Various and Sundry.

(Hey, if you’re in Instagram, find me at PrettyQuirkyBlog for almost daily pics of what I’m finding here and there!)

First, before I forget, check out this project: Darrielle at D.D.’s Cottage and Design used joint compound and a stencil to make this awesome raised embellishment on a coat rack. Definitely filing this one away for future projects…so many options! Oh, and check out that cabinet she has in her current blog entry…dreamy! So glad I found her blog for inspiration. It’s nap time, and the weather is about to turn nasty outside, so I thought I would try and get a quick blog entry finished. My Dark Sky app shows a wall of thunderstorms headed for us, although the trajectory shows they might go right to the south of us. This app turns me into a bit of a weather nerd. If you have weather anxiety, as I do, this is a pretty good app to help calm your fears — or at least to give yourself an idea of how long the storm should last. It’s not good for future forecasts, as all it does is tell you what the weather is going to be like in the next hour, but it’s super specific — like, right now, it’s telling me that rain will start in 5 minutes and will stop 40 minutes after that. And there’s a little graph at the bottom that shows the severity of the activity — I can see that it will peak in about 10 minutes, stay at that severity for about five minutes, then trail off. On days when they’re predicting rough weather later on in the day I can watch it to see if I have time to take the kids to the park or run some errands before it starts storming — and it’s incredibly accurate. I think it was $2.99 but it really was worth it. I am feeling pretty productive today — in the last week or so, I’ve cleaned out the garage, cleaned up the project room, cleaned out the car, mowed front and back yards, finished my little bird wall in the kitchen, and took three new prints and two new arrows up to the booth. The arrow that I took up last week sold overnight, after my sweet store owner featured it on her Facebook page. I wish I had an easier way to cut those — I don’t have a miter saw and am kind of winging it on the 45 degree angles necessary to make an arrow, but I like to tell myself that their imperfection adds to their rustic appeal (ahem).  Here are the latest ones I put in the booth on Friday:I got that wood — painted in a deliciously chippy, buttery yellow — from the awesome estate sale in Fayetteville I went to last year. I had to crawl up into an overhead-storage bin in the detached garage to pull it down and nearly 1. pulled a huge heavy stack of lumber on my head and 2. stabbed myself multiple times with rusty nails. TOTALLY WORTH IT. Though I really, really, really, really need to go get a tetanus shot. I also finished two new prints to take to the booth last week……this one sold on Instagram on my way to take it to the booth! Someone saw it on my feed and arranged to buy it. That was a lovely surprise.Moving on to vintage finds: I haven’t had a ton of thrifting luck lately. I made seven thrift store trips in a row and did not buy one single thing. I don’t think that’s ever happened before! I’m not sure if I’m getting pickier or if the pickings have really been that slim lately. The kids and I went out to a few yard sales on Friday for a couple of hours — really, you should all be reaching for your phones to call DCFS because it’s pretty mean of them to drag them along on my yard saling trips. They really don’t seem to mind it, though, and, believe me, if they minded it, I would know. Per my usual modus operandi when desperate, I drove way to far for way too little payoff, and, because I learn nothing from my mistakes, did the same thing on Saturday, when I found myself out of local yard sales to go to; I found an interesting-sounding auction in Sulphur Springs, a town about an hour away. What the heck, I figured, it was a pretty day, a pretty drive, and I had nothing to lose. Except, you know, gas, and any profit I would make on whatever I might find. LA LA LA, I can’t hear you. The fact of the matter is, I love driving on a pretty day, I love seeing new places, especially tiny little country towns, and I love the suspense of not knowing if you’re going to find something great along the way. Stupid gas prices. ANYHOO. Here’s what I DID find this weekend.It is official, I now have a camera collection. I have this Brownie camera already, but I had never seen one with a flash. Must have been hard to be an unobtrusive photographer with this baby flashing, huh? I paid too much for this, $10, which is about what they go for on eBay, but since I’m keeping it, I’m trying to make myself feel a little better about it.I’m pretty sure I have established my love for busts on the blog. They’re just very appealing to me, and you can use them to display vintage jewelry. In fact, they would be great for display at the Junk Sale in June. Hmm. File that one away for later use. These will have to be painted because they’ve got multiple chips — I’m thinking a glossy white, maybe. They were $8 for the pair, satisfying my requirement to not pay more than $5 for a bust.This I got on Friday, at a thrift store in a town about 30 minutes away. I had to ask on Instagram to make sure it was a Paint-by-Numbers, because it’s the most well-done PBN I’ve ever seen. It’s huge, about two feet wide. I think it would  look a lot better to switch the frame out but I’m going to put it on eBay as is to see what I can get. It was only $2.This was from the same trip, different store. I’m keeping it for the gallery wall. It’s oil painted on some kind of fiberboard — not quite wood, not quite cardboard. I really like it.And here’s something that I didn’t find but wish that I did…this little doll dresser. My sweet friend Laurie texted me from her Goodwill, asking me if I wanted it and I almost dropped the phone, I was so frantic to text back YES. In ALL CAPS. I’m afraid I’m going to have to keep this. I just can’t bring myself to sell it.So the hour-away auction…wasn’t a complete bust. I did get the cutest little trophies ever:I got a flat of five of them for $5 and then promptly dropped one…so I have four to sell. I’m pretty sure I’ll make a little money on these — at least I’ll get my $5 back. I bid on a bunch of other stuff — outside, they had some rusty, chippy, metal stuff that was pretty cool, like a great round collapsible laundry basket on casters, but it all went too high for resale. At least, for my resale. I guess the people buying these things — I’m sure they’re dealers — sell things for a lot more than I do. I had absolutely no phone service whatsoever at the auction, which makes me incredibly nervous, so I took a break and drove up the road a bit to make a phone call home to check in, and found a cute little flea market. These places puzzle me. I got some good deals but I would say about 70% of the booths had their stuff priced unreasonably high. Who is shopping there, for heaven’s sake?? How do they ever sell anything? I sell at a store that has a lot of foot traffic and I couldn’t price my stuff that high.I got the little print on the left for $9, which was pushing it, as far as I am concerned, but I needed one more fruit print in the kitchen so I could officially say I COLLECT vintage fruit prints.This little puppy was SUPER cheap — I think $2 — because he had a dead, awful plant in his planter (really?? too much to ask that you dump that out??) and someone had written “Sandi” underneath the Please Get Well sign. I scrubbed that right off. I got two pieces of pottery, cheap, to add to my never-ending collections…I couldn’t pass up this cute little squat yellow vase — such an unusual shape.This little feller was $1.50! And that’s it for the weekend. I thought the auction house I went to — Butler Creek Auction Gallery — was really nice, and I might make the trip again. Not too crowded, really cool inside, nice bathrooms (very important, don’t you know). Maybe next time I’ll be able to afford a bit more to make the trip worth the gas.

Linking to Sir Thrift-a-Lot’s Thriftasaurus and Elizabeth & Co. 

May 13, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Shara Those little trophies are great and you KNOW I love that pottery. Your signs are just great. I knew that first arrow sign would sell fast – and it DID! That auction I went to on Saturday – I know I spent too much money and didn’t really get anything great except I do love that little chair I got. I found myself bidding more than I wanted to when someone bid against me like “Oh no you di’nt!” and I would just keep throwing my number up in the air. So, I either need to not go again, or go more frequently so I don’t panic. One of my other friends was there and it was her first auction – we should all go together and BID, BID, BID!

May 13, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Chanelle That little yellow pottery is fab fab fab! Saw you had bought a big pretty lot of hankies. It’s funny as I have been picking them up every chance I get. Trying them at Randolph. Hankie for your pocketbook…do you see the prices they get for them ion ebay?!?! Crazy.

May 13, 2014 - 11:06 pm

Shannon LOVE the coat rack…you should totally do something like that. AND…your prints get better and better each time! 🙂

May 14, 2014 - 9:19 am

Pam @ House of Hawthornes I just tagged you on Instagram. I just bought the very same camera without the flash yesterday! I was just getting ready to photograph it for the blog and decided to check out some blog posts until the light gets better in here and there she is on your blog! Yours is in better shape. Mine has the leather carrying case, which I have to figure out how to get off this thing. It’s like it’s glued on or something.

May 14, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Anny I feel your pain – when I go thrifting and don’t find anything I get so confused I end up buying stuff I shouldn’t! I love your busts though – super cute!

May 14, 2014 - 11:09 pm

Heidi@TheMerryMagpieVintage Yes to the tetanus shot! Another blogger I read scratched herself on a rusty metal fence and ended up in the hospital with tetanus and was quite ill–it’s no joke!

Still love those trophies. And that wee yellow pot is just the best shape!

May 15, 2014 - 7:37 am

Laurie So much awesome! Love the pottery. 🙂

June 3, 2014 - 9:45 am

Lara Jo Thanks, Anny! Yes, I need to learn that it is OKAY to walk out of the thrift store empty handed! An important lesson for all of us. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting!

June 3, 2014 - 9:47 am

Lara Jo Heidi, is it Little Green Notebook? I remember her story. Terrifying. Although I really thought there was no cure for Tetanus so I’m happy to see that at least it’s not a death sentence. I need to go get a shot!