Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Some Things

Not a lot of blog worthy things going on around here which is why I haven’t posted for awhile.  Had a one day garage sale last week with some good friends. It felt good to clear out some of the clutter, but I have a long way to go.  I have so many projects I want to do, but am having a bit of a trouble figuring out what to start first.  So, in the meantime, I thought I would show you some things I’ve picked up here and there recently.


Not the best picture, but I found this cute vanity with tri fold mirror at a local garage sale.  It’s currently in my garage waiting for me to finish painting it.  A couple glass knobs and it will be good to go! The metal plant stand was found at another sale and the little two drawer cabinet and cast iron bird feeders were found at a thrift store.


I got these lovely pots from Isabel at our garage sale. They will look great added to my growing collection.


I also bought this adorable vintage purse at the garage sale.  It will be headed over to Stars soon.


I got this cutie off of craigslist. I originally thought I would sell it, but I love it so much it’s going to be a keeper.  I’ll just have to replace it with the one I currently have in my bedroom. Already gave it a coat of creamy paint, but will take a picture of it after it’s all done.


My favorite part is the feet. And, did I mention it’s cedar lined?


Found all these goodies while out thrifting. The two matching lamps were found at two different Goodwills, if you can believe that. One is broken, but I’ll use the parts to make a new lamp. I got the platter and the swivel frame at Camas Antiques, but I think my favorite find in this picture is the bunny puppet.  I found him at the bins and have since washed him up really well. He’s pretty cute and it’s going to be hard to give him up, but do I really need a bunny puppet?


Also found while thrifting, a lovely pair of white euro shams, white cotton nighty, white cotton slip and a lovely floral duvet cover. Just couldn’t resist those flowers.

And finally, I want to show you something that came in the mail.  Maddie, who is a reader of my blog, proposed a trade awhile ago. She knew that I have a thing for lovely vintage purses, having seen them on my blog and offered to trade one she had for one of my coin purse necklaces. So we made the trade and this is what came in the mail.


Gorgeous, right? I love it so much and I have it hanging with my other cute purses right now.

So that’s about all I have going on right now. Today I’m sorting, pricing and just getting stuff ready to take over to Monticello and Stars tomorrow. The Fall Premier Sale is still going on over at Monticello and will continue until October 2nd. Dealers are continually restocking so if you are in the neighborhood, stop by and maybe I’ll see you! Have a great Wednesday!

Friday, September 9, 2011

A Winner, Back to School, Some Recent Finds and a Makeover Project, I’m tired!

Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post. So good to hear from you all and I do appreciate your kind words. The winner of my Cath Kidston giveaway is, Carol from The Polka Dot Closet.

Wednesday was my kids first day back to school. My #1 girl is a senior this year and my favorite dude is a sophomore. As is our family tradition, I took their pictures before leaving the house this morning. Couldn’t get them together for one as they were ready to leave at different times.


Now for the fun vintage stuff. A couple weekends ago, I ventured out to the Oregon City Antique Fair and found some treasures.

These adorable vintage dresses were a steal.  They were from the dealer’s own children and she had great taste.


Here is my favorite.


A little wrinkled, but oh, so lovely!

And this little jacket was so sweet.


I love the little tag inside.


I also got a few bits and pieces.


Love this cute hat/wig box and ticking case.


My biggest purchase of the day was this cool gate leg table with bluish-gray paint. No picture, but trust me, it’s a cutie.

I got a call this week from Monticello to tell me I sold the buffet I had there. I had just purchased this hutch off of craigslist





I quickly gave it a makeover (okay, not so quickly, it took all day Wednesday to finish) and brought it into Monticello yesterday. Here’s what it looked like before I filled it up with goodies for sale.


I gave it a really distressed white finish and changed out the knobs to glass ones.  Personally, I don’t think I captured how cute it turned out, but I’m very happy with the results.

Speaking of Monticello, the Fall Premier Show starts today at 8am. I got a sneak peek yesterday and was amazed at all the cool stuff the vendors have brought in. In fact, I think this is the best show yet! You can get more information here, but I would definitely recommend that you check it out if you can. Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 5, 2011

What I bought on my trip and an End of Summer Giveaway!

As I mentioned in previous posts, due to the weak dollar in England, I didn’t buy much on my trip to the UK. I’m a cheapy and everything seemed really expensive. I did mention, however, that I found a few trinkets at the Portabello Road Flea Market.


All the little bits and pieces pictured above were found at Portabello Road Flea Market.  The cool bottle was found at a little antique store in Harbech.


I found this cute Cath Kidston floral tote in Oxford along with a cute oilcloth scissors holder and scissors (not shown).


This was a little Cath Kidston knock off  oilcloth tote I found in Portabello Road.


More Cath Kidston cuties. A deck of playing cards and a shower cap.


Lovely petite floral painting in a gorgeous frame. Found at an Oxford charity shop.


Found these two vintage books there as well.  The Architecture book has some cool pictures and the French-English dictionary is the perfect size for my pocket and will come in handy next time I take a trip to France.

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This really cute vintage (antique?) pewter engraved flask. Not something I typically buy, but I was drawn to the lovely engraving and the price was right.

Some other things I bought, but didn’t get pictures of are, a pair of Laura Ashley pillowcases, a couple tops for me, a petite point purse and a black ruffley petticoat skirt.

So, now for the giveaway part of this post. I was so tickled to find a Cath Kidston store right in the London airport, that I decided to buy a few goodies to use as a giveaway for my lovely blog readers. Yeah!

Here’s what I found for y’all.


Mini oil cloth tote, thank you notes, labels and stickers, cute pencils and pencil case.  I am also including a little Cath Kidston magazine/catalog. 

As an added bonus, I will also include one of the antique brooches I picked up at Portabello Road Flea Market. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. You can just say hi, or tell me about something fun you did this summer.  I will draw a name at random on Friday morning. Easy, right?

I’ll be back soon with some more vintage goodies I’ve picked up recently.  Until then, Happy Labor Day and I hope you all have a fabulous week! Kids going back to school on Wednesday for me. TTFN!

Friday, September 2, 2011

UK Trip~Part 4

On our way back to Manchester to pick up Isabel’s daughter, we stopped in the adorable village of Buxton. Lots of shops (several charity shops), beautiful gardens and so very charming. Here’s some snaps I took of Buxton.






After picking up Isabel’s daughter, we dropped off the rental car and took the train to London to spend the last couple days of our trip.


Our first destination was Portabello Road. We got there fairly early and it was already getting busy with shoppers. They had everything there from antiques, to produce, to pastries (had the most wonderful apple cream pastry). We didn’t buy a lot there, just a few trinkets which I’ll share on my next post.

We then made our way over to the London Eye. On the way, we saw this


And him, our first and only celebrity sighting. It’s Rick Steves the travel host and author.



My first view of the London Eye.




After the London Eye we headed here, the sight of a little recent wedding you may have heard about.


The next day, the three of us hopped on a bus and saw the sites.






Took a tour of the Tower of London which was really cool. Saw the Crown Jewels (no pictures allowed), and lots of other cool stuff.





View of Tower Bridge from The London Tower.



We then headed to Covent Gardens Market where we had to duck out of the rain. Not so bad as we had some yummy Paella for lunch. Should have gotten a picture of that.


Here is St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was Sunday and they were having Mass inside, but we tip toed in to take a peak.189

I loved all the birds perched on this statue.


We ended our day with a visit to the Queen. Unfortunately she didn’t feel obliged to come out to see us.



We didn’t get to see the changing of the guards, but I did get a picture of this one. It’s hard to tell, but I think he’s smiling.


That’s about it for pictures of my trip. Hope you enjoyed tagging along on my journey. Overall, I couldn’t have been happier. I saw so many wonderful things and places and I will always treasure the memories I made with my good pal, Isabel. She was the perfect travel companion and we shared many laughs along the way. I am so grateful that she agreed to be the designated driver on this trip, but most importantly that she invited me to join her.

Next up I’ll share some of the treasures I found on my trip. Until then, have a wonderful weekend!