Saturday, August 30, 2014

Junking in Fort Collins, Colorado

Happy Labor Day weekend!
It wouldn't feel like a holiday weekend for me at all since I work "retail" and don't have Monday off...except that we planned a trip to visit the campus at Colorado State University Fort Collins on Friday and I took a day off  for that -- so I got a 3 day weekend anyway!  Funny, I didn't even plan it that way, but it's nice when something in life works out, isn't it?
It was a nice way to spend a free Friday, with my family, thinking about the future.
We went up mid morning, though the campus tour wasn't until 2 pm, because I have never been to Fort Collins and wanted to look around a bit.
My friend Suzanne lives nearby and she suggested this antique mall, which was just about the perfect size for the little bit of time I was able to try my husband and son's patience allot to shopping!
It was fun to look around even though I didn't end up buying a single thing!
 It's beginning to look like autumn
 I wish I had room in my house to set out rusty chairs and display china on them
 I was tempted to buy this antique wedding keepsake because it was under priced, but if you know me you know I don't have room on any of my walls for anything!
 Every time I go junking I want a bird cage.
 Really sweet display, under glass.

 This little embroidered linen sewing basket almost came home with me.
Because I need another sewing basket. Not.
 Of course, everywhere you look was burlap.
 It was a burlap-a-looza!

 A woman after my own heart...making pretty things from lovely old linens!
 These were lavender sachets.
 Such a cheery color on this footstool.
 I liked the use of old wood and spoons to hold tea lights.
 I snapped this photo of the drawers-as-cabinets because I had recently listed one of those liquor dispensers at work...and thought it was pretty nifty.
 This made me laugh out loud: what the inside of an accordion looks like.
 Lots  of metal, including that dilapidated pumpkin from a gas can -- clever!
 'Not sure about hanging a red cylinder inside a frame...?
 I liked how this gal foofed up a little trophy.
 Dennis and Ben came to find me after about 45 min., when I has asked for 1 hour and 15 min.  To punish them, I made them go with me to another store!
 A yard full of metal set out to rust.

 I think this pile of windows would have made such a cute photo...if not for that fire extinguisher!
 'LOVE this baby display, in a clear hat box!
 A bowl of buttons to pick through!

This would be so cute in my own front yard -- full of seasonal displays -- right?
Thanks for coming shopping with me!
I hope you are having a lovely Labor Day weekend, too.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

At rainbow's end

I thought you'd like this pretty picture of a rainbow I saw on my way home from work the other day.  I've been loving our summer weather this month and find myself wishing it will last.
I could use your help with something: this small storage stool I've had for a few years now.
As you can see, I brought it home from the thrift store and have done nothing with it, yet.
Here's the inside; it is paper lined.  
And the top.  It's vinyl.
I'm thinking a fabric cover, maybe with a ruffle on the bottom portion, painted legs, and of course new pretty paper on the inside.
I'm still not sure what I'm going to store inside of it, and that might be why I'm stumped as to a color/theme.
What would you do with it?  I'd love to hear your ideas.
Don't forget: there's still a week to enter to win a jewelry shopping spree from BonnieAngela!  Enter on this post.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Estate sale finds

It's been a little while since I showed you my latest thrifty finds, hasn't it?
These are all estate sale finds from a few weeks ago.
I can count the estate sales I've been to this summer on one hand -- but this was a very good one!
These shoe stretchers were just 50 cents/bunch and I love the colors!  When I was paying for them the lady asked me what I was planning to do with them.
Do with them?  I think they just look pretty in a pile!
I told her I do a lot of paper art and that I thought they'd make cute "hangers" for that; I auditioned it above -- can you see tying paper collage pages on the hanger?  Maybe?
What do you use them for?
I also found this adorable flower ring with two birds on top.
They are so sweet!
 I really LOVE this tablecloth -- it's one my my favorite  combinations, with large crochet lace...
 sewn on to linen.
I need to wash it and then I'll photograph it on my dining room table for you.
Small linen bird placemats, signed Lois Long
I loved the "fall" feel they have.
Interestingly, when I was paying the lady said, "Oh, you can just HAVE those."  She was obviously not a fan of mid century graphics like I am!
 It's never too early to talk about vintage Christmas, is it?
 One of my favorites from the bunch, in Tiffany blue glass.
 I'm addicted.
 Rolls of burlap in different colors.
A delicate Vera scarf, hand painted.  I think this one came actually came from a short stop at a thrift store.
 On the right, such a pretty bottle!  It is modern and I believe once held bath salts.
 I love the size, the shape, the colors...
and the motif.
The Time of Roses, and some instant ancestors.
 This batch was my favorite (below): a pretty baby,
 and a woman drinking from a stone jug, next to a log cabin!
 Now that is something you don't see every day!
 So pretty.
 What a pumpkin!
 The look on this little boy's face is priceless!
I'll bet it had something to do with that collar.
Shirley Temple wannabe.
It's a stormy day and I've been working on my craft room/studio/hoarder mess!
I never tire of  being elbow deep in my vintage things.
Although, if my husband was here he'd say it's more like knee deep these days!

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