Friday, July 4, 2014

Collections and A Big Salute On The 4th!


I didn’t manage to put out any 4th décor this year, except for some flags out front, so I thought I’d share a piece that lends itself in a sort of Patriotic way, if you will. One of my favorite things to collect are old clocks – the small vintage metal alarm clocks with awesome faces, worn chipped paint and interesting graphics.  This little one caught my eye as it has the word SALUTE on it.  It was made by the Ingraham clock company in the 1930’s.  Though I’ve sold many of my little clocks, I have kept my favorites and am always looking for more.   This one is propped up on a few of my antique Bibles, another collection I will have to share someday.

Below are a few of my Scottie collections.  Two boot scrapers sit in a primitive child’s wagon with funky unmatched wheels.  Though a bit odd, I thought the wagon would be cute to hold flowers – or, like now, the boot scrapers.  It looks as though the Scots are ready for a ride. 

Hanging on the wall is a sampler that I stitched years ago and framed it in a Victorian wood criss-cross frame.  The little barn house to the right of the wagon was a recent find from a friend’s sale.  It was a one of those purchases that was meant to be put out for sale in the store. Howwwwwevvvvvvverrrrrrr….. When I brought it home, I sat it on the green bench and thought it looked pretty cute there.  It looks similar to the house in the sampler, minus a few windows.  So there the primitive little handmade birdhouse – farmhouse whatchamacallit sits.  And there it shall sit until I tire of it.  Maybe never.  I collect old houses, too.  Another post, another day…..

Below the small green bench sits a Texaco “Look and Listen” Scottie doorstop and a cast metal Scottie figurine that was a gift from my friend Wave.  She also gave me the little blue lunch box with frolicking Scotties on it.  We both are owned by Scotties, so she always has her eye out for those vintage pieces featuring our favorite breed.

Lastly, below the large green bench rests a stack of my brown plaid metal picnic hampers.  I have a fondness for these pieces!  They are great for storage, too.


Wishing everyone a safe and Happy 4th

Next post I will share the funky cabinet redo.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Magpie Antiques & All Things Inspiring

I thought I’d share some photos that I snapped (with my iPhone) while at the Magpie Antique store the other day.  In the past I have shared about this wonderful little store – a place to find vintage and antique items to feather your nest.  Magpie is located in Ripon, California – a sweet little farming town located in Central California, right off of Highway 99.  Janet Dyk (prounounced like bike) is the proprietor of the store, which has now been open for a year and a half.  

There is a little bit of something for everyone – even the guys.  From ephemera, old postcards, linens, milk glass, metal signs, farmhouse and prairie style primitives, furniture, metal toys, elegant French décor, religious items, hutches, tables, garden accessories, old books, bird cages, Pyrex, crock mixing bowls, galvanized items, old typewriters…etc, etc.

Enjoy the virtual tour!  More information for Magpie will be at the bottom of this post.  Hope that you will stop by sometime!


Magpie Antiques & All Things Inspiring
140 S. Walnut
Ripon, California
(209) 599-4545
Store hours:  M-Sat 10AM – 5:30PM

Going either north or southbound Highway 99, take the MAIN Street RIPON exit.  The store is located on the west side of the freeway.  Turn RIGHT on STOCKTON Street and LEFT on FIRST Street.  The fire department will be on the right side and a bike shop on the left corner.  Magpie is up the street on the right side.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Adding Some Patriotic Touches

4th girl

Last week I took a walk through the antique mall that I sell at and, with my phone, snapped some photos of Patriotic themed items that are available to purchase.  The 4th is soon approaching and I’ve yet to do much patriotic decor at home, except to pull out my favorite silk souvenir pillow with a flag on it.

The photo below is a section in my space.  If that General Paint sign doesn’t sell, then I am seriously thinking of bringing him home.  He is so cool!  Made of wood, it is an old store display from (I believe) the 1930’s. 

paint sign

Having a few flags sitting around is great, but I like the idea of wrapping a dress form in an old flag, like below.


Use a flag as a backdrop in a cabinet or use as a table runner …


 ..or string buntings over a window or along a porch.

Andy space

The tin can with stars is a fun rustic piece.  How cool would this be with a candle burning inside?  The stars would certainly pop.

star can

Today I will be working on my cabinet and pulling the buntings out to hang on our front porch.  For supper, stuffed bell peppers with ground turkey, chopped green chilis and cheese filling. 

Have to get busy now…

Till next time….