July 31, 2012

Auction Deals

I attended my first real auction on Sunday.  It was the estate of Kirk Whipper (founder of the Canadian Canoe Museum).  Most of the items were canoe related and some were museum quality.  My niece is a real canoe enthusiast and she wanted to  attend.  She made a couple of nice purchases...

Her friend got a collapsible canoe in really rough shape for $10 but he's a cabinet maker so it'll be a project for him to refurbish it.

My purchases were a little different...

A lovely easel so I can take up painting.  All kitted out in a carrying box with the paint and brushes included for only $25...

And then for $20, I bought two cute enameled cast iron casseroles...

They are from Holland and the pattern is called "tulip"...

I'm so happy with the results of my first auction that I'm going to another on Monday...


July 28, 2012

For Brenda

Latest Item Added...

This is a cute hand-embroidered dresser scarf.  This size is 34 by 13 inches.  The price is $4 plus shipping.  There is not a flaw but the detail below shows where the edging is joined and there is some wear...

Let me know if you are interested or have any questions,  email me...

July 22, 2012

A Final Addition to July's Giveaway

This the final addition to July's Giveaway.  A cute coupon folder for your purse and 2 vintage clothes pins that you can use to hang your vintage tablecloth on the line ;)


July 21, 2012

A Little Help From My Friends

Coming Soon PayPal to make your shopping easier and secure.  If you are interested in an item below, email me and I'll hold it for you until I have PayPal set up this week.

 I am joining Elaine at Sunny Simple Life for her Sunday party.  Pop on over.

As the Beatles sang, we all need a little help from our friends every now and then.  I know a lot of members of the blogging community consider Brenda from Cozy Little House a good friend.  She is always so generous with her time and advice for fellow bloggers.

Recently Brenda had a bad fall that resulted in surgery and unanticipated medical bills.  She is going to be laid up for months but has her good friend, Judy there to support her.  I wanted to do something myself to help and unfortunately, I live too far away to be of any real service.

I was trying to come up with something I could do to help so I decided to sell some of my vintage finds and give the profit to Brenda to help defray her medical expenses.  I've asked for Brenda's blessing and she has given her permission for the enterprise.  Brenda was hesitant but I encouraged her to accept help.  We all need some help some times and I know how supportive the blogging community is.  She's been very generous to a lot of us with her time and she needs to let us give back.

So this is how it works.  I will periodically be posting items for sale.  There will be a button at the top right that you can click on to bring you back to this post to check for new items.  For example,

These rolling pins are $8 each or $15 for the pair.  The red handled one is 17 inches long and 1 3/4 inches in diameter. The other one used to have a green handle, traces of paint remain.  It is 18 1/2 inches long and 2 1/2 inches in diameter.  This one is unique in that each handle is different.  

All items will be vintage pieces I have picked up.  They may also be "upcycled".  I will recover my actual cost and send the balance to Brenda.  So for example, if I purchased an item for $4 and am selling it for $10.  Brenda will get $6.  If I upcycle an item, the cost of the materials only (no labour) will be deducted from the selling price and the rest sent to Brenda.  Contact me by e-mail if you are interested in an item and I will determine the shipping cost based on where you live.  A cheque or money order needs to be mailed to me for the price plus shipping.  As I don't have a business, I can't accept credit cards, Paypal, etc.  Once I receive payment, I will then send the item to you.  If you are unhappy with the purchase after you receive it,  return it within 2 weeks and I will refund the purchase price  (shipping costs will be the responsibility of the purchaser).  Any questions etc, please feel free to e-mail.  


New Additions

This pair of vintage cotton pillowcases are for sale for $10.  They are beautiful and when I bought them, they had never been used or laundered.  They are now freshly washed and ironed.  White pillowcases with a pink banding and a double line of pink scalloped embroidery.

This lovely ironstone platter is a new addition for sale.  The white background is edged in a raised forest green and gold detail.  Price is $10 and size is 12 3/4 by 9 1/4 inches.  This same platter is listed on Ebay for  $40.  It was made T & R Boote England.  It is from the Waterloo Potteries and the pattern name is Lugano.  It's beautiful and in good shape, no chips, cracks or visible crazing.  There are the usual knife marks on a piece of this age.  E-mail if  you are interested.

This dresser scarf is for sale.  It is hand-embroidered and 34 by 13 inches.  Sale price is $4 plus shipping cost.  If you have questions or are interested inn purchasing this item, e-mail me...

July 19, 2012

Escaping Day Lilies

I feel so bad when I see this.  My poor day lily overwhelmed by weeds and swamped by a burning bush that hasn't been trimmed since last year.  It been so hot that I haven't been doing any work in the garden. The flowers were extremely lucky if they got water once a day.  This poor little one is trying to escape through the fence.  Today was cooler so I'll see if I can some weeding tomorrow...

Help Me Help Me!!


July 17, 2012

Fireking Mug Added to July Giveaway

I am adding one of my cherished pieces of Jadeite to July's giveaway.  I know a lot of people collect this now (that darn Martha Stewart made it so popular - really she's my all-time home guru) so I hope it finds a happy new home.



Tonight I thought I'd show you some of my recent thrifting finds...

This great little cabinet will get a new paint colour and new knobs.  It would make a great end table, a display hutch on a bigger table or a hanging cabinet.  What colour will it be??  Well that depends on what I find for the knobs but it will be for sale.

This lovely little dresser scarf is hand embroidered.  I wonder if it was a young girl's embroidery project that rested proudly on her dresser for years.

A couple of boxes of canning jars - mostly Crown.  Now what am I going to do with these?? Hmmm...

A couple are green glass so I know that those are definitely mine!

A heavy silver serving bowl and 2 old rolling pins.  The one with red handles is thinner than any I've seen before.  The other one used to have apple green handles.  You can still see slight traces of the paint.  It is very odd.  Two different types of handles - intentional or a repair...All will be for sale too.

Finally I got this cute little wooden basket with a lid and a handle.  It will definitely be painted and maybe a graphic or stencil on top.  And again, this will be for sale.  Details later...


July 15, 2012

July Giveaway

There are 2 items in the giveaway this month...

This lovely tablecloth...

and these hand made buttons from a local potter.

A new addition...

To enter once, leave a comment on either blog in July.  To enter twice, become a follower of either blog.


New Towels

The only thing I like better than new linens are vintage ones but when it comes to towels, I like them brand new and freshly laundered.  I felt I needed a treat last week and my bathrooms needed a pick me up.

soft and fluffy

bright and colourful

Today I'm linking up to Elaine at Sunny Simple Sunday.  It is her 1000th post and each and every one is great so please visit her!


July 12, 2012

Dry as a Bone

My garden is dry as a bone and I've been neglecting it terribly...

Some plants seem to thrive on neglect...

Others are native and so require no care...

The prettiest things in my garden right now aren't even alive...