Saturday, January 28, 2012

Distressed Aqua Frames

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Last week, I scored some frames at the Salvation Army in Quincy, IL.
If you're ever in Quincy,
their downtown has great places to stop.
Their mainstreet area added 75-80 new businesses in 2011.

How amazing is that in this economy?

The Salvation Army was my first stop.
You just never really know what you'll find in there.

This trip brought me a brown leather Coach saddlebag
and a leather Anne Taylor Loft (or is it Anne Loft Taylor) bag
for a total of $7!!

I also picked up some frames.
They'd never been used
and all seven were stacked neatly together.

I don't care for blah brown frames.
I like a chippy white,
a distressed black,
but this time I went for an aqua
with a bit of a beat up edge.

The frames were painted with Rustoleum aqua,
then given a bit of a sanding,
then waxed and buffed.

The paper came from Hobby Lobby.
It was perfect to use with this paint color.
I love the roses, the checks, and the bit of text.

I'm so happy with the finished frames
and can't wait to make more.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Barn Doors, Wagon Wheels, and Quilts

It's almost the middle of January
and I'm finally getting back into the swing of things
after the craziness of the holidays.

It's been six weeks since my last blog post
and I've been one busy girl.

I've been chatting it up on Facebook,
but have neglected the blog for a bit.

Now I'm back
and ready to start the new year.

Over Christmas break,
I was introduced to a new friend.
He's an Amish farmer and a rather nice guy.
As part of his work,
he deconstructs barns.

We've struck up a friendship
and I've taken photos of some of his items to list in our local Facebook swap group.

Along the way,
I've been fortunate to acquire some great new items from his finds.

More blue jars,
like the ones in the photo below,
these are the oldest of the blue jars,
handblown, slope shouldered, ground rim.

A few more of the old blue jars
Ball Perfect Mason

A small barn door,
probably from a loft.
It's been added to my Etsy shop.

An old wagon gate
I think this is going to have some hooks added
and made into a coat rack.

Steel wagon wheels
My ideal use for them?
Hanging from the ceiling and converting to a chandelier.
Unfortunately, that won't be happening,
but a girl can dream.

I found this incredible quilt.
Plans for it are still uncertain.
I have too many ideas for it
and need to narrow down the options.

This quilt is now for sale.
You can find it listed here.


Pretty quilt blocks,
which I found at the antique mall.

The blocks will also be added to my shop.

 A vintage animal comforter
with the animal blocks hand painted.

The images were from iron on transfers,
then embellished with paint.

It was just too cute to pass up.

I've been itching to go to an auction so bad!
There are so few auctions here in wintertime.
A multiple estate auction is scheduled in two weeks,
so it's time to get busy,
organize what I have,
list the items in my shop,
and make way for more.
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