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!




Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Converted Gumball Machine


This is something I have wanted to do for a couple of years, take an old gumball machine and fill it with mother of pearl buttons.


I got out the cans of spray paint Sunday and painted this and one other project I'll save for next week (when I'm finished with it) I used Rust-oleum Canvas White because I like the shade of white so well, it looks like whipping cream, about the same shade as the mother of pearl buttons.


My sewing room still needs some work and most of all a new floor.
We're thinking of using strips of plywood to resemble planking in this house but first we'll see if we continue to like them in the bunkhouse this summer.

I picked up the vintage wood horses at the flea market this winter, not sure if they will stay there, just need to live with the room a little while and see how it all comes together, it's all still a work in progress...


I just had to take another picture of my favorite thing in this room, I added the strings of pearls and that just made it even better.


The gumball machine before. I found it out on a junking trip last summer with Deb from Garage Sale Gal for $15! I was so thrilled to find it! 


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A few stencil projects and my Big Heap finds

There's not a lot of storage space in this house with not having a basement or a garage.
I'm constantly using my ironing board to press my rug hooking backings but I don't want it sitting out  and had no place to put it so I searched the internet for an ironing board hanger idea.

So simple and super easy to do!
I picked up 2 hooks at ACE and positioned them on a leftover piece of wood that I painted. Attached them and did a simple stencil.

First I did the stencil in blue but it just didn't look right so I sanded and touched up the base paint and did it over again in grey. Then I lightly sanded the stenciled part to make it look a little used.

It now hangs behind the door of my sewing room, completely out of the way and super easy to access.

I purchased the fabric and sewed my own 'pretty' cover.


Onto the next stencil project, again super simple. I needed a liner for my vintage flea market cart.
I took a canvas drop cloth and pre-washed it because I know this will get dirty and will need laundering.
I measured the inside dimensions and added 1" to all sides (allowing for 1/2" seam allowances) Except for the top, I added 1 more inch so I could hem the top.
I sewed all sides together and then sewed the bottom on, next hem the top.
I was in a hurry to finish this seeing as The Big Heap was the next day. I cut off the hemmed sides from the canvas and sewed them to each corner to use as ties to secure the liner to the cart. 
A super quick project.



The Big Heap report...
It was fun and I would go again. There were a lot of people and a lot of selling.  If you saw something and hesitated for even a half minute someone else would grab it. I've never seen stuff move so fast!
I'm sure the people organizing it were happy with the turn out but I hope they have more vendors next time because it was very small...approximately 30 vendors.


I do not need more stuff so I was very well behaved this time.
The old enamel light fixture will be a perfect pendant light in the bunkhouse kitchen and there is not a chip anywhere. Mr. Wild can rewire it for me.
Not sure what the scrolly metal thing was but I have a place for it in the dining room and I hope to take pictures of what I've done so far in that room and get them on here.
The 3rd thing is a newer piece of cast iron but a fun piece for the garden.


Then while driving the freeway on the way home...I must be getting a keen sense for junk...I spotted a building with a lot of junk...yes JUNK outside. I took a quick second glance and saw the name Gerson's!
I saw them advertise on TV last winter but never got there and didn't really know where it was.
I took the next exit off the freeway and found my way back to it and while driving there I was on an old road I believe it's the Old Benson Highway. It was lined on one side with old motels! They looked like abandoned motels...like the owners walked away and left them and they have been slowly deteriorating.
The really old mom and pop kind with the neon signs...just so cool and there were so many, at one time this must have been a main road through town before the freeway. There was even an old trailer park with a few trailers still sitting there...empty and all vintage!
I have to go back with the hubby some day and take pictures.


I found this turbine at Gerson's (used building supplies, I was looking for old doors).  I guess I kind of have a thing for old industrial stuff and this is an old and heavy turbine, in excellent condition, no dents, no bullet holes. I love it!
I can so well see this in my garden with rocks holding down the base (it even came with the original base!!!) I'll plant flowers all around it and it does still spin with the wind!


The following day, Sunday, was awesome! It was cloudy and only in the 60's. I spent all day outside planting. I put in a pink rose bush, gardenia, hibiscus, oleander, a succulent and a cactus. It was a perfect day!

Yesterday we had a brief downpour. It thundered, rained and then a big rainbow appeared, it smelled so good outside!

One more flea market coming up and I am feeling quite saturated with flea markets.
I think I'll be good for a long, long time!

I still want to finish a few projects here and then it will be time to pack it up and head back north and onto the next adventure!

Thanks for visiting, I'm sorry I mostly post my obsession with junk collecting, that should change soon!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Last weekends flea market treasures

As promised...more pictures of my lastest junking adventure.
The pretty applique quilt

I found a set of redwork embroidered pillow covers that are in very nice condition except the Good Night is a bit faded in the middle


A bag of crochet collars, yolks and all sorts of fun handmade treasures.


I have wanted to find one of these for a few years. It's a hand crochet doily with heavy glass beads used to place over a pitcher or some sort of container to keep the flies out. This is in pristine condition.


A guy was unloading and had some pretty cool stuff, I grabbed this elk shed to hang on the wall in the living room.
He had a lot of really cool stuff but I had to keep it in control! :)


A cute metal chair for the garden, I'll put  a big pot of flowers on this!
Speaking of flowers I have never seen the desert blooming this much. The road I take to the grocery store is almost pure yellow between the Brittlebrush bushes (seen here) and the Palo Verde trees.
It's almost breathtaking against the pure blue sky.
All the desert needs is about 3 inches of rain off and on all winter and we get this!
Love it! 


This cast iron planter that matches my cast iron garden set, this needs to be painted white.
It looks small but it's about 18" across.


Some little odds and ends


I set the vintage makeup on a pretty dish on the bathroom vanity and the shaving mug soap will go with my Grandpa's shaving mug and brush, I didn't know it came this way back then!


I could not resist this small ironstone bowl. I love them when they have lots of discoloring like this.


Of course more wood hangers


And this little Made in Italy wall light that was wired at one time, it has holes for crystals so you know what I'm going to do with this...load it up with crystals!
It will go well in my sewing room with the other light fixture.


And I caved in...I bought a rose bush. We'll see if I can make it survive this summer.
I see them around town and they are huge, all the way up to the eaves of a one story house and they are loaded with blossoms. 


Saturday and Sunday is The Big Heap at Old Tucson.
I'm not sure what to expect because it's not a usual flea market but I just have to go to see what it is.
Still no smart phone so no pictures...rats!

Thanks for stopping and putting up with my flea market fixes. I get my fill for the year here because it's so good and so much fun and the prices are so reasonable! Plus I'm getting to know so many of the vendors, it sure is fun to visit with them! It's my 'social event' each month!

And yes, I am still painting.... OMG will I ever get it all finished!
But the house sure looks a lot better inside and outside and it feels like home.

Thanks everyone...thanks for the nice comments even though I haven't been keeping in touch...when I get back to Minnesota I can take it easy and get caught up.