Sunday, October 28, 2012

Announcement and a few projects

Well, Hurricane Sandy seems to be headed our way.  The wind has picked up here and it's very gray outside.  Hopefully it won't be nearly as bad as they're predicting.


I (of course) did not spend my time stocking up on non-perishables...instead I went to Havre de Grace on Saturday to check out the shopping and the lighthouse.  (I did make it to the grocery store parking lot but there were just WAY too many frantic shoppers...I fled the scene)






I stopped at D'Bohemia and Seneca Cannery.  Found a great tray and a mail sorter at D'Bohemia.  I thought they were older (turns out they're repros) but they're still pretty cool.  At the Cannery I found some silverplate spoons and some old keys.  I'm not sure what I'm doing with the spoons yet.  I did polish them up so I may just use them for their intended purpose (or a DIY project in the future depending on my mood :) )





I decided I only wanted to keep a few of the keys (they came as a set on a key ring).  So the others I'm selling in my brand-new ETSY shop!!!



Are you as excited as I am??  I've been an eBay seller for a while now but I've decided to give Etsy a try.  I'm going to sell any extra vintage/antique treasures that I discover as well as paintings...maybe even some handmade jewelry. 

The shop is under the same name as the blog so it will be an extension of this space.  I don't expect to strike it rich from this endeavor...just hoping to avoid someone signing me up for an intervention on Hoarders ;)

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Speaking of paintings I might make a few more of these and sell them in the shop too:


At first I was kinda bummed that the paint seeped under the letters but I like how it looks like the letters are part of the paint or 'water'

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My gallery wall continues to change...I love moving stuff around


Update on my trophy collection - I found another great loving cup on eBay...paid a lot for this one but I do love it. 
 
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Here is an update on my metal drawers...couldn't get all of the paint off (and trust me I tried) but there is enough of the metal showing through that I LOVE the finished product.  I tried rust remover, soaking the most rust-covered pieces in coca-cola, baking soda.  In the end the only thing that worked was scouring pads (I like 3M)...go figure
 
 
I also lined the drawers with maps from the atlas I found at an estate sale last weekend (ElevenThingsVolume7)
 
 
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I finally transplanted the hydrangeas in my urns and planted some mums for fall.  Love the color...and I got them 50% off at Lowes :) Gotta love a deal!
 

 
 
Happy Treasure Hunting!
-Alisa

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Eleven Things Volume 7

1.  I really just feel like dancing after the day I had today...but I want to write this post so I'll settle for dancing in my desk chair to my iTunes :)

2.  I really felt like treasure hunting this weekend so I drove allllll the way back to Frederick on Saturday.  Beautiful scenery though :)




3.  Here are my treasures!  I went to Chartreuse and Stylish Patina's sale.  Definitely spent more than I planned to. 

 
Can't seem to pass up old silver, skeleton keys and drawers...these are particular rust-ic...


ASCP, old sign letter, agate bookend (from HomeGoods)

 
Couldn't pass up these metal numbers - FiveEleven!
 

Kept putting the wooden spool back - wasn't sure I really needed it.  But I love the old green paint on the ends. 


The atlas I picked up at an estate sale - lots of great maps to use for projects.  It's not very old (from the 80s) but it sure smells like it's been around :/

4. I swear my little point-and-shoot digital takes better photos sometimes than my expensive DSLR. I only took a few photos in the first barn because there were people everywhere.


 


5.  MAN chalk paint is expensive.  You probably thought by now I've tried ASCP...nope I've been avoiding it because I'm not usually into the chippy look (or the expense) but I'm going to give it a try.  Of course, I'm not trying creamy white or anything...I went for a tester of Napoleonic Blue.

6.  Of course if you buy the paint you have to get the wax...and the special brush...good grief...now I just need to find a piece of furniture to try it on.  Anyone have an awesome antique piece of furniture they don't want anymore??

7.  Stylish Patina's barn is on a horse farm...I tried to make friends with the locals while I was waiting for them to open.  I wish I had my real camera with me...the fence was really getting in the way but they didn't seem all that friendly either.  Wish my Mom was with me since she's a horse expert (or at least compared to me she is :) 

 








8.  Treasure hunting is hard work...I went to an estate sale that sounded amazing...turns out all the great stuff was sold WAY before I got there.  To get there you had to drive on some questionable 'roads'...my Dad suggests I get a SUV if I'm going to 'continue this nonsense'...gotta love parents!



9.  Here is my updated reading nook.  I'm still working on it, not sure I like the aqua table there.  But I LOVE my pharmacy lamp.  Awesome. 




10.  I'm using the wooden spool I found at the barn sale as a candle holder.



11.  Do you know how to get old paint off of an old metal tool drawer cabinet thing?  Yeah, me either.  Apparently paint stripper doesn't do it...might have to just try to sand the heck outta of it...to be continued...





Happy Treasure Hunting!
-Alisa 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It's the little things...

I'm exhausted.  But I came home tonight and had an Amazon box on my front porch.  So exciting.  I pre-ordered these books months ago.  June maybe?  Obsessed...


The Nate Berkus - Things That Matter book was a lot bigger than I expected. Most of the spaces are a little too fancy for me but I still enjoyed the book. 

Inspired you by Marian Parsons (aka Miss Mustard Seed) is right up my alley.  She even gives you step-by-step instructions of how to refinish and repaint furniture.  Definitely some great 'inspiring' ideas.   

I looked through both books but I haven't read through either.  I'm saving them for this weekend when I have my new pharmacy lamp in place.  I ordered the lamp from Wayfair after falling in love with it (it's also available from Amazon, link below).  Just the right amount of industrial and polish for my little reading nook.  The lamp is due to arrive tomorrow so I'll share some photos of the finished space once I redecorate (yes!)


This is the space now (well not really because I've already moved things around a bit, but I'm not happy with the placement just yet) - the aqua tray table isn't working for me so I think I'll have to find it a new home.  Maybe I'll go treasure hunting this weekend and find something that fits perfectly in that space...now that's something to get excited about :)

 
Still not sure why my painting by my treadmill looks like I just painted a bunch of circles on a canvas (not that there's anything wrong with that)...but if you see the painting in person it has so much more depth than that, just not coming across in the photos. 
 
Well, I'm off to watch Grey's and Last Resort (have you seen Last Resort yet?  I'm hooked)
 
Happy Treasure Hunting!
-Alisa

Monday, October 15, 2012

House Proud V2

Since I bought my new lens I decided to give it a whirl and take some photos around the house.  I change things around pretty much all the time - so this is an update on my first 'House Proud Tour.'  (also a good way to get yourself to pick up around the house)
  
Light was a bit of a challenge - the sun was going down so there's a lot of shadows but I think you get the jist of the spaces.  I love how the wide angle lens show so much of the rooms. 
 
 
* Office/Gym/Bookshelf bonanza *
 




 


* Bathroom *
 

 
 * Hallway (upstairs) *
 
 
 
 
 
* Master Bedroom *
 
 


 
* Vanity Room *


 
* Closet Room *
 

 



 
* Living Room *

 
 
 
* Dining Room *


 

 

 
* Kitchen *

 

 
 

Happy Treasure Hunting!
-Alisa