A repurposed piece of enamelware

When I spotted this 8″ square piece of enamelware recently, I knew immediately it should be a magnet board. Normally, I’ll see something and think that needs to be in my stash. Surely I can think of something to do with it. Then years later, it’s still in my stash. But not this time. And I hopped right on the “project”! Of course, all I had to do was make some magnets and then stage the photo.

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I’m trying to talk myself into selling this along with the magnets and recipe card. Even wrote up the description and put it on Etsy and in the store on my other blog (Just Vintage Home) but took it down a half hour later. (As I write this it’s even still on my Etsy feed on the right.) I’m enjoying it too much. Not even using it anywhere. It just makes me smile when I walk by and see it.

Estate sale loot and a brand new person in the world

OK. I might as well get it over with. We have a girl grand-darling!  I said on the last post that our daughter decided not to find out the sex of the baby until she was born. That made it so exciting at the time of the birth. So, let me introduce little Danielle Elizabeth.

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This was day 2 and taken with my phone. The picture is not good, but the only one I have where she’s not scrunched up, crying, and wondering what just happened. When I’m with her, I’m too busy being with her to think of taking pictures.

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Now that I have done my proud grandmother, look at my picture(s) thing, let’s move on to estate sales.

Before I went back to the hospital the second day, I was compelled to go to an estate sale. I don’t know the area very well and thought by the description that it was fairly close in. Not 20 miles out! But by the time I realized how far it was, I was already half way there and figured I might as well continue on.

It was midday, drizzling rain, and they didn’t have a lot to choose from. A few tables set up outside and stuff in the living room and dining room. They said they’d already sold a lot of stuff and I still came out with all this. (The pictures aren’t the best quality. The light was too low and I didn’t have the camera set correctly to compensate for that, so had to lighten in my photo editing software. I use the free Photoscape, by the way. And love it.)

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A plastic butterfly serving tray, a milk glass reticulated bowl, a heavy glass leaf, a large, Floraline vase, and a small, silver plate pitcher of some kind.

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A couple of cookbooks, a leather souvenir mug, a Reed and Barton, silver plate razor, a small Stangl plate, a tall silver plate glass (thought it needed a bird’s nest) and an old pickle jar.

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Three milk glass reticulated plates, one plain, one with birds, one with flowers, and a Fire King hot plate.

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A penguin ice bucket with Bakelite handles and a Godinger crystal bowl.

Also got two, tall, wire plant stands.

After I left, I kept thinking I should’a got this or why didn’t I get that? But there was no going back. I also wondered what I missed if these were the things left. Not really things I’d usually buy, but still OK. So, I felt guilty about not going straight to the hospital and glad I went to the sale at the same time. Figured it gave them some more alone time – if there weren’t any other visitors, but I believe there were.

One last picture. Erin would kill me if she knew I was posting it, so I’ll make it a small one.

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I know she won’t agree, but how can somebody look so good almost immediately after giving birth?! I sure didn’t look that good.

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:

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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.

Estate sale in Sylacauga, AL March 1-2

We’re conducting an estate sale in Sylacauga, AL

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832 Pineview Ln.

It’s actually two combined estates. The late Dr. Steven Rudd and his parents’ estate. What’s there? Small household items. one mid mod bedroom suit, 3 hide-a-bed sofas, glass top dining table, roll top desk, other small pieces of furniture, household items, hundreds of books, many medical, CDs, DVDs, records from the 1960s-70s, lots of very nice mens clothing. 80 volumes of Medical Classics Library, other collectible books, Mont Blanc pens, watches, Renaissance items (chain mail hoods, helmets, shield, daggers), computer equipment and electronics…

By request of the estate, this is a cash only sale, so bring those dollar bills! If you’ve been to our sales before, you know we price to move it out. Lots of bargains. Saturday will be half price. Hope to see you there and tell us you saw it here!

The Saga Of the Silver Aluminum Christmas Tree Comes To An End

Several years ago, 2007 to be exact, I told the story of my “ownership”, loss, and quest for another 6′, pompom, silver, aluminum Christmas tree. I won’t repeat it in detail, but you can read it here. I just reread it and it was a fun read, if I may say so myself! (That blog post was back in the day when I had a Blogger blog. Things haven’t been updated there in years.) In a nutshell, Momma had one, I hated it, wanted it later, thought I had it, but it was gold and not ours, and I’ve been on a quest ever since. This quest has gone on for 13 years.

Went to an estate sale Saturday. I only had time for one sale and I chose this one. Turned out, it was in the back yard and basement. Boxes were EVERYWHERE in the back yard. Boxes, and boxes and boxes. And boxes. And MORE boxes. People were leaning over, rummaging through. Now, I love to dig as much as the next junker, but not this time. The boxes weren’t just On the Ground, they were sitting in wet, sloppy, icky, cover your shoes MUD! Bleah! To make matters worse, you’d dig and come up with cheap, 1980′s decor. No, that combo, mud and ’80′s, really took the wind out of my sails. Besides, several friends had beat me and probably had found things of worth already. Quite discouraging.

I did get some old fabric and quilt tops and pieces and sewing paraphernalia. Who me? Sewing stuff? What a surprise! Ha! Then I realized the basement was open. You betch’a I made a beeline to the dry spot. Picked up a few more things. An old, oval, convex glass frame, a covered cake stand, can’t remember what else at the moment.

I was walking around, making sure I wasn’t missing anything when a joyful noise came from the heavens. The Angels sang. A light shown around a box. A box?

Silver Aluminum Christmas Tree Box

A nondescript, taped up, box. It was close to the basement entrance. Every single person there walked right past it several times. Including me. Perhaps they didn’t see the writing on top?

Silver Aluminum Christmas Tree Box

Oh, yeah. I grabbed that baby, hoping it wouldn’t be beyond my budget. When the seller saw it, she commented that it was such a pretty tree. They’d had it when she was a little girl. I asked how tall it was and she put her hand up above her head – about that tall. She thought about taking it home with her, but she was on a plane, blah, blah, blah. Whatever. Too bad, so sad. I WANT IT! But I still didn’t ask how much. We just tallied everything I had. I offered $10 less and we had a deal.

I still had not looked inside. It could have been some other crapola in there for all I knew. Maybe it just said silver tree. Two days later – Yup. I was able to contain myself for two whole days – I opened it. These pictures were taken as I was opening. How’s that for self restraint?

I held my breath, undoing the tape and my, my, it was taped real good. Finally it opened. Was it………..???

Silver Aluminum Christmas Tree Box

YES! It was!! The original box is still there, too. In pieces, but kept with the tree. I don’t know if I’m completely satisfied, though. The pompom ends aren’t as full and lovely as ours were.

Silver Aluminum Christmas Tree

So this one might be replaced sometime in the future. Or maybe not. After all, it has it’s own, fun story.

First estate sale of the year for me

You know, here in the South, our sales don’t stop except for major holidays. They slow down, a lot, but don’t stop. I’ve got enough stuff in storage that I’m not actively hunting at the moment, but when an estate sale is 3 miles from my house, I can’t not go. I didn’t get out early to go. Actually showed up a couple of hours late. Judging by some of the things I got, I wonder just what I missed? Now, some of the things I bought are eye roll worthy. The only reason I can think of that made me put them in my stack was hunger. Hunger for a deal. But a 50¢ deal is 50¢ trashed if I can’t figure out what to do with it.

Here are pictures of The Stuff. Good and bad. And forgive the pictures. Some are not up to snuff. Trying out a new picture taking spot and lighting. There are so many pictures, to cut down load time, I used several thumbnails instead of full size pics. If there’s anything you’ve just got to see better, click on the picture to see a larger one. ;-)

MCM Magazine Rack

Mid century magazine rack

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Merry Mushroom

I can never remember which pieces of the Arnel’s mushroom series people want, so I tend to buy what I find. Haven’t hit gold yet.

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Strawberry perfume bottle

The ironstone pitcher in the back is marked DIXIE on the bottom. I thought that was cool. The little perfume bottle is shaped like an elongated strawberry and came in the little white case. There’s a tag that says France, but no other indication what the perfume is or anything. The other things were just in a box. Didn’t actually buy them on purpose.

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Chippy paint clay flower pots

These flower pots are larger than they look in the picture. Six and eight inch-ers. I liked them because of the blue color that’s chipping off.

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Vintage Christmas boxes

I’ve always been attracted to vintage Christmas boxes. Thanks to Pinterest and Beth Leintz, I now know what I can do with them!

Source: bethleintz.typepad.com via Wanda on Pinterest

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Vintage fabric

Vintage, dirty, smelly fabric. Pulled out of a barn. No, not really a barn, a storage outbuilding that looks like a house on the outside, but barn-ish on the inside.

Let me stop here and explain the outbuildings. The first day there were two open. They leaned like the Tower of Pizza. Floors were rotten. I almost went through one board. The second day, a third building was opened. The sale handlers were afraid to open it because they could see rot around the door frame and were scared people would get hurt. They only opened it because folks were begging. The rot? It was only around the door frame. The inside was sturdier than the leaning buildings. This fabric came from that building.

Now back to pictures:

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More fabric. This time with patterns. Smelly, but not so dirty.

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Georgia embroidery

Old, Georgia embroidery pillow top, cute basket and a salt shaker with crusty lid. Figured the glass might prove useful in a project some day.

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Tole painted planters

Rose, tole painted planters. Pretty, but crusty and rusty. They had the crustier one on the bottom inside the prettier one and had them taped together. Boo hiss! No fair! Had I known the bottom one was so bad, I’d have waited for half price day. But that’s OK. They’re still pretty and hard to find.

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Tin of sewing items

A large tin full of sewing paraphernalia. I haven’t even dug around to see the goodies yet.

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Vintage honeycomb Easter decorations

These were particular favorites of mine. Several Easter, fold out, honeycomb table decorations. Two different styles. This picture might be worthy of a click. These will be for sale on Etsy before too long. If I get my be-hind in gear.

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Tablecloth and fabric

A grody tablecloth – don’t bother to enlarge. It’s pretty yucky – and some more vintage fabric. The tablecloth is destined to become part of a project. It’s a head scratcher. No, I don’t think it has bugs! I just don’t know why I bought it.

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Vintage scarves

1970s scarves for my hair — if I can get them clean — and a hanky for the lace trim.

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Chicken mash bag

Crafting things. A chicken mash bag front, some millinery flowers and snowmen picks.

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Ringed pottery vases

A pair of tall, blue, ringed vases. I always think of these as florist vases. They’re unmarked, but possibly Bauer? I’m not sure the lip is right for Bauer. More research is needed.

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Omar Queen of Egypt Perfume

Do you know anything about perfume bottles? This is Omar something-or-other. I couldn’t squint enough to read the last name, but if you know perfumes, you’ll know what it is. The brand isn’t rare. But I can’t find the bottle on the internet. It’s about 3″ tall, Egyptian motif painted on the front. Something about Queen of Egypt written on the back.

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1920s Child's Flapper dress

1920s young girl’s silk dress. It’s stained and so fragile, but I couldn’t resist it. Kinda wrinkly, too.

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Vintage blue nightgown

Can’t tell much by the picture, but that’s a pretty, light blue nightgown.

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Old birdcage

There’s a story that goes with this birdcage. Remember I said I was a couple of hours late getting to the sale. This cage was on the front porch, sitting atop a table. The table had a sold/family sign hanging on the side. I thought the birdcage was part of the sold stuff. Especially since I personally knew several people who were there before me who would have snapped it up. These people stood in line waiting to get in and would have stared at it for quite awhile. Probably would have been racing to get to it first. But it nagged at me that maybe it was just the table that had sold and not the cage, the rolled up print for a dollar and the odd book that were all sitting on top. So I asked. It wasn’t sold! Up until that very moment when I said add it onto my total. I asked Tiffany, who was one of the people waiting in line why she didn’t get it. She thought it was sold. I guess everybody thought that. Lesson here = always ask.

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These last two pictures are things I’ll be keeping.

Antique apothecary jars

These apothecary jars were rather pricey for me. After much lip chewing, and waffling back and forth, should I or shouldn’t I, I decided to go for it. They look old, but I don’t know glass and especially don’t know apothecary jars. For the price they’d doggone better be old!

Next is my favorite. It loses it’s charm in the picture. I know some of you will wonder what I see in it, but some others will know exactly what I see.

Antique terrarium

I’m not sure if it was originally a terrarium or an aquarium. It’s about a foot, maybe a little more, across. Probably 10″ high. I don’t have it home with me yet and didn’t measure. But wanted to give you an idea of size. I totally fell in love with the green metal sides with the yellow stripe.

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The back glass has a huge crack in it? Don’t care. Feet are rusted. That don’t bother me none. This came out of the building that they opened up the second day. I saw another lady look at it and shun it, I’m guessing because of the crack. I’m so glad she didn’t take it. I don’t know yet what I’ll do with it, but when things settle down around here, I’ll figure it out.

I’d tell you all about what’s going on, what we’re up to, but this post is already way too long. Stay tuned. And don’t forget to check out the new blog, Just Vintage Home. I’m posting there, but still futzing around with the look.

Have you been to any good sales yet this year? Does your part of the country have a yard sale season or do you get to shop year round?

A couple of MCM things I’ve found recently

I haven’t posted any finds lately, but that doesn’t mean there are none. It hasn’t been convenient to take pictures, the light hasn’t been right….. Yeah. OK. I’ve been lazy. I admit it. I do have a pretty big lazy streak.

Here are two of the things I’ve come home with lately. Thought I’d show them together since they’re from the same era and in the same genre. (Oooo! She used a fancy word!)

Found these burlap tumblers in a thrift store:

Burlap tumblers

There were more, but the others had cracks. Usually what you find in these is cups with handles, but these are cup size with no handles.

This next item was found at another thrift store. There was an annoying lady looking at all the lamps, staying forever and I was about to turn around and cruise another aisle. Erin was with me and spotted this lamp. She simply pointed. The Heavens opened and the angels sang. I snatched and grabbed. Then thought to look at the price. Yes! It was doable. VERY doable!

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The picture does it no favors. It’s stunning in person. Now, I know not everybody appreciates this style. I didn’t until maybe 10 years ago. I still don’t decorate with it, but do so wish I had enough rooms to have at least one mid mod room. I want to keep this lamp so bad!  – Badly? Which is correct? – But so far I haven’t found anywhere it can go. I suppose I could redo a whole room around it…. But remember that lazy streak? Yeah. It’d kick in, I’m pretty sure.

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I’ve made my first “official” post at the new blog, Just Vintage Home, about my new upcycled coffee table. Used to, we’d call it a make-do table. I’d love for you to pay a visit! I’m still working on getting a subscribe button on there. That really shouldn’t be so hard. But if you use Google reader and have the rss subscribe thingy in your browser, I’d appreciate the follow.

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Happy New Year & 2013′s Grand Plans

1947 Happy New Year card

Happy New Year card from 1947

 

Hope everyone’s Christmases and New Year’s celebrations were faaab-u-lous and that you got to spend them just the way you wanted. Either with family all around or quiet time alone. Maybe you were on a cruise ship somewhere or skiing in the mountains. However it was spent, we all have to come down and get back to work. Sigh.

My vacation’s ’bout over. I didn’t plan on taking a vacation. Didn’t go anywhere and wasn’t sick. Really wasn’t even all that busy. It just happened. When I realized I hadn’t done any internet work, Etsy or the blog, I just rolled with it. Decided to make it a complete Christmas vacation and determined that I’d get back to work Jan 2. Ack! That’s tomorrow! I’m not ready!

I wanted to tell y’all about some of our plans for the next year, both personally and for Just Vintage. First, there will be a blog change. I plan to take this blog back to its original intent. Junking. Sharing the finds and perhaps the business end of the… well, the business. We’re still tossing around the idea of reopening the shop for a few days a week, so there will be both shop and booth pictures.

I’ve been working on a new blog, Just Vintage Home, to cover home decorating, the crafting I’ll never be able to give up trying, the occasional recipe… you know. Homey stuff. We’ve got a few projects up our sleeves for the house. A couple of closet re-configurations, at least one room makeover and of course the usual little re-dos here and there. That blog will also have a store that has many things I can’t put on Etsy. Newer items and I’m hoping Capri Blue candles (The yummy candles Anthropologie sells, Aloha Orchid, Volcano). We plan to go to market in Atlanta in a couple of weeks. Of course there probably won’t be much money available to spend, so I don’t know what, if anything, I’ll come back with.

Ricky has his woodworking shop ready to rumble now, so there will be furniture being built and old furniture being made over. I hope I can get him to do some repurposed things as well.

In our personal life, our children will be adding two brand new people to the world in March and June. Our first grandchildren. It’s funny. Thirty years ago I envisioned me being a plump, grandmother, my gray hair in a bun, always with home baked cookies in the cookie jar, etc. The only thing I’ve nailed is the “plump” and I really, really, really want to get rid of that. As for the other things? Not gonna happen. What was I thinking?! OK. Maybe the cookies. But only if I know ahead of time they’re coming.

So there you have it. Those are some of the plans. Like resolutions, keeping them is the challenge. But if Ricky will get behind me and push, we’ll do fine. :-)

 

 

Our favorite Chess Pie recipe

This was my favorite pie growing up. My grandmother made it – anytime I asked. And I wonder why I’m so fluffy. Ha! When I grew up and had kids, I made it for them. Turns out it became their favorite pie, too. It’s still a family favorite. And so easy!

Chess Pie

A vintage chess pie recipe from Just Vintage.

You’ll need an unbaked pie shell. I use the store bought kind. They’re better than any I can make.

Chess Pie

1-1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup (one stick) butter
3 eggs
1 Tablespoon cornmeal
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all ingredients. Beat slightly (that’s important). It will have a slightly lumpy texture. Pour into the unbaked pie shell and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean. I usually bake it a bit longer than 45 minutes.

What could be easier than that? And yes, the crust should crack. It rises as it’s cooking, then falls when it’s cooling.

 

 

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.