Saturday, November 12, 2011

Recent Finds

Last weekend, Terry and I decided to go to the Kane County Flea Market! We haven't gone in a few years, and it's really close by, so we have no excuses. Other than we used to go too often, and everything started looking the same. But we really enjoyed ourselves!

I've been wanting to buy an antique white tablecloth for the kitchen. I didn't find one at the flea market, but look what I found instead!

Wind Chime

It's a cute tea pot and silverware wind chime! Made from real silverplated items, though obviously not valuable or really old pieces.

Wind Chime

Wind Chime

It makes a sweet tinkling sound when the wind blows.

Wind Chime

Not something a true Victorian would have, mind you, but I couldn't resist!

Wind Chime

Wind Chime

This is what my old wind chime looked like:

Old Windchime

Now you know why I needed a new one.

Then I lucked out on eBay and found myself an antique white tablecloth!

Madeira Cutwork Tablecloth

Isn't it pretty? It's Madeira cutwork with a gray embroidered thread. I didn't even wait to iron it. I wanted to see how it would look!

Madeira Cutwork Tablecloth

But I've always saved my white tablecloths for holiday teas and special family dinners. Can we use a white tablecloth as our everyday cloth? We eat a lot of spaghetti. Will this pretty antique linen clean well?

Madeira Cutwork Tablecloth

I usually go for a patterned tablecloth, like this one. This hides spaghetti and red wine stains very well!

Current Tablecloth

Another eBay find was this cute little spreader!

Wallace Sterling Spreader

It's Wallace Sterling. The seller didn't know the pattern, but I didn't care.

Wallace Sterling Spreader

I wanted it, and now it's mine. It will work nicely with the lemon curd I like to serve at our teas.

Wallace Sterling Spreader

And lastly, I should know better than to set foot in a book store. I always find something I want. Like this book:

Crafting With Cat Hair

Yup, Crafting With Cat Hair. Phoebe didn't know what to make of it. I cracked up when I saw it, and basically bought it for the title alone! Although, I could get into cat hair crafting. Do you think there's a market for that on Etsy? Phoebe provides us with (what seems like) a few bushels of it every day. I'll give it some thought.

Meanwhile, I'll be admiring my new wind chime from inside!

Wind Chime - Window View!

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Blogger Liz said...

What a great wind chime! Very unusual. Love the tablecloth too.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

November 13, 2011 at 3:41 AM  
Blogger The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Pam,
You lucked out! Great finds. Very charming wind chime, lovely tablecloth and spreader, but that book on crafting with cat hair is priceless. Too funny.

November 13, 2011 at 6:46 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Liz-

When I found these wind chimes, it reminded me of the cake stands you were making out of old plates! Repurposing your finds into something new and different is a great idea. :-)


November 13, 2011 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Anyes-

Thanks! You know, I bet the the hair thing would work with dog hair too, lol! :-)


November 13, 2011 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Richard Cottrell said...

I have now been to the CC flea in years, long trip for me. So much walking, through so much, just stuff. The wind chimes are neat, I hate to see things altered, but I guess it beats it being in a closet somewhere, unloved. Looks great at your house, enjoy. Richard from My old Historic House.

November 13, 2011 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Richard-

I agree, I usually don't like when people alter antiques. But the tea pots on these were new, cheap versions, and the silverplate flatware was probably older, but not high quality, and there's just so much of it out there.


November 13, 2011 at 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG!!! Crafting with cat hair? Too funny!!! I love the Wallace Silver. Very pretty!

November 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Juli-

Isn't that book a hoot? I'm glad you stopped by for a visit today and took time to leave a comment. Thanks!


November 14, 2011 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Miss Sandra said...

Dear Pam,
Those are some fabulous finds! I especially love the tablecloth and spreader.
As far as crafting with cat hair....dear Heavens! I can just imagine making little finger puppets with Knightley's hair. That is simply priceless. However, I doubt I would even attempt it. Thanks for sharing. I know a few friends who would actually try this.
I hope all is sweet and blissful in your world.

November 15, 2011 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Miss Sandra-

I don't think I'll really attempt doing any cat hair crafting, but I think the book is serious! It's very funny, and I guess I'm a sucker for cat humor, lol!


November 15, 2011 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger The Sweetbrier Cottage said...

Great finds! I especially like your new wind chimes - truly beautiful and so creative. Let us know if you decide to try and do something with the cat fur as I’ve always wondered if it was possible to weave with it. SC

November 15, 2011 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Sweetbrier-

If I ever do any cat hair crafts, I'll most certainly blog about it! But as of now, that's way down on my to do list. :-)


November 15, 2011 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Cute wind chime. I can't wait to see what you crochet with your cat's hair. That book is hilarious.

November 24, 2011 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Pam-

I wish I could come up with something bizarre like that book! If you can tap into the crazy cat-people mentality, you can make some money off it these days (I would know, I'm one of them!). :-)


November 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM  

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