Quirk

I love quirk, it’s my friend and constant companion. Quirk is preferable to some of my other companions like guilt, anger, and that other not so pleasant tag-a-long, jealousy and his friend covetousness. But quirk, quirk I embrace, quirk is the type of friend you call up to see the latest chick flick with. The buddy who still wants to hang out with you, even if you snort-laugh in public. Quirk is the fun friend, but  guilt always brings ya down, anger is just too unpleasant, jealousy is too judgy and that other acquaintance covetousness always wants what it can’t have and makes everyone miserable because of it.

Since I’ve been hanging out with quirk more often, I’ve become more aware of her presence around my home. Like my budding interest in owls:

Or my new favorite old things, pineapple bookends. When I brought these home Bubba thought they were…interesting…and…pokey. I am hoping that one day we will share a love of pineapple bookends.

Right now these lovlies are living on the living room coffee table, hanging out with my small vintage camera collection.

I couldn’t bear to put my pineapples in the front room where we keep all of our books. (A place I usually avoid, since I haven’t allowed quirk in that space.)  I just had to have them front and center, where I spend most of my time, in the living room, sadly, in front of the TV.

Alongwith my owls and pineapples I’ve noticed that quirk is showing herself in my other newest interest, globes. I love the colors, and it’s really nice to have visual aids when it comes to learning that Africa is not a country, but a continent.

This isn’t quirk, but she’s one of my other favorite and nearly constant companions:

(Never mind the floating head, I’m still experimenting with bokeh. And yes, the dog does match the carpet, many a night has she been stepped on in a sleepy stumble to the kitchen for a drink. )

Goldie dog tags along with me throughout all of my adventures, at least in the adventures where dogs are allowed.

Quirk is showing her face in the fact that I can’t bring myself to letting my Valentine Tulips bite the dust. I change their water and trim their stems every day. Obsessive Complusive? Or quirky?

Have you found quirk in your home recently? Is quirk something you want to keep around, or the friend you choose to ignore?

P.S. I’m linking up to a linky party hosted by the Nester, we are all celebrating our imperfections. Whether those imperfections be in the home, personal, or found in our quirkiness.  Click the banner below to be directed over to Nester’s celebration of imperfections.

Sitting Pretty

I am participating in a ” 31 Days of…” series for the month of October. You see a whole bunch of sweet blogger buddies have been getting together the past few years to do 31 posts in 31 days. The topic is always something they have a passion for. This year they have invited all of their readers to post 31 days of their passions. If you are interested in participating in the 31 Days of…series, or you’re just curious about what everyone else is writing about, please visit The Nester, Jen, Melissa, Sandy, Darcy, Emily, and Emily. I hope you enjoy my series on finding treasures both vintage and of the heart. Let’s hope I can overcome my inconsistent blogging habit and share those 31 posts within the next 31 days!

Since this whole blogging about treasures for 31 days straight has been a massive FAIL, my 31 days series will come to an end at the end of October. And instead of 31 days, it will be a 16 day series. That is, if I can make myself post everyday until Halloween. Again,a massive FAIL on my part when it has come to blogging everyday, including weekends, vacation time, and those all too frequent  uninspired days. So I do apologize to those of you who were looking forward to a full 31 days of treasures. But rest assured, I will share my vintage finds with you here and there. I own and am still finding a lot of great vintage-y treasures, it would almost be a crime not to share!

As I had mentioned in a previous post, I’ve got quite the addiction to milk glass items. Especially when it comes to milk glass vases of various shapes and sizes. My favorite at the moment is a hob nail vase…

She’s sort of short and squatty but I think she’s cute. If I had been smart, I would have bought some flowers or placed a few pens in her to show you the different ways you can use such a vase. However, much like the disorganized bum I am, I wasn’t thinking ahead. But thanks to my addiction to Pinterest I’ve got a few visual examples.

via Pinterest via In This Instance

Here’s my milk glass vase being used as a straw holder. And those paper straws? Super cute, I have my own stash left over from the wedding/house warming party.

via Pinterest via Etsy

I love the green apples in this milk glass piece. I’ve always got a milk glass bowl filled with some sort of fruit on my kitchen table.

via Pinterest via In This Instance

Don’t think that milk glass is only for sitting up on a shelf to look pretty. It can be used for so many other purposes too. Like organizing stationary, quite a clever idea actually.

I may have to take down some of my pieces  from their little shelves and put them to work. No more just sitting pretty for them!

Why so green?

I am participating in a ” 31 Days of…” series for the month of October. You see a whole bunch of sweet blogger buddies have been getting together the past few years to do 31 posts in 31 days. The topic is always something they have a passion for. This year they have invited all of their readers to post 31 days of their passions. If you are interested in participating in the 31 Days of…series, or you’re just curious about what everyone else is writing about, please visit The Nester, Jen, Melissa, Sandy, Darcy, Emily, and Emily. I hope you enjoy my series on finding treasures both vintage and of the heart. Let’s hope I can overcome my inconsistent blogging habit and share those 31 posts within the next 31 days!

Apparently, things made from jadeite are in high demand. I’ve been on the look out for items with that pretty green milky hue, but they are just too hard to come by. That’s why when my Bubba came across this mug he happily paid the 50 cent price tag and gleefully presented me with my very first jadeite piece.

I have yet to use it for fear of breaking it. Over the years I have become quite proficient at breaking favorite glasswares. Recently, I broke one of our vintage Pyrex mixing bowls, its beautiful leaf green shards were all over the floor. I nearly cried, not from the mess, but because I realized I’d broken something that could very possibly be older than me. Yup, it lasted over 30 years until it moved into my house and only made it a few weeks.

Let’s hope this jadeite mug lasts longer, and let’s also hope that I can introduce him to more of his milky green buddies!

Do the shutterbug

I am participating in a ” 31 Days of…” series for the month of October. You see a whole bunch of sweet blogger buddies have been getting together the past few years to do 31 posts in 31 days. The topic is always something they have a passion for. This year they have invited all of their readers to post 31 days of their passions. If you are interested in participating in the 31 Days of…series, or you’re just curious about what everyone else is writing about, please visit The Nester, Jen, Melissa, Sandy, Darcy, Emily, and Emily. I hope you enjoy my series on finding treasures both vintage and of the heart. Let’s hope I can overcome my inconsistent blogging habit and share those 31 posts within the next 31 days!

My 31 days of treasures experiment have accidentally been put on hold the past week due illness and travel with spotty internet service. It’s my fault, I had planned on writing posts ahead of time to automatically post while I was out. But being the great organizer that I am (HAR-HAR) that did not come to fruition.  So here we are, a week after my last post, please accept my sincerest apology as I try to resume our regularly scheduled blogging.

While perusing the aisles of Goodwill yesterday, I came upon a cute little piece of photography history, a Canon AE-1, with it’s original 50 mm lens. But at 19.99 and with a sticky film trigger (I don’t know the proper terminology for this peice, but essentially it’s a lever you push that snaps back into place. It moves the film from frame to frame right before you hit the shutter button. If you know the right terminology for this piece, please share!), it just didn’t make the cut. Since, I was a dummy and didn’t have a camera with me  I’m having a borrow a picture I found on the interwebs.

via Pinterest via kenrockwell.com


After admiring this camera, it got me to wondering about vintage camera collections. This is something I’ve considered, but with such a small house and so many other collections of my treasures, space is at a premium. But in case I ever do decide to start a vintage camera collection, that is after I’ve “edited” down some of my other collections, I thought it might be fun to share how others are displaying their shutter buggery goodness.

via Pinterest via Design Sponge

This would be cute in an entry way or hallway. Somewhere where it can be fully appreciated.

via Pinterest via Mint Design Blog

Here’s an idea that would certainly be great for sharing the history behind your collectibles. Plus you’d know if someone had moved any of your treasures!

via Pinterest via Design Sponge

Or you could simply place them with other sentimental items.

via Pinterest via Fossil

Honestly, I’m not really loving the idea of hanging these snappy puppies up on the wall. It would be much more fun to be able to handle them and give them a closer look. But it is a good idea if you are low on shelf space and still want to display your vintage cameras.

via Pinterst via Unplugged

After seeing all these great ideas, maybe I should start editing down some of my other collections to start a new collection.



Sir Mix-a-lot

I am participating in a ” 31 Days of…” series for the month of October. You see a whole bunch of sweet blogger buddies have been getting together the past few years to do 31 posts in 31 days. The topic is always something they have a passion for. This year they have invited all of their readers to post 31 days of their passions. If you are interested in participating in the 31 Days of…series, or you’re just curious about what everyone else is writing about, please visit The Nester, Jen, Melissa, Sandy, Darcy, Emily, and Emily. I hope you enjoy my series on finding treasures both vintage and of the heart. Let’s hope I can overcome my inconsistent blogging habit and share those 31 posts within the next 31 days!

Shall I introduce you to Sir Mix-A-Lot?

Sorry to get your hopes up, it’s just a mixer, not the rapper. But it’s a pretty cool mixer if you ask me. Last weekend I purchased the 4200 Dormeyer mixer for $5, with all original parts and the manual, including the milk glass mixing bowls which is what drew me in. It was a deal I could NOT pass up. And it works! I tried it out the other day and didn’t burn down the house! WOO-HOO! A thousand points for not having to meet the fire department yet again!

The only piece that’s missing is the wooden pestle or, the smasher in April terms. I assume it was for the meat grinder, doesn’t the sound yummy?

I loved the settings this puppy has…

Plus, if your clueless in the kitchen like me, it’s got all the measuring conversions…

I really don’t think this has much re-sale value as the brand isn’t all that well known. But I love it and am currently researching how I could get this little gem back into a usable and safe condition. Because really, where can you find a stand mixer for $5 ?

Mindy the Mendet

I am participating in a ” 31 Days of…” series for the month of October. You see a whole bunch of sweet blogger buddies have been getting together the past few years to do 31 posts about a topic that they have a passion for. This year they have invited all of their readers to post 31 days of their passions. The blogger that first introduced me to this series was The Nester, if you are interested in participating in the 31 Days of…series, please visit her site for more information. I hope you enjoy my series on finding treasures both vintage and of the heart. Let’s hope I can overcome my inconsistent blogging habit and share those 31 posts within the next 31 days!

Apparently, I’ve got a theme going on here, other than the theme of vintage treasures that is. I had intended on sharing this with you yesterday, but after I hit that publish button, I just didn’t have the heart to go back through and add this little treasure.

Mendets! Everyone should keep a package in their kitchen, for those leaky pot emergencies!

This is another Bubba purchase, apparently he found this treasure at a yard sale. The older lady who was holding the sale, told him that he needed to buy this for his wife. Obviously, she hadn’t met me, and had no idea how far away from domesticity I had gone. Or maybe she had a feeling I’d appreciate it’s vintage quality. Still, it gave me and Bubba a good laugh, and the packaging is pretty cool.

According to this site Mendets were first used in 1908, a patent was given to the Collete Manufacturing Company of Amsterdam in June of 1950. The patent expired in 1992 and has not been renewed, so if anyone is in the market for a new/old gadget to push I’ve got an idea! We could even use the old slogan:

“Don’t throw it away-mend it with MENDETS, mends all leaks instantly.”

I can’t attest to how instantly it mends leaks, I’ve never had a leaky pot and if I did I’d probably throw it out and get a new one. Goes to show how things have changed over time eh?  Back then, people tried to fix things and make them last as long as possible, now-a-days we just throw out the old and buy new.

At least some of us do, others sniff around yard sales, thrift stores, and roadsides hoping to find new life in others cast a ways. So, maybe it works to my advantage that we live in a disposable society. I’ve found some pretty awesome treasures in what someone else thought was trash. Unless it’s a leaky pot, because I’m not going to open my Mendets to fix it.