Category Archives: Vintage & Thrift Shopping

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Reupholstering an Antique Chair

In the last couple of months I have been a stranger to blogging. I have retreated in to my own private world.

During my absence I have begun to fix our home with do it yourself projects.

My latest creation was completed recently. I reupholstered an American antique chair from the early 1900s. I repurposed hand woven ikat fabricate from the Philippines.

I then made an ottoman/step stool to match my newly created “masterpiece”.

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In the next post I will show how my husband and I transformed one of our home’s vintage 1950’s bathroom to a cool and modern space.

A neat and uncluttered home makes our family happy! Till next time…

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My First EBook–“Christmas without Chimneys as Told by Ted the Elf Who Can’t Keep Secrets”

One day till Christmas!  Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Guess who wrote a book?  I will give you one clue…me. 

10 Days ago I was inspired by my son Massimo’s innocent question, “Mom, if we don’t have a Chimney how will Santa visit us?”

Massimo was very serious and worried that Santa would not be able to stop by our house since he could not get in via his usual way, the Chimney.

The wheels in my mind started to turn and toil.  After days and nights of editing and illustrating I finally finished the book.

It is exclusively being sold at Amazon.com for $0.99.  For under a Dollar you will be entertained and told about Santa’s deepest secrets. (Or you will be granting my Christmas wish of selling at least one copy!)

Your tour guide will be Ted, the Elf Who Can’t Keep Secrets.

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I am hoping that this will be the first of many more books.  I am currently working on a longer novel that has nothing to do with Santa or Elves.

I hope you join me in this journey!

Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays!

(Click this link to visit Amazon.com and purchase “Christmas without Chimneys as Told by Ted the Elf Who Can’t Keep Secrets”.)

(UPDATE: Even if you do not have a Kindle Reader you can purchase the book.  Amazon has free app readers that you can put on your computer, Ipads or smart phones.)

Vintage Estate Sale Find of the Week– Early 1900s Antique Gentleman’s Wardrobe Cabinet that I Refinished and Updated Do It Yourself Style

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I love vintage, estate and thrift shopping. On a weekly basis I would like to feature my favorite “find” of the week.

In a previous blog I mentioned my life as a treasure hunter. I crave for my vintage fixes.

This week I am presenting an antique gentleman’s wardrobe made in the early 1900s.   I do not have a before picture, but when I found this cabinet the varnish was faded, discolored and scratched, and the original bronze fixtures were painted black.

This was a weekend do it yourself project where I sanded the wood down to remove the old varnish.  When I got a smooth texture I put 2 layers of cherry stain varnish finish (It is a product that has the stain and varnish combined).

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I removed the black paint that covered the bronze fixtures with turpentine so it’s beauty could just be enhanced.ichoosehappynow.com31

This project took about 3 days because I had to wait until the cherry stain varnish dried before I could put a second layer.

I consider this piece to be one of my great finds.

I really believe that if you know what you are looking for you can make someone’s trash into treasure! I feel like that about life too…you can make a challenge into a blessing…it’s all perspective.

I hope you have a wonderful day filled with joy and happiness!

 

Vintage Estate Sale Find of the Week– Early 1900s Antique Chair

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I love vintage, estate and thrift shopping. On a weekly basis I would like to feature my favorite “find” of the week.

In a previous blog I mentioned my life as a treasure hunter. I crave for my vintage fixes.

This week I am presenting an antique chair made in the early 1900s.  It is made of a rich cherry stained wood and has vintage wheels on the bottom.

The side is carved simply giving it an elegant yet rustic feel.  It is very comfortable and can fit adults and children alike.  Eventually I would like to reupholster it by myself.  I am now sourcing easy, do it yourself, reupholstering instructions as we speak, and I will write about it in a future post.  If you have any interesting links on home reupholstering please send it my way.

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This was another piece that I purchased to sell online, but once again I fell in love with it and decided to keep it.  Pretty soon my house will be covered with all my “treasures” and I will have no choice, but to move to a new house or sell my vintage finds!

I really believe that if you know what you are looking for you can make someone’s trash into treasure! I feel like that about life too…you can make a challenge into a blessing…it’s all perspective.

I hope you have a wonderful day filled with joy and happiness!

 

Vintage Estate Sale Find of the Week– Original Framed Unknown Filipino Artist Print

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I love vintage, estate and thrift shopping. On a weekly basis I would like to feature my favorite “find” of the week.

In a previous blog I mentioned my life as a treasure hunter. I crave for my vintage fixes.

This week I am presenting an original numbered mezzotint Filipino print .   I do not know who the artist is, but I am hoping that someone who reads this blog post will recognize the signature.

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The piece is called “Conception” and it measures 14 x 8.5 inches.  It is number 8 out of 10. It is very detailed and has gradient color changes that makes it appear almost like a wood carving.

I was so excited about this print because I bought it with an original print by Fil Dela Cruz , a known Filipino artist.

The Philippines is very dear to my heart because I grew up there.  Filipino art was always my first love because my father and mother were both avid collectors.  They often became friends of the artists they patronized like Tam Austria, HR Ocampo, to name a few.

This was another piece that I purchased to sell online, but once again I fell in love with the artwork and I have decided to keep it.  Pretty soon all my walls will be covered with my “treasures” and I will have no choice, but to move to a new house or sell my vintage finds!

I am really hoping that I will one day find out who the artist is. Right now I am just enjoying the work of art.

I really believe that if you know what you are looking for you can make someone’s trash into treasure! I feel like that about life too…you can make a challenge into a blessing…it’s all perspective.

I hope you have a wonderful day filled with joy and happiness!