Archive | April, 2009

Finally, some photos. Thanks, Easter Bunny!

12 Apr

Colored eggs, ready to be hidden:

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Tea-stained eggs at home in their unfinished nest of lace:

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My favorite compote . . . sold!

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Every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man:

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I’ll be the finest lady in the Easter parade

12 Apr

It’s easy to make that claim when the SD card reader has bit the dust and there are no photographs to prove otherwise!  Our eggs are colored and ready for hiding.  Basket goodies need to be left on the table for the boys, but I need to wait until they’ve gone to bed.  Seems we’re all night owls tonight.  I’m lucky that my 12 year old wanted to color eggs this year.  We skipped last year because no one was really interested, and I was a bit sad.  Today my older son’s girlfriend joined us for the tradition.  We did things a little differently this year.  Instead of using the tablets — all that was left yesterday was Hannah Montana — we used plain old food coloring.  Well . . . it was NEON colors.  Since the kids are older, they were able to mix the colors they wanted.  We ended up heavy on sea tones, but I do think these are the brightest eggs we’ve ever done.  We had some rubberband stripes and some interesting designs drawn with the white crayon.  When all of the eggs were colored, we attempted for the first time to blow out a few for tea staining.  A couple that were man-handled ended up down the drain, but I did manage to successfully blow out four eggs, and my son’s girlfriend emptied the fifth one.  I added some vinegar to the boiling tea, and the stain turned out beautiful.  I’ve been painting a basket to use as a big “nest,” which I’ll fill with tulle, old tea-stained lace, a baby shoe and the eggs.  I think it’ll be great in the garden area I have planned when I expand my space May 1!  I may even blow out and stain some more eggs to go in the basket on an old bike that I plan to fill with shredded sheet music.  Projects, projects, projects!  Oh, how I love them.  Have a sweet Easter!

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Blog Clog or Abandonment?

7 Apr

I can’t decide.  I’ve been so busy over the last couple of weeks.  But who hasn’t?  Am I already blog clogged?  The problems started when my computer SD card reader stopped working.  So I haven’t been able to upload any photos.  I can’t find the wires to hook my camera directly to the computer, so I decided to blog sans photos before I’m charged with abandonment and found guilty!  It’s been a wild and wacky world lately, and the junking’s been good.  Two trips to Warrenton = two van loads of fantastic finds!  I’ll try to load photos eventually.  Saturday was the final official day at Warrenton, and because of all the wild weather and near hurricane-force winds, lots of dealers were starting to pack up Saturday.  I felt like the rug was being pulled out from under me as I wondered from field to field.  I ended up with some lovely items at a fraction of the original cost.  I bought a LOT of pillows — 12 maybe? — made from vintage quilts and chenille spreads.  When I move into my new space May1, I’ll have lots of pretties to top the bed I’m planning to construct.  I also came upon a lot of wooden theatre seats in groups of three.  I bought three sets for $5 each!  Wow.  She was originally asking $35/set.  I found a shabby ladder for $10 that was made to display all those watering cans I picked up at auction a few weeks ago.  One of my favorite vendors, The Pink Elephant, is going out of business.  She’s been dealing antiques for 30 years and has spent many nights in a tent during the Warrenton shows.  I think the weather this time did her in.  I’ll miss her and her wonderful southern accent and charm as much as I’ll miss all the shabby stuff she always carts to Warrenton.  She let things go for a song Saturday, so I came home with a shabby French cuisine restaurant sign, a little shabby table, a pink trellis, and some shabby garden smalls.  One of the strangest things I bought had to have been a collection (you knew I couldn’t just buy one!) of dog show ribbons.  The man I purchased them from had bought out an estate from a woman who had show dogs.  He even had the dog bowls, leash and training whistle.  All the ribbons I bought were from the 60s.  I can’t wait to display them, though I won’t be making a quilt out of them, which he suggested I do.  He also sold me a Victrola horn, which is perfectly shaped like a witch hat!  Until Halloween, I think I’ll put a light kit in it and use it as a chandelier — also his suggestion, and I’m taking that one!  He set us up with 15% off coupons for the fall show which will begin September 17!  I’ll be there unless it’s a 100 degree week.  If you’ve never been to Warrenton, you owe it to yourself to make the trek.  You’re surrounded by stuff you love, inspired by the most creative souls on the planet, and shopping with your soulmates.  What could be better?  Whew . . . I feel like I’ve swallowed drano and cleared the clog.  Now I’m off to school to pick up my son.  I’ll post pics as soon as the camera situation is resolved.