Tuesday, April 15, 2014

...'DIRT TRUMPS SALING'


BEFORE:
The deep freeze caused HAVOC on the poor Herb Bed Wine Bottle border...
HAPPINESS! OH HAPPINESS!  Saturday was in the 60's and SUNNY.  Sunday was in the High 70's and SUNNY!
As much as I crave the first sales of the Season - after this LONG WINTER I have a N.E.E.D. to be in the SUN with my hands in the dirt even more!! 
AFTER:
The 'beds' still need some T.L.C., but the Borders are standing
Tall and Proud B-)

 Several gardens were cleaned of their Winter debris, and the HERB Garden wine bottle border was straightened, and pounded back in securely.
OH yes, this was a Good workout on those 'Bingo-Wings'!!


Okay... so maybe, Saturday afternoon,  we did make ourselves 'public presentable' long enough to briefly stop by this Estate Sale before it closed - just long enough to swoop in and pick up this immaculate blue Train Case with insert (are we starting to notice a sickness developing here??) and unscrew this Waxed Paper/Paper Towel/Alum Foil dispenser from the wall (coming soon to ETSY) !!

As daylight hours are getting longer, STUDIO TIME is getting shorting (YEH!!!), but there are still a couple of projects I have rambling around in the back of my head...
Like plans for this necklace that I picked up a couple of weeks ago at the Rummage sale...

and working on my soldering, which still needs LOTS of PRACTICE!!

Maybe learn how to combine the two?
I always have GREAT VISIONS that I dream up as I lie awake about 3:30am...

Now, I just have to learn how to get these ideas to fruition in a presentable form!!

Or else, just not let the rest of the world look to close B-) !!


HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A WONDERFUL WEEK!
BE WELL.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

...'politically incorrect' post.

WOW!
How time flies, when you have absolutely N.O.T.H.I.N.G. to write about.
So, as the rest of the world is warming up, and we're NOT...
SWEET,SWEET Train Case & Vintage Coral/Pink Smoke-Infinity scarf found at the last day of an Estate Sale for a whopping total of $2.25!  LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! this scarf!!!!!!
 J & I have been going to a few hit or miss (mostly BIG misses!) estate sales.  I Finally attended my first rummage sale of the season on Saturday morning ~ talk about a MOB scene!!!
 Picked up a few odds-n-ends for repurposing...


 Picked up a few Mid-Century & Retro pieces for resale


 and then I found this little .50¢ guy that made me SOO happy!!  My Grandmother started me on an 'old-fashioned' Sterling charm bracelet when I was about 12.  I have made it into a 'journey bracelet' - only adding souvenir charms.  Well, with the popularity of the 'Italian' charm bracelet and 'Pandora' charm bracelet, etc..., etc... - you can't buy the cheap, cheezy little charms on every street corner anymore!!  Needless to say, I've been to Disney twice and didn't have a charm from there - NOW I DO! 
 It looked like the same person was getting rid of there entire charm bracelet 'collection' - (each bracelet complete w/ charms only .50¢  and all sterling) - so I grabbed them - who knows, I may need South Dakota or Alaska someday ;-)

(MY BRACELET...and YES- there is LOTS of room left!!!!)
~AND~
COULD IT BE??
IS THIS REALLY #1 FOR 2014???



VERA2014#1 $1


The other morning I met up with a friend for breakfast. I showed up wearing my 'newest' favorite scarf.  While chatting she asked if it was one of 'those' infinity scarves....  I said not really because it is vintage, so technically it is a SMOKE RING scarf - but that is too Politically Incorrect for them to be called now.  I told her that I had a few of the 'originals' at home and promise I would do a CLOSET COLLECTION post on them so here are a few pics for your viewing pleasure....


FAYS!!?! I remember them!!


Not sure why you need all of these complicated instructions, when all you have to do is pull it on over your head!!?!

VERA did a few of these - check it out here


Thanks to 'Ms. Tabatha Katt' for being such a Wonderful model ;-)



HOPE EVERYONE HAS A WONDERFUL WEEK!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

...BOOZIN' ~ or~ BOSSON it up for ST. PATTY!


"LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY"

LETS GIVE THE BOYS A HAND...




Here is a Fair-Play to 'The Boys' ~ after showing 'The Ladies' closet collection in my life, I thought it only fair to show my closet collection of these fine seafaring Bruts! 





 I'm not sure if they are all the collectible BOSSONS ~ Made in England, but they do fit in with my Nautical love!


"and Maybe he don't dress fine"
"but I don't really mind"
As with 'The Ladies', they are weathered and scruffy - rather handsome on a Pirate though - EH?!



What is any good journey without a Captain?


Now, go BE SAFE on ST PATTY's DAY!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

...HEAD games!

TUESDAY:
SUNSHINE!
SHOES without socks!
Light Jackets
Younger Generation in SHORTS
(obviously I wasn't part of this!!)
=50° in the SPRING in Central NEW YORK!!
It put me in the mood to do a little SPRING decorating, and I gathered another tiny 'closet collection' of LADY HEAD VASES.  (You may have noticed one in my last post, that I had put some leftover flowers from My V-day bouquet...  I gathered her Sisters to join her!!)




**Yes, 'The Girls' are all 'Less-than-Perfect' w/ their cracks, flaking cold paint, chipped lashes, missing gems - but hey, aren't we all?!  Besides, that was how I was able to get them 'on-the-cheap'!!  Strategically placed flowers do WONDERS for broken fingers!

The time change even allowed J & I a leisurely trip to our favorite seaglass beach along the shores of the FingerLakes to see what this looonngg Winter had produced!!

~~~~~~~~
FLASH AHEAD
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
WEDNESDAY:
Winter storm advisory!
Schools Closed!
Wednesday Low Temp: 16°
Thursday Low Temp: 3°

**80's quiz: Name the ARTIST: 
Head games, and I can't take it anymore
Head games, I don't wanna play the...
Head games


Who Knows.
There may even be a 'prize'.
It may be a BIG-FAT-COOLER of SNOW
but...
a 'prize'
just the same ;-)








In the words of Don Henley:Nobody on the road
Nobody on the beach
 I feel it in the air
 The summer's out of reach

Empty lake,
 empty streets
The sun goes down alone
 
OH, Mother Nature, you DO have a cruel, cruel sense of humor!!
Do you think the dried sage that I put in Miss Turq's bonnet will help the situation??





Monday, March 10, 2014

...hair, hair ~ everywhere there is HAIR!

WHAT A WEEKEND!!
Sunday Morning Clafouti to use up some fresh eggs from a friends chicks and mulberries from the freezer before this years supply arrives... It won't be long ~ right?!?!?


COLD but SUNNY!


1973 Calendar Towel found @ market
 OFF TO MARKET!

SIGNS OF SPRING!
Garlic chives have sprouted!!

HAIR?!

Bavaria 'Hair Receiver' .50¢
or should I say... 'HAIR RECEIVER'!!

  J was rather grossed.  My 'Daytrippin Buddy' was rather grossed last summer when we came upon an exhibit of these little beauts at one of our stops... but guess what?!  It is but yet ANOTHER of my 'closet collections'. 
   Hmmm... 'Closet Collector' - all kinds of BAD associations with that term, but I Really kind of like it for some reason!!   But, I digress, back to Hair receivers. 

Here is what WIKAPEDIA has to say:
A hair receiver is a small pot, with a hole in the lid, kept on the dressing table in the Victorian era to store hair removed from brushes and combs. The hair was recycled in a number of ways—notably for stuffing small bags, about 8–10 centimetres (3–4 in) across, called ratts, used to bulk out women's hairstyles. Human hair was also used for stuffing pincushions and small furnishing cushions.
It was often paired with a matching trinket box or a powder jar or as part of a dressing table set, made mainly from porcelain, though glass, metal, and celluloid were also used.

Or this magazine article has a more indepth article if you are truly interested ;-) 
And now, may I present a bit of MY tiny 'HAIR RECEIVER' collection (NO! it doesn't really live in a closet - that was just a figure of speech... it actually has a corner of a shelf all of it's own... on a bookshelf... on the second floor... at the end of the hall...). .

Oh, and there IS another
tucked in amongst some hatpins
DOWNSTAIRS...


 ATTIC/STUDIO HAPPENINGS:
 
Not much new to report 8-(
Been working on gathering tax stuff - that REALLY cramps the old creative energies!!



Now, for The PRIZE find of the weekend, week, month, Year to date.... drum roll Please.....
......
......
will ya just look at this....
in all of it's
red
white
and
BLUE
PLASTIC
BEAUTY
complete
with
RHINESTONE in the center,
unlike ANY others in my collection!
...
...
...
for the handsome sum
of a
mere
quarter
...
...



SWEATER CLIP 2014 #4 .25¢

OH YEH!
I'm SOOO easily pleased  8-)

Friday, February 28, 2014

...WAIT! WE MUST GO BACK IN!

Oh, my POOR 'NEWBIE'...
My POOR, POOR, "DAY TRIPPIN' PARTNER-IN-CRIME"...


I think I may have led her astray this time folks!
HAEGER 2014 #1 ($1.50... after tacky dried flowers were removed!!)

Let me begin again...
COLD, LONG WINTERS begin to call for DESPERATE measures here in the NE!!  When I propositioned a friend and asked her if she would like to join me in my weekly 'STUFF RUN' (okay... yes I did dangle a coffee/chai stop in there too!), she agreed.  I don't think she had ever been to a Thrift before, but what a day we had!! 
 FUN! FUN! FUN!  
I lost count as to how many we went to ~ SIX maybe??  She was SUCH A GOOD SPORT!  I spotted the seductive dripped glazed Haeger vase in the window of a Shop we had JUST LEFT...  I said, " WAIT! We MUST go back in!

     Still not a 'ton-o-good-stuff' to be had at the shops, but I guess that is just as well.  I did find a few goodies though...
Soldering Iron (For Dad's Collection!) $1, Cording for seaglass pendant necklaces $1, Compact (My collection) $1, Vintage enamel pin .80¢, Funky earrings .80¢

AND 

2014
#1
#2
#3
in the sweater Clip Category!!!
Sweater ClipsAS FOR  ATTIC STUDIO HAPPENINGS...
'Commisioned' Pedestal for a Friend is almost complete.
We have FINALLY found the pieces/combination that she likes, now I just have to assemble.


Soldering practice continues ((sigh.))
I dream up ideas, but somehow they still don't come out at I envision.
This was an 'Attempt' at combining wire-wrap and solding. ((Sigh))
'Bejeweled' (with Real SeaGlass) vintage sweater clip.  'N' who was helping me with soldering was really 'interested' in my sweater clip collection.  I have heard that she went to an antique store and was VERY Excited to have found and purchased one for herself since I saw her.  She is also into seaglass.  I'm sending this to her as a 'THANK YOU' for her time. 
(maybe this is Good Karma, and why 3 found their way to me??  Do you think??)