Friday, May 20, 2011
I had every intention to photograph the things I picked up at a few tag/estate sales on Saturday, but Saturday night was a multi-year high school reunion in my hometown (half an hour south of where I now live) and a bunch of my old friends were going to be there. We had such a good time - we ended up comandeering the karaoke machine which meant I was unable to talk on Sunday, but we tore it up and laughed so much. I stayed out way past my bedtime and was exhausted all day Sunday despite the fact that I didn't drink any alcohol. I guess I'm too old to be a party monster, but I don't think I'll stop trying every now and then.
I did want to mention the crazy time-capsule house I went to in Trumbull, CT. Flocked wall paper, mural of Tuscany in the kitchen, at least 8 different patterns of full settings of dishes - she was your prototypical Italian grandma! Her midcentury furniture was to DIE for. I wanted to take pictures but the two snippy gentlemen that were running the sale watched us all like a hawk and refused to haggle on anything.
Anyhow, photos of my loot to follow later this weekend, probably after the few sales I am heading off to tomorrow.
We are having a belated Mother's Day shindig for my mother since neither of my siblings nor I could get our schedules to jibe together until now. I look forward to seeing my nieces. I am giving my niece Lorelei, 8, a pile of orgami paper that I haven't used for jewelry, she's really into folding it into little shirts and purses. I think we have a 4th generation future crafter on our hands!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
|A pile of sorters in front of one of my inspiration boards,|
again, piles of stuff hanging around needing to be
I'm also looking into craft fairs coming up, I almost feel like I have "too much" to post online.
My plans this weekend is to hit a bunch of sales on Saturday and to devote Sunday to photographing my current stockpile of beauties and posting on Etsy.
I think I need to clean up what is hanging around my table before I can get back to making new things - I'm not feeling very motivated. Partially it's because I have so much on my mind as far as household projects. I have closets to clean out, big bags to donate to Goodwill, and I'm planning on painting the living room and building "built in" shelves in there.
Our whole house could use a solid decluttering. As does my mind...I read somewhere once that there was some kind of symbolic gesture in cleaning out the "old" to make way for the new. I need to do that not only in my studio but in my "real" life as well.
In the mean time, once I buy shelving material and paint I can let myself get some serious beadshopping done, I have seen some really cool beads on other people's blogs that have made me catch my breath and want to use them as focals or incorporate them in a cascade. I can't wait to have that extra cash! I guess I could tap into my "estate/tag sale - thrift store" stash, but that's a small enough stash to begin with. I think the main reason why I even hope to sell any jewelry is so I can flip that cash to buy MORE BEADS! But hey, isn't that the norm? Ha!
|A bunch of cascade pendants are hanging|
around waiting to be photographed for Etsy
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Randy's niece Brandi's birthday was this past weekend, she's really into video games so we bought her a gift card to Game Stop, but I hate just giving a gift card and always think it's fun for someone to open a little something something.
Last time I saw her she was wearing a ring with a sparkly pink cubic zirconia, so I made her this necklace.
I liked it so much I almost didn't want to give it up :)
I'm going to have similar designs up in my etsy shop within the next week or so -- I have to take better pictures than the one here. I don't know if my problem is lighting or my camera, but once I figure that out, I will be posting a lot of my newer designs.
Monday, May 9, 2011
That's what Thrift Share Monday feels like for me, so I love it. Here are my "wares" from the past weekend of tag/estate/church rummage sales:
|Milk glass - I especially love the candy dish - both only $1|
|Yay! An old tube radio -- Randy LOVES these, this was in great shape|
even though only the AM works - $5 at a barn sale.
|3 strings of lights and upholstery tassel trim (for future guitar projects) a|
pretty tin and a quilted lined lunch bag -- this pile cost me $8.25
|Note cards, vintage rick rack & bias tape, very old matchbook and|
what I THINK are "BeDazzler" bedazzles, but what I am going to use as
push pins on my inspiration board or hammer them into a guitar
|One of several 60's era Life magazines I picked up|
|Things have not changed, the media are still freaked out about |
"subteens" growing up too fast. Watch out for those FANCY HAIRDOS!
|You know you want it...it's FESTIVE.|
|I'm very excited about this issue which is in EXCELLENT|
shape and is FULL of photos that I can use for decoupage
|One of my HOLY GRAILS!!! This is a reproduction,|
but it was way cheaper than it would have been if I bought
it online, which I have been hemming and hawing about.
I love it, it brightens up my kitchen.
NOT SHOWN: Art Deco End table for $5 - I need to clean it up and I'll post the before/after shots. I also picked up what I THOUGHT was a costume jewelry ring for $5 -- silver toned with faux sapphires and diamonds...but today I noticed that it was stamped 14K inside the band. Now I'm wondering if it is in fact, real. I also picked up some Pyrex but will post that in a different post as it was drying in a dish drainer last night while I photographed the other stuff.
I am linking to Apron Thrift Girl, Thrift Share Monday -- because I want to see everybody's wares.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
|Is this over the top? I don't think so, I think there's a|
place in the world for ropes of crystals to hang from the
ceiling over pink light bulbs, besides a Las Vegas Lounge.
|Randy told me that I could do this in my studio, but not on the main|
floor. Sometimes being the only female in the house can really stink.
|Actual gondolier singing opera in the Venetian|
|View of the Strip from our hotel room|
|Old neon + LED TV screens|
|You can see the roof over Freemont that has a non-stop|
LED light show, sometimes it's spectacular, other times
it's basically advertising. It encloses the light and gives it
an almost surreal experience of daylight under there.
|The Pioneer was still operating when I drove through|
Las Vegas from California on my way back east to CT,
now it's a gift store that has tables proclaiming "Everything
|This place has a seedy romantic vibe to it -- we didn't go inside but I read that they|
refurbished the interior.
|Looking down Freemont Street from El Cortez|
|One of my FAVORITE places to go was the Pinball Hall of Fame, where|
they had pinball machines from many decades, check out this one, it's
so old the numbers aren't digital - they flip! Yes, I played it and it was awesome!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
After poking around with me, she is kind of coming around to the Dark Side, and I'm thrilled, it's fun to talk to someone else about the things that make me throw up some jazz hands and squeal. Like vintage dish towels and travel souvenirs. I am almost jealous because where she lives in Lake Havasu City, they put out a weekly paper similar to the Pennysaver which is nothing but listings of garage sales/estate sales and fleas. I bet there's a lot of great Hollywood Regency stuff out that way! She even told me via email today she might go out this weekend to some garage sales. You go, Mothra!
Mothra said "I can't believe how much character everything has - this is at least INTERESTING." Perhaps one day she will know the sheer joy of gazing over a pile of boring stuff and zeroing in on that ONE thing, feeling her pulse race and the wash of intense glee when you flip the item over and see it's reasonably priced and you have the cash.
Back to the Charleston! I want to show you some of the lamps that set my heart ablaze:
|What are these dogs, Afghans with haircuts? Greyhounds|
with perms? They and their fiberglass lampshade were awesome.
|These lampshades were ALL wrong, but I loved loved loved|
the teal bases.
|Not the original shades, but I loved the shape of these two!|
|Hollywood Regency at it's over-the-top finest! The lamp|
base lit up (red) -- I also loved the bar-cart, too. This
dealer also had zebra skin chairs and surf records.
|This radio was in GREAT condition and was playing an "oldies" station|
|Check out this INCREDIBLE gorgeous stereo cabinet!!! Again, fantastic|
condition - turntable and radio
|Even a slot for records -- just like the stereo I grew up with (except Mom's|
was that mid-century faux-colonial...I like this one much better)
|I love the rounded corners on this one|
|A clock radio AND desk lamp!!!|
|Old rotary phones, clocks, and a Selectric!!!|
|Swizzle Sticks!!! Oh, how I long for some classic|
Vegas Casino swizzle sticks...but not at $5+ I also loved
the TWA "destination" swizzles.
|If only it were an XL...the "L" looked a little small in|
|Holy cats! This is just a small section of the whole shelf.|
|I can see myself doing some major Brady Bunch choreography in this|
|Naked + go-go boots and big hair = awesome|
|So many amazing tiki bar accessories -- and how about THAT lamp?? HOT!|
|I don't know how this happened, but I'm so glad someone took a picture.|
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
I'm exhausted and broke but had a great time! My best friend, Mothra moved to Lake Havasu City, AZ last year, and thanks to her man's job (he's a pilot) she flies East quite frequently. I've flown out once to see her in AZ and then this past weekend she drove three hours up to Las Vegas and met me there and we were on the go since the moment I touched down. Both of us have sworn that next time we'll spend more time doing nothing and less time being crazy.
Our itinerary included walking almost four miles of The Strip, poking in and out of several resort/casinos and window shopping in many of the high end shops that would laugh us out the door if we walked in there. We had delicious Mexican food at Hussong's which I HIGHLY recommend. We ended up at the Venetian where I sat at a slot machine for pretty much the first time and ended up winning $100. Woo! I was pretty excited!
The next morning we went to the AMAZING Peppermill which is half diner/half insane throwback 70's lounge complete with super low banquettes surrounding pools that are on fire. Seriously.
After reading reviews about the "flea market" we realized it was more of a swap meet (new cheap things in a cardboard box on the ground) which isn't what I wanted, so I did a little research and found out about the Charleston Antique Mall. And it was glorious. 16,000 square feet of antique and vintage finds and VERY reasonably priced. The only thing that stopped me from buying everything I could get my hands on was the fact that I had a small carry-on suitcase. I wished I had a panel truck! I will post what I actually purchased (very little, showing remarkable restraint) later, but I did take a ton of pictures, mostly because I had to show Randy all this great stuff.
First of all, let's talk Pyrex:
|Lovely striped mixing bowls in a rustic china cabinet - they were too big|
for my suitcase so I didn't even look at the price tag - and how cute
are those pitchers on the second shelf???
|Same dealer/cabinet - dots! I loved the paper lanterns, too.|
|Some Pyrex Wannabes were mixed in|
|If only I had a bigger suitcase/panel truck!! I would have|
finished my Daisy cinderella bowl collection and added
to my Autumn Harvest...and I probably would have nabbed
that chicken, too.
|Oh, Green Square Flowers, how I love you...and with a lid. Had to walk away.|
|One of my Holy Grails - but I want red vinyl seats. Or mint green. But with|
the nails like these! This set was in great shape!
|Another "grail" the metal lawn chairs - and I just LOVED|
how this particular dealer styled her space, just lovely.