Saturday, February 26, 2011

March at Liberty Belle

This coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the March sale at Liberty Belle in the West Bottoms.  Stop by! 
I've started putting out the gardening items.  Look closely and you'll see 6 garden gnomes!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The more it snows...

Everyone is grumbling in my city because we have another round of snow here.  Just a week ago today, we had sunshine and 70 degrees!  Whew! 

So, I consulted the "House at Pooh Corner".  In the first chapter, Pooh writes a song:

Pooh added "tiddely pom" to make it sound more hummy.  So fitting for the weather.

Besides the wonderful writing, I love this vintage edition of this book!  It was reprinted in 1961 and has wonderful black-and-white illustrations throughout.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Union Jack Table

This antique table has an awesome base, but I had it in 6 sales at Liberty Belle and no one fell in love with it, so I decided I needed to paint it.  I saw the Union Jack painted on furniture on and decided it would be perfect.

Taping off and getting the design correct were the toughest part. 

The finished product!  (Yes, I laid it across my kitchen table and worked on it.) 

I distressed it a bit.  I couldn't find the glaze I wanted, so I used brown shoe polish.  Then, using wipe-on polyurethane, I sealed it. 

When I return it to Liberty Belle for the next sale, I'll post a picture of it, base and all.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

miscellaneous Craigslist postings...

Mid-century Stiffel floor lamp $150

Waterfall buffet $250, which I've seen painted and distressed for a fabulous look.

This 70's dresser and mirror for $110, which is sort of high.  I would pay $40 and paint it the color of the garage door behind it!

This dresser/desk is awesome for $35.  I would love to make a trip across town right now to get it!

I would love to go get this dressing table, also.  $25.

There's something about long tables we all love, like this 9 foot table with metal legs for $250.

This antique wardrobe is sort of pricey at $800, but I like it.

You never know what you'll find on craigslist.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Cowboys of Past

One of my favorite pictures is of my Grandfather, Willard Mason.  He was born in 1889.  

As a child of 9 years old, he went to work full time in coal mines because his father died in the mines. 

Grandpa had 9 children.  He was quite the entrepreneur, owning several businesses in his small Missouri town.  A coal mine, a restaurant, a barbershop...

This picture was taken before he got married at age 20.  Do the math - before 1909!  He and a friend donned their best clothes for the shoot.  I believe he worked in Colorado awhile as a single man.  This photo may have been taken there.  Don't you love it!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Yellow Ware Love

I adore this Hull yellow ware crock pitcher.  What a find!  Despite all the TV shows that teach people to go on treasure hunts, there are still some treasures to be had.  I listed this on ebay today and hope it sells! 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Memories of 3rd Grade Valentine's Cards

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  I hope it's a wonderful day, whether you have a love interest in your life, real or imagined!

I was remembering 3rd grade at my elementary school.  Of course, we all decorated a shoebox the night before at home and cut a slot in the top for our Valentine's we were to receive at school the next day. 

We were so so careful as to sending the right valentines to the right people.  Didn't want to send any mixed messages...

What a surprise I got the next day when the cutest boy in my 3rd grade class signed his valentine "Love" followed by his name.  I was petrified.  Showing my friends, we all compared his cards to theirs.  None of them said "Love" before his name. 

That was the sum total of any hint of affection from this boy.  Very short-lived but I still remember it! 

Can't believe I didn't save this card, the junker I am. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


may Your voice be louder
may Your voice be clearer
than all the others

on this middle day of the week
take time to listen for God
as He speaks to you

Monday, February 7, 2011

Love at first sight...

It was love at love at first sight.  This handmade Raggedy Andy was sold to me this weekend.  The owner said her mother made it for her 78 years ago.  She was a little girl and got the job of embroidering the face.  My latest splurge...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Liberty Belle this weekend!

If you live in the Kansas City area, don't forget that this is the first-Friday weekend in the West Bottoms. 

At Liberty Belle, we are having lots of vintage clothing for sale this month, complete with models!

There are also 2 other vintage venues this weekend by us - Good Juju and Bottoms Up Antiques.

I will take a picture of the location for you who don't live around here - you won't believe the part of town that these markets are.  Originally the stockyards of this beautiful "cowtown", this previously-blighted area is now booming with businesses - studios, lofts, eateries, antique venues and all sorts of businesses.  Actually there is a lot of history and Kansas City had an important role in the settlement of the western US.  Okay, history lesson over!