Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New Treasures and Creations!

 OK friends... I have not been under a rock.  Just busy with my latest adventures, projects, treasure finds and more.  Ready for to an update? 

A while back I found 5 crystal bobeches in an antique shop in Watertown, TN for $2 each.  I bought a light fixture recently that I thought I might dress up for my dining room.  Unfortunately, I dropped one of the bobeches when I was adding the crystals so I can't use them for the light fixture!  (sad face...)

I decided to use them on crystal candleholders.  Beautiful!

A linen table runner

Do you know what this is?

I found it in a thrift store in the mountains.

It's got little snaps that you pull together to make it stand up.

Mom told me that it would be used for serving pastries.  Very cool.  Of course, I'd assume that with the first use, it would be stained.  Right?  Unless you are serving fat free pastry?  And WHY would we want that?    

I found this basket in Blowing Rock, NC and fell in love with it.  

I found this welcome embroidery piece in a thrift shop.    I think it is probably something mass produced because I've seen several of these.  I like it anyway!

This is one of my recent paintings.  Something a bit different but fun.
Not an idealistic setting for  a photo but I had to show you my find today!    I spotted four of these chairs at a thrift shop for $3.99 a piece.  I knew they were Mid Century Modern but had no idea what they may be worth until I got back to my office and looked them up.  Four that are very similar are selling for over $2400.  My sweet husband ran back to the store and picked them up for me.  I'm not sure what they are worth but I'm betting it's more the $16.  We'll see!

I think they are teak.  The finish is in fair condition.  The seats have been recovered.
I love vintage linens and linens with handwork.  I found this sheet today.  It will look great turned down on a bed.
I couldn't resist this Chaps comforter.  I found two silk pillows with trim that match perfectly.
I found this stained (but not stained?) glass piece at a thrift store for half price - a whopping $14 - about 6 months ago.    I wasn't sure what I'd do with it but couldn't pass it up.  It's engraved with the artist's name and dated 1983.  
So... what do you think?  My dear friend, Lydia, shared some quilting fabric with me and I decided that it was perfect for my stained glass scene!

I love the batik fabric and the vibrant colors.

Snow on the mountain top.  With the temperatures in the 100's it was a nice thought!
I found this little (2-3" tall) crystal bud vase for  $1 at Goodwill.

Wilton cream and sugar... $2

My latest painting.  I can't decide if it needs more or not.  I have a tendency to keep going until I ruin a good painting.  It's  a peaceful scene I think so I guess I'm leaving it as is.  It's similar to my favorite painting I've done, Autumn Fire.
Autumn Fire
And finally... a photo I shot of a butterfly that was enjoying the flowers in the backyard while I was painting.  God... the master artist!
There's even more I haven't shown you.  I'll catch you up with more later!  If anyone knows an expert in Mid Century Modern furniture, I'd love to find out more about the chairs!

OH... My youngest heads to college this Friday.  I'm going to try not to embarrass him by having a total meltdown.  Prayers are appreciated!  

Thanks for stopping by!

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Evie said...

Looks like you got a lot of great finds!! As far as I'm aware, the linen piece you were wondering about is for serving buns and keeping them warm...I used to have one, but never remembered to use it!

Evie @ Brown Paper Packages

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

My goodness what great finds! I'm thinking that 'snap thing' is used for dinner rolls? Love the 'stained' glass window and that embroidered 'welcome' . . . well, love it all! Thanks for sharing your finds!

Kim from Maiden D'Shade said...

Great finds! I love the pastry server! Beautiful!