Friday, May 20, 2016

Making Time For Making

These lovely words have been rattling around in my head, waiting to be added to the altered book, since Danielle at Blessed Serendipity shared them on her blog quite some time ago.  You can find her more recently on Instagram @blessedserendipity.
Thank you for the inspiration Danielle!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Junkalanche Update

Way back in February I blogged about my new strategy for organizing the junk-in-waiting and hauled everything down from the attic.  It languished and multiplied in the guest bedroom while I searched for an appropriate storage cabinet.
Nobody sleeping here, that's for sure!
I finally found this bad boy at the antique mall and husband and I wrestled it home and in to the house.  This guy is 50" wide and about 40" tall so no small feat to get it out of the truck and up the four separate steps in to the house.  We are getting too old for this stuff!
The view now.  Sorry about the poor picture.  It is a rainy morning here.  It took some time to sort things that would be okay in tubs on the patio and things I wanted stored inside.  Lots of time.
But happy to say I finally got it organized and the room functional again.
Now I just have to train myself to not fall victim to "out of sight, out of mind" and pile that bed back up!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

Wishing you all a sweet Mother's Day!!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Better Late Than Never!

Oopsie!  I haven't been doing much junking lately, or much of anything I didn't HAVE to do lately and just noticed this blog post that I never finished and published.  That pretty picture is unframed.  I keep buying frames with no pictures and pictures with no frames - doh!!  I need to match them up and figure out sizes of frames I actually need.
The little curio frame in the back is about 3" deep.  The back is covered in very 60s gold wallpaper.  What do you think - switch it out or keep as-is?  The little set of drawers is cardboard with Bakelite handles. I have a weakness for pretty boxes and anything with tiny drawers.
Something for the guys.  I got two of these vintage beer trays and thought the red level was kind of neat looking.  It has been in my booth for a couple weeks now so apparently I am the only one who thinks it is interesting.
The brass plant holder and old ticking pillow cover have both come and gone.  I'd love to find a whole stack of those pillow covers!
This adorable little windmill is staying with me for a while.  It has a hanger on the back and the windmill spins.  It is right at home next to my wooden shoe and there is always room for tiny treasures!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Saturday Finds

This week flew by so that must mean I'm having fun!  8+)  I mostly post my favorite finds on Instagram but figured my poor little neglected blog could use a shot of vintage.
This is a flattering shot of this little dolly since most of the hair on the left side of her head is missing.  She is complete with both arms and legs {{gasp}} so she will be heading to the booth as-is.  The birdhouse isn't vintage but has the look so it will fit in nicely with the Spring theme going on over there.
We are predicted to have 88 degrees tomorrow - in APRIL for crying out loud.  That is 41 degrees higher than last Thursday.  Crazy.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Where the Wild Things Are

 I don't keep up with my garden the way I once did since I'm a bit older and busy growing my junky business. Luckily there are some wild things that show up year after year despite lack of attention from me. I used to fight this wild Lily of the Valley but have learned to embrace it as a sign that Summer is right around the corner.
I am especially fond of the wild Bleeding Heart.  The blossoms are not as big as the hybrid variety but it blooms and flourishes all Summer long instead of dying back after a short hurrah.
Soon the volunteer Foxglove will be here with their annual show - blooming wherever they chose to plant themselves.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Side By Side

These vintage children's ice skates are so adorable!  I found them at lunchtime today.  All afternoon I was picturing two tiny ice dancers whirling and twirling their way around the rink.
I would say they fit 6 - 8 year olds.  Yes, I know Mom probably dropped them off at the skating rink or maybe even the edge of the frozen lake so she could get a little piece of peace but I like my story better so I'm sticking with it.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Surprise Buttons

While I was on vacation I had the rare pleasure of getting to spend time with a dear friend IN PERSON.  We stay in touch but we both work full time so face time is a real treat.  She surprised me with a blue Ball jar AND a tin of buttons.
She is not a button person but she knows I love them.  She scored BIG on these.  As soon as I started rolling over the jar and looking inside I realized it wasn't an ordinary jar of buttons.  This was some one's collection!
There were very few "ordinary" buttons.  These pearly ones look like earrings but they are buttons.
Beautiful Lucite!
Extruded celluloid and a tiger-stripe glow bubble below it.
Glass buttons and some beautiful dark red casin buttons.
Some wooden buttons and some unusual rectangular metal buttons.
Green glass buttons seem to be the hardest to find and love those glass eye buttons!

As found.  Thank you dear friend.  The only thing better than sorting all these beautiful buttons was hanging out with you!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


I had the best intentions of posting more often during my week off but I got hit by the flu train.  If I had to pay for my annual flu shot I would ask for my money back!
Fortunately, it held off long enough I was able to get in some visiting and some junking and some making before the forced resting began.
I picked up a bunch of used vintage greeting cards a while back and the urge hit me to make them in to tags.  I RARELY have the opportunity of stop what I'm doing and follow my muse so making these was a real treat for me.
I also finished another page in the altered book.  The font I chose made it a little hard to read.  It says:
Don't think too much, you will create a problem that wasn't even there.
Good words!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Plenty of Nothing

I might not get all my nothing done but it is sure fun trying!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

No Wonder!

 I am on vacation this week.  It is a stay-cation to de-frag and re-boot my brain so plenty of junking and resting on my agenda.  I have come to terms with the junkalanche being a revolving door.  I am still attempting to organize it better but the ebb and flow of junk comes with the Etsy and antique mall territory so no more beating myself up over it.
 Yes, I bought a HUGE pile of doilies which then necessitated buying a bigger tub to soak them in - LOL!  I finally found the price point where they move.  Since people are not willing to pay much for them I still wash and block but I no longer press them.  I still have the satisfaction of knowing I rescued them and passed them along to someone who appreciates them.  Which is clearly one of my missions in life since I am unable to leave them behind.
 Two pretty old books and an adorable and very vintage bisque Bavarian doll.
 I can't decide if this cake plate is a toy or just intended for small treats.  It is about 8" in diameter.  Anyone know??  The paint is starting to peel so I'm hoping I can seal it with Mod-Podge.
 Yes, I bought this and put it in my booth because some MAN will probably buy it.  It is a wooden postcard.  And his wife can say, "Is that right?  Well which one of us bought that stupid postcard!".
 And now to the title of this post...  It is no wonder those of us who grew up in a certain era have body image issues.
 It tells who?
 Complete with handy little boxes so you can check your weight and write it down each month and obsess over it.
Nowhere does it mention that if you aren't shaped that way then you should start over with different parents because that isn't how your body is shaped.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Erin Go Bragh!

Get your green on!
Happy St. Patrick's Day