prehistoric

I recently transplanted some hostas to the garden area on the north side of the garage. Hostas always make me think of ancient plants – they just seem sort of old school – so I decided that they could use some accessories to really bring that feeling.

Dinos in the garden

At one of the yard sales we visited last weekend, I picked up a ziplock of assorted plastic toys for a quarter, and these three dudes were in there. I think they fit in quite nicely and I’ll be keeping my eye out for some additional dinos to go with them. You can also see here that a bunch of the dollar store seeds I planted are sprouting!

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estate sale cuteness

This weekend I ventured out to a few estate and yard sales and found a couple of cute things for barely any bucks.

Estate sale haul

This is most of what I got – I also picked up two bushel baskets which I didn’t bring inside yet. This is in hope that we will have fruit to store in the basement!

I will likely make this scarf into Blythe clothing, and stacked are a bunch of brand new in plastic greeting cards.

Estate sale haul

And check out this wee basket and thread spools! The spools are a bit out of scale for Blythe but super cute and were in with the basket so I got them as a package deal.

Estate sale haul

Finally, this adorbs embroidered brooch. I often use a brooch to hold a handknit scarf in place, and this is perfect for that. I think it’s just so sweet!

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woody goodness

Earlier this summer we picked up this magazine rack at a yard sale in town.

Tell City Chair Company magazine rack

It wasn’t in bad shape – mostly just dry and dusty. I cleaned it with Murphy’s Oil Soap to remove a fair bit of grime, and then used Restor-a-Finish to work some moisture back into the wood and even out the consistency of the wood tone.

When I turned it over, I discovered that it still has the original tag intact on the underside!

Tell City Chair Company magazine rack

I believe it was probably made in the 1960s from what I’ve found online.

Tell City Chair Company magazine rack

After the Restor-a-Finish, I used Feed-n-Wax to protect it. It’s difficult to tell because I was using my phone camera in not-awesome light, but the wood treatments really brought a richer look to this piece. (Also an interesting smell, or so Coraline thinks.)

Tell City Chair Company magazine rack

Look at that lovely gleam! The top tray has some water damaged areas that are still visible, but they’re not terrible and they don’t bother me. I’m not sure yet where we’ll use it, but I am pretty pleased with this $5 find!

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WIP Wednesday: sew cool yard sale score

We went garage sale-ing last weekend, hoping to find a desk or table for K’s office. We didn’t find one, but we did find a couple of other neat things, including a sewing machine and table!

Singer 338 sewing machine with table

Isn’t it beautiful? I bought it mostly for the table, but as it turns out the machine works and is actually really well-reviewed online! Go to Voucher Slug to get voucher codes for laura ashley tables.

Singer 338 sewing machine with table

It’s a Singer 338, manufactured in Great Britain in 1964. The color is a lovely robin’s egg blue (the orange wall of the Harley room is not doing it any favors in this photo).

The table is a little dinged up, but nothing that some Restor-a-Finish won’t take care of.

Singer 338 sewing machine with table

It is also missing the slide plate and bobbin case/holder, but I can hopefully find replacements for both online.

Singer 338 sewing machine with table

(If anyone is an expert and notices anything else missing from inside here, please shout it out!)

Lucky for me, it also came with a bunch of accessories and notions!

Singer 338 sewing machine with table

I haven’t used a buttonholer attachment like this before, so I’m excited to try it out. I also love the vintage butterfly tin that the odds and ends came in!

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