What I Did This Weekend Besides Break My Toe & Restore Antiques

This is one of those weekends I just wanted to veg around the house and do those things that you put off. In the last post I told that Tom wanted to borrow two of my scrap quilts for a photo shoot. Well, I did put the borders on the Halloween quilt and then when I really looked at the village quilt I decided to go ahead and put a border on it. Luckily, I had enough fabric to match, so I finished it.

The next thing was to figure out what to do and I remembered I had a centerpiece mirror that I had bought at Blue Suede Shoes probably 6 months ago. Got it down and looked it over and realized it would take much to redo it for use. I cut the cardboard back off with a box cutter. scraped the old flaking silver/mirror with a razor blade, sanding the painted gold metal with steel wool and then dry brushed it with gold enamel paint. (I keep all those things handy just for restorations of my finds.) It only took about an hour to get a new plateau ready for the dining room.

I had bought this Victorian stand about a year ago. I liked it because of the delicate flowers, birds, and designs. The silver had turned black  and someone spray panted it green then silver. I took steel wool and started just sanding each piece. I knew if  was gonna use it had to be in better condition that it was. I never thought it would polish up. I worked about 2 1/2 hours on it and have got it in good repair. I did break off a flower bud that can be welded back on. I am gonna take it to the jewelry shop tomorrow and see if he can buff out the base a little more and put the bud back on. If not, I still can use it as is. Now to find a bowl to fit it.

When Tom came through town he stopped a minute to say hi and saw the framed picture I bought at the Methodist Flea Market. HE LOVED IT!!! Well, dumb me bought it just for the frame for $2.00, never looking at the architecture picture in it. He studied it for a long time and came to the conclusion that it was a signed original etching from the 1940’s and it had cars of that time in the distance. The label on the back said it was framed in Little Rock and the phone number was like PR-3425. That made it old for sure. Well, I gave it to Tom.  I can never find anything for him. So, it pleased him greatly and thrilled me that he wanted it. He said he knew right where to put it.  My $2.00 was well spent.

I have been in a crock pot mood.  If you know me you know I just love to crock! I have 3 regular crock pots, a minature one and a big one the kids gave me for my 60th birthday. Well, this week I cooked a roast with potatoes, carrots, and whole onions in mushroom gravy. Then, I did my world-famous spaghetti sauce that is in the Devil Dog Cookbook. And right now I a crocking Great Northern Beans with ham & onions. I am stocking up the freezer for the winter. So , if you drop by, I can fix ya suppa!!! PS: I did break y toe hurrying from the bathroo to get something off the stove. I hit it on the hall table that has been there for 25 years. LOL!

About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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3 Responses to What I Did This Weekend Besides Break My Toe & Restore Antiques

  1. Brenda Wall says:

    It is a beautiful frame. The picure is nice and I am glad that you gave Tom something to help cheer him up. So sorry to hear about your toe. When I can drop in for dinner – LOL.

  2. Patricia Eaton says:

    Jim….My goodness! As always you have over-achieved! Not surprising…but breaking your toe….broke two in the Spring…so I know just how you feel. I’m so sorry. Now, about that framed piece you gave Tom…I’m so glad you did that because had I visited later — well, I would have wanted to talk you out of it myself. I know he will enjoy it and that is a really good and nice thing.
    Now that I know you have cooked….gosh….can I come have supper? Have a great week…even though you will be hobbling around…hugs, pat

  3. Sharon says:

    The metal frame is called a “Bride’s Basket” and housed a beautiful ruffled bowl. I’m adding a link to information about bride’s baskets below. You shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a pretty bowl for it.
    I enjoy reading your blog, keep up the good work!

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