Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Vintage Hoops

I took these supplies which I have been collecting over the last couple of months...

and I made these. I'm calling them Vintage Hoops. It's my first effort at using vintage linens and mixing them with new materials to create something for which they were not originally intended.
They have been fun to do, and they will be included in our new space at The Vintage Market, opening in downtown Beresford on Friday. I hope you will stop by if you are in the area. You'll recognize the beautiful antique furniture that we are known for, as well as an assortment of other antique and vintage items in our Cottage Antiques area.
The Vintage Market will be open Fridays 9am - 6pm, Saturdays 9am - 4 pm and Sundays Noon - 4pm.
Tell Tessa I sent you!
Till next time...

Monday, July 22, 2013

A Finished Shelf Project

Last Monday this was my project...
Several months ago I found this shelf at the I-29 Antique Mall, and knew it was perfect for a blank wall in one of the bedrooms. However it was a dingy yellowish-ivory color, and needed to be cleaned up and brightened up, so I finally got around to giving it a coat of off-white paint. I'm really liking it!

And this how it looks this Monday. It's hanging on the wall and decorated...
I scrounged around and found an assortment of things to fill the little boxes. There are a couple of little teddy bears, a pitcher with pink tulips, and wine glasses & my ticket from the Quilts and Vines at the Strawbale Winery last summer. There is also a tiny silver pig sitting by the glasses - a gift from a friend that knows how much I dislike pigs. :-)

The right side holds one of my Woof 'n Poof dolls (she makes me smile), a thank-you note that my mom wrote to me several years ago along with a lacy umbrella. Down below is a 'G' plate and a tiny clock, and finally a glass pitcher that belonged to my great grandmother filled with spools of thread.
I didn't forget this little box. It holds a blue Ball jar with a zinc lid, and I use it as a memory jar for the bus trip that I took last summer to Galena, IL with my girls. It holds my name tag, tickets, a wine cork and a couple of pictures. And lastly I wanted to make note of the garland that I have swooping across the whole thing. The darling little dresses caught my eye in the Etsy shop "Raising Up Rubies" a while back. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but I think it's a perfect finishing touch.
I'm lovin' it!
Till next time...


Friday, July 19, 2013

Ironing Hankies

I recently ironed about a hundred vintage hankies...
...and it reminded me of when I learned to iron - something I was anxious to do because it meant I was growing up! I was first allowed to iron my mother's hankies and dad's handkerchiefs, and then moved on to pillowcases which had to be folded just so.

Obviously ironing was a very different process in the mid 1900's. First of all, everything was ironed. Fabrics were most often cotton, and clothes dried on clotheslines. If there was a good wind you might not have quite as many wrinkles, but they still needed to meet up with an iron. And we're not talking a steam iron, so clothes needed to be damp to provide the steam that removed all those wrinkles. So, grab the sprinkler bottle...

Ours looked very much like this except it was a 7-up bottle. I see on eBay that there are all kinds of fancy vintage sprinkler bottles, but we used a 7-up bottle with a sprinkler cap stuck in the top. Clothes were laid out on the table, sprinkled well, rolled up individually and put in a large bag to sit for a couple of hours so that the pieces were evenly damp. If you weren't going to iron right away they could be put in the refrigerator, but beware!, they can mildew if left too long - not that I would know about that, I've just heard tell!
Ah, memories... housework was a lot more WORK back in the "good old days."
And what am I going to do with 100 hankies? Well, that's a story for another day, but I am open to suggestions.

Till next time...


Monday, July 1, 2013


Attitude... it makes all the difference! We have all heard this or something similar over and over again. I've heard it - I've said it - I've experienced it, but I also forget it. So it was a good reminder when my friend Chris posted the following to her Facebook page on her birthday, and she generously allowed me to share it with you.

"My birthday is almost over and yet, I don't feel older. I feel happier, more secure, more fulfilled, and more blessed than I ever have. Why would I wish for anything other than to be where I am at right now? I feel like a twelve-year-old who is about to become a teenager: on the verge of something amazing and scary and wonderful!"
This is the attitude I would like to carry into each year, month, day! I want to wrap it around me like a beautiful quilt. Are you with me? I believe we could change our world!
 Till next time...