Sunday, January 21, 2018

Just Chatting

Good morning! The snow is leaving quickly, all gone around the house but the field across is still covered.

The snow shovel looks oddly out of place leaning against a stone wall, and I was surprised to see that the garden is plowed, hadn't remembered Larry doing that in the Fall.

Mud is everywhere, and tracked all over the porch I mopped yesterday. The perpetrators have left their prints everywhere, though, cat and dog. I will mop again today, continuing the losing battle.

The bird feeders are almost empty but the birds are not so busy as they were when it was below zero. At 45 degrees, I have the front door slightly open to let the good air inside. It smells so clean.

We went to our Ravenswood booth yesterday and added a few things; not much since sales are a little slow with all the bad weather. Still it was good to get out after 10 days at home, and to do some tidy up.

I picked up two items while we were out that had me really puzzled. First was this Peanuts cartoon mug. I spent last evening looking online through literally thousands of Charlie Brown mugs, searching with every variable term I could think of. No luck. Then I posted a photo on Facebook and a storytelling friend tagged another storytelling friend who is a cartoonist and connected to the Charles Schulz museum. With his help I was able to determine that this is not an official piece, but a knockoff made in Japan, probably in the 60's or 70's. A little help from my friends and the mystery was cleared up.

The second mystery was this piece. Was it a wine glass, a vase, a spooner, and was it old or new? The pattern and the 3-part mold seams made me think old, like Early American Pattern Glass from the late 1800's-early 1900's, but what was it and who made it? I posted a photo of this one too, in a Facebook EAPG group, and those good people confirmed it was a vase made by US Glass, probably around 1905. No pattern name, just a number. I guess some people would find this kind of thing boring but to me it is endlessly fascinating.

I spent most of Friday cleaning house. After finishing up the bedroom and the pieces I've been painting I had painting supplies everywhere, and the usual clutter was starting to build up again. So that was my priority for the day. But I did take time to play with making a collage. That was fun, and a needed break from real work.

Today, who knows? Have a good one, friends.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

What's in the Bag?

My new camera arrived yesterday. I'm not sure I like it yet; apparently it has to have another $200 lens to get the zoom I was used to with my old camera. There will be a learning curve ahead as I try to figure this thing out.

Meanwhile, I pulled out one of my older handbags, thinking to use it for a camera bag since this thing will need me to carry accessories. I can't remember when I carried this handbag, but I think it's been over a year. And was I surprised at what was still in there! Usually I clean out my purses when I change them out, but I sure didn't do this one. I dumped it out on my dresser to sort.

So here we have a little penknife, an S-hook, a few pegboard hooks, a hair tie, a furniture repair marker, storyteller Larry Staats' pen with built-in flashlight, a tape measure, hooks for hanging weights in a clock, a huge screw thingie, a small set screw for something, and safety pins.

The picture was taken with my new camera, no flash in fairly dim light. As I said, learning curve ahead.

All the kinds of things I guess a woman needs if she has a booth in an antique mall. although I sure wonder what that big screw was for, and where the little knife came from.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Few (Mostly) Finished Things

I've been painting like a fool this week, from picture frames to my bedroom walls. It's a good time to get it done, with the outdoors inches deep in snow and the temps deep in the single to negative digits.

This chair was a quick job, needing only paint and the seat recovered. Picture 70s pecan finish with a green brocade seat--that's where I started. Now it would look good with today's shabby chic decor. Since my house is shabby (not so much chic) the chair is going in the newly painted bedroom. i'll post pics of the room when I'm done, as I still have some small things to finish in there.

The seat cover is an old quilted pillow sham, treated with Scotsguard.

Here is one completed, and already sold project, a dressing table. I don't have before pics of this one either, but imagine mahogany stain and well, stained.

This table is still in progress. Here you see what I started with. It have been completely orange, with an antiquing glaze. Sanding revealed several other colors.

My first intent was to paint it white and distress so that some of the undercolors showed, but after I got started, I had another idea. So it's white on top, pale gray on the base, with a stencil that goes all around. I still need to find a different pull and seal with a top coat.

This little trunk is also still in progress; I got sidetracked with the table and the bedroom. Here's the before photo:

We had to replace the bottom and do a lot of cleaning on the inside as well as sanding the exterior.

Here's how it looks right now. I still have to do a glaze to bring out the pattern in the metal, and finish out the inside.

I can't remember if I posted this one before, a damaged wardrobe turned into a deep cabinet. The doors were warped and not repairable, so we took them off, added shelves and painted.

I am also painting my husband's wardrobe right now; it looked pretty rough in the newly-painted bedroom. So my hands have been paint-covered pretty much all week.

Well, back to work. Don't want my brushes to dry out!

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