Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Elmer & Olive

This was a great week-end for treasure hunting!

On one of our treasure hunts my #1 came across a box of old letters!

Old letters....

World War II

Love letters from Elmer to his wife Olive.

They had been married about 6 years before he went off to war.

In one of the letters she talked about being pregnant and feeling very sick!

Oh, how he appreciated getting letters from Olive!

This is Elmer.

I found these pictures in the stack of letters.

I was also able to find out more information about Elmer and his wife online!

How fun is that!

Elmer enjoyed making cider.

He had a cider press in his garage.

The garage was full of old jars of every kind.

I was able to buy a few of those old jars.

After getting to know Elmer a little bit more I wished I had picked up a few more jars from him.

There were lots of miscellaneous papers from the war included in this box.

In one letter Elmer wrote and asked his wife if she had received the French money he had sent her in the mail.

I did not expect to find the money.

But I did, in another letter!

Isn't that cool!

In some of his letters he told about gifts that he was going to be sending to his wife.

It sure would have been fun to have read the letters describing these items before the estate sale so I could have actually found some of those items.

There were also a few letters from his sweetheart Olive in the boxes.

(from Elmer to Olive)

It was so fun to get to know Elmer and Olive!

Thank you Kathleen of Faded Charm for hosting White Wednesday!

Friday, August 20, 2010


(door #1)

Doors...Can you get too many?

Twelve...is that too many?

My #1 thinks it is!

Yesterday, while pondering the big question of...should I or shouldn't I?

I was wondering if it would be worth seeing a grown man cry when he found out that I just bought two more amazing doors.

(door #1)

I decided it was worth it, he'd get over it!

I mean, you just can't produce this kind of fabulous chippy paint!

It takes years!

(door #2)

I don't have years.

I have a project in mind and these doors would be perfect!

Before you start to think I'm addicted to doors, I do use them for shows!

They make wonderful backdrops.

(door #2)

But for this project I needed doors with windows, and that's what I found!

Thanks to Sue's husband Joe, who hauled these to my truck, I was able to get these home!

Do you want to see what kind of an estate sale at which I purchased these?

This was a farm sale.

There were a couple of outbuildings as well as things all over the land surrounding the house.

There were many things to see and to find.

I looked at this stack and thought of Frank & Mike.

I wondered if they would have found something great from it.

Well, I drove away with a bunch of items for the upcoming show at Monticello.

I know my friends Sue and Julie as well as another Julie, all from Monticello, found some great items too!

Be sure not to miss the show, you'll be in for a real treat!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"Lovin" White Wednesday!

Could happiness come with something as simple as new throw rugs?

I think it can!

I won't bore you with pictures of all the rugs I bought today but let me tell you I'm "lovin" my rugs!

There's just something clean and fresh about them.

Plus I think they are making them so much softer, feeling so wonderful when you walk on them.

Ok, enough of that!

Do you like old packaging?

I do!

I enjoy some of the old graphics.

The paper that has turned slightly brown from age.

This cording doesn't have the cool graphics but it's old so it fits the bill!

And of course it's creamy white for White Wednesday!

Thank you Kathleen of Faded Charm for hosting White Wednesday.

Be sure to hop over to the other blogs and see their beautiful Whites!

P.S. If you want good prices on throw rugs I found Ross to have some great rugs at good prices!

Just in case you're wondering!

Make Mine Pink!

This is what happens when your son goes to visit a friend for a week.


Not as much running here and there from one place to another.

Empty nest is coming quickly, I know I will miss those days.

So what did I do today....sew!

I decided to make another top.

I just love this pattern it's so simple and quick!

This time I took another Rachel Ashwell sheet (with a ruffle) and made it into a blouse.

I love how it turned out!

I used Simplicity Pattern 2415 for this blouse.

I also made a seat slipcover, it was good to get a few things made today.

Since the blouse is pink I thought I'd take my camera and capture a few more pink items I had around the house.

Check out these roses.

Aren't they pretty!

Lisa from A Thing For Roses gave these to me a few months ago.

Four boxes of them!

I thought they'd be perfect attached to little packages that go out in the mail.

Love them, thanks Lisa!

Ribbons...I enjoy those!

Here are some pink feather posies!

I've had these for years.

I really think they're pretty neat so they've stayed with me.

This is a sweet sixteen topper.

I've never run across one of these before.

Kind of a fun topper.

A pink fish pincushion!

This was a purchase from Lisa, she gave me a "whoppin" good deal.

Very Sweet!

I don't have a lot of pink anymore but I have saved a few things!

And of course I still love to wear it!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Not Just For Buggies Anymore!

(sweet old mirror I picked up a couple of weeks ago)

If you look real closely you'll see a couple of lazy cats in the background!

It's been quite hot this week-end with temperatures in the 90's.

The weather man is saying 100 degrees tomorrow!

It's been so nice to have central air in our home!

(It won't be so nice when I get the bill, but until then I'll enjoy it.)

It was one of those splurges that we did years ago when we were both working. . (Glad we did it!)

Old buggy wheels, I was fortunate to come across quite a few of these last week-end.

I love the rustiness about them.

The old caps on them!

The fact that they're old!

So many uses for them.

Besides displaying old postcards and photos on, I also think they would be a great way to hang curtains!

I'm sure you could come up with many other uses too!

I'm so glad for people who save things.

It just makes this part of the adventure so much fun!

I hope you found some great treasures this week-end!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Who Am I?

While out treasure hunting today, I couldn't pass up this sweet vintage doll.

I'm afraid I don't know much about dolls.

I buy them because I just like their look!

And she had all the sweet vintage appeal that I love.

She's a soft body doll with a voice box.

So, she will give a little cry when turned over.

Her legs show a lot of age but they're still holding together.

Her arms are in pretty good shape.

I don't see any makers marks.

I know they're a lot of ladies with a wealth of information on dolls.

Does anyone know anything about this doll?

She so wants to know her history!

Have a great week-end!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Few More Finds!

Welcome to White Wednesday!

I've been on the hunt for great treasures for the Fall Show at Monticello.

The show opens September 10th.

So if you are able to make it you'll be in for a real treat!

So many talented participants.

The first thing I thought I'd show you is this small celluloid book.

I found this a few weeks ago.

I love the small size, the color and the fact that it is so old, dated 1899.

The first couple of pages are pretty worn but that's good, its been used.

I also found quite a few vintage ladies shoes dating back to the 1800's.

Old Erle Stanley Gardner books for a chilly Fall evening.

Old photos!

Don't know any of the people, just love vintage photos.

Lastly, I want to thank Jo, of Secret Garden Cottage, for her sweet spirit.

She was so thoughtful and sent me an award.

What a sweetie!

Be sure to stop by Jo's blog, you will be inspired!

Thank you Kathleen of Faded Charm for faithfully hosting this fun event!