Pieces From the Past, Travels

Vintage Finds at the Beach!

While I was at Ocean Isle Beach on vacation, I went antiquing + thrift shopping when we had a rainy day.  Who knew Ocean Isle, Calabash, Shallotte and Holden Beach had so many hidden treasures.  I seriously picked up some amazing finds and can’t wait to put them to use.

On our first stop at Bargain Basement Resale in Shallotte where I picked up this adorable teacup planter.  I have plans to spray paint it (I’ve had suggestions of hot pink, white or gold… not sure what direction I’ll take) and  I want repurpose it into something other than a planter.  Those who know me know I kill all my plants.  The longest I’ve kept a plant alive is maybe two weeks… three weeks tops.  I’ll keep you posted as to what I end up doing with this find.

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Next stop was at a small thrift store in Calabash (can’t remember the name, oops)!  I came across these tall glasses and all I could think about is how summer cocktails or lemonade would look perfect in these glasses.  That was the best $4 I spent in a LONG time!

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At The Memory Cottage in Shallotte, I found these AMAZING vintage steel locker baskets.  They had about ten in the store and I walked out with two.  I’m seriously considering calling them to see if they’ll ship me a few more.  These would be great for storage in a bathroom, kitchen, bedroom or really anywhere.  It’ll give any room character.  That’s it, I’ve made up my mind… I’m going to call them tomorrow to see if there’s any left so I can call them mine!  Not bad for $14.99, right?!

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Last stop we made was at Miss Minnie’s Antiques in Shallotte where I fell in love with this bright blue lantern.  I knew I had to have it.  I think it’s the color that really caught my eye because it was so vibrant.  Since the last thing I need to do is play with kerosine and matches, I’m going to turn it into a lamp.  Either I’ll become a mini Bob Vila or find someone to help me convert into a lamp that doesn’t require starting a fire.

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I realize pretty much everything I bought was in Shallotte, but there were some great little shops everywhere.  We didn’t rely on Google or Yelp to steer us in the right direction, we just hopped in the car and came across these unique stores along our adventure.

Until next time, xoxo!

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A Mother’s Day Quilt

quiltI certainly know how to make my mom cry!  This Mother’s Day I gave my mom the quilt I had Megan from A Crafty Handful finish from some of my grandmother’s quilt squares.  Even when I met Megan at Starbucks to pick up the finished quilt I got chills and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t tear up a bit.  She did an AMAZING job on the quilt and surpassed my expectations.

When I gave the quilt to her, this is what she focused on:

labelI’m almost hesitant to show the video of her opening her Mother’s Day gift because I honestly hate the way I sound on camera.  Yes, I know I have a crazy southern accent and I still haven’t embraced it at the age of 31.  I’ll confess I was hoping my voice wouldn’t be heard in the video, but it was.  I apologize.  Since it was such a special/ thoughtful gift I’ve decided to show y’all the video (the condensed version).

Here are some more pictures I took of the big day:

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I managed to capture her reaction when I told her the quilt was made from Nanny’s squares.
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Here comes the waterworks!
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Mom is still crying + holding onto her quilt
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Mom (no more tears & all smiles) with her beautiful quilt!
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Watch out Anthropologie… y’all have some competition!

xoxo

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I Tumble For Ya

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When I was in Jacksonville, FL I bought these amazing vintage aluminum/ metal tumblers.  I have been so busy, I haven’t had the time to figure out what to do with them.  Not only do I adore the colors , but I LOVE the scratches on the tumblers… it gives them so much character!

After looking up the brand (Bascal, an Italian company), I discovered they were popular in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  Out of curiosity, I went to my trusty eBay to see how much they were worth… apparently they range from $4.99 to $50.  Ummm…. can someone call up Lara Spencer for me? (That’s a Flea Market Flip reference for those of y’all that aren’t familiar) and can you also put in a good word for me to be on Flea Market Flip?

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Love, love, love the vintage/ retro feel of these tumblers

Here’s my dilemma: what should I do with these tumblers?  I definitely don’t want to drink out of them, but would rather display them.  So far the only idea I can come up with is to plant some small flowers or herbs in them, BUT the downfall is that there’s no way to drain the water unless I drill holes in the bottom and I have a confession: I have no green thumb. So it might be back to the drawing board for me!

I’m open for any suggestions!

xoxo

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Trimming the Edges

Looks like the quilt I’m having worked on for my mom is coming along!

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Megan has been doing an outstanding job preserving my grandmother’s squares for the quilt she is putting together.  Not much has to be done with the squares itself, except for tidying up the edges.  Out of all the quilts my grandmother has made,  this one will have a white rectangle in each square with a different pattern outlining each rectangle.  Most of her other squares usually contain 4-5 different patterns, so this one will be very unique (not to mention the patterns are vintage, which I LOVE).  I wouldn’t be surprised if I try to take it from my mom after I give it to her!

 

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Pieces From the Past

So I was going through my old closet at my parent’s house and discovered a random bag of fabric.  Upon further investigating, I found several quilt squares my grandmother had made.  Immediately I knew I had to find someone to finish her quilt, if I didn’t then all the squares she had made would continue to just sit in the bag.  If I knew anything about sewing I would attempt to do it myself, but knowing me I’d sew my arm to the table with the sewing machine.  I should look into a sewing class.

Note to self: learn to sew and quilt.

I don’t know about y’all, but it was hard finding a local quilter that met within my budget. Thankfully one of my good friends has a sorority sister who does quilting and after looking at her work I knew she’d be perfect for the job!

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Quilt squares my grandmother made + now I’m planning to surprise my mom with a complete quilt!

I love how vintage the fabric is and I want to say my grandmother started working on making the squares in the late 80’s or 90’s.  This is one project I’m super excited about and Megan (the quilter) will be sending me pictures along the way which I’ll post.  If y’all are looking for someone local in the Raleigh area to make a quilt using existing squares or even a custom quilt you need to contact Megan at A Crafty Handful.