Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thrift Store Find Repurposed

Yesterday was my birthday and my husband asked what I wanted to do for my birthday. My idea of a fun day is visiting thrift stores and antique boutiques so that is what we spent the day doing.  We made our usual rounds to  most of the local thrift stores, sometimes I get lucky other times not so eventful, however, I managed to find a few things such as, vintage laces and a couple hand crocheted doilies, a heart shaped pillow and an old “portable bar” black leather box.  The inside was covered in a hideous, burgandy velvet paper. The glass decanter was missing the only items still intact was a bottle opener and a martini stirrer. My husband said what on earth do you want with that ugly thing.  I said, “ I don’t see it that way I see it for what it can be.  Of course, again I failed to take a before photo as I was over anxious to work on my newly found treasure.  I couldn’t wait to get dinner under way so I could begin working on the restoration.  I first removed all the velvet paper and made a pattern for the new cloth lining and painted the outer box with “Annie Sloan” Old White paint.  This is a miracle paint,I painted it right over the old black leather surface.  It took three coats of paint, then I lightly sanded it so some of the black leather would show through for a distressed look.  I still have to find a stencil for the outside front,  I am not sure as of yet what I want to put on it therefore, it won’t be 100% complete until I stencil or stamp the front.  I lined the inside with fabric left over from other projects.  It is Paris themed fabric with lots of script designs on the fabric.


Special Finds:  Heart shaped pillow, roll of vintage lace, old pillow case with lace edging (I was going to take the lace off -which is what I usually do, however after bleaching it, the pillow case had no spots on it so I decided to keep it and use it), (2) lace doilies, and some miscellaneous laces.  

Below is the black leather (suitcase style –  portable bar box) that I refurbished.




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Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving Day 2013

I am thankful for many blessings that God has graciously bestowed on our family. Our daughter, Tina and her family live in Virginia and it is especially hard during the holiday season to be away from them, but we look forward to the coming year when we will be able to visit them in the early part of summer for our oldest grand-daughter, Kaitlynn’s graduation from Dental Hygienist School.  Our second oldest granddaughter, Amber, was able to come visit her father and her sister and of course her papa and nana during the Thanksgiving break from her college. We miss them all terribly so we treasure these special times we are together.  I managed to snap a few photos of my son’s two oldest daughters on Thanksgiving, also my daughter sent a couple photos of to share with us on Thanksgiving Day this was especially nice as we were unable to visit this year.


Our daughter, Tina with daughters Kaitlynn and Madison Thanksgiving 2013



Our son, Robby with his girls Amber and Megan Thanksgiving 2013


Me with Megan on left Amber on right

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Thanksgiving day 2013:

This photo was taken in my scrapbook room showing the girls some of the things I recently made while waiting on  family members to arrive to sit down to Thanksgiving dinner.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My Vintage Sewing Kit

I saw a cute Vintage sewing kit on Pinterest that gave me the inspiration to create a sewing kit to co-ordinate with my newly refurbished train case.  I used scraps of the fabrics from that project. I still have to put a button or snap closure on the front lower edge. 



The bottom has a pocket to hold small spools of thread and buttons.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Vintage Train Case

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My vintage train case

A while back I purchased an old vintage train case at a yard sale.  I paid $5.00 for the case.  I had always admired my friend June’s train case that she had refurbished several years ago and wanted to do one for myself.  I definitely will be on the lookout for more bargain buys at local thrift stores and yard sales for more cases.  I had a lot of fun doing this project.  I certainly found this a challenge, however, I learned a lot with this one hopefully it will be easier next time, lol!!!

These are few of my before and after photos.   I know some of the photos may seem repetitious, however, I tried to show before and after views at different angles. I will post more of the finished views as I didn’t take as many photos during the process of restoring the train case.  I  was happy that the original mirror was still intact.  The mirror has some wear, but that just gives it character.


Yard Sale Purchase vintage train case “Lady Baltimore”


Phase I: 

painted with Valspar Satin “Thistle Field”


Phase II:

painted over Valspar Satin paint with Annie Sloan “Old White”

I wiped with wet soft cloth as I went along to give it the shabby chic look.



Phase III:

I lined the inside with vintage print roses pink and cream fabric purchased from

Hobby Lobby, trimmed edges with satin picot edge ribbon.



Different views of finished case showing off vintage laces.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Friends and Sharing

My friend Paula, shared laces and pearls with me.  I was overwhelmed at the amount of pearls and lace she shared with me.  We had so much fun dividing and untangling a huge amount of lace and pearls. I wished I had taken more photos.  My granddaughter managed to snap this  photo.  I appreciate my friend so much not just for what she shares materialistic, but the support for so many things in my life, she is caring, unselfish, go the extra mile for you friend and so much, much,  more.  I  have so much fun when we get the opportunity  to get together to create, or just hang out.


I am holding pearls and saying mine all mine!!!!!!!



I wish I had taken photos of the huge amount of lace before I put it all away.


Photo of some laces flowers I have made

Friday, November 8, 2013

Vintage Handmade Flowers

I have been having fun creating these shabby chic/vintage style handmade flowers.  I used lots of scraps using some of my vintage laces, muslin, satin and crocheted doilies and vintage style buttons and flat back pearls for flower centers.  
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Fabric and Lace Pockets Wall-hanging

As of late, I have seen many different styles of vintage wall-hangings on You Tube and Pinterest.  I pondered this idea around in my mind for several months and gathered countless supplies before I sat down and played with them all and this is what I came up with.  I just wish I had more wall space to create more of them.  I have been so inspired with all the examples from one particular site I have saved it to my favorites and follow her site on Pinterest.  I believe the name is Another one of my favorite blogs is:

I enjoy repurposing old vintage lace doilies and laces and fabrics. 



Sunday, October 20, 2013

Marty’s Book of Lace

I had seen on YouTube several tutorials on making a book of laces, one was ribbon holder, however, knowing my feel and love for vintage laces, I wanted to make a book to hold some of my vintage lace.  These are just a few of my laces that I will probably never use, mostly hoard.  I wanted a way to display them so I set out to make my take on this idea.  This book was a lot of fun to make.  I didn’t have a pattern just created it as I went along.  I don’t really have dimensions just whatever worked is what I did.

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