Oh, this is sweet

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Here’s a fabulous display from one of my favorite dealers at last weekend’s Sage Farm “Dear Santa” show.

That’s a solid old mantel top with lots of molding, plus chippy paint in pale yellow and green. Comical red-hatted elves atop glass vases. “Peace” signs handpainted on old framed boards. Lots of greens.

And what’s that nailed up on the mantel?

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An old wooden suit hanger in bright red! Wound with a string of vintage Christmas bulbs plus some tinselly sparkle and ribbon. And a cute little yellow elf glued securely on.

Do you love that as much as I do?


It’s old, it’s cast iron, it’s green, it’s . . . what is it?

I just found a kitchen tool that was so caked in dirt that it was hard to tell what it was.

But I could tell that it was cast iron, that it was green, and that it was certainly old.

It took me twenty minutes of careful scrubbing to get the gunk off the cast iron without also removing what remained of that wonderful green paint. Sorry that I don’t have a “before” picture.

Here are the clean parts:

First, a crank with a silky polished wooden knob. I love that little wooden flange that keeps your fingertips from rubbing against the crank. A very thoughtful design detail!

IMG_7196 See the rest of this gadget!


Fabulous fall fun at Sage Farm

IMG_7022 Last weekend’s “Of Autumns Past” show at Sage Farm was all-out beautiful. Lots of natural wood, harvest colors, and sparkling lights. Here are a few of my favorite things.

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Curves & color & BIG PRESENCE—this green rush-seated bench has it all. Somebody else thought so, too, and snapped it up on the first day of the show.

I loved this shapely green bench! The dealer said he’d got it from the elderly original owners. It was Hitchcock or Hitchcock-style when it was new, and after the black paint wore off they painted it green, and after the green wore off it they didn’t do a thing more. Genius.

Oh yes, there’s more!


Tiny vintage table toppers, part 3

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Apples and cherries and strawberries, oh my! Isn’t this a cutie? And it’s RED!

Janeray’s already done a couple of posts on the ultra small-sized tablecloths she’s found. They’re so small that, unless you’ve got a doll-sized table, they’re more like table toppers.

Not that we’re complaining!

Here’s one I just dug out of a thrift-shop pile of otherwise boring linens. Measuring a tidy little 43″ by 45″,  it’s made of a tightly woven cotton percale with a wonderful all-over plaid & fruity pattern.

There’s more plaid and fruity when you click here!


Barn find: An Underwood No. 3!

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I stopped by the thrift shop yesterday afternoon to drop off a few things.

And to take a look around, of course.

The shop was so busy that there wasn’t a single parking spot in their lot, or even on the street out front. I ended up parking a block away.

I’d never seen this shop so busy. So I didn’t expect to find anything good.

But then, after I’d had to “excuse me” and “pardon me” all the way through the shop, I finally saw something awesome in the narrowest aisle. On the floor.

A diamond in the rough. Very, very rough.

A diamond in the rough. Very, very rough. It’s sitting on a vintage steel typewriter table that belongs to Janeray.

An Underwood No. 3 typewriter!

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