August 26, 2014

Gardening



"The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied.  They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before."

                                       ~ Vita Sackville-West

August 25, 2014

Google Doodle


Did you notice the Google Doodle today? 

 Althea Gibson!

I used to play a lot of tennis and, over the years, I have tried, unsuccessfully, to get my kids interested in the sport.  Last week my boys and I were walking home after playing some tennis at the school courts.  We passed a neighbor who used to coach high school tennis and who still plays every Saturday morning.

Here is a bit of our conversation...

Neighbor:  "How was the tennis today?  Are you good enough to play tournaments?"

Boys:  Mumble, Mumble

Me:  "Oh, fine. It was a bit hot and the boys don't really care much for tennis.  We just go out and hit the ball around every once in awhile."

Neighbor:  "Tennis isn't fun.  It is hard.  There is a lot of pressure."

Me: Speechless.  In my mind I'm saying, "Thanks, mister.  Now my kids will never pick-up a racket again!"

Oh, well.  Any tennis fans out there?  Anyone following the U.S. Open?  If so, who are your "picks" to win the championship?


August 11, 2014

Long time...

Well, a month has passed since I last shared my "finds" here on the blog.  I wish I could say I have been busy biking through Europe or relaxing in a hammock in the backyard, sipping a soda, but I have actually been busy with chores, such as, yard work, car repairs, baseball season, searching for treasures, job hunting and helping my girl get ready for dorm life. (Our house is a mess.  We have small piles of vintage treasures and small piles of dorm stuff all over the house and small piles of ANYTHING drive me crazy!)

Anyway.......here are a few items I have recently rescued from garage sales, thrifts and junk markets.


 At the shop where I rent space, customers seem to be searching for home decor items, such as, tables, mirrors, shelves, etc...and don't seem too terribly interested in the small vintage housewares that I gravitate toward.  A few weeks ago, I painted a 3-tier metal plant stand and sold it at the shop, but other than that, I have very little experience re-purposing items, so I was super happy to find these two tables that someone else has already transformed. The table above is a pretty blue color and the table below is cream with black accents on the legs.






 Cute pattern from the '40's


My mom found this charming children's book.  
"Karl's Wooden Horse" by Lois Donaldson. 1934.  



Lots of linens.  Guest towels....




  dresser scarves...


 vintage tablecloths and kitchen towels 


 a crocheted toaster cover 



a vintage sheet featuring pink morning glories in its original packaging


charming apron


beautiful hankies (found by Mom)


cute serving plates




small canister


and, my favorite find...a small child's metal rocker!

Thanks for stopping-by!  

Hope you are having a great summer!



July 10, 2014

A Little Help




This little guy is helping me in the yard.  
While I tackle the weeds, he feasts on the bugs!



July 8, 2014

Traders Market Antique Show and Flea Market


On the 4th of July, I spent a few hours out at the Traders Market Antique Show and Flea Market.  I arrived later than I had planned and ended-up practically sprinting from booth to booth so that I could see everything before closing time!


I bought this cute wicker chair, a vintage kitchen towel and tablecloth, a Florida mug and a vintage metal file holder for organizing bills, mail, etc....

The show is always fun to attend!

July 6, 2014

Last Week


Last week I stopped at a few neighborhood garage sales and made my usual thrift store rounds. Here is what I found.


Royal Doulton Balloon Vendor Towels


 Vintage Austrian Souvenir Tablecloth



Cunningham and Pickett Pink and Gold Plates

Wedding/Anniversary Cups. For punch?  If so, I wish I had the coordinating bowl.

Two tennis set plates.  No cups, but I collect these, so I bought them.

Pretty in pink phone for a quarter!  I am probably one of the last remaining people still using a landline at home.

Floral Kitchen Towel

Lady Victoria glasses that match the cordials I found a few weeks ago.

Tiered Serving Plates

Not sure about the use for this jar, but it was cheap and plastered with pink roses!

And, last, but not least, a sweater clip for 50 cents.  A nice addition to my collection.


Hope you are having a great summer!

July 5, 2014

The Lady

Once upon a time there was a lady who struggled with knitting.  She loved to "create," but knitting caused her fingers and back to ache.  Her knitting was tight, so the garments she knitted did not fit properly.  She didn't understand how to correct her mistakes.  She eventually gave it up!  She carefully packed her knitting needles away and placed them in the back of a closet.  

Then, one rainy Saturday afternoon, the lady logged on to "YouTube" and typed the word "crochet."  (She was inspired by Carol at Old Glory Cottage.)  The lady watched several fun and informative videos and learned the basic crochet stitches.  During the next few days she made A LOT of coasters/hot pads.  She experimented with different edgings.  She crocheted three winter scarves.  She made plans to crochet a blanket for her bed and is currently working on a v-stitch scarf.  She is able to correct her mistakes.  The lady is happy!  

The End



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