Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Latest Junk

 Whew, I made it - it hasn't been a whole week!  As promised, I will try to keep the commentary brief.
 Vintage Raffia Ware mugs plus one tumbler.  Thank you Annette for reminding me what they are called and welcome back to blogland after your little family hiatus.
 How happy are we (me) that we don't have to be Barbie and wear one of these any longer.  I am ALL about comfort!  I do love the box, though.  A Sweetheart of a Figure!
 This tin might be one of Kathy's follies.  The lid is a little sprung but I brought it home anyway in hopes I can figure out how to fix it.
 A nice score of vintage book boards.  In my perfect world I would find the time to use them to make inspiration kits.  Big sigh.
 It was a good ephemera day.  The Old Faithful picture is one of five "giant" Yosemite postcards.
 A couple more tea balls for my collection and an old wooden fishing float for my patio wall.
Favorite find of the day!  This is a MOE airplane desk lamp made between 1948 and 1953.  I have done a little research and it looks like I can still find replacement bulbs for it so restoration is to come.  I don't know if I will be able to part with this one!
I hope you are having a good junk week!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Organizing Plan and Attic Adventure

Yep, I'm still here and still running as fast as I can.  I can tell you this, I am going to ROCK retirement!  Husband says I still won't have time for all the things I want to do but I'm sure looking forward to finding out for myself.
These pictures have been languishing in my camera for a while but better late than never.
We had a dry day last weekend so I planted some hens and chicks in small plastic pots so I can put them inside vintage tins for the upcoming Spring Garden event at the antique mall.  The Granger tobacco tin and the MJB coffee tin will make fun garden planters.
The doll is a wind up music box.  As an angel it seems kind of Christmas-y but the color isn't Christmas so I might try it in the booth for Easter.
I couldn't resist this pretty lamp!  I think I have finally figured out how to fit lamps in my tiny mall space but still need to find shades for the ones I have stashed in the attic.
That pile on the left is vintage pillow cases and a sheet.  I adore the vintage linen remix I am seeing everywhere so I have been looking for vintage sheets and pillow cases.  I haven't decided yet if they will go in the Etsy shop or the booth.  I'm not sure how the antique mall will feel about what they might consider second hand sheets.  What do you think?  Are you seeing them in your local antique malls?
I am still trying to find a good system for storing inventory as I rotate things in and out of my little space.  I DID manage to dig out my work bench but the floor is still "pending".  I determined that using the attic for storage just wasn't working out.  It is just a matter of time before I fell while carrying things up and down the ladder.  I decided I will only store Christmas up there and everything else has to find another home down here.  Last weekend I hauled down everything that isn't Christmas so I have it all on the right level now.
It is good thing I made that decision because the spring popped off the pull-down ladder so I couldn't close it by myself anymore.  I still kept going up and down until the bracket bent so Husband couldn't close it anymore, either.  Husband put a longer bolt in the bracket but then it wouldn't clear the frame so he still couldn't close it.  He pounded the daylights out of the bracket until it cleared the frame but still no way to get the spring back on unless he went up in the attic and I closed the door.
I asked him what should I do if I pushed the door closed (standing on a stool) and the bracket jumped back over so I couldn't open it again.  He said just call the Fire Department.
Can you imagine how that call would have gone?
911:  What is your emergency?
Me:  My husband is stuck in the attic and I can't get him out.
911:  Well, does he WANT to come out?
Rest assured, all is well that ends well and we are both on the correct level of the house.  And he did not climb on top of the closed door since he would have come tumbling down on top of me and we both would have died and that whole 911 thing would have been someone else's problem!
Whew!  If you are still with me after this long post I commend you.  I really will try to post more often and say less in the future!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

President's Day

President's Day
A time to honor the visionary public servants
who earned the title of
Leaders of the Free World
I feel blessed to live in this country they created.

Saturday, February 13, 2016


Happy Valentine's Day sweet peeps!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Junking and Foofing

 I am happy to report I am making progress in the junkalanch, not so much that I can show you but I can see a big portion of my work bench now.  I have plans to do some rearranging in the art room once the piles are cleaned up so that is keeping me motivated to keep sending things along to their new homes.
The week was not without junking.  I got in a couple of stops and actually remembered to take a picture of some of it.

 I picked up the wicker magazine rack to use in the booth. I have pictures and crochet books that are difficult to display on my shelves and had a forehead-slap moment when I saw the magazine rack.
 The Mic and Dick book is old and German.  Husband was able to confirm it was a children's book but he can't read the old German script well enough to figure out what the story is about.  I just like the cover!  Yes, I judge old books by their covers....
The Christmas just keeps rolling in.  That old ice cream scoop has a neat orange handle.  The Currier and Ives mug in the back is a shaving cup.
I also foofed the booth for the sale this Sunday.  If you are local, Monticello is having a store wide  Superbowl sale this Sunday with complementary champagne.  Come sip and shop!