Here’s What We Bought on Our Antiquing Adventures in Berkeley

 Actually, this is just a part of what I bought…

This little display stand is what I was most excited about.  Judging from the labels on it (patchouli, maddipal, citronella, sandal, musk, jasmine, etc) I’m assuming it was made for incense sticks.  But I think it’ll be great for displaying my bracelets!

Also bought a straw hat to decorate for when I work at RWAP.  After last week when I got sunburned at the parking lot sale I think I need a wider brim!

 The clear plastic bottles  in the photo above and these little goodies came from a Japanese dollar store.  I’ll show you later what we’re doing with the plastic bottles.  I needed jute to tie up my monster tomato plants (not yet on my neighbor’s side of the fence, but close) and I love the Japanese craft tapes!

 I also love the Japanese/French labeling.  I think these roses may go on the straw hat.

These old microfiche boxes came from the East Bay Reuse Depot.  I guess the library doesn’t need microfiche copies of the New York Times anymore.  It was filled with the individual boxes that I’ll be reusing to ship my jewelry orders from Etsy.

Lauren found another frog for me.

And lots of little bits for jewelry!  Great embossed wrapping paper from the Japanese store.  And a lovely old reindeer that wanted to come home with me.  We found it in the scary out building at the antique shop I mentioned yesterday.  I brought it up to the lady at the front.  At first she told me $1.00.  Then she said, “Oh, it’s got a broken leg.  You can have it for 50… oh, you can just have it.  I’ll catch you next time.”  A little superglue and he’ll be as good as new.
And it’s all on our new dining table!  I’ll have to take a picture of that for you, too.  It’s decorated right now for our Canada Day party.

Ballard… but Cheaper!

I discovered Ballard Designs last year and really like their decorating ideas.  But NOT their prices.

I saw these antique silverware molds a few months ago.  Of course I like them, ’cause they’re grungy.  And Jo says my style isn’t “shabby chic”, it’s “grungy chic.”

But I didn’t like the $49 price tag.  I found a tutorial online that shows how to make them but it looked like a lot of trouble — and very messy.

 So I couldn’t believe it a few weeks later when I walked into Goodwill and found these.  Not exactly the same thing, but these have little hooks on them, too!  And Jo needed a place to hang all her measuring cups & spoons so they’re close by whenever she wants to make cookies for us! 
Guess what I paid for them?….
$3.99!

I didn’t copy this from Ballard.  It’s just a little reminder that this weekend is the Room With a Past sale!

Thursday, 5/19, 6-9 pm
Friday, 5/20, 9 am – 4 pm
Saturday, 5/21, 9 am – 4 pm
Sunday, 5/22, 10 am – 4 pm

1557 Third Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA

$5.00 Corner Table Makeover

I’ve been meaning to share this project for  while.  We’ve had this table for a couple of years.   It’s from our  favorite thrift store for only $5.00 and has been in our upstairs hall since then.  I change out the things on it for each season.  Here’s what it looked like when we bought it:

And here’s what it looks like now:

All it took was one can of black spray paint!  I’ve been using spray paint a lot lately.  I wanted to share more, but I keep forgetting to take before pictures!  I’ll have to go buy some more things to paint.  Which reminds me… this weekend is the Martinez Peddler’s Faire!  I’m linking to Frugal Friday.

Things You Can Do With A Frog

I’ve liked flower frogs for as long as I can remember.  I’ve collected quite a few and use them around the house but not very often for what they’re actually meant for — arranging flowers.  I was reminded of these again Sunday while I was shopping during Glenn’s bike ride.  The antique shop owner was using a glass flower frog to instead of a cup to corral her pens.  I do this on my desk.

I found several frogs in her shop.  When I brought them up she pulled a few more out from under the counter.  She hadn’t even priced them yet but offered them to me, too.  Of course, I took them.  These have been selling really well in my booth at Room With A Past (aka, “The Room”).   And I’ve already showed you how I use this frog to organize my jewelry supplies:
Here are a few other ways you can use frogs:  Scripture reminders…
…memorizing vocabulary words…

… displaying photos…

…. or displaying jewelry…

… do you use flower frogs in creative ways?  Add a link to your blog below.  Oh, and if you’d like to learn more about flower frogs, look at this website.

Tiny Talk Tuesday (A Little Late) & What I Bought at the Thrift Store

I forgot to blog yesterday and I had some really good things to share.  I found these glasses at a thrift store yesterday.  Do they look familiar to anyone else?  This is what I remember my grandmother’s (Mattie Beth’s) glasses looking like.  Am I remembering correctly?  Here’s a close up.  I thought I remembered those little circles… I always liked lining up my fingers in the circles.

ADDED NOTE:  Yes, they’re like frosted or etched leaves & grapes. I remember hers being much more worn than these. I couldn’t believe I found these. I’ve never seen any like them anywhere. Are these some of the dishes she got free for buying something else? Seems like I remember her telling us she got some of her dishes that way.

On Sunday I took Margie to church then we came home, ate, and opened Mother’s Day gifts.  After she opened everything she said, “This is the best birthday I’ve ever had!”