Wednesday, July 15, 2009

White Wednesday,White Books and Pages

This is a favorite of mine, look closely in the basket.

I wanted to do a little something different today, for White Wednesday.
I hope no one minds that I'm stretching the boundaries a little.

I love the printed page. There is nothing boring to me about a white page with typeset. My grandfather had a printshop, in the twenties and thirties, so it's no wonder that I love old books, lithographs, printsets...anything to do with type. A font can set the stage and tell the story before you have even opened the book. I found this little book not long ago for children, and the graphics are just precious.

It is what it says. "All Pictures"

I also wanted to share a few of my little gift books
from the late 1800's and early 1900's.
These were given as small tokens of affection
at Christmas, Easter, Birthdays, New Years etc.

They have the sweetest graphics and poetry, usually with a spiritual theme.

Hope you enjoyed my "white" today.

Check in with Kathleen at Faded Charm for other participants in
White Wednesday.

Go find an old book, it will take you to another place.


Monday, July 13, 2009

What I Rescued this Weekend, Monday

It's not that I don't like garage sales, it's just that I don't have much luck with them. I can be gone all morning and come home with a few pitiful finds. So I've just never been that "into" them. Jan can go and then come home with a truckload of quilts, ironstone and fabulous stuff, Me? not so much. But, this last weekend I did good. My sister had one, and of course I got to shop early. Yeah. She had some great stuff.
This cute little chair is embossed, but is pretty lightweight. It won't stand up to the "teenage boy" test. AND if you need a potty, I have a real winner. It's Alfred Meakin stamped with England and is in excellent condition. I'm thinking a cute little ivy peaking out would just be so quaint.

This was my car when I got home. FULL.

My sister makes great flower arrangements and this was a summer bundle
she did a few years ago. It hangs on the door with or without a basket.

The little wooden tray with a 40's fruit decal and the green picnic basket are evidence of my love of "cottage" goods. I love all the whites and creams and shabby, but I just can't resist a pop of that cottage vibe.

I rescued the little baker's rack from my own garage.
It looked too "new", so I gave it a "rust" finish, now it works.

I love wire "anything", so I can just see this filled with gourds, pumpkins and bittersweet for fall. BTW, Fall is my favorite time of year, so don't be surprised when September 1 rolls around and all my fall goodies come out. Can't help it, the cooler weather always invigorates me, and I seem to come alive.

This little dresser was in my nephew's room until last week, when he traded his bunk beds in for "grown up" furniture.
It's a little rough on top, but I haven't decided yet what to do with it. White, black or just be lazy and let someone else do the work.
(drawer pull is in one of the drawers)

This little French fashion print is just so sweet. The frame has a little damage,
but a once over with some gold "Rub n' buff" and it works.

Here are some old linens that are not perfect, but oh-so- sweet.
Tea towels, pillowcases and table runners.

detail on the tea towels

There were several "cocktail" aprons from the 50's, that were so hilarious...all tulle, net, and organdy. No help with dirty hands or spills...
just for the chic hostess factor!

This little vintage Battenburg lace number is one I kept for myself,
or I should say for "Irma".

She's wearing it now, as she holds the vintage jewelry that I make.
This is some of my stash.

Be sure and check out more "What I rescued this Weekend, Monday" at Sassafras Stuff.

Well, I'm off to the garage to work on pricing.
Where's my Big Gulp cup, and please turn on the fan!

Have a great Monday,
P.S. If this post turns out weird, it's because sometimes I think that Blogger has a mind of it's own and it will do whatever it darn well wants. No matter how many times you go back and try to fix it. Double spaces and deletes photos. So I'm warning you, it was one of those days. Sheesh.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

More at Leola's Vintage Home and Garden

Here are the rest of the recent photos from Leolas.
(See my post of last week)
Be sure to go over and say Hi to Jan at Summer Sundays, one of the owners.

I was at Leola's Wednesday of this week and the store was full of great
new merchandise and displays.

This is Kristi's birdcage adorned with old flower seed graphics.

Judy's great green cabinet that has found a new home
on a vintage green drop leaf table.
Matches perfectly!

Love this red and white checked chair

Brenda's vintage folding yard chairs

Pam creates the best embellished Tees and jackets.
Always seasonally inspired.

Jean's great zinc topped farm table and Linda's German pewter punch bowl.

This is Jan's "oh so patriotic" table.
Can't you just see this on a front porch display!

Dorlece has tons of great goodies

check out this huge antique canoe bookshelf

Kelli's great vintage patio set

cute little chair with place for a flower pot

Judy always has great silver and one-of-a-kind pieces.

Jan has gorgeous blue and white dishes,
and stacks of beautiful ironstone.

This old metal cupola reminds me of the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz.

Be sure and stop by if you are in southwest Missouri.
Highway CC and 65.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Summer Seed Box Display

I watered the geraniums early this morning and a few new little black-eyed susans and shasta daisies that I had planted along the fence in the backyard. They were already wilting. It didn't take long for me to feel just like them. When it's this hot, I just either want to float around the pool on my raft or come inside where it's cool. The heat sucks all the "motivation" out of me. Guess it's my age. Anyway, Texas would be too hot for me, now.

So I thought I'd share a little Seed Box fun.

1934 Seed Catalog

Try to stay cool!
Anyone for a lemondade?

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