Monday, February 4, 2013

A Finished Project & More Valentines...♥

Good Monday evening, everyone!
I know, Christmas is over...
but some of my projects are still hanging on!
Before Christmas I showed you this chair that has been in my family for ages...

(it was my Great Aunt Anna's)...
it has been in very sad shape for as long as I can remember ,

 then it was in the fire, and stood in water in the basement...:^(
The post to see the "before" back in December can be revisited here ~
Here it is!

 After looking at the inspiration photo again, I may need to sand it a little more...

I'm pretty happy with it, though. So glad I gave it another chance...

It looked so awful, it would have been pretty easy to throw it away!

I'm sure the little birdcage in the photo (below) is an antique,

but I just happened upon mine in Hobby Lobby,

and it was 50% off ~ :^)

Until I spied it, I hadn't planned on doing the project just yet,

but I took it as a sign that I should...

so I grabbed it ~ (there were a lot of styles; some fancier...

  but this one looked the most like the actual antique)

~ and went back over to the ornaments to find the perfect color!

This color was interesting, I thought ~

not mirror-bright silver, but a darker, more pewter-tone...


Now I wish I'd gone for that pop of pink or maybe red...

Oh, well ~ in just a few months Hobby Lobby will have Christmas decor again!

BTW, the bird cage was originally a dark cream...

I sprayed it the "Jadite Green" color,

which is actually Valspar Satin "Leafy Rise"

and then lightly sanded the metal here and there...


Here is the original Pinterest photo from Suzanne Duda; I thought it was so pretty!


And, here are some more vintage Valentines for you...♥
From 1910...such a beautiful little face...John Winsch cards are so lovely!
More gorgeous Winsch ladies, from 1910-1911.

So cute!

The car ~ and policeman Cupid ~ is another Winsch, the one above it is unmarked.

More sweet kitties...

That kitten that the little boy is holding could be a baby Cyrus!

And last but not least, the little love-struck girl and her kitty, "Fluffs"...

(Poor Fluffs was crying on the card in my previous post...)

Poor Baby! Choose Fluffs, little girl, not that boy!!
Told you so!

Have a great Tuesday, all!



Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love the chairs--I have a chair like that I am about to white (of course) :) I have visions of it sitting outside with a basket of flowers. I am ready for spring!

BTW--we have some new "fur in the paint" at our house. :)

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Oh, love those vintage valentines too!

Maureen said...

I'm glad you gave that chair a second chance. It's lovely. All those lovely, vintage Valentine's sure bring a smile to my face!

cucki said...

sweet vintage valentine..
love xx

Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

Anne the chair turned out great! Love the shape of the cage and I agree, since I'm a color person, a pop of bright pink would be awesome! Thanks for the vintage valentines, I found several that I'm in love with.

My Vintage Life said...

Lovely chair and decorations! Love the cards!

fairyrocks said...

You sure breathed new life and tons of charm into your chair. I love that it has a rich and colorful history too. Thanks for the Valentines.
Your little fairy house is right up my path in the woods too. So sweet.
Keep smiling and creating.

The Zeigler Homestead said...

I'm glad you didn't pitch that chair ~ it turned out beautifully. Great job!! ~Susie~

Kyra Wilson said...

Oh nice job! I think the pink would have popped it up, like you said, but it's still all looking fabulous!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great job on the chair. I like it with the bird cage and the silver balls much better than the inspiration piece.
Fun seeing the old Valentines.

Daisy said...

It's amazing what can be done to refurbish something to make it look new again. Wonderful job on the chair! Cure vintage valentines too!

8)(8 said...

So beautiful!

Denise said...

You are so crafty, and I love you.

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Anne - beautiful valentines - wish they still made them to look like this. I especially love the one that looks like Cyrus. So glad you didn't do away with the looks lovely and what a neat idea for decorating it with a bird cage and then colored bulbs. The Pink is smashing! xo xo Pixie

Nellie said...

Such a lovely post, Anne! Love the chair and birdcage, and the Valentine cards are just darling!

Missy George said...

Love the chair..Wish I had more time before Valentines day and ink in my printer..I'd steal some of you Valentines..I made some several years ago out of vintage cards... said...

That was a cute ending!
Love your bird cage and chair!
I came by the other night and tried to leave a comment but it just would not publish. I came by to tell you how much I love seeing your silky and chickens pop up on my laptop photos. I was tired the other day and as I turned off my laptop, there they were - to cheer me up. Next morning, when I was dragging ... there they were yet again!
Thanks so much!
I had been by on your other valentine post and was going to help myself to a few. Didn't get to then, but I think I will now.
Are these from cards you kept?
Thanks again!

Laurie said...

I love what you did to your chair, it reminds me of the chair that sat in my grandmothers house, and then my parents. It became my fathers chair for many years.
Thank-you for a pleasant memory, and for more vintage images!

Dee said...

Oh my gosh...I am going to adopt your blog for valentine. L♥V♥ it. :)

organicgardendreams said...

Hi Anne, love that you rescued the chair and it looks quite nice now with the bird cage and the Christmas ornaments.
There is quite something to these old Valentine cards, isn't it?

Algodão Tão Doce said...

Acabei de conhecer o seu blog e achei maravilhoso. Me visite:
Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!


Beijos Marie.

Teresa said...

Love the chair - both ways are charming.
Happy Valentine's!

CraveCute said...

The chair and decorations are beautiful! I do love vintage cards, and these Valentines are adorable! Thank you Anne!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hello Anne! I was thinking of you today when a friend of mine came today, and with a little gift was a vintage valentine that made me think of you!

But I'm glad that I stopped by, because I got to enjoy your creativity and more of the sweet vintage valentines! I love what you did to the chair, and would love to have it on my porch too! :-)

Jane the Booklady said...

I love the romantic old Valentines- especially the ones with the elegant ladies. What a wonderful collection! Jane xx

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

The chair turned out lovely! Happy Valentines Day to you too, Anne.

Kathy M.

Bohemian said...

So much Inspiration!

Dawn... The Bohemian

nancy huggins said...

Love what you did with the chair and the birdcage. I have a perfect birdcage to use..just need to find a chair..great idea. Love the Valentines too. I found one that I gave to my GM when I was about 8 and signed my first and last she wouldn't know it was from me (smile)

greekwitch said...

Hey love! I am glad you are now a follower of mine. Yeih!
It is awesome you have the actual plants in your home. It can be done any time, just after a good cleansing, smudging whatever, and the parts of the plant should have been already dried(you do n't want any mould on it). Have a wonderful weekend.

lisaflowerpot said...

Just love Fluffs.
The chair and the valentines are lovely. The two kitties tabby and ginger could just be my two boys Harry and Jasper. Harry no longer with me.
Such sweet faces although Jasper is a little less fluffy and skinny in his old age. Bless.

Happy Valentines. Love Lisa x

Marian said...

Que bello, una maravilla Anne.¡Gracias por su visita a mi blog!
Dios le bendiga.

Marianne said...

Hello, Anne....Thank you for visiting my blog! It was such a pleasure to 'see' you again.

Oh, I just love your post. Your chair is so charming. I'm glad you didn't get rid of it. It looks perfect cradling the birdcage, which by the way I thought it came that lovely green color. You really did a wonderful job with it all. Personally, I like your version much better than the pintrest version. I adore shabby chic, but the inspiration photo was a bit too shabby for me, however yours had the 'chic' added.
It certainly inspired me.

Blessings for more inspiration and creation,

Marianne xo

Marianne said...

P.S. I forgot to say how much a love your vintage Valentine's...they really don't make them like that anymore, do they...

They're so pretty and witty. Poor little girl with the broken heart, but Fluffs is there to comfort her with unconditional love ♥

Thank you for this delightful post, Anne...see you soon.


Merlesworld said...

My grandmam had a chair like that, it was my chair that I would sit on when I visited.
Lovely valentine cards.

Missy George said...

I "borrowed" one of your cute cards for my Valentines day post...Thanks..

Karen said...

The chair came out perfectly sweet, Anne, and the little birdcage with ornaments is just precious.

Don't you just love those vintage valentine's? They just don't make them like that anymore. They are like little works of art. <3 xx

Algodão Tão Doce said...

Olá!!! Tudo bem???
Vim aqui retribuir a sua visita no meu cantinho!!!
Fico feliz por você me seguir!!!
Venha sempre!!!>>> Passe lá e pegue um selinho de agradecimento!

Com carinho e beijinhux, Marie.

angi eharis said...

tx so much anne for sharing these wonderful valentines! aloha, angi in hana

liniecat said...

I much prefer your bird cage!!

Tettelestai said...

Oh I love vintage cards!! They are so lovely!!

Palomasea said...

Awww...sweet little Fluffs!!! :)
Dearest Anne...your chair and birdcage are lovely...and those Valentines...gorgeous...the colors!!
I am catching up...on to your newest post, sweet friend!
- Irina

Elizabeth Johnson said...

Oh, I LOVE that chair! And it's beautiful with the birdcage added.
Thank you for visiting me today. It's lovely to meet you.

Shannon Chastaine said...

I think your copycat chair vignette is much prettier than the original picture. :) Aren't vintage valentines the best?