Tuesday, March 22

canton stuff & re-do's

We had so much fun over spring break!
Spending four days camping in Texas hill country
is just what we needed!
Now that I'm caught up on the 4 garbage bags of dirty clothes we brought back, I thought I'd show you my Canton haul.
I feel like every time I go out buying I come home
 with the same stuff. 
Are you sick of seeing it?
There's always a frame or 2.
Hopefully a little coin purse, & anything rusty.
But I see this stuff & my pulse quickens
I think to myself, those finials would make great bottle toppers.
And I realize I'll probably never use all of the crocheted & lace trims I've hoarded, but if it's sitting there on a table for a good price...... it's coming with me!
That hat was only a dollar so I bought it in honor of Karla, the high preistess of hats.
These long wool stockings were my lucky deal of the day.
I collect them,  & this pair was only $3! 
And the secretary pin will appear on a collage soon one day. 
 This book is so awesome!
It was cheap, I think because it had been in a flood.
Of course that just makes me want it more.
It's a ledger from Oklahoma dated 1800's.
I know... I have plenty of photographs, so I try to be picky. 
The child on this one is precious.
It was only $2 & I love that it's from Paris, Texas.
 At the end of the day I found this old booster seat. 
 It reminded me of being a kid at Denney's, so along with the rest it came home.
I did a little make-over on it with some drop cloth & lace.
 I think it might sit on the bathroom floor with some magazines in the seat.??

 This piece wasn't from Canton, but my neighborhood thrift.
I bought it a couple of weeks ago & finally finished it up. 
 Kevin & I sometimes disagree over the paint/no paint issue. Could it be I have finally burned him out on white?  
But the reddish finish was not pretty & it had a lot of scratches.
 I love beautiful wood, this just wasn't it.
Better I think.
I need your help here. Do you paint your hardware?
 I've seen it both ways & always thought it was more about convenience than aesthetic. 
One more thing before I sign off.

Look what I found at B&N yesterday!!!
I didn't think it was coming out until April 1, but there it was sitting right on the shelf!
  I kind of wonder if it was a mistake,
has anyone else seen it out yet?
Last night when the kids were all tucked in, I crawled into bed & devoured it.
 It's absolutely beautiful, hats off to Fifi & her crew!


Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Such beautiful things and love your redo of the little chair. I ordered Fifi's book months ago, now pouting that it's not arrived yet?

TheEccentricLady said...

My heart is beating so fast right now and I want to go home and tear into my stash and make something or maybe just go thrifting! zLove all your finds. I'd only paint the hardware if I really didn't like it.

Storybook Woods said...

Wow sweetie, you did haul it in and that chair is darlin!! I cannot wait to see what you do with it all xoxoxo Clarice

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Lisa ~
Seriously girl you amaze me!!
I can't believe you got the dresser redone and your little chair covered ~ In between triplets, camping and spring break ~ Oh my gosh it is all gorgeous!!!


Anji Johnston said...

What a wonderful re-do of the side board and booster seat - they both look amazing. And your haul is to die for! Those keyhole covers, the keys, the stockings...yummy! ANd do I paint my hardware? It depends on the original finish. Sometimes less is more so the less you do the more you like it!
Have a wonderful week Anji

Rhonda said...

Wonderful, wonderful finds, I cannot wait to start thrifting again. Your post inspired like no other.

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Awesome finds Lisa. Love all the crochet and tattered lace. We never can get enough of that can we.. Your chair project looks great and the painted furniture piece looks awesome too.
Wishing you a wonderful day sweet friend.
xo Tina

Claudia said...

Oooh, I love your finds, Lisa. The little hat is adorable and the photo of the little boy from Paris Tx is so charming!

Painting your find was the right idea and it looks great!


Jeanne said...

Great finds! I love Canton. I am curious--I live in OK--does your old ledger mention any towns? Thanks!

Kelly_Deal said...

Great finds! What is you did to that booster seat and dresser is amazing! It boggles my mind how much talent is out in the blogging world!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

it's a wonder you had room for the triplets AND the dirty laundry what with your "haul." awesome tresors mon amie! love it all. can't wait to see what your ever creative mind creates with them. love the booster seat transformation!! who would have thought? and the dresser makeover is divine. i leave my hardware unpainted. i love the contrast against a painted piece. yours looks gorgeous! TFS! :)

Wanda said...

Those are all things that make my heart go pitter patter, too. I am NOT tired of seeing it.
What you did with the booster seat is adorable and I love the painted sideboard. Looks great!

Angela said...

Great goodies! I'm going to have to make the trip next time, I think.

Amy said...

Beautiful finds, who could ever tire of seeing them.
No paint on hardware, but that is my preference
our b&n has had it for weeks now.

Karen said...

Hi Lisa!
Like I just told Lori - SOMEDAY I will get to Canton! For now, I am just thrilled to be heading to Round Top! YEEHAW!
You found some GREAT stuff at even better prices! Holy cow! Love the ledger. I have three now and have yet to use a single page out of one of them cause I just love them! Trying to imagine who bought what and why... the old imagination just starts flowing!
Have a wonderful week! Karen

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Love all your finds...but I adore the child's booster seat. That is so cute. I love the ideas of finials for bottles. I hope I can remember that!!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Oh Lisa, we never get tired of seeing your goodies! we're addicted to that stuff, you know! Yes, I usually paint my hardward. just did on a piece. I like it, and think it adds more character to the piece usually. Especially if it has lots of crevices. yum.
I just received my book in the mail. early publication Amazon said. I've been studying mine too.
big hugs,

Anonymous said...

Good stuff, Lisa!

Hugs quickly!

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

You always find the best stuff!
Wish I could make the trip trip up to Canton with ya sometime!

Gonna miss Warrenton, so I think I'm owed a trip to Canton, right? :-)

A Cottage Muse said...

You found some great "stuff"!! Your chair looks wonderful after it's makeover!

Dorthe said...

Dear Lisa,

The old book looks, wonderfull- and I LOVE your hat,sweet-uhh I would love seing it on your head :)
I do not alwayes think it is good to paint furnichures-but this one in "red" looks so beautifull in its new white, cote- and the chair- will be a lovely magazin holder.
Wishing you a lovely afternoon and evening my dear friend.

sissie said...

Hi Lisa,
I'm lovin your sweet little finds. I know you have a vision for each and every one. The transformation of the little chair is wonderful. I love your idea for it!
I like how your cabinet turned out.
Sometimes I paint the hardware and sometimes I don't. It just depends on how it looks on the piece.

I know you are staying busy creating wonderful things and I can't wait to see what's next.

big hugs,

Vicki said...

Love the little chair redo! So cute. I say don't paint the hardware. Love your finds...do you need me to come by and pick up a giant bag of lace and trim? I'll help you declutter!

The Green Pea said...

Great sideboard, I say *don't paint the hardware*. sandi

tales from an oc cottage said...

Holy cats! What amazing finds!!!

m ^..^

Linda said...

OH I love all your goodies, Lisa...especially the old ledger and the secretary pin! Sounds like the best fun!

The Feathered Nest said...

You ALWAYS find the BEST STUFF girl!!! It's so funny, each and every thing you bought I would have picked up too!! We would be in a big ol' ball with rusty stuff flying everywhere :) I love your little booster seat transformation Lisa, it's just gorgeous...and the painted piece is so wonderful! You're amazing Lisa - slinging laundry, feeding babies and all the while, sewing and painting too....hugs and love sweetie, Dawn

luverlie said...

Luvin' that booster chair! Great job on the sideboard. And I want your haul to come home to me....fantastic finds!

Tabitha said...

I'd be more than happy to relieve you of some of that crochet trim (ease your guilt and all:). Great finds!

Delightblog.blog said...

You found some really great items! Love the old ledger! I am your
newest follower.

Rebecca said...

Hi Lisa
Looks like you made a haul... all stuff I would have grabbed up. I know what you mean about always buying the same stuff... hardware, lace, silver etc... sometimes I wonder if I am stuck in a rut and just don't know it!
Glad to hear you had a little R & R after a long winter, at least your winter is over. It is still cold here and nothing up yet. My hubby is in Dallas this week and he calls me with the weather report, just to rub it in... 86 today. Man that bites.
Blessings to you Girlie

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Well, Lisa girl, I drool over your fantastic finds! I can't believe you found such a wonderful hat for such a price. The wool stockings are beautiful too. I've never seen any like those before. Of course you couldn't pass on those lovely crocheted trims and the ledger. Such great treasures!
I love your sideboard makeover and to answer your question, I prefer the hardware to stay unpainted unless it is an shining gold tone.
Have a great day :-)!
Hugs to you,

Ella said...

Wow, you really scored; I'm jealous!
The hat for a $1...huh?! I live in the wrong part of the world... ;-D

Erica said...

Fabulous finds! Hopefully I can get out to Canton next month. We'll see. Where did you find the buffet? It reminds me so much of the one that sat in grandmother's living room.

June said...

I would have bought everything you brought home too Lisa. I think we would not shop well together. We would always be arm wrestling and miss out on all the really good deals. I just get a flush come over me when I see stuff like that at a market.(okay maybe it is a hot flash...but it still happens everytime I spy something lacy or rusty)
I love the redo on the chest. It turned out beautifully. If the hardware has an awesome patina, I don't paint, but if it is new or cheesy, I paint it the color of the piece.
I'm still thinking about the comment you got from Janet. WOW!
sending hugs

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous finds! I am an antique lover also and have the same "heart stopping' problems walking into a store. I especially loved your booster seat makeover. What a beautiful and original idea.
Have a grat day.

Anonymous said...

awesome find! from 1800s eh! that's a considerably a cultural treasure already..

i wish i can get my hands on something like that too, they'd do fabulous scanned images for art projects i do with digital printing :)

minnamarika said...

Beautiful, unigue treasures!!!!

I just visited your shoppe and would be very intrested to buy Somerset Studio Gallery Winter 2010issue. Just a few questions: Do you send overseas? (I live in Finland)
can I pay you via paypal?
And how much would the postal costs be approximately?

Ha ve a nice day :-))

You can send me e-mail:

Kim said...

Awesome blog. So glad I found you. I'm your newest follower!

Debbie said...

What treasures you found. I love all of them. The book you found from Oklahoma, is the Cherokee tribe one of the Indians mentioned. I am do family history on my family which includes the Cherokees. If you ever want to get rid of the book, I would be very interested.

Thank you
Debbie Peysen

Miss Gracie's House said...

I am like you...I buy the same things over and over..all I have to say it probably is a good thing I DON"T live in Texas...you just have too much temptation there...our shops here do NOT look like that...You two have a blast, I bet...but I do wish I were close enough to join you now and then:)..as far as the hardware goes...I used to paint it or use glass knobs but am currently enjoying leaving it natural (if it is pretty and has an aged, dark look)...whatever you like...the piece is gorgeous, BTW!
Your words of support for me and my *mess* have encouraged me so much...THANK YOU for sharing your heart!

Shopgirl said...

You did it again, I love it all...Your photos show it off so well, I am trying to catch up with everyone. Have a great weekend, Hugs, Mary

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Lisa ~
Love your Canton haul. When I lived in Dallas, I would go almost every 1st Monday weekend with my friend. I took my husband once and he took one look at the spread of booths and said "I have a notion to just turn the car around right now!" But I think even he enjoyed it after all. Can't wait to see what you'll do with them!

Now on to the knobs and handle issue. It looks so beautiful now, why tamper? Seriously, you did a major makeover and now it looks good enough for Sundance Catalog.

I really really love your art dear girl! Happiest of Blessings ~ Katie

vicki said...

Lisa- I'm drooling over your flea market finds! Glad to see I'm not the only hoarder of old lace. Love your make over of the booster seat- and the idea for it's use! Beautiful photos- that chest make over is stellar!once again- you blow me away with your talents and creativity!

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

Hi Lisa! Love that journal saved from a flood, and that photo of the little boy is beautiful. But, no doubt my favorite is the booster seat....love what you did with that!

It's always such a treat to visit your blog!

The Rustic Victorian said...

Oh my, what wonderful treasures you found in Canton! I love it all!
Especially the ledger. It is all quite fine.