 
It is either just decorative or a great way to keep your tootsies warm.





At another sale there was a box of lace panels.

Slightly brown with age even after being soaked.

But I loved them.





I tied them into sweet lace bundles of joy with torn cotton ribbon.












Blue and yellow striped India cotton spread.

Soft and blue baby blanket.

PB quilt with shams.

Not vintage, but look vintage.







There was a huge box with this peeking from it.

A dark brown - almost black - and tan cotton toile thing.

I pulled and I pulled as I was huffing and puffing.




UNTIL I unleashed a king PB quilt with two ginormous shams.





Luckily it was washable.

So all of it went into the washer.

Can you imagine how heavy it was when wet!?!

I yelled for Chucks.

We pulled and we pulled as we were huffing and puffing.


UNTIL the whole thing came out of the washer.

I cannot even remember how long it took the dry it.

It does look great tied up with its ribbon.


Also found two wrought iron old lamps - both rusty and crusty.

The shades were cheap ones with no ribs so they were tossed.

Not sure what I will do with these two.


Thinking of stripping the wiring and making them candle holders.

Deciding between a creamy white or a turquoise.

Maybe black.

Need to decide.

Need to have them out of the living room.






This toile rooster was so crazy I bought him.

Along with four decorative shelves in need of gloopy paint.

Yes, you do spy dirty caulk guns.

I have a collection of eight.

Have an idea.

They are on a very, very long project list.

I am going to leave you hanging as to what I will complete next.

I am going swimming.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dreamy In Pink


Makeover, silverplate tray, distressed painting
Let me preface this post with the admission that there is nothing in my house pink except the downstairs bath - 1950's green and pink.



But I seem to becoming a "pink person" in my older years.

It could be I realize with my white hair, pink is the color for me.

Well, maybe not go that far, but I do love having my cottage-y booth filled with pink.

So in conclusion I may dream of pink, but live with rustic colors.







I shared my utter delight at discovering a long-lost can of Sweet Pea Pink under a cabinet.

(See my pink and green market bag here.) 

This is the second in a series of pink posts.

No before pic.

Just imagine a silverplate bowl both tarnished and beat up.

Now take a gander at it.







Of course I distressed it and displayed it with old crochet and baubles of silver and pearl.

It needed something more.









I took a heavier grit sanding block to it.

Still too plain.














Mulled over the choices of stenciling, decoupaging, or stamping.





Went with stamping a branch of birds with the phrase - "Follow Your Dreams".

It seems complete now.






Keep or sell?

Sell won.

Find it at Riverfront Antique Mall in North Augusta, SC.

Booth B-5.

The one where pinks explode into the aisle!

Sweet dreams.




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Monday, July 28, 2014

It's Super Sonic Shopping!


thrift shoppiong, vintage finds, Riverfront Antique MallIt was a super sonic shopping day!

It was electrifying!

It was truly thrift-a-fying!

It was the Super Bowl of Turn Arounds!





I managed to shop, clean, tag, and arrange a half truckload of fab finds.

All in the course of four hours!

This great gray trunk - plenty of patina.

Did not need a thing.






Four perfectly pink cabinet doors.

Look at the detail.














Plenty of patina.

Did not need a thing.


















Wicked white shelf.

Cute, cute, cute!

Did not need a thing.
















Two rusty, crusty buckets.

Blue, bluer -
















Bluest!

What kind of case?
















Vintage pet carrier.

Did not need a thing.

(In fact, did not appear to have been used.)











A black tin suitcase.

Plenty of patina.

Did not need a thing.















I had to show the label on the tin suitcase.

I have to admit I hid this in my empty closet.

So I should not have included this in my gigantic boast about how I can buy and not keep.

So sad. 

So sorry.

So not giving in on this one.




Cute little bench.

Perfect as it is.

Did not need a thing.


All are now at Riverfront Antique Mall in North Augusta, SC.




All are awaiting their forever homes.

All except the tin suitcase hidden deep in the closet.



After our cat Molly died back in June, her little kitty friend from down the street continued to come over each afternoon.

She and Molly used to take naps together in the sun.


I had become alarmed at her weight loss and asked the neighbor if she was sick.

She said she could not get her to eat.

Chucks said, "Do not feed that cat!"

"Donna, do not feed that cat!"

"You better not be feeding that cat!"

When I returned home from the Super Sonic Shopping Trip earlier than he thought I would, guess who was not only feeding the cat, but also playing with her.

Miss Peepers now comes for dinner and sometimes breakfast.

Chucks gets up early to make sure she is fed.


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

To Market, To Market



pink and green market bag. straw tote
To market, to market to buy a fat pig 

-with a cute little market bag in pink and green.











As I was purging my junk one day, I spied several runaway cans of spray paint under the cabinet.

At first I thought I was dreaming.

BUT, NO!


There was a can of Sweet Pea Pink.

I ran around and gathered three baskets, the market bag, and a silverplate tray.





I was so excited about the Sweet Pea Pink paint, I forgot to take before pics.

This was just a generic straw bag with a bright green cloth liner.

After painting it pink, I found this cute fabric scrap.







Wonky colors in the next two photos - have no idea why.

I glued a border of the fabric around the bag and put a button on it.









I decided after the fact that I liked the reverse side of the fabric more than the front.  I glued a tag to the right side so the wrong side showed on the backside of the tag.

Got that?









Front of the tag tied to a giant tassel of the fabric torn into strips.


You knew I would tear something up!










A few fake daisies later and here is my new market bag.














And off to the market I go.

But not to buy a fat pig.

I'll stick to tomatoes.








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