Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken masts and sails.
I will believe the Hand which never fails,
From seeming evil, worketh good for me.
And though I weep because those sails are tattered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered:
I trust in Thee.
--Ann Kimmel

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Three B's and a Finished Project!

Chalk this one up as a good week! I finished one of those long-stalled projects, and I had a great visit with my favorite junking buddy, Claudia. I came home with some nifty vintage finds but didn't go overboard in the process. Guess I am finally acquiring some self control--no mean feat when I am confronted with alluring vintage collectibles of dubious value.

Gotta show you a few of the recent discoveries, but I'll keep it short and sweet, promise! I've picked out three of my favorites, and as it happens, they all begin with the letter B. I don't know why I mention that because I doubt anyone cares, and I include myself in that category. But anyway, here goes!

See that blue boot? I did my happy dance when I spotted that treasure! Now I have a trio of these great kitsch collectibles and in fabulous primary colors. Wish I knew more about these little boots. Obviously they were intended for kids in the 1950's or 1960's. But who made them? Who sold them? Did they come in other colors? I've had the red and yellow boots for several years; it's so nice to add this latest one. Cost for this goody: $2. A bit high for a garage sale but I was glad enough to fork it out.

Now for more terrific brightly colored vintage plastic atrocities!
This time it's not B for Boots, it's B for Banks. Piggy Banks. Great BIG piggy banks!

These cheerful porkers measure a whopping 16 inches long and 8 inches tall! I remember seeing these for sale as a kid growing up in the 1960's. I couldn't believe my luck when I caught sight of these on a thrift shop shelf--especially when I saw the price tags. These cost me a whopping $1.49 apiece. And yeah, they'll cost a good deal more than that when I eventually put them up for sale in the shop, though I get to play with them awhile and enjoy them before that happens.

Here's the manufacturing info stamped on the bottom:

The last of my "B" show-and-tell items for the day is in quite a different category: a sublime fabric find. Two fabulous yards of beautiful vintage Barkcloth!

Isn't the print marvelous? Gorgeous tropical hibiscus and orchid blossoms on a bamboo trellis! So 1940's! Prepare to be envious when you hear what this prize from a local garage sale cost: $1.00.

Okay, that's enough Bragging. (Oops, another B-word!)

Now I want to show you a craft project you may remember from this earlier post. If you missed it, it'll make way more sense if you see how I left it and why. Go ahead and check it out. I'll still be here when you come back, promise!


So now the unveiling! 

I never did find the fine-gauge aquarium gravel I was looking for, but I managed to come up with a few workable substitutes. I used tiny beads (the hot pink ears, for instance, and the eyes) and a translucent glittery plastic supply I found at Michael's. I think it's actually a vase-filler material for dried or silk flower arrangements. Unfortunately it doesn't come in very many colors, but the pale purple and the clear/white variety worked for this picture. I  had to change the collar, though. The blue trim I was using would have clashed badly with the pinks and lavenders. 

I'm so pleased and relieved to have found a good solution for my original difficulty, and feeling proud of myself for how this turned out. I'm also working on the cat again, though the Michael's vase filler stuff won't work very well for it, so I'm on another tack. I hope to show it to you soon--finished!

That's it for now, except for the reminder that this Labor Day weekend you can use coupon code FACEBOOKFAN for 20% off any purchase at SheerTrashRoadshow.etsy.com.

Have fun and stay safe this holiday weekend. I'm planning a back-to-school post (vintage style, of course!) for next time.

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