The heavy child’s chair and footstool, which some may remember, sold today. I think I had it for over a year which is too long for a space this small. I could have sold it many times, but no one wanted to pay 300.00 for it and I had to get that. Note to self: Don’t do that again. I held out and this wonderful antique will live on with another lucky little girl.
My friends, Margaret and Kevin, gave me this Empire Birdseye maple beautiful piece. All I had to do was sand it and put an absolutely flat clear sealer on the top. If you would like to see what Birdseye looks like close up, I think you can click or double-click the image.
I found an entire bedroom suite of this furniture a couple of weeks ago. I bought it from the great-grandson of the original owner. It was his grandmother’s bedroom suite in Milwaukee in the 1920s. It is solid mahogany with all sorts of fancy veneers and hand-painted flowers. Each piece, except the bed, has jewelry inserts of glass and mahogany and polished glass protectors. The little knobs on the interior boxes are sterling silver.
The dressing table and mirror sold immediately. The original needlepoint cream-colored seats on the bench for the end of the bed and the dressing table chair are spotless. Can you imagine? This well cared for furniture was wearing, however, 96 years of coal soot, wax and every day embedded dust.
I used New Life Furniture Mask on it, as I did on the mahogany book cabinet shown above.
The last of the zinnias are blooming now. I put bowls full of zinnias all over the shop. I made a little lamp, last week, out of three lamps. The marble base, the porcelain figurine and column and the hobnail glass ball were all in a lamp parts basket.
Our library in town houses a slightly famous library cat. The July 21st, 2016, edition of The Chicago Tribune, ran a story reporting that Newby is one of the last two remaining library cats in service in the state of Illinois. Library cats have been a time-honored tradition since the days when libraries and universities kept them to stop rodents from damaging books. Their jobs are dwindling quickly as people with allergies want their removal and some surveys report that 30% of people have allergies.
Picking up furniture yesterday, I stopped to look at the long rows of corn drying in the fields. The fields seem endless. It was overcast and the cornstalks appeared to be rattling their bones. October…this is the season where we begin to get cozy for winter and have fun with Halloween. I begin to read mysteries in October and listen to scary stories on old-time radio. I haven’t turned the heat on yet as there will be more warm, soft days. An old, soft cotton blanket to wrap up in at night is all I need.
I began this in September and October 1 is tomorrow. It is so nice to send a word out to you all, what ever your season is and where you are.
Fox and Finch
Richmond, IL, USA