Welcome to my blog about things I love to collect, refinishing furniture and decorating using flea market finds (with a few crochet projects now and then).Thanks so much for visiting!




Sunday, February 22, 2015

Flea Market Junking Finds....getting caught up with my crazy finds!!!

Starting with my most favorite find in a long time...Redwork quilt blocks! 15 of them and 1 more that is half finished.
I LOVE these and what a steal I got on them!


This is the initials of the woman that embroidered these along with the date!
So cool!





The same woman had all of these beautiful lace pieces.
The 2 satin pieces with lace trimming are sleeves probably for a childs dress?


And a good sized box full of vintage fabric pieces and large enough to actually use.
Seeing as I've been a quilter for more years than I want to say...this is going to be fun. I already have an idea which quilt pattern I'm going to use this fabric in.


I never, never pass up a box of old buttons!


The large frame was a steal and the smaller frames are cast iron, the big one from the January flea market and the 2 small from the February flea...the following stuff is from February.


 I found MY mirror! "THE" mirror I have been looking for!
Sorry for the poor picture but it's not hanging on the wall yet...obviously...
It's 48" wide, etched and has just enough silver loss to make it even better.




A woman was there from the state of Virginia, she comes for the big gem show each year, loads up her van with antiques to sell and then loads up her van with her jewelry supplies to take back to Virginia.  I found most everything at her booth. I was so thrilled after shopping with her I didn't really care if I found anything else!

Love the little green child's chair and the ponies!



The metal cabinet I walked away from but then decided I would regret it if I didn't get it.
Those drawers are going to come in handy for keeping things organized (not from the Virginia vendor)


 But this came from Virginia and I love this thing for some odd reason...I have no idea what it's original use was....it's heavy cast iron and has the most beautiful turquoise chippy color.
This is sitting on the chest of drawers I redid in my sewing room that is a work in progress which I hope to post sometime yet this winter.


I grabbed a few old photos for another cushion spring I'm playing with...still needs some work but I got a kick out of these. The one with the old car was taken in New Mexico Christmas 1931, that's my favorite.

Thanks for taking the time to look.
I'm still trying to get caught up with all this work so I can do something fun. Flea market one day a month is fun but I need more than 1 fun day per month. Still painting the house, ran out of paint but plan to finish it up this week. Yeah!!!!

I am dying to look at your blogs and see what everyone has been doing! I know I'm missing out on a lot of really cool projects. Your blogs is where I get my inspiration from!

Stay warm!


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015


Just thought I'd post my wool applique string of hearts I made several years ago. I dug them out of the drawer this morning, just in time! 
I used little bits of vintage lace and buttons and a piece of vintage lace to hang them from the braided cotton stringer.

(They were published in Create & Decorate magazine several years ago)

Happy Valentine's Day!



Saturday, January 31, 2015

So much for the New Years resolution!

Okay, it's January 31st, about time I get back here. No I have not followed through with my one and only New Years resolution, I have not posted for an entire month nor have I visited any blogs...
No good excuse other than just too darn busy!

Mr. Wild was here and we were both working like mad people trying to get as much accomplished as possible while he was here. I tried to stay one step ahead of him in case something needed painting before he installed it...things like that.
Now I'm on my own to try to do as much as I can in the next 3 months.


He did hang my flea market chandelier in the master bedroom. I love it, more than I ever expected although I think there is something missing around the light bulbs, not sure what but if anyone has seen a similar chandelier and knows please tell me.
I'm definitely okay with it like this though.


Then we gutted the master bath, all but the tub/shower which look good as new.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my wood counter top!!! I also LOVE the large sink and single handled faucet!


New toilet but it's not necessary to show the whole thing (also replaced the toilet in the guest bath which also needs a new vanity, sink, faucet and flooring, next year)


We purchased Home Depot in stock kitchen cabinets back in MN. Mr. Wild modified them to fit a bathroom (kitchen cabinets are about 24" deep but bathroom vanities are about 21" deep)
We packed them up and hauled them here. He glued on the wood applique we found at Menard's and I painted the cabinets.

I sanded the wood top purchased from Menard's. Applied a golden pecan stain as I wanted the room to remain light and then applied 2 coats of Polycrylic, the water just beads up on the finish. It's working out beautifully!


To buy a finished vanity 72" wide was minimum of $1000 and to find one to fit just one sink was near impossible (cleaning one bathroom sink is more than enough for me and we don't need 2 sinks in the bathroom). Then to buy the least expensive laminate counter top would be about $300.

Our cabinets and wood counter top came to less than $400! A savings of $900 bucks I can use elsewhere!!!


And the best part is hidden! Mr. wild surprised me with an under sink water heater!!!
I have instant hot water at all times! (He was still working on it here).
The main water heater is about a mile from this bathroom so to get hot water I had to run the water for what felt like forever and such a waste!

This water heater is SO AWESOME!!!!!


Then the odd ball chandelier I bought...well I didn't know at the time that a European light fixture is totally different and I can't find bulbs to fit so we hung it above the toilet for now and I just set Christmas bulbs in the sockets until Mr. Wild can find time to rewire it (thank goodness he's an electrician!)
I still need to paint the chain to match...some day....
I like it where it is so I may just leave it there and not hook it up to power.


Cork tile floors...love this! You may wonder ...in a bathroom?
YES! We've had cork tile floors in out bathroom in MN for 15 years and they look as good as new.
When I was little my bedroom had cork tile floors and they were awesome!
My Grandma's house had a sun room with cork tile floors...they were around in the 50's.


This is part of the dining room....

Mr. Wild installed the $25 corner cabinet I found last spring at a garage sale in MN.
The seller said it came out of the house across the street which was built in 1939. It still had the shelves and the wood strips that were attached to the walls for the shelves to sit on.

Unfortunately my packed boxes of Vaseline glass are still sitting in the garage in MN. We forgot to bring them! But my plan is to fill the cabinet with green Vaseline glass and install blacklights so they glow.

I painted the ceilings and all walls before he started the cabinet, it's a nice warm light cream color but looks so gray here.


Then we brought in the buffet I rescued from being turned into a vanity...this one was just too pretty.
I picked that up in MN last spring along with the old green window.
You can see my medical cabinet, I took out the old bottles and did something different.
I think the deer head will be moved...still working on this room.


You may mot see my vision here but I fell for this tacky 70's light fixture (see the tassel!!!). It's fits the hallway just right along with the old iron window from a Mexican restaurant in Tucson.
Mr. Wild calls the light fixture a pine cone.
I have big plans for this hallway so this is just the beginning.


Another thing you may not all like but yes, I have a thing for animal skulls...sounds sort of gross put that way. I've always wanted a longhorn skull and I found one at a flea market in St. Paul for half the price they normally sell for along with a Mexican blanket purchased here at the Farmer's Market. Mr Wild hung these above the sofa in the living room.


We previously brought down my parents bedroom set, just the bed and chest of drawers but I didn't have the vanity here yet, now it's here and the whole set is in the guest bedroom. I still need to rip out ugly carpet in that room so this is all I'll show. I removed the carpet where this is sitting, painted part of the ceiling and part of the wall and floor so Mr. Wild could put the vanity all back together. It's an old mahogany set from about the 40's or late 30's my mom brought back to MN from California, now it's in AZ!


A chandelier for my sewing room that I bought to paint and then realized it had holes for crystals so I'm slowly acquiring crystals and will fill this full of them and skip painting it. I'll cover the chain with a fabric sleeve....I think....lots to do in this room yet.

As if I don't have enough rooms that still need tons of work, I decided to start in on my sewing room. Last weekend I ripped out that ugly carpet and painted the ceiling, walls and floor. This place is all particle board floors (except the new carpet in 2 rooms) so when we can we'll install plywood plank floors like the Bunkhouse in WY.




In no way ready for pictures...there's a lot to do here but I can now walk in that room without being grossed out.
Now it's bright and cheery and best of all it feels clean!

I think I'm working on about 6 rooms...all at once...insane!

So that is what I've been up to plus we started painting the outside of the house among a few other outdoor projects. In January...we were painting the house!!! We could never do that in Minnesota!!!
We painted the tall south side and I'll paint the long east and west sides. The tall north side can wait...no one can see it anyway.


Last but not least, I went out today to look...now I get to see what it looks like here when it rains in the summer monsoon season. This is an odd tropical "storm"as they call it here. It started raining Thursday night, all day yesterday, all night last night and I think it finally stopped late this morning.

No, I do not have to drive this way to get home but some people do live on the other side. You would not want to cross this as it was moving very fast.

You can see in the distance, very faintly on the mountain, little white squiggly lines, those are waterfalls. That mountain is also part of Saguaro National Park, just a mile from us.

Now...guess what! time to fix lunch and back to work!

Thanks for taking time to read this lengthy post!

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