buried treasure

silly little clippings

This morning, my husband brought me in a bunch of boxes that, according to the newspaper the contents had been wrapped in, had not been seen by my eyes since August of 2002. (THE SAME MONTH THAT I STARTED BLOGGING!!!) There was so much treasure, like Auntie’s Mel-Mac dishes and Uncle Herb’s Kentucky Scotch Whiskey decanter and 100-year-old bubble glass frame of Auntie, Aunt Moody, and their parents, great-Grandma and Grandpa Grauvogl.

I am so over the moon.

I’ll be sprucing things up and sharing more soon. Some of it I plan to sell on Etsy as I’m totally not invested in the Depression glass or a lot of the other stuff that I have accumulated. The little vases in the photo? I doubt that they are worth a thing, probably soda fountain glasses, but I’m so glad to have those girls back to hold my silly clippings.

[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‘.]

 

it started out innocently enough

vintage glass and crystal

As I move through the house painting, I am doing my spring cleaning at the same time.

Yesterday, I was taking some of my glassware down to hand wash when I got the idea to put all of my vintage crystal and clear-glass pieces together on the table. Some items, like custard cups, I didn’t bother taking out because they are holding Q-tips and make-up pads and kosher salt. And yarn and crochet hooks. And eyeliner shavings. And holiday lights that I thought would look cool on top of the fridge. (They don’t.)

This is about half of my collection. I am especially trying to identify a few pieces like the gold-rimmed shot glass (?) that belonged to my great-grandmum Anderson. What? When? Where?!

There is also a set of glass salad bowls and a matching serving dish… I have never seen anything else quite like it.

Off I am to sort this all out so that I can move onto tea sets and the Pyrex collections and lots of delicate China.

 

gold-rimmed shot glass

[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‘.]

glasbake individual baking dishes

glasbake individual baking dishes

Tonight, we had smoky corn chowder and I served it in these cute little GlasBake dishes that I found at a tag sale about ten years ago. They have the sweetest lids, no?

I use them all the time.

[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‘.]

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‘.]

hey there

hey there

And, so, the painting and restyling has begun. All trims and cabinetry are going from natural wood tones to snowfall white, which means each of those surfaces get a coat of primer and two layers of paint. I am moving straight on from the dining room (where I began) to the kitchen so as to get the majority of this cupboard and drawer whitewashing out of the way as early as possible. I enjoy painting walls and trim quite a bit more than tricky-dicky doors.

All of my work is overlapping a bit. What I mean is that while finishing up one room, essentially while paint is drying, I move into the next area and begin purging, rethinking, reorganizing, and priming. This also means that I am getting a jump on my spring cleaning. How utterly satisfying! The thing that takes the longest in all of this is thinking.

I think about painting and decor approximately 23.58395 hours a day.

I spend the rest of the time thinking about sleep.

I ponder the entryway landing strip when I am painting. I mull over faint grey as a dining table choice while having lunch. I imagine ways to arrange books and gloves and custard cups as I furiously crochet. Sometimes, out of the corner of my eye, I see my husband peering at me and wondering what the heck is going through my mind. At bedtime, I have to tell myself, “no more thinking.” Fortunately, I can shut off my brain like a light switch when I want to go to sleep.

(I am definitely not the fretty, worry-wart personality… just a consistent daydreamer.)

So, anyhow, I really just popped in to say “hey there!” as I’ve been more distracted than usual from the bloggy-blog world. Today, we are doing a bit of shopping in the city and then going to Sundance Cinema to see Black Swan. That will put us at having seen 80% of this year’s contenders for best picture at the Academy Awards. If I can get my husband back to Sundance tomorrow, we will catch The Fighter to push that figure up to 90%.

Do you watch the Oscars? Did you print out your ballot yet?

Also? This chair is more than 100 years’ old and it belonged to my great-Grandma Grauvogl. You can see it in her home in THIS PHOTO.

[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‘.]

grandpa + grandma anderson's wedding portrait

grandpa + grandma anderson's wedding portrait

Mary Jane and Garland “Bud” Anderson on their wedding day.

Is Garland the coolest name or what?!

[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’.]

wooden fruit + beer crates

wooden fruit + beer crates

At a tag sale eight years ago, I spotted five wooden crates and nabbed them all immediately. They were a buck a piece. Since then, they have traveled all over the house, being used as bookshelves, to hold craft supplies, and as a pedestal for the snake.

It seems that my man is always in need of a place to unload his stuff, and I’ve not been entirely happy with any of my previous attempts to accommodate that, so yesterday I decided to create a landing strip for him to empty his pockets and toss his boots. I added one of my sets of refrigerator trays to put his change and the odd array of items that he seems to collect.

[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‘.]

floral print

floral print

I have considered fixing the frame of this old picture, which hung in the hallway of my childhood home but, frankly, I like it this way.

[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‘.]