Tuesday, January 17, 2017

There're No Pictures Like Snow Pictures

It's the first month of the year.

Snow was promised and did not come near here.

So I spent the time dragging out all my snow paintings to remind me what snow is.






My all-time favorite.

Signed by Ralph Booth - primitive - acrylic on board.

I found it covered in hay in an old barn years ago. 





An oil painting of a barn in snow.
















This one is not a painting, but a calendar page found in a shed.

I love the distressed-ness of it.








A colorful watercolor.

I know you are getting the idea here.

I love barns in snow!








Another oil painting.

Yes, there is a barn behind the house.











Acrylic on board.

More like a shed behind the house than a barn.

I especially love the frame.






 
The red barn is front and center on this acrylic on canvas.

Except for the first one, they are NOT signed.



Folks, if you take the time to create something, sign it, please! 




My den mantel.

The other paintings scattered around the house.













I always place the favorite right across from the sofa so I can see it every night.









A little concrete polar bear smiles at the world.

He is a happy fellow.





I have been away with the creeping crud that seems to be infecting everyone I know.

Hope your new year has begun with health and wealth.

If not, at least there is junk.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!


Wishing you a very prosperous and joyous new year.


Hoping for peace and goodwill for 2017.



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Friday, December 30, 2016

Favorite Vintage Finds Of 2016

vintage finds, favorite buys




It is hard to choose an absolute favorite of my vintage finds.

Like picking the best of your children, I guess.






This seemed to be my year for finding both snapshots and cabinet card photographs.

I have never met a photograph - sepia and stained - I did not love.






The blue star crock - lovely size - someone had drilled holes in it for plants.

I sold it - egad!











There is something about the soft gleam of old aluminum kitchenware that captures my heart.

And captures my heart.

And captures my heart.

In 2016, that soft gleam is responsible for over two hundred pieces.

Most of it sold.




I loved all four pieces of this vignette and kept the pieces around for several months.

Then off to be sold.

I can be cruel.






Then if you are cruel, karma comes around to get you.

I loved this primitive blue chest on casters.

And yet I sold him.

Regretted it time I saw him rolling gently away from me.

I had been convinced the price was too high.

Karma intervened and someone snatched him up.




If you are a regular reader, you know I have quite a thing for body parts especially heads.


I scored many doll parts this past year including these heads. 

I kept the Kewpie and sold the rest.




A green primitive cabinet on casters (yes, I do have a thing for casters!)
was a steal of a deal.

It has been languishing in the booth.

If it is still there at the end of January, it will come home to live with me.




And speaking of casters, I bought about seventy of them this year.

I have sorted through to keep some and sell the rest.

Look for them soon in Booth W-10.





In my quest to possess every old book around, I bought quite a few bins.

A few kept for personal use and the rest to sell.

I have been saving back one large bin from 2015.

I promise to start 2017 by tagging those books for sale.

But maybe keep a few.




So what will I be looking for in 2017?

Take a close look at the photo for a clue.

Anything vintage, old, distressed, primitive, numbered, lettered, stained, painted ...

Well, you get the picture.

Wait!  I may want that picture!

If you care to see more, take a peek at my Friday Finds posts.


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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Most Popular Posts of 2016

blog posts, most views, primitives, vintage finds
























Based on readers' views, here are the eight most popular posts of 2016.



Number Eight is a Friday Finds post where I had numerous emails about these buckets which quickly sold.

From January 22, it's  Friday Finds.







Number Seven was one of my favorite posts - an estate sale at an old farm.

From March 22, it's Peach Farm Estate Sale.














Number Six featured a load of hand-stitched quilts.

From August 9, it's Q is for Quilt.












Number Five is a Friday Finds post about the trove of treasure I bought from Linda at A La Carte.

From March 4, it's Friday Finds With Linda.









Number Four was about my first experience selling at Magnolia Ridge Antiques & Art Gathering.

From May 25, it's Magnolia Ridge - The Gathering.







Number Three features the primitive chest I wished I had never sold.

From April 18, it's Rolling Blue Tool Chest.














Number Two is the primitive table sold at the Magnolia Ridge Gathering.

From March 17, it's Breezy Blue Primitive.
















The most viewed post for 2016 was part of a blog hop where participating bloggers revealed items they would be searching during the summer.

From April 29, it's Top 5 Things To Look For At Yard Sales This Year.




So there you have it - quite a wide range of topics - all seem to concern the junk I drag home.

I appreciate all of the readers of my blog.

I look forward to more blogging in 2017.

2017!?!

Is that really for real the year!?!


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Vintage Charm Party #63

Monday, December 19, 2016

Santa Tags


dying shipping tags, making Christmas tags, Santa
So you have finished dying your bottle brush trees and there is still dye left in the bowl. 




I am not one to waste anything so I always have cloth or shipping tags at hand to soak up the rest of the dye.






I buy the tags by the thousand.

Pre-strung.

I leave the strings on when dying, but may replace them with ribbon later. 







I put a handful into the dye making sure they do not stick together.

Stir.









Using a metal spoon or paint stick crease the tags for a more distressed look.













I place them outside on screens to dry.

Watch out for the drips if you choose to dry inside.

The dye is permanent on most surfaces.





It takes several hours for them to dry.

This is Apple Green Rit Dye.











 Aqua Blue.
















Petal Pink.


















I used Old World Santa images to make the tags.

Mod Podge the images to the tags.








Added a layer of Mod Podge over the entire tag.

Painted a gold edge.

Left the back plain for Christmas messages of cheer.





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