Thursday, July 21, 2016

July Thrifted Finds

July finds are very eclectic. 

My favourite was the outdoor decoration - a very weathered Thunderbird. I sealed the surface with MMS Tough Coat

There has been some travelling to favourite out of town thrift stores this month as well as a lot of cleaning, researching, fixing some items and tagging.

I love finding vintage kitchenware, I find that many shoppers are looking for pieces that they can use, especially Pyrex kitchen bowls and fridge dishes.

Found a Corning Ware Wildflower Casserole and Teapot plus the larger  Cornflower Teapot and Casserole at a well arranged, organized and family run estate sale. 

Same sale, found a few more kitchen pieces.

Love finding vintage china and ornaments, the pieces below were all from different sales.

Could not let these pieces of copper stay in the Thrift Shop.

Garden, enamelware, log hooks and an old style laundry plungers and a well used green tool box. 

The Mickey Mouse Smash Ball paddles added some surprise and colour.

I have been enjoying Instagram and often add a few finds there.

I love this Price Bros. group of Cottageware, never knew they made a large pitcher/jug and a large bowl.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Driftwood, Shells, Stencils and Furniture Waltzing

DGS and his Dad (DS) drove out to the ferry terminal beach and brought back pieces of driftwood (DGS's great idea).

When a great idea happens usually a stencilling post follows and ...

You can check here for my tutorial 'stencilling individual letters'.

Stencilling on a curved surface was a little different. I stencilled each part of each letter, carefully holding that section of my plastic template flat, and then moving on to the next part of the same letter, repeat until each letter was complete.

 Adding clear wax felt a bit risky so I tried out hemp oil, clear wax, dark wax over clear wax on a small piece of driftwood before I chose the clear wax finish. 

I decided to use only clear wax and applied it with a brush. It darkened the driftwood (wax on left, unwaxed right).

The wood colour changed, darkened a bit and the Heirloom Fusion blue letters appeared brighter. You can see how the B and the e letters are curved right to the edge of the driftwood.

I added a shoelace to one Beach sign and decided that the colour wasn't bright enough, so I re-stencilled it with CeCe Caldwell Santa Fe Turquoise. Better.

Also did a bit of addition to the Sand Driftwood - adding 3 shells and single push on/add a short nail hook

and I added a single push on/add a short nail hook on the back of this one as well.

I've enjoyed my short break from blogging. Went on two day trips to visit favourite out of town thrift stores, another afternoon to explore another town's thrift stores. DGS visited his Nani and Papi for several days, one dog went with him, Peaches (seen below) stayed with us and had a bit of a holiday too. 

DH and I added and subtracted furniture around the house. That made for a great deal of hauling contents and furniture and then deciding on the best place for each (of hundreds) item.

We added a new to our home Victorian Bay Front Mahogany Dresser to the living room. Good storage.

The kitchen received the pie safe (that was in the living room) and became a pot, cookbook and misc. cupboard. The shelves from the kitchen moved to a bedroom and are now full of books and records. 

New to us garage sale find of two unfinished pine 5 shelf shelves were added, one in the living room (now full of books and collectibles) and one to the small workshop (now filled with battery operated tools and tool stuff). 

Waltzing furniture. Not finished yet.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

End of June Little Bits

Back to painting and stencilling soon. Check out a few earlier posts on stencilling and painting. Thank you Linda.

School is out, kids are home, routines need serious readjustment, its hot and everyone just wants to sleep in and then do what they want to do.

Me too.

Doesn't work that way in real life. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, garden work, getting those groceries, going/taking others to appointments carry on. So does all the other work that is part of life.

I am thinking that a blogging break would be a good thing so I am going to try it out for a little while.

Back soon.

Hugs Friends.

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