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Sunday, January 27, 2008

A Great Day

Connie and I headed out early on Saturday morning. Our own houses needed to be cleaned, laundry piled by the washing machine, threatening to come down the hallway. And enough dirty dishes in the sink, that somehow never made it to the EMPTY dishwasher. But ten estate sales from here to the Main Line of Philly were calling us. We could here the whisper in the wind. Donnnnna, Connnnnie, come see the finds that are waiting for youuuuuuuuuuuuuu.

Ok, Enough drama, we had a great day. Not as good as some in the past but better then we expected. It was down right cold to. I found a box of cast iron keys. Still had the price tags hanging from them. No clue what I am going to do with 20 of them. But one never knows what project might require them. The lady said she was going to make a border around her kitchen with them. But, never got around to it.

At one sale I found a little wall table, I had to refinish the top, but it is cute. The owner of that home is in jail and the girlfriend was selling everything. And just about giving it all away.

On the way home we stopped by Salvation Army and I picked up a wonderful art deco mirror in really nice condition. I decided that I am going to keep that, and hung it in the powder room. I have a collection of old mirror frames that hang in there. So it was right at home. At the thrift store I also found a toy chest for my dental office, I am now painting it black.

And the finished toy chest. Came out great. Although Walmart must think I inhale spray paint, because I am always in there buying it. But you can't beat .88 $ a can, and I am always spray painting something.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Who Would Have Thought ?

First, I want to Thank everyone who left a comment about the dish rack. The prototype is almost complete and I will be sharing with you when it is done.

Second, I must Thank Lee for the beautiful ornament she made for me. It is so pretty I decided to leave it out all winter in my dining room.

Third, look what I found today, by accident. I had to run some errands up in Delaware County, and came across a moving sale. I was a little late, but still scored some good finds. Who would have thought?

Saturday, January 12, 2008

"Trippin " at Old Stone Eclectiques

Welcome to the first " Trippin with Antekin " in beautiful Chester County PA.
Today I visited my friend June, who just opened her antique store in Kennett Sq. So happy you could come " Trippin " with me . I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.Because of some technical problems, like it took me all day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday night to figure how to put this on my blog, because of size?
You get to watch in three sections. But I promise, it is worth it. I won't even get into the computor editting part. Where are your kids when you need them?So are you having a good time? June's shop is very inviting. She has started a blog also. I will be helping her with it when I can. Please stop by and visit with her. I look forward to next month, when I will be "Trippin" at........................ Guess you will have to tune in. Thanks for coming with me.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Question, Please Answer

OK so here it goes, How do you dry your pots, pans, wine glasses, etc. that you do not want in the dish washer? Either for taking up room space or for delicate purposes. I know there are drying racks out there. But..... They never seem to be big enough or user friendly enough. I am asking because I am having one of my crazy ideas that need much thought and trial and error before I proceed.

P.S. I really need everyone's thought on this. So please leave a comment even if you normally do not. Thanks, Dona. I have a prototype in the works and it would be super cool to know how you all deal with this. As you can see I use a towel, only thing big enough.

Monday, January 7, 2008

How To Make Candlestick Holders

I have had a couple of e-mails on how I made the candle stick holders featured in my library. OK here it is, please do not laugh. I used cheap really cheap candle stick holders in crystal from Walmart. Two pairs . The top pair that hold the votive must be turned upside down and the opening large enough to hold a votive candle. The bottom crystal candle sticks must be large enough to hold the cast iron lamp bases.The lamp bases are painted with black and than gold spray paint. Use a heavy duty clear drying glue to afix the lamp bases to the bottom set of candle sticks. When dry afix the top candle sticks upside down to the lamp base. Allow to dry. I added hanging mother of pearl tear drops found at a yardsale for $1. You could use crystal drops, etc. Place your votive candle in place. Light and enjoy.

P.S. I also wanted to let you all know about my friend Michelle. She designs company T-Shirts. Please check her out . Who knows you might see a Antekin shirt out there.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Had To Share

I normally do not post twice in one weekend, But.... I had to share with you the out come of the lamps bought yesterday. A few years back I found this really pretty lamp and put it in my library. Yesterday I was thrilled when I found the pair that matched it. Although I did not like the look of them a little tired. A can of black and a can of gold spray paint, two new lamp shades and a little bit of baking soda to clean the china parts and I'm in love. So it may take a little while but good things do happen.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

On The Road Again

Oh it feels so good to be on the road again. Connie and I left bright and early this morning. Three Estate Sales Oh Yah!! We did very well in deed. Picked up a hand made room size rug in wool. The lady said her mother had paid $700. I will not tell you what I paid but it wasn't even close to a $20.
Also a pretty little watch made by Heidi Daus. The wrought iron will be great in the garden or maybe I'll sell it. The lamps need to be cleaned up. Then we'll go from there.

P.S. Connie left some cool finds in my car. Do you think I should keep them? Nah, But I tried!