Sunday, October 4, 2015

Too Much of a Good Thing... Advice Please!

If any of you ever hoarded accumulated (not that any of you would ever do that) FAR too many craft flowers and decided to de-stash, would you group them by color to sell them or mixed lots??  I'm pondering this heap and trying to decide which way to go.  What would you do?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Play Time Matters

Yep, I have been easing back in to real life after vacation.  Don't want to rush in to things!  I worked a little more in the altered quote book.  I made the page on the right first and couldn't decide which quote to use so I made the page on the left and just used both.  I keep waiting for an opportunity to use the quote on the left at the office - LOL!
I picked up a little pamphlet with gorgeous floral pictures at The Bins this week.  My glue stick was already out so I decided to add them to the blank pages in my Nature's Bounty journal from Karla Nathan's swap.
Every single one is beautiful in it's own right so might be hard to add additional embellishments on top of them.

Some pretty girls in addition to the floral pictures.
I tried to match them to the pages on the opposite sides.  The lovely ladies lend themselves to additions more than the floral pictures but I am also trying to get away from always adding quotes and words.  I would like to just make one of those "glue books" one of these days. Goodness knows I have plenty of ephemera!
I hope you are taking some time for play.  It is IMPORTANT!

Monday, September 28, 2015

To Cali And Back

 We returned from a trip to California on Saturday evening.  I like everything about my Scion XB except the rock hard seats - OUCH!  This is Mt. Shasta, taken through a dirty windshield at 65 MPH.  Thank you little smart phone!
 Yes, I tortured The Husband with a little junking.  There was no shortage of antique shops but most were full-on retail so not much buying but always fun to look!

 The pink salt and pepper shakers, the green and white enamel pan and the yellow Fiesta pitcher will be staying with me.  The pitcher was a gift from the MIL's house.  She said she had no emotional attachment to it.  I said that is a good thing because I was falling in love with it. The rest is in search of it's forever homes.
 We spent the night in Weed CA both ways.  No, this is not one of our vises (we have plenty of others!) but we thought it was pretty funny and clever that the town was capitalizing on their name the way they were.  We contributed to their economy by picking up plenty of souvenirs. The town was actually named after a man called Abner Weed.
On our last night we stopped at The Mt. Shasta Brewery.  Yes, that IS one of our vises!  I asked the waitress if it was okay to take some pictures and she offered to take a picture of us in front of the bar.  I love the little guy photo-bombing us on the left side of the picture.
Two little love birds sitting in a tree, K.I.S.S.I.N.G!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Beat Goes On...

Some recent finds to satisfy my junk-tooth.  If you click this bigger I'm sure you will wonder why in the world I bought that pile of very old and very filthy laces in the lower left of the picture.  Or maybe you won't.
This was the attraction in the bag.  A long-ago crafter fashioned a crochet corsage.  I just have to press and deconstruct so I can figure out what she was up to.  For a hat maybe??
Yes, the pincushion rocker is wearing a vintage plastic lampshade on her head.  Clearly a party girl!  I am pretty sure I have a little lamp up in the attic that it will fit.  I adore the cutting board and the tin.  The tiny mirror next to it says handmade in Italy on the back.
The pattern in the back is for Barbies.  Oh! I mean 11" fashion dolls.  Excuse me copyright police. I don't often run across old rolling pins.  They bring back fond memories of my "earth mother" period when I baked bread and put up the produce from the garden and rolled out countless pie crusts.  Maybe I will learn to like cooking again after I retire.  I'm sure The Husband would be down with it!
I have now proven, without a doubt, that you can have too many Scrabble tiles.  They aren't even popular for crafting anymore but I still feel compelled to scratch them out of the bottom of a filthy bin. My jar is completely full already so these will be heading to Etsy, pronto, and hopefully someone still has a use for them.  I adore the old Composition Book.
Every page is covered, front to back, with handwritten recipes.  They are not written out like we do today with a list of ingredients followed by instruction.  Each one is just a narrative of how to make something.
Bits and pieces in a beautiful old Fire King dish with it's gold edge still intact. The fabric on the right is a stack of hearts someone cut out and never finished the project.
When I find things like this at The Bins it makes my heart heavy. I can only hope Bettie didn't get them in the mail. 8+(

I think this wire thing is pretty neat but I have no clue what it is.  There is no bottom in the basket and it doesn't look like it ever had one.  Anyone?  Any ideas?
One last picture.  We are Seahawks fans around here and this is a souvenir postcard of the old Seattle Kingdome.  Go Seahawks!!

Monday, September 21, 2015

NOT The Bins!

Believe it or not, I DO junk somewhere besides The Bins from time to time!  I made two estate sale stops this weekend.  One was a hoarder house, but not everything that gets hoarded should be.  At one point I was down in the basement, trying to find something worth hauling out when another shopper said she was "stuck".  I commented that if someone tipped over in a corner down there they might never be found.
Most things were un-priced, which I hate. It is so awkward if they name some ridiculous price and you have to say no thank you.  Well I gathered up an armload of tins and headed over to the man in the lawn chair to ask how much.  "Oh, those old things, you can just have them."  DOH.  I told him I insisted on paying something so he said 10 cents each.
I found 5 pieces of old restaurant china at the same sale and added them to my pile.  When I was ready to leave I asked the price for the pile.  $1.00.  Well, okay sir, how about I give you $2. O probably should have given him $5 but who am I to argue.
The bottles and chippy metal plant stands are from a different sale and they were NOT 10 cents. As they say, one man's junk....
The wire dress form has snaps up the front.  I tried to put it on but it hurt too much - LOL!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Just Playing...

I've just been goofing off the past couple of nights.  The big-girl job has been using me up for the last several weeks but, thankfully, there is the therapy of play time and nearing the light at the end of the tunnel.  Funny how certain quotes speak to you at certain times in your life and a little glue and doodling makes it all feel better.  Click the picture bigger for some "found poetry".
I hope you are all taking some time to find your joy!

Friday, September 11, 2015

No Time for Junk

There was no time for junk this week and sometimes that is a good thing.  I took a time-out to play in my altered book, which I haven't done in far too long.  I heard this quote while watching American Pickers and have to say I agree!
The inspiration for the design was from a couple of different Pinterest posts.  I used Caran D'Ache Neocolor Watersoluble patels and misted them with water.  The colors didn't bleed in to each other quite as much as I thought they would but the whole thing provided exactly the relaxation I needed.
Have a great weekend and do something FUN!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Last Gasp From the Summer Garden

 Fall Crocus are the signal that Autumn is around the corner. It has been an unusually hot and dry Summer here in Portland and the garden reflects it.
 The Rose of Sharon didn't seem to mind the heat but I don't think any of the plants enjoyed having to drink the purified city water any more than we liked paying for it!
 The sun baked the color right out of the Hydrangea but a few blooms persevered. I can't help but wonder why a few blooms stayed fresh and blue.  Maybe they opened later?
 I showed you the new grapes in this post.  They LOVED the hot weather and they grew twice as high as we were expecting.  Once the leaves drop the pruning and training will become.
 We even got one tiny little cluster of grapes!  I think they love their new home.
 The old, reliable 4 o'clocks just wander around wherever they want and don't seem to mind much of anything.
 Sorry for the poor picture.  Rudbekia putting up with Queen Anne's Lace that isn't supposed to be there but sometimes I kind of love it.
And then there are the tomatoes.  They are thriving and producing more than we can use.  The summer squash did well, too.  Everything else succumbed to the heat.  Vine ripened tomatoes make the garden worth the effort.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Enjoy Your Labor Day!

Wishing you all a much-deserved day of relaxation with my favorite patio song.  I wish you could all Stop, slow down and come on over to my yard and let your troubles all disappear!
Happy Labor Day!
(best enjoyed with your eyes closed since this fellow isn't in time with the music!)

Friday, September 4, 2015

Summer Blogging

Blogging seems to take a backseat to Summer as the days race by!  Yes, I am still junking even though days have raced by without any blogging about it.  It has been a VERY long and unusually hot and dry Summer here in Portland.  I'm not loving seeing the days get shorter but I'm enjoying the cooler temps and we are finally having some rain to help out the firefighters and dust things off.
These finds are from the past week.  I have been very busy at the big girl job but still got in a few lunch stops for my junk-tooth. I collect Royal Ruby and Forest Green but these vases are duplicates so they will be headed to the booth for Christmas, along with the book.  The heart pincushion will be added to my collection.  I'm not sure yet about the flower frogs...
These little angels are so sweet!  They need to open their eyes or they are going to miss.
These Fire King saucers have roses on them, not Primroses.  Does anyone know the name of the pattern?
A golden angel for Christmas.  I have been picking up quite a few of these 60s Japan Christmas figurines and I'm starting to look forward to pulling out the Christmas bins and sorting for the booth.  For the most part I avoided holiday decor in my Etsy shop because I don't have space to store it but I have been accumulating like crazy for the booth since there will be an expectation of Christmas decor there.  Fingers crossed!
This dapper fellow will be joining two others I already have.  I kind of wish someone wouldn't have drawn a face on him but he DOES have an attitude! Yo Dude! I looked up the "The Petit Prince" French children's book on line and it might be a find.  It will be headed to Etsy in the next day or two.
There hasn't been much time for crafting around here this Summer but I DID get the seats covered on those chairs I showed you in this post. Now I just have to put them back on - LOL!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


 If you follow me on Instagram then you have already seen this heap.  Sunday was Elf-A-Paluza!  I lost count at 60 and all are vintage marked Japan.  A village of little faces to wash and clothes to brush off! I also found a couple of Gurley choir boys and a pretty tray.
 This West German Inge-Glas Santa ornament is in the original box.
And then there was this...  Click it bigger and you will see there are some heart-breaks in this box but also a load of fun old ornaments.
It was a very good day in junk land!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Good Junk

These finds are from LAST weekend and I nearly forgot to post the photos. Most of this is from an unexpected detour to an estate sale. It was on my way to an errand and the car just turned.  What can I say.
I adore the two old pictures.  The one on the right is partially covered but it says God Bless Our Home on the bottom.  The sheer pink thing is a vintage hostess apron.
This was folded and I thought it was a pillowcase.  When I got it home I discovered it is an embroidered crib sheet.  An unusual find and I was delighted.
Christmas kitch and two McCoy planters.
Millinery cherries and a fun old pewter sugar bowl.
This depiction of pioneer Papa reading to his children is just a delight!