September 16, 2012

Estate Sale

Last Sunday was such a crisp, beautiful day!  My friend and I decided to take in an estate sale at this lovely old home built in the 1800's.  It was the end of a three day sale so everything was fifty per cent off.  I was more excited about getting the opportunity to go inside this house than any treasures I might find.  The only thing I bought was an worn old apron with a gorgeous hand crocheted border at the bottom.  The border is about four inches wide and the word LOVE is spelled out several times in the crocheting.  


This Rose of Sharon had just a few summer blooms left.  One of my favorite things was this gigantic hollow tree by the back door.   I could only imagine how much fun my dogs would have racing through it.

Just for fun, I want to share this picture of a lovely couple I met yesterday at another sale.
If I were to give them names, I'd call them "Billy" (not very original, I know) and "Ruth Ann"!


September 10, 2012

Embroidery Restoration

I was at an estate sale recently and spotted this cute little pillowcase.  It was in terrible shape, very dirty and missing lots of stitches.  I picked it up and looked at it, laid it back down and started to leave the room.  My next thought was it will probably be trashed if someone didn't buy it.  Thinking it wouldn't be the first $3 I've  wasted if I couldn't clean it up, I decided to get it.
It laundered beautifully so my next step was to send it to Texas.  My friend, Kathleen, at Yesteryear Embroideries had agreed to restore the embroidery for me.  She is very reasonable and had it back to me in less than a week.
This is what it looks like now!

I added a piece of vintage crocheted lace and it has a permanent home on my guest bed.  I love it!


September 1, 2012

Time to Be Creative

I repainted and recovered the cushion on this little "gossip" bench.
I mentioned earlier in the week that my niece and I now share a space in a local antique mall.  Here are pictures of some of the things we have for sale:

Pillows for our "prim" loving customers.

My niece makes these "subway art" signs.

Framed antique Shirley Temple paper dolls.

Of  course, there's lots of teacups!

Having this little "shop" has been something I've always wanted to do.  I love hunting for treasures, giving old things a new purpose, and driving there to "fluff" up things.  The mall is about two miles from house.