Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Have You Seen This Elf?

 I rescued this little fellow the other day and I have been searching on the Internet for his heritage but I'm coming up empty.  Maybe some of you doll folks will be able to give me a clue.  I got him at the VOA and the clerk told me he is from Germany c. 1920s.  I have not been able to find anything to support that.
Clearly his clothing is made of wool felt because some pesky moth caught him napping and chewed his pant leg right off.  His body is a hard composition material with joints at the shoulders and hips.  The beard is yarn but the hair on his head is bristly like it might be horse hair.  The hair and cap are firmly attached to his sweet little head.
 The face has an unusual shape, very flat and then curving out below the nose.
The up-turned shoes shoes are painted on.  I have searched on elf, fairy, pixie, gnome and even leprechaun with no result other than to wonder how many knee-huggers the world really needs.  If you know something about him I'd love to hear!
On a less mysterious note, my dear blog friend, Laurie, at IndulgeYourShelf is closing her Etsy shop as a conflict of interest requirement of her new job.  She is offering 50% off everything over $10 until the end of the month so hop on over and help her send some of her treasures off to new homes.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Catch-Up Post #2

 A little more pre-WBC catching up and then I'll be calling it good.  I can't even say for sure where I bought this stuff at this point - lol!  I think it was the VOA.  The sifter went to Etsy and the rest stayed with me, something I really try not to do but hey, I still had more room on my windowsill for those blue jars and I'm going to have some fun with the paper-mache dress form.
 A saWEET little vintage suitcase and two huge bundles of lace.  One is already on Etsy and the other one is patiently waiting for me to get caught up with listing.
 Some fav finds from Nina and Joe's new shop.  The vintage postcard album is empty right now but will not stay that way if I have my way!
 The glass crown buttons are staying with me but the vintage sewing trim and adorable little bottles will become part of my inspiration kits.  Nina told me the bottles are NOS and they found them in the basement of an old pharmacy.  Isn't it neat when you get a little history on the things you buy?
I picked up this seam binding because I have never seen it packaged this way.  It is placed between two pieces of paper before it is wound on the spool.  Does anyone know why?
I hope the junking gods are smiling fondly on you this weekend!  XO

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Okey-Dokey Arty-chokey!

I wish I could say this is in my garden, but it's not.  Last night we attended the Cracked Pots show/sale at McMenamin's Edgefield.  I have blogged about the show before and I think it was even better this year.  We always stroll the grounds and visit the vegetable garden but this is the first time I saw these blooming artichokes.  I always think of vegetables bolting and going to seed as a bad thing but I'm considering planting some artichokes in the flower bed next year.  They are about 5 feet tall and the all the tiny purple stamens were alive with little bees inside.  I am loving our sunny weather and long Summer days!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Catch-Up Post #1

I promised a shorter post for a change so I broke the catch-up post into installments.  This junk treasure was actually purchased at an estate sale the weekend before my vacation started but I got derailed by WBC and the excitement of a new antique store in the neighborhood and never posted about it.
You might have noticed all the colorful doilies in the photo at the top of this post.  I swore I wouldn't buy more doilies but these were so lovely and clean and the price was right and, and... There is an assortment of yardsticks in the center of the table so it wasn't all about doilies!
I got a nice stack of hot-iron transfers, as well.  That clear plastic candy container is full of odds and ends of crochet edgings.
Seriously a BUNCH of crochet pattern books.  There were a lot more but I tried to stick to the flowers and novelties.  They are all from the 40s and 50s.
That pillow patter is so sweet.  I have already listed it, along with a few pattern books, in my Etsy. Must get busy listing more before I am buried in a junkalanch!
Rayon seam binding in miscellaneous colors plus a hand-full of zippers in those old-style round plastic boxes.
One down, two to go!  I hope your week is off to a good start.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

WBC Give-Away Winner

The winner of my give-away from the Where Bloggers Create 2013 party is the lovely Danielle at Blessed Serendipity.  Congratulations, Danielle and thank you to all of you who visited and left such kind comments!
Next post will be a catch-up post on some of the recent junk purchases.  SHORT, I promise!  8+)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Eye Candy For You

 Many thanks to all of you who stopped by and left me a comment on my Where Blogger Create post!  I was delighted to meet some new friends and discover some new blogs.  I haven't had a chance to visit everyone yet but continue to make my way around.  If you missed my post and you are looking for it there is a link on my sidebar.
Just when I should be letting you rest your eyes after that very long post, I have another one for you.  I have to tell you about one of my very favorite things that happened during my recent vacation....
 The day after we got back from the coast I went up the street to mail some Etsy packages and what to my wondering eye did appear?  A brand new antique store opened in my neighborhood!  I was so excited I think I hugged the proprietor and welcomed them to the neighborhood about 4 times before I even introduced myself.  I might have been jumping up and down. I hope I didn't.
 The proprietors, Nina and Joe are just a delight and clearly have a good eye.  I thought I have one of everything but I was wrong - they do! Let's go inside and I will keep my chatter to a minimum...

 You have to look high and low because there is eye candy everywhere you turn.

 This is not a really large space so I was amazed at how well the space is used and how much vintage goodness they manage to pack in.

 As I was sizing the pictures to post I noticed things I didn't even see when I was taking them!

 One of the things I love about this shop is the mix they have managed to achieve.  Large furniture, plenty of mantiques, glassware, industrial, retro all artfully woven together so the more you look the more you see.

 All in all I think I spent about 3 hours there, over two visits and still don't think I saw everything.  PLUS they add new all the time.  This is a slippery slope only 3 blocks from home!

 I hear that birdcage calling my name.

Her expression describes it exactly!
For you locals...  It is called Division Street Antiques at 16016 SE Division,  If you are not local and you saw something in these photos that you can't live without, the number is 503-762-6647.
Welcome Nina and Joe and best of luck in your new location.  Friendly folks with the "right stuff"!!