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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Old Cabinet New Base

My old kitchen cabinet which I think is  the top of a larger cabinet maybe, had little skinny wobbly legs attached on bottom. As I loaded it down with more dishes through the years 8 or 9 this is, anyway the back leg looked like it was going to buckle under. So a dear friend of mine has a very gifted husband who can do anything and I ask him if he would make me a new base. To my pleasure the answer was yes, so showing before and after pictures of the bottom of this old farmhouse kitchen top which I keep in my shabby chic kitchen, wanting it to be a french kitchen

See little legs




Now for new base 




I rearrange different sets of dishes from time to time, also I have straightened up the top of this cabinet. Seems I am just busy everyday doing something and not getting house work caught up yet.
I think I'm enjoying doing what I'm doing now that I can be home except when I running to estate sale and etc. I have been told we are going to have a hard cold winter so must get my nest filled with goodies if I can't get out i'll have lots to bake and read and always have small projects in the studio to create 



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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

More Treasures

LOL More treasure to clutter up my house again, All spring I worked on getting rid of excess stuff and now I'm filling up the kitchen and my bedroom LOL

A girl has to have her  stuff you know? Anyway I went to Less's Summit Missouri to visit my sister a few days and we went thrift store shopping, which she never does and she enjoyed it.
I found this bust of the lady in cobalt blue at a home design store and thought I needed it for my blue white toile bedroom



Love Toile anything






Then at Brass Armadillo I found these new staffordshire dogs which are white with blue design and very reasonable priced so had to have them also. They are not the old ones.




Well tomorrow i'm going down to Lake of The Ozarks for lunch with my youngest daughter for her birthday, we might do shome shopping LOL I'll let you know

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Paper Embellished Clam & Oyster Shells

 Another blue and white post however this is my all time favorite colors together and seems I always am drawn to blue and white anything
When I do laundry down in  my walk out basement level where I have my Studio I sometimes set at one of my creating art tables and play, play which means trying to create something different.




I started with some oyster shells Cups I brought home from Garibaldi  Oregon last June, It's where the fishing boats comes in and clean and shuck the oysters etc, it's a fish market also.




I left the backs natural on this bunch, some I painted a metallic gold




Of course I washed and scrubbed they left them out in the sun to dry one day before I started painting and I used Mod Podge glue to glue the paper inside of the shells, the paper is some Hallmark drawer liner paper. I buy lots Hallmark paper just to play and create with.



This picture I laid out same as backs of shells in previous picture

I am enjoying the sun today and have watered my flowers and weeds LOL cleaned out the litter box outside and I am TRYING not to eat so much sugar today since I am addicted to sweets.


Litter box and sweets don't belong in same sentence LOL



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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Retirement is Good

I have so enjoyed being home all spring and summer. Well I have run around a lot you know out treasure hunting and out eating with friends a lot,couple trips to St Louis shopping.
I also check on a couple people who need extra assistance.

I have been trying to catch up on blogging today since it's a cloudy rainy day and I seen to set still longer on these days. Otherwise i'm up trying to still clean out drawers and toss things.
I took another car load to a donation center yesterday. You would think after about 5-6 trips my house would be empty, NOT I still have plenty.

 This lamp has needed a switch for over a year I know and I finally made it to West Lakes to get a switch and it took a young man an hour to put it on for me.I have it on my night stand and love it.



Anybody that knows me well knows I love blue and white china and I have put my blue and white made in Stafforshire England in my one kitchen cabinet that has an open front.




I move things around here and there when I find another dish that needs to get in this cabinet . I bought these Spode Spice jars years ago

 


Well I have a few errands to do so should get going. Thanks for stopping by today and always.


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Friday, August 16, 2019

My Break is Almost Over

Well all summer I have been trying to clean my house of clutter and things I have stored away in case some one needs them? Well that stuff is all gone  however my house is still full of what I call my fun treasures.

All these jars are gone and I put my buttons in one huge jar with lid.




I bought 2 beautiful antique monogrammed sheets at an estate sale this summer and had them professionally washed and ironed ,that was an ordeal. Professional services are not as good as they use to be. I think people are running these services not knowing what they are doing, anyway my experience this summer. These are in excellent condition for late 1800



 A lot has happened this spring and summer and a very close friend passed away and it is hard not being able to talk with him as often as we talked. Richard Cottrell
https://myoldhistorichouse.blogspot.com/2015/03/three-for-lunch-in-ladies-parlor-my-old.html

This is just a quick post to let you know I'm still here and ready to get back into blogging again.





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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Rain and Yard Sale

Can you believe all this rain? I think it has rained everyday or every other day since April 1st.

Anyway I have been busy cleaning out my large utility room where I have had stuff saved on shelves for years just in case some one needs it !! Why ?  Well anyway it's going in my drive way and yard in the morning Thursday, for sale or give a way and then in the curb FREE before trash man comes Friday morning.

I hate to throw away good items however i'm tired of saving and cluttering up my house also. This is just first of 3 sales I'll have. Next will be the studio clean out




Well so much for junk LOL Just a couple of pictures for entertainment in between me going on about my de clutter sale again, I think I have done this many times then buy more.
I do need newer kitchen chairs so on the outlook for cute french chairs







Look what the rain has made beautiful in my yard , they are dinner plate size blooms





I'm sure you can relate to my big clean out ? right ?

Friday, May 31, 2019

Pink Transferware

Hello people on dry land

I am in the mood to clean house, meaning dump a bunch of stuff I am saving in case someone needs it ! I am notorious  for saving things in case a friend needs this or that for a project.
I have 3 rooms in my house packed with STUFF for projects, so in a couple weeks it's leaving this house. It will take me that long to clean out drawers and chest of drawers full of paper ephemera and paper scraps like old calendars old books old greeting cards old pictures I have torn out of magazines etc etc
Do you now what I mean ? can you comprehend what i'm talking about? Well anyway that is my plan today.

In mean time I am thinking I will keep all my odd and ends and sets of transferwear  dishes that I dearly love. Just cleaning out paper clutter and old jars which I threw some already in trash last week.I'm sure I'll find more



 This Pink Charlotte transferwear plate is a favorite pattern, I have it in lavender/purple and blue and this pink.
I don't have teapots in this pattern except for a little small square blue one it's like one cup size in the Charlotte pattern which this is.






I am really feeling sorry for a friend who lives in Clarksvile Missouri who's house is surrounded by water and supposedly buy tomorrow evening it will be in his first floor his entire basement is full , he can'e even get within one block to his house. His home is a 1845 beautiful brick house full of authentic period furniture, baby grand piano beautiful marble fireplaces on and on. Richard Cottrell's /Elgin House
It's all up and down the Missouri River towns

Here is the Charlotte pattern emblem on my plates





ps I painted my front steps today and hoping it will dry before rain tomorrow.


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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Pink Peonies Blooms


The wet spring has been perfect for my peonies this year. I have more large blooms than ever before.
I didn't even realize I had pink ones. Just in time for Pink Saturday





I am taking this pretty bouquet to someone this morning. I already have it packed in a travel box.



This one is sitting on my work table in the studio which i'm sure you can tell by the mess around it  or should I say all the creativity around it LOL




Just beautiful if I say so myself. I hope everyone has some in their yards. This is my second favorite first is my Hydrangeas. Do you love peonies also?





I'm going to post these on Beverly's Pink Saturday

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Beautiful Finds

 Hi

Oh my I have already had lots fun going to estate sales and resale shops this spring, sure you have also.
I know I need to clean out, sale or give away lots of items around my house because it is getting cluttered around here. I'll just stick some things under my bed ? LOL I bought another complete set of Mason dishes a flowered transferware and just couldn't pass them up for the price of $41 for 76 pieces nothing chipped, however I forgot to get the sugar bowl lid ! Darn,left it on the check out table



Now that I'm not working I can play a lot more in the studio and treasure shopping.I do enjoy arranging things in the studio. I have an idea for rearranging a few pieces of furniture






I still have plants sitting around tin the studio windows that I brought in last fall and not sure it's warm enough to put them outside quite yet.

It's very cool and very cloudy here today so I will be busy inside all day. I need to get some bedding plants out also.
Hope you are having a fun week

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Holy Saturday Happy Easter

 Just a few quick Easter egg pictures from around my kitchen. These sugar eggs have a little picture of baby chicks in them .




An old market basket with altered handles full of different eggs . Milk Glass, 3 paper Mache
Foil and a tin eggs




I have cooked today made a blackberry cobbler have my potato salad and cole slaw ready,daughter is cooking meat and coconut cake.My grandsons have colored their eggs for our annual egg hunt tomorrow


These eggs below are recent estate sale finds for $1 each



Happy Easter Peace be With You all



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Monday, April 8, 2019

Inside Birds

Well I do believe spring has finally came to central Missouri and the birds are happy and so am I.
I still throw out sunflower seeds for my birds year around, just feed them more in the winter then always have water for them

Anyway I bought this embossed cardboard picture frame with birds on it at a shop in Chesterfield Antique Mall at their warehouse sale and I loved it soon as I seen it. Not perfect for you people who want only perfect items LOL See the top left corner.



The colors are good and look at the birds ! it's about a 8 x 10 inch frame. I tried different pictures and different ephemera papers and nothing looked good.



So I started going through drawers of papers I have and seen this music paper and thought, YES the birds are singing, so used this.





I have been outside a lot today, raking my yard dragging out flower pots  from my garden shed and painting an item and haven't completed one project . I have just gone from one thing to another. This is what I usually do I get so excited when I get an idea about something.

A friend said this frame is from around 1910

I have enough energy to get back outside and fill a bag of leaves where I cleaned out my peonies bed. They are coming up beautifully. I'm sure your flowers are also ? Hope you are busy also.




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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Snowy Saturday

I can't believe it has snowed today didn't accumulate to much on ground however it snowed for a long time. Temperatures tonight low 27!!  Rain most of day also.

Our Rivers are really rising here in Missouri, I have a friend on the river in Clarksville whose house is in big danger of serious flooding. It's sad to see a mansion flood.

I worked in my studio off and on all day trying to straighten up work tables and making it look maybe not so cluttered which it is . I rearranged some tables and still need to get more done. This picture is just a shelf.



I also did some baking today ,I made chocolate chip black walnut cookies. They are soooo good . I bake from scratch no mixes most of the time.LOL
 Delicious if I say so myself.

This is a page out of an old Victorian calendar to remind me it is still March  one more day. I think the little girl is so cute and the bunny




My flapper doll waiting to be dressed ,that pink silk is off an old blouse of mine and of course an old lace dollies. I posted these for Pink Saturday . She is sitting in a chair I painted pink several years ago and paint is still good




Also my pink fairy is posted for Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound blog, she is hanging under a shelf




Gosh I'm tired now so must go have cup hot tea and rest a while, hope you are having a good Saturday.
My neighbors just drove in from Tampa Florida and came home to a cold surprise with our snow

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

I Went To Paris

Well I did go to Paris Missouri to an antique show with a friend. It was like back in the late 1980's to me all the blue crocks, quilts and primitives that I use to love.

I bought some flatware forks which my Instagram friends said are cake knives which I thought was fish forks LOL
I just love them I also purchased a large serving spoon and a butter knife to match the pattern oh also a cake server



After that show we drove over to Mexico Missouri and went in a fabulous small shop which the owner collects clocks and has many in his shop. Anybody that knows me knows I love rhinestones on anything LOL and when I seen this clock I knew I wanted it. It is marked France !!! I'm sure Paris ?





I need to show a few pink thing for Pink Saturday and this time of year before Easter there is plenty of Pink around here. I'm sure at your house and studio also.This is a box of little treasures I bought at a warehouse sell in Chesterfield to adorn some of my creations I'm always working on something  for self entertainment. I Love the little plastic lamb.




 Here is a tray of Easter Eggs I am still working on which I have the ideas in my head just can't get them on the eggs, do you know what I mean? I found this white porcelain egg tray in a resale shop last week and it's perfect for my fancy eggs. I'll add the rhinestones on the handle




Here is a couple plastic rabbits that opens and I added some of my vintage buttons in them



Well I have to take a walk while the sun is out, it has rained some today and lots thunder also.



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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Fun With Sea Shells

I have been playing way to much in the studio and not keeping up with house work. But guess that is ok? A friend and I have been working with our collected sea shells.Some are my grandparents from Florida back from 1960's.
I also used some die cuts I bought years ago from an artist estate sale.I get started on a project and just can't stop however there is lots of glue dying time evolved with these.

This first one is my favorite one



These were really fun to make I'll show a couple

I think this is another one that is my favorite LOL I had a small piece drift wood I added
The backs are shells glued standing up then I embellished them with with trims etc

I added some pearls since pearls do come from our sea shells



I think this little girl is sweet riding in her egg cart, I put glitter around her shell , It was a challenge to get these shells glued to stand up on other shells




Now i'm trying to decorate Easter Eggs, since I love glitter I'm starting with glitter and then will add ribbon trims and rhinestones. I must let them wait for today I have a list of other things to get done. Also since the sun is shinning I can get things accomplished, on cloudy days I just want to sit and eat cookies LOL





Are you working on any projects? I still have cards I want to make for Birthdays etc.I use old papers from calendars and scarp book finds on my cards




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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Happy Daylight Savings Time

 I have just been piddling around the house and trying to straighten up a few things however keep finding things to play with like these old glass bead flowers. I have been straightening up the peddles. because I had them squashed in a drawer



I even have sun out today on the first day of daylight savings time.

I do hate to hear about the Missouri River above flood stage up north of St Louis .I have a friend who lives in an old mansion and I hate to hear how close the water gets to his house on the river.
There is some wonderful old house along the river towns in Missouri.

I even found these napkins I bought myself back in December and will use them now that I found them in a drawer. I like anything monogrammed I have said this before.




  Just a quick hello I,m going to eat some blueberry scones now I made this afternoon, also need to make a cup hot tea to go with them .

Hope you are having a good Sunday, does everybody change to daylight savings time ?


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Costume Jewelry

Oh How I love old costume jewelry from years ago. Maybe 1920-1970's maybe just all costume jewelry.

I got this pin once from an auction and love the coral face cameo. It is a large pin and I did wear it couple times on jackets then back when altered art jewelry got popular I added it to my favorite rhinestone necklace I purchased once in Portland Oregon at the Expo antique show, which had to be in early 1990's? I didn't damage the pin any, I was careful not to damage the rhinestone necklace or the cameo. It can easily be taken apart.



I was looking though a glass door cabinet I have lots small treasure stored in and this was laying so beautifully on top of an old antique glass travel jar with a sterling lid.
The little rose buds are 14k the bow sterling !



 Guess I could have cleaned it before taking these pictures , I love it




We still have snow and ice and I like everyone else is waiting patiently on warm spring weather. We have no choice but to wait patiently. In the mean time I am inside playing with old jewelry and rearranging one of my dish cabinets with lots odds and end of dishes covered in roses.

Have you noticed instead of business saying have a nice day, they are saying have a wonderful  day? I have noticed it a few places , just a thought.



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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Home Sweet Home

It's still icy and very cold here, however the sun is out this morning. I am staying in and making Valentine cards and a pot of soup, also trying to find things LOL as usual,always looking for something. Don't You?

In my what I call my home office I have lots empty large gold frames on a wall and have smaller frames inside of them,most are very old chippy frames which I like a lot. Thought I would show a few for this post



I don't follow  instruction on how to make your home pretty I just do what I like and stick it all together LOL  I love Charles Faudree the designer and would love to have one of his french kitchens he designed years ago he passed away however I'm always looking for his large table top books



I found this round star burst frame once in a resale shop for $1



This picture below is a newer frame 1990's.I still love my red walls in my office, they need  repainted I had a painter paint it several years ago and now it's looking sort of french, you know like the paint is rubbing off in areas



These frames are mostly wood



Since it's close to Valentine's I'll post this sweet little picture which is a piece of toile material I framed



Also the sheep is out of the same piece of material.I have them hanging inside of a larger frame



I am glad to be home this morning and working on a couple projects before I have to get out and about,hope your Saturday is good also.


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I decided to add my Valentine I made from a Dollar Tree Chalkboard heart
I had to add my rhinestones of course and notice the feather on my rooster tail,more french  toile pattern which I love