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Friday, May 27, 2011

My latest projects...repurposed trays

Just wanted to take a few minutes to share some of the projects I've been working on lately.

I've been having lots of fun finding and altering vintage trays. I loved how shabby this pretty tole tray was and thought it would be perfect as a memo board. The reticulated edge was perfect to add a chain for hanging!
I made these magnets using an old earring and a carved ivory brooch. I will be including these old photos with it and plan on listing it on Etsy soon.

This old silver tray did not have an open edge, so I had to drill small holes and add wire and chain for hanging. It must have been silverplated brass or copper so magnets would not stick, so I decided to do a collage instead. I started with a french dictionary page as the backdrop and added other vintage paper ephemera to dress it up!

A folded sheet music fan embellished with an old Valentine die cut.

I love this pretty die cut frame and the sweet little dove too...all old embellishments that I've been saving!

I also found this old tole tray painted with lovely pinks and blues!

It's now complete with magnets I made from buttons and bits and pieces of vintage bling!

Recently I purchased an old table top mannequin on Etsy and I plan on decoupaging it with old pattern pieces. Hope to get around to that soon and will post pics when I get it finished.

I think it has good bones and should be perfect for jewelry display!

I bought this cute little shelf a couple weeks ago at a sale and have big plans for this too. I already have the inside done, but am adding more embellishments as I go. More pics to follow!

My husband and I are planning to go to our lake cottage this weekend. Our 34th anniversary is Saturday and plan on lounging around and taking it easy! That is after we get all our yard work and flower planting done! I'm sure we'll go out for a nice dinner and enjoy the weekend!

Wishes to all for a special holiday weekend! Be safe and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Junk, birthdays and birds!

I thought I would do one big post and roll everything together that's been going on with me lately! So hang in there with me and enjoy the ride! I have been a junkin' fool the past few weekends and have come home with some fabulous finds!! This beautiful picture will go down in my junking history as one of my best deals and favorite finds!! Genuine shabby gorgeousness!!!

Picked up this lovely lady too...

and on the fence as to whether to keep her or not. I have several cement figures and this one fits right in, but we'll see!

Also found this pretty picture too. I love the details of the frame.

Can never turn down old jewelry. Isn't this floral rhinestone pin amazing?

It's 4.5 inches long and only missing a couple little stones...I love it!!

Bought the sweet little jewelry box too.

Thought I'd do a group shot here! The thing leaning up against my van is a folding laundry bench - very nice! Lots of baskets, cute red box, watering can and a nice shelf that I want to decoupage.

Don't know if you can see very well, but there's a real nice old trunk in there and an old store rack that holds a big roll of paper. Click on the image to get a better look! Fun stuff!

Isn't this a cute little smoking stand? I think it would make a fun bedside or end table!

Not one but two old typewriters!! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remove the old keys? The one on the left would be a good candidate for that!

A nice wicker tray full of goodies! I love the book bundle-that's how I bought them! I kept the sweet little ironstone creamer and plan on decoupaging the tray. Nice red and white linen too!

Fun little bunch of odds and ends ~ love the glasses and bowties!

Three vintage duck planters - one with a broken beak, but the other two are in great shape!

Saturdays are my favorite day to hop in my van, grab our local ads and head out on my treasure hunts! I have had such good luck lately and I hope it doesn't run out on me anytime soon!!

But this past Sunday, my family celebrated my mother's 80th birthday at my brother's house. It was a perfect day and we had so much fun honoring our wonderful mother! I come from a big family, I have 4 brothers and 4 sisters and we're all really close. It was a great day!!

Then I just wanted to share something fun and exciting that happened at my house the other morning. While my hubs was eating breakfast, a bird came on our deck and kept trying to fly into the window. Believing that it was an oriole, I got an orange out of the frig and slowly opened the patio door and held out my hand. Well, lo and behold the hungry, curious little lady landed on my hand and started having some breakfast too! I handed the orange to my hubs, ran and got the camera and snapped this shot! Amazing huh?!?

We usually get males too, but our apple trees haven't blossomed yet and they aren't around yet. Everything is behind around here.

Well, I thank you for your patience and hope you enjoyed seeing all my goodies that I wanted to share! I am now busy getting everything ready to sell at my booths or on Etsy.

I'm also excited to share that my friend and I are planning a day trip down to Illinois on Friday to go to the Na-Da farm sale that my friend Jeanine of Chippy Shabby is doing! Go check out her blog and get all the info!

I've heard so much about this sale, and I can't wait to see all the wonderful stuff there! There will be several bloggers there selling and buying and I hope to meet some new friends!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Where's my widget?

I love the image of this little girl, and she looks to be asking the question "where's my widget?"

I'm not sure what happened, or if I did something, but my followers widget has seemed to have disappeared! My dashboard tells me how many followers I have, but they don't show up on my actual blog. Has anyone else had this problem? I don't see anyone else's followers either ~ or is it just me?

I know I have a few new followers, but I can't see who they are --very frustrating!!

If anyone has any advice, I would really appreciate any help in figuring this out!

If you are a new follower, I apologize for not stopping in to say Hi, but I can't until I get this thing fixed!!


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Latest estate sale finds!

The past two weekends I found some great sales and picked up lots of fun little goodies. I often seem to be attracted to the same type of things ~ vintage spools of string and keys...

and this is just a small portion of the 5 boxes of old sewing stuff!

rustic and shabby finds...already sold the little ballerina ring holder!

I have a real weakness for these little safety pin baskets ~ so kitschy!!

Grungy old softballs...

and funky industrial light bulb covers.

I got a real good deal on these watches. I got to this sale in the afternoon on the second day and everything was half off! Gotta love when that happens!

But my best score was this huge box of vintage patterns. It contains over 150 patterns from the 40's through the 70's. Again it was the end of the sale and they just wanted to get rid of them. Well, let me just say, they practically gave them to me!! Don't hate me!

Not sure what drove me to buy these, but I thought they were so cute. The homeowner was once a cake decorator and had tons of vintage cake decor! Fun and cute!

As soon as I can get organized, all these goodies will be listed in my etsy shop.

I hope everyone is well and finding some fun goodies on their junking adventures!

Thanks for stopping by!

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