Repair a Wobbly Chair with Loose Rungs

A beginner’s tutorial….. When a great chair comes your way, don’t discount it because it is wobbly or has loose rungs. Even missing rungs can easily be replaced if the part was a simple dowel. I’ll show you how to do it on this sweet child’s chair that I found at a recent auction. This…

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Create a Reusable Stencil for Decorating Vintage Painted Furniture

The Graphics Fairy web site is a free resource of over 4,000 vintage images for any creative work that you can dream up. Block Posters is the go-to spot for free image enlargements. The Graphics Fairy has a dozen tutorials on how to transfer images using different methods. I wanted to make a stencil that I could…

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Taking a Little Vacation Back to the Summer of 1965

The paint samples I ordered arrived today VIA UPS. They were frozen solid! The UPS man said the electronics in the trucks are all going hay-wire. Engine, oil and all other kinds of lights are flashing on and off or burning steadily. The Big Boss back at the shop advised the fleet drivers to ignore…

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Christmas in Black and White

            I dream in color, but many of my memories of the 1950’s are in black and white. Some of what I think of as memories are probably remembering the black and white photographs we all had and looked at when we were kids. You can click on these photographs…

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Sehnsucht Christmas Memories

Decorating my Christmas wreath last week in kitschy 1950’s and 60’s ornaments brought nostalgic and bittersweet family memories  to mind. There is a German word that best describes my thoughts that day. We don’t have an English word for it.  The word is:  sehnsucht. Sehnsucht represents thoughts and feelings  about all unfinished or imperfect facets of…

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Vintage Linen Bedding for 18″ (American Girl) Doll Bed

I like everything about vintage linens…the embroidery, the high-quality linen or cotton and the crochet-lace edges. A boxful often comes home with me from an auction. Inside, the handy work of American girls and women from the Victorian Era through the 1950’s continues to amaze me. Sometimes the workmanship is just passable, but I often…

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No-Sew Lampshade Make-Over

I gave all of the  lampshades above a new look using the technique described below.  It is a fast, easy and very inexpensive method to update a second-hand lampshade. You will need: A  paper lampshade scissors spray adhesive (I use 3-M.) a brown paper grocery store bag fabric clip-on clothespins of any sort an iron…

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Vintage Planters Re-Purposed for Christmas

Want a little Christmas joy in the office this year? My small Bottle Brush Tree Christmas Planters are the perfect size for desk tops, window sills, book shelves, or any place you would like to see a Yule-time harbinger of goodwill. Everything from the glitter to the tiny glass ornaments is vintage 1950’s. I searched…

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A Vintage Buffet Gets a New Look for Autumn

Moss grows on the north side of the alley pavement behind my building and I brought some in last week in anticipation of missing everything green in January. I filled plant saucer pots with soil, pressed the moss inside and had fun displaying vintage cow creamers in their own little fields. On retrospect, it is…

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Vintage Squirrel Finds for Autumn Table Centerpieces

One of the fun things I do when I have a dining room table in the shop is create centerpieces from some of my favorite finds. Here are some centerpieces with “Squirrel” motifs that I put together today.

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Imagining Her Life

With a large family present at an auction today on an old farm in southwestern Wisconsin, bids ran high as the immediate family and nieces and nephews tried to win an item tied to their memory of the 97-year-old woman who enriched their lives. The woman and her Swedish husband bought the farm in 1944.…

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