Friday, June 26, 2009

A Few Finds

Well, I seemed to do a lot of driving today, stopping at quite a few sales.

I ended up buying from only one sale today but I had a lot of fun.

Yesterday, my #1 bought me a GPS so now I won't have to use his.

I have my very own!

For those of you that own one, don't you just love them?

It makes me feel like I can find anything.

My purse is getting heavier as by the time I have my cell phone, my camera (which is a must) and now a GPS, that inexpensive purse became quite heavy and expensive.

Here are a few of the things I purchased the past couple of days.

Do you know what these are?

Old perm rods!

I've never seen them made out of wood.

They were just to interesting to pass up.

The cute poodle hair pin in the first picture was also found with the perm rods.

A few other little things I bought.

I was able to pick up a few old metal locker type cabinets too.

Fortunately, there was a place to put them in my space at Monticello so I didn't have to store them at home.


Hope you are having a wonderful evening!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

My Shabby Roses

Last night I decided I needed roses in my house.

I've been resisting buying them at the grocery store, knowing that my bushes are starting to produce roses.

Unfortunately, this rose bush doesn't get the TLC it needs but it works real hard trying to produce beautiful roses for me.

They're a little shabby but it's perfect for my shabby roses.

Here is a picture of little strawberries hanging down from one of my planters.

Strawberry plants are wonderful tucked together with other plants giving wonderful eye catching color.

Good to eat too, although mine are a little small.

I'm heading out to an estate sale this morning.

Hopefully, I will find some fun items to show you.

Happy Junking!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Couple of Finds Today!

This morning I decided to hit a few thrift stores. On my first stop I found these wonderful pieces.

They appear to be old and they are quite large measuring 20" tall.

I thought they were pretty terrific so they came home with me.

Don't they have sweet faces?

They have chips here and there, but I think that just adds to these pieces.

I was able to take apart the lawn chair I bought this week-end and add new fabric.

Wow, what a quick and easy job this was.

My kind of job!

I had just enough vintage ticking for the job!

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Shopping Laurelhurst!

This morning I woke up to a phone call from a friend asking if I was going to be going to the Laurelhurst Garage Sales.

Over 100 homes participate in this sale each year and it's a lot of fun.

I wasn't sure what I was going to do.

There weren't a whole lot of estate sales and the ones I had looked at didn't seem that promising, so why not!

I'd hit Garage Sales instead.

I went into the bedroom, where #1 was sleeping, and shook the bed real hard gently woke him up and we headed out for the day.

First stop, the cash machine, next Starbucks, gotta have that coffee!

When we started out things didn't look too promising.

There seemed to be baby items everywhere!

If I had a little one, that's where I'd be shopping!

The homes are just beautiful in this area so it was nice to look at them as well as shop.

Then we hit the sale I had been looking for.

My first purchases of the day!

Here is my #1 hauling the big stuff.

Of course, we had parked our car quite a few blocks away.

This is an old metal hat rack, which will be great for selling vintage hats.

While hauling this I spotted an old dress form at my next stop.

Yes, I bought it, it was a great deal!

Here are a couple of little things I bought as well.

This was my last purchase of the day.

An old wood lawn chair.

It is so fun!

I am going to replace the old green fabric with black and white ticking.

The bottom section comes off so it can be used without the foot rest.

How cool is that!

Then if folds up, as flat as can be!

So, overall a pretty good shopping day!

And a great time with my #1!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Few Treasures While Out On The Hunt!

I thought I'd show you a few of my finds from this past week-end.

I don't know about you but I always like to see the wonderful old things that other people find while out on the hunt.

I was able to find a couple of old wedding items, which ended up in my collection.

This little gal has a few problems, but I loved her just the same.

I have to figure out how to pop out the plastic on the side of her face.

I picked up this pincushion also.

It's in pretty sad shape, but it's unusual and so it came home with me.

I picked up a couple of long photographs, which I always like.

I'll need to get a few long frames to put them in, that's a little harder to find.

I always enjoy old books, especially the covers of these old ones.

I like to grab them up whenever I find them.

I found these old music cards while digging through a box of books in a basement.

I'm always on the look out for old garden metal garden tools.

Old wood boxes too!

And last, but not least a piece of Ironstone.

Always a fun find!

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, June 15, 2009

A Little Re-Arranging

Well, I debated what to blog about today.

Should I show you a few of my finds from this week-end or a little bit of what I've been working on at home.

Home won over, so here are a few pictures of the area I've been arranging.

I needed to down-size on the pink as this cabinet was pretty full of pink things.

Now here is what you don't get to see in the above pictures.

One corner of each couch seemed to be the target of my little four legged friends.

Fortunately, I caught it before there was any real damage.

So until I figure out a wonderful way to keep little paws away from furniture.

A garbage can is set up in each corner.

I've called the Vet to see what it cost to declaw a cat.

I couldn't believe the price.

I think they must really discourage that!

Yes, I could make them be outside cats.

And I have to say I've been allowing my biggest culprit to go outside a little more lately.

But, there has got to be other options!

So, until they come out with something "terrific".

I will guard and protect the corners of my couches less they turn into this....

Their project chair is now my project chair.

One of my little culprits!

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I wanted to say thank you for all the kind notes regarding my back.

I have to say, it feels much better!

I only feel a little pain when I turn.

So....I was able to haul a few pieces of furniture home this week-end!

Where are those teen-agers when you need them!

Have a great day!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ruffles, Lace and A Little Motrin!

Well, I have to tell you the day didn't start out the way I planned!

I decided I wanted to make myself a tote bag.

Good, fun idea right?

I headed into the room where my large boxes of fabric are stored, each one on top of the other.

To make a long story short.

I got the box of fabric I needed.

But when I started to put the last box (full of barkcloth)back on top I pulled a muscle in my back.

Oh, the pain!

Do big girls cry?

This one felt like it.

I didn't lift with my legs but my back, big mistake!

Motrin, is now my friend.

The nurse said it would take about two weeks before it felt better.

Two weeks, I don't have time for this!

I did manage to find the fabric I wanted and was able to sew up my tote.

It just went a little slower then it would normally.

I was in the mood for ruffles, old lace and whatever else I could think of.

This bag will be easy to clean.

I decided to add a different closure.

I wanted to add an old key to the bag, it just seemed to go together with the old lace.

The key will be easy to remove when the bag needs to be cleaned.

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

They Said It Couldn't Be Done!

This past Sunday we had a couple of estate sales to go to.

We needed to pick up a few pieces of furniture that we had purchased earlier in the week end.

On one of these stops, I needed to pick up a large black bookshelf.

This bookshelf was located in the basement.

This was not just any basement.

This basement had 12 steps going straight down with a sign reading "Watch your head!".

The gentleman informed me when I purchased this cabinet that it was quite heavy and I would need some muscle to get it out and up the steps.

Since I always seem to think I'm "Super Woman", I informed him that I just knew that between my husband, my son, and myself, we could do it.

On Saturday my #1 and I decided to take a run back to the estate sale so he could take a look at the bookshelf.

My #1 wasn't there when I bought it so I wanted him to know the obstacles he was up against.

The man running the sale didn't know if we would be able to get the cabinet up the stairs as he believed the bookshelf might have been built in the basement.

But my #1 thought perhaps it could be done!

This brings me back to Sunday.

We arrived at the sale at about 3:30pm ready to pick up the bookshelf.

When I walked in, the gentleman handed me back the $20.00, that I had paid for the cabinet.

He informed me that he was sure there was no way we could get the bookshelf up the stairs.

Oh, was I disappointed!

Was he not going to even let us try?

Soon my #1 walked in. I informed him what the gentleman had just told me.

"Lets just give it a try!", hubby says.

Well, I'm game if you are!

So, the three of us started hauling it towards the steps.

We started up the stairs but we couldn't get it past the forth step and the top of the door casing.

So back down it came.

"Well, can we cut off the legs?" I asked.

Why not. They were uneven anyway.

So we found a saw, it was the workshop after all, and my #1 started shortening each leg.

Ok, let's try again.

We started back up the stairs!

Wow, we still couldn't get up.

At this point I'm thinking, "Boy, we're going to be leaving here without a bookshelf and minus our $20.00 dollars!

My poor hubby, I don't know if it's because it was our anniversary but he came up with another option.

How about taking the whole thing apart?

Fortunatly, due to its original design, it wasn't that difficult to do.

He ended up completely disassembling the shelf right there on the spot.

When we got home, he put every piece back together.

Wow, what a good sport.

So, where was my camera during this time?

In the car!

I wish I would have gotten pictures, even video footage of this whole process.

I'm sure the estate people thought we were nuts!

And we probably were!


P.S. That bookcase wasn't so heavy to carry out!