September 30, 2010

Cutting the Apron Strings

I had a very productive day at the thrift store today!

I found this vintage apron

with the original tag still attached. Score!

Does anyone know what era this is from based on the fact that it was originally sold for $.79?

The apron is amazingly crisp and clean. Obviously never been worn.

The one flaw is that it has a yellow discoloration that runs across the "bib" part of the apron.

The scenario running through my mind is that it was folded in Aunt Mildred's closet wedged between other aprons and the yellowed part is the only part that was exposed. Aunt Mildred never wore this one because she was saving it for a special occassion. Yeah, that's it.

So where are the rest of Aunt Mildred's aprons?

Well here's another one. I found this one at the same thrift store.

There is a huge pocket that runs along the bottom of the apron below the thick red stripe

and in the back it buttons at the top. It's one of those aprons you have to put your arms through like a shirt.

It has this cute rick rack around the neck. Or is it called something else if it's not wavy? Piping maybe?

This one is also very crisp. Looks to be never worn. Although there is not an original tag attached!

I actually bought a scale similar to this at a rummage sale earlier this summer, but when I saw this at the thrift store I had to grab it.

It's dirty, but looks to be in very good shape. Except that the pointer thing may be broken, which I did not notice until just now.

And of course I had to rescue this Gorham silver plated bowl. I can't walk past silver without wanting to adopt it.

It's 8" in diameter and 4" tall and wonderfully tarnished.

I also saved this Sheffield silver plated cup which may be a sugar bowl. It is ridiculously tarnished and it looks like some of the plate is coming off in places, but it was only $.50 so I picked it up to put pens and pencils in.

These cute Christmas napkins will look great tucked in bowls and baskets for the holidays. Or I guess I could use them as napkins.

There is a scene that runs around the edge of the napkins, but these reindeer were what I fell in love with.

OK, and the kiddos in the sled too!

I picked up these ice skates to use for Christmas decor also. Last year I was ready to buy some on ebay, but these were so cheap at the thrift store I had to bring them home with me.

So did you find anything good at the thrift stores this week?

I am linking to Colorado Lady's Vintage Thingie Thursday, Debbiedoo's Garage Salen Friday, My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday.

September 29, 2010

Spooky Labels

You guys are probably sick of my Fall and Halloween stuff by now, but I just had to show you this.

This is an old bottle that I found at a garage sale in August.

It was a little cloudy on the inside and the more I cleaned it the cloudier it got. So I finally gave up on it, but when I saw some Martha Stewart poison bottle labels

Photo courtesy of

at JoAnn Fabrics the other day I immediately thought of my sad old bottle. I knew there had to be something similar online somewhere that I could print out for free instead of giving Martha my money. And why yes, there was!

I found this cool vintage looking Witch Hazel label on a website, so I Mod Podged it to my foggy bottle.

Now, I found this at a blog called Coco and Bella . It's not a blog I had ever been to before, I found it by Googling "vintage poison labels" and one of the images that came up was from her blog. Anyhow, since I was showing it on my blog I thought that I should try to find out where it had come from originally. I traced it down to Love Manor 's Flickr group here.

I also found that has some vintage poison labels that are free printable images. Here are some samples of what they have at that site.

This last one is sort of timely with the epidemic of bed bugs being in the news. I will spare you the bed bug photo I found. They are nasty looking little guys.

Now I'm looking for other bottles to Mod Podge more labels to. I have my eye on an old pickle jar in my fridge.

September 28, 2010

Front Door Color Change

In the last post I showed you my Fall porch decor

and you may have noticed that my front door has changed colors.

In July I had asked readers for opinions on painting my door a different color and I got lots of nice suggestions. Well, it took me 3 months to finally make a ultimate decision on the color and to get it done. It was getting to be one of those things. That. Will. Never. End.

The color that won was .... a very dark brownish-black.

Here is what it looked like after 1 coat.


I asked my husband if he thought it needed a second coat? I just got "the look". You know the one, where he's not entirely sure I am kidding or not. Just have to rattle his chains!

The color is from Sherwin Williams and is called Weathervane.

I'm glad that I finally bit the bullet and made a decision. It's paint after all, if it looks hideous I can always repaint it!

September 27, 2010

Fall Front Porch

My Fall front porch decor is done. Well, it's never really done, but it's done for now.

September 26, 2010


A couple years ago I made some birdhouses out of dried gourds,

so when I saw some at the local farm market this week I decided to pick some up and do something with them. You know, because I'm so crafty and all.

When you buy dried gourds like this they normally come all dirty, dusty and moldy.

You cannot just scrape off the mold, well, because it's dried mold and it's not good for you.

Now normally I scoff at over-protective measures, but when I was at the farm digging through the gourds to pick out the shapes I wanted I started coughing. And I have perfectly good lungs. The stuff on these gourds is not for the feint of heart lungs.

The best way to get the dirt, dust and mold off these things is to soak them in a big bucket of water with dishwashing liquid and a small amount of bleach to loosen the stuff and keep it non-airborne.

Some people suggest wearing a respirator or mask while handling the gourds. I just held my breath.

I put a rock on top of my gourds because they are so light that they float and this was the only way I could keep them submerged.

After soaking them for two hours, I scrubbed them with a nylon covered kitchen sponge and the gunk came off fairly easily. Throw away the sponge after you use it on the gourds, because you don't want that stuff on your dishes.

They should be fairly smooth when you are finished.

I used a variety of products to finish the gourds.

Orange craft paint followed by Minwax Indoor/Outdoor Helsman Spar Urethane.

A really ugly green spray paint I had bought at Big Lots and had no idea what to use it on until now. The 70's called and they want their green back!

Stained with Minwax Golden Oak stain followed by the Minwax Urethane.

Stained with Minwax English Chestnut stain followed by the Minwax Urethane. BTW, I love that English Chestnut stain - it's the perfect medium golden brown.

Rust-Oleum's Heirloom White spray paint followed by ... yes, the Minwax Urethane.

More MinWax English Chestnut stain followed by more Minwax Urethane. I like this one's pear shape.

And this is where most of them ended up. I thought they would all stack in this metal shelf on my front porch, but my eyes were bigger than my shelf. The other two are sitting inside the house.


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