Friday, August 21, 2009

~TURN THAT TRASH INTO TREASURE - Sweet Results From Garage Sale Finds~


Earlier this summer I posted about a exceptionally fabulous tag sale I stumbled upon here in Oklahoma City. I was a bit of a braggart...remember? I went on and on about how I snagged the PREMIER ISSUE of VICTORIA Magazine for only fifty cents along with a bunch of other incredible vintage finds... I snapped a picture of my haul that day so you could see all my new-found pretties!


Over the course of June and July I managed to give some of those charming old finds a facelift. I painted up the neat wooden paddle, oil can and the 2die4 vintage powder box lid. I also found a place of honor in my own home for the pink rose hat, vintage Lefton hands and of course, the Magazine (sometimes I have a problem with sharing!!). Still on my list for a makeover was the sweet coffee pot and the vintage wooden purse basket...


I finally finished painting and lining the basket a few days ago and was waiting to photograph it for eBay (listed today) when my granddaughter, Miss K, asked me if she could use it for a SPARE Lunch Box...


I'm tellin' you that kid comes up with the most hysterical things to say...


Anyway~ the more I thought about it the more I concluded that just MAYBE being a LUNCH BOX was what the basket was originally designed for...or, maybe it was just MEANT to be an UGLY purse...Not sure. I only know for certain that I would NEVER have carried it...

I think it is best served being used as JUST A BASKET!!! I can see it now... 'sitting pretty' on some dainty little shelf! How about you?

Blessings as you await with passion the arrival of fabulous Fall sales and Autumn shopping...Rebecca


Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Hi Rebecca, I do a little bit of painting, but no way can I paint roses... you are sooooo good. I love your work and you were one of my favorites on Ebay a long time ago. I am so glad you have a blog.. It is always a pleasure coming to see your posts. I appreciate your lovely treasures that you do.

Have a Great Day-

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Rebecca,
What lovely treasures you found; love the painted basket! Stunning work! I can't wait to see what you do with coffee pot. Thank you for sharing with us and have a wonderful weekend.


Stella said...

The basket is lovely. She must feel like Cinderella. The roses look so nice and the lining is perfect to finish it off.

DeeDee said...

I so love your roses...I want to learn so bad to paint roses....I didn't realize you lived so close to me..I travel thru your town twice a year headed up north to see grandbabies... Love the roses lots and lots...great basket

Tanza said...

Good morning to my trash to teasures,junk huntin' sweet friend !! Okay, Soo happy to see that some of those treasures found a place in my little cottage !! Whenever I Look at your pictures like this, I always hold my breath and gasp !! I can't stand wanting (dying) to have something, and than think I have to wait and just hope to get it !! Okay, that basket ~r~.. TO DIE FOR !! baaahaa.. I really, really need this !! You are the "JuNk to TrEaSuRe Queen"and, ooohh how I LoVe what you ceate !! Will I EvEr tire of these.. Ooohhh Darn.. I'll be good tho, and just wait. PATIENCE... okay..okay..I'll be good !! Have a happy day my friend, making more trash to pretty treasures, as only you can do !!
LoVe to my "trash queen friend"
huggers ~tea~xo

stefanie said...

its gorgeous, you are very! talented

Connie said...

Don't kids say the funniest things, especially our grandkids?! My son was working on a project with Love Bunny when he was a little tyke and said "Dad, isn't it fun to screw?" They were assembling something. And my hubs had to run in and tell me. Ooooh, the innocence of children, honey! We got a good laugh but hubs just said "sure is"! And hubs is not a "raunchy" man at all but he found humor in that remark.

Beautiful, but a "spare" lunch box?!?! Ooooh, chick, she's gonna be a comedian for sure.


Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Your talent abounds! I love your basket Rebecca! What a transformation..just beautiful!

A Southern Rose said...

It is very pretty. I could see it in a bedroom or bathroom. It looks so much better with your touch to it.
Lee Laurie

Debra@CommonGround said...

Your painted roses are just beautiful...and the little basket is so precious. Your little grand-daughter just saw the prettiest little lunch pail ever!

Rebecca Nelson said...

To: Connie...

The comment made by your son when he was little jolted me back a few years...back to when my son was not quite 3. His Daddy, my Mr. AGPMan, has ALWAYS had tools around the house..things here and there...Screwdrivers, flashlights, nails, etc.

When I was about 7 months PREGO with my daughter I attempted to sit in an aging fold-up chair (it was round-backed and small..from an old church) when the thing collapsed beneath me (not so funny).

My hubby ran to my aid and was near freak-out stage when he saw the chair had fallen apart. A closer look showed almost all the screws had been removed and a screwdriver laying just beside the wreckage.

After asking me if I KNEW what had happened he looked towards our son for answers. Our little boy just stood there with the sweetest look on his face and said this:


Enough said.

xoRebecca PS: That little boy is NOW Miss K's Daddy. This is where her WIT from (and her mouth). :)

Vicki said...

Hi, Rebecca,
You really did hit the treasure trove with all those goodies. The basket turned out beautifully. That pink hat with the pink rose is calling to me, too. Thanks for stopping by Bunny Cottage. I always love it when you visit. Have a great weekend! Vicki

Tara said...

Great re-do Rebecca! I don't know, maybe Miss K is right and it could be a lunchbox. Maybe you could pack a picnic lunch for her one day in it. Just be careful to wrap everything VERY carefully!

Barb said...

Rebecca, the basket is simply divine! Such a talented lady you truly are.

Hope your weekend is wonderful.


Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Rebecca your basket is beautiful, but your comment to Connie was wonderful. As I think of it, I will smile all day. That son must be something. Aren't they wonderful.

blushing rose said...

G'aftnoon, Rebecca ~ I am busting up hysterically over your son's comment ... that is adorable. Can't top that one ever!! Connie's son's is a 2nd rummer-up. These wee ones just make your hearts melt, when they come off the cuff like this. Such pure innocence ... every 6 yr. old girl needs a posh 'lunch box'. Chuckle!

Hugs of love, TTFN ~ Marydon

I can only once again say ... Rebecca, you could take dirt & turn it into sheer elegance!! Be still my heart!!

Little Miss K is going to follow in your footsteps.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

As always, Rebecca, your work is magical....The basket is just toooo is your little Miss K. Aren't they funny little darlin's??


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Girl you are too good...this is awesome my friend...Oh I wished I could paint like you do...May you have a wonderful weekend my dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Your little granddaughter sounds SOOO much like mine! "Mimi, DON'T sell THAT ~ I love it"! They can come up with some pretty good reasons, too.

I love that basket now that it has your beautiful signature roses hp on it. Love how you lined it, too.

Hope you have a terrific weekend!

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Just A Girl said...

Hi Rebecca,

Your flowers are gorgeous! But I have to laugh about your grand daughter...I'm with her on the extra lunch box! What a darling idea she had!

OK, so you say you bought the premier issue of Victoria. Was that the 1988 issue or under the new ownership? I have the 88 issue with the wisteria and I always find myself going back to it for inspiration. I love that magazine!!

Have a wonderful Friday.

xoxo Cori

Just A Girl said...

Oh I'm horrified...LOL! I thought I owned all but two of the originals and now I find out I'm missing three. What do I do know ;-)? I used to have the tradition of pulling out all my past issues for that month and I think I'll start it up again. Maybe I'll find I'm missing more ;O!

xoxo Cori

Julie Marie said...

Hello Rebecca, I adore your beautiful "lunch box" of roses, it is so lovely... and I am so envious of June winning your giveaway, lucky girl! I too have the Premier issue of the old Victoria magazine, I bought it at a local market the day it originally came out and have kept it all these years... I was lucky enough to find a second copy at an antique store, but I too don't want to share some things! I am keeping BOTH for myself... I also have every Victoria magazine that ever came out from the old days, and now the new ones...I must visit your Ebay shop...

Jocelyn said...

Your reconstruction is so lovely. Love your finds.

Unknown said...

Hi Rebecca!
You are so talented. I love seeing all your art work and how you add your touch on so many re-do's. It's all so pretty and romantic looking! I love what Miss K had to say about the are so funny!

Have a blessed weekend!


Cottage Rose said...

Hi Rebecca; Wow I love how your basket turned out,, you are a very talented painter... your roses are just amazing...


Moments of Grace said...

How Ilove your stories of little "Miss K". Isn't she the sweetest blessing ever?

I was wondering if you have plans to develop a tutorial on lining baskets, boxes and such? I would love to learn how you do those lovely, delicate linings.

Thank you for a site that is ever beautiful, ever inspiring.

blessings to you today.



What lovely things you have transformed!!! All of your finds turn out beautiful.
I just know little Miss K likes going to school!

XO Brook

Rebecca Nelson said...

For Marie:

Thanks for your sweet comments my friend!

About doing a Tutorial on Lining Baskets, Train Cases, etc...

I'm don't think this will be in the future my friend!! It's fairly detailed information and doing a lengthy "How To" is overwhelming even to think about! Just the Printing on Fabric Tutorial WORE ME OUT! :)

Thanks for your interest though!!!!

Hugs, Rebecca

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I'd eat anything from that basket! Wow, such a gift, friend. I wouldn't even begin to know what to do with such a treasure or how to make something so beautiful as this. I celebrate this gift that God has obviously given to you--this being able to see beyond the "ordinary" to create an extraordinary piece of loveliness.

I do believe that we all carry such a capacity; it just "comes to light" in very different ways.

I can't cook, craft, or decorate to save my life. But when it comes to words, I find great pleasure in creating something from a blank piece of paper.

Thanks for your encouragement. God's blessings to you this Sabbath rest.


Anonymous said...

Hi, Rebecca....just wanted to tell you in the mid-50's these basket-purses were VERY popular!! I received about three for Graduation! Some were oval, some were square...
with some kind of design on top.Mine were all white...I loved them!
I have an old one now that I bought and use to hold soap on the bathtub...pretty!
I'm with you now...I don't know if I would use it for a purse!!
Your grand-daughter is precious! The thibgs she says make me laugh out loud!!
Big hugs..Francy

Kath' said...

Your work is 2die4. I am following your blog now to go on your journey in life with you. I also have a 6 year old granddaughter that is very close to me. I love the stories and will read some to her. Not the screw ones. But you know what I mean. I have one of those baskets, and I think I am going to paint it and see if she wants to use it as a lunch box too. It won't have the pretty flowers but I can decoupgue it. Kath'

Rose of Sharon said...

That basket turned out sooooo cute! You did a great job on it! You are so talented!

Hugs, Sharon

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Ah, you are so talented. This basket is beautiful.
I so loved your comment story over your young son's "love screwing" story - gave me a laugh out loud.

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