Friday, June 29, 2012

Rainy Day Craft time

So what do you do on a random week day when you are stuck inside because of tropical storm debby?

No really we are stuck...a photo taken from the porch
Same view about 15 mins before the one above.  Crazy right?!?
 Take photos of the idiots people trying to drive on your street....?!?

Um are you sure you like your Mercedes...
I don't think this is a good idea

 Check!  Now what to do....a craft?  Yes please!  So today I'm going to turn a dumb move on my part into a new piece of jewelry.  What is this dumb move?!?....well do you remember this cabinet?  It started out looking really sad...but Mr. Honey was able to get the drawers working correctly after a couple of hours of work (couldn't do anything about the dents).  So for a while I used it to hold my Denning collection...until my brother agreed to fix it up for my birthday.  I emptied it out and dropped it off at his workshop...then a couple days later he brought me this....


 Unfortunately, I left a few pieces in the very very back of a drawer...and while my bro was moving the cabinet around he heard a CRUNCH.  So now I have lost a pair of earrings and a bracelet....but I'm going to salvage the one good earring and turn it into a ring!  And while I'm at it I will make a few more with some single earrings I have stashed away. (I never throw my singles out when I lose one)

Now the only items you will need are some ring blanks, clear strong adhesive, and some craft wire cutters. (all of this can be found at your local craft store like Michaels)

Step One
Using your craft cutters, trim the clip or post part of the earring off

My earrings are all trimmed and ready to be attached to their blanks
Step Two
 Add a little dab of adhesive!

This is what I used
Step Three
Firmly press the ring blank into the adhesive, making sure there is good contact, then let dry!

Viola! A new ring!

 I would let the adhesive completely dry (about 24 hours) before wearing;  I have been wearing my rings for a while without any issues, but if you have sensitive skin I would suggest a coat of clear nail polish over the adhesive (after it drys) so it doesn't irritate your skin.

Have a good weekend everyone!


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Contest Winner!

I just wanted to thank everyone that participated in my earring contest.  I hope it was fun!  Now of course comes the good part....the results!  The official count is 381 pair of earrings which makes the winner SixBalloons with a guess of 374.   Congratulations! I will e-mail you to get your information! :)

So this is coming your way!



Monday, June 25, 2012

Thrift Share Monday: Good Thrifting Karma

Man this weekend flew by...there was a lot going on this weekend, but I made sure to budget a few hours early Saturday morning to go thrifting with my best friend Sarah, and I'm glad I did!  The first stop was at my favorite thrift...simply called "The Thrift Store"  Now this is a great store, but always packed.  We arrived at 8:55...about 5 minutes before opening and we joined the other 20 or so people crowed around the door waiting for it to open.  The five minutes passed super slow....but finally the doors opened and we all piled in.  I did a quick round around the store and checked out with these beauties

More Iittala! A nice pair of matching candlestick
An Arabia jam pot! My favorite piece if Arabia I have found.
One thrift down many more to go!  Over the next couple hours we were able to hit another four thrifts before we headed home...Here is the rest of the booty:

Sea of Sweden cute!
Pair of Heller individual souffle dishes
Cool ice texture goblets!
I thought these might be Iittala Kekkerit goblet, but I'm not so sure.  Anyone know?

The mystery vase!  It is marked Leung on the bottom.  Anyone familiar?
I think this looks like a cloud...well a trippy cloud.

Super cute pottery piece.

Can't identify this piece but I also couldn't leave it behind!  It is signed K Lady on the bottom and of course the only thing my brain fills in is "Kat Lady" :)

A full set of pink Pyrex...that is right PINK!!  YAY!
And last but not least....the major find for the day...DRUM ROLL PLEASE.....


More entire service of 4 of Ruija pattern.

I about flipped out at the Salvation Army when I saw this set....then I saw the price tag!! WHAT  14.99 for all 30 pieces....insane.(I had quick flashback of my find from last weekend.)  I didn't want to leave them so I grabbed what I could so to lay claim to them and asked Sarah to get me a cart.  (She rolled her eyes at

A total Thift-gasm moment!

Man oh man....I was ready to head home....I didn't want to press my luck (No Whammies No Whammies)

I hope everyone's weekend was just as awesome!



PS:  My contest/giveaway ends on Wednesday @ jump on over and give it a guess!

PSS:  I have been experimenting with some of my colored scarves when taking it too much??

Linking up with Her Library Adventures and  Apron Thrift Girl

Thursday, June 21, 2012

What would you do? little pearl buttons

I’m in a bit of a quandary at the moment about these little guys…
Click on me! and see my beauty!

Me too!

Me three!

Seven unusual pearl buttons I found thrifting one day.  They were in a large bag of jewelry I saw at our local Goodwill by the pound store.  Luckily I was able to sift through it and make a nice little pile of goodies to which I paid only 26 cents…so all of these guys were less than a nickel!    I’ve had them for about 8 months and during that time they just sat neglected in a drawer never seeing the light of day. I’m in no way shape or form a jeweler, but they look to be excellent quality….real pearls with real gold mounts….and with the mounts that they have I can only assume they are buttons, vintage because who makes buttons like these anymore! 
 Now what do I do with them?  First off I wouldn’t use them as buttons since I fear they would be damaged (no washing machine for these!); I could have them made into jewelry, a ring or maybe a pendant, but truthfully pearls aren’t my style.  I’m more into large chunky statement pieces, or bright and colorful enameled stuff.  The only other option is to sell them.  I took them to a local jewelry and his opinion was the same as mine…real real real, but of course I would need to have them appraised before I listed them anywhere to be certain of their value (if any).  Of course if they aren’t that valuable I’m out the cost of an appraisal…so I ask readers….What would you do?  Keep them?  Or take a chance and have them appraised?



PS: Has anyone seen these before??

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Contest and Giveaway!!!

I have always been in love with vintage accessories.  You name it and I have quite a bit of it, from earrings to hats to belts.  I even have a few piece of vintage clothing that I know I could never wear in a thousand years but can’t seem to get rid of.  But the time has come to start passing on some of these gems, after all it isn’t good vintage karma to keep it all to myself.  So I have started a new Etsy store call That Touch of Vintage.
I decided to host this contest/giveaway as sort of a promotion, but really just for fun!  

One of the things I am super bad about is earrings; they are fun and funky and super easy to store….then before you know it you have many as I do….or more!   

So here is the contest part:
Below is a photo of all my earrings and you need to guess how many there are, including the ones on the stands; this is sort of like the old how many jelly beans are in the jar contests.  

We are doing this Bob Barker style so the closest WITHOUT going over will win this prize:

 A clip earring holder, Kyes Moire Tray, a pair of glove, and a pair of earrings!

Additional Detail:  
Feel free to pass this post on along to any friends!
I will announce the winner a week from now. So stay tuned.
One guess per person
If for some reason two people give the same correct guess, then the prize goes to the first person.

That's it!  Happy guessing!



Monday, June 18, 2012

Thrift Share Monday: Sweden..check... Finland..check... Denmark..check

This past weekend we were in Tampa for another beer thing, so I was very excited to be able to thrift in another city, which is one thing I love!  Now while I do have my normal haunts here in Jax, it is always nice to do some thrifting outside the box.
 I could barely contain my excitement when we rolled up to the first place! As soon as I saw it was an AmVet thrift store I started chanting “Yes yes yes!” and kicking my feet (My favorite place in Jax is an AmVet store too). When I walked into the front door my spirits sank….it was 85% clothes.  Boo Hiss.  So I made a beeline straight for the house wares (like I normally do) and started perusing the aisles.  Unfortunately there didn’t look to be anything good, in fact everything seemed rather junky and dirty.  Damn.
 I finished looking and started to leave when I saw that I missed one aisle across the room.  The first thing I saw were these…an entire bag of iittala ultima glasses….and yes they were just like this all tossed into a bag with nothing to protect them.  

  I stood there with my hands on the bag while Mr. Honey went and got me a cart, and then I VERY slowly lifted them up and put them in the cart.  I wheeled them up and paid for them…$6.60.  SWEET!  I didn’t even take them out of the cart, since I wanted to move them as little as possible; the lady had to lean over the counter to see the price tag.  Once I got my change and receipt I grabbed a few of the local free newspapers from the stand outside and systematically went through the bag wrapping each piece individually and checking for damage.  I was totally FLOORED that in the whole bag there wasn’t one broken or damaged piece.  There ended up being 30 glasses in total which is roughly 22 cents apiece.
Iittala Ultima glasses

This is the best find so far this year I think, but I didn't do too bad earlier in the week when I found these items...
Orrefors "Celeste" candleholder

Dansk Kobenstyle 2Qt pot
Matching piece... Iittala Ultima serving bowl
I hope your weekend was as good or better than mine!

Also I just wanted to let you guys know that I will be posting my first contest/giveaway tomorrow so stay tuned to participate!



Linking up with Her Library Adventures and  Apron Thrift Girl

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Big "E" Eye Candy

What does a random Tuesday need but a little eye candy.... a few unmarked Hanova piece anyone?



Monday, June 4, 2012

A cabinet makeover!

My brother just recently introduced me to an alternative way of having metal finished, which is far superior to paint in my opinion, and that is powder coating.  Now if you don’t know what powder coating is….and I didn’t…here is the process in a snapshot.  The metal item is sandblasted to remove any old paint and/or rust, and then it is sprayed with an electrostatic dry powder; from there it is “baked” at a high temperature which allows the powder to flow and form a “skin” around the metal.  What is great about the process is the finished product has a super glossy finish which is tougher than conventional paint.
My first items up for powder coating is this pair of vintage film strip storage cabinets I got for the low low price of FREE.

I emptied them, pulled out the grid inserts and dropped them off at the powder coating place.  And month and a half later....I got these:  

Now I know what your thinking...a month and a half that is least it felt that way to me, but the guy I used has large contracts with the city so the small stuff isn't top priority, plus they had to order the color I wanted since they didn't have any on hand.  So at only 40 bucks each to have finished...they were well worth the wait.  Here are some close ups....check out the sheen....

Oh so glossy finish...
Now I can label to my hearts content!
These beauties will now be used for some much needed jewelry storage!  I can truly use about three more of these....I'm keeping my eye out. 

Even the insides are coated!

So if you have something metal you want redone...I would check with your local guy.

What is up next?  Well lets see how this ottoman base turns out.  Stay tuned!



Sunday, June 3, 2012

Digsmed Spice Wheel : Repurposed

Have you ever loved a mid century item but couldn't use it for its original purpose?  Well that is where I was with the striking Digsmed Spice wheels.  They are a gorgeous combination of design and function, but I could never sell them to Mr. Honey to hold our spices.  But when I found one on the big "E" for a mere $45 I couldn't pass it up!  Then came the task of figuring out how to use it.  After some thought, it came to me.  I can use it to hold my buttons!


So what do you think?  It acts as storage and art!
Now I just need two or three more....because I have a lot more buttons.  I can see it in my head, a large wall with multiple sized wheels full of different colored buttons.  Almost like a large kaleidoscope!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

I HEART Hanova

About a year ago I stumbled across a gorgeous line of vintage enamelware by a company called Hanova (Hanova of Pasadena) and it was truly love at first sight.  My addiction …I mean collection started with this covered dish…isn’t it lovely in all it’s teal glory!

Well once I had one piece I needed a few more...

and a few more....

Then...well...a few more...

 Now of course I need to know all about the company so I searched all over the internet and found…..NOTHING.  Darn it.  No info to be had…..that was until last month when I contacted the stepson of one of the original owners, through an eBay auction of all things!  This gentleman is awesome.  He gave me a nice history of the company and mailed me some color copies of original brochures, all of which I get to share with you.  I hope you enjoy it!(I stalked my mailman for a week looking for these brochures, he has to think I’m nuts)
A Little about Hanova...
Hanova was started in 1962 in Hollywood, CA by Erwin Prust and Bob Hill.  At the start, both gentlemen were working regular jobs and experimenting on the side using a small furnace to perfect the enamel texturing technique on steel.  While this technique was commonly used on copper, they were the first to create this same effect on steel.   
 After the company moved to Pasadena, CA in late 1962, both Erwin and Bob started working full time at Hanova;  Bob would design pieces while Erwin dealt with the porcelain enamel end of the business as that was his background.  It was then that Erwin finally perfected the textured enamel on steel aesthetic which became one of their most prolific product lines. 
 It was a lengthily process to achieve this textured finish which required three coats of enamel, each fired independently at around 1400 degrees.  The first coat was a base coat given to the steel after it was cleaned and etched.  The next coat was a coat of olive colored enamel, which had an ingredient that would cause the final coat to texture and show the olive color.  The final coat would be the primary color of the piece. In the mid 60’s there were 10 colors; rust, mustard and green were the most popular with yellow and black the least popular.  What made the textured line of products so interesting was that each piece was different as the texturing was random and appeared in the oven. 
In the beginning the first items manufactured were non textured desk items, such as pen holders in plain black enamel but soon the company started making cookware, ashtrays and other decorative household items.  All items were made using porcelain enamel which is very versatile because it is easily cleaned and can take extreme temperatures.  You can take a casserole out of the freezer and put it in the oven without damage. 
I will take one of these starter kits!
While Hanova did distribute all throughout the country, they did tend to sell more on the west coast; a good bit was even sold right out the factory’s front garage door.  This was never a large operation, they usually only had about 2-3 employees in manufacturing and a handful of sales reps that would go to design shows/showrooms and rep the items.
 Around 1967, the company moved again to Fair Oaks also in Pasadena.  It was about this time that Bob Hill lost interest and sold his share of the company to Erwin. When Bob left, Erwin brought in Charles Chaney to help design a new line of casseroles and other items.  A new line of products without texturing was developed and called Avonah (Hanova spelled backward) which did not sell very well. 
Charles then developed a line with stylized birds which were quite popular. 
The bird casseroles

Another item designed at this time was their sculpture-like candle holders, which were made from the steel left over from other products.  You can see in some designs that a casserole knob or a drink coaster would be used for a base. They would be bent and spot welded in various configurations.
In the early 70's Erwin developed an animal sculpture line with owls, snails and hippos.  Later he made a line of imaginary animals from outer space, these did not sell well
 In 1975, Erwin retired and sold the company to a man who moved it to Ashland, OR and never really got it off the ground.  To this day a lot of pieces are unattributed as Hanova since paper tags were used in the early years. 
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