Sunday, October 9, 2011


Loving the fall season this year.  The weather has been lovely and this weekend was autumn breezy with cooler temps. Still nice enough to run around in the last of your summer dresses but needing to add a light sweater or jacket.  Did a couple of re-do's over the week and took them into my booths this weekend.   I got so involved in them that I forgot to take before and after photos so all you get are my after photos. LOL

I bought this for $8.00.  A lovely wrought iron chair that had many coats of white and gold paint on it and still had the original seat pad which was a highly stained harvest yellow velvet.  I cleaned it up and spray painted it a satin black and then redid the cushion with a red/orange taffeta with a black velvet brocade pattern.  I love, love, love the way this chair turned out.   Amazing what a fresh coat of paint, pretty fabric and a heavy duty staple gun can do.

Here is a closer photo of the fabric, love the way the light changes the color of the fabric.  Taffeta is one of my favorites because of its iridescence.  I placed on the seat a wonderful "Witch's Sorting Hat" that was hand made by an artist in Northern Florida. 

More Re-do's...I find small black frames throughout the year (mostly from Goodwill at about 99 cents).  I then print out digital photos of crows and bugs and spiders and bats that I made and place them in the frames.  Priced to go at $4.00 these Halloween items sell out each year. 

 Behold, the witch's hat.  I really like the cone shape of these glass inserts for candles.  I picked a few of these up from my local Goodwill and they look great for placing tiny witch's hats under the glass.  I glue them to black plates and hide the glue with a little glitter.  These do not sit in the booth long.

One of my Halloween re-do displays. I have them throughout my main booth and a few in my Victorian booth. Please feel free to "swipe" and then build upon these re-do ideas.   I love seeing what others come up with.

My fox hat sold the weekend I put it out, so I moved the huge, velvet and hologram sequined "Mac Daddy" hat.  Neat hat for Halloween costume.

My sons always wanted over the top costumes for Halloween and my youngest (at age 17) wanted me to make him an Elmo costume for a contest he had entered.  Imagine if you will, a 6 foot Elmo or rather 7 foot once he got the huge head on. The wearer would look through the mouth.  Needless to say, he came home with the $200.00 prize.  He spent the next year visiting children in the local hospital dressed as Elmo.  They loved it when Elmo would come to visit and my son always got a kick out of the shrieks of laughter from the kids.  Both sons are grown with children of their own so it was time to send the costume on to other wearers.  

Now for a few items I found this week.  This marvelous turkey sugar shaker. He is huge and great looking and in perfect condition.  Circa 1960s.  Pretty plum colored silk mums pin for your favorite jacket or sweater.

Nice Pfaltzgraf tall coffee pot with the brown, Village pattern. 

Vintage cardboard turkey.   I found four of these when cleaning out my Victorian sideboard.  Acquired these at a mid-west auction from a school teachers estate.  You know these were on her  bulletin boards every November.  Great colors.

The honeycomb turkey to the left is from 1987 but the huge cardboard turkey was from the same estate noted above.  This bad boy is over 24 inches in length.

These two are also from the teacher's estate.  All four have colors that are true and in great condition.  All date to the late 1950 and early 1960s.

I had this turkey on my table for years but like anything, it's time for him to enjoy another's table.  From the 1980s, it is a pretty terra cotta centerpiece.  

After I got my two booths squared away, I had just walked out of the Queen and into the parking lot when I hear a man say to me, "Hey, stranger."  OMG...Jimmy.  Haven't seen you and Lyn in ages and what a delight to see two old friends from when we all had booths at Vintage Village.   Lyn was in the Queen and hoping to see me so I turned right around and went back into the store looking for my old friend.  There she was, looking as lovely as every, and we got to "gossip" a bit about our lives and our booths.  It's always so nice to meet up with friends, especially those you haven't seen in awhile.  So here's a shout out to Lyn and Jimmy...who by the way have booths in at "the Warehouse" in Monroe, GA.  They always have the prettiest items and at great prices.  I will be visiting their booth during the annual holiday walk.  I know I will come back with treasure.

The leaves are just now beginning to change on the trees in my front yard.  Still mostly green with a few patches of purple showing up, but this leaf could not wait to show off it's brilliant scarlet color.  It was the only leaf on the entire tree that dared to be so brazen so I had to snap a photo of it.

I'm knee deep in costuming for the grandchildren and I will be posting on that later in the week.  Hope everyone had a lovely weekend and...Blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch


Andrew said...

Couldn't agree more on the season....
And that chair was an excellent deal.

audrey said...

The chair is FABULOUS! I love the fabric. Your turkeys are great. What a find!! I, too, almost always forget to take "before" photos. I am out in the garage all the time redoing and it's usually when I'm just about finished with something that I think "I should have taken a photo before I started". We must get so excited about diving in to make the changes.....
Your booth looks wonderful. I love all the Halloween items.
♥ audrey

Stacey said...

The chair and the black-framed pics are great - very creative! And I love those vintage turkeys, too!

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Now that's a big Elmo head! It must have taken up a lot of previous storage space all these years. But you make such cute costumes now for the grandchildren, I guess your son won't miss his old Elmo too much, lol! I love your black-framed creatures for Halloween! You're so clever.