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A Little Vintage Decor (ok, maybe alot)

In Collecting, Decorating with vintage and antiques, Radios, Reinventing/Recycling on March 21, 2014 at 11:15 am
A sneak peek on our family room wall

A sneak peek on our family room wall

I really should express my apologizes for being so absent this past year.  However, my life has been adventurous!  I feel bad for neglecting you all, but heck, I was having quite the fun with my family and my business.  I will my friends, make it up to you by posting some of my adventures and projects that kept us so busy for about a year. From sending my amazing son to Europe for three weeks (yes, I had to stay home), a train trip across the United States for a 90th family birthday party, running estate sales, and many, many restoration projects we were VERY busy! Phew, I’m tired already thinking of last year!  I’ll start with this little fun project.  Simply, because this was for our home, not a client. Yeah!

I acquired four crates from a client who no longer wanted them.  She had used them in the bottom of her closets for shoe storage.  I put them up for sale first in her estate sale. I had secretly hoped that I could acquire them if no one saw the potential in them as I did.  I’ll tell you what, I never dreamed that they would be on my wall 6 months later.  I stacked them on top of each other at the sale displaying lots of fun knick knacks.  I gave the imagination nowhere to wander other than to their own images of things they could use them for.  It was a no brainer for antique booth renters!  Alas, they were unpurchased and our client bestowed them upon us!  Woohoo!  I ironically used two at our antique booth and we anchored them onto the wall just like in this photo.  Shelves please! It wasn’t until like I said, 6 months later that I started having images of doing the same on our own wall at home.

We haven’t been in this home long.  Every single room including the basement has to be painted.  I like color, and for god sake, cream is not enough color for me.  Painting was another time-consuming event during 2013 and I’m still not done.  I got half of my vaulted angular family room ceiling painted as high as I could go.  In the photo it may look like that dreadful cream I was referring to, but believe me it’s NOT.  The designer from Sherman Williams did suggest that this room be lighter than the rest of the rooms and I love the choice of Windsor Greige.  My father had begun to take pity on us and came to save the day, finishing the painting with a VERY big ladder.  Alas!  My decorating ideas that I had been harboring could soar!  I first started with my father in-laws Air Force sketches of all the planes he rode in during his flight surgeon days.  Glorious!  They’ve been packed away for so many years and now we can enjoy them everyday and think of Dr. Jack.  Not to mention they match that propeller that I posted a way back that’s on the opposite wall.  I found a 1950′s classroom map of the Pacific Ocean at our Michigan State Surplus Center. That was a score at $30!  That left an empty space to the right.  I learned well from my mother.  One must fill it up! Hang something!  Her famous quote is “Shelves are the answer!” She says it with conviction.  Very Kramer like with her hands waving in the air.

Crates before amber shellac and after

Crates before amber shellac and after

A little history on these crates.  They are stamped Barden Bros.  Upon a little research I found that they were used to house apples from the Barden Brothers Orchards.  Girl scouts, church youth groups, etc. had the opportunity to sell crates of apples for fundraising dollars.  My client apparently had purchased many apples over the years and put those crates to good use! Of course when I went back to research the history again to link their webpage, I couldn’t find it anywhere.  I didn’t think I imagined this theory, but heck, that was over 6 months ago. Anyway, I decided to use amber shellac on the crates to give them some “umph”.  I am a big fan of Zinnser products by the way.  See the difference?  Wow factor in minutes.

My empty space to the right

My empty space to the right

My youngest son says that when he grows up he is going to still live with mom and Mike.  He plans to work in our shop downstairs and be a ‘builder’  like us.  God, I do love that child.  I put him to work learning from the best.  Mike had him drill the pilot holes then tap the anchors into the wall. (by the way – my husband is simply not allowed to hang anything in our home without me approving it. It is actually a rule.)

My precious little helper

My precious little helper

Taa Daa!

Taa Daa!

Every time something creative happens in my home I just feel like I’m floating amongst the clouds.  It truly pleases me so.  Mike promptly vacuumed up the dry wall dust (another lesson learned on his part).  Then he left.  There I stood.  Now what? We achieved the hard part but I was feeling the hard part was placing just the ‘right things’ on my new shelves.  You know I have hoards of stuff right?  I also allowed myself to have this pressure that I had to hurry and decorate it so I could take the completed picture so I could blog about it.  You bloggers out there know what I’m talking about?  Well guess what, that’s not my style.  Sometimes I know exactly what I want, sometimes I switch what I originally thought (that drives Mike crazy) sometimes I’m just waiting for the perfect antique to come my way.  In other words, I must be moved.  I realized that I was putting so much pressure on myself last year about blogging that I had to actually let it go for a while for me to want to do it again.  I love writing but I was making it have to happen instead of being moved.  Life was moving me in lots of directions last year.  I went with it.

I said to myself, “what if you wrote about what you have and let it go?”  I decided it was a grand idea.  I am going to show you what I have so far instead of my perfection.  I’m pretty content with my radios and the Zenith Rotor Wavemagnet.  I’ve wanted to display that antenna for a couple of years now.  What is going inside, not sure yet.  I was thinking a Super 8 movie projector but then we are getting risky with all the weight and size constraints.  We are also working on a shelf that my father made that will go above our sliding glass door, opposite this wall.  It will be very short because the height between the molding and the ceiling is only about 4-5 inches.  I plan on my vintage cameras there, add some old film canisters  So I didn’t want cameras in the crates and that’s where I go back and forth.  I will wait to see what calls to me.

Here is what I have so far. What do you think?CrateWall1

We love our vintage radios

We love our vintage radios

Rare Joseph Knibb Clock at Auction

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm

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Found this to be of interest today. Can you imagine owning such a rich piece of history? One lucky auction winner will.

Originally posted on Pegs and 'Tails:

One of the most important early English longcase clocks to come on to the market in the last ten years will be sold at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale of Fine Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments on Tuesday 11th March. Bought by the existing owners great grandfather from Evesham, Worcestershire in around 1894, and the clock appears to have survived relatively untouched, and is offered for the first time on the open market.

Made by one of the most well-known English clockmakers of the Restoration period, Joseph Knibb, the clock is possibly the earliest longcase clock made by Knibb, and belongs to a group of less than half a dozen surviving examples made before he moved to London in 1670. As the clock was made in Oxford it is could also be the earliest longcase clock made anywhere outside of London.

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Latterly famous for the ingenuity of his approach…

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Animated Clock Work

In Antique Repair and Service, Clocks and Time Pieces, Collecting, Decorating with vintage and antiques, Radios, Uncategorized on April 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm

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Time surrounds me everywhere I go.  Seriously, my house is filled with time pieces.  Not only is my husband the most handsome man I’ve ever met, but he’s ridiculously talented.  He can do anything, and being deemed a horologist is one of them.  You guessed it, we collect antique clocks. I don’t know whether I’ve mastered catching time in a bottle, but I sure hear it all over my house.  Admittedly, I often feel quite like that “Ding Dong” that I hear on the hour, every hour.  I’ll let my husband be the single “Dong” that comes on the half hour.

Mike had to have this General Electric Telechron Model that was listed in the GE catalog, 1941. He kept “walking the planks” so to say.  I’ll tell you what I mean by that.  That man would stalk the aisle where it was located at the antique market that we rent booth space from.  He ALWAYS wants to buy from where we sell!  Like, I would NEVER do that.  (you can’t count my dress form, vases, hats, and my Esther William coloring book)  He says “I gotta check if that clock is still there.”  When he begins to say, “if my clock is still there” then I know it will end up in the collection with the rest of the chiming heathens.  Mike falls off the pirate’s ship plank at some point, usually when Captain Laurie shrugs her shoulders. At least he doesn’t ask for a talking parrot like in one of those credit card commercials (or receive one with frequent purchase reward program).

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It’s a gorgeous, sexy, almost mid-century clock.  Kiss, kiss, kiss.  I go to work decorating once it comes home and my husband touches it, opens the back, shines the glass, strokes the wood with a lovely hand and a tad of cleaner.  He does things that we keep secret in his workshop.  After all, Cogsworth in The Beauty in The Beast didn’t want his private parts to be exposed either!  I place it on top of another one of our acquisitions, a 1937 Stromberg Carlson.  That beast has its own story, to be written at a later date by my husband (it weighs like 250-300lbs! HOLY CRAP!) cogsworth

Maybe, I live in one BIG Disney movie.  Pirates of the Caribbean or Beauty and the Beast?  Best yet, we have to rewind our recorded TV every  hour in order to hear what just came out of Shemar Moore’s mouth!  Our little mighty 1940’s Cogsworth talks loud! We miss important case discoveries from Criminal Minds and “What did Tim Gunn just say?”   I am amused when the past interferes with the present.  Dear Lordy, Shemar Moore is very important. That must mean that Mike would rather hear from Heidi Klum rather than Tim Gunn?  Augh- the clock just chimed, sorry Mike can’t find the remote! “Make it work!”  Good thing Mike gets paid to make clocks work.

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