Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Romantic Antique Lace and Linen

The allure of antique lace and linen has captivated the romantic at heart for centuries.
When I see a beautiful well prepared item of antique lace or linen I think of all the hours of love that went into it's creation or how carefully it was treated to with stand the test of time. Then I also think of how many hours of restoration that might have gone into returning it to its former glory.Through the years I've acquired boxes of lace and linens because I love them and I always intend to restore them, some for myself and some to sell. So far it hasn't happened! Well, this may be the year, the picture above shows that I've started at least! The sweet heart pillow was made by a Junk Diva friend, she's very creative, and it's one of my favorite things, besides with Valentine's Day this Saturday it made for a nice picture. .
If you're interested in caring for your own Vintage and Antique Linens and Textiles you might want to look in on this site..... Caring for Vintage and Antique Linens

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Altered Art for Valentine's Day

I've been a fan of altered art for a couple of years now. It allows me to feel a little creative, keeps me out of trouble, and once in a while I make enough to cover the cost of materials.
Most of what I do is with a computer graphics program called Paint Shop Pro, made by Corel. This is a piece I made last year for a Valentine's card.
Digital art is so addictive, I sometimes need to be reminded to shower and eat!
The Junk Diva T Shirt I did last year for myself and my Junk Diva friends.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Economy, we must keep our sense of humor!

Due to recent budget cuts and the cost of electricity, gas and oil, as well as current market conditions and the continued decline of the economy, The Light at the End of the Tunnel has been turned off.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

Crown Ducal Blue Chintz

This is a wonderful group of Crown Ducal Blue Chintz that I will be listing on ebay this week.
This chintz pattern was introduced in the United States in 1926, it is transferware made in England. All of these pieces have good color, no breaks in the pattern and no cracks, chips or crazing, unless noted in the listing.    SOLD

Thursday, February 5, 2009

.....escape to the garden!

This is the place where the garden plans come together! I store garden books, magazines, tools, pots, fertilizers, all things related to gardening, plus all my vintage garden treasures in this small structure.Notice the unusual clippers above the couch! I will add more to this as time goes by, maybe I can find the before pictures so that you can see what a little imagination can do. If I can do it, anyone can!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Kitchen Remodel 2004

I live in a small New England style cottage by the beach in Southern California. My husband and I have spent the better part of 28 years remodeling and putting this house in the condition you see now. This is the 2nd and final kitchen remodel for us, and you'll be amused to know that it was all done to accommodate the antique primitive buttermilk sign that I fell in love with. The sign was actually in the store for sale, but every time I walked by it, I felt compelled to keep I did!
The room is now bright and cheery and I have all my favorite yellow ware bowls, pewter plates, tins and dishes on display and within easy reach, all thanks to my clever husband who went along with my ideas, well most of them anyway.

American Cottage Antiques

Child's Glider Horse On Primitive Cupboard

I'll be picturing some of my favorite things from the house, so you can see my interest is primarily in Country Primitive Furniture. The old red painted cupboard came home with me many years ago from an Auction house in Vista, Calif., sad to say the Auctioneer passed away some years ago, great guy and always had interesting and quality items for sale.

The child's glider horse was a gift from my husband, it's one of my prized possessions, as you can imagine.