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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Life’s Little Storm Doors and Estate Sale Finds

I spent the weekend sewing, attending estate sales and cleaning up my newly found treasures.

Chippy child’s chair + vintage basket pottery + pink petunias = perfection

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Mr. Decor had a somewhat less than fun weekend.

The back door that is attached to the sun room has leaked since day one. In an attempt to solve the problem the Mr. has replaced all of the exterior siding and trim, installed a new door as well as numerous other weatherproofing products.

All to no avail.

His latest potential solution is to install a storm door.

Easier said than done.

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As you know Storybook Cottage is an older home full of charm. But it is also filled with quirks that make repair projects difficult. Almost all the supplies have to be custom ordered because of odd sizing or off the shelf products must be heavily altered.

While this blog would rather focus on the new birdbath fountain I purchased for a song or how well the lavender is growing I think it’s always important to share the reality of life.

So I want to take a moment to thank Mr. Decor for his unending patience and clever ingenuity that is a basic requirement to keep the not so pretty, but very important tasks, going here at Decor To Adore, Inc.

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Friday the 13th ending up being a VERY lucky day for me.

I regularly attend estate sales and most often leave empty handed. This past Friday I went to a sale that stated the home belonged to a world traveling seamstress. I went in search of old linens I could transform into curtains and upcoming historical costuming projects. It did not disappoint. 

Several areas in Storybook Cottage are now draped with fabric and linens that have been hand washed.

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Since it is overcast and raining here the linens are line drying on every available chair and table. My haul will consist of a full day of ironing these textile treasures before it is all tucked away to wait its turn to be transformed.

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But wait, there’s more!

I added to my blue and white collection. It kind of looks nice on the vintage true Florentine tray that was also found. I didn’t technically “need” any of this but the tray was just $3! I couldn’t just LEAVE it there unappreciated.   (A quick trip on ebay reveals these vintage gems usually start around $20-25. :)

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But wait, there’s more.

I paid just $10 for a first edition, 11th printing of Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”.

The signed, brand spanking new condition of “Barefoot in Paris” by Ina Garten was just $4.

Yep, shoot your eye daggers at me. I know!!!

Then ask, “Don’t you already own the MTAOFC cookbook Laura?”

Yes, I do. This copy is now on its way to my dear cousin L. via the USPS as a thank you for helping with my quilt project. She will GREATLY appreciate this fabulous find.

I had similar plans to give the Ina Garten cookbook to cousin Sweet T (who is a HUGE Barefoot Contessa fan) but then I looked at the book. Big mistake, HUGE! But I may attempt a few recipes and then still pass it on to her.

The Renoir book, however, is ALL mine! As is the sweet little $1 pitcher.

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Now on to my favorite finds:

My Royal family loving Anglophile heart rejoiced at the vintage, but in pristine condition, Windsor Castle tablecloth. It was just $1. I had to dig down deep, through several boxes, to find this treasure.  Afterwards my hands were filthy. (Thank goodness I carry baby wipes.)

I was so excited about the other three books above that I missed the “Kings and Queens” book on my first go around at the sale.

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So yes, that is a big tip. At large estate sales I recommend that you go through each of the rooms twice. Often at large sales my eye will miss something on the first pass through. This is a vintage children’s book that discusses each of the British monarchs in prose. So charming!

I did find this book on Amazon if you are interested. It’s a bit more than the $1 I paid.

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I’ll be back soon with more treasures.



Eilis said...

I love to shop at estate sales! Looks like you hit the jackpot at this one. Enjoy your goodies. (Although, I don't envy you all the ironing.)

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

You always find great treasures! I love a good estate sale even though I don't need a single thing!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Sounds like a fun time shopping and I love all of your great finds. I hope you have a nice week. :)
Julie xo

GSGreatEscaper said...

I have that ginger jar - but mine is "topless." Great finds!

Hena Tayeb said...

wow look at you.. what beautiful treasures you uncovered

Vel Criste said...

Good luck with the door Laura, and I love all your finds especially that steal Blue & white jars!

martinealison said...

Bonsoir chère amie,

Fouiner, trouver, acheter et se réjouir... J'aime chiner aussi.

Merci pour l'ensemble de vos photos.

Je suis désolée en ce moment je n'ai pas beaucoup de temps et je délaisse un peu mon ordinateur... J'espère revenir plus régulièrement très bientôt.

Gros bisous ❀♡❀

Pondside said...

What a great day you had! The textiles all look very interesting.
Kudos to your Mr who sounds like a very handy fellow!

Katie Mansfield said...

What fun. You got some great finds. I wish I could have gone with you.

lynn cockrell said...

I love estate sales too, Laura, though I cannot remember the last time I went to one. You nabbed some wonderful things at the one you attended.

Fox and Finch Antiques said...

Hi Laura,
That looks like it was a fun estate sale. I just noticed your lovely brick walled garden. Like my friend, Rita, from Panolpy, has with a bit of different design. I think it makes a secret garden so secure!
Your husband's work on the door brought to mind my shared experience. I learned the hard way to never toss out a door to a vintage home thinking that I would just pick up a new one.
I would be interested to know if Mr. Decor finds out what caused the leak.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Love that little chippy chair and the vintage plant holder. You had some very nice finds in your shopping adventure :)

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a great post!! Love all the treasures you found! The linens are beautiful!! Gorgeous new editions to your Blue and White collection.....
Thanks so much for stopping by as often as you do!!


Jeanie said...

Well, this post stuck a dagger through my heart (in a good way!) Talk about hitting the jackpot on estate sales. It's a good thing I wasn't there because we would have been fighting tooth and nail over the Brit tablecloth and book -- not to mention the cookbooks and maybe even the linens, though I'm trying to swear off bringing more of those into the house.

This is really terrific. You aced it. Haven't seen any good ones around here lately -- I need to be where you are!

(Lizzie looked up when I audibly groaned twice and loudly when the Brit stuff came up. She think I'm OK now. I'm not so sure...!)

Botanic Bleu said...

Love, love, love the little blue child's chair... Great finds in so many categories...