Sunday, July 20, 2014

It's a cool, cool summer.

So far, our summer has been pleasantly cool and that's fine by me.
I just love cool nights when I can sleep with the windows wide open,
with a lightweight blanket or quilt covering me.

As you can see, I've got plenty to choose from!

Today is day 7, the last day of my vacation.
We had our kids here for the all-class reunion festivities and parade last weekend,
 followed by a short road trip during the week with lots of pit stops at antique shops along the way.
I think the cool weather during our drive through Wisconsin influenced my vintage purchases.

  Here's what I found.....

Classic blue & white "cutter" quilt as I've heard them called, stitched entirely by hand.
I honestly don't think I could bring myself to cut it up for pillows,
even though it's stained and the seams are coming apart.

Lap quilt pieced from wool and flannel. 
It's not vintage, but the colors are perfect (I think) for bedroom #3.

Here's a sneak peek of the "before" room.

The reveal should be in......oh, a year or three.

I confess, the unsavory wall color was chosen by me to match
an antique love seat and rug that are no longer with us.  That's a whole nuther story.
Who in the world painted the bed metallic bronze?  Oh, that would be me, too.
As you can see, there's lots of painting to be done.

Once again, I've purchased all the vintage accessories before I've chosen a paint color.
I call my design style, "Putting the Cart Before the Horse Decor".
I build the room around my favorite things.

As I was uploading photos, I came across this one taken right after I bought the bed in 2005.
I think it was $20 and we had to pull all the vines off the thing as the seller had been using it
for a trellis in her garden.  If I bought the bed today I would've just washed it up and called it a day!

I don't know why I took the photo, but until I uploaded it, I never really looked at it.
 I got all choked up when I noticed our little Fergie
 walking in the snow in the upper right corner.

Okay, onto the rest of my recent finds.

Oh-so-sweet crib quilt.  My favorite.

It's my goal to start sewing quilts and I'd like to start with one like this,
only with random fabrics, no actual design to it.

Another simple tied quilt.

This is the oldest of the lot and it's hand quilted.

I found 3 of the quilts in one booth in a wonderful shop in Cumberland, Wisconsin.
The owner was closing out and all of the items were marked.....
75% off the already low prices!!!  Yes, yes, and yes!
The others were very reasonable finds in the city of Spooner.
Both towns have shops that are well worth checking out
if you happen to be in that area.

A few weeks ago, I removed the shirred curtains from my old wall cupboard
and I replaced them with chicken wire to create a display space for my vintage quilts.
  My plan was to search for a few more quilts to fill the cupboard,
but I never dreamed I'd hit the jackpot in just one trip!

Here's the new look for my old cupboard.
I'm happy to say our daughter found the drawers,
but I still need to find some knobs.

Behind the cupboard is one of the newly painted gray walls.  I'm glad to be rid
of the beige walls that I've lived with far too long!  Although I love the weathered wood,
I've been contemplating painting the cupboard white.

Below are some of my inspiration photos from Pinterest.

Oh, I do love this white cupboard in an all white room.

   Crazy in love with this one.

Pretty cabinet in a pretty room.

Fun red cabinet from Petticoat Junktion.

Helen Philipps blog.
I like the white painted chicken wire and the heart, too!

I found one more item as we looped back into Minnesota through St.Paul.

  I found this simple leaded glass window.  I made a super-low offer
 because there's a small crack in one piece of glass near the bottom.......
and the dealer agreed to my price!  It was too good to pass up.
He even said I could return it if it didn't work out.  Huh?
No need to worry about that.

Well, all good things must come to an end.
It's back to work for me tomorrow and it looks like our
cool summer nights may be over until fall.
It sure was nice while it lasted!

Until we hoist the a.c. units into the windows,
I'll be utilizing my many vintage fans that still work.
I've nicknamed this one Slice & Dice.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Decorating with selfies.

Since our dining room is all decked out in red, white and blue for the upcoming holiday,
 I thought I'd share some photos of the room and a few selfies, too.

By now, you all know what a selfie is, but for those of us who don't own an iPhone,
(I'm assuming there are more than one of us?) a selfie may be something completely different.

For example, last winter I came across this vintage bathing suit
and I purchased it as a birthday gift for a friend with a lake cabin.

How thoughtful of me!

Of course, now that summer's arrived, I couldn't bear to part with it!
This is my first example of a selfie.

Selfie: gift purchased for somebody else but kept for myself.  Shameful, I know.

The suit is stitched up in our high school colors of navy and white, and it's even
got the school emblem of an anchor tacked under the mesh overlay.
Go Bluejackets!

(I hope you didn't expect a selfie of me wearing the suit!)

Around the corner, my plant stand holds the sea captain that was made for me
 by a talented friend.  He's dressed appropriately for Minnesota summers, freezing cold one day, 
hot and humid the next.  I hope he's wearing his Speedo under his wool knickers.

My window treatments are finished!

I showed up for work one rainy day this month, only to find that the schedule had been updated
and I had the day off.  (I'm sure you've all done that, right?)  Since I was already in work mode,
 I worked at home instead.  I spent the day cutting and sewing my stagecoach blinds
with music playing in the background, and coffee brewing in the kitchen.
Now that's my idea of a good day at work!

I didn't get paid for the day, but I got my blinds done!

The blinds add a pop of color without blocking the light.

Continuing with the nautical theme, I rolled the blinds around
pool noodles from the dollar store to keep them from drooping.
It's a cheap trick and it works like a charm!


I brought out the transistor radio as a summery accent in my cabinet because
it brings back memories of sunbathing while listening to pop tunes on AM radio.
Nowadays, I live more like a vampire, trying my hardest to escape the sun's damaging rays!

My drum major stands guard outside the cabinet while Shirley Temple smiles from within.
*Can you see her ghostly image on the blue glass next to the drum major?

Over the extremely long winter (it ended last week),
 I knit up a pint of wool strawberries.
Once you get past the first round, they're pretty simple to knit.
Free pattern here.

I've always thought that heart shaped items were somewhat contemporary,
but look what my sister sent me for my birthday......

...a sweet vintage heart shaped clock!!!
be still my <3

Spot's looking a bit forlorn these days and I know just how he feels.
We're both a little sad that cherries from Pottery Barn
 have replaced the chocolate that once filled my candy dishes.
woof woof

Pop bottles in patriotic colors hold miniature flags.

I may be tempting fate by screwing a hook into our
but it was necessary to hang my birdcage.  There are teensy weensy hairline cracks
near the edges of the textured ceiling and I hope I didn't start a
mini ceiling earthquake up there!

As for the empty cage,
there's a nasty merlin hawk in our neighborhood I'd like to stuff into the cage,
after he's been stuffed!  Bad, bad, bird.

I actually made 3 blinds for the room, but I didn't care for the look
on the double-hung window, so I made floor to ceiling panels instead.
 The blue & cream ikat fabric from Hobby Lobby drapes so beautifully
 that all I had to do was finish the raw edges and hang the panels from drapery rings.

Sew easy!
(Iron on hem tape would work just as well for those of you who don't sew.)
There are 2 finished panels, but I'm standing at the far end of my kitchen to get this shot!


As you can see, they're purely decorative since they won't close around the radiator,
but we've got plantation shutters for privacy and a roller shade to keep the sun out.
Remember, no central air at 911.

Do you recall the $2.99 thrift shop chairs from my last post?

I had absolutely positively no interest whatsoever  in keeping the chairs for myself
until I brought them into our dining room to photograph.

  I loved that I could place one at each end of the table and they didn't block the fireplace.


Well, they were already promised to our daughter, so I added them to my search and find list.

We took a road trip to Duluth on Lake Superior the very next day,
 and what do you think I discovered at the only antique shop we visited?
 Another pair of the exact same chairs!!  Same chippy paint, same size,
 not quite as cheap, but reasonable.  Coinkydink?  I think not!

Perhaps they were quadruplets separated at birth.

Selfie: purchasing a gift for somebody else and then
      purchasing the same gift for myself.

haPpy biRthday to me!

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Monday, June 16, 2014

I'm gonna pop some tags.......

Now I'm singing the Thrift Shop Song!

I'm gonna pop some tags,  I only got 20 dollars in my pocket.......

If you gloss over the "f bombs" in the rest of the lyrics, this song is a pretty darn humorous take on
the way we buy junk at the thrift store just because it's cheap!

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won a total of 4 Grammy Awards this year.
For "Thrift Shop", they won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance,
but I'm not quite sure if they're musicians or comedians.
It's obvious that at least one of them knows the pitfalls of shopping at the thrift.

About a month ago, our local thrift store moved to a new location where they're no longer
competing for street parking with the Corner Bar. ( Doesn't every small town have a Corner Bar?)
  Even in the early morning hours, the bar patrons hog all the good parking spots
 whilst sipping their morning brew?  Hmmm.  Shame on them.
  All that gluten!!!    burp

 Now that there's convenient parking, I've been popping in (the thrift store, not the bar)
 during my not-so-quick-trips to Walmart and Lowe's.  I'd like to think now that I'm older and wiser,
 I'm a bit more discerning about what I buy these days, but I'll let you be the judge.
 Did I impulsively buy this stuff just because it was cheap?

Here we go.

Two old farmhouse kitchen chairs.

$2.99 each!

These chairs have already been claimed by one of our daughters
 and will not be cluttering up our garage.  Whew!!!
(If you remember, I vowed to quit buying old junk for our girls,
 but for that price I couldn't pass up the chairs!)

Inspiration photo from Pottery Barn Kids.


Better Homes and Gardens.

Not exactly the same chairs, but close enough.
Loving the green chandelier, too.  And the shades.  And the plank walls.
And the art.  And the sailboat.  And the bench.  And the wicker table.

Country Living.
Wouldn't you love all those windows in your dining room?

Two old English transferware plates.

50 cents apiece.

Inspiration photos from Romantic Homes.

 I love this color combination.

Country Living.
What could be more festive at Christmas than red & white plates in a green cupboard?

Simple and elegant at A Country Farmhouse blog.

My beginner collection.

Shop class wall shelf.
99 cents.

Inspiration photo.

Source unknown.  Pinterest.

 I've been searching for one wood element to add to
my gallery wall and this little shelf fits the bill.

Cute and slightly kittywampus.  Fits right in.

Two straw hats.
$4.99 each.
Not so cheap for the thrift store, but they give a lot of bang for the buck.


Audrey, Audrey, Audrey.  Has any woman ever looked more fetching in a stylish hat than Audrey?
Do you look good in hats?  Me?  Not so much.

  Look!  Hats on the wall and an old farmhouse chair, too!
If Sara Richardson is decorating with this old junk, it must be good stuff!

Love this!
(Source unknown.)
Note to self.  Lots of straw bags available at the thrift shop.
Must check out during next outing.

"Bill, I need to make a quick run to.....ah.... Walmart?  I'll be right back."
(The thrift shop is exactly 9 blocks from our house.)

My hats and new straw bag will be added to this coat rack.

So, there you have it.
All for under $20 and I still have change in my pocket!

Pause a moment before you buy to make sure the items
in your cart are not only cheap, but useful, and most of all
make your heart go pitter-pat!

Thanks for visiting and go out and pop some tags today!


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