vintage + thrifty finds.

mustard colored dinner plates, tureen, pie plate, lace-edged pillow cover, blue voile head scarf
brown piping, children’s sleep shirt pattern, vintage threads
my most favorite find

avonlea days.

A couple moons ago, my husband, who was feeling adventurous one Sunday afternoon, drove down a gravel road we had never driven before.  What we found was a lovely meadow by the river right down the road from our home, an avonlea is what I’d like to call it.

We finally had a free and quiet Saturday to enjoy this past weekend, so we filled up our picnic basket, restrung our fishing rods, packed our baby and headed down to the triadelphia resivoir during the cool of the morning.  We stopped at a yard sale on the way.  We saw a very cool old-school, miniature claw-foot tub.  It was the kind you would find in an old farmhouse — the kind of tub you had to bend your knees and sit in while someone poured steaming water over your back.  If we had a home of our own, this would be a very lovely addition.

For the most part, I never walk away with a yard sale purchase, but it always amazes me how much hope I have in every yard sale I go to.  The hope that I will walk away with some hidden treasure.  So, no, even though I usually never get anything, I don’t think I will ever stop going to yard sales, because there is always the hope that, “maybe this is the one that I will find something special.” I happened to pick up two doilies for .50 cents each at the one I went to on Saturday.  I’ll be using them for my little girly’s summer garden party next month, and then hopefully for a sewing project I’ve been mulling over in my mind.

just beachy. [plus, a give-away!].

Before I go any further with this post, please tune in tomorrow for my first ever give-away contest!!!  [Can’t…contain…excitement…]  : )

So this past weekend we drove off to the beach to visit Dhara’s Grandpa + Grandma Smith and her Aunt Beth.  We ate at the lovely Georgia House for lunch for the second time.  I think I love that place.  The food is just so simple + so yummy, nothing fancy.  I got a club sandwich on wheatberry bread with sweet potato french fries.  Soooo good.  I just might have to convince the husband to stop there every time we go to the beach.  Another place I wouldn’t mind stopping at next time is the local antique store Greg’s mom took us to.

I’ve been to many an antique store and I’ve only been to a few that actually have things I like, and this is one of them.  [The other 2 are in Dayton, Ohio and Carbondale, Illinois].  I picked up some goods for a summer garden party I’m planning for Dhara’s half birthday.  Something sweet, pretty and girly.  [Once I found out Dhara’s due date was around Christmas time, I knew we had to do a half birthday for the poor gal.  To have your birthday during the Christmas season is just not fair!]  So come June, we’ll be throwing her a fun little summer party in the woods with her little girl friends and little girl cousins.

Back to our weekend — I picked up some large, old, blue and green glass mason canning jars to serve as lanterns for candles, and as vases for wildflowers.  These are the old school kind with zinc lids.  I also picked up a linen, embroidered napkin, and a beautiful vintage girl’s dress made of the most thin, airy, wispy, yet crisp kind of cotton.  My most favorite kind — I wish they sold this kind by the yard — I would probably purchase the whole bolt and then some.  : )

It was also important to Greg that we got Dhara’s toes in the sand and ocean for the first time!  She’s definitely going to be a little water baby like her daddy.  Growing up, Greg spent his summers at the beach and in the water, and so we’re pretty sure that Dhara will look forward to her beach summers.


Greg’s parents gifted Baby Girl Smith with a very thoughtful present — a beautiful armoire.  They wanted to give her something she could grow with and take with her when she leaves our home for a home of her own.  This armoire is truly fantastic.  We came across it in a neat store in downtown Baltimore.

It is an antique piece from the British/Indian rule.  The owner of the store, a humanitarian lawyer, purchased it from Rajasthan in North India and says that the armoire is about 110 years old.  Made from teak wood and about 7 feet tall — this is a true wardobe in every sense of the word — it was such a beast to get home (so very heavy)!  It reminds me of the armoire/wardrobe in the Chronicles of Narnia — just not as deep.  : )  Thanks Dad and Mom for such a precious gift — we’re pretty sure it will be a very special piece for Baby Smith all her life!

[antique Indian wardrobe, from A People United + painted Moroccan doorknob, from Anthropologie.]

yard sales.

Greg and I visited around eight yard sales on Saturday.  It was such a sun-shiney day that there were plenty of them to choose from on almost every other corner.  We were on the hunt for a lawnmower.  We didn’t find a mower, but I did find these fantastic pottery mugs.  They were priced at $1/piece, but we only had a total of $2 on us.  I was going to just purchase 2 mugs, but Greg said I should ask the elderly man for all 6.  So I asked the man if he would do 6 mugs for $2 — he said, “yeah, why not?”

These pretty little mugs remind me of Holland for some reason.  They remind me of the time Ohio Becky went to Holland when I was a kid, and she brought me back a little porcelain clog with blue design work.  The beautiful blue design work is so typical of Hollish designs on dinnerware, jewelery, and artwork.

Love them.


vintage cribs.

I’ve been on the lookout for a homey crib.  Something motherly and quaint.  This is what I found.  I didn’t buy it, but isen’t it just the coolest crib ever?  With a little restoration-love, stability, a new stain, and some tightened screws, I think this crib could become a family heirloom.  Very cute.   


restoration project #2: hundley house door.

Back in January I came across a very neat looking old door in the basement of the Hundley House — the house where we are renting an apartment.  The neat looking door was just leaning against the wall in one of the many cold and lurky basement rooms of the house.  It was narrower than most normal doors — giving it a cool factor, it was solid oak and very heavy, it had a skeleton keyhole, and it is almost about 100 years old!!!  Some of you may already know this, but the Hundley House is one of the oldest homes in Carbondale, thus making it a historic site.  The home is an old brick mansion built in 1915 by Mayor J. C. Hundley and his wife Luella.  The inside of the house is split into three apartments.  If you are interested in the history of the house, look it up, because it is QUITE interesting (murder, suspense, etc.).

I decided that I wanted the door, but I knew it wasn’t mine to take.  I told Greg about my secret desire.  Greg said that I should prayerfully ask the landlord for it.  So, I prayed and asked God that if I should have this door, let the landlord say “yes”.  But if there was to be any reason that I should not have the door, let the landlord say “no”.

The next time I saw my landlord outside the house I asked him if I could have the door in his basement.  He looked at me with a quizzical expression and asked me why I would want a door.  I tell him my reason, he gives me more of that same quizzical look and says, “ok, well whatever floats your boat.”  So I got the door!

Greg did a thorough cleaning of the door.  And now, it hangs from our living room wall.  : )


restoration project #1: kitchenette table & chairs.

Since temporarily migrating to Carbondale, Illinois, we’ve worked on several restoration projects.  To put it plainly, we love old things.  We love making old and random things usable while being creative in the process.  One of our first projects here was a small kitchenette table that would seat 2-4.

Now to give you a little history, before Greg quit his job last summer, he would bring boxes home from work for our big move from Baltimore.  One day he brought home a very large packaging tube made of very sturdy cardboard.  As soon as I saw it, my mind went racing with all the different things we could do with it.  In the end, we decided we would bring it with us to Carbondale and it would become our kitchen table there since we were SURE we wouldn’t be bringing our large farm house table for the short 10 month internship.  In order to make the table work, Greg would need to find a circular table top to place on top of the cardboard tube, and I needed to find random, but cool-looking eclectic chairs for the table.  All were accomplished within weeks of moving to Carbondale.

We found the table top at Lowe’s for pretty cheap ($24 at 50% off).  We also purchased 2 wobbly chairs from a local thrift store (4.99/piece), and 2 wobbly chairs from a local antique shop ($12/piece).  Our makeshift kitchen table and chairs were slowly coming together, but we still had lots to do to make them presentable and sustainable!  So we went to work.  We sanded the table top and stained it to the color we preferred.


71011Once the table top was completed, we worked on the chairs.  Greg, being the great restorer that he is (I think he gets it from his Father above), took apart the chairs piece by piece and put them back together with stronger nails.  Once they were pieced back together, he bound them with strong twine so that they could solidify before we used them as our dining chairs.IMGP1587IMGP1601IMGP1595IMGP1602IMGP1600

Reupholstered 2 of the chairs with neat fabrics because they were falling apart.  We also put fabric on the cardboard tubing.  The overall finished product looks like this.IMGP1564IMGP1567IMGP1568