Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Forest, Fall, Friendship & Amelia Earhart

My friend Crystal comes from Myrtle Beach each year to visit me and to enjoy our fall color.  Each year we take a different mini-trip.  This year we journeyed to Atchison, KS.

Here we are with Amelia, at the home she was born in.
The home (and neighborhood) was stately and gorgeous.
And we learned a lot about the multi-talented Amelia.
From there we went to the "Forest of Friendship",
which was just outside of Atchison.  There is a meandering
pathway lined with trees from different states and countries.
Peaceful and gorgeous. 
We enjoyed the lovely fall weather, the trees
and celebrating 40(something) years of friendship.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Upcycled Halloween Bling Bottles, Part II 2016

After doing a batch of bottles for Halloween,
(click here to see that post)
and thinking I'd gotten off easy with the number of bottles --
I discovered a second box of bottles set aside for Halloween decorating.

I pulled out little trinkets and some vintage
jewelry bits to adorn some of these.

And then I had the bright idea to cut out vintage
photographs of people to make them looked "trapped"
in the bottles.

Imagine my surprise when I unpacked some of last year's
bottles -- to find that I had that same epiphany last year!

Sometimes old age is such a blessing.
It allows you to forget the bad, and rediscover the good.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

County Old Fashioned Fall Festival

Our county in Northwest Missouri was celebrating it's 175th anniversary last week.  There were about four days packed with activities, and I think each person in the county population was drafted to help for one or more of those events. 

I had my back yard raided (they know where to come for
the rusty junk!) to fill out the "photo booth" area.
Yep, about every thing metal in this photo is mine.
How cute is this family?

There was a flea market around the square on Saturday.
The gazebo featured different entertainers
about every thirty minutes.

Here is the courthouse in all of her glory.

All three lumberjacks have a day job --
and lately it has been working on windows at my house.
Here they supervised people using a cross saw to cut
a log section which was then stenciled with the 175th
logo and given to the sawees.

Frog jumping contest, three legged race, pie eating contest,
a petting zoo, and pumpkin painting all
provided great entertainment for kids and adults.

It was great fun to see young families
enjoying the "old timey" entertainment.
I couldn't resist including a photo of our newly renovated
barbershop on the square
(where I get my hair cut!)

My friend Kim had a booth at the flea market, she did a brisk
business selling the signs she makes from vintage metal.

This t-shirt features the logo
my husband created for the weekend.
Sunday was the icing on the cake.
PERFECT fall weather graced the community
church service at the park.
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Halloween Still Life In A Jar 2016

I came across a stash of old wide-mouth peanut butter jars a few months ago.
I knew instantly that they would be perfect for "still life" jars.
I'm saving a few for Christmas-themed jars.

I think I made five this years,
but only managed to photograph these three --
and I think all three have already sold.

Loved the skull on a stand that Dollar Tree
offered this year.  Perfect size for this jar.

Another of the peanut butter jars...
With a knob attached to the top it would
resemble a cloche.
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Leather Topped Vintage Dental Table

I recently won an antique dental table from a local on-line auction.  It was AWESOME, except for the top.  Below is a photo from the auction.  I couldn't even tell what the top was (or if it were -gag- blood-stained).

It turns out that it was felt, and the reddish areas were the true color of the felt.

Here (another auction photo) is the underside of the table.  Fortunately  the lovely oak with the great patina was only a "frame" to the pine with the felt glued on.  You can see that by removing the oak "frame" (carefully) I was able to sand the felt off of the pine surface without touching the outside oak. 

I had saved a small piece of thin upholstery leather for such a time as this.  I knew that I wanted to "upholster" the naked pine piece with the leather.  After cutting the leather to size I used spray rubber cement on both the back of the leather and on the pine top.  After letting them both dry separately I pressed them together (you only get one shot at this, so be careful!)

I cut niches out on the corners so that when it was folded under it wouldn't bunch up -- the oak "frame" fit pretty tightly around the pine rectangle.  Then I folded the extra leather under the pine and pushed in some tacks to hold it in place. 

Then the scary moment --- was the oak piece still going to fit over the pine?  YES, success.  Mostly.  One corner was a little bunchy had to be cut with an exacto knife.

Really the whole thing only took about 1.5 hours, and for me that is a quickie project.  Especially for such a beautiful result.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Cleaning 100+ Year Old Windows

I have a tough time cleaning my windows.  When I bring up this subject with friends and relatives, they just look at me.  Perplexed.  Why doesn't she just use windex like the rest of us?, their expressions say. 

Because they don't have windows that are 120 years old! 

When we bought this house, we were just young pups.  We hired some professionals to paint the exterior -- which included the window frames.  So, they had to take the windows out -- and the workers wondered if I wanted to clean them while they were out.  Sure, I gave them all a once-over with Windex.  (I sometimes have to laugh at my young self.)  That didn't seem to make much of a difference, so I probably tried a couple of other lame things before giving up.  The glass may have looked a tad better, but all of them still had build-up.

Fast forward (an unbelievable!) 26 years.  My windows look absolutely horrific.  (The photo above is the view out of several of the windows).  But thanks to the internet, I know why and I know what to do about it.  Knowing that taking windows off of the second story of our house is not going to be easy, I confess I have put this off.  But, as I have mentioned, I am in the process of painting the first story exterior -- so the time has come to face this monster.

Why do I have cloudy windows that would make a Windex salesperson weep?  I mentioned before, that our house was either vacant, or neglected much of it's 120 years.  Not a lot of exterior window cleaning being done during those stretches.  Every time it rained, the water left behind mineral build-up.  Multiply that by decades.  That (and dirt) is why I have hazy windows.  And let me tell you, windex doesn't touch it.

So, today I tried cleaning on a couple of storm windows (they aren't 120 years old, but they weren't close to new back in 1988 either).  I would have loved to have gone a completely "green" route.  So I tried two coats of straight white vinegar.  Leaving the vinegar on for awhile before squeegeeing (is this a word?)  Really, it made no difference.

I had to resort to the CLR (Calcium  Lime Rust Remover).  I don't even want to know that it has in it, but it did the trick.  I still had to treat each side with two applications, and then hit a couple of tough spots one last time -- but I ended up with sparkly storm windows.  So now I am taking my show on the road (or on to the porch roof), and trying it on some of the old wavy 120 year-old glass windows.  I personally do not have the technology to take out these windows, so they will have to be cleaned "on site."

Monday, October 10, 2016

Halloween Poison Apothecary Bottles 2016

Some years I have accumulated many cheap antique apothecary bottles for this project.  And this year...not so many.  That gave me the opportunity to go slow, and enjoy the decorating.

Here is Group A.  Most of these bottles were "dug" (from the ground)
so I didn't have to do anything to age them.
The labels include some from Dollar Tree,
some from Michael's, and some free on-line labels.

Not all the bottles had corks, but that doesn't bother me.
The one at left I attached a broken old doll head to the top.
And after this photo I put a slightly damaged chandelier crystal
upside down in the top of the Eye of Newt bottle.

Group B.  Then almost all of them get a little 3-D bling.
Anything from plastic creepy crawler to old jewelry.

Love the dolly arm stopper on the Frog's Blood bottle.
To see some of my apothecary bottles from a different year,
click HERE
These were somewhat more generic bottles that I
whipped up after finding a stash of keys.
More to come...
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