Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pots, pots, and more pots. I think I have an addiction.

     Okay, I am going to show you my pot I can't resist a pot with great bones and that can lead to look like I am a hoarder of pots. Here is some of my ladies with great bones, but ohhhh, the colors are not so pretty, well, just not in my color scheme anyway.

I will be painting them to look old and match with my color decor.

This pot is about the size of a gallon of milk with the word vanilla indented on the front.
 What I don't like about it is the painted flower on the front of the pot. Salvation Army find $3.00

This large beauty has nice big double handles that curl under at the top.
 Again great bones just not a fan of the floral  pattern. Garage sale find $4.00.

I think that this was a hand thrown clay pot. You can tell by the finger marks on the side of it. Nice shape and spout.
 Kind of reminds me of Demi Moore in Ghost where she sits and molds a clay pot. I paid a $1.00 for it at a garage sale.

Another pot with a great shape. This pot has wire and metal grape leaves wrapped around it. $1.00 at a garage sale.

Actually I might not paint this one. It looks like wood, but I am not sure. I paid .25cents at a garage sale.

Last one of my pots that I want to paint is this white one with a rope design. Another .25 cent find at a garage sale.
  Well, what do you think of my pots? Which ones or one do you like and what color would you paint them?
Let me know and tell me if you have ever painted pots before. Thank You for looking. Humble Abode

Friday, January 11, 2013

I am KEEPING the French cabinet. Yaaa.

  I bought this cabinet for $10.00 and painted it with the intent to sale it, but I decided to keep it instead. Take a look at my prior post on it. I wish I could take better pictures of it because my pictures don't do it justice at all.

This is the real color of the cabinet.

Before dull tired old wood stain, but great bones. Thank you grand-girl for showing the size.
        This was a fun piece to work on especially because the paint and stain worked well together. 
                                                     Thank you for looking.
                                                                                Humble Abode

Sunday, December 30, 2012

French style cabinet sell or keep this????

  Sell or keep that is the question for this lovely cabinet. I found on CL and bought it for $10.00... I thought it was a great buy for the price. This is the cabinet before I painted it French antique. [ my color that I mixed up] It was an old radio cabinet that is solid wood. She was in need of a major make over.

This is my grand girl standing next to the cabinet so you can see how tall it is. It is 3 foot tall.

I love these handles...the details are beautiful. I left on the handles when I painted it for an aged look.
         After three coats of paint I lightly distressed it and then applied the stain for an aged look.

          I stained the wood and handles with Minwax dark espresso stain. Doing a section at a time using a rag and wiping off with a clean rag after just a minuet. Leave on longer if you want a darker look to your wood.
I am painting the inside a white wash of the same paint that I used for the outside only using one coat.

                                                      Here she is finished and looking pretty.

                                   This is the actual color of this cabinet. Love these handles.

 So sell or keep? I don't usually keep furniture I buy for a redo and sell item, but this one I have a need for like in my bathroom.

Thank you for looking Humble Abode

Friday, December 21, 2012

Antique cloches decorated for Christmas

  This is my mother's antique cloches jar. I am not sure of the age, but it looks very old. There is air bubbles in the glass from the bottom to the top of the jar. The knob looks like it was made separate The knob has been cut across on the top of it when it was made. I am not an expert on cloches, but I know old when I see it. The glass is clear and not colored from being used outside.
    I am not sure where my mom got it from she is 97 yrs old and is not able to tell me. I wish that I would of asked her many years ago when she was able to remember things. I just didn't think about this jar when I was younger and the age of it at the time. So many questions that I would ask her now IF ONLY I COULD. What she tells me now is "you kids be good and I love you". This cracks me up. I am 60. She had six kids and she was a great mom with lots of patience. But, she still wants us to be good. I am laughing out loud with tears in my eyes as I write this. I wish the pictures were better ,but I can't seem to get my lighting right on my pics. Enjoy the pictures.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My Christmas tree is a fake, this is a first for me.

         This year I thought I might try out a fake Christmas tree. My husband wanted a real one like we always have had, but then I got a deal on one that I couldn't resist. I was out and stopped in for a peek at the American Cancer Society thrift store last week. There were so many people there I asked one of the clerks what was going on and she said we are having a 50 percent off store wide sale. Yaaa.

    I walked around and bumped into a long large box sitting on the ground. The writing on the box said 7 and a half foot Christmas tree. The picture of the tree looked really nice and full...but, what was the tree really like inside of the box. One of the clerks opened up the box for me and to my amazement this tree looked new if ever used. I looked at the price and it was $30.00. Wait, did she say 50 percent off store wide? Did this mean the fake tree to? Yep. I got it for $15.00. I am in love with this tree just like the picture on the box it is nice and full. Here is the tree decorated. What do you think?

 Here is the best part about a fake tree
1]You can bend the branches in the direction that you need them to. Can't do that with a real one.
2]They don't need to be watered.
3]You don't need a tree holder.
4]The needles don't fall out.

Here is the bad part about a fake tree.
1]They don't have that nice pine smell.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Absent way to long/getting my sister's things.

    Absent way to long, but I am back. Life sometimes throws you unexpected curves when you think what else could go wrong. Last year was a major over load for me. Anyone of these life curves would not of been so hard to handle, but there were way to many. I am not going to write about them, but only to say I am blessed that none of them were a divorce or a death in the family. When it is your adult children that need your undivided give it. I have kept up with reading blog posts just not posting myself.

   Now, for what my brother in law gave me that belonged to my sister who passed away. Read prior post [This is going to be hard.] for more information on my last post on my sister's things. After six years from when my sister died I was given her things from her husband. I am very grateful for all that he gave me. Below is what I was given.

  Here is an antique French console table that was my sister's for a long time. The color looks black, but it really has a dark patina. Sorry for the bad pictures.

                             The details on the front of  the table. Below is the legs of the table.


My sister used this table for pictures of the family under a long window. I am using it for my desk in my office/ foofoo room. I love touching it knowing her hands touched it.

Here is the most comfortable rocker ever that was my sister's. Rocking in it gives me comfort and peace.

He also gave me some of her costume jewelry. Rings, necklaces, broaches, clip on earrings, cameos, and chains.

This is a tiny little beaded purse that was hers. Is it not sweet. I collect vintage beaded purses. So this was special.

Dark grey beads.

Gold and amber cameo.

Some of her pearls.

A pearl broch

A close up of the tiny little gold beaded sweet.

A crystal beaded necklace.

Her antique bed. This in my guess room and it will be done in French blue.

This is the details in the head board.

He gave me the best gift of all ...her bible. Well, what do you think? I think I was well blessed to receive so many of her things.
Thank you for looking at my Humble Abode

Friday, August 12, 2011

Going to get some of my Sister's things tomorrow, this is going to be hard!!!

My sister Nancy passed away six years ago this October after three years with liver decease (she needed a transplant). I know what your thinking she drank...that could not be further from the truth. This women didn't drink, unless you want to count having a cup of tea. The doctors couldn't find a reason for her liver to just stop functioning. My brother in law was so strong during her illness and I thank God for him. When she first passed away he asked me if I wanted any of her things, but I wasn't ready for them just yet so, I told him not know, maybe later. So here it is LATER. He is getting married again and I'm okay with that. My sister would not want him to be lonely.  Now, I need to go over to his house and pick up some of her things. I haven't been over there for some time now. He pulled away from the family shortly after her death, and I think we were to much of a reminder for him to handle. So, I emailed him that I wanted some of  her things and he emailed back to come over tomorrow and pick them up. This is going to be a really hard day for the both of us. I look a lot like my sister only I'm seven years younger. We were the best of friends. She was my confidant and the wiser one of us. I miss having a cup of tea, and the great conversations we shared together. Sorry that this is so sad of a post, but I need  prayers for closure. What do I ask for, what do I want, and what will he let me have? These are the questions that are going around in my head. Did I mention that his wife to be her name is NANCY soooo strange !!! This bothered me the most. Well, this is longer than I wanted to write, but I'm starting to feel a little bit better now. My eyes are telling me that I'm out of tears for now. Has anyone gone through this with a sister that has passed away, and what did you do about her things? Let me know. I found a sister poem that fits my sister. A sister smiles when one tells one's stories - for she knows where the decorations has been added. Don't you just love that? The tears have stopped now and I'm going to make me a cup of tea. Call your sisters today and tell them that you love them. Here is a funny thing that my sister did to me a long time ago. I had two lamp shades that really needed to be replaced and Nancy kept telling me to replace them or she was going to take them down and stomp on them and make me replace them nag,nag,nag. Finally I bought new ones and as I laid the old ones down on the floor she gave me a funny little smile and started to stomp the heck out of them. Nancy, said " now they look better". lol with tears in my eyes Thanks for reading my post. Cindy