Sunday, August 2, 2015

~THE VINTAGE BUTTON LOVER~

~VINTAGE BUTTON COLLECTION~

For as long as I can remember I've been fascinated with old buttons.  I've both collected and used them in my work for almost 30 years and have found it a bit frightening to watch my stash dwindle down to only a few jars.
I love embellishing pretty old things...like the vintage glove box you see above and the tattered lace purselet (petite tote bag) shown below!
With each new creation I pass along a few more of my treasured finds.
I love adding them to newly designed pillows and Christmas Stockings, too!
Earlier this year I once again cleaned up and re-organized my studio.  With every tag sale I attend I bring new vintage-finds into my work place and that means I'm constantly having to straighten things up! I've used up so many of my vintage mother-of-pearl (shell) buttons that for the first time in years I've had to be choosy about the buttons I let go of...
  And so...you can imagine how incredibly fabulous it was to stumble upon a sale yesterday where I found bags and bags and bags of vintage shell buttons.  
There were large, medium, small, tiny, two hole, four hold, shank, carved and smooth buttons...
I couldn't believe it.  I ended up purchasing about 20 pounds of absolutely pristine buttons...never used.  They were acquired by a private individual when an old American button factory was auctioned off a few years ago...

I continue to find it absolutely incredible when I'm led to the very thing I'm in need of.

I still don't believe in coincidences...

No...

My steps will always be directed by
the One who brings me peace, joy and strength.
The Holy One.  The Most High.  My God.

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Sorry to be MIA for the past couple of weeks.  Been busy creating all the things I love.

Blessings and love to you this Sunday...

Monday, July 13, 2015

~OUR $35 FRENCH FARMHOUSE BACK SPLASH~

We are pressing on with our kitchen remodel and I'm so happy today to share with you that our back splash is almost done!  It's the last of the two remaining projects we've had left to do and you know THIS GIRL is OVAH-DE-MOON happeeeee to be to this point!!  During the weekend my Mr. AGPMan finished measuring and cutting all the Lap (ship lap) and then stained all the wood pieces. 
Because so many of the pre-packaged Lap was damaged (on the ends) the really NICE MAN at our local home improvement store discounted what they had in stock and we ended up getting all of it for $35...I think there were six packages if I remember right.  Can you believe that?  Because I had a half-full quart of almost ready to toss out wood stain I ended up using that before painting the wood (after drying for 12 hours) with leftover cabinet paint.  
Here's a shot of the wood after it was stained and one with ONE coat of paint!  We also purchased wooden electrical covers to stain and paint. Is it any wonder they cost MORE than the ship-lap?  I wanted a lot of plug-ins in our new kitchen (before the renovation I had only two!) and I'm not a big fan of them sticking out!  We have 9 outlets and three double light switches!
 Here's a shot of some intricate cuts my guy had to make!
Cut-outs for the sockets, too!
Here's a view after the wood was stained and given one coat of paint.  It took two light coats of paint and some moderate distressing along the edges...
Here are the wooden covers...  Another LIGHT dusting of paint on  everything was needed before the entire thing was given a good coating of polyurethane.  It was easily attached to the sheet rock in the kitchen with adhesive.

My Mr. AGPMan and I thought for a long, long time about how I wanted our kitchen to look.  We mulled over going with wood counter tops, concrete, granite, quartz and so much more.  We tossed around the idea of distressed cabinets, glazed cabinets and just plain ol' painted cabinets until we were sick of everything.  Ultimately we went we simple painted cabinets (Sherwin Williams Self Leveling Paint in Snowbound), granite counter tops and then the distressed ship-lap back splash.  Since our flooring is hand scraped wood we decided that wood counter tops with a vintage wood island (fabulous antique counter my guy is modifying) would be just too much wood for us.

In the end the entire back splash, ship lap, paint, stain and socket covers cost us about $100.  It's just crazy how some things work out and we feel blessed to get to this point without breaking the bank.

Our backs, YES!  But, not the bank!!!!
 
 I purchased this antique reproduction mail box from Market.  Couldn't wait to get it painted...it's going somewhere in our home!  Not sure yet just where!
The photo above seems like a distant memory....this was at the beginning!  After the bathroom, laundry room and half the cabinets (right side) were removed!

OK...more soon!  Thanks for peeking in to see where we are.  We are closing in on the finish line and will surely be done by our anniversary in September.  We are traveling to the Nashville area next month to pick up the antique counter.  Beyond excited about that!

Love to you...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

~A VINTAGE LACE TOTE BAG~

I still LOVE LOVE LOVE working with vintage laces and trims.  Never enough time to actually create all that's inside my head, but I did manage to finally make another Tote Bag a couple of days ago.
This is the kind of work that really makes my heart SING!  There is just something about the hand placement of vintage laces that make me feel happy inside.  The only downside is that they take several hours (7-8) to complete.  
This one SOLD in just a couple of hours so it's already on it's way to a new home...
  Accented with vintage buttons, the body and lining of the Tote was made of linen.  Love linen!  Yum!!!!
You can't see much of the linen floral used for the inside, but it is a really sweet fabric!
Love the Tattered Lace Pin attached to the outside, too.  Found the vintage earring(s) used for the center on a recent trip to Chicago...
Here's a side view with an up-close shot of some of the vintage laces and trims used to create the Tote!

The pattern for this Boho style bag was from ROSS.  Yep!  ROSS!!!!  A few years ago I found this neat (but cheap) bag at one of their stores in Cali and I bought it knowing when I returned home I'd be cutting it up and using it for a pattern.

Have you ever done that?  Things made in China (without design ownership) are free-game for me!

I'm taking the day off today to spend with my Miss K.  She is almost 13...can't you believe that?  She's pretty shy these days...but maybe I can convince her to let me take a couple pics of her so you can see how big she is...you won't believe it.  The little girl you all once knew has grown into a lovely young lady.

More soon.

Love to you...