Antiquing Fun: Finding Deals in Deale, Maryland

My friend and I first found out about all the antiquing goodness in Deale, Maryland earlier this year (you can read about it here), so when we found ourselves out and about in that area again, we decided to hit up some of our favorites. Of course, this time was a little different… with social distancing, face masks and hand sanitizer.

We didn’t visit the entire Vintage Loop this time and just stuck to a few stores that we previously loved. I also tried to be a bit pickier this time… but still ended up bringing a few treasures home.

Floral Coasters, $4.50

First up is this pretty set of two coasters. There are no markings on them and they have cork on the bottoms, so I have no idea where they came from. They were only $4.50 for both of them though and they VERY MUCH fit my floral life aesthetic, so I had to buy them. They were immediately put to good use, with one being sent to my living room and one going to live in my den.

Little Round Vase – Handmade in Poland, $12

This cute little round vase has “hand made in Poland” marked on the bottom, and it seems to be a very typical/classic version of Polish art. It is incredibly cute and the design is so pretty – both around the vase and even on the top of the lip. This could be used for anything from flowers, to pencils, to make-up brushes. I’m not sure exactly where this is going to end up in my house, but I do like it a lot.

Pyrex casserole dish, $9

I’ve admired vintage Pyrex for a while and have recently decided to start building a little collection. Rather than taking “the easy way out” and hitting the order button when a style I like pops up on eBay, I’m trying to find pieces through thrifting and vintage stores. However, if I don’t come across a pink gooseberry casserole dish soon, I may cave and have to order one!

I did some googling and I’m pretty sure this is a vintage square flowers verde Cinderella 2 ½ quart dish that was sold between 1968 – 1972. I also recently thrifted another Pyrex, a Spring Blossom Green (known as “Crazy Daisy”), which was made between 1972 – 1978 and is one of the most recognizable Pyrex patterns in the signature avocado green. While I could certainly display them in my china cabinet, these two went into immediate use. After 50 years they still look great and are perfect for me to use when shredding chicken, serving watermelon, or mixing up some pancake batter!

Folk Art pig, $14

I mean, who doesn’t need a handmade folk art pig in their life?! This little guy with his rough wood exterior and painted spots really called to me. It was signed on the bottom by “Lesh” and currently lives on my office desk. I haven’t named him yet, but I’m leaning towards either Vincent. Or maybe HAMilton.

Hammered Copper Necklace, $8

I was poking through the jewelry section and really liked the hammered metal charm on this necklace… but the chain was absolute cheap crap. I’m pretty sure they found them separately and just put them together to sell. When I got home the chain immediately went into the trash and I attached the charm to a rose gold chain from a different necklace. With that being said, I always forget that I rarely wear necklaces… but it is really pretty.

All in all, I spent less than $50 and brought some pretty little treasures back home with me! Do you have a favorite?

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AR Workshop: Take & Make DIY-To-Go Kits

I have visited the AR Workshop in Annapolis a bunch of times before and created really fun projects at their storefront. However, with the ongoing pandemic they launched a new Take & Make DIY-To-Go Kit option, so I decided to give it a try!

I’ve had my eye on one of their projects ever since they shared it on social media early this Spring, so it was an easy choice. They provided my piece of wood, the stencil, sponges, and primary colored paint.

The sample project that I chose had a white painted background, so I guess they assumed I’d want to paint mine white too. However, I like the look of stained wood better… and luckily Lindsey had some on hand for me to use. Once the stain dried, I attached my stencil and got to paint mixing! Since they only provided red, yellow, blue, black and white I had to mix some colors to cover the entire rainbow.

Mixing the colors myself was a fun way to have an absolutely original and customized project. I’m really happy with how it turned out, but I’m not sure if I would do a take-home project with them again, as there were some drawbacks. First, the colors were much more limited and there were no stain options. Also, they didn’t provide me with hanging supplies (perhaps they forgot to throw it in?), but luckily Lindsey had an extra pack for me to use.

If you don’t mind the fact that it’s a bit more DIY than their typical sessions at their storefront, it is a fun way to spend some time at home.

{Pssst, this isn’t a sponsored post, but if you want to find an AR Workshop you can find them here: https://www.arworkshop.com/}

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DIY: Upholstering a Free Bench

I could have also named this post, “A Temporary Fix” because while this DIY is fine in the “how to” upholster something, the final product was just kind of… eh. Anyways, I was bored on Saturday so I threw this project together. I had picked up an old free bench months ago when Lindsey and I were doing some antiquing. We ripped the old and gross fabric off of it and threw it in the back of my car.

Pretty much immediately, I regretted it. So it lived in my garage for months and I was thinking about putting it out for the garbage truck to pick up.

I didn’t need the bench and it was in pretty yucky condition with bits of old fluff stuck to it. However, as I mentioned. I was bored. So, I grabbed an old floor scraper and scraped off the old fluff.

Then, I cut some foam down to the same size as the top of the bench.

I threw some of my velvet upholstery options on the floor from my sewing bin (I picked these up probably 20+ years ago when I was out hitting yard sales with a friend):

I picked the green, so I stuck it on top the bench and foam and got out my handy staple gun…

And BAM, I have a new footrest for my hanging chair.

As I mentioned, I don’t love it. In fact, I’m not really loving my sunroom at all right now. After making it absolutely perfect last spring (you can see it here), in the fall I stole my white sunroom couch and randomly decided to redecorate the den (here’s that post). And the problem is, I LOVE my new den. Which means I need to run out and buy another couch and ottoman for my sunroom. But, #quarentine. So, I decided to make do with that I had around my house.

Once life goes back to normal(ish), we will have to take a trip to Ikea and grab another $399 slipcovered EKTORP couch. Same goes for Homegoods – once they open, I can grab a replacement ottoman. However, for now we are still hunkered down so this bench will work. And then, I’ll add it to my donation pile so someone else can thrift and enjoy it!

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