Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A sweet little project and weekend treasures!

One of the many little projects I am working on these days is a slipcovering a petite occasional chair. You know the kind....barrel back with a cushion that most people overlook at garage/tag/estate sales. I happen to like these types of chairs because they are just the right size for small spaces. Let's face it though, when you find these types of chairs the fabric is.....um....icky. Voila! A slipcover! This is my first attempt at slipcovering anything. I still have to sew on the ruffle and put a curve in the arms but it certainly has the "shabby beach cottage" look I was going for!!
Lately, estate and garage sales have been a treasure trove of delightful things for me to find! Look at this little beauty!! A sweet little child's sewing machine in excellent condition...with the original box!! I bought it from the original owner and while I was tickled to have made such a lucky find, I was saddened at the same time to know that the owner didn't have anyone in her family that was interested in owning something she learned to sew on.

Another estate sale yeilded a Teddy Doll from around 1908, some old books, a sterling silver teddy bear rattle and a milk glass plate with Roosevelt bears! Score!!
And last, but certainly not least, my best finds of the weekend!! An antique teddy bear and doll!!! Both were from the same estate and obviously well taken care of. The mohair on the bear is in fabulous shape with just moth nips in the paw pads. The doll is in excellent condition as well with all her original clothes!! She also has a beautiful face....not the scary kind that so many old porcelain dolls have. I'm thinking they're from the early 1920's. I was suprised to have been the lucky bid on both. I'd like to think the owner would be delighted to have they remain together. Divine intervention? Perhaps. :)
Warmest bear hugs, Aleta


Brenda said...

Hi Aleta,
Wow, I'd like to follow you around for a day of browsing! :o) What fabulous finds! I particularly love the child's sewing machine. I would have grabbed that. The rattle and bear plate are wonderful and I know the owner would love that dolly and teddy are still firm companions. Well done!



gretchen said...

I have to agree with Brenda..I'd follow you, too!
What great finds!

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness! Fantastic finds!

Only the other day, I was re-boxing antique dolls for the museum I work for!

Hugs, Sarah x

Debora said...

What delightful finds, Aleta! No wonder you were tickled pink. :-) I wish I knew where to look for such things.

Debora said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention that my mom has an antique child's sewing machine that looks just like yours. I think the box is all green, though. Too cute!