sneak peek; midcentury modern

Here's a preview of what's coming to the shop next week; Dansk pot; midcentury modern chair and footstool; three Jillian Field serigraph and other modern home decor. Look for them starting Monday!


my vintage collection: Cloisonné boxes, letter holder, vase

Recently won from an estate auction, where competing bidders were all men, I waited the last second to bid and got it. I can't get over the colours and patterns of these beautiful collection. The five teeny boxes are matchbox cases.  They will be in the shop sometime soon.


orange crush

love, love these orange items, they've been bookmarked and I think I'll get the shoes first. 

the bag is here
earrings here
shoes here


sneak peek: vintage industial objects

Here's a peek of what's coming to the shop this week. Lots of industrial objects for home decorating.

Vintage military wall clock, vintage rotary phones, metal boxes, 1970s large light bulbs, medical books, vintage plastic vessel/vase; art deco travel kit and antlers.


auction preview

I went to the best auction preview yesterday. There's so much good stuff all in one place, it was amazing! I spent a good couple of hours just poking around and took these random photos. Unfortunately the really good ones are dark and blurry.  I can't wait! Hope everyone's having a great weekend! 

Month End Sale


blue hydrangeas

My blue hydrangeas on the front yard is in full bloom. Yesterday I asked my husband to cut me a few stems for the dining table, the kids helped him and they got a little crazy and picked all the flowers within their reach then they brought them to me one stem at a time with each time announcing they got a present for me.   Silly kids, now my living room is in a sea of blue hydrangeas.
A few years ago, I bought a small hydrangea plant from Home Depot and planted it in the backyard.  It was a pretty pink shade, the following year the flowers turned to blue.  I later found out that the soil changes their colour.  The more aluminum present in the soil, then the flowers will eventually turned into a blue or purple shade.
One trick I read to changing the blooms into pink is to use a fertilizer with high levels of phosphorus to prevent the aluminum into the system, or better yet consider growing them in a large pots.  Maybe I'll try using the big pot method next time.

I love the blue hydrangeas just the same, I think they look great with the brown apothecary jars.  I like to use them for my flowers.  I don't  really have any vases, one big ceramic vase from Ikea but all my flowers go to jars and bottles mostly, and milkglass vases.
You can't really go wrong with these and the old mason jars, they look nice with any kinds of flowers and they're very inexpensive at the thrift store.


my vintage collection: thimbles!

Another "suprise" winning from estate auction just last week, a tin full of vintage and new thimbles.


sleepy eyed dolls

These are the photos of the vintage sleepy eyed dolls I added to the shop this morning....

These are the photos of the sleepy eyed, cake loving dolls from yesterday's kiddie party.  


separated at birth

This is my recent estate auction find. When I saw it at the auction house I knew it looked familiar.

When I got home, I quickly look for my bible and found this stock photo of his brother. I love it when this happens!

I just listed it in the shop this morning.


DIY: vintage wooden crate storage shelf

This past weekend I tackled another serious cleaning and organizing in my office and inventory room.  Did another trip to Goodwill to donate the "what-was-I-thinking" finds; reorganized my inventory and supplies and I also painted my office.  On top of that I was able to find just the right place to build a DIY wooden crate storage shelving to house some of my smaller items.  I really like how it turned out, here's the before and after pics (please pardon the ugly and dity carpet);

My office is the smallest room in the basement, all three other walls are occupied with a desk, a bookshelf for my books, a filing cabinet and three other larger shelves for my inventory.  When you're job is finding junk (read treasures) everyday it's a constant dilemma finding a horizontal space to store your finds.  This last small piece of bare wall left in my house office is between the entry and closet and was just the perfect spot for another small shelf.

Remember the recent auction preview I did a couple of weeks ago, I did won these wooden crates. I thought about offering them in my shop, but shipping can be a pain so I only listed a couple of smaller ones. 

Assembly couldn't be any easier; I just stacked them together, screwed each one flush to the wall and voila! Now it displays and store some small items I have for sale and my vintage clock and glass collection.