Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Trash to Treasure - from Grandma's House!

Grandma has decided it's time to move from her two storey home, with a huge shed and yard, into a much smaller unit in a retirement village. She's also decided that the family can help her by raiding her house and taking the bits and pieces they want for themselves, so we had a bit of fun on Monday "adopting" things that she didn't have room for and was going to throw away. I thought I'd share my new treasures with you!

First are these gorgeous old books. Now those lovelies are mine, miiiine! :D In the first picture, there's also a little spinning wheel pencil sharpener and tiny jug that were too cute to pass up!

I know you'll all think I'm really sad, but I looooove chooks! So I had to have this cloisonné style plate. Love!

How the book shelf is looking now, after all it's new additions:

My OH couldn't keep himself away from some of Grandpa's old reference books, and we nabbed a sturdy wooden crate that for now is housing a lot of the new books (sitting under the printer right now, no better home for it at the moment but I couldn't pass it up!)

I found a great shadow box shelfy thing (oh I'm awesome at technical terminology!) and since no-one else laid claim, it's now organising my fabrics! I'll sand it back and paint it at some stage. I also nabbed some matt antique gold coloured chain, but I forgot to take a photo. It's very sturdy, the links are soldered together, and it's just beautiful! So will definitely be making some jewellery out of that!

We also inherited a lovely little side table made by my Great Grandfather. It's French polished and needs a little touch up, but I'm not brave enough to do anything to it just yet. I'm going to make a runner for the top of it to keep it protected. Excuse the candleless candle holder ;) The entire house is a work in progress!

Aaaaand I finally got around to putting those blue paper flowers in a vase!

Pride of place on top of the T.V. cabinet ;)


Sam @ The Junk House said...

It looks like we both got to raid our grandparents' houses this week! I love the old books and side table. What great pieces!

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Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

Thank you everyone for the lovely comments, it's great to have you here! :D We did a second raid of Grandma's place today and I snagged more fabric than I've ever owned in my life, LOL! And some other bits and pieces for sewing and craft - can't wait to use it all!

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