Sunday, September 1, 2013

Estate Sale Finds! San Antonio a New Frontier ~

 


Living in Dallas for a year and a half was a wonderful time for me!  It went by so quickly and I really cherish the time I spent there.  A treasure that I found in Dallas were all the Estate Sales especially in the Highland Park and Preston Hollow areas.  I loved getting to step inside some of the mini mansions decorated with old money and I snagged some wonderful finds. 



My move to San Antonio has also ended up being an unexpected joy.  I had no idea that San Antonio also had a Estate Sale scene.  I've learned that a great area for Estate Sales is Alamo Heights in an older part of San Antonio. 

 


Here are some recent vintage paintings that I snagged....


 


 

This green and pink rose bouquet is my favorite,  it's actually just a print but is textured to look like a painting...

 



and I added the rose painting to my vintage wall....

 

My favorite things to look for at estate sales are vintage paintings, blue china, and old pyrex.  What do you look for?


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

French Country


I found this secretary's desk at an estate sale recently.  I loved the shape of the piece
 and how delicate it is!  The guy was nice enough to sell it to me for half
off since there was just a few hours left in the sale!


 It didn't last very long in this color.  I love french blue so I went to work
mixing paints in the garage and came up with this blue grey that I love.  I've seen similar pieces at Wisteria for around a thousand dollars so it was fun to be able to snag this for super cheap!



I added a few other estate sale finds to the shelves and now
it makes a great writing desk in the dining room!


 Drop me a note if you wanna know more about how I refinished it.  I kept it pretty simple!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Homemade Playdough!

Tonight I babysat for my niece, Amelia, and we decided to make some fun homemade play dough! 
  My mom used to make this with me when I was a kid so it was special to get to whip up a batch with my niece. I found a quick and easy recipe on my new favorite blog,  Little Eco Footprints ...



{Quick and Easy Uncooked Playdough}

1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup of boiling water, with a few drops of food colouring added

Mix together all dry ingredients and oil, then quickly add boiling water, stirring rapidly as the dough thickens. Knead on a floured surface until smooth, adding more flour if dough is sticky.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

A few tips for making the dough even more delightful are to add essential oils - rose to the pink, lavender to the purple, and lemongrass to the yellow


Happy Play Doughing!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

In Love With Your Kitchen Aid Mixer?




Maybe you are like me and have waited years to get a Kitchen Aid Mixer.   I still don't have one yet and I haven't stopped dreaming, but for now I've found the most darling hand mixer!!!

I love it!!! It's from Sunbeam and it comes in beautiful beige with a quirky stand and countertop style.

Mine is sitting in my kitchen, giving off lots of charm.





                                                                                     Sunbeam Heritage Hand Mixer


Happy Tuesday Friends!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Drapery Lady


 

I recently saw a story on "The Tarheel Traveler"  about a sweet ninety year old lady,
Addilene Leonard of Franklin County North Carolina...



She has been sewing curtains for over half a century and though she is retired from her drapery shop she is still using her talents to be a blessing...



 ....now Addilene sews drapes for shelters, ministeries, and those in need...
 

as well as making dresses for children in Haiti...


 What an inspiring lady! I hope you'll check out this clip to hear her story!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Estate Sales ~



One of my favorite hobbies has become even more fun as I seem to have stumbled upon what may be the "Estate Sale" capital of the U.S. -  Dallas, Texas.   I went alittle crazy this weekend and mapped out my adventure using a new fav website GarageSaleFinder.com  I'll start by sharing my finds from the Estate Sale across the street from my parents house in Sugar Land, Texas. 

 I got some amazing deals! 

A lovely chandelier....




...a wrought iron garden bunny, Christmas decor (berry garland and grapevine reindeer),
decorative silver tray, pot rack, monogrammed handkerchief, and Johnson Brother's English China.

 


I got this Thanksgiving China for a steal and am still wondering if I should try to sell it on ebay.  
It's a twelve piece set of dishes and  they are valued alot more than what I paid for them.
I love the idea of having special holiday plates though, so we'll see!




Notice below there are round dinner plates and eight square salad/dessert
plates in a coordinating Thanksgiving pattern and very gently used!



Now to my Dallas finds...
Here are some great fabric samples that I've already made into a table runner...(a post to come!)



I found a pair of these sconces at an estate sale in a $2.5 million home near the Dallas Country Club



 
Now to one of my favorite finds!  I'm looking forward to making a wall of pink and blue flowered paintings. 
I love the pink flowered tree in this painting as well as the fact that the artist
signed her name "Granny, 1967."  Precious!




 Here are two more paintings for my wall of treasures. 
I also got some great flowered towels, blue and white linens, and ceiling medallion for $1.50
(I'll be using this with the chandelier from the Sugar Land estate sale!).

And I just love my little beagle in the picture! She's my sweetie pie!




upclose loveliness...


The large painting was $10!!!! I haven't decided if I will keep the frame on it or not. 


 
It is so fun to think about using my new finds to decorate once I get settled in Dallas come August!

I hope this inspires you to research some estate sales and go looking for treasures!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Estate Sale!!!





 
Summer is a great time for Estate Sales!

  I can't wait to show you what bargains I walked away with today!!! 

More pictures are coming! But here's a sneak peak!




Blue Summer ~

I've enjoyed seeing royal and navy blue decor in the stores so far this summer....

Here are a few pieces I love...


Target

BlueRosePottery.com


Target


Target
Target


Tiffany & Co.




Of course I would love to curl up with a book in this blue accented room on a summer day!


kirstenkelli.com

Happy Summer!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Latest Style Reads ~

Wanted to share a few of my recent decor book picks, most are from the 1/2 price bookstore....

This one i'm really looking foward to diving into!
A treasure hunting guide! Yay!



I've had this one for a few months now, a great coffee table book!  plus it's perfect for daydreaming!


Sure looking forward to getting some great tips from Nate...includes details for every room!


Yay for holiday ideas...summer time is a great time to start planning!



I only wish I would have found these on amazon first,  they've got the best deals. oh well, next time i'll find the book then look on amazon!


Happy Summer Reading!


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