Monday, February 20, 2017

Circa 1935 POP Up Books

A friend of mine lost his father recently.  While going through his father's belongings he found several 1935 pop up books in awesome condition.  He and his sibs had not had access to them, and had no emotional attachment to them --- so I am putting the books on ebay for him.

 They are in such great condition,
and the pop ups are so 3-dimensional and well done.

 These three characters became more popular
and endured through time.
But there were several other pop up books with
heroes whose names are less well known.

Heading to ebay the first week of March.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Language Of Flowers Through Postcards

Gifts of blooms, plants, and specific floral arrangements were used to send a coded message to the recipient, allowing the sender to express feelings which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society.[4][5] Armed with floral dictionaries, Victorians often exchanged small "talking bouquets,"with several types of coded flowers. Victorian postcards portraying particular flowers were also a source of the (not-so-secret) code.  I am bunching together groups of flowered postcards to put on ebay.
Rose -- I love you (in general) but here were just some of the more specific messages:
  • Rose( white) – Eternal Love ; innocence; heavenly; secrecy and silence
  • Rose(pink) – Perfect happiness; please believe me
  • Rose(Yellow) – Friendship ; jealousy; try to care
  • Rose(Black) -Death Rose(red and white) – Together; unity
  • Rose(thornless) – Love at first sight
  • Rose( single, full bloom) – I love you; I still love you
  • Rose bud – Beauty and youth ; a heart innocent of love
  • Rose bud(red) – Pure and lovely
  • Rose bud(white) – Girlhood
  • Rosebud (moss) – Confessions of love
  • Roses(Bouquet of full bloom) – Gratitude
  • Roses( Garland or crown of) – Beware of virtue; reward of merit; crown ; symbol of merit
  • Roses ( musk cluster) – Charming
  • Rose(tea) – I’ll always remember
  • Rose(cabbage) – Ambassador of love
  • Rose(Christmas) – Tranquilize my anxiety; anxiety
  • Rose(damask) – Brilliant complexion
  • Rose(dark crimson) – Mourning

 Thoughts, Love

Violet – Meaning: Modesty; Calms tempers; Induces sleep
Violet (blue) – Meaning: Watchfulness; Faithfulness; I’ll always be true
Violet (white) – Meaning: Let’s take a chance on happiness

These are my favorite: symbolizing True love; memories.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Junky Little Auction

Last Saturday night I was bored enough to go to a junky little local auction.
That is even putting it nicely.
Here are some of the things that came home with me:

 I bought all three of these chairs for $8.
I used parts from all of them to assemble one good one.

 The 1967 "auto race" thermos will be going on ebay.
For the $2 investment, I will put the brass planter in my "outdoor store".

 I got the two cross-hatched coffee jars in the same box with
the misc hardware -- another $2 purchase.

The frame of this mirror is some type of weird molded plastic.
Everything looks better when painted white.

A New Heart Die Cut Toy

I am not really sure what inspired me, maybe it was
a Cupid's arrow.  I just knew that I wanted to buy a heart die-cut thingie. 

I envisioned ahead of time the pile of vintage page
hearts that would look so awesome. (And I was right.)

I was in a punching frenzy when I brought it home.
No vintage piece of paper was safe.
I love how they look together.

I hung some by ribbons in my vintage booth....

and scattered some around just for the romance of it.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Vintage Bathroom Makeover -- "The After"

This is the reveal on our main floor bathroom remodel.
View some of the sad "before" pics here.

 LOVE how the sink area turned out.  We used scrap tiles
that we had assembled ourselves into a mosaic. 

We put in this vintage porcelain and milk glass light fixture,
it fits the age of our house better than the previous fixture.

We reused the old medicine cabinet above the sink.
I bought it at an auction over 20 years ago.

 I used the doors off of an old cabinet for under the sink,
and they fit perfectly.
Check them out on the thrifty highlights link below.

I got the old wood surrounding the shower enclosure 
from a friend, see more information
on the recycled wood and other thrifty highlights here.
I am smitten with the nail holes and color variation.

I had the guys build a couple of shelves from
the old wood above the toilet.

I chose an "icy teal" wall color because it coordinated
well with the adjoining room.  It also looked great with 
the white trim and old wood.

New laminate waterproof flooring.
Also a thrifty find.

We were "blessed" with a drop ceiling in the bathroom for the last 25 years.
This remodel included a real ceiling.
We actually had to locate trim for the top of this transom window
because the evil drop-ceiling people had removed it.

I bought this plasma art sign from the same friend
I purchased the wood from.  I had the guys hang it
above the shower for me -- it was very heavy.

I love this fresh new view from the doorway.

I am a little in love with the ceiling lights.
The rest of the bathroom had a bit of a masculine
vibe, so I chose prettier lights.

Short on storage, we needed a little shelf unit.  I purchased
this little beauty at the antique mall.  I am used to being on the selling end.
It was a blast shopping for once.  I love the tin ceiling tile in the back.

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Funky Junk Interiors

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Vintage Valentine Bonanza

I purchased a box of vintage / antique valentine's at an auction this past summer.  Summer is a super busy time for me, so I squirreled away the box without really looking through it.  I was pleasantly surprised a couple of weeks ago when I finally had time to look through the box.

I was pleased at the age of the Valentine Cards.
Most of them date from 1913-1924.

I was pleasantly surprised at the condition.
Only a couple were in good or fair condition,
the rest were "very good."

I was surprised at the variety.
Die cut; mechanical; pop out; stand up; lithographed; German.

This one is mechanical and made in Germany.

I got several of these "multi-layer" valentine's
with paper doilies.

Here is my favorite one.
Pop up with honeycomb.
All are heading to ebay in the next couple of weeks.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Vintage Bathroom Makeover -- The "Thrifty Highlights"

Okay, so this is the outdated main floor bathroom.
You can see that we were up against a tight, long space.
It was going to be a huge project to get it looking attractive.
And cost a bundle in labor alone.
So anywhere we could save a few bucks, we did.
Here are the thrifty highlights.

The three backspash areas around the sink were put together from
a box of scrap tiles that were purchased at a garage sale for $5.
The first challenge was putting them together artfully.
They were applied to sticky contact paper the same dimensions as the wall space.
(The second challenge came when the contractor had to
try to replicate the design on the wall.)

 Salvaged 4" wood.  I literally got them out of a barn,
but we think they were from an old building that was torn down.
Lots of interesting nails and nail holes. I bought them on a Monday,
washed them at the above carwash on Tuesday (it took about $14 worth of quarters),
and the guys installed them on Wednesday.

 Flooring. I needed something easy to clean, waterproof and that would blend
into a vintage bathroom.  I found three boxes of this vinyl flooring at Home Depot.
Clearanced for $11 a box instead of  $45.  I also applied for a Home Depot credit card and
received a $25 credit.
Thus, the whole floor cost me $8.

You are actually looking at three "budget" areas of the bathroom here.
Top left are two "bullseye" trim pieces that I bought to go above one of the doors.
I paid $2 each for the trim pieces. The door originally had similar ones, which had been removed when the ceiling was dropped. We were also able to locate a matching top trim piece, to fit between the bullseyes over the door.

The vintage milk glass & porcelain light fixture was only $5 at a garage sale.
We knew it would look great above the white porcelain "vessel" sink and mosaic backsplash.

 We only used the cabinet doors and hinges off of the cabinet, which I paid $35 for.
Do not be sad for the cabinet, one of the guys cut some of the project barn wood to cover
the hole in the top.  I already sold it at my vintage booth.
See how the whole bathroom came together in the "after"
reveal, click here.

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