We had the best time this weekend; all three of us, and believe me, the older the she-beast gets, the harder it can be for everyone to be joyful at the same time.
Anyway, the plan was to get up and get our chores done and our friends were coming down and we were going antiquing and to a plant nursery in Geronimo and Seguin (sageeeen), TX.
The antiquing was good. Rob and I didn’t buy much, but what we bought was big. Anyway, then we all went to the garden center and Sydney found a grouping of plants that are in a green/pink combination for her room and I found some things I want to group into a pot in the dining room and Rob found this daylily and some other plants that we’ll be sharing over the next few days as they find new homes.
Rob and I found a favorite "catch and release" antique. That’s one that you think is really great, so you catch a picture, but you’d never bring home in a million years, so it's a release. We didn’t even look at the price. I’d only have paid if they’d been charging people to photograph it, which I couldn’t resist. Plastic and laminate and a lightbulb in the logs to look like a glowing fire.
Look inside. Phonograph, 8 track, AM/FM radio and a bar.
When you open the door, the bar light comes on. This may have actually been the tackiest thing I’ve ever seen. I ttakes me way back in time, even though I didn’t know people who had bars…at least I don’t remember any.
When we were leaving the house, I reminded Rob that we were on the lookout for a dining table, just putting it out there for the universe. In the first store, we found one.
This is our old table.
This poor drop leaf was never meant to be used the way we used it and it didn’t hold up well.
We had sprung the hinge locks over the 6 years we’ve had Sydney and both ends drooped down and the poor thing was loose and it creaked. We couldn’t all cut steak at the same time without spilling water.
We have the china cabinet and 6 chairs in this style, so we really only wanted a table.
And, we found it. It has two posts and each of those has three legs. I really love Mahogany Duncan Phyfe style dining room furniture.
When we put it together, we moved the legs toward the center, so we could more easily fit four chairs under it. There was a long discussion about how we could reconfigure 6 table legs with 4 chairs that each had 4 legs (22 legs total) and make them all fit under a 40x60 inch space. Yikes!
We were very excited to get it, tho. The seller owns the antique mall and was ready to bargain. She had rented the space it was occupying to a new vendor that was moving in later that day, and the table didn’t have a price. I went to the front and asked if she could help me with a price. She asked me to describe the table and I started. She finished for me and we agreed we were talking about the same table. She told us about needing the space and that she was highly incented to sell it. How about $100? I couldn’t pay her fast enough in case she thought better of it.
Another one of my projects was to hang the new kitchen curtains that I made a week earlier. These are the old curtains. They have tea and coffee pots to go with the cups that are the valance.
I’m going to remake these into the new rod configuration at some point because I like the darker curtains for winter.
Here are the new ones. Two tiers of winding vines with gold and green leaves growing all over.
I am seriously in love with the two tiered look.
(Sorry about my countertops. I could wait till there are no dishes on either side of the sink; dirty or clean, but then you might never see my new curtains.)
This is what they look like in the preferred configuration.
I wanted something I could close the bottom of during the week, but I still wanted to open the whole thing on the weekend. But, most of the time, I wanted to leave the top openso I can see out when I’m doing that endless stream of dishes.
Well, my photo in-box says that’s all I have pictures of today. We had great fun visiting with our friends and having lunch in a small town. We’ll definitely go back to that nursery. It was terrific and the prices were great! And, I got some sewing done and baked Rob a cake in appreciation for loading and unloading and putting together my table. And, all too soon, it was over and we were back to the workweek.
My work project got pushed back on Friday. I really need it to be final today and sent in.
Make one more change. I dare ya’. Just try to change the spelling. And, if you mention another comma, I’m gonna to put that comma…