Thanks for the nice comments about my new blog. You will soon learn that I am a little bit of a geek (and I can thank my Commodore-64-loving, Mensa-membering big brother for that). But don't worry...freshblogtips won't be a technical site. There will be lots of practical, non-nerdy stuff, too. If you come up with any new questions or suggestions that you have for the new blog, just drop me an email or leave a comment anywhere.
That was the new business. Let's move on to the old business. Here's $30 worth of old stuff that I bought in the past few weeks.
I know, I know...enough, already. But this one is cream-colored. I don't have any of those.
Floral frog, knives engraved with USN (US Navy), rhinestone clips, blue metal match holder:
The scrapbook is half-way filled with wedding, birthday and baby cards from the 1940s & 50s. It isn't as packed as the one was that I sold on eBay for $150, but it still has some cute cards.
The vintage fan was sitting on this wooden artist's case:
It has a nifty hinged top so that you can insert your palette:
It was a horrible, stinky mess when I first bought it. I ditched the 1960's paints that were oozing everywhere, but I salvaged the 29 paint brushes and two palettes.
Speaking of painting, I found this book, "Needle & Brush: Useful Decorative", at a local antiques shop. It was published in 1889 by Butterick Publishing Company in New York,
It has 300 pages filled with the arts & crafts of the times, including embroidered table covers, wall pockets, comb cases, pen-wipers, photograph cases, and pin cushions. Here are instructions for a "Fancy Book Cover":
Tennis Racket Cover:
There are also 30 pages of floral designs to use for painting or embroidery:
Last but not least, I was attracted to these little oval prints for their metal frames. And the hot, sweaty sexual tension between the subjects.
I want to say thanks to Denise from geekgirl's random ramblings for writing a really sweet post about me and my blogs. The weird thing is that she included a photo of the Pottery Barn Porter Collector's Desk in her post, and I just bought that desk in green this week! The floor sample was on sale at my local Pottery Barn, so I hauled it home. I LOVE it. I haven't been able to find an old desk that is big enough for all of my crap AND matches my decor, so I settled for this new one. Once I have my office (aka "the living room") all straightened up, I'll be sure to share some photos.