Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My First Embellished Bottle

Remember that large amber apothecary bottle I showed you in my last post?

It is a whopping 12” tall and just looked like it needed something to me. I’ve never embellished a bottle so I wasn’t sure how to proceed; that is, until I found a beautiful rhinestone fleur-de-lis necklace at a yard sale a few days later. I knew it had to be paired with that bottle.

I searched The Graphics Fairy for a pretty French label that would complement the necklace.

My sweet blogging friend, Betsy of My Salvaged Treasures, gave me a few pointers about adding the label and look at the results…….!!!

The chain of the necklace is wound around the neck of the bottle but is removable in case the new owner wants to wear it on a special occasion.

The embellished bottle will be available in my booth at the Christmas Open House on November 4.
I hope you'll join us if you’re in the area!!!

I’m linking to the following parties:

Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Latest Finds and Upcoming Open House

Mom and I enjoyed the cooler weather this past weekend as we attended a few sales. Here’s what we found….

A pretty white wicker-edged tray, a large amber apothecary bottle, two clear apothecary bottles and a silver-plated baby cup.

I’m always torn about polishing silver these days. Would you polish the little cup or leave as is? And about those apothecary bottles…..leave them as is or embellish with French labels?

This pretty wall lamp caught my eye and opened my pocketbook. It still works and I already have a globe that fits!

Lastly, we found these two framed paint-by-number pictures.

I wasn’t torn about what to do with these paintings. I freshened up the frames with some black paint and now I think the paintings show up better....

They will be perfect for our upcoming Christmas Open House on Sunday, November 4.

I want to apologize for being a bit MIA lately. I’ve been working long hours getting everything ready for our annual Open House. If you’re going to be in the area on Nov 4, please drop by for some great shopping, yummy food, door prizes and lots of holiday inspiration!!!

I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Potpourri Friday at 2805

Thursday, October 11, 2012

“Fall”ing for Chalk Paint

Oh, yes. I’m big into chalkboard paint, but I’ve never tried CHALK paint. I suppose I could have ordered some or driven 35 miles to buy some, but I’ve heard it’s quite expensive.  So…I decided to make my own chalk paint from one of the many online recipes.

I wanted to start with a small project, one that I could just trash if I messed it up. This vintage wooden leaf was an estate sale find from almost two years ago. It’s an impressive 20” in length and certainly needed a little help, so it became my first chalk paint project.

Someone please tell me how these were used!

Since it’s finally autumn, I decided to upgrade it with a shade of orange. I bought a sample of Valspar’s Fire Orange at Lowe's and mixed up my first batch of chalk paint.

I’ve always heard that chalk paint covers in one coat. Maybe it was my recipe or my paintbrush, but it took two coats for me.

After drying, I distressed the leaf and found the distressing part to be much easier with chalk paint than with regular paint. I like the results……..

Do you?

I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sunny, Shiny and Brite!

This past weekend was sunny and the newspapers were loaded with estate and yard sales, so Mom and I took advantage of the pretty weather to check out a few of them. Unlike last week where we found several items that fit a theme, this weekend offered us an assortment of vintage goodies.

We found a pretty wooden tray with a rose decal. I filled it with vintage buttons and trims for crafting. I also added a couple of old needle books and Carol will be so proud of me for finding some buttons to cover!

For the kitchen, I found a 70s cast iron trivet and a set of small chicken salt and pepper shakers.

Vintage cameras are always on my to-find list. This Ansco camera came with the flash attachment and a box of flashbulbs. I also found a couple of old Perry Mason books.

With our Christmas Open House just a few weeks away (Nov 4), I was excited to find a happy Santa (made in Hong Kong), a velvet deer (made in Japan) and a box of Shiny Brite glass ornaments (made in the USA)!!!

 We came home with shiny (and brite) smiles!!!

I’m linking to the following parties:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hold Everything!

I got home from treasure-hunting with Mom this past weekend and discovered that most of my purchases fit a “theme.”  Let me explain……

I bought a rooster recipe card holder……

A doggy spiral letter holder……

A ceramic match holder……  

Have you guessed the “theme”?

There was also a rusty candle "holder"….

An adjustable book "holder"….

A file box for "hold"ing papers.....

This one is for my home office, but it fits the theme!!!

And finally a couple of pretty salt shakers…..

OK!...but they DO hold salt PLUS I’m going to make holders out of them…..You’ll have to stay tuned for that!

What was YOUR last treasure-hunting theme?

I’m linking to the following parties:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove