Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Junkin' Finds: Early December 2016

I have to be honest, I have spent more time thrift-storing and junkin' the last week in November and this week, than I have spent blogging or decorating for the holidays.  
And, I confess, stuff wanders in-and gets, used immediately or buried (HID), 
so this isn't all of it. 


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The biggest find for me, was this primitive Christmas tree with the ten pounds of faulty lights on it. It took over 3 hours to take (cut) the old lights off. We aren't hosting Christmas this year, and I'm looking to keeping our decor a bit more simple than our normal tree with a gazillion ornaments. 

This is a primitive---tree, with lots of open space for ornaments and I paid only $9.99. 
I plan on utilizing old toys, ornaments, and antique ornaments.  
Lurking behind there is a special treat I will share in my next post. 



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More Christmas found it's way into my waiting arms. I love vintage Christmas. 
A super plaid tin, probably over 20 years old. A biscuit tin, I plan on utilizing in the craft shop
 and an over 20 year old Santa tin, that had a baby Santa lurking inside. 
The Grand will love this.
 These were only 50 cents to $1.99.

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Little Miss Mousey ornament, with bling---it's adorable, only 99cents. 


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And another friend---all ready to brave the winter weather.

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Cute little face peeking out of her fur trimmed coat, with a muff to match. She was 99 cents.

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These were hunted up  by a friend for me, for a Barbie tree in the extra bedroom. These were a bit pricey---lol, only 1.99 each. Some are going on eBay for $15-20. 

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Now on to the real vintage/antiques. The enameled mold was purchased at an antique show for only $7.00. The silver fish mold (1.99) ---may go to a friend, or can always join all the other 'fish' i have about the house.


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This is the third piece of Upper Hanley in this pattern I have picked up this year.
 It's a gorgeous pattern named Victoria, from 1895-1900 


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I reallylove old porcelain, especially transfer ware pieces.


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This plate didn't even get washed and landed in the Corner Buffet in the kitchen. The white cabinet needed the extra pops of the red color.  Labeled, Royal semi-porcelain England, Florentine pattern, and only$2.99. The mark was pretty elusive to find, but I would place this late 1800's, even though it is in excellent condition. There is also a deep stamp into the clay--that is illegible.


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This is a Bing&Grondahl, Jubilee plate celebrating 75 years of Christmas plates from 1985. The pattern is originally from 1910. It is larger than the other plates and will go above my stove fan. My family were fishermen on my Grandfather's side in Northern Denmark town of Lokken. And this is reminiscent of paintings from that area.


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These are not Junkin' finds, but antique glass, family heirlooms from my Mother-in-law.  They were her Grandparent's glasses from probably the 1880-90's. They are heavy and gorgeous and I will have to do some research for the pattern, they have ribbing that is beaded up the sides. 

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I have been in search of cups to go with my 'crazy' teapot. This one, while not vintage was a buy at $6.99. Gold trimmed and funky paisley it goes well with the teapot. 

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You can see the teapot here in the china cabinet. It is hand painted/and gilded, the inside is enameled metal and holds the heat very well. I do need to find one more cup/saucer of a pattern that works with this pairing. 

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It is Royal Stanttari porcelain, purchased at Home Goods. 

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A super duper find is this huge very heavy urn in perfect condition. Some sort of heavy cast resin, this one isn't hollow and flimsy. I think it may have been a stand for a small tree, from the foam still  in it.


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I loved the critter handles and my goodness, it was $2.99---can you believe it. 

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A pretty unused beaded purse, soft grayed pink with jet and iridescent black beading, tag still on it.



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A tuxedo leather sofa for the Victorian Barbie house almost 20 years old.

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A purple chaise from the 1990's

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And a white chaise all for $1.99 each.

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The upstairs bedroom has become the living room, according to the Grand. Her favorite music box 
has become a table. At this point the Victorian Barbie House is being played with as is. 


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But like all homes----vintage or otherwise, 
the kitchen is the place to be. 
The Grand is now four, and has distinct ideas on how things should be.
Cake for breakfast in the Victorian Barbie House. 
Yes, that is Anna who has moved in with the other girls, and a weird puppy? 
Happy Junkin'! 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Kitchen REDO Done:Dining Area

Have you ever had a paintbrush in your hand as company came up the walk? 

I almost did.

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First coat on Monday before Thanksgiving.

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The BEFORE picture.

Our OLD dining area was the last of our farmhouse kitchen to be finished... 
we impatiently waited for the NEW wallpaper to arrive.

 The cabinet REDO took two coats of satin enamel in off-white to match the IKEA kitchen cabinets.

I had hemmed and hawed about painting the blue cabinet, it had been blue for so long. 
This was a furniture rescue from a second hand store in 1980's. 
It had been a store fixture and in a fire.
 I dragged it home and hubby rebuilt and sanded it down (all the burned finish) 
and it fit perfectly in that corner. 
The bottom has tons of storage for craft supplies, candles, serving pieces and vases. 

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My inspiration is shown above. Note, I did get my wallpaper at Sherwin-Williams, basically the only place to buy wallpaper within 15 miles, here in Chicagoland. REALLY?
I just couldn't do it online because of matching colors. 

We chose the red wallpaper for the lower walls and the ticking stripe for the bits of walls not covered in cupboards. We only needed to order a double roll of each.
 The stripes also have a creamy background to warm up all the white ceiling. 

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 I think the creamy background sets off the porcelain blue/whites nicely. 
Wednesday night before Thanksgiving I put up my plates. 
 I had to pick and choose from my huge family stash.
 These OLD plates date from the 1940's to the 2000's.
 I still have MANY to find places to hang. 
I had them sprinkled all over the soffits in the OLD kitchen.

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These plates are the oldest of my grandmother's and great-grandmother's. 
They are a mixture of Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grondahl Christmas plates-dating back to 1906. These are quite moody and simplistic in their design and portray the long Danish winters and the dreamy half-light a northern country is subject to during those months. Denmark, Land of the midnight sun, and endless night.

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Granny's bowls from this previous POST are now on top of the corner cabinet.
You can just see a glimpse of the lower walls with the red denim paper. When all the chairs are paint creamy white, I think it will show up more.

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It was terribly dreary day to get pictures, but I tried. 
I have to find some wonderful piece of vintage stitchery to put over that TV.  
I haven't put tons of stuff on the sidewalls by the cabinet. 
I'm trying to edit, but losing the soffits in the old kitchen 
has left me with totes brimming with plates, crocks, and tins.

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Its was was a different story when the NEW light was on in the cabinet. 

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We had one of the under cabinet lights left from the kitchen cabinets. 
This NEW stick light has a small switch and is LED. So far, it has been on all the time.
Love my hubby, he tubed all the cords, mounting them in the corner and they disappeared.

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My grandmother's OLD very OLD kitchen window sill people. 
I never asked her where they came from. 
They are all unmarked porcelain. 
My mom had them on her window sill for over 20 years.
 My sill is too narrow to house the, so they have been in the cabinet.
 The small people are a salt and pepper, the lady is a bell.
 Wooden shoes and pointed caps were also common in Denmark,
 though I think these are Dutch.

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I have used some OLD plates with more color. I think the cabinet will morph into being,
 and change seasonally. The OLD creamer and sugar are marked Japan, 1950's maybe.

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The turkeys kept sneaking in the pictures.
 Grandmother's coffeepot is filled with three generations of handmade wooden spoons. 
I have a few Spode plates in the cabinet, for the moment. 
The OLD vintage vase is signed Delft.

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 An OLD salt pot, and the top of my farmer's scale, is unmarked.
 I really do love the warmth of the stripes.

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The odd bit of wall by the pantry with the new wallpaper. It really sets off the NEW moldings.

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 Hubby put the stripes above the roaster shelves in the back hall.
 I really do need to REDO that wall.
The hole on the top shelf is because of the HUGE roaster is in the oven with the turkey.

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 So paint still curing, wallpaper still drying, family coming up the walk, taking the paintbrush out of my mouth, Turkey in the oven --and
we were ready, PHEW---for Thanksgiving.

I'm Thankful, we are done

with the Kitchen REDO remodeling project of 2016!


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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Christmas Past Projects and Fun

I've only been blogging for one Christmas season, but thought I would 
share a few of last years posts.

DIY Christmas Tree Shaped Topiary
We made an ivy topiary from a tomato cage. This year it has filled out so much, 
can't wait to put some fairy lights in it for the holidays.

Inside I shared some DIY cookie trays.
DIY Making Tiered Cookie Trays

Loving vintage I tried a NEW/OLD Christmas Tin Tree. 
This was great for hiding real sweets in over the holiday season.

Vintage Christmas Tins Tree


My family traditions and my inherited Copenhagen porcelain.

Christmas Traditions and Copenhagen Porcelain
My family traditions and the blue and white porcelain in my china cabinet.
Vintage Christmas Kitchen
Christmas in the old kitchen.  Goodness, I hung the Jule Nisse stitchery to hide the ugliness of the  beat up cabinets. How short is a year after a remodeling?



Vintage Christmas Kitchen
Christmas pig noshing down on acorns with vintage everywhere.

Vintage Christmas Kitchen
A child's apron, I was 8 to 10 when I received this from my aunts in Denmark.

Granny's Ornaments
I was on a hunt to replace wax ornaments of my grandmother's. Gurley wax ornaments.

Vintage DIY Terracotta Gingerbread Village

We toured my Christmas village made with terra-cotta houses, and vintage ones.

Wonderland Express at Botanic Gardens


Wonderland Express at the Botanic Gardens

We went on a tour of the Chicago Botanic Gardens and road the Wonderland Express.
DIY Barbie House moving in for Christmas

Decorating the DIY Barbie House for Christmas had to be the MOST fun!
Junkin Finds for the Front Porch


Decking out the front porch for the holidays just before the storm.

Cushions for the Front Porch
Vintage tablecloths into cushions
Junkin' Finds for the Front Porch

Making an arrangement for the holidays, focal point for the front porch.


Just in time, 
Mid-November 2015-a year ago---in Chicagoland, those are pumpkin lights, not Christmas lights! 

Better Watch OUT! 

Thanks always for visiting. 
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