Today when I opened my email, I read Brenda's post over at Cozy Little House -- she said she couldn't get PicMonkey to work. Yesterday and also today, I can't either?! Anybody know what is going on with that? I emailed them, got an automated response, no promise of help! I pay for the Royale service, so if they don't fix it pretty quick, I am canceling! So the photos today are not watermarked, but these probably aren't anything anyone would want to steal or Pin anyway, so who cares? Watermarking can really be a pain sometimes.
|Cute little fellows aren't they?|
They are bookends.
Our Memorial Day is shaping up to be just another day at the office what with me still sick, not able to entertain or go anywhere. I have read about 90 million blogs, piddled a little and then crashed for a nap awhile. That has mostly been my entire last week. Sweet Husband is trying to install some heavy duty locks on a couple of interior closets in the house. We have no basement, and two interior closets on the lower floor is IT for right now. I have heard survivors on TV say that they really have a hard time holding onto the doorknob during a tornado, so we decided to add a little extra insurance in the form of some cane bolts which go down into the floor. I hope we never have to find out, and I am so sorry for all those who have been tornado victims.
On a brighter note, as long as I am rambling and free associating here (it might be the cold medicine), I thought you might like to see my estate sale finds from week before last. I found three chairs in good shape but in dire need of a facelift, some Haviland Limoges plates and some brass bookends for the ManCave. My garage is getting out of control!
|These Queen Anne-style chairs are in great shape and super-comfortable.|
Too bad the fabric is ugly!
I have amused myself this week in my more coherent moments by researching all about Limoges and getting the pattern of the dishes identified. Did you know that there is a society or two of Limoges Collectors? One of those members graciously identified them for me. Haviland Limoges' stuff is made in France of kaolin clay which produces a beautiful translucent porcelain, indeed a thing of beauty. My particular plates were some of many which were actually produced there for the American market. You can see by the backmark that these were made for Leighton Bros in Lowell, Mass. What I have not been able to find out yet is who or what that was or how long ago. I deduce that it was a store which is no longer in existence. If you are from that area or have ever heard of Leighton Bros, please enlighten me. The plates look pretty old, but I don't know for sure.
This pattern doesn't have a very fancy name, but instead is called Schleiger 55G. Did you know that there are over 60,000 patterns from Haviland Limoges? Most of them are not named. Mine is one of many which is colloquially known as a "Drop Rose" pattern and this one has a green rim on it, hence the G in the naming of it. Mrs. Schleiger set out to catalog all the Haviland patterns around 1930, and continued until her death when her son took over. From the beginning of her undertaking, he also used to paint the illustrations for the several books she published on the subject. I read that she would ship him a saucer, even during WWII, when he was a sailor stationed in Japan, and he would paint the illustration and send it all back to her. The pattern numbers go very high in what I think is six books in total, and so I assume that these might well be older if she started in the thirties since the number is low. These reference books are sought after today by dealers and Limoges collectors, and apparently, they are hard to come by.
When I get a bee in my bonnet about something like this, I like to find out all I can about it. I just bought the plates because I loved the colors and thought they were beautiful, not because I plan to resell them. They will hang in my front hall around the big green mirror when the plate hangers show up.
|There are six, and I think they are considered dinner plates.|
I have been looking for the Disc hangers which are made in England, and Marigene at Mimi in the Middle of Nowhere told me that Hobby Lobby carries them. They only had two, so I gave up after several trips and ordered online. Their next truck which was due in this past Tuesday was unfortunately in OKC the day before when the tornado hit, and it was delayed getting here. By then I was very sick, but I dragged myself over there in a stupor, and there still weren't any. Either none was on that truck or someone else wanted them, too. I will show you the plates in place once I am able to hang them.
|Isn't this cute?|
Now about this chair. I have been looking for a little chair this size and shape forever, practically, and at last I found one. I want it for my bath, and I am still looking for a really snazzy vanity with a large mirror. I am killing two birds with one stone with this because this one has a leather seat. I want to try chalk paint on it! I have a large bergère and ottoman in my bedroom which is slipcovered in white. It is burgundy leather under the cover, and I would dearly love for that chair to be white. (I don't like burgundy any better than I like brown.) If this leather painting thing works out, I am going to screw my courage to the sticking point and just paint it! I read in Annie Sloan's new book that leather can be painted and waxed just like about everything else in civilization. I didn't want to experiment on anything that cost a lot of money, so this little estate sale find is the perfect thing to practice on. I got it for $47.50. If I liked brown (which I don't) the finish could be touched up and it would be fine. But that is not happening.
|This wear and tear on the arms is the only thing wrong with it --|
but it will be painted and no one will ever know!
The other two chairs require not only painting but reupholstering. There is nothing wrong with the fabric, except that it is probably from the 1970s and is hideous. I think it is too textured to accept paint very well, or I would try painting on the fabric, another thing I am dying to do.
|I am considering repainting this little powder table, too --|
I painted it this way several years ago.
So, I am chomping at the bit to get going on all these projects, as well as about a half dozen others. If you are still reading --I LOVE YOU! Thanks for indulging a sick woman today.
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A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Kathe With An E's You're Gonna Love It!
Cozy Little House for Tweak It Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop on Tuesdays
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures