I am really getting excited about attending the "Artistic Affaire L'Automne" this weekend! Friday night is the "Market Soiree" - an evening of shopping (uh-oh - don't tell Mark) with all the FABULOUS vendors that will be there. OH MY! Anything "special" you need for crafting and scrapbooking - you'll find there! Vintage ribbons and lace, papers and wallpaper, anything unusual, and of course the handmade jewelry is to die for!!! All of that is for 3 hours Friday night and there will even be a quick "make and take" craft that we are guaranteed to love. Then Saturday is a full day of pampering and fun. We are being taught three classes. And . . . THE HECK WITH THE DIET!!!! Because our AWESOME hostess Kim Caldwell goes above and beyond with the food and the spoiling! Oh my gosh, we are going to have so much fun. I am doing one swap - it is a masquerade mask. It is supposed to be beautiful and elegant, something that a woman in "the day" would wear to an Autumn Masquerade Ball. NO PRESSURE THERE! Golly I hope mine is OK. I love it, but - these women really know how to go over the top, and . . . I don't know. . . this is only my second swap - so we'll see. I'll post my special weekend next week.
Well yesterday I ventured down to my favorite little antique mall. It was a cool day, and since the place has no a/c, I figured it to be a pretty good day to wander up and down the isles. Lots of "sales". 20%, 30%, 50%, 60% even 75% off. (Makes you wonder what the mark-up is doesn't it?) Anyhow, I'm on the very last row and see a 50% off booth. Wander in there. It's dark, it's mostly empty, and not much to look at. But I see something on the bottom shelf in the back of an old bookcase. Pull it out and it was this black "silver" tray. I mean it had been destroyed. It was so grimey and gross, yuck. But the edges were so pretty - I was thinking I could spray paint it. Looked for the price - $10 - and then 1/2 off? Whoo hoooo! I can do that. I get home and I didn't even want to bring it in the house it was so disgusting. Put everything else away and then remembered it. Decided to give it one quick shot at cleaning it up so the paint would have a slight chance of even sticking to it. Grab my favorite silver cleaner and smear it on. GASP! OH MY GOSH! The black, the grime, the food, the grease, all rubs right off! Now I'm thinking no one is ever going to believe me, why the heck didn't I take a before picture. FIGURES! Run upstairs and grab the camera to take a picture of the back at least.
So here is my steal of the day. It is a silverplated platter, weighs almost 2#, it's a beefy little platter. Not overly large, about 18"long. And I am GRINNING!
Here is the back before. The front was literally BLACK.
Does someone see something here that I don't, something that makes it less valuable?
I do not know much at all about silver.
But I know what I like, and what I think it pretty.
Look at the detail! I cannot tell you how proud of this piece I am!!
If only you could've seen it before. MAN!
To give this away for $5? YAY!
Another treasure I found was this cute little vintage hat.
Don't you think it is just too cute? Miss Lillian loves it!!!
Oh my goodness, I love this hat!
Then I found this adorable teacup and saucer.
While I was cooking dinner last night, the weather came on and look!
I just KNEW this fabulous weather was too good to be true!
So much for my Autumn weather. :( I am so over the heat! Oh well . . .
Everyone have a wonderful day!!!