Friday, September 18, 2015

Finally Beginning Happy Fall!

Beginning Fall on the Front Porch

Good Morning, it's finally FALL!

Slowly I have been starting to do Fall as temperatures have finally gone down in Chicagoland. Yesterday was spent in the garden, pulling up done plants, 
and trying to find our pumpkins and squashes. 
Not the best year--all my pumpkins are very small,
except for two FairyTales (one in a tree) which are not even a bit orange yet.

So last June, I found this NEW great greenhouse garden frame for $4.00 at a craft store discount aisle,  I showed it in an early post here: Somethings Old….
 I thought this would be great for a REDO vignette for Fall, with the rich rust coloring on the metal.

I wanted to use different things this year on the refurbished porch, 
I thought this would be a great addition for cool Fall nights, an OLD kerosene lantern.
Here is a closeup of my Grandfather's watchman's lantern cleaned up from an early post:

I confess the garden-shed frame was tucked away behind the settee on the porch all summer. The porch was a mess, undergoing new railings and stairs---with NEW 'out of stock' materials since May---holding up the whole show for almost six months--that's a YELP story for another day.

Still not 100% done, the porch is ready to style a bit and use now.
 We bought the larger pumpkin at the local grocery store, as ours were too small. 
The gourds are from years past; dried and left natural grown in our own, GREEN, garden. 
 Everytime I walk by, I fiddle with the gourds, and occasionally 
find a walnut stored in there by one of our local squirrels.
Do they really think the corner of the stairs and my Fall vignette is a hiding place?
 I did spray the gourds with some Johnson's Wax-Pledge when they were fully dry to enhance the color and seal in the dustiness of the gourds.

Here's our Zinnia's--oops we found out they were Sunflowers in July. I picked one of the dried blossoms and used it for the 'GREEN' element in the front.
Another sprig of smaller sunflowers was put in the back. 
Adding a few pinecones and that is pretty much it. 
I'm sure this will change when my Fall bins are delivered by hubby, from upstairs in the garage.

The craft wood Scarecrow was from a painting project I taught at Michael's back in the 1990's. I taught free-hand painting without patterns---back then, which was out of the norm. 
Somewhere I have a photo  of 14 of these all painted differently by the students.
This scarecrow is a favorite of the Grandbaby as the arms move up and down. He has long since lost his "Pumpkins for Sale" wired sign. My gosh, he is OLD and vintage now.

A straw hay bale waits over in the corner with the houseplants, for a pumpkin or two or three--
they are really small!
The pensive angel tile was a NEW rescue from 'HomeGoods' two seasons back.

The one plant that was very happy outside this summer was my Rosemary--I'm wondering where on earth I am going to keep it in the house this winter. It smells so good.

Here's a  view of the entire seating area--with a lightweight throw REDO
 for those cool nights-perfect color for the porch from GoodWill-$2. 
I added smaller mums in the summer planter box.
 Granpa's OLD lantern and a stoneware candle pot from my potter days, probably from the 1980s finish off the table top. A REDO antique crate serves as a table between the chairs. 

So Finally---beginning Happy FALL

from my front porch to yours.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Junkin' Finds with a touch of *Fall*

Fall leaves sprinkled on 5 Libbey OLD Fashioned glasses-1960s 

These have gold and some GREEN sprinkled on them. Haven't seen this pattern before. 
They have the cursive L on the bottom, definitely Libbey.

GREEN Depression glass oval bowl, perfect.

I will have to research this---identifying OLD depression patterns can be tedious, but I will...or maybe make a present with these, below.


 GREEN, These two small wines have leavesy on the also and are unusual, marked Glen, Colorado.
 Gilding is still almost perfect, these will be a gift for a friend.  
A small pocket mirror, unmarked silverplate or sterling, will go on Grandma's dresser for the Grandbaby to look at herself in.
 Going to have to polish hard on this one, but perfect for little hands.

 Notice the tablecloth, 90" round hopsacking, rusty red, NEW never been used...$2 and a keeper for  my huge kitchen table.

The compass is unusual, almost looks to be OLD celluloid, totally unmarked will have to do an 
item search on this. The type style makes me think at least as OLD as the 1950s, perhaps much older.


 Two really nice NEW faux artichokes. Look to never have been used, perfect for Fall decor.

I confess to a horrible addiction to OLD tins. Any kind of tin, especially the British ones. 
This is sweet, not in perfect condition, bits of rust on the knob...I don't care, 25 cents.

Super deal of the day! 

Two frames with triple mattes around vintage prints. 

Will save these for my bedroom REDO. Oh...10cents each...honest-ta-goodness!


 Nice bunch of OLD silverplate, simply marked Community.

8 Soup spoons but only 2 teaspoons...12 knives, 12 forks, 8 salads, and a few serving pieces. I may use this to supplement my silver and then try to find the teaspoons.  ONLY $5.00

 Cute OLD silver tray on feet. Small with some brass showing through--or is it GOLD, lol.

 Early in the week, I bought a Vintage Barbie Horsie, all by itself.

Sunday, I found the blanket, curry comb, brushes, riding hat, spats, sponge brush, buckets, pitchfork 
and SADDLE. Also a Few clothes and accessories for Barbie/Ken. Huge bag of goodies--50cents.
I have been collecting furniture and parts for a NEW Barbie Dollhouse 
we are going to make for Christmas.
Now we have to add a stable....golly!

 Very cute Christmas bird cage---in a wall bag from Savers this week.

But will be perfect for the Barbie House! 
Barbie, of course will have excellent, OLD< NEW<GREEN< REDO taste!

I loved this, Botannical print all the way around, and some light gold here and there. 

I may REDO and antique this up a bit more...
Love the fact it is wide but not deep. 
Will end up next to my chair. (I thought when I bought it, would be a container for florals, 
but it's really just too practical and pretty).

OLD Garden Globe in Clay. 

 I love architectural details, so I will find a place for this somewhere in the yard. 
It's quite big and heavy, but needs some mold on it. 
Buttermilk sprayed on it a few times, and it will age and be GREEN in no time. 

It was fun getting out in the junkin' world, been stuck at home way too much this summer. 
And Fall garage sales are always great---sellers are motivated, 
to get their garages clean for winter here in Chicagoland.

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