A Productive Day! (And Some Vintage Decorating)

This morning, I hopped out of bed, went and got an emissions test for my CRV (and mentally cursed the politicians of Davidson County), talked on the phone to my best friend from college, and spent the afternoon at my friend Kate’s house, sewing a new vintage apron and collecting great new recipes!  Then, after supper, I called everyone about a party that we’re having Saturday night, and went over to Staples (finally) to copy some things for decorating.  So here’s what’s coming up on the blog, as soon as I can get them all finished, hung, and/or pictured.

I bought some frames at Kohl’s last week (side note: if you haven’t signed up for the Kohl’s credit card, it’s worth it — I got the frames 40% off, then an extra 30% off with my card, and then got $10 coupons for every $50 I spent!).  Tonight at Staples, I made color copies of some of my antique Vogue magazines (1900-1905) to frame and hang on the wall.  If you’re fortunate enough to own some of these treasures, I recommend framing COPIES of them, and definitely don’t tear them up to frame them! (If I find out that you’ve torn up a hundred-year-old magazine, I will hunt you down.)  The color copies look every bit as convincing as the originals, especially once they’re behind glass. And they were only 98 cents apiece.

Last week, I also finished a shelf made from a 130-year-old door header that I bought — where else? — at Preservation Station.  I had to stain a board to match. It was a nightmare. And it was totally worth it.  Pictures to follow, once my dear friend Jade comes over to tell me where I should hang it.  (I can boss other people around all day, but I’m just…paralyzed….when it comes to doing my own things.)

I also bought a 1920’s glass shelf on eBay. It was missing the glass, but had the brackets and the glass towel rod.  And I got the glass cut, and my long-suffering husband helped me to hang it. It has a bit of Art Nouveau influence. It’s cool. And it’s stylish — the industrial look is really “in” right now. And it was only about $15.  And, once I find them in the mayhem of boxes, I’ll be putting some vintage bottles and jars on the shelf (more attractive, maybe, than the toilet paper).

1920's Glass Shelf

1920's Glass Shelf, complete with fingerprints. Oops.

About Charity

I have an inexcusable number of cookbooks (and like to experiment with them), have worked in architectural antiques, and have been sewing most of my life. I recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Apparel, Merchandising, & Design from Iowa State University. Doing household things (except for cleaning!) and hunting for antiques are my favorite pastimes.
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