I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, March 30, 2012

New Treasures in My Shop

Hi everyone! Remember I said my quilts weren't all I did these semi-winter days since New Years?

All those tiny flea market treasures, carefully gathered last summer at the markets...

....finally are made into wonderfully unique things to wear!
Trademark, one of a kind necklaces, amulets, and lockets.
Chic, upcycled patina'ed anti-bling...

Each piece is unique, each tells a story---your story...
I am very pleased! There's a couple I almost saved for myelf...but, you know, I can share!

*romantic blue locket, c.1900

*lavender glass prism/ drop and key

*sand dollar, wish charm, seaglass bead, key...

*vinatge heart locket and key

*upcycled glass vial filled with beach dreams: "I LOve The Beach"---wonderful bridesmaids' gifts, for beach weddings?

*prism. key. patina.

*rare sunshine golden prism:

and, oddly, yes oddly----an oddities box! More on my tiny "Cabinet of Curiousities " in a future post!

Here is  my shop ---free shipping for all blog friends, of course.



               gone to the beach!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

No Flea Market!?

Where's the flea market!? It usually begins on the last Sunday of March...so off I went despite the coldest grey ugly weather of the winter and nasty drizzling rain. Nope, not a booth or dealer in sight. Sooo..since I was right there, I stopped in the thrift shop.

The thrift shop has been a fun alternative this winter. Probably was just as good or better ''stuff''and takes much less effort to wander thru its well-lit warm aisles.
Recent treasures:
Wonderful early 1800s[c.1840?] English Staffordshire large dish! 4.oo  with the weekend markdown!

yes a chip, who cares!

White ironstone bowl..2.99.

Cute little crate for my seaglass bottles I sell on etsy...

Lovely hand-woven Swedish "Danish Modern" table cloth, brand new, vintage...in my colors!

Wonderful periwinkle blue [bad ohoto colors] India print placemats and napkins, for summer deck dinners...

Sweet Easter grass..a quarter! and a neat old heart box....

to paint white and cover with seashells?

A large sham of some sort. I will cut it in half long-ways and remake it into a table runner....

An ugly fabric, below, but I loved the birds! Very bleached or over-dyed indigo blue, it will be beautiful!

Various garments, all beautiful linen to repurpose as my lavender hearts:

I can't wait to get started on all these projects! My etsy shop will soon be filled with wonderful Cape Cod lavender hearts and seaglass...and shells...and...



gone to the beach....


self portrait with spring equinox full moon

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spring Cleaning

Last weekend I was in a cleaning frenzy! I admit it! Not so much ''spring cleaning'' really, as getting all my winter to-do list things done before spring officially arrived. If I don't set myself deadlines I don't get much done, do you do that?
I was telling a friend about my chores: we had to laugh, it was almost silly. I think I got 4 hours of sleep all weekend!

Here's the list, pat me on the back! Washed, de-sanded stairs in entry hall; painted the risers, waxed the treads,

washed the rug, dusted the cupola,

re-did the bench [got rid of the messy dried hydrangeas! Put turquoise and baby blue silk instead]. I love the various old blue paints.

Washed the walls everywhere, painted touch ups, washed, bleached and painted all the woodwork, especially the windowsills. Washed the windows, of course. Bleached the bathrooms, washed all the area rugs. Dusted and lemon oiled everything. Even washed all the tchochkas, like the ships in bottles.

And made slowcooker corned beef. (Kosher deli, here I come! What a waste of time & grocery money...)...OMG I was exhausted.
So to reward myself I filled the house with flowers...


More tulips!

more tulips and ranunculas


second growth of paperwhites!

Silk lavender---

even pussywillow branches for the front steps...

ah...spring. who needs it!? I need a vacation!



gone to the beach...