Saturday, December 17, 2011


The green and blue glassware is available at Exit 55 Antiques
in Fergus Falls, Mn

This lovely ruby bowl has a new owner.
Pretty glassware doesn't have a faithful following anymore.  However, it is attractive and makes a dinner table sparkle as well as making a statement in a china cabinet or as an accent piece in a room.  So---you don't have to be a collector of any particular pattern but you do have to enjoy pretty pieces.  Once upon a time mother or grandmother probably had an extensive quantity because glass, such as depression glass, was inexpensive and even came in cereal boxes as promotions.  Even though it isn't dishwasher or oven-safe, put away the mundane stuff and bring out the candles! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bark with no Bite

This piece of fabric is waiting to be used for
just the right project.  It is in
Weekend Cottage, Clear Lake, Mn
Cute market bag at Exit 55
made of novelty bark cloth

Check out these items at Exit 55 in Fergus Falls
The bottom cloth has an unusual geometric
design which gives it a 70s mid century feel.

Here are some fun fabrics that I keep in my "hope" chest!
Actually, I'm hoping to get organized and use them for
pillows and curtains.  The top left and right are not
bark cloth, but certainly have the right designs.
Ok, so really I'm referring to a textile called bark cloth which I know most of you are familiar with.  It became popular for home furnishings from the 1940s thru 1960s, mainly because US servicemen coming home from duty in Hawaii brought lots of this bright colored fabric with them.  If you want to more of its very interesting history, be sure to look it up on line!  It has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity the last few years as people have discovered the "retro" look and all of the decorating and clothing lines that accompany it.  Bark cloth has been used mainly for drapes, upholstry, pillows etc. since it is a nubby tightly woven fabric which wears well and hence it's name because some believe the texture resembles the bark on trees.  Well, maybe.  There are several other types of textiles that resemble bark cloth, but they aren't as heavy and don't wear as well.  There are many patterns, but probably the most recognized are those with large often gaudy flowers and leaves.  However, if you look carefully, there are many other designs which are fun and very beautiful.  Since linens, textiles of all types and vintage clothing are among my favorite topics, I wanted to share some pieces that are in my personal collection or that are for sale in various shops.  I have also included several pieces of fabric that aren't bark cloth but resemble the type of designs used in it.

Monday, December 12, 2011

a little dab'll do ya

Did you know that rubbing mayonaise onto scratched or dull wood surfaces will give it a surprising new look?  Brings back the patina and covers up most minor scratches.  Don't have pets so can't gaurantee they won't do a taste test!

just for fun

This psycho bunny rabbit came from Atlanta several years ago.  Thought it would be a conversation piece and inspiration for someone wanting ideas for what to do with old bed, chair, sofa springs!!  Those old springs have found many uses and it's amazing how creative some folks are.  The head is of paper mache and the hat of felt.  No shortage of things to use in decorating for any season.  Enjoy------
freaky or cute, doesn't matter.  This example reminds me of the new fad of repurposing doll heads into or on to all manner of unusual objects.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

light up your life!

This is a beautiful art deco hanging lamp available at Exit 55 Antiques in Fergus Falls. The black graphic design  against the white glass is so stunning  and would make a wonderful addition to a dining room or living room.