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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Some Fun Finds...


My daughter and I took some time to stop by our favorite thrift store this week...it's just fun to spend time together doing something we love, and we found a few project inspiring treasures, too!  The top photo is a Westmoreland milk glass toothpick holder~ it features charming swans...so pretty!
Someone donated a bunch of old photos, too...


I love the wear on some of the photos...


Several old photo folders for art...


little frames...


some Victorian pieces...old photos are always fun to find!


I thought this was a cute little band book...only 8" across...



We found a few other books with lots of art possibilities...







This book was one of my favorite finds!  It's actually a newer reprint of an 1892-1893 tool catalogue...


It is FULL of the most wonderful black and white graphics, artwork, charts...I LOVE it!  It has lots of watch and clock diagrams, too!  It's full of inspiration for me!


How about this sweet little plate~ full of wear~ and this charming monocle?  It is actually a newer piece from the jewelry company 1928~ I plan to wear this when I'm antiquing to better see marks on items!


Another fun find was this lot of glass test tubes!  They can be removed from the connectors, or used connecting as many together as you wish, in any shape.  This would be fun with fresh flower decorating...
 

Some spring colors...a few trims...


and some rolls of crepe paper in very nice pale colors!


Finally, these two decks of playing cards with butterfly backs...I love the glittery plastic box, too!


With warmer spring weather fast approaching, I know garage sale season can't be far behind!  I can't wait!

I am joining to~ My Cottage Style's Treasures and Trinkets Party

The Thrifty Groove's Thrifty Things Friday

Common Ground's Vintage Inspiration Friday 
and
Stuff and Nonsense's Fridays Unfolded

Until next time...
Linda

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A New Kitchen Vignette...

 Thought I'd share another little peek at my kitchen re-decorating project!  Today, I made a simple vignette on top of the refrigerator.  I decided that instead of lots of little things, like I used to have here, I would use a few larger pieces.  I think they have more presence in the room, and offer storage, as well!   Since I am an antique dealer, sometimes it's fun to shop my own stuff!  I love this antique metal bread and cake cabinet!


Such great graphics and patina...



Chippy vintage picnic baskets provide texture and storage...


I always love a sweet piece of vintage linen ...


This covered transferware dish is one of my favorite pieces...the dark teal blue color is so pretty...



I'm enjoying the fresh look !


I'm planning to get back to some painting this week...

I am joining Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday

Until next time...
Linda

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Spring Mantel...


I really enjoyed my blog break with my family~ thanks for all of your good wishes and for your SO sweet comments on my kitchen re-do project!  I finished several more cabinets and will be starting in on them again soon!  But today, with the snow melting and heavy rain, I decided it was time to bring a little spring to our mantel!  I used two pretty vintage floral prints as backdrops...


I added my favorite old white books with floral covers and glittered chicks...


some nests, moss, eggs, and burlap...



some cute antique postcards...






It is so wonderful to see signs of spring here in Minnesota...even though tonight we are having some more snow showers!
 
 I am joining Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday 
My Cottage Charm's Treasures and Trinkets Party  
and A Holiday Haven's Easter and Spring Party
 
Until next time...I'm looking forward to visiting blogs and seeing what I missed while I was away!
Linda

Monday, March 14, 2011

Peeks From The Kitchen Re-Do...


In my last post, I shared photos of my kitchen as I prepared to begin a redecorating project!  I didn't get as far as I had planned as I had some sick family members, and we traveled out-of-state for a funeral.  But we did a lot of painting and work...and I am loving how it is turning out!  I was a little nervous as the painting began...I could see it completed in my head, but took awhile to get used to the changing room (I'm weird like that...).  There were many doors to paint, and they needed three coats on each side to get the best look.  I  primed worn paint spots and bare wood.  I was a little worried when I started, that the paint (Benjamin Moore's Simply White) would be a little bright for the space, but that was just seeing it against the darker color...as I painted more pieces, I could see it was PERFECT for what I wanted!


Of course, the kitchen was in chaos for awhile...

 

I found drawer pulls and hinges I liked, but decided to paint and re-use the wood door pulls, which saved about $75.  I painted them with 2 coats of acrylic craft paint and topped them with a coat of satin water based sealer...




All the wallpaper was removed from the backsplash area~ it was a lot of fun as it actually came off in huge pieces!  It brightened the room so much!
 

The wood beadboard was put up, primed, and painted...



We are only about halfway finished, but thought you might like to see some peeks...here's a finished cabinet...


on the lower sink cabinet, my husband added hinges and door trays for storing sponges, etc...


and I am loving the backsplash...so bright and fresh...


So much still to do, but I'll show you more as we work!  We found a great deal on new flooring, too, so that has become part of the project now, too!


My parents are coming to visit for the next week!  I have not seen them for 8 months and am really looking forward to it!  I'll be taking a little blog break to spend time with them and will be back with more kitchen progress next week!

Until next time...I'll be resting my sore arms and legs...
Linda