Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Rednesday is Vintage Time

Happy Rednesday everyone! I am happy to share my vintage clock with you today. Truly happy! You see, this clock has given me so much trouble! I bought it at an auction about a month ago. Being an electric clock I knew chances were good it did not work. I was right on that account. So, I thought, "Easy enough. I'll replace the electric movement with a battery movement." Well, that wasn't so easy. I had many little obstacles to work through. I won't give you a blow-by-blow account because truthfully I don't want to think about it anymore! I'll just say I am pleased with the end result and it is happily residing above my hoosier cabinet. Never mind that I have three other clocks in my kitchen (on the stove, on the microwave and the radio, too) this is my favorite!

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving to all my blogging friends, new and old! My blog is so new that I am so thankful for every single one of you that takes the time to visit me (and maybe leave a comment, too!)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rednesday Again....I'll share another quilt.

Hey, it's Rednesday again! I'm sorry I haven't posted anything since LAST Rednesday. Just a crazy week around here. I've actually accumulated quite a bit of "stuff" this past week, so I have lots to share, just need to get organized, UGH!

Saturday was my daughter's birthday. Her last year of adolescence. Next year my baby will be a teenager! She is such a sweetie. Just last night she crawled in bed with me to talk and snuggle a little bit, too! I know these moments will become fewer and fewer, so I savor each one I get!

On family birthdays I hang this quilt. It's a pattern by Eleanor Burns, the Quilt in A Day lady if you've ever seen one of her shows. I bought this pattern back in 2000? At the AQS (American Quilters Society) show in Nashville, Tennessee. This is me and my friend, Deb with Eleanor (in the middle.) If you look in the background you can see the her sample of the quilt. I went more retro, a lot of the fabrics I used are 30's reproductions. (Click on it to get a better look!) The kids look forward to waking up on their birthdays to see it hanging on the hallway quilt rack. My daughter loves the sundae with the green ice cream on the right. Even at twelve she pretends to eat that green mint sundae! I guess it's become a family tradition.

Next week I HOPE to have something truly vintage to share. I have something I've been trying to finish for weeks. I just can't get it all together. So, stay tuned!

In the meantime, make sure you check out the site: It's A Very Cherry World to see lots more red stuff!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rednesday Is Here - To Honor Our Veterans

Welcome to the Rednesday on Veteran's Day! This is my first Rednesday. Being a lover of RED this is a perfect match for me. I discovered Sue over at It's A Very Cherry World last week and thought this was right up my alley.I decided NOT to dig through my boxes to find some patriotic red for this day to honor our veterans. Instead, I went with what you hanging around!

This is a quilt I made back in 2001. I believe it came from Better Homes & Garden....don't quote me. Super easy pattern! Just strips of stripes and saw-toothed stars! It's wall hanging size. I like to make them about 60" square. It fills my quilt rack nicely and I change them out with each season.The flag was a challenge to display. I got this one at my BIG auction two weeks ago. It came with a HUGE lot of garden tools, galvanized pails, etc. It has some tears and I'm in a quandry of what to do with it. I know you are suppose to destroy flags no longer fit to fly, but I want to keep it! I just don't know what to do with it. Any suggestions? I'm all ears!
Now getting back to the important message here. I want to say, "Thank you" to all the veterans past and present that have fought for our country. We continue to enjoy all the freedoms of the constitution of the United States of America because of YOU! To my veteran neighbors: Phil (next door), Melvin (behind and to the corner) and the "other" Phil (we share a backyard fence.) Thank you!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Story Continues

I've been looking at my auction pictures on my computer. There is no way I'll finish posting about this last auction today. It would be one serious "cloginfer" (this is a technical term used my my in-laws.) Basically an overload.

So, I think I'll try and stick to a theme and keep a few things back for random posts.

I have to show you my table, though. I think it's fabulous and it only set me back $4! I think this would make a fine desk. The day I find a decent file cabinet to replace the one in my current desk, that will happen. In the meantime, it will serve as a picnic table and be used during my annual garage sale.
Lots more paper items to show. These are the most unusual cards. I'm not sure I have them figured out just yet. The back flap contains the gummed envelope edge. So, my guess is you fold the card in half? That way the gummed edge is adhered the the back? Somebody smarter than me can set me straight! Anyway, they are very lightweight. I like this bird image.
Here's the mark on one the cards. They all have identifying numbers.
Lots of stickers, and a random card. I imagine there are lots of uses for these.Cats. Now I don't have anything against cats. I just prefer dogs. Although we have neither. Our family lifestyle isn't conducive to animals. We have a parakeet that we take to my mother's whenever we go out of town. Nuff said. I'll be selling these. I need to research the marks. Anyone want to spare me and give me a clue?A couple pieces of glass I am keeping....for now.

A bowl in the "Sandwich" pattern. What an awful name for such a pretty pattern!A cute little jar. I never get tired of canning jars and containers in general!So, I THINK I'm going to attempt my first estate sale in quite a few years. All the goodies my fellow bloggers have been showing off has convinced me to give them another try. I'll keep you posted!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Bigger Than a Breadbox.....Still More Auction Stuff

Well, Halloween is over. My dear daughter loved how her costume turned out. I was less than thrilled, but if she's happy, that's all that matters. It certainly didn't affect her ability to bring in the candy. She came home with ten pounds! Quite an accomplishment for someone only weighing 60! To be honest, she did stop home once to "unload."

That being said, I am now free to continue posting about last weeks auction. As I said, my car was packed full and most things weren't bigger than a breadbox. Well, this one is. I love, love, love this ironing board! I have no idea what I will do with it, but isn't it pretty?Look at the label. In such good condition. And the color? It's perfect!Staying on the laundry theme. Here are some cute little clothespins. Not even big enough for doll clothes. Miniatures with different do-dads attached: mushrooms, flowers, ladybugs, etc.
All these picks (and more) came from one box.

Umbrellas and fruit. I really like the fruit. I will call the orange one a pumpkin, NOT an orange.A group of ladies. Wearing Easter bonnets, don't you think?Assorted minis. The birds are so tiny, maybe 3/8"?
Glass birds. I think I'm going to have to sell some of this stuff. I have no illusions that I will create something with them!Finally, a children's party book from 1923. I fell in love with this.There are illustrations for each holiday with lots of party planning ideas and recipes. (Click on the picture to get a good look.) It's holding together just fine, but the cover along the spine is chewed up a bit. It scares me to handle it too much. I'd like to think of a way to display it.Oh, and I did come home with a breadbox! Nothing too fancy, but I couldn't resist when at the end of the day the auctioneer allowed us to take a pile of left behind items for $1. I grabbed quite a few box lot cast offs for that $1. This being one. Hubby always has a pile of papers next to our phone. I asked him to put them in this. I may jazz it up, somewhere down the road. For now it serves a purpose.
If you can believe it, I still have about a dozen more pictures to share from this one auction. So, stay tuned. I will post them before I go out "hunting" again.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Takin' Hubby to the Auction....a Dangerous Thing!

This is what my kitchen island looked like when hubby and I returned from the auction on Saturday. He never comes with me, just not his thing. I'm sure it will be a LONG time before he comes again! When we left our vehicle was packed tight. I had to keep a couple boxes on my lap! Other than a dresser for my son and a nice primitive table, everything was a box lot. I have so much to show I'm going to break it up into a couple of posts. (And because I didn't post last week, there will be a couple items that I bought last Saturday.)From last Saturday, a pair of Lefton turkey salt & pepper's. I just had to have them!
A few years ago I thought, who collects this stuff? It's so gaudy! I admit it, I like it now! Just for fall, though. It has it's limits!
A celluloid Santa, again from last Saturday, I wasn't going to let him get away either! One more thing from last Saturday, a candy container Santa. I have a hard time buying Santa images usually....not this day!
Lots of garland dispersed among the box lots. Bits and pieces. Which do you think is older? The white or silver? The white is really stiff and it's shedding terribly, so that's my guess. I love 'em both! The gold....OK.
I've recently had an epiphany. I must collect glass bead garland to combat my husbands love a tinsel icicles! Last year I convinced him to let me put glittered hydrangea heads on the tree. It looked great, my daughter loved it, but messy, messy, messy!
This is how I decided to store the bead garland so it doesn't get tangled. Cottage cheese containers! I doubt I will put the lids on, I don't want any moisture to be trapped inside. How do you store yours?
A few ornaments on a plate with a piece of mercury glass in the center. I didn't see the pinecone until I came home and unpacked. I squealed when I saw it! Another fetish, I am so into pink balls right now! (That sounds a little funny?) I don't like pink that much, but not this year!
Now until I started reading Barbara's blog I would have thrown these away! Now I'm starting to see the value. Click on the pic to get a closer look!
This poor little angel! She's lost a wing. The chenille stem is off her base. I have no idea what she is suppose to be holding opposite the tree. I will do a little surgery on her....I hope she's better for it!
Just a cute glass glitter house ornament.

That's it for now! IF I make significant progress on my daughter's Halloween costume you will hear from me again....soon! I won't even bother to tell you her choice! I'd never heard of the guy, yes guy! Some video game character. Maybe I'll share when it's done!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Long Overdue.....Hoosier!

This post is soooo overdue. I have many posts overdue.... so where do I begin? Since I promised Barbara some weeks ago I would post pictures of my great-grandmother's hoosier cabinet, that's where I will start. When I brought this home it was FILTHY! It had been stored in the basement and probably had not seen the light of day in a half a century! Apparently it was not cleaned before it when into the basement. The lower portion was covered in food spatters....YUCK! Being on there for years, it had permeated the paint. It was obvious I would have to repaint it. I was NOT looking forward to this! It sat in my garage for a month or better. I had to prepare myself for the task ahead.
I began sanding to prepare the surface for it's new coat of paint. Almost immediately I saw something appearing from under the last coat of paint. It was a motif! Similar to the design on the glass door. This was so exciting! I continued to carefully sand until it was completely visable. I traced the pattern to make a stencil. I would put them back in place and the end of the job. And this is how it turn out! I took a little artistic freedom and didn't put all the stencils back in the exact same place. In hindsight I wish I had kept with the original cream color. Or at least an antique white. The white goes great with the enamel top, but it's pretty bright! The flour bin on the left was long gone. So, I repeated the shelving from the right side to the left. One of the things I really like is the fabric lined shelves. I placed batting and fabric over pieces of cardboard made to fit each space. I brought the excess to the back and simply taped it in place. The batting made for a really snug fit.My displays are always a work in progress. I'm really tired of the refrigerator dishes but haven't found enough to replace them yet.

The glasses are Federal and came from my neighbors garage sale this summer!I love my Jadeite bowls, but don't have much to go with them. Plates at a recent auction went for $25 a piece! I'll have to pass at those prices! Maybe someday I'll find some nice pieces.....The chickens up top are another gift from my great-grandmother. She loved her chickens! I didn't know this 'til she passed but she named some of them. Their names written underneath. These are nameless, but they are the two I always remember seeing in her house. They are pretty big! I am so happy to have them!Wondering what's in the appliance "garage?" All my sherbets I got for a single a dollar! Score!And since Barbara let us peek inside's the inside of mine! Stuff!So, the last part of my story:

On the back of the cabinet was a manufacturer and model number. This company, Marsh Furniture Company, is still in business and they were so helpful! From their catalog in 1937, they sent me copies of the pages featuring my cabinet! Here it is:
The other pages pertained to features and options. My cabinet cost $38.00 seventy years ago. Matching chairs and a table were available. Someday maybe I'll find these canisters!

Thanks for sticking with me and reading such a LONG post! Until next time.......

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sewing Patterns and Notions Score

Well, this is a new one for me. I am posting today from a hot spot while waiting for my son's next game to start. Once again my weekend is spent watching baseball. I really do not mind. I just wish I could do it all! I have to miss out on many auctions and garage sales this time of year.

Last weekend was an open weekend for me (no baseball) so I took advantage and went to TWO auctions! Yeah! Not many good items but these buttons were a BIG score! The best thing.....I was the only bidder! I waited until the auctioneer hit his bottom and placed my bid! I couldn't believe I was the only one that wanted them. Look at all the goodies I got!

My favorite RED!
My other favorite GREEN!
And as always, some white. I was very excited that all the buttons were on cards. Just a handful of loose buttons. Love those old buttons cards, too!

I did score a huge amount of vintage patterns at the thrift store. I scooped up all they had! There were lots of duplicates, just different sizes. This is only a small amount of them. My favorites are near the center of the photo.
I also was fortunate enough to find a few apron patterns. Nothing really unique but I rarely pass them up.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!