Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Button Swap partner, Must Love Junk!

I have to say, i was super excited to receive Susan from Must Love Junk as my swap partner this month. Why you ask? Because most of the stuff she has in her home, i want for myself, haha. Its true, every new post she puts up reveals some fascinating item that makes me think i gotta get me one of those.  Let me introduce you to her and some of the incredible finds she has acquired.

This is Susan and her husband Keith, they have been married for over 13 years. She owns a home decor shop with her mother. I find that really neat, its been the dream of Francine and I to start our own antique shop. She has an Etsy shop too that you all should check out. She is a self proclaimed decorating addict of everything vintage, farmhouse, rustic, etc. etc. No worries Susan, you are in good company here.
Now let me show you some of the amazing treasures that adorn her home. I LOVE the old industrial cart as a coffee table, i have wanted one for so long. I like the typewriter too.
This collection displayed on this wooden rack in her hallway is breathtaking, (p.s she has a good story that goes along with the rack). I love the feedsacks on the bottom and the old photos and frames above and everything in between. 
If you have been on her blog you have probably lingered enviously over this stack of suitcases. I dont know how she found so many when we had such trouble finding the three we have now. Whats your secret Susan?? 
This cabinet with the white ironstone is great. I especially like the vintage green seltzer bottles, alas i only have one myself and its blue, i still love it though.  Combined with the vintage box and column create a beautiful corner.  
Old camera's! I have a few myself, though they arent displayed together like this, and in such a cool cabinet. My favorite is the Brownie camera in the bottom right corner. I especially like old ones like that. 

I could literally go on and on. She has just about one of everything. Old letter racks, bird cages, bowling pins, antlers, she has got it all. Its dizzying really, you should all set aside a decent block of your day to check it out as i am sure once you see what i mean, you will be thrilled. 

But dont forget about little ol me either! I have yet to post about the day Francine and I had, she already posted about it on Ethereal plus what i love, entitled "Our Crazy Day". We both thought it would be nice for me to write my own version though, so check back for when i finally finish it. Thanks everyone!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Hidden Treasures

Hello everyone, i apologize for not posting in so long. I kind of feel like i'm letting people down or being lazy when i go for such a length of time without a new post. But alas i am here and i once again thank you for your patience and all your comments. 

Apparently i had been hiding some items given to me by my family that were actually pretty cool. They were all squirreled away in a box in our attic. Isn't it great to rediscover cool stuff you have? Its not that i didn't like it all, i just didn't appreciate it all as much as i do now. As i have matured so has my passion for things vintage and antique. 

This is an old Mallardtone Crow Call. It still retains the old box and original advertising pamphlet that came with it. I'm eager to try it outside and see if i can summon a murder of crows or something (though in actuality that would probably be pretty scary, haha).  
One of my favorite discoveries was this colorful tin bird windup toy. The key goes into the bottom of him and once it is wound up, he starts pecking up and down really fast and bouncing around. Its amusing to see, though our bird, Barlow, didnt find it quite so delightful. He promptly ran away from it...though we do sometimes call him a scaredy-bird cause he is frightened of just about anything.
You might recognize this from our Ethereal plus what i love blog. Its an antler i picked up with my grandfather when i was young. I think ive had it for 10-15 years, i cant remember exactly but its been awhile. Its now proudly displayed in this lovely vignette with a ceramic bird, old soda crate, rusty railroad spikes, and a few other things.  
This piece is probably the most sentimental to me. Its an old pocket watch passed down through my family. It was given to me from my grandparents, hanging in a domed glass case. I took it out to get a better picture. It belonged to, i believe, my great great grandfather, the man in the picture next to the watch. He purchased it around 1900, so its been around awhile. Its such a cool display piece, i love the old chain and pocket knife at the end. I definitely intend to keep it, there is enormous personal history attached and i couldnt give it up.
This last item is one Francine kind of claimed as her own she liked it so much. Its an old postal box, actually just the door to one. There is a thin copper shell attached to it to make a tiny box, another present from my grandparents. Its resting on her nightstand with an old compass, a crystal bird dish that holds her jewelry and a couple camera film containers.

Im glad i scrounged them up, it would have been a crime to keep them hidden. Hope everyone enjoys them, and check back soon, i have alot of catching up to do post-wise. Guess ill be pretty busy. Thanks for looking!

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