Monday, March 31, 2014

Vintage Holiday Finds!

As usual, I'm in a rush to post.  I have a zillion things on my to do list, so I want to get this post done lickety split!

Some of my favorite finds this week are my holiday finds.  There was Pyrex too, but I just don't have time to photograph and post that.  So we'll wait another week for that!

Around my house we know how much I love vintage felt/velvet reindeer.  I have 3 smaller red and a moose, and 4 tan ones--I have plenty small ones now.  I can't believe my luck at finding a pair of the 15" tall beauties!  I'm so trying to not buy small kitsch because we just have enough! Hubby says these deer are so me.  Yeah, I know, I like some funky stuff--must be the artist in me!

Along with some vintage crafting goodies, I also got some of these little things.

And a selection of some special vintage glass ornaments...

I went to the flea market with a friend yesterday.  We decided to pay the exorbitant fee of $7.50 to get in early.  OMG--I can't believe I paid that!!!  I lucked out and found a hard to find Fire King bowl for an out of town friend who split the admission fee with me.  Phew--since I really didn't find much else! As much as I fought, I lost the fight to buying a Goebel bunny at an antique store price.

I already had the bunny on the right, my mom bought him in the 70s with the Goebel egg plate that looks like a leaf.  When I saw the bunny in the basket at the flea market, I wanted him, but $12?  The lady wouldn't come down.  She started educating me on how they go for $28.  One of the problems for me is I grew up with Goebel and Hummel and have more of it than I really want (but for sentimental reasons can't part with), so I just don't see it as so rare.  BUT!  This bunny is so darn cute.  We wandered around and ended up passing the seller's table again and I decided I would splurge and get it--EXCEPT she had market it up to $15!  Well, I wasn't going to pay that, I asked her if she would take $12 like she originally asked for and she agreed after a little thought.  No buyers remorse, I'm happy to have the little guy.

Well, I've already spent more time writing this post than I planned!  I'm going to link up with Sir-Thrift-A-Lot at thriftasaurus!  Go here and you can see lots of other vintage finds at the link up party!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Vintage Finds - A Week of Chalkware!

Funny how finds come sometimes.  This week was the week for chalkware!  Several pieces were on the large side, which is nice--I don't like having too many little things.

Hubby found a number of items for his collection to include these 16" 1960 Richter tiki chalkware pieces.

I found this oh so sweet 14" chalkware donkey planter for my friend.  It fits in perfectly with her vintage decor.  I have a hard time finding things she likes, I was so lucky, I plucked this from the bucket before it made it to the shelf!  She loves it!

Hubby ran into this 20" chalkware rooster by Jaru of California.  I don't think we've found anything more funky 1970s!!  One way or another it is going into the the 60s-70s laundry room!

Though I'm generally not a fan of Miller Studios chalkware, these pink fish were too cute to pass up!  I hung them up immediately!  Made me wish I had kept that pink boomerang Formica on the bathroom counter!

I also got some kitchen items...

An anthropomorphic garlic salt shaker.  He's so cute!  I'll touch up his nose! He's going to be the new guardian of garlic on my vintage glass container that I store my garlic in.

I saw this canister set and walked out of the store without it.  I was fighting with myself the minute I walked out the door.  Should I get them even though they are yellowed?  I turned around and went back in and purchased them.

You can see the original color on the back of one of the canisters.  There is a way to remove the yellowing from the plastic.  Hopefully I can do this without any bleaching of the original color itself.  I have to wait until summer as I have to expose them to sunlight after applying the solution.  Worst case is it doesn't work out and I turn them around and stencil or decal the fronts. I'll just use them for display when I change up my Pyrex display.

I just couldn't resist this design coupled with the aqua colored canisters! Perfect!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Thrifty Vintage Finds - Fun Stuff!

Picked up some fun stuff recently.  As always, don't NEED these things, but got them anyway!

This was a surprise find!  I had the opportunity to buy a Catherineholm bowl before, but I passed it up.  I think they are neat, but I just wasn't feeling it.  Today I ran into this Arabia bowl and had to have it!  Sweet price of $4!  Couldn't beat that!

And speaking of mushrooms, hubby found this oh so 70s wall plaque.  It will go in the laundry room with the other 60s-70s decor.  He wouldn't leave the giraffe behind either!

A couple of vintage copper Egyptian plates to hang in the library.  These are pretty neat!  The original price tag is still on the back--we can't read it.

Love this Lucite Wondermold potholder hanger.  It has hardware attached to hang 3 potholders. Such a bright and cheerful flower! Gotta find a place in the kitchen to hang it!

Hubby also found these glittery Lucite swordfish wall plaques.  We have a set of Lucite abalone dolphins already...these will go along with those in the marine themed bathroom.

And lastly, this is something we saw and didn't pick up.  But we talked about that evening and decided we would go back and get it if it was still there.  I had to take pictures of different angles. This little Indian boy has real fur, feathers and suede along with seed and bugle beads.  It appears he was mounted on something at one point.  We just found him to be adorably sweet and funny at the same time.  The way his hands are on his hips have a kinda "are you done yet" vibe to it.

I'm linking up with Sir-Thrift-A-Lot at thriftasarus!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Changing up my Pyrex Displays - Horizon Blue and Sandalwood

I got the itch to see something new in my cabinet and on my peninsula.  I'm enjoying my new Pyrex displays and as we know, I use them as well as look at them!

The pattern that started all this crazy Pyrex collecting!

I've recently fallen in love with plain opal Pyrex!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Match Made in Heaven! Vintage Pixie Find!

We did some serious thrifting today and hubby and me are both tired!  We didn't pick up a lot, there were a few interesting finds,  a little Pyrex, some books, emergency candles.  Hubby did come look for me with his hands full.  I can't wait to do a weekly finds post, I have to post these now!

Four vintage pixies marked Taiwan.  These are so sweet! I knew immediately what I was going to do with them!  Here they are, temporarily sitting in their new homes!  They fit perfectly in color and size in my newly painted diorama eggs!!!    I figure I can use these for both Easter and Christmas!  Hubby wants me to sugar the outsides of the eggs and I agree.

There were also some animals, they were cute but just not enough so for me to want them.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Vintage Style Diorama Easter Eggs - Project

I couldn't hold back any longer.  I was itching so badly to do some Easter crafting.  I spent a good chunk of yesterday and today working on these diorama Easter eggs. The day is slipping away from me and I have to put this post together as quickly as possible!

I purchased these paper diorama eggs at the thrift for 25 cents each.

I painted the eggs on both the outside and the inside with three different colors, first white, then a light yellow, then a warm white.
I created a color swatch to test the paint colors I wanted to use for the exteriors.  I mixed them with whites for lighter pastels.

I applied a strip of glass glitter and mica to see how the colors would show up if I was going to apply them to the outsides.
Painted up the eggs with 3 coats of paint (using a hair dryer to accelerate the drying time) and decided to glitter the insides with clear glass glitter.

Painted the inside with Elmer's glue and a paint brush, poured glittered inside, rolled it around and dumped it onto a folded piece of paper so I could return the excess back to the container.


I tested putting rick rack on the rim but decided against it.  I went with mica instead.  Painted Elmer's glue on the rim and pressed it into a pile of mica on a folded piece of paper.


Now it was time to fill them.  I found some vintage Easter picks and picked up some chenille chicks over the past few weeks. I decided to use them for four of the eggs that I will give to my friend who loves vintage.

I ended up cutting the picks apart so that I could arrange parts into the eggs and onto the tops.  I glittered the little plastic eggs from the picks with vintage glitter and tore apart a bottle brush tree to use as grass.

I will start working on ones for myself another day. It won't be such a mad rush now that I prepared the eggs and only have to decorate the insides.  Hope this inspires someone to give it a try!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Thrifty Finds - Easter Craft and Better Homes and Gardens!

I hit the thrifts again this week in search of Easter crafting goodies.  I look for vintage stuff and that hasn't been easy to find.  My favorite piece is this Happy Easter butterfly pick!
I was very excited to run into a bunch of these diorama paper/cardboard eggs.  I was going to make some myself, but this is going to make things much easier.  I've already got started priming them white.

Found this box of Duo Temp cups.  It's so fun to find stuff still in the original box.  And it couldn't have been better that they are pink and blue, they fit with my dishes.  These will be great to use out on the patio in the summer.

I also found this very pretty Fire king mug.  Hubby has a couple Snoopy mugs this size, so now I have my very own girly mug.

This Better Homes and Garden magazine is from 1971.  It is packed with ideas. I haven't had a chance to sit down and go through it, but I have to show you a few pages.

This section on privacy screens and fences is great.  I have been thinking about adding some structures like this in our yard.  There are some excellent examples here. This is probably my best find this week.

Of course, there was Pyrex last week and  I posted that here on Pyrex Collective III. 

I won't be thrifting as much this week, I plan on working on my Easter egg dioramas and other Easter decorations.  I've got the itch to do it and can't hold back any longer!  Better get that laundry started early so I have the entire afternoon to play!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from my Welsh corgi!

Linking up with Sir-Thrift-A-Lot at thriftasaurus!