Thursday, September 27, 2018

September Thrift, Polish, Share

Welcome Fall - and - Cooler Temperatures

(yes there is a project at the end of the thrifted finds

A few finds in late September - Westmorland handed sugar, small globe in a brass base, Belleek Ireland vase with shells with pink trim, footed white comport and a vintage oval silver deposit dish.

A few cobs of Indian Corn in the orange box with a Welcome Turkey for Thanksgiving decorations.

Just enough orange to remind us that Halloween is October's big theme in many posts - vintage school primer on an amber comport, two Russian stacking dolls and a candle lantern.

Some humour in the carved sailors and Don Harron writing "Jogfree Canada" as Charlie Farquharson,  plus brass bells.

Two well used lanterns, the centre one is a signal lantern. The outhouse  "Drop in Again" has the bench seat and a roll of tp (actually a short dowel) glued onto the bench.

Next up: Pumpkin Project

Picked up a fish shape that has Cedar Wine Holder Made on Vancouver Island stamped on the back (.25¢ in Thrift Store). After looking at it for awhile I could see a pumpkin.

I sketched a shape and pulled some chalk type paint from my cabinet, started with green.

I had a bit of orange left, some shades of green, a yellow, red and a black. I used two narrow paint brushes.

Added some dimension to the 'ground' (greens), the stem (red/black) and the rounded pumpkin (orange/yellow/red) with a green leaf. Used a piece of copper wire for the vines.

Back view of 'fish shape' cedar piece.

Hung the 'pumpkin' on a nail.

Here is the before/after.

It was a bit of fun to paint a pumpkin on a fish shape.

I may try that again.


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  1. I love the little wooden box. All the orange is pretty and would look great with this season's colors.

  2. Great finds. I also just picked up a Belleek vase, I never knew there was such a variety of them. Love the pumpkin fish!

  3. Love all your finds and the groovy pumpkin you painted too.

  4. Fun stuff ... creative pumpkin, good job ... Happy Fall.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  5. I love that you transformed this into a creative! Thanks for sharing on Friday Frenzy!

  6. Everything is beautiful Joy. Thank you for the heartfelt comment on my blog. You are just so lovely.

  7. We are lucky to have three large thrift stores and a few smaller ones in our small town. I always find a treasure when I visit. - Margy

  8. Fab collection of treasured finds, the pumpkin is fabulous what a transformation you certainly have a great talent for upcycling!

  9. Great finds! You did a wonderful job on the fish pumpkin! Well done! Have a fun filled week.

  10. Fun finds Joy, and what a clever idea to turn the cutting board into a fish. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. :D Love the way you turned a something fishy into a pumpkin Joy and that little outhouse sounds so cute. What a clever idea to use a cut off dowel as toilet paper.

  12. I love that pumpkin you created! Thanks for sharing on To Grandma's House We Go!

  13. It certainly looks as if your Fall is off to a wonderful start.


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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