Saturday, November 22, 2014

So Blue, So Primitive

primitive blue bench
So blue and so primitive.

A large bench.

It just needed a tiny bit of loving.

Here it is after a good scrubbing and a light sanding.

You both have met before.  See here!

The underbelly wasn't painted so I left it that way.

This is the before shot.

And this is the after shot.

I applied MinWax Poly in Mission Oak.

Spread it on with a foam brush, then wipe off.

The before shot of the top.

The after shot.

The color is much richer.

The bench - so blue, so primitive.

Remember the surprise guest coming to my blog on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Someone who has been missed in Bloglandia while she lives the life of ease completely tearing apart a house and putting it back together.

More hints tomorrow.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Finds

thrifted finds, vintage
Again this week - only smalls!

I have been searching for both items to sell in the new booth and for items to use for decoration.

These sheets of rusty tin were originally my idea for a sign, but then I thought of something else for them.

We'll see.

Quite the juxtaposition, isn't it?

A picnic basket and a pair of ice skates.

Very small skates with double blades for beginners.

I found an adult pair also - neither vintage, but they did not have to be for my project.

A beaded bird clip.

Two pairs vintage wool booties with satin ribbon ties.

A handmade pinafore - you must pin it on the child's clothes.

A stack of ruined linens saved by a wonderful thrift store employee who thought of me and hid them.

A huge "THANK YOU!"

Quite the pair of tipsy lamps.

Both rather tall.

The shades were dumped into the trash.

I despise those new light bulbs.

I think the brass one was originally an oil lamp.  The harp is wired on.

The white one is so mid-century modern.

Remember the two red suitcases from last week?

So did a volunteer at another thrift who remembered I bought them and saved this train case that matches.

Pinned right inside - the key!

A stack of slacks hangers for the new booth - I use them for anything from linens to posters.

Two vanity trays.

I am hoping under the Victorian gift wrap paper there might be a vintage print.

Fingers are crossed!

An entire trash bag filled with sheers.

I will hang these in the booth.

A wooden box filled with vintage Christmas ornaments, a roll of masking paper, vintage chicks, and a trophy bowl.

The trophy was awarded in 1976 for 
Third Overall 

I am sure there is a story there.

I dearly love old stockings.

These two are not really old, but they look old.

I think that counts.

Though I would rather be really old, but not look old!

I have a surprise guest coming next week with not one, but two posts - Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Make It Monday #11

Welcome to another
Make It Monday

Distressed Donna Down Home, link party
We want to see your creative projects, delicious recipes, furniture transformations, and thrifty finds.

Meet my co-host Tamara from Etcetorize

Milena at My Places crocheted this beautiful lilac baby set. It is so lovely I would save it as a family treasure.

linked her fall dining room.  I love her cupboards.

Madonna (Ms. Lemon) at Make Mine Lemon  shared her recipe for Devils On Horseback. Anything that combines dates, cheese and bacon is tops in my book.

 I will be posting the features on my Facebook page (HERE) and my Make It Monday Pinterest board (HERE).

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Silver And Gold

Bottle brush trees. gold metallic paint, Christmas trees
It is time for another bottle brush tree post.

I have an entire forest of tiny trees waiting to be completed.

Silver and gold - such traditional colors for Christmas.

I am still working on the huge box of trees I bought at the thrift store.

They are the stiff ones - some were probably expensive when new.

They do not bleach well or at all.

For this group I used a shiny metallic gold.

Wear a glove - you have to hold them as you spray paint.

I had a sterling silver bead necklace which had tarnished.

I strung the beads on silver beading wire.

Ten beads to a strand for these medium-sized trees.

Of course I did not count the beads to see if there were enough!

So the last tree has both silver and pearl beads.

You know, there is always one in every bunch that has to be different.

Now as you were reading this post, were you singing the Silver and Gold song?

Well, here's Burl Ives as Sam the Snowman singing.

Silver and Gold

by Z1DO4U

Sam the Snowman (Burl Ives) sings "Silver and Gold" from the Stop Motion Animated Christmas Classic Movie, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. A Rankin/Bass Production (1964)

Remember to return tonight (Sunday, 7PM Eastern) right here or over at Tamara's (Etcetorize) for Make It Monday.  It's beginning to look a whole lot like Christmas!  I picked the features from last week so they will be on my blog.

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