Thursday, April 30, 2015

Weekend Fun

It has been so easy to get a junk fix at The Bins that I hadn't been to the VOA or Nina and Joe's for a couple of weeks.  Well I couldn't have them worrying about me now could I! I made the rounds to both on Saturday and had a fun catch up.
I added this sweet vintage postcard to my collection for a "girls of Summer" display I plan to do on my kitchen hutch this Summer.  I have had little success finding any to do with Fourth of July but I think the girls will fit the season just fine.
This interesting little dish is destined for Etsy, as is most of this loot.  The back is marked Puritan China Melody Japan.  I love the unusual metal rim.  It is permanently attached to the dish.
I picked up these two cobalt blue bottles to add to my windowsill collection in my bedroom.  I'm sure you recognize the one in the front as Evening in Paris.  I remember my mother having a bottle.  That perfume was so popular, I wonder what ever became of it.  I'll have to look that up sometime.
My little collection defies being photographed with the back-light but I tried.  NO, my window is not dirty, that is just the screen and the reflection.  I think I just showed you an intentional collection!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Another Week, Another Pile of Loot

That wolf picture is exactly like one my Grandmother had hanging on her wall when I was a little girl.  It is dated 1925.  No, I was not a little girl in 1925.  It is just a print and in pretty rough condition but a sweet memory for me to find! The pretty lady next to it is also a vintage print but she called out to me to rescue her.
This pretty little Putz church is marked Japan but I'm not so sure how vintage it is because there is a compartment to put in a battery for light.  Old or new, still fun Christmas decor.
Flocked Shiny Brites and red and white porcelain enamel pans.  I don't know what draws me to those pans but I can't resist them.
I did a poor job taking a picture of this vintage chest.  It has four drawers but I covered one up with that pattern.  When found it was standing up the tall way.  The drawers are square so they fit either horizontally or vertically.  The quilted vinyl and handles are a slightly different design but a very close match to this Dream House sewing box I found here.  The box in front of it holds and old piano roll.
A few trinkets and a vintage sachet pattern.  I think the little heart is likely a pincushion.  I wonder where baby's other shoe is?
So fun to find things with the original price tag!
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Poor Man's Silver

I had to buy a new washing machine last weekend.  So what does that have to do with hammered aluminum?  Well, I'll tell you.  I keep my collection of aluminum trays hanging from cup hooks above my washer and dryer.  I had to move them for the install so I figured I might as well dust them off and take a picture.
I limit my collection to ones that have some sort of handle so I can hang them up.  Every time I bring one home The Husband asks me if I have room for another one.  Well, I'm going to be put to the test now.  I couldn't get another front-loading washing machine that would fit in my space so I had to go back to an old-school top loader.  The door is going to smack in to the front row so some re-arranging is in order.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Christmas in April

 I was walking through The Bins the other day, stalking junk, when I found this extra fancy Putz house sitting there as if someone had cleared out a space around it so it would be noticed.  Yes, it is extra dilapidated and calling our for some major renovation but it has some special attributes.  Wait for it...
 Santa Claus hovering over the chimney!  But wait, there's even more....
Pull the little wooden bead on the side and Santa rotates and plays Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.  Christmas love!!  Another bin held the reindeer and the picks and they were set aside too, just waiting for me to rescue them from the vacuum cleaners and bowling balls.  A little Christmas magic in April.  Cleaning up the little house will be a challenge but it is just too sweet to not try!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Junk Wagon

{BOOM} I fell off.  I mean, seriously, how long could I go without a junking fix...!  I lasted 10 days so that's something plus I slowed the roll.
This rose covered box and the stork are staying with me.  The stork made me think of Magpie Ethel and her love affair with them.  When you shake him he rattles.  I cannot imagine anyone would put this thing in a baby's hands! NO, this is not the start of a collection.  Pinkie swear.
Flowered linens, Shiny Brites and rose postcards.  The dish is an old Desert Ware restaurant  saucer from 1948.  I rarely find restaurant ware. The green box in the back is Dream House.  It is similar to the glove and hankie boxes I collect but it is a sewing box with a built-in pincushion and a drawer.
This is my fifth whisk boom and the first round one I have found.  An accidental collection. The brown jars are vintage Tupperware spice shakers.
This doll was a Bins find.  He is a Whimsy Doll called Freddie the Friar from 1960.  He got a much-needed bath when I got him home.  All the research I did on line refers to these as Whimsy but he is actually marked Wimsies.  A little girl walked past me me at The Bins and did the {{eeek}} and said that's sure a creepy baby - LOL.
Speaking of encounters at The Bin, I hope I don't offend anyone, but I saw Jesus at The Bins this week.  And he was strolling through with a live parrot on his shoulder and he was talking to it.  I told you, The Bins is not for the faint of heart.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Decor - Sort Of!

I always feel pretty lame about my lack of holiday decorating.  The only holiday I decorate for is Christmas because it is a challenge to find room around here for rotating collections.  Yesterday (talk about nick of time!) it dawned on me that I DO have a little collection of different holiday postcards.  Wa-La!  Easy to change, easy to store!
My kitchen hutch was waiting for it's turn for a good Spring dusting and re-arranging so the timing was perfect.  Now that I have this Strange Notion in my head, it is filled with ideas for decorating with some of my other vintage postcards.
 I wish I would have thought of it before Valentine's Day.  I don't have any Valentine's postcards (yet!) but I have oodles of vintage "couples" cards that would make a great garland.
I am thinking all the rose cards I have accumulated would be perfect for Mother's Day.  Does anybody decorate for Mother's Day??
I am really looking forward to searching out cards for other holidays.  I have Christmas and New Year's and Thanksgiving and some Saint Patrick's Day.  Surely there must be some for 4th of July.  I am late to the party but at least I showed up!
Wishing you all a Happy, Hoppy and Blessed Easter!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Inspiration Sideways

It has been ages since I made a new altered book page and I was in need of some play time in the midst of my purge and catch-up so I gave myself a time-out.  You all know I collect quotes and I have a Pinterest board of "Good words".  My inspiration for this page was this post.  It is often hard to track back on Pinterest because of all the re-pinning and I didn't want to just steal someone else's words so I was thinking about how I could paraphrase.  I liked the ransom note style so I started digging through my box of words (yes, I have a box of words) to see what I could find.  These words jumped out and on to my page.  The inspiration piece said, "She woke up one day and decided to quit cleaning her house and decorate her soul instead.".  Inspiration gone sideways.  I'm not sure this page is finished because it seems like something is still missing but that's okay.  The play time filled the need!