Yeah, I bought a clock. A cool clock. For years I have been coveting a mid century clock, but they are usually way out of my budget. But, Zantegirl Retro store posted a clock on Facebook that I impulse bought. Well, technically I asked Chet if I should get it and he agreed (even though he was in some other state–I love the internet). So, I bought it through PayPal. And I drove down to Winfield, Kansas to pick it up. And I drove it home, and hung it on the wall in the living room, and have loved it ever since. The end.
Seems like I am collecting a lot of cool things lately. Maybe it is just that summer is rolling in and I am able to get some projects completed. Regardless, I have another toy!
My grandmother Virginia died right after my older brother was born. My mother and my aunt have mourned her death my whole life, and I have heard many fond stories of her. Growing up I learned how precious her things were to them, and remember them all over both of their houses. One of them was a simple, but well built chair in plain brown. I inherited this chair at least 10 years ago, and it had seen better days. I have lugged it around through at least 6 moves, and kept it in storage for a long time. At one point my dogs ate the arm and the cushion. Even when it was at the point it was unusable, I still held on to it. I received many quotes to have it reupholstered, but most were close to $1,000, which I could not afford. With my purging and minimizing I decided it was stupid to keep a chair I couldn’t use, and either I needed to pull the trigger and have something done, or let it go. I of course chose to have something done, no matter the expense.
I was actively looking for a new reupholsterer that could give me a deal a few months ago, when a coworker mentioned that she and her husband had two chairs redone at a cute little shop in Kansas City. I immediately emailed them pictures and got a quote far less than previously obtained. I had already decided I wanted blue velvet, and found an indigo cotton velvet manufactured by J.B. Martin at Fabric.com. Unfortunately, they not longer sell it, but they have a nice gray if you are interested! I bought my velvet, loaded that baby up, and made the drive to Kansas City to De Leon Furniture, where Anola greeted me with kind words and a warm smile. A month later, I picked up this gem! I was so excited I couldn’t wait to start sending pics to my mother, aunt, and Chet!
It turned out so lovely. The fabric is super soft, the cushion they made is a dream to sit on, and the overall look is lovely and sophisticated. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome! And it goes so well with my green chair! I plan to have my great aunt Betty’s couch recovered next year. It will go lovely with these two beautiful chairs. If you have a chair or couch you just adore, I highly suggest you pay the extra money to have it reupholstered instead of buying a new one. You will not be disappointed in how much you just love it!
With the idea of a kitchen remodel on my mind, I have been reflecting a lot lately on how much kitchen crap I own. One thorn in my side, and I know in the side of many people, is how to organize the damn tupperware! This had me thinking about how while I was growing up we really didn’t use Tupperware, or rubbermaid, or whatever brand of plastic storage containers you use. My parents used, and still use, the glass Corningware dishes they received as wedding gifts many, many years ago. What happened to the class of glass? This started a hunt for refrigerator glass on our outings to antique stores. On our outings, I have found a few dishes, and gotten some good deals. And I can proudly say that much of my Tupperware has been put into the garage sale pile. However, on one such outing I found out that yellow and green were also used for refrigerator glass, and was excited to find this little set.
Actually, the set isn’t little at all, with the large dish about 10″ square. But isn’t it gorgeous? Isn’t it practical and useful and sustainable? I am so excited to be moving away from such a consumption mindset into a reusable mindset. Plus, it is just dang classy! I can’t wait to continue to build my collection and store all my leftovers in style.