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May 31, 2012

Goodbye, May

One of my worst faults is that I'm overly sentimental, can't let go of a thing - bordering on hoarding, actually.  I assure myself that saving something that's vintage or an antique is not hoarding nor clutter, it's collecting.  Right?

It's not that I love things, it's that I love cozy.

 Beautiful things are not clutter.

Okay, maybe a little clutter.

But, I still wish I could keep May in my pocket.  Hello, June!

Photo thanks to

May 29, 2012

It's a Before and After Tuesday

Do you get tired of viewing Before and After photos?  Me, neither!

             It's getting harder and harder to find vanities from the 1920's and 30's and when you do
             they're often quite damaged.  Consider making two side tables out of one:

                   I love mix-'n-match, don't you?  Create your own cabinet hutch from two 'unrelated' pieces:

                                      Experiment with accessories - shabby elegant or country collectibles:

You're asking yourself, "What the heck is that?!"  It's the base of a vintage room divider
found in many old houses, usually separating the living room and the dining room.

       The legs of this little table date it to the 1940's or 50's.  What a darling transformation:  

             This vanity base was in pretty rough shape but not any more:

If you're not ready to invest in a 'permanent' (i.e., expensive) dining room set,
turn a thrift store table and mis-matched chairs into a custom set by simply
sanding, painting and stenciling:

Charming, economical and so fleaChic!

Last week I featured several chair makeovers.  Here are a few more:

Simply WOW!  Love the burlap fabric. 

What a cute idea - another stenciling:

Don't be intimidated by the prospect of  a makeover.  Start
with an inexpensive chair from a thrift shop or yard sale.
Many can be found for under $10.  (Cat not included!)

Recently I found a headboard and matching foot board, similar
to the one below, at the Salvation Army thrift store for $20.
I should have brought them home and made a garden bench:

Even if you don't want to use this bench for seating it would make a
darling shelf for potted plants.  Do you think it could use a little
'dressing up' with some stenciling on the headboard?  Me, too!

Special photo thanks to:
A Lil Brit Different
Home DIT
4 the love of wood
The French Maker
Reigna Layn
Lovely etc.
Ranger 911

May 26, 2012

Memorial Day - Remembering those who have served

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day was conceived by
General John A. Logan, left, the National Commander of the U.S.
Army.  The first Memorial Day celebration was observed on May 30,
1868, to honor those who had served in the U.S. military.

It wasn't until almost 100 years later that Memorial Day was officially 
recognized by Congress as a National holiday under the National Holiday Act of 1971, to be celebrated on the last Monday of May.

1865 - General John A. Rawlins with his wife and child
at General Grant's headquarters in City Point, Virginia.

Class of 1894 -  U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md 

1897 - below deck on the U.S.S. Brooklyn 

1916 - Mrs. George (Lelia) Gordon with her son,
Basil Gordon, in Washington, D.C. 

Homecoming - end of World War I

1925 - Sgt. Jiggs with a U.S. Marine.  Sgt. Jiggs was the mascot
for the U.S. Marine Corps and was made an official Marine. 

1930 - General Douglas MacArthur

1942 - Eloise J. Ellis was appointed the Senior Supervisor in the
Assembly and Repairs Department at the U.S. Naval Air Base in
Corpus Christi, Texas. 

 1943 - making a photo to send back home

1968 - A radioman above a U.S. Navy hospital ship off DaNang, Vietnam

Young Marines in Afghanistan, 2010

Thank you to all who have served - past and present.
Photo credit:  Shorpy's