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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Decorating with Vintage, and an old fashioned July weekend to remember.

Stick with this very long post with alot of pics, and you will arrive at the Decorating with Vintage Part 3. I would love if any of you have some recent creations made with vintage to post them on my flickr group, link on side bar and here     Also, I am linked up here to http://romantichome.blogspot.com/  Show and Tell Linky Party, April 2010

A July Weekend filled with All American Fun!
 Another weekend filled with old fashioned fun midwest style. Sandusky is a 45 minute drive from our hometown of Cleveland. It is a town frozen in the past, though many of the beautiful buildings are vacant, there are still busy weekends festivals and fairs. This weekend, we took a quick trip to our boat, to enjoy a little Cedar Point, and lots of heat and sun. Driving through the center of town, we always happen on to some kind of event. This was an old fashioned type of gathering, classic cars, and all through the town park, were 40 plus Carousel Pipe Organs, large and small. Click the play button to hear one man's Organ Grinder Box, the kind you used to see in towns with a little monkey begging for money.

 Some of these cars were real beauties, just enjoy a little  montage..

 And at the same time the Carousel Pipe Organ "convention" was in full swing across from the Carousel Museum, located in an old bank building.  Small crowds stopped to enjoy the music, some broke out in couples dance, jitterbugging to the music.  Smiles all around, despite the heat and humidity. This organ was made in the Netherlands, I should have shot closer, it was so intricate.

 And how many towns have a working flower clock, with the date that actually changes each day?
An exhibiter, with a Organ Grinder, that he dutifully cranked.
I have a short clip, I am attempting to upload to YouTube, stop back to see if I got it here.

And after 24 hours of R&R, I was off to Westlake to sell my wares at their Historical Antiques Fair with my good friend Crystal, who has a thriving upholstery business. She actually reupholstered the chair she is standing next to, (pic below) during the day enduring 90 degree heat, all the while selling recycled upholstery fabrics, 39 boxes of them! Sadly not all of it sold! We each sold 40 dollars worth of stuff, that we in turn used to purchase stuff we really wanted! One lady had beautiful yard art, made of stacking different vases and bowls, to make bird baths. Another lady had depression glass glued in layers to simulate flowers. I bought the latter, see below.

You can see I have a booth within her booth, for The4Rs.  I have a new rack I purchased at my last fair, so I had more vertical space for my "Powels". And I recycled more clothing into pillows and cell phone holders.

 Here is a pic of my newly purchased yard art, my favorite medium, depression glass with an accent piece. This flower will look good long after my garden returns to seed.

Bella our dog continues to enjoy the water, and her best friend...

And another searing sunset, from our vacation spot back porch.
Decorating with Vintage Crochet and Textiles (part 3)
Of course tradition reigns with using doilies and needlework to decorate your home.  Stitching onto a pillow or framing are good ways to make use of handiwork. The intricate lacy quality of my Grandma B's crocheting shows nicely on a dark navy background.  My cross stitch sampler I created was found in my mother's little box of stuff she saved from us kids.  This was signed by me, age 9.  It was brittle, but I made it into a pillow I point to with pride!

The blue flower basket linen piece below was part of a set of drapery panels I found at a thrift store that never made into curtains.  The design was probably prepainted in blue, and then the needlework was set around it, mostly crewel work in a white cotton.  I made 2 pillows for backs of chairs with it, and I have a long rectangle that matches it that would have been the valance.   One of my favorite quilt motifs is Grandmothers Garden pattern.  This full size quilt has been gracing an ugly table for quite some time.  I hide stuff underneath, and the quilt's muted colors in pink, blue, red and yellow is cheerful and ties my great room together.  Many of the patches are plaid which I think lends a slightly masculine tone to my mostly flowery decorating.  Yes my hubby is a saint, as he let me display my ever increasing collection throughout the house.

This pillow was started as a rug.  Remember Rugpoint, circa 1980? as a new way to needlepoint with fabric strips?  I designed this cat, (we had one named Audrey when we were newlywed.) The cat is holding a tulip in it's mouth as a nod to my heritage. This piece also ended up as a pillow.  Since I have long window seats flanking my entertainment center, I have plenty of room to absorb the overflow of pillows that get used as napping spots for animals and humans!

And another repurposed needlework put to use, such as this simple mesh backpack, purchased at Office Max a few years back. Here you see my fav backpack with an unfinished needlepoint chair cover that was waiting for its chance to see the light of day. I adore the rose motif, so around 5 years ago, I wanted to add an outside pocket to my mesh backpack, and I simply sewed a pocket of the needlepoint piece, backing it with velour, and attached it on 3 sides with sturdy thread and buttons to anchor it to the bag. Vintage buttons of course...I keep my keys and cell phone in that outside pocket that is secured at the top with velcro.  And of course a doily graces a plether and linen bag I made and sold in my etsy shop a while back.  I love to show off doilies as I run around town dragging all of my prized possessions!

Next post, I will share with you how I turned a linen dress and man's linen shirt into two coordinating pillows...
Love to see what you are making, I am thinking of trying a link party, anyone interested in participating, can you comment below? 

1 comment:

A Few Pennies said...

Loved your posting. That old pink car is a hoot! I would love that! Lots of nice vintage items--I'm really ready for warm weather and flea-markets. Have a great weekend. Patty

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