hutch, little baby, don't say a word

midcentury modern danish-style china hutch + credenza

After ignoring a row of five hutches at my local thrift store for approximately two months, I finally let my eye wander to one last week, during my second trip to the shop in three days while on a desperate hunt for something to put a few lot of dishes in for my dining room.

At long last, I noticed a hutch that was a mighty bit smaller than the others. At six feet, it was a solid foot shorter than most and a up to few feet more narrow as well. I had forgotten my tape measure, but I had previously eyed up a Danish-style dresser like my own and I knew that it was 18″ deep. Too deep for the space, although I had considered it seriously 48 hours earlier. I went over and measured out that dresser with my forearm, and then I measured the depth of the hutch. At that moment, I decided to bet my whole world ($75) on that piece being 14″ deep.

If not, I’d probably be sleeping on it in the alley behind our house. [Note to self: It’s good to know the length of your forearm.]

[An aside, if anyone in the area is looking for a Danish-style, or possibly actually Danish, highboy and lowboy, there’s a beautiful set at the local shop for around $125. I would buy them, but the lowboy and nightstands that I already have belonged to my parents. It was their newlywed set so yada-yada sentimental value. Oh, so much furniture in this world, so little house!!!]

On Saturday, my man and his friend to whom I am dearly indebted, lugged this one-piece woozy home to me. Since then, I have spent most of my time oiling her dark body and Q-tipping her corners. It hurts me to admit that I have been unable to fully identify the model. Probably walnut. The hutch is quite like a Sculptra piece by Broyhill Premier, which was made from 1957 – 1965. However, it is not a Sculptra. The top casing, however, is nearly identical, especially in the fact that there is only one set of doors. (The knobs have clearly been replaced.) The outer panes of glass do not move. Most Broyhill Premier hutches were not solidly attached to the credenza, yet this is…

I’m stumped.

So, now it is time to begin filling the shelves and drawers and doors. I started out with my great-aunt Stella’s Table to Terrace dishes. She was so proud of her Mel-Mac settings. Like most things that were nice to her, she didn’t use them, but saved them. Oh, sweet Auntie, I miss you.

Anyhow, then I started to add various other pieces of china, trying them out in various situations, until I got sidetracked by doing this:

not yarn, not yarn

And, I did that until I got sidetracked by doing THIS.

P.S. Although I like the way that the yarn looks in there, my man will have me and the hutch sleeping in the alley if I put anything but dishes and various dining room clutter in it. Plus, I’d hate to go to the studio upstairs to get my dishes from an old yarn shelf.

futzing around

aunt stella's table-to-terrace dinnerware

sweet baby spiders

potential for projects

potential

Yesterday, I woke up and looked out the window over the head of our bed, just like every other morning. It made me happy to see all the stuff lined up against the shed. There’s only a fraction of our reclaimed goods in this photo, but it makes me satisfied just the same. My mister told me to come up with some projects for the new materials.

Back to the drawing board!

lazy day birthday tent

lazy day birthday tent

My mister and I decided to make a quick tent for our daughter’s 19th birthday (on June 20).

He picked up the necessary wood stuff this morning, and I pulled out an old full-size sheet, one that has been a drop cloth for painting actually, to use as the canvas material. We had seen a few similar tents online, but each of us implemented our own ideas for our individual parts in the project. The tent folds up flat (to four inches). Rob put a pin in each end of the tent, under the dowel, to secure it, fearing that the dowel would eventually loosen. For my part, I made it no-sew. I cut hem bond into manageable-sized pieces and fused the ends of the sheet around the kick board to secure it. (Photos: one, two, three)

It took less than an hour from start to finish.

birthday tent

 

oh, sweet little things

kenyan gazelle

I don’t want to forget the day that I found this sweet little Kenyan gazelle at a tag sale.

Gosh, I just love it so much.

little sweets

[I am logging my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

crocheted apron

crocheted aprong

At some point, I picked up this tiny crocheted apron. It’s the perfect size for my 18-year-old daughter, not that she wears it other than to politely pose for her mum.

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

help-me-identify-this-craft pillow case

help-me-identify-this-craft pillow case

Last month, I posted a photo of a sofa doily that, at first, I thought had been crocheted. Then, I suspected that it was tatted since I found similar doilies online that can be verified as tatting. Adding to the mystery, I now realize that this pillow case has the same weaving as the more-solid portions of the sofa doily.

What is this craft about which I am clueless?

(For investigation purposes, there is a huge copy of the image HERE.)

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

champagne glasses

champagne glasses

I have a set of four champagne flutes, but I’ve been hoping to score some vintage champagne glasses for quite some time.

While painting today, I found these in my own dining room cabinet.

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

westclox dialite alarm clock

westclox dialite alarm clock

This is the second Westclox time piece to sneak into this photo project. I have a weakness for these old boys and, today, I was literally running out of time to snap a picture so I pulled this handsome man into the scene.

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

japanese geisha doll in glass

japanese geisha doll in glass

I am fond of this sweet, little geisha, but I want nothing more than to get inside and clean her windows. I suspect that the glass was dusty before it was sealed.

It distracts me to no end.

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

love is a special way of feeling

love is a special way of feeling

Love is a Special Way of Feeling, (published 1960) by Joan Walsh Anglund, is the perfect warm-up to Valentine’s Day.

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]