Saturday, June 16, 2018

Desirable Fire-King Mugs

 I only went to one garage sale this weekend.  And I only spent $1.75, which is good because I am going to be laying out alot of money for a local on-line auction next week  I spent 75 cents on the gold metal corner shelf, and $1 on a set of gold Fire-King mugs.  The mugs are not my usual type of purchase, but I loved the gold color (my current favorite color.)

I had some memory of researching Fire-King Mugs before, and knew that these were good sellers.  I think I could get an easy $4 each for them on ebay, especially in their minty condition.  Their pattern is called "Kimberly".

Other desirable Fire-King mugs that I found on ebay: the jadeite restaurantware (set of 8 sold for $600), Snoopy (one sold for $500) or other vintage cartoon mugs (six Warner bros cartoon mugs sold for $300), First Man On The Moon (one sold for $450).  So don't overlook that big box of mugs at the next garage sale, there could be one in there worth hundreds of dollars!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Catholic / Religious Vintage Finds

 I went to a fun estate sale over the weekend.
I loved the frrames on all three of these prints,
but the paper graphics were gorgeous as well.

 This is a baptism certificate from 1911.
I love the original wavy glass on all of these.

 I should probably research the meaning behind this print,
but it is lovely.

Three cloth scapular sets --
which I guess was worn over or across the shoulders as a sign of commitment.
These are all pretty moth eaten, but each set contains a little medal and one 
piece of printed cloth that is quite cool.

 1912 Catechism book.

 A poster from a nearby Abbey,
which I think dates from about 1905.

Various religious "scraps"
and two rosaries.
Most everything I purchase now gets packed up and whisked
away to our other property about as fast as I buy it.
It will still be months before I rent a booth space down there.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Citywide Garage Sale Bonanza

Our little town had their citywide garage sales this past weekend.  About 200 garage sales - spread over Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I am exhausted.  Most of that time the temps soared in the high 90s.  But whoever said that junking would be easy?

Thursday things were a little thin.  Quite a few sales popped up, but no big hauls.  Until about 11 am,
I came across one that was pretty great. One of the many items I purchased was this Pillsbury sign, and yes, it is old.  And yes, I am keeping it.

 I am looking for garden decor to sell at my "outdoor" booth, and that garage sale had that in spades. I got the oil can, metal table, wooden keg lid, and metal birds there.  I am keeping the birds (forever).

Friday the weather was just as steamy.  I had driven by a great looking sale on Thursday night, but they were adamant that they weren't selling until 8 am Friday morning. So, I dropped my husband off there at 7 am for him to play the waiting game, while I visited other sales.

He definitely scored the most, including the above buggy frame and 1901 mailbox.

Saturday I was sorely tempted to just sleep in, but what if I could just find a few little things?  Our community had a pretty severe storm the night before, so people were a little slow setting up.  It was a little spotty at first, but then we hit a fun one.  I purchased these kissing concrete cuties...

...And FOUR cast iron patio pieces.  And just when I thought the junking bonanza was over, I got a call that a bench I had left a bid on was mine for the taking.  (Along with all of the free clothes I wanted.)  Well, yes.  Thank you very much.  And special thanks to everyone who was brave enough to man garage sales in this record breaking heat.

Linking up with:
Vintage Charm Party with My Thrift Store Addiction

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bedside Tables Furniture Redo

I bought a pair of these bedside tables from a local on-line auction.
I paid $22 each, which is more than I would pay if I were to 
want to fix them up for resale.
But these were for us,
to go on either side of our new bed.
I think they started life as a dressing table,
but I like them better separated anyhow.

Two coats of a light tan chalk paint,
and good to go.
Decided not to distress,
the tan turned a little yellowish when sanded.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Dark Armadillo Humor and Moving In

 I knew armadillos lived in southern Missouri,
but I wasn't sure they lived in our neck of the woods.
Until this morning,
when one appeared in front of our house (dead.)

Here is another wildlife sighting.
Did some research :
Giant Leopard Moth

I had just finished putting the vintage baseboard in this little nook
across from the laundry area.
As soon as my husband saw it was done,
he moved the antique kitchen cabinet in.
This is only the second major piece of furniture that
we have brought in, so it is a big deal.
LOVE that it fits so well, and is going to be great for storage.

Iris Farm Adventure

 We saw this little sign as we were going to a flea market.
So we decided to hit it on the way back.

 What a gorgeous location.

 In addition to irises.
he had two miniature cows --
Boris and Natasha.

And some rare chickens.

But the irises stole the show.
And we love iris,
they always bloom close to our anniversary.

 I bought six gorgeous varieties,
which we planted as soon as we got back.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Simple Steps To Whitewashing Wood Tutorial

These boards came from our 1895 cellar.
They are wide, "old growth", tongue-in-grove pine.
If they came from Texas we would call it ship lap.
We want to use it in back of our TV nook.
We wanted the wood white, but still be able to see some of the character.
And I have tried commercial white stain,
and it is pitiful.

First, plan on doing this outside, it is messy!
Mix a 1:3 white paint to water ratio.
Flat or satin paint works best.
Try a "test" board piece and let it dry completely before committing to painting a bunch.
Apply pretty liberally to all bare wood.
It will looks a bit messy like above.
Then go back over the entire piece from left to right in one continuous,
straight stroke -- until you finish the entire board again.
 So after going over the boards with the continuous strokes,
they will look like the above boards.

And heads up,
the boards will continue to absorb the paint for awhile.
That is why you need to do a test board.
If you want it more opaque you could add more white paint to the mix.
For more transparent, the options are:
adding more water / wiping wet off excess with a rag /
lightly sanding after your board is dry.

Working On The Little House In The Ozarks -- May 16

Indigo Bunting, taken from my sun room window.
My favorite bird of the week.
Because spending 3.5 hours trying
(and failing) to get my car air conditioning fixed,
does not lend itself well to pics.

And a cute nocturnal visitor
on my kitchen window.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Working On The Little House In The Ozarks -- May 15

I planted the pink yarrow and lambsear this morning
on the west side of the house.

This rose bush is the neighbor to the plants I put in this morning.
I am not a rose person,
in fact I am an anti-rose person.
But he gets to stay (for now) because he is healthy and 
grudgingly beautiful.

And I planted all of the iris I brought from up north.

It might be hard to see, but a bird started to build a nest at the top 
of one of our porch arches.
I hope he gives it up, there is not much foundation for it to rest on.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Working On The Little House In The Ozarks -- May 14

 So today I loaded up a bunch of dead bushes that I had
purchased from Lowe's last fall.  Even though they were
covered by leaves in south Missouri, they didn't make it through the winter.
(It was a tough winter.)
Note about getting a refund on dead plants at Lowe's:
-- having the receipt is super helpful (and I didn't),
but they manged to find the purchase because I had used a Lowe's credit card,
and knew the month that I had purchased them.
-- the "one year guarantee" is not good for clearance plants,
which are different than sale plants (which do have a guarantee).
I still managed to get $120 back

And I immediately spent $50 of the refund
on plants.  They were having a sale on perennials. 
So I bought (and planted the same day) six of these.
I watered them with my sweat.

And I bought three of lambs ears,
and three pink yarrow.
It is pretty fun to buy flowers for sun,
after thinking shade for 30 years.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Working On The Little House In The Ozarks -- May 13

Wildlife report:
Ground Hog sighting (sorry photo so poor, he was on the move).
And carpenter bees, which I am sick to death of.
They are ill-tempered and don't seem to even like each other.
I bought three traps off of ebay.

My son stopped by for a visit,
we went to a Braun's before tackling ....
more rocky ground.
We got five plants in the ground,
and some dead ones packed in the car for returning to Lowe's.

Desirable Fire-King Mugs

 I only went to one garage sale this weekend.  And I only spent $1.75, which is good because I am going to be laying out alot of money for...