Thrifted Fabric

70's Fabric

Here is some of the great vintage fabric that I got from Goodwill last week.  This is upholstery fabric, and it is a little scratchy, so it is out for pillows.  I wonder what I can do with it?  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Also, I picked up some great blue linen fabric, which is incredibly soft and a wonderful robin’s egg blue.  It was a super deal at $.49!  I just couldn’t pass it up.  I am going to start a quilt soon made of vintage bedsheets, and I thought that would be a great extra fabric to throw in.

Robin's Egg Blue Linen

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Our Foyer – Pink and Tan Marble

Our FoyerHere is the magnificent view from the foyer in our house. 🙂  Well, magnificent in my opinion, anyway.  I love the mosaic marble flooring that greets you straight from the front door. It is unique to our area in that the color of the floor is a pink/brown rather than the white and blue in other houses.  On our first walkthrough of the house, I thought the marble was exceptionally pink, but then we repainted the hallway with a lovely dark tan color (Sherwin Williams Sycamore Tan from their Suburban Modern Collection), and the floor mellowed considerably and really became a symphony of browns and pinks rather than just a pink floor.  I also picked the color because, in my newbie decorator opinion, the foyer is rather large and wide and I didn’t want it to be the focal point after you walk through the door. I wanted it to kind of blend into the background so that the eye was drawn into the living room, and the person coming in feels a pull to walk towards the next room rather than lingering in the foyer.

foyer-beforeHere is the before shot of the foyer. I know the angles are different, but the new, darker walls of the foyer make it difficult to photograph with the backlighting from the door.  I like the color change, and if I decide differently in a few years, I can always repaint it!

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More Thrift Finds – Shabby Chic Heaven

Shabby Chic Candy DishesSo, there are a lot of dishes at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  A lot.  I didn’t even know that they dealt with those since it is primarily a place just for home improvement material, but according to the volunteer I talked to today, they get all kinds of housewares brought in.  I suppose it is good for them because every little bit helps, and it is good for ME because they price all the housewares far, far less than the local Goodwill or Salvation Army.

But anyway, ReStore had these beautiful white candy dishes/candle holders.  They are in two sizes and have a great look to them.  They need to be cleaned up, but when they are I am taking them directly to the guest room and putting some buttons in them for cute dresser decor.Nut Dish

The second thing I got was this amazing gravy boat or nut dish (or whatever) that is a metallic finish over glass. This thing is so gorgeous.  I can’t even think of what made someone give this away.  Unless it was lack of space because they collect too many fun pieces, because I could see that. 

I am going to have to do some research and figure out who is the maker for the dish.  It has a few spots on the bottom of the dish where the metallic paint is coming off, but the dish and the plate are otherwise in great shape. 

Anyone out there know the maker of the bowl and plate?  If you do, let me know. You could save me a lot of research….

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Melamine On The Walls

There is so much to learn about Mid-Century style.  Every day I head over to Retro Renovation, read one of Pam’s posts and think, “I didn’t know that.”  Then I go to the local thrift store and I see a cool glass or a piece of furniture and I think, “Wow, that’s new.”

And now, something else that blows my mind.  Vintage melamine panels for the wall.

Marlite Panels

For those of you who, like me, are just discovering the joys of melamine and melamac, here is an ad for baked melamine tongue-and-groove panels for the walls.  I didn’t know you could put melamine on the walls. I always thought veneers were either wood or a resin type plastic, but here I am learning something new. I wonder what colors the old Marlite used to come in?  If they would have had pink, I would have been all over it.

If you are interested, Marlite planks are still avaliable today.

And for those of you who are old hands at this and are rolling your eyes, bear with me. I’m new.

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The Unlucky Glasses – New Thrifted Finds

I should know better than to try and take pictures of things on Friday the 13th.  Not that I am supersitious, but still.

Vintage Bar Glasses

The caption of this photo should be: In Memorium. These glasses no longer exsist. Right after I finished taking this picture, one of my cats lunged at another lounging cat from behind my white backdrop and propelled one glass into the other at an enormous rate of speed. Both glasses literally exploded,  and a shower of glass rained all over my backdrop, my carpet, me and a very startled cat. I had to get the vaccum and everyone else had a time out in the basement. I also had to throw away the white background cloth. Better safe than sorry. Sigh.

 

Take TwoOk, photography session: take two.  The vintage tablecloth underneath is a recent find too, so I suppose it isn’t a bad thing that I was forced to use it.

The pink container is a planter, I believe, but I think I am going to put it in my pink bathroom and have it hold make-up brushes.  It was 25 cents.  The mini-muffin pan was 89 cents and is going to join the other mini-pans I have been slowly accumulating.  The vintage fake pearls are a great extra long strand that I found for $1.99. I love them because they have that great bone color, rather than being the glowing white of some of my other pearl strands.

And here is a little fun with the close-up button!Pearls In PanI hope you survived Friday the 13th with no mishaps and no exploding glasses!

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Etsy Round-Up – Refurbished Furniture

Normally, I don’t think it is a good idea to refurbish vintage furniture.  Oh sure, I am all for restoration, for matching up a piece with fabric from the correct era, but I have seen some hideous Victorian couches redone with 80’s fabric that have put me off of refurbishing. And sure, experimentation with retro-mod is great, as long as I don’t have to have it in my living room.

But Jeanne Connolly does a good job.

Her “green” furniture store, Vintage Renewal,  has got some excellent pieces that make me drool.  I am a huge fan of her “toddler” furniture.  Especially the Retro Pony Chair:pony-toddler-chair

Absolutely adorable.  I love those pom-poms.

Now, I am not completely sold on all her combinations, but everyone has different tastes, right? Some are too shabby chic for me, and others are just wacky. But some of her stuff hits me just right. Which for Hubs means, right in the wallet.

Shop Jeanne’s designs at her Etsy store and her website. Buy green, buy vintage, buy thrifted!

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Ugh, Upgrading.

Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhck.

That is the sound of disgust that I recently made while going through the upgrading options for this blog. I admit, all of the disgust was directed at myself, not at the plethora of upgrading options I have.  Why upgrade already? Well, I guess I didn’t plan out the direction I was taking my blog very well. And honestly, I didn’t think anyone would read it. Suddenly, with the help of some friends and a few well placed photos, this blog does pretty good for something less than a month old.

And then I got an email out of the blue. A great email. But also a sad email.

“We would love to advertise on your blog,” the email stated, “But we see you are using the wrong version of wordpress. Let us know when you upgrade so we can talk.”

All of a sudden I am scrambling around, researching my brains out. Wait. Advertise?  On a blog? Most of you may be laughing at me out there, but I really didn’t think about advertisements here.  I thought those were for big blogs. Sponsored blogs. Blogs done by a housewife who loves a certain kind of dish detergent, but as you keep reading you realize that every post some how relates to dish detergent. And no one loves dish detergent that much.  In fact, no sane person should think about doing dishes that often.  Then you realize the blog is an offshoot of XYZ corp, and the nice housewife writing the posts is actually an Intern from Seattle.

But I digress.

Anyway, the thought that I may actually get advertisers is exciting, and also scary.  And now I am up to my eyeballs in choices.

And I am thinking to myself, is this really worth the couple of bucks the advertiser is going to spend on my site?

The answer: Yes. But with a sigh on the end.

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