Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Project Completed and a Birthday Girl

Remember these from my last post?


These were bought on Friday and by the end of the day on Saturday they looked like this.


I guess I should have taken a picture before I packaged them up, but you get the idea. I don’t think I’ve ever completed a project this fast.  I had so much fun making them, trying to decide what to embellish them with.  These cuties will be headed to Monticello for the Christmas sale which starts not this weekend, but next.  I am trying to find a cool wire dress form to hang them from so if you are local and have one for sale, please let me know.

On another note, today is my number 1 girl’s birthday.  She is 17 and I can hardly believe it.


Here she is looking all cute before the Homecoming dance this fall.  I know I have other pictures of her, but I think she looks so pretty here.  I asked her what she wants to do on her special day and her reply was to go to thrift shops.  I’ve trained her well.  ha ha

Tomorrow being Thanksgiving and all, I just want to wish you a very happy day.  Hopefully you will be spending it with friends and family.  Off to do some baking. Have a great one!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Recent Finds

Everyone in the house left to do their own thing, so I thought it would be a good time to check in and let you know what I’ve been up to.  Basically just the usual stuff, thrifting, re-stocking my booths, but we also spent a little family time with my favorite in-laws last weekend. It was great seeing them again and we all enjoyed a little family outing to the Norse Hall in Portland for a Ludefisk dinner. My folks also came over with my brother and his family to celebrate my kids birthdays. (My son turned 15, October 24th and my daughter turns 17, November 24th)

Here are just some of the goodies I have been finding over the last couple weeks.


Hand painted bird plate from the 50’s.


Sweet little metal lamp with hand painted roses and bows.


Cute vintage sewing bag.


Little bird, love her colors!


Misc. rick rack and flower pin.


Adorable vintage horses print in rustic wood frame.


I was so happy to find a bag of my favorite tin reflectors as I was completely out of them and wanted to make some Christmas ornaments like I did last year.  You can see them on this post.


I got these adorable stars from the Holiday Heritage Faire at the Mission Mill Museum in Salem yesterday.  They were made by my sweet friend Martha, and I am keeping these to put on my tree this year.

And finally, something quite unusual.


A lovely oil painting of Zsa Zsa Gabor from 1967. I don’t know what made me buy this, but I was sort of drawn to it for some reason.  Hopefully someone else will be too, as it will be making it’s way to my mall space soon.

Speaking of my mall space, things have been hopping at both malls lately with lots of sales so I’m super happy about that.  Today I’ve been busy packaging up some small items for a Christmas display I’m planning. I don’t usually find a lot of cool vintage Christmas items like my good friend Mitzi (who by the way, has some awesome vintage Christmas in her booth at Stars), but I have collected a few small things and have been packaging up a lot of jewelry and other things that would make great stocking stuffers.

Thought I would end this post with a recent picture of my Stars booth. I forgot to take one of my Monticello space, but will do that soon. Hope you all have a fabulous and fun weekend!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Evolution of a Garden Shed

Back in August, my hubby started a little project we call the “garden shed.” We had wanted one for years.  Ever since we sold the gigantic play structure that came with the house, we wanted to build a shed in it’s place.  We had the plans, which were approved by both the HOA and the city years ago, but life got in the way and we did nothing.  Here is what the spot looked like for a long time.


Actually, that is a very cleaned up version.  For a long time, we had a huge pile of yard debris there.  We are really lucky that even though we live in a somewhat newer neighborhood, we have lots of nice big trees for privacy.  Unfortunately, we could still see the neighbor’s trampoline.



Here’s my cute honey, still smiling. Can you see how our grape vines have grown over the neighbor’s trampoline?


My number #1 boy helped out a lot in the early stages.


Coming along.


Getting closer.


And voila, only three months later we have the completed garden shed.  I am so happy it’s finished.  Of course, I need to do a little planting, put up a window box, and jazz up the outside a bit. We painted it to match the house and it really blends in nicely in the backyard, I think. Lest you think I am going to decorate the inside, I need to let you know that this is strictly a garden shed. No cute antique bed or anything fun is going inside.  The good news is that having this shed will free up a lot of space in the garage for more of my junk that is currently residing in the house.

Okay, not the most thrilling post, but I’m pretty excited that this is one project that is finally finished.  Somewhat.  We are having beautiful weather up here in the PNW!  I think I’ll go outside and do a little painting.  Hope you’re having a fabulous day where ever you are.