Monday, November 16, 2009

More pictures, less prattle

Yes friends, it's me again...back with more pictures from my browsing this past weekend. I don't usually post so many non art shots, but this was such an interesting shop that I just must share them with you. I'll try not to gab so much in between shots, so here goes.

Since Christmas is just around the corner, I just have to post these cute displays...

I just love the painted mantle in the room where this wonderland is displayed...

Look at the floor in this next shot. I love old houses and although this is probably a faux finished floor, it looks so worn and homey...

How many of you have hubbies or loved ones that would think this is a room full of junk and put it in the dumpster. Imagine if we had saved everything that we love, where would we live?

Another cute idea for a tree...

Check out the ornaments, they are hand painted with the names of our local schools and colleges. If you are a decorative painter, this might be a project for you. Here is a closer version...

Back when I was working, I had a special friend that I went all out for each year, usually making her an ornament. One year I beaded one, and one year I used these same type of blank ornaments and made some pretty spectacular ones, another year I passed on some vintage glass ornaments from the family of a Belgium friend. We no longer put up a tree, so I'm not as into ornies as before, but I still use them in decorating our mantle, (which is above our television) combining them with white twinkle lights for a festive way to watch all our favorite holiday shows.

Oh yay! we've wound our way around to another shabby chic booth and look at this kerosene heater. Is that not the cutest thing? I love it...

Here you can see that it really is me taking these pictures. Perhaps this serious look on my face is concern for my hand that seems to be dangling lifelessly from my wrist. Isn't that funny? I guess I was concentrating on taking the picture and not on being my usual cute self. Anyway check out this dresser...

I love the look of this. Don't tell me the value of a piece has been compromised by painting it. I don't want to hear that. I love this. (click on the picture and look at the sign placed above the top of the mirror).

And last, but certainly not least, check out this desk...

You see that one armed monstrosity tucked back in this display? Did you ever sit in one of these in school? I went to school in a small town and I sat in these in grade school and high school. I think they are so cool. There were even left handed ones. I think that they still use modern versions of these bad boys, but look at the construction of this vintage desk. There is no wonder we love furniture and toys from our past. They pass the test of time.

Well, that's all of my mercantile photos. Hope you liked the last leg of the tour. On the art front, I have been doing some pen and ink portraits (believe me, I use that word loosely) while I watch the tv at night. So I will soon be posting them.

In the meantime, my DH is preparing for a big dental appointment Friday. He will be having three dental implants done. This usually requires a pill the night before the appointment and a pill one hour before his appointment, so he is going to be a bit loopy when we get there. He has a great dentist and will do just fine, I'm sure. Still, think about us Friday morning.

Have a great week and stay safe and happy.


Nezzy said...

Thanks for taking us with you. I love shops filled with goodies like these. Not a place to take hubbies. I used desks like that in high school. Gee, I'm an antique! Heeehehee!

Have yourself one great day!!!

suze said...

Thanks for the shopping trip. I had a great time and didn't spend a dime!
We always try to go to Occoquan,VA when we are home for the holidays. Lots of fun little shops...much better than any mall. You would love it. Perhaps you've been there?
Good luck to your DH. I was going to have that done but chickened out.

Tina said...

That's just the kind of place I could get lost in. Thanks for showing it.

Amy Sullivan said...

~Do you buy anything?~
~I spotted something that I own in your last picture~
The ~plaid,round cooler~sitting in front of the groovy desk~
mine belonged to my Granny~& is in perfect condition~I have lots of wonderful memory's of that cooler~going to family reunions~picnics~
And now I use it~xxx~amy~

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I'll be thinking of y'all.
I loved the tour! And I will never scold you about painting over wood furniture. Painted furniture is my favorite!

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

OH MY!! These pics are fabulous!!!!
I could live in there!! Thankfully, I have brought my hubs over to the "cluttered" side. Although he was kickin' and screamin' at the time. Actually he still does kick and scream when he trips over somethin' I have in the way. :> )
I LOVE that desk!
We did have them but not it wood. They were those early 70's plastic veener ones that were all connected. Talk about a hazard! I guess what didn't kill us made us stronger. :> ) Thanks for sharin' these with us!!

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Hi Susan, Thanks for stopping by my blog! Ohhhh... I love places like this, and I think the more "junk" in the place...all the better! Maybe that gives you an idea of my own piles of collections... yikes! I love that desk! xx Vicki

jean benabou said...

Thanks for all of your wonderful comments on my blog!

Wow! What great photos. yes, it looks really cluttered but really warm and inviting too!
I would like a lot of those elements in my own home.
Really lovely!

Artgalcrafts said...

Hi Susan here I am again going shopping wwith you.
What a great time you had.
some lovely things there. Anything interests us doesnt it.
see you soon