Monday, February 11, 2013
More or Less Vintage
I know I chose the word LESS for 2013, but I have come to the conclusion there has to be a gray area between MORE and LESS for me to succeed. Last week I collected LESS than a truckload. (Look here.)
This week I collected MORE than a half, but LESS than a full truckload. I think I am still within my preset limits, but barely!
I never pass up our state's flag - the graphics are amazing. This one was in very fine shape.
Look what Sam the mail carrier dragged to the front door. Yes, I bought them online. I just like to think that Sam would bring me something! On eBay I won a box of over 100 wooden spools. I use these for lace and torn ribbons at the store and just to sit about in baskets. I quickly picked out these four as favorites because of shape and size.
I have been having trouble finding millinery flowers both paper and cloth lately. I do not care if they are new or vintage. I use them on gift boxes, baskets, and cards. Hobby Lobby has stopped selling the cloth ones (usually found in bridal).
I found these great paper ones at Fort and Field. They are also a good place if you need big spools of baker's twine. Shop here!
I have now sealed these up in a zip bag with some paper infused with a scent oil. I want a delicate scent, not overpowering.
The next three items you are familiar with if you saw my Hey Girl post with Chucks as my model! Read for a laugh here!
First the great tray - silverplate (mostly polished off). Very heavy - will probably give it a wash of paint and then wax it to make the wonderful details pop.
31 salt and pepper shakers. Chucks asked for a pair, but I refused. These aren't for salt and pepper, silly wabbit, er, husband.
They are for ... well, you'll see.
Chucks was wearing this queen spread. I cannot tell if someone made this or not. I just loved the pink elephants plodding along and the tiny print on the opposite side. It is quilted with a thin batting.
This would be MORE - there are 20 of them. And what is "them"? (are?) I was told they were candle pans to hook into the window sill. They do not do this with my windows so maybe they hang somewhere else. Notice that the bottom piece is angled at a 135 degree angle (I think - I am lousy at math.) I plan to bend them if possible to a 90 degree angle. And then I will ... you can come back later to see.
A neat key cabinet suitably rusted. Look - there are three keys with the key ID tags still attached. One is labeled "red toolbox" and the other "hazardous waste".
Oh, I better make sure to clean this one carefully.
Imagine my horror when checking out, the clerk said, "Oh, there are more of those pesky keys. I thought I had thrown them all away."
What!?! When!?! Where!?! Too late the dumpster had been dumped.
He threw away the keys!?! To a key cabinet!?!
I bought this 45 rpm record case from a friend. It is green cardboard, and yes, I do have 45's to store in it. If you do not know what 45's are that is because they are so last century! (I have got to stop saying that.)
Those are not 45's in there, but a handful of shutter slats for another upcoming project.
I never pass up attache' cases like this one with the section of file folders and the neatly sewn details. It makes me believe in 007 again! I always hope to find a poison pen or a special getaway rope in one.
These two topiary forms caused quite a stir at an estate sale. I asked if they allowed access to the backyard and was given permission, but was warned everything had been taken to the garage. Well, not EVERYTHING - I found these two laying on the ground beside the garden shed. Some one had bought the urns, but left the 4' forms. I have to clean away the dirt, but I am thinking I will leave the old vines on the forms.
When I emerged from the back with these two, there was an immediate scramble for the backyard.
I love to use these handles on toolboxes. I found a bag full with the screws. They are the very heavy forged ones.
Some lucky toolboxes will be sporting these soon.
I ran out of Reader's Digest books for paper projects so I went to the cheapest place around to buy a stack of them. I have specific requirements for books to be destroyed:
1. There are a ton of them out there.
2. No one seems to want them.
3. The pages are heavy and will take paint.
4. The covers can be used for projects.
5. They are in horrible shape.
You can see I also found two extra books to use as cutters.
I grabbed this book because of the title. When I got home, I was so disappointed that the title was not The Minister and The Sinner but The Minister and the Choir Singer.
Oh, well, still pretty funny.
I need to remember to take off my glasses when reading.
A stack of stained pillowcases, a blue and white striped linen towel (that was used in one of those pull the towel down machines), and a Baby Ben alarm clock.. The clock was to be a surprise for my mother who collects them, but I may keep it for myself. Then maybe I will give it to her. Just maybe.
Yes, I will admit this pile of treasures cannot be perceived as LESS.
A stack of fabric, a bag of small stamps, and an envelope of transfer patterns.
I bring you the clock. Love the ironwork, love the dial. Do not love that someone cut the cord and added a battery clock to the back, but I may just take the face for a project and use the scroll-y iron for something.
I found this while Chucks was getting a haircut across the street. I thought I could sneak it in the back of the truck without him seeing it. Alas, the doors were locked and I had to drag this thing across the salon to retrieve the keys from Chucks who said, "I knew she couldn't just go look!" He never even saw the atlas!
Okay, I need to find a proper definition of what LESS is. Can you actually quantify when treasures abound? Can I change my 2013 resolution word to MORE or LESS? Is that cheating? Gosh, it is already February, folks. I think I have been pretty conservative with the shopping so far. Cut me some slack.
You will love the projects.
I know you will.