Tuesday, August 31, 2010

More Thrifted Reds

I've been doing alot of little projects lately. Here are a few. I found these vintage salt and peppers-and painted the lids red. They look so much better!
These were those wooden ones you see all the time at the thrift store. I'll keep this set by my stove.
Last is a brass key holder-I sprayed it white, but am thinking RED. What do you think?
I'm joining Sue at It's a Very Cherry World for Rednesday. Go check the reds out!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Denton, Texas

We had a little weekend outing. We drove to Denton, Texas, which is about 30 minutes from our home, and checked out thrift stores and did a few errands and went out to lunch.
The courthouse in the square is pretty spectacular. There are many courthouse squares in Texas-I love to take pictures of them.
This is the old bank-I think it's empty now.
Antique store-this used to be a hardware store-up until about 4 or 5 years ago. It was still owned by the original family!
After all that we had to make a stop at Mr. Frosty for a shake. It's hot out there! Hope you all had a great weekend!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Cute Baby Cards

No, nobody's pregnant. I just wanted to share the rest of the baby cards I discovered when going through stuff.
These were for me when I was born.
Feel free to copy these cards if you want.

It has finally cooled down slightly here. It's in the 90's-which actually feels great!
Hope you have a great weekend!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

To School and Home Again

I'm joining Sue at It's a Very Cherry World for Rednesday!
School started here on Monday. We are getting my youngest ready for college in a few weeks. Don't you love all the school supplies?
Since I teach piano at home I always do a little welcome back vignette. The little toy typewriter is from Marshall Fields store in Chicago. I couldn't pass this up on Ebay since my Mom used to work there.
The other school supplies have been collected-Avon School desk, ink bottle, water colors, flashcards and vintage crayons.
This little book was found at Goodwill. I definitely have mixed feelings about school this year, but I can't wait for autumn weather!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Little Indoor Project

Start with a thrift store find. Well made, but not the way you envision it. Sand it down. Prime. Paint it white.
Sand the edges so it looks a little worn and aged.
Go to Hobby Lobby and Ikea and buy spice jars. I still need 4 more.
Fill with glitter,scrabble letters,more glitter and any odds and ends.
Use the little drawer for tiny bottles of what not.
And you have turned a not so great find into something useful and pretty. If I get tired of the white I can always add paint or a decal or decoupage a little something on it. For now I'll just enjoy. Thanks for letting me share my little project. Still over 100 degrees here-so I will be doing a few more of these indoor projects. See you soon!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Birthday Reds

It's Rednesday and today I'm sharing a gift I received last week for my birthday from my dear friend Donna. Look how she's packaged everything-just so I could post it on Rednesday!(Just kidding) It was so cute!
Look at all the red and cherry items. There were cherry cupcake papers,ME ribbon, chipboard shapes, cherry rub-ons and magnet. Also -check out the vintage looking cherry soda bottle. I'll add that to my red and white display.I love the cute cherry linen that she added and everything put into a cheery cherry tin!
My fave thing was this adorable pin cushion she made-She got the idea from a blog, and used a thrifted little chair and a piece of my fabric. Don't you just love it? I do. Than we a had a day of antiquing and she took me out to lunch. You couldn't ask for more than that! Thanks, Donna.

Happy Rednesday! I'm joining Sue at It's a Very Cherry World, so go on over to check out more reds.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Miscellaneous Monday

It's Monday morning and I've got tons of stuff to do. But I wanted to share a few things with you all Above is a little scottie dog I have in my living room. I just love scotties, really all dogs.

I've had a few "meant to be" junking moments lately. This weekend I had another. On Friday I went to a favorite antique store and we drooled over a set of cottage plates. They were expensive and there were only 3.

So on we went. On Sat. morning Hubby and I went out garage saling-It's so hot here it was pretty bad. Until... This one sale had a stack of 3 cottage plates marked at $5 each. I asked her what her best price would be and she said $1 each-I'm sure because we were standing out in 104 degree heat and there was no one else around. Needless to say I bought them(and screamed when we got back in the car). That afternoon I go back to the antiques store to get a tablecloth I had seen the day before and went back to see the plates. Now I had a feeling they were the same, but wasn't sure and (Right you guessed) THE SAME PLATES. Of course I had to buy the fourth one, but still couldn't believe my luck. I know they are Edwin Knowles China made in 1933-but couldn't find a pattern name. Does any one know what it 's called? I just love them and can't wait to do a tablescape with them.
Sorry for rambling on so long. Hope your weekend was cool and fun!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Yellow and Blue TableScape

I'm joining Between Naps on the Porch today for Tablescape Thursday! I decided to use my blue and yellow centerpiece for inspiration. It's a deco vase from that my Mom gave me years ago.

I had the vintage tablecloth(from a garage sale) and actually found matching napkins at an antique store a few weeks ago. Weird!
The flatware is bakelite-same auction I got my brown set from. I didn't have spoons, so I mixed in my everyday spoons.

I found 2 duck napkin rings at a thrift store and than found 2 matching ones in Arkansas-weird!
This is a summery and cheerful scape-and we had my birthday dinner at it. Thanks for the Wonderful Birthday Wishes. I appreciated every one! I always am thankful for comments and love to read them!
Table cloth and napkins-vintage
Yellow placemats-Marshalls
white plates-my everyday
Blue plates-vintage from a garage sale years ago
yellow salad plates-Tom Thumb Grocery Store-on sale
wine glasses-Dollar store
napkin rings and little goose-thrift and antiques store
I hope you all have a cheerful day!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hot Thrifty Finds

Yesterday was my birthday-my younger son baked the chocolate cake, and my older one frosted it with light pink buttercream. The segment that's not frosted is for younger son-he doesn't like frosting so we have to work around him. I had a really nice day. I went out thrifting and got some great finds.
This was from a garage sale-I don't need it, and I don't have any place to put it, but
when I saw this sweet little decal and she said $2 I couldn't pass up this little doll crib. The side even goes up and down!
I found these small really old plates at GW-I just think they're pretty.

The little red tin is cute with red stripes and the table runner was a quarter!
More vintage linens-doilies from a garage sale and table runner from thrift store. I had a pretty good day.
It is still really hot here. It has been over 100 for I think 14 or 15 days. I've lost track. I'm definitely in the autumn weather mode-can't wait till that arrives. My Air Conditioner can't either!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Waiting for Fall

I'm thinking about fall and especially fall weather. I can't wait! We are getting ready for college here. Doing last minute shopping etc. Thought some of you scrappers might like to use the little calender girl image for tags or cards etc.

When I think about autumn I think about hooked rugs. I'm sure most of you have seen some these around. I've always been interested in them and took a class about 14 years ago. They start with recycled wool clothes that you shrink and cut into thin strips with a wool cutter. Then you hook the strips through a backing of burlap or Monks cloth.Below is my only vintage rug-I've had it in my bedroom for years.
You can see how faded it is. The back side is still vibrant. Some people actually used to turn them over when they faded and use the backside.
Here are a few of the ones I made. This was my first one.
I loved searching out the wool and then dying it to get the colors you want. I was in a hooking group that was so much fun, when we lived in El Paso.
The sheep below was from a pattern I bought. I love the "hit and miss" border.
I had most of my rugs down for years, but my taste and style has changed, so they are in storage (my husbands office closet) for now. Do any of you hook or have hooked rugs? I'd love to hear about yours. Have a wonderful weekend. I'm staying in-it's still over 100 degrees here and no sign of a break. Yuck!