Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Just Label It!

I bought a large tin can at an estate sale a few weeks ago. I suspected that it was an old Charles Chip can, but it had been painted green and was only 25 cents. Who can pass up a good storage container for only a quarter? Not me! It just needed a little embellishment…..with chalkboard paint, of course.

I taped off the area for a label,

Lightly sanded and primed the area,

Brushed on 3 coats of chalkboard paint,

Peeled off the tape and prepared the label with the side of a piece of chalk.

It looked rather plain to me, so I added a few dots of green craft paint on top of the chalkboard paint close to the edges of the label.

Now I have the perfect can to store snacks for hungry humans…..

Or treats for furry friends.....!

I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Creative Bloggers Party and Hop at Homemaker on a Dime
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Whassup Wednesday at Elements Interiors
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Wicked Awesome Wednesday At Handy Man, Crafty Woman

Monday, May 30, 2011

Slim Pickin's

It was "slim pickin's" in the hunt for vintage this holiday weekend. That's Southern for "not too much to pick from." I did, however, manage to get to a moving sale earlier in the week and I found a few interesting things to show you.

I bought a wooden plate rack and a pretty Copeland Spode plate (you actually got a peek of it in my last post). There was also a colorful linen towel with a Mardi Gras theme and an unusual 3-legged vase with an elaborate building pictured on one side.

Do you recognize the building?

I also found a copy of A Cook’s Tour of Mississippi (1980), a set of green salt and pepper shakers, a dish with peacocks and a nice dishcloth with embroidery on huck toweling.

Lastly I discovered an interesting silver rectangular trivet/cradle. I think it’s probably used to cradle a Pyrex casserole, but I’m not sure.

I think, instead, I will cut a piece of glass or wood for it and use it as a serving tray.

Do you have another idea for it?

I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Think Pink!

Pink can be Precious!

Pink can be Pretty!

Pink can be Practical!

Pink can also be a reason to PARTY!!!

Happy 3rd Birthday to Pink Saturday
How Sweet the Sound!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Remember to Remember!

Have a Safe and Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Just don’t forget to take a moment

Remember our Fallen Heroes!

I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Can You Over-Do a Re-Do?

A couple of weeks ago I bought this coffee table.

Once a stained mahogany table, a previous owner had painted it white.

The paint job had seen better days and Gorilla Glue had been used to glue some of the joints. As you know, Gorilla Glue expands as it dries and it left an unsightly problem that would need to be addressed.

I loved the lines, though, and I thought it was worthy of another makeover. I decided to repaint it rather than strip the paint and re-stain it.

I dug out the Gorilla Glue and re-glued the joints with wood glue. After the glue had dried, I sanded and primed the table with a couple coats of Kilz2. I brushed on two more coats of creamy mis-tint paint from Lowes and then distressed it by hand with some sandpaper.

Here’s the point where I had to make a decision. Because my intention for undertaking this re-do was to sell the table in my booth, just how far should I take the makeover?

The step-down area on the top just screamed for a fancy Mod Podge, blog-worthy design…….maybe sheet music, fabric, or old book pages? Maybe I should go for the gusto and paint an American Flag, a British Flag or would that be going just too far?

Can you over-do a re-do?

It’s really a fine line to walk. An “embellished top” makeover would be more edgy….more unique….but would it be so unique that only a few people would consider buying it? Would doing nothing leave it too plain…….too boring to buy?

What would you do?

I decided to keep it simple so it would appeal to more buyers and I had a piece of glass cut to fit the indented area of the table top.

I felt that this would give the potential buyer more options. They could “make it their own” by adding pictures, sheet music or other favorite items under the glass.

Or maybe the best choice would be just to keep it simple with a few treasured items placed on top.

What do you think?
Can you over-do a re-do?
What would you have done?

I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Creative Bloggers Party and Hop at Homemaker on a Dime
Tuesday Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
White Wednesday at Faded Charm
Would You Buy It Wednesday at Junker Newbie
Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady

Monday, May 23, 2011

Things That Make You Go Hmmm!

There were only a few yard sales this weekend and they didn’t offer anything interesting, so checking out the thrift stores was the only option for treasure-hunting. They certainly didn’t disappoint, but what I found just made me go “Hmmm….wonder what this is?”

An oddly shaped lidded cardboard box was my first “Hmmm.” On the top of the box there is a picture of three ladies dressed in flapper attire resting under a pine tree. It is labeled “Three Flowers” and the lithography is obviously vintage. The box measures approximately 9 x 8 x 3.

The inside is lined with a silky peach-colored fabric and it looks as if there had once been three objects lying in the box. I can only assume that these would have been bottles of perfume or other similar cosmetics. The mirror and brush were not included with the box.

The outside and inside of the top is marked Richard Hudnut, New York, Paris.

From my research, Hudnut was the first American to make a fortune in perfume. He introduced such fragrances as Violet Sec (1896), Aimee (1902), Vanity (1910) and Three Flowers (1915). His products were of such high quality that they were sold only in department stores. Source: http://www.perfumeprojects.com/ 

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A visit to another thrift store and yet another “Hmmm.”

I knew it had to be a footstool. It had a Victorian feel to it and it rocked.....….literally!

After some research, I found out that this is indeed a footstool called a gout stool or gout rocker. Gout is a form of arthritis often concentrated in the lower extremities. Relief from the painful condition was often found by getting the feet and legs in a certain position. The gout stool offered several angles from which to choose so one could find the most comfortable position. Source: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/  Today, a gout rocker is often used as a footstool for a rocking chair.

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This little gray graniteware cup is my last “Hmmm.” I actually found it last year, but I haven’t been able to determine its use, so I’m including it in this post in the hope that you might say, “Hmmm, I know what that is!”

Basically it is a 4” diameter cup with holes in the bottom and sides. There is a cute handle and the most curious thing is that it has three little feet on the bottom which make it stand 2.5” tall.

Do you know anything about this little strainer cup
or does it just make you go Hmmm……!?!?!

I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"M" is for....

I’m in the mood for a little tour…..the next installment of the Alphabe-tour, that is. It’s been almost a month since I lead you through the “L’s” so I think maybe now’s the time for “M. I’ve found some marvelous merchandise for you to mull over, so put on some soothing music and grab a mug of your favorite beverage!

“M” is for ….

Majolica Pitcher/Creamer

Milk of Magnesia bottles



Milk bottles

Moderntone tumbler and cup by Hazel-Atlas

Moon and Star decanter & glasses

Mason’s “Manchu” Platter

Metal Trays

Meadow Green custards by Fire-King

To my new followers, this is part of a series of posts where I alphabetically show you items that can be found in my booths at Southern Antique Mall. You can find the other alphabet posts by checking the blog archive on the sidebar.

That’s it for “M”……..“N” should be……….Nice!!!

I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville
Treasure Hunt Thursday at Blue Creek Home
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence

Monday, May 16, 2011

Happy Weekend!

There weren’t any estate sales this weekend and only a few yard sales, but that was OK. With so many things still to price from last weekend I don’t need tonnage, but I’m always looking for treasures and you never know when or where you’ll find them.

Thankfully, quality won out over quantity and I got a smile on my face when I found these outstanding vintage suitcases. The large one is leather and the smaller one is an American Tourister. I also discovered a great Hoosier tilted canister. I can tell it’s an old one from the wear on the bottom!

I got even happier when I uncovered some old photographs, a sweet ceramic box, a ruffled-edge dish and a stash of silverplated flatware which included that very pretty sugar shell in the first picture.

Happiness also came by mail this weekend and I celebrated by using my new “Happy Day” sign.

You see, I recently won a giveaway from Linda over at A La Carte and it arrived Friday.

Thank you, Linda!!!
I love everything and I’m going to enjoy reading those little books to my precious grand-daughters.
If you don’t know Linda, go visit her right now!!!
She’s the greatest!!!

Did you have a Happy Weekend?

I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm