Friday, September 18, 2015

A Dynamic Junkin' Duo

Last weekend, my dad and I packed a bag, took off from work early, and hit the road for another installment of Kanokla!  We discovered this event a few years back and have made it a tradition to pick it when our schedules allow.  I believe this was our fourth year to make the trek!  I grew up antiquing on the weekends throughout the state with my dad so this is certainly a callback to those days.  We're a dynamic junkin' duo!

In a nutshell, it's a somewhat organized collection of yard sales and garage sales along a 100 mile route in northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas.  Most years we try and break it up into two days so we can take our time and hit as many sales as possible, which is what we did this year.  I think my favorite type of sales that we frequent on this trip are the 'sites' which are areas for group sales - imagine 25-50 different vendors set up in a field on the side of the highway.  You never know what you'll find there!

And now, a million photos to sum up the trip...

We mastered the art of selfies with drinks.
We sent countless photos of every bedpan we came across to my mom.  She was looking for inspiration for paintings so we were only trying to help.  ;)
We (mainly I) took photos of my 'catch and releases', aka items that I wanted to buy but knew I really didn't need.
(The machine below was my very first sewing machine!)
And we marveled at some of the collections the random antique shops had on hand.  This was a collection of used prescription scripts.   There was a bird in this shop that would say, "I'm sober now!"  It interesting shop.
And we shopped.  It didn't feel like we picked as much as we have in the past but I'm quite pleased with my haul!  After returning home, I cleaned things up, snapped photos, and took inventory of what I grabbed.
This was a double score as I didn't know the smaller canister was hidden inside the bigger one!  And I got it for $3!  I saw the same set later for $25!
Another trash can, because I have a problem.  And a spaghetti tin which is now filled with zippers!
I am one classy broad, as evidenced here.
And my pick of the trip which I will be dedicating an entire post to in the near future is this dollhouse.  It's in fair shape and came with allllll of the furniture.  I've been researching the hell out of it.  I'll be gifting it to Rio for her birthday in a few weeks after I get it all cleaned up.  I'm SO excited about it.  Hopefully she will be too!
After all was said and done, I spent very little money, had a great weekend on some back roads with my dad, enjoyed amazing weather, and got to go picking!  It was close to perfection.  Until next year's sale!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Weekend O' Projects

Three day weekend?  Line up the projects!  I was bound and determined to complete loads of projects around the house this weekend and did knock quite a few things off of my list and some that weren't even on my radar!  Here's a quick rundown of what I got done....

I painted our front door!  I'll elaborate MUCH more on our entryway project once it's fully complete so this is technically just a teaser.  ;)  The interior side still needs to be painted, there is some touch up to do, and the storm door is patiently waiting to be installed but paint made a huge difference and I'm thrilled with it!  I'm still finding yellow paint on myself two days later.
I fixed up tiny chairs from my childhood!  My Great Granny had these two little wooden chairs that myself, my sister, and my cousins all sat on throughout our childhood years.  My mom recently found those chairs and snagged them for me to make useable for Rio.  They sat in my folks' garage for quite some time only to be moved to our garage for a while longer.  They only needed some joints made more secure so I finally took some time the other night to get my hands covered in wood glue and play around with fifty clamps.  24 hours later, someone had a new art studio in their room!  (My mom grabbed that easel at a garage sale several months ago which also stayed hidden until this weekend.)
I sewed some wall art to bamboo rods!  Ha!  This is just phase one of an experimental project that I think will be pretty cool when it's done.  Fingers crossed.  :)  In a nutshell, my aunt made this tapestry when I was a kid and handed it down to me when I was in college.  I LOVE it but it's a pain to hang and it's crazy heavy.  This is an attempt by me to make it easier to hang and to move around!
I modernized some chairs!  Ok, this was SO simple.  These chairs came from my Mimi.  I remember them from my childhood and freaking loved them.  She had them recovered in the eighties and when she moved into a retirement community a few years ago, I inherited them.  I still love them but we wanted to update them without changing the fabric out.  Yesterday it dawned on me to just remove the dust ruffle which took 30 minutes total.  It's hard to tell from the photos but it made SUCH a big difference! 
Not pictured are about ten other projects, fits of rearranging fury, a ton of experimental meals (I'm hooked on Bountiful Baskets!), and some good ol' fashioned family time.  It was a very productive and fulfilling weekend! 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Drapery Dress

Remember those days where I used to post outfit photos with regularity?  Yeah, me too.  Here's an outfit post for nostalgia's sake and to document that I actually sewed myself something!

To be honest, I haven't been behind the sewing machine much the past few weeks since school has started back up.  Last night, I really wanted to make something that would offer fast gratification and that I could use so I went with a dress...made out of curtains from our bedroom.  Seriously.
At Sew-OK, I busted out a few Wilksten dresses and quickly became obsessed.  SUPER simple and very nice to wear.  I can teach in them, clean in them, and dress them up or dress them down.  I spent a good while staring at fabric trying to decide what to use for my next dress when this fabric raised its hand.
Funny thing about this fabric is that it was once curtains in our bedroom.  (See the right side of the photo below.) When we moved in, that particular curtain rod was half falling down and the pull didn't work anymore so we removed them pretty quickly after moving in.  In fact, EVERY window in the house was covered with heavy curtains.  We took all of the curtains down except for the two largest rooms.  I figured it was all fabric that I could use at some point!  I completely deconstructed most of the curtains and cleaned all of the fabrics for future use.
So, from start to finish, this probably took two hours and I already love it.  I liked the fabric before but now I love it ten times more off of the wall and on my body.  :)  It's a hair short but it's summer so whatevs.  I added some pockets to it which makes it priceless.  It's not much of a fancy outfit but I did partner it with a green jersey jacket (totally not pictured) and a sunflower necklace that was my mom's when she was a teenager.  Oh, and my Birks because some things never change.

And the photos?  Self timed in the entryway, obviously.  You do what you've gotta do.  (Check out our new front door!  The front porch has been a major project as of late.  I'll share it soon!)  ¡Hasta luego!
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