Friday, March 27, 2009

Chica Pink Saturday
























Ola! For this week's Pink Saturday, I'm sharing my pink roots...my deep south Texas pink roots. Along the Mexican border the pinks are bright and often paired with purples and even reds. The happy little Que Cute! fiesta wreath was made by my friend Laurie. It's typical of the "anything goes" color combinations found in Mexican and South American folk art.




The twig wreath was made from my collection of South American folk dolls. Many of the little senoritas are wearing shades of pink mixed with every color combination imaginable. They are made of humble materials...wood, brown wrapping paper, scraps of fabric and "found objects" like the little acorn shell bowls on the heads of some of the ladies. The weaving lady in the center is using pink and blue yarns on her creation. My mother brought it back from a trip into Mexico decades ago. She bought the little figure from the woman who made it. If you think that looks like vintage seam binding ribbon scraps, you're right. Those cheerful bits of rayon ribbon were salvaged from fiesta-themed dinner decorations back in the 80's. I think I got them from Barbara (Rio Star Ranch). Like everyone posting today, I love pink. When I get homesick for the border, I'm likely to add a little fire to the pinks...and since I missed the smell of the citrus orchards blooming this month, I'm posting Chica Pink. Be sure to visit Beverly and the Pink Saturday ladies.http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/

Friday, March 13, 2009

Pink Saturday










Today I'm sharing pictures of a painting salvaged years ago from a shed on my in-laws property. The painting was unframed at the time and had been stored along with items inherited from a great-aunt...nobody wanted it, but I always loved it and eventually I claimed it. It didn't "go" with my blue and white country dining room nor my 80's Santa Fe Southwest rust and navy living room, but still I dragged it home because I just loved the brush work and the softness of the colors...it didn't "go" with my style, but still I loved it...finally, years later, we built a house to suit it, I painted a dining room to go with it, and Hobby Lobby had half-price week. I had looked at frames for a long time, but one day HL received some beautiful materials that just seemed perfect for my Pretty in Pink painting.
I don't even know what find of flowers those are...nothing that grew in deep south Texas, that's for sure. But I love it...and I love casually remarking, "Oh, yes, it's been in the family for years." when anyone compliments it. It's dated from the 1940's...certainly NOT antique, but I love having it...and I guess the lesson is to buy and save things you really love...most of the Santa Fe items are long gone...but this will go to the assisted living center with me when the time comes.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pink Saturday


This little tray is part of a Pink ladies luncheon set...with the sweetest little violets and ferns...puts me in the mood for Waldorf salad or tomato aspic...


I'm selling this set at the Valley Girls Junque Sale...it's time for someone else to enjoy it. To see other things that will be at this Estate Sale visit Nancy and the Rio Babes.
Be sure and visit Beverly at How Sweet The Sound to see all the other Pink Saturday blogs. Thanks Beverly for hosting.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Valley Girls Junque Sale quilt top


Valley Girls Junque Sale Quilt Top

This quilt top would be a great duvet...it's already stitched around the sides with the top left open...It came from a church or estate sale...My aunt bought it and gave it to me so that I might learn to quilt on it...not happening... so I should share it with someone who might actually do something with it. It's really pretty and it shows careful workmanship...probably from the 60's...pink and lavender sounds like the era... and the fabrics are soooo RETRO...

Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.

Mexicana

Mexicana
I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.