Friday, May 20, 2011

Thrift Share and Vintage Inspiration

I was just thinkin', it's Debra's Vintage Inspiration Friday over at Common Ground and I've got nothin'!

Oh, but I do!

I had taken pictures of my estate sale treasures from last weekend intending to get them in the Thrift Share Monday over at Apron Thrift Girl.  Ya, that didn't happen.  But wait!  Her party's still open so I'll link with her as well!

So, I do have something to share for today!

First off, this pair of vintage suitcases.

They match on the outside but the smaller one is kinda pinkish purple, love the double pockets on the top!

And the other is more gray.

I don't know, his and hers, or just a different dye lot for the fabric to fade differently?

The scuffs are cleaned up and they are displayed in my baby boys room for now.  Actually I should run around and take some pictures, the house is clean cause we're expecting company this afternoon.

I got a few odds and ends, here's a couple more interesting.  I think the holder thingy will come in handy if when I try soldering again.  And I love the color of this vintage travel journal.

This is the coolest thing I got.  I saw it in the sale listing but I wasn't able to go until half price Sunday.  Surprisingly it was still there, so I snapped it up first thing!

It's got a nice file size drawer and a little built in tray in the top drawer.

But the coolest feature is that the back is finished nicely so that you could face it into a room.

I tried and tried to work this into my living room when we got our new sofa and chairs delivered this week but I couldn't make it work.  It's alot bigger than it appears, 50" wide by 25" deep.

I thought about selling it on craigslist but I really do love it.  I'm just a sucker for french provincial!  It's in our bedroom for now.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Call Me a Paint Groupie

Or just call me a big nerd but I just got this email and I have to share it with you all because I just love Behr Paint!  They're having a rebate, $5 off a gallon.  
Hey, five bucks is five buck!

I will have them color match anyone else's color.  I haven't tried their new paint with primer yet, their regular paint has always worked just great!  Okay, fine I did use a primer with red, but red is difficult, it doesn't count!

Now all I have to do is figure out what I need to paint!
Below is just copied from my email so

click here for the link!

Also, I edited my last post to add something I forgot.....check the end of the post.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

White Wednesday One Hundred

I'm celebrating the 100th White Wednesday post with  
Kathleen of Faded Charm.

I got together with a few girlfriends the afternoon of the royal wedding to watch the goings on, to oh and ah or just laugh at the hats.  We wore hats and white gloves.  This is the party favor I brought.

 A little English Ivy in a vintage tea cup.

 I made a little tag from some lacy paper left over from a previous project.

Just for fun!

Quite the motley crew.....let's just say alcohol was involved and leave it at that.

Edited 5-19-11
I forgot to tell you all about the signs some kids were showing around my little girl's campus the day of the wedding.


Well ya, he is the cuter one and the bad boy!  Too funny!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

What do you call it White Wednesday

I popped over to Ebay to see what these were called, and sure enough, I guessed right.....
Cherub Compotes!

I'm such a sucker for these guys!


 I did a craft show a few weekends ago and meet Karin who had a booth near by, see her etsy store here.

She had moss lined compotes, something along the line of this.....

find this on ebay here
I tried to make something like this with a stuffed piece of velvet....
didn't turn out so good.
I might try the velvet again now that I've figured out what I'm doing.

This roll of moss is similar to what I used.  I got mine at Michael's but I couldn't find it online.

find this here

Such cute little faces.

Anyway, the trick is to start with a Styrofoam ball or floral foam.  Shave the ball down so that the bottom fits nicely into the shape of your compote and the top has a smooth dome shape.

Cut a circle from the sheet of moss an inch or so larger than your dome.  Use tacky glue and stick it on wrapping the edge down a half inch or so around the part that will go in the compote.

 I'd like to option to remove this from the compote without causing too much damage so I stuck it in with floral sticky clay.

I use my kitchen counter for way more crafting than my Mr. Wonderful would like. 
The tiny flowers are just pearl head pins with circle of book paper, cut with pinking shears, and glued around the pin head.
That little lace doily basket was made by saturating the doily in tacky glue then draping it over a loaf pan to dry.

Edited 5-13-11
Connie from She Dreams Big asked "What are you going to do with them all?"  Guess it was only obvious to me, ha!  I made them as jewelry display stands.  I brought a couple to the store, Che Bella, that carries some of my stuff.  I need more styrofoam if want to make some more.

I'm linking up with Kathleen at Faded Charm for her 99th White Wednesday.

 Check all the white goodness out and stay tuned for her

Friday, May 6, 2011

Vintage Inspiration Friday and a Random Thought

Just a quick picture of something I picked up the other day.  Something that just puts a smile on my face when I see it.

Seriously, who thought "Ah, yes, a pickle planter, that's what we need!"

I guess they had me in mind.  
I was hoping my cards would fit the other way but they look cute this way as well.

So, here's a random thought.....

I refer to all my junking finds as my treasures.  I thought because they are as good as gold to me.  But as I'm squirreling away my finds from this morning, I got the feeling that I was hiding them, like buried treasure!  

And how many times have I wished I'll made a map!  Ha!


Anyway, in the mean time, I'm joining Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Git'er Done or Close Enough

I want to share pictures with you all of my little clutter room.  Before we had this house built I studied as many floor plans for ideas that I could find.  This one old book from the library had floor plans with rooms set between the garage and the kitchen, almost a like a second kitchen, they called them "clutter rooms".  What a great concept!  Well, with space and money limits, something's gotta give and my clutter room is only half the size I wish it were.  This room has our utility sink, laundry, my desk, and pantry.  With so much going on, it ends up being my dumping ground.

I've started cleaning this room up many times but either gave up in frustration or got distracted by something sparkly, since the desk is where I make my jewelry!  Here's a before picture of my desk. 

No, this is NOT staged!  This would be my usual MO.
I'm lucky if I had 2 inches of desk to work on, ha!

So I recently got excited when Heather Bullard posted about her recently remodeled laundry room.  See where she added a pretty carpet in front of her machines and more about her lovely space here.

Now my room had been carpet free since I'd taken the piece of velco, that called itself a rug, out.  And this little old Karistan carpet was just taking up space in the garage when I decided to bring it back inside.  I first put it in front of the machines like Heather but my rolling chair kept getting caught on it.  

The rug finally gave me the final shove I needed  to clear out the room so you could actually see the floor.

This little face you see, looking around the corner on the right, is my Granma's string holder.  Love it!  My kids find it scary, can't wait for them to see it here, ha!

I just recently added that shelf just about the tops of the washer and dryer because I was so tired of fishing out hangers or socks that would fall behind the machines.  Also serves as a place for the bleach and soaps.

Would love to get some big beautiful shiny new machines, if my Mr. Wonderful would stop fixing these!  They've been around almost as long as him, 22+ years.

Ya, easily the busiest square footage in our house!

A few close ups of my jewelry area.

 I don't know, do I have enough sissors?!

 A few details.....

I had just some plain black cork material on the back splash of the counter desk.  Ideally,  I would put fabric here but never found exactly what I wanted.  These are Reader's Digest pages (hum, where did they come from?) stapled to the cork.  So no big expense or time spent if I do find the perfect fabric.  Even though not much of the back splash shows with all that's in front of it, the space is much brighter.

All my little chotchkies are put away and I even labeled the drawers!

Since I'd rather look at the pictures than read the words, (are you still with me here?) I cut out clear vinyl tags and 'clung' them to the drawer fronts with a little swipe of a wet wipe.

BTW, wet wipes are my new favorite 'tool' to have on the desk.  They take care of glue messes and clean figure prints or other missed grime from the vintage parts and pieces I use.

I got the idea to put corbels in the desk key hole area from a picture in a magazine, ages ago.

a little blurry, sorry!

So here's a shot of the rug that finally got me organized.  
Nothing all that special but surprisingly it really warms up the room! 

It's not the prettiest room in the house but until I decide to not do jewelry in this room, or fall out of love with all my good junk, or blow out the wall into the back yard, this is about as de-cluttered as it's gonna get in here.

What's left on the to-do list then?  Paint.....someday.....hopefully!

And then there's the mud room across the hall.....