A Toolbox and A Ladybug

I managed to go to a couple of yard sales this past weekend. It’s not often that I find all the pieces to a vignette in one day. (Vignette isn’t the right word here, but I can’t think of anything better.)

First, I found this toolbox:

Silver colored toolbox

Someone had painted it silver, which is fine. I’m sure it was just a tin toolbox and they “prettied” it up because it was looking rough and banged up. Well, it’s been painted long enough to look rough and banged up again.

Later, I found this big, wooden ladybug:

large wooden ladybug

It’s probably a Hobby Lobby or other home dec store item. Nothing expensive. But awfully cute!

So I went to Dollar Tree and bought some daisy bushes.

Daisy Tool Box : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Daisy toolbox

Real flowers planted in the toolbox would be so much better, but I’m not about to try to keep real flowers alive. This is going to my booth in The Pickle Patch in Sylacauga.

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Where have I been these past few weeks, you ask? Well, I’ll tell ya. A nasty sinus infection had me down a few days and I had – pardon the vulgar words that follow – snot brain for several weeks after that. It was like my thoughts had to swim through mucus before they could form. So sorry for that visual. But I’m betting you’re sitting there nodding in a been-there-done-that way. I was like a deer in headlights. But that’s finally almost gone.

Had a couple of my daughter’s baby showers to go to and spent a good bit of time preparing the estate sale mentioned in the last post. Then there was the ever present work. Going from booth to booth and Etsy. Annnnddd… we do have plans to reopen the shop and have been cleaning up in there when we had the chance. I think I’ve mentioned that before. At first, we were shooting for a March opening. Now it’s April 1. We’ll see. BECAUSE — Our first grand-darling will be born within the next couple of days!! I imagine we’ll keep the roads hot. Who cares about opening the shop? LOL

So you’re up to date on what’s been going on in my life lately. Not much. Won’t be able to say that this time next week, but that’s where it is right now.

A sweet, sweet gift

I had a birthday recently. It’s fine with me to totally ignore my birthdays. I don’t like the numbers, but at the same time I sure am glad to have all those numbers! And hope to have nearly that many more. But the junkin’ gal pals always have a girls’ night out when one of us has a birthday.

One of my presents was this wonderful, old print:

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Guess I should’a moved the plant before taking the picture, huh? Melanie and Tiffany went in together and got it for me. Aren’t they the BBFFE? (Best best friends forever ever) Either of them could have used it in their homes and I think they each would have loved to have it, but since they were together when they found it, they decided to pass it on to me. That was so sweet! They knew too, that she needed to be with my other little girls with birds.

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I got some other fun things too, and will show them later.

So where are my Christmas decor pictures? Um, there aren’t any. Before Thanksgiving, I was gung ho. Couldn’t wait to get Christmas stuff out and actually would have started before Thanksgiving if I’d had the time. After T-Day? The enthusiasm left. Vamooshed. And hasn’t reappeared. I’d wanted to try to make some of the things I pinned on Pinterest. After the first little attempt, that desire left, too. I’d even planned on joining in some of the Christmas blog parties. Sigh. Too much trouble. We’re not hosting anything this year unless it’s something spur of the moment and nobody’s going to see it anyway. Oh, I’ve got a couple of things out, and I will try to get some pics before Christmas. I might even see if I can make a few things I pinned. (Should “pinned” be capitalized?) But as far as dragging out the whole shebang, not gonna happen. Am I just getting old and cranky? Lawd, I hope not! This is the last year we’ll be able to get away with it, though. Next year with babies around, we’ll have to pull out all the stops.

Brown Transferware Love

A couple of weeks ago I showed something I’d change in my house. Today, I’m showing y’all something I love. My very small collection of brown transferware that is in my very small dining room. I guess it’d be the breakfast room.

French buffet with brown transferware

I’ll zero in shortly, but first about a couple of the other things. The lamp was my mother’s. She had an interior decorator come in and do her whole house in 1967. This lamp stayed on her dresser until after her death. When Daddy remarried, the new wife came with her own stuff and taste. She didn’t care for this lamp, so it got to come home with me. I’ve loved it since it first came into the family and am proud to have it now. The painting came from a yard sale. If I remember right, I paid a couple of bucks for it. I fell in love with it the minute I saw it – with all it’s flaking paint and frame.

Brown transferware and jute wraped light bulbs

The pears were done by my sister-in-law, Lynn of Swamp Girl. The plate is not the plate I want, but it is what it is for now.

 

Books and a pitcher sitting in a serving dish

A stack of demi cups under a clock cloche. They’re the most recent addition. Books and a pitcher in a serving dish. Funny how the difference in color doesn’t bother me so much in person, but I cringe a little when I see it in the picture.

OK. Are those pictures too big? Are they sort of in your face? I can never decide whether to do them smaller or the width of the space. I know I like to see close-ups, but maybe this is too close? What’s your preference?

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We’re back from our little vacation. It was so good to see our son, daughter-in-law and grand-fur-babies. It was nice to be in gorgeous, south Florida. The skies are so vivid and deep there. But it’s really good to be back home. We got antsy to get back and came home a day before we’d planned. Ricky’s already working on the furniture we picked up off the side of the road. (Uh, yeah. That’s another post.) But I’m having a hard time getting back in the groove. I was on such a roll before we left. Cleaning and creating. I want no part of any of that now. Today was a wander around aimlessly day.

 

Fall Yarn Wrapped Wreath

Have you been seeing all the yarn wrapped wreaths? There are some really pretty ones out there. I thought I’d try my hand at one. I didn’t want to invest much in the yarn and Wal-Mart was the closest seller of yarns for me, so choices were limited. There weren’t many good fall color choices, but I did the best I could. Cream, brown and cream, burgundy and a brown mix.

Ha! See the camera, my hand, part of my arm and the top of my head in the mirror? Oops.

I don’t know how people divide it so the colors are evenly spaced. I thought I was smart in using the measuring tape and it still came out uneven. But that’s OK with me.

The flowers? They came out of this basket of knitted flowers I found at an estate sale recently.

We’re vacay-ing in south Florida at the moment. My mission today was to visit Boca Bargoons and…. mission accomplished. I’m still hyperventilating from being in Fabric Heaven! Too bad there’s not one close to home. I took some samples, but I doubt I’ll ever follow through with buying any of it.

I also went to local yard sales Saturday and have been going to the thrifts. There are MILLIONS of thrift stores around here!! Mostly, the merchandise looks very similar to the thrifts back home, but my daughter-in-law said she found a pair of Prada shoes for $6 at one, so I’m determined to hit as many stores as possible.

The last couple of weeks were spent cleaning house because of friends doing house watching and cat care. Heaven forbid they should see it the way it always looks when they come over. LOL

Pumpkins on the table

Most of you are all decked out for fall and Halloween already. I’m getting a late-ish start. I’ve been cleaning like a mad woman the past week or two. OK. Not actually cleaning much, but cleaning out. Well, not actually cleaning out either, but boxing up the seemingly millions of things that are or will be for sale that made it to the house instead of the shop. I have a real, away from home warehouse, for goodness’ sake! Why is all this stuff here?! One bedroom looked like it belonged on an episode of Hoarders and the long living/dining room wasn’t much better. Another bedroom had become the packing room. This has to stop! The operation has to move back to the old shop. But that’s not what this post is about. I just wanted to show y’all that I’m not a total bah-humbug about fall decorating. Aside from a basket with some fake leaves stuck in it for the front door, this is the only thing I’ve managed so far.

Mini pumpkin centerpiece

Hard work, huh? Seems like it needs something. Maybe berries or leaves woven through? But, hey. I’m proud to get this much done! LOL I’m hoping to do more in the next few days.

That table, just this morning, was covered with junk. And a photo backdrop, aka cardboard project board sitting on poster board. I’m proud to have got this cleaned up, too. AND dusted, I might add. <Insert beaming, proud-of-myself smile here.>

How far ahead of me with fall decorating are you? Or are you dragging your feet, too? Or do you skip it altogether?

Here’s something I want to change in my house

Last week Vanna asked me what I’d change about my house. (By the way, if you’ve never gone to Vanna’s blog, Delusions Of Grandeur, go there. It’s a gorgeous treat for the eyes.)  I won’t list the things I’d like to change about the house itself. It’d make me sound miserable and ungrateful. I’m not. But I will step out and show you an eyesore — Part of the living room. Ugh.

Oops. Forgot to pull out the junk pushed under.

Oh dear. First, what do I like here? The statue in the corner, the candlesticks you can’t see very well and the wicker rocker because it was my grandparents’. What don’t I like? The pedestal table and the horrid sofa fabric.

I remember buying the pedestal table from the lady who used to live in the house we own now. This was years after we bought the house. She was divorced and remarried. I had to pay $25 for that table and was proud to get it. After I bought it, she said she and her husband were going for “real antiques” now. I never looked at it quite the same way after that, but it’s served its purpose. But this post is about the sofa.

I’ve come to the conclusion that at this stage in my life I shouldn’t have to live with things that don’t make me smile or things that cause distress. Within reason, of course. The sofa was at a yard sale back in the ’80’s. I remember it so well. I don’t remember the exact house, but could point to a couple it might be. We needed a sofa in the living room, camel backs were all the rage then and I wanted it. If I remember right, it cost us $300.00! Remember, it was back in the pre internet days when everything was valuable. It was a tough decision to let go of the money, but I did it.

I wasn’t crazy about the fabric, but it did seem to be original and I never had the heart to change it. Somehow, I determined the sofa was made in the ’20’2 or ’30’s. I don’t know if it was or not.

So recently I decided it was time to get rid of the sofa. Get something new. Maybe a little smaller. Then I saw this on Pinterest:

Gasp! I love, love, love it!! Can’t I make my sofa look very similar? Surely! I’m over wanting to save the original upholstery. I’m ready to cover a sofa. Uh, wait. Did I really say I was ready to cover a sofa?? All I’ve ever covered are flat chair bottoms. I told my daughter and she laughed. She knows me so well. (She also laughed at my wonky shoo fly cloche. LOL)

Don’t look for a blog post showing my sofa looking like this any time soon, but it’s planted firmly in my mind. Maybe I’ll actually act on it.

I need to ask, though. Do you think the seat just filled with down or is it foam with down around it? I’m assuming it’s down. Is it something else?

This decorating magazine picture is how old??

Like most of you, I pull and save pictures from decorating magazines. Pinterest was a Godsend! I even considered scanning all my pages and putting the images into my Pinterest folders. Imagine all the space I could clear up. When I craved even more inspiration, all I’d have to do was sit at the computer and browse. That idea lasted all of 5 minutes. I’d never ever finish the mountain of pages. I knew I’d be setting myself up for failure.

When I say mountain of pages… it’s like this. I’ve been doing this a long, long time. At first I saved whole magazines. When that got out of hand, I bought a 3 drawer chest to keep them in. When they overflowed that, I got brutal and started tearing out pictures and putting them in a big notebook. When that got out of hand, the pictures were organized into folders by type like we do our pin boards. But I’m bad not to keep up. Stray pictures all over the place, still lots of magazines, and piles where I’ve been ambitious and torn out some pages. I’ve been collecting magazines and pictures so long, I even have the 10 year anniversary magazine of Country Living. At that time it had been my favorite since its infancy.

Anyway, what I’m getting around to is that the past few days I’ve been looking through those folders and piles and punching holes in the pages, getting ready to put them in notebooks. It’s been fun and interesting to see how my taste has changed through the years. I also found this particular picture interesting.

Vignette from an old magazine

Looks like something we might see in a magazine or on Pinterest today, doesn’t it? But it’s about 15 years old. Look what else was on the same page:

Whoa! Book wallpaper and fabric? Purple striped walls? Of course the prims in the top picture are still popular. And look what’s on the back of that page.

No, I’m not knocking any of this. So much pink was never my taste, but that certainly didn’t make it wrong. This room would be really easy to update, too.

The first picture, however just doesn’t fit in with the others. You can look at the others and know those pictures are fairly old, but not this one. Our home owner here was so ahead of the game using, in this one little vignette several of the creative ideas so popular today.

The locks hanging on the wall, the giant letter N, architectural pieces, don’t know what those little things under the architectural piece at the top are, and…. is that a key upper left? Then, of course, the rustic table. I wonder how this person is decorating now? Is she still happy with this style or has she moved onto things the rest of us don’t know we like yet? And what about the others? Did they feel they’d reached perfection and leave it that way?

When we go to estate sales, so many of the homes were obviously decorated in the 1970’s or ’80’s, never to be touched again. I don’t want to be that old lady. Maybe I’ll change my mind later, but I enjoy the changing styles. I like adding and subtracting things, changing color and upholstery. Not that I do it often enough. Which brings me to the question, what is often enough? How often should we do a fairly major redecorating job like painting and reupholstering? What’s ideal? I’m in that mode right now. Wanting to paint, tired of certain big pieces of furniture, like um.. a couple of sofas…, things like that. How often do you change?

 

A new collection?

Thought I’d share one of the things I bought for myself this weekend.

It used to be a fan. See the notch out of the bottom? The wooden fan handle was stapled there. I thought they might enjoy living next door to these young girls I already have.

I just don’t know how to frame the oddly shaped fan so that it will coordinate with the picture I already have. And, the colors are so very different. Hmmmm…. Any suggestions?

A little history on the picture that is already on the wall. The print was a very large, and very damaged, square. Much larger than what is shown. So much of it had to be cut away. It cost a whopping dollar. Or maybe not even that. It’s been a long time now. The frame, however? $75.00!!!! I took it to the local photography studio. My cousin, even. And that’s how much it cost. I’m thinking I can do better with the newest one now that Hobby Lobby and Michael’s are not so very far away.

 

Bah humbug

This is nuts! I simply cannot get into Christmas decorating mode this year. I’ve spent the last who knows how many days cleaning and straightening the house just to get it ready to decorate. And I’m still at it. With a couple more rooms yet to go. I won’t go into all the excuses valid reasons the house was so intolerable that I had to spend this much time on it first, but it was required. And I’ve been enjoying every minute! Well, most of the minutes. It feels so good to have everything neat and clean! I don’t have the heart to clutter it up by putting out all the decorations like I usually do. Besides, Christmas is almost here! I made the executive decision today to just put out a few things here and there. And – gasp – no big tree. Shocking, I know. But it’ll all be so easy to pick up afterwards. So it begins.

A few reindeer in the pantry:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also in the pantry:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My mother and me in 1962 in Lufkin, Texas. Kelty’s precisely. And if anybody went to Mable Lanier grammar school, I’d love to talk to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the big dining table:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The little white tree is the bell tree this year:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And me playing with the camera and macro lens:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The plan is to put out more tomorrow and maybe the next day, but this is pretty much as far as I’ve got so far. It’s killing me, but I haven’t even got to see what you all have done! I know my blog list and I know with absolute certainty that all of you, if you did anything at all, have beautiful Christmas homes this year. Looking forward to sitting down and cruising through them all.

Somebody help! It’s almost Christmas!

Am I the only one having a hard time getting in the mood to decorate for Christmas? I love Christmas! I love to get all the decorations out and place them! So what’s wrong with me this year? I just plain ol’ don’t wanna bother with it. But Erin came up yesterday and we were going to decorate. I’d gone to her house Saturday and we got one of her trees decorated and she was going to help me get started with decorating the house.

We pulled most of the boxes out and didn’t get much more done than that. Y’all know I’ve never shied away from showing my messes in all their glory, so here’s the Christmas box mess:

This doesn’t include the 4 boxes of tree ornaments and some other boxes that were to high and too wedged for us to get down. Nor does it include the big, gold, aluminum tree or the several small trees. But, as you can see, it does include a chair full of laundry that needs to be taken care of and a stack of Halloween pumpkins in the back of the room (with a box on top of it?). You don’t see the fall wreath, the raincoat, a big stuffed snowman, etc. And please pretend the hideous green chair is really covered in some awesome fabric. It will be. Someday. I just haven’t found it yet.

We did get a couple of little trees decorated, but I didn’t get pictures of them yet. They’re not in place. But this is what little was done.

I put a couple of trees in blue Ball jars with Epson Salt for the snow. Not sure I like the effect, though. The salt is so white and the tree is so not white.

Put a festive pin on top of a drawer knob. Actually, I did this last week.

And that’s it. What? You expected more? Ha! I guess I’ll be forced to do something now that everything’s drug out, but I don’t wanna!