Saturday, March 29, 2008
Deep down I am a simple country girl. I have always loved to decorate with country finds. But country means different things to different people. It is personal. You can go rustic to sophisticated, simple to elegant.
My decorating style has definitely changed over the years, from a very rustic, colonial country to a more sophisticated country. That must be because I am so darn sophisticated now.
There are different country decorating styles. There's colonial country, English country, Italian country or Tuscan, and the very popular French country and different variations within each.
If I had to define what country means to me and why I like the country style, I think it is because when I surround myself with country things, they transform me to a different place and time. When life was simpler, unplugged, slower paced, more natural, more meaningful. Things were made by hand with purpose for a purpose, whether utilitarian or decorative. The purposes may have changed now, but the beauty of handmade things will not change. A new use can make these things as useful as always.
All of these finds in these photos were found this weekend while yardsaling with Dona. I don't care how many linens, pieces of ironstone or milk glass I have, I will continue pick up more.
What does country mean to you?
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Before I start making money, I will be spending more money this Saturday. Just like old times, there are oh maybe 20-30 sales in the area. Everything from moving sales, estate sales, flea markets, community yard sales you name it, we've got it.
Before I go, I wanted to share with you photos of Germany that my son took while vacationing there last week. He went to visit a friend, drink, and skateboard. He had a blast.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I also found these 2 handmade pillows.
Oh, and yes only 9 months until Christmas. It's never too early to pick up even MORE decorations.
I paid $3 for the entire box. I was happy to find the vintage finds below inside. Well worth $3.
Here's the collection of the finds for the day. I didn't find alot, but then there were only 5 sales. It was fun to be out and about with Dona again. We haven't had a shopping trip together for a while.
Monday, March 10, 2008
This project all started because of this chandelier. Dona found this one day at a yardsale a couple of years ago. My husband had a knee replacement 2 years ago this May. That year I had to stop yardsaling for a while to stay home with him. Dona already had a crystal chandelier and she knew that I wanted one also, when she found this one, she brought it over and asked me if I wanted it. I fell in love with it, but putting it up had to wait. It ended up waiting for over a year. I was so afraid that it would get broken, I moved it from one safe place to another. I finally couldn't stand it anymore, and I asked a co-worker's husband if he would take it apart, check it out and rewire it for me (he's an electrician). He was kind enough to do this. In exchange I made him pizzelles and gave them movie tickets for the family. (His wife doesn't have a pizzelle iron). Then the chandelier waited for another couple of months. My husband was in no hurry to put it up. He liked the brass chandelier that we had better. So, after a yardsale morning, Dona asked if the chandelier was hung yet. I told her no. She took care of that for me. We both stood on the dining room table, me holding, her hooking the wiring up, hurrying before my husband got home. You see if he wanted it down, he would have to do that himself . The chandelier must have grown on him, because he doesn't say anything about it anymore.
Tonight I just broke the news to him that I wanted a chandelier hung in our powder room. He gave me a most definite NO it won't be done. I just said...ok honey.
My next project...paint the powder room. Pictures to follow at a later date.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Another book. You can never have enough books.
This little metal tray is so cut. I will save the transferware gravy boat for Thanksgiving. It will be a wonderful accent to my turkey platter.
More milk glass of course. The vase is Lenox. The tray has a big crack in it, but it was free, so what the heck.
I just love this tray.
An Italian vase. The colors go wonderfully with my dining room. I just need a plant to put in it.
And yes, Pyrex. I never saw this pattern before. It is called Balloons. I found this website that is a great resource for Pyrex fans.
But the find of the day is this chest of drawers with a marble top. They said make an offer. I made an offer and they accepted. If I had known that they would take the offer so quickly, I would have offered lower. But I got a good price, actually a great price. The marble alone is worth what I paid.
Would you believe that I fit all of this loot in my little Honda Civic? Where there is a will, there is most definitely a way.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
That being said, I picked up this linen quite a few years ago...and I'm not even Irish.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
After work I went to a book sale at a local high school and brought home about 10 new books. I didn't go shopping on Saturday. I slept in a little later and then went to work in the dining room. Come hell or high water I was going to get some projects COMPLETED.
First I had to make room on the book case for the new books, so that means dusting and while I was at it, I rearranged the entire bookcase - one thing DONE.
Now, onto the dining room.
This one is called Bridge at Creteil which is a bridge in France, by artist Cezanne.
I boxed up things that just didn't fit or I didn't have room for - three things DONE.
I took a few trips of extra artwork and frames to the attic - four things DONE.
This only took about 6 hours.
Next weekend, I have to complete reuphostering the chair seats.
Wish me luck.