Sunday, January 17, 2021

NEW YEAR......IT'S TIME TO REFRESH WITH EVERYTHING YOU LUV!!!

 CHANDYS & SHIPLAP A GREAT COMBO TO MAKE YOU FEEL CALM :)


LEAVE THE NATURAL WOOD AFTER YOU STRIP OFF THE WALLPAPER, GOES GREAT WITH THE CHANDY & THAT TEXTURE MMMMMMM!



FOR A LITTLE FORMAL TOUCH, WAINSCOT, IN GREY EVEN BETTER



SHIPLAP AGAIN WITH A LITTLE WHITEWASH......I DID MY SHOP WALLS LIKE THIS



IF YOUR STAIRWAY IS FRONT & CENTER, MAKE IT POP WITH BOARDS YOU ADD TO THE TOPS TO REFRESH THEM




MIRRORS CHANGE THE LOOK OF EVERYTHING QUICKLY



I HAVE A COLLECTION OF MIRRORS & SORT THEM TO SELL. I SWITCH THEM AROUND ALL THE TIME. IT GIVES A ROOM A TOTALLY DIFFERENT LOOK.





A GREAT HANDSCRAPED FLOOR. I LUV A GREY FLOOR


THE ROOM LOOKS SPACIOUS WITH THE GREY FLOOR




I LUV  RE PURPOSED LIGHTING, THIS FUNNEL SAYS IT ALL!! (FUN)NEL



LINE THEM UP





I ALSO HAVE A COLLECTION OF CHANDYS (CRYSTALS) MELTING!!!




ONE LIKE THIS IS IN MY BEDROOM SOON TO MAKE ITS APPEARANCE IN THE KEEPING ROOM.......REDO TIME





NIX THE FAN.....BUT THE CEILING.....I'LL TAKE IT!





LUV THE SHIPLAPPED CEILING




CHANGING MY STAIRWAY AMONG OTHER THINGS




YOU CAN'T MISS WITH ANYTHING GREY.......EXCEPT HAIR lol



THIS WILL BE MY STAIRCASE



Saturday, January 16, 2021

LET THE HIBERNATING BEGIN


 AS WINTER IS HERE, I'M ALLREADY HIBERNATING.....SOON I WILL BE CHANGING THINGS AROUND IN MY HOME & "FLUFFING" UP FURNITURE & ACCENT PIECES TO SELL TO OTHER RETAILERS. I ALSO HAVE PLANS TO REDO THE BATHROOM, KEEPING ROOM , DINING ROOM. THE SUNROOM IS A STORE IN ITSELF. A BLOG ABOUT THAT LATER :)

Monday, November 23, 2020

SO MANY COLLECTIONS......WHAT DO YOU DO, SORT, SELL & START OVER.......COLLECTING AGAIN......OR DO YOU :)

WHY  WE COLLECT COULD BE  (THE OBJECTS) REMIND US OF OUR CHILDHOOD. HOW  OR WHY DO WE START COLLECTIONS.....MAYBE THEY SPARK SOMETHING IN US TO HOLD ON TO THE PAST & JUST A GLIMPSE OF THAT OBJECT BRINGS US BACK TO THAT ERA.

     I HAVE MANY COLLECTIONS AS I AM FINDING OUT. I AM SORTING  & "FLUFFING" AS I USUALLY DO THIS TIME OF YEAR & THROUGH THE SPRING. I SHOULD GET ALOT ACCOMPLISHED SINCE THE COVID THING.....NO EXCUSE RIGHT??!!


 I AM OBSESSED WITH WOODEN BOWLS.........I PAINT THEM BUT IF THEY HAVE A NICE PATINA I LEAVE THEM ALONG.......THE PATINATED ONES I USUALLY KEEP....SO IT'S TIME TO SORT  I PROBABLY HAVE AROUND  100 & FINDING THEM IS ANOTHER THING :)

WOOD BOWLS






CUTTING BOARDS ARE ANOTHER THING THAT I'M OBSESSED WITH. THEY CAN BE USED FOR SO MANY THINGS. TOPS ON TABLES/STOOLS, CHEESE RISERS, STOVE TOPS, ON COUNTERS, YOU GET THE PICTURE



CUTTING BOARDS



 











 



SUITCASES ARE ANOTHER OBSESSION: YOU CAN PUT LEGS ON THEM OR STACK THEM. I ESPECIALLY LIKE THE ONES WITH STRIPES, THEY CAN BE USED FOR A SIDE TABLE. I HAVE SOME STACKED TO THE CEILING (9FT) & THEY ARE PACKED FULL. IT'S FUN TO GO THROUGH THEM EACH SEASON TO SEE WHAT GOODIES I HAVE STORED AWAY. **NOTE** IF THEY ARE FILLED HEAVY DO NOT PICK UP BY THE HANDLE (THOSE HANDLES ARE FRAIL)

SUITCASES
























  I STARTED COLLECTING  50'S TABLECLOTHS ABOUT 50 YEARS AGO. MY MOM GAVE ME SOME OF HERS THAT WE USED WHEN I WAS A CHILD....IT SPIRALLED FROM THERE. THERE ARE SO MANY PATTERNS & I ALSO LIKE THE "STATE" ONES & LINEN ONES. I PROBABLY HAVE AROUND 50+ OF THEM.


50'S TABLE CLOTHS





WHO DOESN'T LIKE A TOTE OR 2 OR 100. I HAVE THEM EVERYWHERE IN THE HOUSE & OUTSIDE. IT'S NICE TO GRAB THEM WHEN YOUR HANDS ARE FULL & YOU CAN DUMP EVERYTHING INTO THEM. I HAVE SO MANY THAT I DO NEED TO SORT.


WIRE BASKETS


















THE SAME AS ABOVE FOR WIRE BASKETS ARE THE WOOD CARRIERS, THEY ARE HANDY FOR  THROWING YOUR STUFF INTO, SO I ALSO HAVE THESE AROUND THE HOUSE FOR AN EASY GRAB

CARRIERS


























WOOLWORTHS TOTES......REMEMBER THESE?



 WATERING CANS ARE ANOTHER COLLECTION I HAVE, IT SEEMS THEY ARE GETTING HARDER TO FIND AT A GOOD PRICE. I HAVE MY MOMS  & THAT STARTED MY COLLECTION. THEY ARE ALSO HANDY TO HAVE IN CERTAIN AREAS AROUND THE HOUSE SO YOU CAN GRAB & WATER IN DIFFERENT PLACES. SOMETIMES I PAINT THEM & PUT A STRIPE BURLAP AROUND THEM.

WATERING CANS








FARM TABLES IS   ANOTHER COLLECTION I HAVE. I ROTATE THEM & SELL WHEN SOMETHING BETTER COMES ALONG. IT'S A GOOD THING I HAVE A BIG HOUSE TO SUPPORT SO MANY TABLES :) I ESPECIALLY LIKE THE ONES I HAVE FROM CT. & THE ONES WITH A NICE PATINA


FARM TABLES

























  GALVANIZED BUCKETS, PAILS, FARM TOOLS ALSO COME IN HANDY AS PLANTERS & FOUNTAINS. WHEN I WAS LITTLE A GALVANIZED TUB WAS MY SWIMMING POOL. I REMEMBER BEING 10  & DRAGGING IT UP THE BASEMENT STEPS......THAT'S WHEN I WAS STRONGER LOL

GALVANIZE










SEE ABOVE THIS WAS MY CHILDHHOOD SWIMMING POOL LOL





 I STARTED COLLECTING YELLOWWARE  ON MY TRIPS TO CT. IT WAS EASY TO COME BY......SO THAT'S WHEN IT BEGAN. I AM NOT USUALLY GOOD WITH GLASSWARE, THIS IS A BIT HEAVIER, SO I'VE ONLY HAD A FEW CASUALTIES. I LIKE THE CREAM BANDED & USUALY STUCK WITH THAT COLOR, BUT I WAS BUYING IT SO CHEAP, I WOULD BUY IT ALL. THE BOWLS WITH THE TRIPOD MARKS ON THE INSIDE BOTTOM WHICH INDICATES  THAT OTHER BOWLS WERE SET INSIDE OF EACH OTHER ON A TRIPOD  & FIRED TOGETHER. ONE OF MY FINDS WAS A  EUROPEAN BOWL THAT WHEN YOU FLICK IT WITH YOUR NAIL IT RINGS (THAT'S HOW YOU CAN TELL IF IT'S EUROPEAN)

YELLOWWARE COLLECTION



















SIGNS ARE ANOTHER COLLECTION THAT CAME ABOUT  ON TRIPS TO CT. THEY WERE EASY TO COME BY & WE STARTED HOARDING THEM. WHEN SPRING WOULD COME WE'D SORT THEM & GET READY FOR OUR SPRING SALE. THEY ARE ALL OVER THE HOUSE & OUTSIDE,  SEVERAL I WOULD NEVER PART WITH THEY ARE ONE OF A KIND & IRREPLACABLE


SIGN COLLECTION
























































SIGNS ABOVE CAME FROM "CHARCOAL MOES"  CT.








 IT'S A GOOD THING I HAVE A LARGE HOME. I HAVE CUPBOARDS IN EVERY ROOM, SOMETIMES 3 IN A ROOM. WHEN SOMETHING BETTER COMES ALONG I ROTATE THEM TO THE SHOP. THEY HOLD FUNCTIONAL STUFF AS WELL AS WORK FOR STORAGE FOR MY COLLECTIONS. ONE OF MY FAVORITES IS THE GERMAN KAS I ACQUIRED IN CT FROM MY BROTHER (WHICH IS NOW MY PANTRY). I RODE HOME ON THE DASHBOARD TO MAKE SURE IT MADE IT HOME IN ONE PIECE. ALSO, HE GAVE ME A BUFFET THAT IS ORNATE & I LUV IT.

CUPBOARD COLLECTION




































 THEY SAY YOU START WITH ONE & THEN IT SNOWBALLS INTO A COLLECTION. I LUV SCALES, I WOULD BUY THEM IN CT. & THERE THE COLLECTION BEGINS. I HAVE SEVERAL POSTAL SCALES BUT I USUALLY STICK WITH THE BASIC LITTLE SQUARE MODELS. I GET EXCITED WHEN I FIND THEM IN DIFFERENT COLORS OR STENCILLED & I HAVE TINY VERSIONS WHICH ARE ENVELOPE SCALES.


SCALE COLLECTION


























 I STARTED COLLECTING QUILTS WHEN I DECIDED TO CUT THEM UP & MAKE CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS, THIRTYSOMETHING BUNNIES (FROM THE TV SERIES THIRTYSOMETHING), CHRISTMAS CHAINS,RAGBBALLS, ETC. SOME I LOOK AT & CAN'T CUT BUT FOR THE MOST PART I CAN :)

QUILT COLLECTION




























 I DON'T KNOW WHY I STARTED COLLECTING DRESS FORMS/MANNEQUINS, PROBABLY BECAUSE I STARTED FINDING THEM EVERYTIME I WENT TO A SALE. I REPURPOSE CLOTHING SO THEY COME IN HANDY FOR DIFFERENT SIZES I DO. SOME ARE FOR DISPLAY. THERE'S A MANNEQUIN IN THE ATTIC THAT LOOKS LIKE ME (SEINFELD EPISODE) & SOMETIMES I FORGET SHE'S THERE WHEN I WALK IN


DRESS FORM COLLECTION















 I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING VINTAGE LACE FOR A LONG TIME. I HAVE SOME OF MY MOMS & I GUESS THAT'S WHAT STARTED IT. I USE THEM ON MY RE PURPOSED CLOTHING LINE (CIAO BELLA ITALIANPEASANT) ON MY QUILTED CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS, LAVENDER SACHETS ETC. THEY COME IN A VARIETY OF PATTERNS & COLORS......I PREFER THE TEA STAINED OLD LOOKING.


VINTAGE LACE COLLECTION

 





















ARCHI PIECES ARE HARD TO COME BY AT A GOOD PRICE & I HOARD THESE ALSO. I USE THEM AROUND THE HOUSE ON RE PURPOSE PROJECTS FOR CUPBOARDS, TABLES, SHELVES ETC. WHEN I SPOT THEM I GRAB THEM UP, I WILL ALWAYS FIND A SPOT FOR THEM OR SELL THEM. ON A JUNQUE TRIP I FOUND 36 OF THEM, I WAS SO GIDDY I COULDN'T GET OUT OF THE CAR FAST ENOUGH!!





ARCHI COLLECTION













































































 I STARTED COLLECTING BOTTLES SO I COULD DECORATE THEM & DECOUPAGE THEM. I COLLECT THE ACID BOTTLES & APOTHOCARY ALSO. I LIKE THE COBALT BLUE & AMETHYST.

BOTTLE COLLECTION


THIS IS A CARNIVAL BOTTLE















I LIKE THE LOOK OF OLD CLOCKS, THEY REMIND ME OF MY CHILDHOOD WHEN A CERTAIN OLD CLOCK WOULD WAKE ME UP........ 



CLOCK COLLECTION




























I STARTED COLLECTING TRANSFERWARE WHEN I BOUGHT A PILE OF IT IN CT. IT WAS BROWN & THAT'S ALL I COLLECT. MY COLLECTION HAS REALLY GROWN & I SORT & SELL IT.


TRANSFERWARE COLLECTION



















I ALSO COLLECT TOLE TRAYS & ITALIAN TRAYS (VENETIAN). THEY ARE HANDY FOR HOLDING ITEMS IN THE BATHROOM, KITCHEN OR AS SNACK TRAYS. THE COLORS ARE VIBRANT & THEY ARE LIGHTWEIGHT, ALTHOUGH I HAVE A FEW THAT ARE HEAVY. I ALSO COLLECT THE VENETIAN TABLES, THEY ARE HARDER TO COME BY, SO I USUALLY KEEP THEM, BUT HAVE SOLD A FEW.


TRAYS





















SHUTTERS
SHUTTERS COME IN HANDY FOR PRIVACY SCREENS, HIDING LITTER BOXES, PROPERTY DIVIDERS SO YOU CAN'T SEE NEIGHBORS (OR SO THEY CAN'T SEE YOU),INSIDE WINDOW COVERINGS, GATES, CUPBOARD DOORS,THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS :) USE YOUR IMAGINATION