Friday, April 27, 2012


A Cute Little Slipper Chair & Ottoman

Stopped by the Salvation Army - my fav go to thrift store - and I immediately spotted the cutest slipper chair and ottoman.  Well I looked it over, not a thing wrong with it except that it is faded a teensy bit, which is fine with me. The small scale raspberry and mint green plaid is very delightful and so springy looking. The price with discount was $17.55 for the set...great price!  But did I need it?  No I did not need it.  Did I want it? Yes...Yes...Yes.  So I left it sitting there and strolled around looking for more finds.  Occasionally I would glance over to see if anyone else was showing an interest in the set...

Well I found four lovely white cotton table cloths of varying lengths. Two are monogrammed with the letter "C".  I've been collecting monogrammed table items for awhile now...Napkins...Silver Plate.  I also have a stockpile of  small square embroidered table cloths that will look so cute on top of  these white ones.  I will use the 54" square one as a bath sheet they line dry so much faster than regular towels and I just like the feel of these against my skin. So I have a use for these. Paid $9.00 for all four.  Still thinking where I could put the chair.

Found a basket to lay the tablecloths in.  These flat, handled baskets are a recent obsession of mine and this one is particularly fine.  $.50 cents ...I know, unbelievable.  Drawing a blank on where I could put the chair set.

Next I found three rubber moulds for plaster paris.  A rose, bell and heart shape. Now I can make some appliques like Carol over at here The Polka Dot Closet does.  I've been wanting to try her technique on some of my transformations.  $1.35 for the three of them.  Yes...still thinking about where to put the chair.

Then I found a glass covered dish for trinkets and such. The knob on top is formed like a rose and embossed roses adorn the sides...gorgeous. This would work in several places, bathroom for cotton balls, bedroom for jewelry, sewing room for odds and ends, even the guest room for them to corral small things.  $1.35 - and in perfect condition.  Nope, nothing yet.

Isn't this  ceramic Gingerbread Lady cute!  She's a Victoria Littlejohn. At 9" tall she's a nice size. I might be taking her to one of my booth's, either  at Black Cat Antique Mall or Antiques and Collectibles of Coos Bay.  My continuing with the booths will be another  post.  I paid  $2.25 for her.

Oh my!!! There is a lady sitting in the chair next to my slipper chair. I nonchalantly buzzed back over to the chair and ****inspiration or desperation struck**** I needed a new chair for my side covered patio. And this one is perfect for me (I'm short) and the area (it's small).  I gave a nod and a smile to the lady in her chair and said, "yes, I am going to get this set over here".  I think I work better under pressure.

Later I will do post on the transformation of the side stay tuned!

I did up one batch of plaster rose moulds just to see how they would turn out. Just lovely, thank You! I'll be trying out the rest this weekend when my granddaughters come for sleep-over.

~A fun project to do with them~

Monday, April 23, 2012

I've Been Bitten By The Blog Bug


This is going to be a learning process for me, and I will be trimming and adding to the look as I go along.  I will be sharing my junking finds, long kept treasures, altered projects, decorating ideas, and fun things from the Coast of Oregon.

For this first post I am going to share my backyard pond with you.  These photos were snapped last summer when the pond was in bloom. This view is from my back deck. Today's host is Mya, my daughters escapee Fox Terrier, she comes down through the field and visits me. 

The units are arranged so that three drops are on top level  of the stone wall and two drops and the pond itself is on the lower level. A beautiful clump of purple heather dresses the front.

Here's a back view of the pond fairy gaurding the waterfall. To her right is the lavender bloom of a Water Hyacinth and a pink Water Lilly is to her left.  

The very red lamp post is electric it had a very blah brown finish so last summer I updated to this red. And now for some reason every time I look at it I always think of those red English call boxes.  The cement bench was a Mother's day gift from my daughter Christy and my late son Gregory.

Behind and to the right of the red lamp lays a beautiful fairy reading a book. She enjoys the bits of sun and the tinkling of the water falls.

Pink pond Lilly, Water Hawthorn and small clumps of Fairy Moss.  The Water Hawthorn has the most loveliest of fragrances, on very warm still days the whole area is engulfed with it.

On the upper level I have a small seating arrangement. I have several bogs on this level so I can experiment with different types of water plants.

Lambs Ear tucked in front of red volcanic rock.

A sleeping rabbit under the bench and Abbey, my beloved and constant companion for 9 and a half years, whom now sleeps.
My ponds are made up of pre-formed units that I, along with my daughters and sister, have arranged and re-arranged over the years. It will always be a work in progress. But its fun work.  I so enjoy the whole process  and the good company.

And here is the pond on March 13th, 2012 after almost a foot of snow (we hardly ever get this stuff) from a suprise late winter storm.  It was gone in two days and the power was restored in three.  And this ends the tour of my pond. Until next time.....