Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Finds

vintage finds, doors, baby shoes, quilts, school chairs
Last weekend yielded multiples of items.

Like a stack of bifold doors.

Here are several - they were selling as I brought them in from the loading dock. 

The doors make great screens on porches, displays for booths, and, of course, doors!

A lovely louvered screen door #855 from an old cottage in Aiken.

No, I did not need another tool caddy, but I am enjoying it on the front porch for awhile before it heads to the booth.

Another despicable chore - getting the tape off.

Painted red Samsonite folding chair - child size. 

A scrap of cloth - I looked in bin after bin to see if there was another piece of this.

The gold milking stool I left as I found it - wonderfully distressed.

And the tool?

The ScaleMaster No. 10.

"Oh, no, I've lost my arms!" cried the spooky doll. 

There is that piece of cloth again.

Yes, folks, yet another quilt - all hand-stitched and hand-quilted.

A very large market basket - the bottom striped red, gold, blue.

A stack of quilt pieces - two squares and the rest ovals.

An old knob and lock set.

A bag filled with children's vintage shoes.

My favorite pair - felted wool booties with embroidery.

At another sale two newer pairs of tiny shoes.

Bundled group - clip-on rings for curtains - handy in the booth.

A handful of bracelets.

A ring holder. 

A scoop.

A small lace tablecloth.

A large storage basket.

The cloth scrap fits the basket, but I decided to use it another way.

I will admit I bought this spool of metal without a clue of what it is.

It simply appealed visually to me.

I have an idea for it.

Wait and see.

Four kindergarten chairs. 

A candlestick table in a dark finish - decent enough - I did not paint it.

A large gardening encyclopedia.

So ...

Multiple doors.

Multiple tiny shoes.

Multiple quilt pieces.

Multiple chairs.

Wonder what is out there this weekend?

Have fun.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fall Into My Booth

Fall decor, booth decor, Dollar Tree
I spent some time last week bringing some bits of Fall and Halloween to the front of my large booth.

Booth W-10 is at the end of a long aisle - this is what meets the customer's eye.

I keep items from all holidays in the back section of the booth moving them forward when the time comes.

No shifting back and forth from mall to home.

Just rotating stock around the booth space and adding the new items.

The orange pumpkins are for display - Dollar Tree finds.

Dollar Tree starlings for my birdcages.

Creepy image clings on the mirrors are from Dollar Tree last year.

I hope they have some more this year.

And what about Miss Katherine who was front and center?

I carefully shifted her onto sliders and slid her around the corner.

All 150 pounds of her!

She is one hefty lady.

I will be adding more as the season progresses.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016


crate, makeover, quickie project, stencil, Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint
A project completed while competing with the rhythm gymnasts at the Olympics.

Only one mistake in my routine - I dropped a loaded brush of Mod Podge.

No deductions - it cleaned right up. 

A gold medal project finished in less than 30 minutes counting drying time.

Started with this wooden crate.

19" X 8" X 7"

Top and part of the side missing in action.

On the back the part of the label said to open on this side - looks like whoever opened the crate did NOT follow directions well.

I could make out the crate was for a mixer of some sort.

Not much left of the label which was badly peeling.

Painted the front with Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Escape.

Used the Farmer's Market stencil from Old Sign Stencils by Funky Junk Interiors .

I highlighted Farmer's in orange.

Several attempts to save the label all failed. 

Used Mod Podge over the whole crate to save what paper was left.

Great crate for fall foliage, pine cones, or pumpkins.

It will be waiting for you in Booth W-10.

If I can part with it.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Finds

garage sales, Friday finds, vintage finds
Along with the normal shopping, I have been raiding sections of Horror Monster, my beloved craft stash, for items I have decided I can live without.

Like this primitive high chair which has sat for years in the corner of the den holding stacks of books. 

I had to move it for an electrician to check breakers in the electrical panel. 

I like the corner bare.

So there!

But I did shop last Saturday.

A lovely wicker and wrought iron patio set.

A bit rusty and crusty.

A green toolbox - great for a fall or Christmas display.

Look at the cute tiny metal paper cutter.

I resisted keeping it as I only collect the wooden ones.

A wooden crate - lost part of its side.

Two bundles of straw - look like artichokes to me.

I bought these two for the metal baskets but left the arrangements in them to sell.

I had to buy a huge box of wooden hangers ...

To get these vintage ones and ...

Two old advertising ones.

There was only one tosser in the bunch so it turned out to be a deal.

I fell in love with this primitive green cabinet on casters. 

The guy was unsure why it had not sold.


He was sure all the great hardware in the drawers was worth the price.


I had to take all the junk, but he did cut the price in half.

It has a sliding board at the top for extra work space.

I found this graniteware roaster at Riverfront Antique Mall while cruising the aisles.

It just said Fall to me.

The days are getting shorter around here.

I swim for 90 minutes each afternoon - it's getting darker earlier.

The sun is slowly moving in a different position.

Well, actually the Earth is doing all the moving.

Off to some sales and possibly an auction or two.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Saltwash Versus Sea Salt

Furniture painting, Saltwash, painting with sea salt, textured finishes
After using plain sea salt on my zinc pots (READ POST HERE), I decided to take the challenge to tables.

It would be the Saltwash Versus Sea Salt competition.

Which product would win the gold?

By the way, I was NOT compensated for using the products named in any way.

Saltwash purchased HERE.   Two Lovely Flowers on Etsy.

Cerulean Seas Sea Salt Fine Crystals purchased at Fresh Market for $1.99 plus tax.

My two victims - two similar candlestick tables.

Both needed a bit of tightening and cleaning before the challenge began.

To be able to start on a level playing field, I painted each with Waverly Chalk paint in Truffle.

One coat for each.

Dried great in less than 20 minutes.

In separate plastic cups, I mixed Saltwash with Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Escape and the same with plain sea salt.

I only mixed a little because a little goes a long way.

I used the directions from watching Saltwash videos.

At this point I was not a happy camper.

It was a hot and humid day.

Not good for painting outside.

This is the table with Saltwash.

I named her Prissy.

This is the table with plain sea salt.

I named her Scruffy.

I had a very difficult time getting this dry enough for the next step.

The Saltwash must have a drying agent in it - it dried a little better than the sea salt.

I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Lace for the top coat.

Here's a full view of Prissy.

Here's her top.

Texture - check

Sea washed color - check

Full view of Scruffy.

Here's her top.

Texture - check

Sea washed look - check

However neither table would dry.

It did not help I left them for a quick Olympics watch and it sprinkled rain on them.

I threw both of them in the dining room for a few days.

The paint finally cured - it no longer peeled right off.

Here's Scruffy after sanding and a coat of satin varnish.

It was quite easy to get the layers of paint to show.

Her base is definitely textured and ancient-looking.

Prissy (Miss Saltwash) was harder to sand.

I was not using the electric sander - just a sanding sponge.

Here's her top - it was difficult to get down to the brown layer of paint.

Her base is textured and has an old look.

So which table wins the gold and which the silver?

I have to award Prissy (Miss Saltwash) the gold - she dried and sanded to a smooth distressed finish.

Scruffy (Miss Sea Salt) wins the silver - if you love a lot of texture and depth this is the choice for you.

I will use the rest of the canister of Saltwash on other furniture projects, but for smalls like my zinc pots, I will stick to plain old sea salt.

I still think the finishes learned in the Farragoz course are superior to these. 

And, NO, I am not compensated to say that.

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