Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Where have I been?

I wanted to blog over the weekend, but I couldn't.  I spent most of my weekend either sewing or shopping for fabric.  Sewing a gift for someone who I know has read my blog, and shopping for someone who may read my blog.  So will have to wait for gift giving day to reveal the secrets. 

Today I wanted to share some more of my collections, to participate in Vintage Thingie Thursdays with Coloradolady .  Last week I showed you my fish bathroom, today some of the items in my bird bathroom.  Have you ever noticed on TV or in movies that you never see a toilet?  And have you ever tried to take a picture in the bathroom without taking a picture of the toilet!  I didn't figure you really wanted to see mine.  So I did my best!

This is the shelf above the you know what.  Again it's filled with a combination of vintage and newer, campy without being tacky (I hope).  I guess I like finding items with a common theme and then combining them. 
The bird bathroom began when I needed some curtains.  I found some fabric I liked, for $2 a yard, and it had birds on it.  I then gathered items I had that seemed to go with the fabric.  Also, have added more over time.  There is sort of a sub theme in the room, gardening.  The picture above shows the curtains, and a glass block that I decorated at Girl Scout camp.  They had various bits of wallpaper you could choose from, and this piece seemed to be made to go in the room. 

The top shelf features a flamingo salt shaker given to me by my cousin, Carol, a tea cup and saucer that belonged to my grandma, an old leather covered bird book, and a blue bird bowl that was dug out from beneath a friends cabin.  I have soaked that bowl repeatedly in Efferdent, but it seemed to reach a point where it was not getting any cleaner, so I decided to just leave it, with the patina of the ages embedded in it. 
The lower shelf has a post card I bought at the Smithsonian, a Homer Laughlin Pastoral pattern saucer, a little dish that was my great grandmother's and a bird house that I painted and distressed myself. 

The top of the It That Cannot Be Named has a McCoy bowl, full of dried rose petals.  Also two green metal trowels.  I really want a wooden handle painted green, but haven't found that yet.  The dipper hanging from the towel bar was used by my husband as a boy.  It hung by his grandma's cistern and was used to get water when they were outside playing.  When he showed it to me and I hung it up, he said 'How did I know that you were going to turn it into an antique?'  This is a tiny bathroom, so there is not much more to show.  I do have a vintage apron hanging on a hook and a Japanese lantern hanging on a hook on the door.  One other thrifty touch was the green paint.  I bought a gallon and painted an accent wall in the kitchen, this bathroom and a bathroom at my mom's.  Got a lot of mileage from that gallon.

Hope you have enjoyed another peek at my vintage thingies.



  1. I love your vignettes. Such fun eye candy. You had inquired about the bunny book on my blog. It's titled the Funny Bunny Factory by Leonard Weisgard copyright 1950. The graphics are delightful.

  2. What a wonderful group of vintage things you have. I love the way you are using them and not stored away catching dust.

  3. What wonderful vintage goodies! I love your bathroom, I have several vintage things in my bathroom too, it is fun to use what you love in decor. Happy VTT!