Sunday, September 28, 2014

Gift of Chairs

Well I am up from my Sunday afternoon nap so thought I best get busy doing one of my hundred projects and messes around the house I need to get busy on.I have been gone last three weekends and I am wore out plus having terrible allergies and a hacking cough to go along with it, I felt very run down.
First project was getting these 3 wooden slat bottom chairs in the house from my front porch.
I was gone all day yesterday and a friend who said back in May she would bring these by my house if I wanted them finally got them over here.

I'm going to use them in a south window in the studio to set plants on for the winter. It's hard to believe however won't be much longer and we will be bringing in our beautiful plants that have enjoyed being outside all spring and summer .
This third chair was a little in despair however I got her back on her feet missing a rib but she will hold a nice plant 

Back on her feet

This is my favorite chair. I was told I couldn't only have her I had to take all three chairs so I went by my friends rules and took all three wonderful old wooden slat chairs to use for plant stands LOL. 

Favorite Chair 

My cat Shirley was watching all my commotions of playing with the chairs so got his pictures laying in the doorway looking out . I have always been a dog person and always had dogs however after my last little pug died I seen this poor freezing cat out side one winter sleeping under one of my bushes covered in freezing rain so in the house he came. needless to say he is very happy

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Big Jars

Hi again

I am dragging my tail just got back from Kansas City for the weekend. I had a good time just too much running around lately. I just get home unpack go to work pack again and off for another fun filled weekend.
I was invited back up to Kansas City next weekend I said I need to rest. I got to see 2 nieces and families I hadn't seen for a year. Then my favorite thing to do go shopping. I helped my sister pick out an entire winter wardrobe. It was getting late enough I needed to head home ,she wanted to go shoe shopping to match all her new clothes.

Anyway back to the jar thing. I have lots big jars I would like to spread around , like in another sale so hoping gals still want big jars for their studio treasures. I have kept buttons, metal drawer pulls, jewelry, all kinds of things in these  jars.

I have 3 bigger jars full of old thread spools and have used lots  of spools on projects seems like I need to share these also.I have distributed lots of things to others and still have the studio packed with goodies and treasures 

I know some gals sell large things like this in their etsy shops however the postage is higher than the price of these items, I guess if the person is willing to pay $14 to mail a large jar maybe I should list them? 

I took these pictures Friday before I left I just love little hens and chickens in my old Mary Jane shoes 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014


Hi guys

I'm back from my trip south and to southern Illinois for the 1964 graduating class of Mt Vernon Township High school.
I didn't graduate with this class however knew a few people from West Salem  grade school where we attended to together.My closest friend that we had planned to meet at this occasion died 2 years ago from pancreas cancer. I did meet up with her granddaughter who is a senior in high school there. We bonded a few years ago when I first started visiting Judy . We had lost contact with each other 50 years  ago after I moved away from our hometown. Anyway we found each other again about 4 years ago.
I have laughed about this before when I was younger I worked with a lady who was going to her 50 th high school reunion and I though OMGosh I didn't realize someone would live that long to be out of school 50 years LOL time can get away from you when you haven't been around or seen old friends for years and years

I have a picture of me and my friend Pat in my iphone and when I download pictures to my home computer they disappear out in cyber space ? I can't find them in the Pisca program? If I find them I'll post them . Darn technology or is it the vintage user of technology ( me ) ? LOL

This is me far right in hot pink and some gals from school

           Now what can I do with this pink depression old oil lamp base?

I think I'm going to try and do something wild like a steampunk  project . I have used it for a flower vase put water in the globe part and added cosmos and it was so pretty . I ran across this when I was cleaning off a shelf in the studio. It was buried behind other a lot of old vintage photos and paper fans.I am boxing up things for my next sale.

Anyway back to my story

I spent a couple of nights in Paducah Kentucky with my best friend . we have been friends even though it's been a long distance friendship for the last 40 years OMG has it been that long? 
We were pregnant at the same time and had out babies 16 hours apart ! We laughed how when we was pregnant we would look for vintage furniture stores and there was none back then. We was looking for nursery furniture in  1975
Now we buy Heidi Daus jewelry off HSN . She got me started buying this line of jewelry.
I called in on the testimonial line and spoke to Heidi Daus from the motel room last Saturday night LOL Pat was there also and I told Heidi about Pat being the one who loved her jewelry and she gave a shout out to Pat while we was on the air LOL it was soooo fun . We were in our motel room eating cheese cake and watching TV after we went out for a fabulous steak dinner downtown.

Anyway I had a great 4 days out visiting old friends and eating good food . When I cam back through St Louis I called a cousin however she was with her husband out ordering their new iphones and I missed her . She was my rich cousin from St Louis who when they use to come to Mt Vernon Illinois to visit my Aunt Lou always brought hand me down clothes and I loved it .

well this wasn't much about shabby chic cottage chic or any redo's but  I got started writing about my fun weekend and couldn't stop. 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014


I have been going through pictures stored in my pictures online and found this one of everything I just love. My Blue and Whites and some silver shakers . My first old mannequin I bought at an indoor flea market for $25. I have added a lot more pearls around her neck now .Love my hydrangea in my galvanized bucket also. Like I said things I like all these items a lot and always in the studio playing around finding things  in drawers I forgot I had.


And then this one where I was practicing taking close ups LOL Had my silver plate flatware out for a prop . This was my Mom's silverware she picked out in 1957 Coronation is the pattern name originally made in 1936 

 I am planning on having an interesting week end and will tell you about it next week. Anyway if it's interesting I'll mention it LOL 
It's turning so cool here fast so I may be bringing in some of my house plants next weekend  or sooner.I am not in the mood for fall weather I still want it to be summer,I still have summer things I want to do LOL guess i won't be doing them will I ??? LOL 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

German Books and Elephant Ears

These people I have become friends with from Munich Germany left today however yesterday we all went out to lunch and they gave me another gift which I like gifts LOL
Carl knows I like old leather bound books and he picks these up at sales around Germany ,he told me this was the last of the marbleised  leather covered  books he has right now. Remeber his wife Manuela made me the little bag with material from France and Bulgaria. She is the natural born German and Carl met her after college so he stayed in Germany with her they have raised all 3 children to speak German and English

Aren't they fabulous? well if you like old books they are ,all written in German


Now I have got to get my bookshelves organized I have books all over the house of course maybe I can get them all on one shelf. All over the house meaning under lamps on end tables on my ottoman you know what I mean.

While I was outside this morning I took pictures of my Elephant ears they are just beautiful this year for some reason I have really enjoyed them

My chandelier hanging in this tree has lost all it's prisms my yard man can't understand why it's hanging there LOL LOL

Now I have got to get in the shower and run some errands It's 1:30 and I am still in pajamas LOL

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Thursday, September 4, 2014


Someone sent me an email back in March and ask me about these pictures and wanted them and I thought I had already sold them last March at the indoor sale at Holiday Inn they have every year and I have set up there last 3-4 years . Anyway I found them who ever ask about them. It only took me till today to find them from last March I was looking in wrong area of course. I try really hard to keep all my for sale treasures in one storage room . needless to say these were not in the storage room


I just love them and have never reframed them they are in original wood frames and original glass with a wire hanger in back 

I have had these hanging in every room in my house except the bathroom and I have another couple in there from the 1700's.

I just love her outfit and her Gibson Girl hair style doesn't she look like she is going to a college game of some kind?  carrying that school banner 

WSN what does this stand for Wisconsin State North was there such a college? 

Guess I will hag them up maybe in my office however I don't think there is any wall room left in here 

They are both signed Alice Luella Fidler part of a Lad & lassie series this artist did

Ps I got the wet vac out and got all the water up from my mini flood in the studio, well it wasn't to mini it got all my rugs soaked. Now I need to mop that entire large room Oh well I'm not stressed about it. I'm just thankful I have a room to mop and have the strength to get it done 

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Gave It Away

OMGosh we had a flash flood here last night and of course I had to get water in the lower level of my house where my studio is !!!!!
My drain outside my walk out basement guess couldn't take all the rain and it ran in under my doors. I have dealt with this for years and everytime it happens I want to SELL and MOVE !!! I forget to check the drain make sure it isn't plugged up. OK done with venting  LOL

I am sure you that have read my blog before know I am cleaning house decluttering and it's been going on since last October here it is almost a year and the house is still packed . I have moved a lot !! of smalls out friends have came over and graciously bought some items. Anyway getting back to this post I had a set of dishes I got at an auction a few years ago got it for almost nothing and I just couldn't stand to see it left behind for the auction company to throw in the trash. I brought it home had it packed in several boxes and my sister was over one day talking about having all her kids and in laws over for a dinner and I ask her if she had a set of dishes big enough that everyones setting matched? No she said so I ask her how would you like to have a place setting for 12 that all matches and has all the serving pieces?


There was 3 platters 

I used the china cups on a Christmas tree one year that I had all white ornaments on

It made a pretty table setting I thought my sister said she like it and was glad to have everything match for her family dinner 
 Wait there more 
These are  pieces that I couldn't get on my table to show 

I use to have so much fun standing all day at country auctions looking at all the old treasure also use to spend a lot of my hard earned money LOL

Best I remember I gave $50 for this entire set of 12  look at that huge platter on the left side of the table it will hold a 30 lb turkey LOL

Well I must go down stairs and see if my dehumidifier has helped my wet floor situation 

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