Friday, April 18, 2014

Visiting at Shop Talk Today

guest post, antique booth space, Coastal Charm, Riverfront Antique MallI am visiting at Coastal Charm today.  Linda invited me to drag my two booths over for Shop Talk.  I was delighted!  I love her idea of featuring shop spaces.  The posts have inspired me so much with creative solutions for merchandising.




I have The Green Door (Booth B-6) and Plus Encore (even more) (Booth B-5) at Riverfront Antique Mall in North Augusta, South Carolina.

Go over and visit.


Thanks so much for inviting me, Linda!



Wishing all of you a glorious Good Friday!

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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, April 17, 2014

Books And Roses


old books, decor with faux flowers
 Sometimes a book needs a little help to find a new owner.

Sometimes a pretty ribbon and a rose bud will provide that help.

Sometimes I have fifteen minutes to create something simple.




Not really roses.

Not really real.

Not really clean.

But a free basket of flowers is a free basket of flowers and nothing more.

I took the bud-like ones and beat them outside - all clean - now.



I had this incomplete set of books found at the AAUW Book Fair - read here. .

I loved the tattered covers and the small size.

They deserved a little beautification.








A roll of French seam binding for the ribbon.

Once I was tired of buying it a few yards at a time.

So I bought 144 rolls of the stuff in assorted colors.

I will never run out again.

It is NOT French - it is to bind french seams on high quality clothing.

Used before surge sewing machines.

I purchased it from a guy who said there are warehouses of it in New York City just sitting around waiting for someone to pick it up.

I think he may have done that.

I asked him no questions.

He told me no lies.




Tore off the horrid leaves and cut the stems short.













Curled the stems around a pencil.

Then tied the "rose" bud on with the "French" seam binding.











Tagged them with prices and used them in a display of linens at the booth.

At least the books are real.

Books and "roses".





See y'all!



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Before I leave, I must tell you Linda at Coastal Charm has invited me to drag my junk over to Shop Talk this Friday.  If you have not visited Shop Talk, you are missing out on discovering interesting shops from all around. Linda features one each Friday.

You can plan your vacation trip to visit each and every one.









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

DISTRESSEDDONNA14

SHOP HERE! 








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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Digging For China

china, pottery, glass, vintage finds
Walked into the thrift store the other week and what did I see but a ton of odds and ends some dealer must have donated.

Soon I was digging for 
china ...

And glassware ...

And pottery.

Amber glass salts - etched on the bottom with a flower design.  Very Art Deco.






French transferware - a bit shabby.

One dessert plate with three cups.

Too precious to be left behind.

Plus who could resist a pink rooster?






A stack of five Czech Bohemian china dinner plates with a rose border.











Love the fluted gilt edge.


















Four pottery planters.

They look so good as a group.

My favorite is the small green cactus with the two senors.











Three pairs of tiny elephants.

Trunks raised for luck, of course!












Blue English rose ironstone soup bowl - quite old.

The vase is lovely and without any flaws.












Not marked Fire King or Pyrex, but resembles them.  

A small apple jar - maybe for jam?










A hand-painted Blue Ridge dessert plate signed on the back by the artist.

Look at the hobnail rim.








I have a love for mismatched saucers.

I think everyone needs mismatched saucers.

Below is just a sample of the many I purchased.

Think gallery wall.

Think a muffin gift plate.

Think flowerpot coaster.

Think you must have some mismatched saucers because I have way too many.








My only restraint was purchasing only those with floral designs in pinks and blues.


That included most of them.


<sigh>










Well, I went digging for china and came home with bags and bags full.

It took quite some time to clean it all.

Maybe I forgot to mention most pieces were covered in grime and sticky goo from price tags.







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Before I leave, I must tell you Linda at Coastal Charm has invited me to drag my junk over to Shop Talk this Friday.  If you have not visited Shop Talk, you are missing out on discovering interesting shops from all around. Linda features one each Friday.

You can plan your vacation trip to visit each and every one.

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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Blissful Whites Wednesday at Timewashed
Thrifty Life Thursday at Revisionary Life
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage 
Be Inspired #185 at Common Ground 



Shabbilicious Friday




 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Just A Bit Rusty

tin roof tiles. rusty tiles
I am a bit rusty on writing a blog post.  

I have been on spring break with my niece Olivia.

Yes, I had a few posts scheduled ahead of time.

On the theme of rust, here are some rusty roofing tiles I found while cleaning the shed to get it ready to be repaired.




One summer I managed to save four truckloads of roofing tiles from three houses being restored or demolished.

The majority of the tiles have long since been sold.

I know one customer used them to cover her laundry room walls.

Another used them to make a border around the top of her dining room.

Some were used in small projects.

Some were simply hung on the walls.

All were loved.

All were saved from the landfill.





One house had the tiles painted in silvery-gray.

The tiles are wonderfully aged with rusty patina.












One house had tiles painted in red.

The tiles were much larger than the others.











There are singles, doubles, triples, and quads in this bunch.









Once I made several birdhouses and roofed them with the green tiles.

Most of the tiles are now at Riverfront Antique Mall.

I admit to keeping a couple of them for old times sake.

A memory of carting home truckload after truckload of tin roofing tiles.

A memory of climbing into a dumpster to remove the tiles discarded.

A memory of box after box of tiles stacked in the shed.

Now just these few left.

I think I have shaken off my rustiness and will be around to read and catch up with all you have accomplished while I was busy celebrating with my niece her birthday, high school graduation, and last spring break before college.

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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