Monthly Archives: March 2012

New Outdoor Lighting and Rummage Sale Finds

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With the warmer than normal Spring Hubby and I have been busy. This past Saturday morning we headed out to 2 church rummage sales. I did manage to find a few things to sell:

The 60’s aqua and pink fabric trims and the feed sack fabric will go on Etsy.

The coral fabric with the aqua and chartreuse atomic circles will be hard to give up, darn it!

The Skotch Kooler and candy tins will go in the shop.

The 60’s Christmas door hangers were added to the never ending boxes of vintage Christmas craft items that I will start working on in the fall:

I did find something that I cannot part with. I have been looking for some of these cute fish from for the bathroom. I remember these kinds of fish in our bathroom growing up. I think my Grandma had some too. I CANNOT believe I found this pair for 25 cents! This cute couple are now keeping watch behind the toilet in the main bath:

During this stretch of nice weather Hubby removed the newish white Colonial style light fixtures from outside the house and replaced them with more Mid Century Modern style fixtures. I don’t think they are too far off:

We purchased them on sale locally at a big home improvement store. I am going to sell the old ones on a remodeling forum on Facebook.

With this warm Spring we will be doing more outside.  We have plans to add mulch and some type of large planting to anchor the front corner of the house.

We have also purchased 4 matching mid century light fixtures for inside. They were  an Ebay find. 2 for the dark tunnel (the hallway), 1 for the office and 1 for the guest room.

Stay tuned!

Are we there yet?

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Patience is not one of my virtues. I tend to get frustrated if things are not going as quickly as I’d like. This obsession I now have with mid-century modern just makes me want to be completely done with the house  RIGHT NOW. And yet if that were the case,  I would not have so much fun hunting for treasures. Check out these things I have found recently.

These funky curtains for my kitchen were an eBay find. I paid $22  for the pair, which was a splurge. But they are so COOL! They have a little 60′ s French flair to them:

These aqua pottery pieces were $1 each and have sparkly gold flecks in them!

This cookbook, complete with a 1960’s ranch house on the cover, was also a $1 find. And it matches the kitchen!

I am pretty sure that Wilma Flintstone used a pitcher like this (a $1 estate sale find) to serve Rock Cola at barbecues with the Rubbles:

This spaceship looking food warmer was $6 at a thrift shop. It matches the other gold atomic looking serving pieces that my thrifty girlfriends gave me as gifts!

We found another black panther lamp  (a smaller version of one we had) for the living room. I brought home a fiberglass shade from the shop and it now sits across from its bigger brother on an end table.

Lastly is the round black metal shelf. I have many pieces that match it including magazine and plants stands and other knick knacks. It hangs in the kitchen looking a little empty. Guess I better get shopping!

Christmas on Croydon Place

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Yes I know it is March. And the fact that there is record heat and all of my tulips are bloomed should make me long for summer, right? But I don’t.  I dream of Christmas all year-long 🙂 I actually get some of my best vintage Christmas goodies at garage sales in the heat of July!

Our first Christmas here in the new house was not one for that “warm fuzzy” feeling.  In fact it was down right lonely. Our eldest son was out of the country working. It was the first time we had not been with him for Christmas. We had just moved in on December 10 (in the middle of a never-ending train of snowstorms that winter). Wouldn’t you know it;  Hubby works for the Highway Department. You can guess where he was most of that winter. In a big truck plowing and salting in 12 hour shifts.

There was not much time for decorating that Christmas.  I could not even find many of my decorations in all those boxes down the basement. Thankfully my nephew and his wife came to our rescue the day after we moved in and put up the tree and a few other things. We managed to hang a wreath on the porch.

Christmas Eve dawned cloudy and snowy. Hubby was on nights that week, so he had plowed all night and had to sleep all day.  He missed Christmas Eve church services, my big family gift exchange at my Moms, and Christmas day at his parents. We were able to sneak in Christmas breakfast with our youngest son and his wife between Hubby’s shower and bedtime. He plowed again all night Christmas night.

Christmas #2 was much better. Record warmth led to no snow and more time home for hubby. We strung lights outside and were able to get through all of those boxes, eliminating  much and then diving  headlong into mid-century Christmas madness. Out came the Christmas record albums framed in black. They were hung above the wrap around fireplace mantle.

In my office/sewing/craft room I found a small pink tree just before the big day. It had been marked down 75% and matched the room perfectly. I added vintage aqua and pink glass ornaments that I already had.

We have recently purchased  a 7 ft. Aluminum Pom Pom Christmas Tree on ebay that will be used next year in Hubby’s man cave. I already have a color wheel and rotating/musical stand, both picked up at garage sales. We sold our big 7 1/2 ft.  green tree that was used in the living room; not sure what will replace that one. Maybe another aluminum tree? Maybe a slim tree to fit next to the off center fireplace?

I picked up several boxes of mid century Christmas decor at a recent sale. You cannot see it, but in all that goodness is a Howard Holt Santa mug, dozens of Jewel Brite and Bradford atomic plastic ornaments, tinsel angels, cardboard candy containers, holiday pottery, unused Christmas kitchen towels (with aqua!),  a 60’s tablecloth with cotton fringe, atomic reindeer and enough trims and smalls to keep me crafting all year. I have a feeling some of this may not be sold but will stay right here!