Renie's blog is found at http://www.justasecondbuzz.blogspot.com/. You can see the other red, white and blue vintage and new decorative items there.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I will be posting some treasures that center around a "patriotic" theme for our summer fun. A few days ago my friend Renie Gile at "JustASecond Antiques" on Main Street asked me to help her get set up for the holiday. I created this burlap banner for her shop. It turned out really nice. It is 17 feet long and is made up of individual triangle flags onto which I've stenciled a letter. It says "God Bless America". Because Renie's shop is tiny we had to string it around the ceiling. I think the whole effect is really nice with the red and blue chandeliers in the ceiling and the nicely made birdhouse too.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
These last few days in the garden have been busy! Moving, dividing, removing, repositioning, pruning, etc. I've also been filling pots and window boxes with new annuals for early color. Thought I would share a few lovely pictures.
This section of the garden is right next to the hose and all the other more utilitarian things needed in the garden -- the ubiquitous "side yard" that seems to get neglected. It needed a little something and I came across these two chinese style pots that never get used because they don't have drainage holes in the bottom. I also had the bottom of an old fountain that never seemed to work right. It is a copper bowl with an inner portion and the outer rim. So, I pulled out an old water pump, some decorative rocks and voila! an instant fountain that gives the little spot just the right ambience. And no $$ were spent here!
Thursday, May 12, 2011
I collect vintage parts -- still useable and have life left in them as something other than their original purpose. These candles are a melange of different "parts". The beautiful glass globes came from a lamp that needed to be rewired and onto which I put some fabric lampshades. The globes were in my closet that I keep all my candles in and I originally thought they might fit into some vintage glass candlesticks but did not. The wood turnings were from a different project and they were not very stable as candlesticks so I cut some scrap lumber to add to the bottom of the turnings. Then we (my husband is my collaborator) cut a groove in the top of the turning to insert the glass globe and because I didn't want them to fall out and break I used my trusty E-6000 glue to permanently attach the glass. The wood was painted my favorite shade of black. I have been playing around with fabric and making rosettes and since I am nuts about burlap right now I added burlap "ribbon" to the rosette. The result is elegant and very inexpensive. I cannot even say exactly how much the whole candle cost but probably not more than $10.00.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Have you discovered the small planter-type containers and wondered what to do with them? They make great containers for things like toothpicks but I really like them for pincushions. Here is an easter container from Fanny Farmer: I created a pincushion using some vintage fabric.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011