Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Show and Tell Goodies and a Free Give Away

I know, I know, I just had a give away. But I didn't realize that I'm almost upon my 200th post! My goodness, I'm a talky thing aren't I? And I wondered what I'd have to say on a blog when I first started. LOL I really should have known better. ;-)

Okay, here is how it works. Today is my 197th post. Sunday I will write post 200. Between now and the end of midnight Sunday (6/1) you can leave a comment on this post or the next or the next or the Sunday's post, or all four. (One comment per post please) Monday I will use one of those random number generators and pick a winner out of the comments from the four posts (197 thru and including 200).

And the winner will receive a FREE BLOG BANNER makeover from me. How fun is that?!

Now that that is out of the way I promised I would share some goody pictures of our little weekend road trip. And true to my word here you go....


I love trays. They are so versatile and functional. I can't tell you how many trays over the years I have painted (usually roses). But I have never done a collaged tray. So this baby is getting a collage makeover. ;-)
Like so many of us I have a thing about buttons. I am always looking for the opportunity to expand my collection. I loved the graphics on the cards, especially the little blue bird.
I found some more sheet music, which I never pass up if it is priced reasonably (as I like to pass the savings on to my customers in the store). The vintage towel, old powder box and the little china trinket box I purchased for moi. I am in the process of redoing my bedroom. I've painted my beadboard walls this shade except slightly lighter. All the trim and chair rail is being painted white. So I thought these pieces will look beautiful on my dresser. My sister and I are trading bedroom dressers. Hers is painted brown and I think I will leave it brown and stencil another brown color on top of it in a damask pattern. Then antiquing and distressing the whole thing.
These I consider my fabulous big find of the weekend. The catalogs are 1885 and 1887 Butterick fashion catalogs with the most amazing b&w fashion illustrations. The color illustrations are originals also from the same company. I think you will be seeing some new collage sheets. :-)
Bling, bling. Pieces to add to art work. Whoo hoo. Gotta love the bling.
Ahhh, floral transferware. I collect red but this brown spoke to me and said I am destined for your new bedroom wall.
I'm sorry this picture is blurry. I just couldn't resist these pink (of course) lampwork beads.
Two vintage books. The Pied Piper published in 1888 and beautifully illustrated by Kate Greenaway, famous Victorian watercolor illustrator. She died of breast cancer in 1901.
Beautiful illustrations from the children's reader
And Kate Greenaway illustrations in The Pied Piper

Ahh, more buttons! A very old button card with samples...button numbers and prices written in pencil on the back.

Well dear ones that is it for this post. You can be sure to see some of these treasures turn up in art work. ;-)


6 comments:

Sherry/Cherie said...

Oh you found some wonderful treasures while you were hunting!! I love those children's books!! And I love the little "trinkets" you are keeping for yourself -- your new bedroom colours sound wonderful -- hey...almost exactly like mine!! hee!!

200 posts? I just realized I'm nearly there myself -- hard to believe from two, shy, quiet little things like us, huh?!? lol!!

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

Congratulations on the near 200 posts-love all of your trinkets and special finds!
chris p

Susan said...

Gail,
Love all your fabulous weekend finds! You really scored. 200 posts - congratulations! I think I'm about there too. Reminds me to check.
Susan

My Shabby Roses said...

Love your fun finds! Like you I love the bling too! Thanks for sharing.

Dolly said...

Ouuu what fun goodies!
I love shopping sprees when you come home with lots of pretty things!

Congrads on reaching 200 wonderful posts!

Hugz, Dolly

DeeDee said...

Where do you find such fabulous stuff?

Thanks for the eye candy.