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Thursday, September 20, 2012

My latest finds and what I have been up to

 Hi guys! Long time no write! I have been buuusy! I have been hunting and gathering to restock my booths and Etsy shops and also busy making things. The above harvest table is my favorite find of maybe the year! We went to what was advertised as an estate sale last weekend but when we pulled up it screamed "yard sale". Not that there is anything wrong with yard sales, it is just that to me, a yard sale people are getting rid of things they don't want and at an estate sale they are getting rid of evvvvvverything. We decided what the hey..lets go look. In the garage under 30 Dollar Store items from the 90s was THIS table. I asked the lady "Is the table for sale?" She said "Well eventually" I asked what that meant and she said she wanted to sell the stuff off the top first. I asked her how much and she said TEN DOLLARS. I about hyperventilated. I gave her the money and told her we would be back in a few hours.We continued estate sale-ing and I worried she would resell it or change her mind before we got back. We stopped and got $13 worth of bungee cords and strapped that baby on the roof of our Dodge Caravan! I looove this and it is the perfect size..would seat 6 easily..not too narrow or too long and is the right height. I would like to keep it but as with most things I will probably part ways with it at our next show! (Boo!)
 These are some fab 20s 30s 40s quilt squares I bought.
 Fab cheerful pillow sweet!
 An amazing Grandma's Flower Garden quilt top...
 I made these kitchen towels from vintage feedsack that had already been cut up and some vintage pom pom fringe..cutesie tootsie!
 I collected these vintage wire whisks one by one until I had a group of 3. I love their sculptural look!
 Some cool enamelware photo developing trays...I had so many more things that already went on EBay or to my booth uptown!
 The next few are a few of the necklaces I made from pieces parts from my vintage hoard..erm.. stash.
 Rusty keys, chandelier bits and a pearly bead..
 Oops..repeat. This has a vintage brass escutcheon keyhole with fab patina and vintage glass beads and is one of my favs.
This one has a new bead and an older verdigris key..yummy! I have a lot more that I will be listing in the next few days in my husband has been cracking the whip..which is perfectly fine with me, some days I need a cattle prod! He actually does not push hard, just keeps me on track or I would be at the table making things for days and never listing them! I hope you all are having a spectacular September and the weather is as beautiful as it is here (but with less ragweed!) Til next time! Julia

Thursday, September 6, 2012

My favorite manicure

Hi guys! I am under the weather tonight with allergies..I think ragweed is peaking! I have taken 2 Benadryl today and a glass of muscadine wine tonight so I should be out like a light shortly! This is just a short post about my fav manicure..Bugles! When I was little and we got a box (bags now) of Bugles, my sisters and I always made "witchy nails"! I think Bugles have shrunk a fingers have not grown THAT much...have they? I always see all the manicure pics on "the Pinterest" so I thought I would share mine! I do love pretty nails, but as I work with my hands a LOT, I seldom paint my fingernails and have never had a professional manicure! I am too embarrassed about the general state of my fingers and the thought of someone else handling my hands and feet creeps me out a bit! My toes ALWAYS sport a coat of nail pretty little secret! They are currently a glittery copper orange but have been many shades of pink,coral, red, blue and purple. My nails are always kept short as if they get any length they "bug" me. Also the chance of having 10 all the same length is pretty much nil! Some have some odd bumps and they tend to peel  or break at the corners...maybe because I use them as tools all day! I think painted long nails are pretty, but I never want to see them on my waitress or especially my nurse or doctor! I think the germ culture from under any given long nail would be scary! When I was little I would look at my mom's generally unpainted nails (she would use clear or pale pink polish every once in awhile) and snottily think, "My hands are NEVER going to look like THAT!" Now I glance down and see my mom's hands at the ends of my wrists! But that is OK. I know they are creative hands and busy hands and loving hands..busy wiping little noses and behinds, creating things for my store, making meals and giving hugs and that is a fine trade off for me!