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The things you see out junking
Isn't it funny how sometimes when you're picking/shopping, you come across a bunch of items in the same color palette?
The other day I had to bring home this beautiful 1950s Quiltex baby blanket in soft blues and pinks because it was only 50 cents and was in such great condition (no thread pulls!); at the same shop I found a coordinating metal tin and a roll of tulle. They look so pretty arranged together!
I was estate sale-ing last week and picked up these first day envelopes among someone's stamp collection. There were boxfuls so I just chose those that struck my ephemera-loving fancy; I also came across this great vintage Georges Briard hot plate.
It's called a "Hot Butler" and this one is mid century modern-dreamy from its gilded bird motif to its teak handles. It's now in my shop.
I recently sold those fabulous Briard Grand Opera cocktail napkins, too. I love anything he did, but this design was especially fabulous!
Before we knew the results of our taxes (insert weeping) my husband and I fell in love with this vintage bar:
It was in an estate sale liquidation shop, and priced to sell at $200. I didn't even mind the cheesy German tourist scene (Neuschwanstein Castle) on the front!
Look at all that fabulous storage in the back! I will probably always regret not getting it. We really need extra glass and bar-paraphernalia space. Wouldn't it be fun for parties?
Some other stuff I loved but didn't buy: this fabulous green contoured sofa...
a beautiful mohair coat with embroidered sleeves...
a slightly damaged but still lovely sampler...
a mold shaped like a pair of britches! Is there not endless amusement at junk outlets?
Here's a tutorial to make sweet baby Jesus ornaments: Materials: 3/4" round wooden balls blue felt like-sized small wooden stars flesh-colored acrylic paint yellow acrylic paint black permanent marker small button as star decor raffia natural excelsior "moss" silver thread or coordinating yarn candy cane You'll also need glue or a hot glue gun, paint brush and scissors Begin by painting the wooden balls with flesh-colored paint and the stars with yellow paint. When dry, draw two sleeping eyes on the ball. Meanwhile, cut small pieces of felt and make little rolls to represent the baby's body; tie with a tiny piece of raffia. Next, glue the wooden ball onto the top of the body roll of felt; if you wish, you can also cut a small wedge of felt to glue over like a little swaddled hood on the baby's head, but I think it looks cute without it as well. G
Earlier in the season Rebecca and I went to a craft fair at a local high school, and there was one booth with the CUTEST little jeweled, framed Christmas trees! The gal was nice enough to let me photograph them. Sorry it's kind of blurry, but it was dark in that high school gym! I know it's an older kind of craft (from the '60s and '70s) but she made them sweet -- not gaudy at all. We were both SO inspired. So, last week we made it happen. I brought a bunch of my old, broken vintage jewelry, some velvet, glue, old frames, and we sat in her dining room and made a forest of little trees! It was so simple: first, we took a vintage frame and covered the backing with velvet. We just glued it on. Then, we took our time arranging bits and pieces of jewels into a Christmas tree shape. When we were happy with the arrangement, we committed and glued the jewels down! I love this avocado green velvet! And then we did it again. We had so much fun playing
This past Sunday afternoon I went to my local button club meeting -- and it was fun, hands on, and informative. The topic this month was black glass buttons . Many of the black glass buttons you see in antique stores were made pre-1918; as a result of Queen Victoria's mourning attire, black was very in vogue. Although you might hear black glass buttons referred to as "jet", jet is a different kind of coal glass, and is much rarer. I'm told you can tell the difference between black glass and jet in that jet will float in water. After we went over the different classifications for black glass through the National Button Society , we had a chance to dig through some little tubs of buttons (called "poke boxes" by buttoners) to see if we could find examples of all the types we'd covered. Each poke box was full to the brim of just black glass buttons. We were having a contest -- the one who found the most examples won a button prize. Here's a b