Using the same materials as the refreshed master bath, our guest bathroom is now clean, bright and ready for visitors. Here's a peek . . .
Doesn't the tub look amazing? Hard to believe that it is the original taupe-colored 1925 model. Re-glazing it was definitely the way to go.
Remodeling the two upstairs bathrooms was the final project on our year-and-a-half-long to-do list. At last, we are done! Room by room, it has been a fun and rewarding journey bringing this sweet vintage cottage back to life. Now I can't help but smile every time I walk in the door. :)
How lovely to have a clean and functional master bath! Have a look . . .
Like our renovated kitchen, we wanted this new bathroom to feel like it belonged in a 1925 cottage. So we chose simple elements: white wainscoting, a Shaker-style cabinet, a vintage-inspired light fixture, a neutral gray floor tile, classic subway tile in the walk-in shower, and a marble countertop on the vanity. To keep costs down, we kept all of the plumbing in the same location.
The light fixture's glass shades match the schoolhouse globes in our kitchen. I love those thin black stripes!
The shower stall now has white subway tile, a marble seat, a frameless glass door and marble basketweave tile on its floor. A niche with two handy shelves repeats the same marble tile. We used Grohe chrome fixtures with a 1920s vibe for the shower and vanity.
And there you have it! Next time, I'll share photos of our new guest bathroom which uses the same basic elements. Do stop by!
Sorry! I must apologize for taking so long to share our bathroom renovations with you! My computer was on the fritz and I finally had to lay it to rest and purchase a new one. So, as promised, here is our latest (and hopefully last) reno project. Let's start with the "before" pics. (FYI: prior to moving in in the fall of 2013, our house was a rental, neglected for almost 12 years, poor thing!)
Here is what our master bathroom used to look like. Updated back in the 1990s, it was covered in a sea of white tile with grout that would never come clean. Its low vanity had a worn Corian countertop and the stall shower sported glass doors with layers of old caulk along the bottom. Plus, the shower fixture's temperature control valve was jammed making it nearly impossible to adjust.
We installed a new medicine cabinet and toilet back when we first moved in, so we would reuse those items as well as the window shutters.
Now for a peek at our pre-reno guest bath. With white and black vintage tile and another low vanity, it still had the original 1925 cast iron tub that had been reglazed 25 years ago. Unfortunately, it was peeling in several places revealing a murky taupe color beneath the white. The mixing valve in the bathtub was faulty and would often switch from scalding hot to ice cold while showering. Not fun!
Even though the floor tile was charming, it had to be removed to make way for new concrete to level out the floor. The plaster walls and ceiling needed to be taken down to the studs, as well. However, we planned to keep the tub (which would be reglazed) along with the new toilet and window shutters.
Please stay tuned until next time when I'll share the "after" pics of our much improved and oh-so-lovely cottage bathrooms.
Have a great weekend and most of all — Happy Mother's Day!
It's been almost four months since I started posting on Instagram. My, how time flies when you're having fun. And I do mean fun. Filled with visual splendor, Instagram is truly a feast for the eyes. I love it!
Are you following T-Party Antiques on Instagram? I do hope so. But if you haven't discovered me there yet, here is a quick peek at just some of the 255 pictures I have posted so far...
What do you think? Fun, right? If you like what you see, I hope you will consider following me on Instagram.
Thanks a bunch!
It is said that three of something makes a collection. So what does having 18 of something make? ... It makes me a fearless collector! Are you one, too?
I am a firm believer that you can never have too much of anything, as long as it is something you are truly passionate about. But I also believe that larger collections should be displayed in an orderly way. If not, they can be overwhelming. To avoid that problem with my 18 picnic tins, I placed them on a long shelf high on the wall of my studio. I love how they look up there!
As you know, I also love to collect soap powder holders. The one shown above was found just last week. Isn't it adorable?
The rest of my rustic collection resides in my studio on a narrow green shelf from my former tea room. Perfect!
Even though I am happy with how a collection is displayed, the thrill of the hunt can take over and I often buy even more of these favorite pieces. Not a problem, as it keeps my collection fresh and allows me to pass others along to patrons of my Etsy shop.
The array of soap holders, above, are past and present Etsy shop items. Aren't they wonderful? Good thing I like to share, or our sweet little cottage would soon be filled up.
You may have noticed that I love to collect obsolete things. And one of my favorite collections is my array of wooden soap powder holders. They can be hard to find, so whenever I come across one, I immediately snap it up.
A few weeks ago, I was trolling around eBay and found a pair that was less than stellar. Even so, I saw their potential and bid on the auction. Plain wood embellished with primitive sailboat stencils, these rustic gems were probably the handiwork of kids in wood shop class or dads tinkering in their basement workshops. Once constructed, I'll bet it became mom's job to paint them and/or apply decals to match her kitchen decor.
I thought it would be fun to do the same and give my handmade soap powder holders a paint and decal facelift.
These 1940s relics received several coats of cream paint. Then I perused my stash of vintage decals and found four large ones with vibrant poppy flowers. Once the paint was dry, I lightly distressed the surface and applied a decal on each side.
What a difference a little paint and a few pretty decals can make! I'm so pleased with my refurbished dispensers. Now they are real charmers, all ready to make their début in my Etsy shop soon.
We just returned from a long weekend away visiting extended family in my hometown of Cleveland. While there, I popped into a thrift shop where a vintage planter caught my eye. A bargain at $4, it safely made the trip back from Ohio inside my carry-on bag.
This morning, I potted up my newest find with miniature Daffodils. Then I introduced it to a couple of pottery friends on my kitchen counter.
This 1940s relic sports a script letter "S" on its front and whimsical rolls on both sides. Bathed in a chartreuse glaze, its color reminds me of the little leaf buds that will soon emerge this spring. So retro!
How could I resist? This vintage Amsco TV Cart captured my heart. So I simply had to find a spot for it in my studio.
Now it is quite happy in its new home at the end of my Hoosier cabinet. And an old train case that I use to store some Etsy shop items fits on the cart's lower shelf perfectly.
When needed, I can raise its two leaves and roll the cart over to my worktable where it will provide an extra surface for sewing or craft supplies while working on projects.
So yes, I have decided to keep this sweet relic . . . at least, for now. You know me; I tend to sell most things eventually.
Now we're off to spend time with our extended family over the next few days. I'm sure you have similar plans for the holiday weekend. Enjoy!
As promised in my last post, here is that very special vintage find — a child's TV snack cart made by Amsco Toys! This cart allows kids to wheel their meals where they want them "because that's where they'll eat best." What a hoot.
In my many years of vintage foraging, I've never come across one of these before. I wanted to know more about it, so I did some online sleuthing and came up with an authentic Amsco advertisement for the product.
This little steel cart has clever drop leaves on both sides that, when folded up and locked in place, increase the top surface. How handy!
This relic also sports circus-theme decals. Super cute. And then there's my favorite feature — the perfectly retro aqua paint color.
Isn't it the sweetest? And now for the burning question that I ask myself every time I discover something so wonderful. Sell or keep?
I have been a busy bee — finding, crafting, photographing, listing! Here's a peek at what is destined for my Etsy shop . . .
I made three fabric swatch portraits using vintage bark cloth with a woodsy scene.
Some recent finds: a classic King-Seeley thermos, a tabletop corner shelf with birds, a pair of Sears roller skates, a set of three teapot-shaped tea bag rests with mushrooms, a green depression glass dish, an Androck sifter with a checkerboard pattern and a teapot-shaped shelf with hooks for potholders or keys.
I had the good fortune to acquire more soap powder holders. They can be very hard to find. However, these five found me! Someone read about my collection here on The T-Cozy and offered them to me. Yay!
More finds: an aqua Pyrex mixing bowl, another copy of Susie's New Stove, a vintage carrying case, flower-shaped curtain tie-back pins, a 1950s picnic tin, a pair of toy dump trucks, a blue Shawnee Pottery vase and a pretty pressed glass dish.
I have been contemplating selling off my large collection of vintage Sta-Brite flatware with red Bakelite handles. What do you think I should do? Keep or sell?
Plus — there is one more very special vintage find that I plan to share with you in my very next post. So please stop back soon!
Wow, that was quite the winter. Thank goodness spring is finally here! I so look forward to getting out in the garden. I also can't wait to open all the windows and let the warm spring breezes in.
But not today . . . We are supposed to get a bit of snow! I guess a little more of the white stuff will only make the warm weather to come all the more enjoyable.
Bluebird image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.
Please stay tuned for my next post, when I share what's new around here — both in my Etsy shop and in my home, where our two bathroom renos are coming along nicely.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Early this morning, I used a handy online random number generator to pick the winner of my 8 years of blogging giveaway. The number that was selected was 3, so I reviewed your sweet comments and found the third one that came in.
(Drum roll, please.) The winner is... Drew Lamm! And here is her lovely comment...
Congratulations Drew! I will be in touch as to how to get you your giveaway goodies.
My sincere gratitude to those who took the time to leave a comment and enter my giveaway. It was so nice to hear from you!
And to all of you out there, thank you!!! Please know that I truly appreciate your readership, comments, and kind support.
My sweet little blog is eight years old today. From my tea room days, to downsizing and finding the cottage of my dreams, we've been through a lot together. I am so happy and honored that you have come along for the journey.
To express my gratitude to all of my loyal T-Cozy friends and T-Party patrons, I'm having a giveaway. Here's what you could win . . .
The cutest vintage apron: made from white organza and embellished with red trim and clusters of cherries.
A sunny yellow bud vase: featuring hand painted leaves and a large maroon flower on the front.
The 1947 Good Housekeeping Housekeeping Book: chock full of handy tips and wonderful mid-century photos.
A darling set of four yellow butterfly buttons: made by Le Chic and still attached to their original card.
If you'd like a chance to win these items, please leave a thoughtful comment on this post by Sunday, March 14. I'll announce the winner on Monday, March 15. For those of you who are shy about leaving a comment, please don't be. I'd love to hear from you. (Please note that if you read my blog via a reader, your comment will not appear in the thread on the actual blog. So be sure to leave your comment on the blog, not through your reader.)
Even if you choose not to enter this giveaway, please know that I appreciate your readership, comments and kind support over these last 8 years and 1,192 posts.
I spent Saturday morning happily working on a crafty project in my studio — another altered art world globe!
This time, I transformed a 1970s Rand McNally World Portrait Globe. I once again used charming 1940s primer illustrations of friendly children, houses and picket fences.
This particular globe has a Meridian band attached at the North and South Poles. It allows the orb to pivot on its axis and view the decoupaged images from any angle. Love it!
You can find my latest creation, along with other freshly listed items, in my Etsy shop.
Hope you are having a good week,
Vintage relic seekers love the thrill of the hunt. When there is something they have a hankering for, they will diligently search far and wide until they find it.
Are you that way? I can be from time to time. And I must admit, looking for something very specific can be fun but daunting also. (Sites like Chairish.com can make it easier.) Know what I enjoy even more? The thrill of the find, when I discover something marvelous that I wasn't even looking for.
While scouring flea markets, thrift shops, estate sales, and more, I try to keep an open mind and a discerning eye to make sure I notice things that aren't typically on my radar. If I'm lucky, I sometimes find a special piece that speaks to me and says "Take me home." That is precisely what happened when I came across my studio's work table.
I found the table at my dealer friend Kim's inspiring booth at the Stratford Antique Center. She specializes in vintage kitchenware and her stall is always chock full of fabulous finds. When I spotted this teapot-embellished table in her booth, I knew Kim had really outdone herself. And although I wasn't looking for a table of any kind, I knew it had to be mine.
I purchased the $200 table right around the time we moved into our sweet little cottage. Without any notion of where it would go, I stored it down in the basement until we completed our kitchen/dining room/family room/office reno last winter. Then when the time was right, I gave the table a good scrub, tightened various screws and bolts, and decided to place it center stage in my brand new studio.
Isn't it the cutest? And absolutely perfect for a former tea room proprietor! I bet the table was once part of a 1950s dinette set with matching chairs and an extension leaf. Now it serves as a useful work surface. And it looks great with my vintage office chair.
My new table's shapely top wears its original red and cream Formica with a crackled ice pattern. This laminate top features a scalloped design and two cheery red teapots.
The table also sports a banded aluminum apron and chrome splayed legs brimming with mid-century appeal.
My whimsical and thoroughly wonderful work table provides an ample surface for sewing and other crafty endeavors. And best of all, it never fails to make me smile. :)
Ever wonder what to have for lunch? When I want ideas for quick and healthy mid-day meals, I head on over to an online recipe site called Yummly.
My favorite lunch is a personal-size pizza that uses whole wheat naan as the crust. It's super simple. I brush the naan with a little olive oil and top it with whatever fresh or steamed veggies I have on hand. Then I sprinkle cheese on top and bake it in the toaster oven until everything is warm and the cheese melts.
Yum! Are you hungry yet?
Yummly was launched in 2010 by foodies on a mission to invent the ultimate kitchen tool. Whether it’s finding a recipe or going to the store, Yummly's mission is to be the world’s largest, most powerful, and most helpful food site in the world. They make it easier for foodies to do what they love — cook, eat, and share!
More snow, you say? Sure! Bring it on!
Yesterday, we hunkered down to wait out yet another snow event. While the white stuff silently piled up around our sweet cottage, John and I were productive and did that painful, yet necessary, annual chore — taxes.
When we were done, it was cozy time. We treated ourselves to a good movie in front of a roaring fire. Along with a cup of hot tea, there is nothing better on a snowy afternoon.
Aside from all of the snow, our driveway is now home to this: a large red dumpster. Why, you may ask?
Because we are about to embark on a final reno project — updating both the master and guest bathrooms. And demo begins tomorrow! This remodeling project should take a couple of months. I promise to share lots of before and after pics with you as things progress.
It has been snowy and gray here for far too long. However, I am happy to report that today, we have blue skies and sunshine. Yay!
This morning, I loved how the sun was streaming in through my kitchen window. So I thought — why not share my latest pottery find with you. Isn't this old pitcher wonderful?
With lots of windows and two skylights, I like how bright our new kitchen is. It's rare that I have to switch on any lights during the day. And when the sun is out, the room absolutely glows.
Having lots of white surfaces helps, too. And all of my green and blue vintage pottery adds pops of pretty color.
I always longed for a kitchen with glass door cabinets. Now my pottery collection has a happy place to live.
As you can see, I'm not afraid to mix many different shades of blue and green together. No need for everything to match.
I also like to combine vintage pottery with Jadeite glassware and even a few new pieces. Aren't the colors yummy?
I think my new cottage kitchen is pretty yummy, too. And don't forget all of the yummy meals that John has been creating in it for family and friends. Yummy, all around!
Can you believe it? Our pet frog is 17 years old!
Spike came into our lives in a surprising fashion. Back when Jacob was four years old, he returned home from his friend Jack's birthday party with an unusual item in his party favor bag — a frog! Apparently Jack's mom thought it would be fun to give all of the guests fully-formed baby aquatic frogs. Crazy, right? This sudden addition to our family promptly took up residence in a fish tank on our kitchen counter. Jacob named him Spike, and the rest is history...
Happy Birthday Spike! We're so glad to still have the pleasure of your easygoing company.
I am pleased to report that I've hit a major milestone in my Etsy shop — 1,500 sales!
To celebrate, I am offering 15% off starting today through Sunday, February 8. To get the discount, be sure to use the coupon code SAVE15 at checkout.
Many thanks to each and every one of my wonderful past, present and future patrons!
Ugh! Today brings bitter cold and even more snow. And although I'm a trouper when it comes to winter, it doesn't mean that I like it. However, I do like sipping a hot cup of tea as I work in my snug studio. Makes this nasty weather so much more tolerable.
Wishing you a warm and cozy weekend,
As reported, a respectable amount of snow fell on southern New England over the last 24 hours. Luckily, not nearly as much as they were forecasting. Even so, it was a quiet, peaceful day where kids got a much-anticipated snow day and most folks stayed put until driveways and streets could be cleared of the fluffy white stuff.
Having grown up in Northeast Ohio, snow really doesn't faze me. However, where I currently reside, it seems to make people very nervous. Of course it doesn't help that the first big storm of the season gets way too much media attention. Hopefully after a couple more snow events, everyone will relax and remember that it is winter, after all.
Whenever the temperature drops, I feel the urge to hunker down in my studio and do a little crafty project.
I realized that it had been ages since I made any button bouquets. So on Wednesday, I brewed a big mug of green tea, cranked up Pandora, and combed through my jars of colorful vintage buttons.
I gathered all of the necessary materials on my work table. And before long, I had made a couple of little bouquets. Aren't they sweet? They've just made their Etsy debut, here.
We're supposed to get a fair bit of snow tomorrow. More crafty projects? We'll see . . .
Have a good weekend!
Here in my little corner of Connecticut, it looks like the cold weather has quietly settled in. No matter! I'm keeping busy in my warm and cozy studio happily working on a few crafty projects as well as these new listings for my Etsy shop.
These vintage goodies warm my heart and are just a few of the items I'll be sharing during the long, chilly winter ahead. More to come soon!
Cute, useful, endearing, and chock full of sweetness — just a few ways to describe vintage child-size furniture. Admittedly, I am quite taken with doll dressers, hutches and cabinets. And since I like to share, I search far and wide so that you'll always find a few offered for sale in my Etsy shop.
Each more charming than the next, the miniature relics shown above are past, present and future Etsy offerings. (The top left and bottom right will be listed later today).
I love how these endearing relics do double double. They are a fun way to keep small desk supplies or jewelry stashed away and organized. They also are a perfect surface in which to display a diminutive collection.
I like to collect a wide range things, both large and small. However, sometimes my tiny collected treasures look lost when arranged alongside bigger items. When I place a scaled-down dresser, hutch or cabinet on a full-size dresser, hutch or cabinet, like magic, my small collectibles look happy and right at home. :)
Presenting my newest creation . . . I really love how this one turned out!
Starting with a Cram's Imperial world globe with pastel land masses, I carefully cut out images from a favorite 1940s primer. I then decoupaged the paper ephemera so it encircles the vintage globe in an interesting fashion.
The "We Are Neighbors" theme is conveyed through the oh-so-charming illustrations of friendly children, houses, picket fences and all the activity that goes on in a neighborhood.
My latest artfully up-cycled world globe has just been listed in my Etsy shop. I bet once it finds a new home, it's sure to be a conversation piece.
Did you make any New Year's resolutions? I did, one of which I'll share with you today . . . T-Party Antiques is now on Instagram! And although I may have arrived a little late to the Instagram party, it is something I have wanted to do for some time. Thankfully, my darling daughter is a social media whiz. With her prodding, I finally have a T-Party Instagram feed. This free online photo sharing and social network platform is a fun, quick and easy way to view and share visually inspiring images. You might be asking: Isn't that what Pinterest provides? In a way. However, Instagram has a format that organizes photographs and videos in sequential order, so it functions like a mini-blog of sorts, allowing you to experience moments in your friends' lives through pictures as they happen. You can "favorite" and comment on the photos, too.
Yesterday's Instagram photo shows me in the midst of an altered art globe project. The one I had listed in my Etsy shop sold, so I have my work cut out for me, so to speak. ;)
Although my Instagram is only one week old, I plan to post frequently and load it up with lots of eye candy brimming with vintage appeal. I hope you will consider following me, at this link. Thanks a bunch!
I hope you've enjoyed The T-Cozy's 85+ posts this past year and I invite you to stop by throughout 2015. Please know that I am forever grateful for your loyal readership and support.
My very best wishes to you and yours for a new year filled with happiness, good health, and most of all, peace on this planet we call Earth.
On this day 30 years ago, I met the love of my life on a commuter train. We have been together and blissfully happy ever since.
I feel incredibly fortunate and so grateful to have John in my life. Was meeting him fate? Who knows? But what I do know is that time flies when you're in love. It feels like the last 30 years went by in 30 seconds.
To my dear husband John, Happy "Meeting" Anniversary!
I'd like to introduce you to the newest member of my cottage stitchery collection...
...this adorable needlepoint house with dormer windows, a red roof and red shutters. I discovered it a few weeks ago at an antiques mall in New Bedford, MA. How appropriate that I found a Cape Cod-style cottage while on our way to Cape Cod!
My new acquisition reminded me of our very own Cape Cod-style cottage. Last week, we had our first snow of the season — just a dusting really, like someone sprinkled a fine coating of powdered sugar on everything.
Anyway — I hung the needlepoint on my studio wall among the other cottage pictures. It looks right at home there, don't you think?
Whoever made this little gem wrapped it around a piece of wood in the same shape which gives it a bit of dimension. Pretty clever.
Isn't it the cutest?
Have you noticed that framed quotes are trendy these days? When just the right message is beautifully designed, they can become an inspiring home decor element which might encourage us to stay on track to reach a goal, remind us of our good fortune, help us to keep things in perspective, or simply make us smile.
Here are a few of my favorites, found while perusing Etsy this week. Enjoy!
Find this quote HERE from Etsy seller handz.
Find this quote HERE from Etsy seller IttyBittyBookCo.
Find this quote HERE from Etsy seller shopnevermore.
Find this quote HERE from Etsy seller HappyLetterShop.
Find this quote HERE from Etsy seller chloevaux.
Please take a moment to explore these lovely Etsy shops where you'll find even more wonderful words of wisdom.
Think I'll have some tea!
Here's a little mid-week eye candy for your viewing pleasure — pics of my studio's teapot embellished and oh-so-photogenic vintage work table . . .
Isn't it the cutest?
I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. With both of our kids home, John and I enjoyed the long weekend tremendously.
Happy Hump Day!
The holiday shopping season is upon us and it's sure to be crazy out there this weekend. I much prefer to avoid the crowds and shop online while relaxing in my favorite armchair with a cup of tea by my side. If you're like me, then be sure to peruse my Etsy shop on Friday for the start of a 20% off sale. There, you'll find a little bit of vintage everything.
Retro Christmas items are always nostalgic and fun. They are selling really fast this year.
A vintage personal-sized teapot with a matching handmade tea cozy is a thoughtful gift for the tea lover.
Vintage fun! I always stock an array of old toys in my Etsy shop, with even more coming soon.
Rustic relics like these make great gifts for guys.
Vintage aprons are both sweet and practical presents.
Kitschy canine collectibles are popular gifts for pet people.
Small vintage items make great stocking stuffers. In my shop, you'll find little mending kits, swatch portraits, a tiny children's book, miniature paintings, curtain tie-back holders, a Shawnee Pottery mini vase, metal tip trays and more.
My Etsy shop 20% off sale will run for five days. It begins on Black Friday, November 28 and goes through Tuesday, December 2. In order to receive the discount, you must use the coupon code SAVE20 at checkout.
I'll be listing additional items chock full of vintage appeal throughout December. So please stop back again!
John and I spent last weekend with friends on Cape Cod. While perusing a local antique shop, I came across a fun find — an American Airlines postcard from the 1950s.
Depicting the main cabin of a DC-7 Mercury, this 365 mph passenger plane provided non-stop service between Los Angeles and New York. Back then, air travel was a special event and folks wore their very best clothes for the occasion.
A quick Google search unearthed an image of the DC-7 as well as an AA promotional film about their cross-country service, below.
Warning: it's rather lengthy, and this is only Part 1. Part 2 and Part 3 can be viewed here and here. In its entirely, the promo is 30 minutes long — a bit of a snooze-fest, unless you're an aviation buff.
Google also dredged up an advertisement about this flagship service. Coast to coast in under eight hours, and that was three hours less than existing flight times. My, we sure have come a long way! Something to think about as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, undoubtedly the busiest travel time of the year.
I never pass up tattered old books with beautiful covers. Why, you may ask? Because I like to repurpose them into spiral-bound notebooks brimming with vintage appeal.
Here are my latest rescued relics . . .
Sunny Bunny, a darling children's book from 1918, sports an illustration of the title character playing a flute on the front and a group of his friends on the back. The inside has pictures of Sunny's family in the garden of their adorable pink cottage.
The First Book of Magic, a fun children's instructional book, was originally published in 1953. With a graphic of a top hat and magician's wand on the front, it also has magical illustrations on the inside front and back covers.
Heidi, this classic children's chapter book by Johanna Spyri, was published in 1954 as part of Doubleday's Junior Deluxe series of kids' books.
This Dana Girls Mystery Stories chapter book is from the 1950s. I like the illustration of the Dana Girls holding a holding a flashlight on the green tweed front cover, as well as the drawings of the sleuthing duo on the inside.
In 1931, The North American Almanac was considered the aristocrat of almanacs. It features a wonderful illustration of Viking ships at sea on the front and back covers.
These reclaimed books-turned-journals, along with other items made by me, can be found for sale in my Etsy here.
Ever wonder what to do with orphaned parts from vintage board games? At estate sales, I often come across ones where there's just enough of the game missing to render it un-playable. However, I rarely pass them by if they have usable pieces that can be up-cycled into something else, like Scrabble with its little wooden squares that creative folks incorporate into mixed media art. Or these cardboard letters, below, from an old game called Dig that I found at a recent barn sale.
The game had seen better days, but I knew its letter pieces would be fun to use in crafty ways. In a nice shade of Jadeite green, several have areas that have faded to a soft brown color. Shabby perfection.
Yesterday afternoon, using red and white baker's twine thread through a large embroidery needle, I began stringing together letters to make a little message garland. Sitting at my work table with my favorite music on, this simple project was very relaxing. Fun, too.
I think the finished garland is super sweet, perfect to place across a mirror, on a wreath, or just about anywhere. When time permits, I plan to make more with different messages like Happy Holidays, Welcome, etc. Then I'll list a few in my Etsy shop to see if they are sellable.
Any ideas as to what else I should spell out? If so, please let me know . . . Thanks!
Lately, my brew of choice (beside Susan's Blend) is green tea. So when The Republic of Tea recently contacted me asking if I'd sample a few of their premium teas, I chose to try an array of their organic green teas.
How lovely to find a package with these three varieties on my doorstep: Spice of Life Green Tea combines green tea with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and pure honey flavor. Their Organic Dancing Leaves variety is a full-leaf loose green tea. And Double Green Matcha Tea combines organic green tea powder (matcha) with organic green leaf tea.
I really like The Republic of Tea's round, unbleached tea bags. They stack neatly in those well-designed cylindrical tins and nestle comfortably inside the teacup. For the loose tea, I used a mesh stainless steel tea ball which is perfect for brewing one cup.
I fired up my tea kettle and when it whistled its tune, the brewing began. Using a timer left over from my tea room days, I steeped each for a full three minutes. Then it was time to sip...
When brewed, each variety had a distinctive color and taste. The Spice of Life blend was complex and a bit sweet. I definitely could taste the cinnamon, turmeric and ginger. The Dancing Leaves loose tea was hardy and rich with smoky tones. And the Double Green Matcha was simpler and quite smooth.
All three teas were yummy, but I had a clear favorite: Double Green Matcha. Many thanks to The Republic of Tea for sharing!
Belonging to folks wishing to pare down their stash, the items shown below have somehow found their way to me. To lend a hand, I have offered to sell them in my Etsy shop. Perhaps they will inspire someone to start a new collection . . .
Art Deco anyone? These 1940s delphinium blue Hall Pottery pieces were made as an accessory to Westinghouse refrigerators.
It takes a village. These glittery little cardboard buildings from the 1950s are chock full of Christmas kitsch.
Industrial chic. These vintage porcelain glove molds, in an array of sizes, can become quirky and sculptural home decor.
Preserve the past. These blue Ball mason jars came straight out of an old red barn from an estate that was once a dairy farm.
Gosh, lots to list! You know what I'll be doing for the rest of the month . . .
Hope you have a terrific weekend!
I recently found two old globes that are ripe for repurposing. Both are in rough shape and no longer geographically accurate, making them perfect for some crafty projects.
A vintage primer, titled We Are Neighbors, provided the images for my upcycled globe on the left. It features charming illustrations of friendly children at play in an active neighborhood. This fall, I think I'll use these images, once again, to transform my newest finds into earthly art.
I enjoy getting crafty every once in a while. How about you?
I've never been afraid of a little dirt, which is a good thing because you wouldn't believe some of the estate sales I attend. Many take place in neglected houses that are grime-encrusted from attic to cellar. But to find the good stuff, you have to be fearless.
I often purchase things which haven't been cleaned for decades that most estate sale goers pass by. My latest find is a case in point: this darling doll dresser, the kind of endearing item that usually sells within the first few minutes of a sale.
I guess its schmutz must have turned people off. (Or perhaps it was just waiting for me.)
Caked with dirt, this charming relic was in desperate need of a new home — and a good cleaning. A little elbow grease really brought it back to life.
I even lined its two small drawers with pretty vintage paper making it all ready for its Etsy debut.
This little dresser looks so happy now. If it could, it would be smiling.