Friday, October 1, 2010

Back, as promised

Hello there. I've missed you-all. It's been a highly productive two weeks. I wrote a lot. I spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen, making stock and bread and homemade caramels. Also, I siphoned some money out of my checking account and did a little antiquing. It's autumn. It's what I do. Slurp slurp slurp.

See that brown transferware plate above? That one I was powerless to resist. See what's printed on it? Ferns. As in, Sweetfern Handmade. Sweetfern isn't actually a true fern, but that is neither here nor there. I love ferns of all kinds. Friends and family and well-wishers will attest heartily to that.

This is one of the most unique things I've ever found. It's a counterweight from a pendulum light. I bought it because it's copper, probably from the Arts & Crafts period (my fave) and printed with tulips. It easily weighs ten pounds, no joke.

To round out the excursion, and continue the botanical theme, a poppy-printed tray. Seventy five cents. Yee-oo.

Deep breath. This is the slightly wonky, not-quite sure-how-I-feel-about-it but it's-growing-on-me shelf I made from barn boards, wire coat hangers, and 60 old wooden spools. I was going for this. I didn't strike it, exactly, but I got sorta close. Maybe? Advice? Thoughts? In our next house, it's definitely going in my craft room. I think it'll look better stuffed with button jars and spools of ribbon. And for the record, this is what I was working on in that picture I posted two weeks ago.

What's new in your lives? This month has been pretty fabulous, but oddly, I think I'm ready to get back to work. Refreshed and renewed, eager for October and more writing. And lots more antiquing.


Amy said...

You've got great style Kristina! some nice scores there. Love how you displayed the fern plate.
& I love the shelf too..:*)

Kristina Strain said...

Thanks! I made the plate stand out of a wire clothes hanger. Hee hee.

Becky said...

I love all the stuff you found! Glad you had a relaxing break too.

I totally dig your wonky shelf. I wonder if the original one has either a thicker wire or maybe some sort of glue to hold the spools in a straight line?

Kristina Strain said...

Yeah, I was wondering that meself. That seems to be the main difference between the two.

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