Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Swap Meet Finds


Stopped in at the Green Spot, a local swap meet. It's inside at an old re-purposed department store so they have room for about two dozen vendors, but it's probably closer to 50 different vendors that sell . You never know which vendors will show up and be selling. So it's a lot of fun to go in and look around. The Green Spot itself even has a little cafe and this week they were serving Philly Beef & Cheese sandwiches. YUM! 
So without further ado here are the lovelies I brought home with me.

Isn't this little porcelain tea set the most darling thing you ever seen~~~A tea pot, creamer, covered sugar, 5 cups and 4 saucers. Made in Bavaria, W. Germany by Eberthal. I paid $10.00 for the set. It is so pretty with the dainty little flowers and it's petite size.   I knew the granddaughters would love this for our tea parties.  In fact Ciara, my youngest granddaughter has already laid claim to it. Someday she will sit down to tea with her grand children and another child will lay claim to the set.

 This little reverse painted picture on convex glass was actually my first purchase at $4.00. This one has a colored scene background. I usually re-sale these, but I'm quite taken with this one so I think It's a keeper.


 My last find was this metal clad suitcase in perfect condition inside and out and no musty smell!!!  When I spotted it the vendor had a bunch of knit hats displayed in it, so I asked her if it was for sale, she said "yes, it's $13.00" and took the hats out so I could get a better look. I hadn't  realized when I first saw it that it was metal, in fact this is a first for me.  It's the perfect size to hold my crafting supplies at 10" X 18" X 6 1/2" deep.  When I first spotted this I had assumed it was a knock-off , these little suitcases were imported and sold by the gazillions a few years back. So always take a second, closer look, and like me you might just find a little jem.

The vendor told me that she remembered her grandmother using this case all the time when she traveled. She must have taken great care with it.

Happy Hunting and Gathering~~~

Monday, July 2, 2012

And I Sprayed Everything White

Part Two of the Marathon Trilogy

I'm in love ~ with my new paint sprayer.

I was able to quickly prime, sand and get the first coat of finish paint on in one afternoon. And since were having such inclimate weather here that is a very good thing.  You gotta love them power tools.  You also might notice a few more pieces to the stack.  I had already brush primed once, I do two coats, the two drawer night stand and picture frame.  And here are the pieces with there first coat of finish paint.


A lot of white huh?

I used Benjamin Moore Fresh Start Primer and Benjamin Moore Premimum Flat White in my Command Max sprayer.  It took a few times to get the consistency right, but went smoothly after that.

This went so fast that I was able to brush prime my deck table and the legs of this little round table. The deck table has an old cast iron Singer sewing machine base and to move it where I could use my sprayer would of been kind of difficult, then you got to move it back. Those little round legs would of been a challenge to use the sprayer on also.  So I'm not throwing away my brushes just yet!!!

I primed and painted 10 pieces of furniture and 1 picture frame!!! Ahhh, the sun was shinning, the birds were singing...It was a beautiful day! 

 Comming soon ... "How I Finished and Embellished" ... Part III of the Marathon Trilogy

~~~Happy Hunting and Gathering~~~