Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Recent Find Medical Cabinet, Hotel Silver and Natures Gifts!


I found this original white painted medical cabinet at The Remnants of the Past show in San Louis Obispo. It was an amazing show filled with talented kind vendors selling treasures!!  
I love medical cabinets and this one is no exception!
It's paint was yellow and dingy dirty but I knew there was a chippy beauty underneath! I did a test spot, with one of my favorite cleaners ZEP Industrial Purple Cleaner, on the old oil based paint. After spaying the cleaner on, the dirt and yellow just dripped down the cabinet exposing the crackly white underneath....perfect! All clean and smells great.....

I decided to start filling it with hotel silver which was kind of dispersed all over the house. This is a heavy food dome from the Greenbrier Hotel founded in 1778.

These are individual salt and pepper sets used for hotel room or table service. LOve these!! I leave them a little unpolished,

 I like the older patina on some pieces.....

I love natural whether it be fabrics, paints colors or elements I find. It must be the outdoor farm girl upbringing. I can't go for a walk without coming home with something in my pocket... a pod, berries, an acorn or a dead carcass!!

A small hotel teapot.....I love when pieces are embellished with crests or the Hotel name.


Holiday time we break out the sterling and antler/horn cutlery set.....

more stuff in the cabinet.....
Hotel flatware and antler serving forks.....great for hordourves!

More nature....salvaged wasp nests served up on a dome covered hotel cake stand!

This is a tiny little hummingbird nest saved from the creeping fig on my front entryway. It's filled with dryer lint and is the size of a fifty cent piece...teeny!

Yes...this is a sweet little baby hummingbird who perished in his nest outside my front door!I found him as is while trimming and gave him a  safe resting place in my cabinet :(

A bleached turtle shell...perfect for me the white lover.

 A gorgeous piece of razor sharp coral....

....more nests, antler sheds and crusty ocean floats.


....beautiful preserved moths and butterflies

I bought these white berries from sweet creative Theresa of Garden Vintage Antiques.  It was years ago at Zapp Hall in Warrenton, Texas and I still love them! She had bunches of them and they reminded me of bittersweet but WHITE! Visit her here, I have purchased some of my all time favorite finds from her that are in my home. 

I little skull my son and I found hiking on the trails behind our house....maybe a baby coyote?

a Canadian Rock Ptarmigan taxidermy bird...keeping watch!

And last but not least....guess who else likes hotel silver? 

Only when its filled with fresh scrambled eggs or kibble!

or fresh water.....yes, spoiled rotten and loving it!


When I bought the piece I didn't know where in the world I had space to put it, but I knew I wanted to find a spot somewhere. With a little juggling, it fit right into this niche ...... :) 

The only thing I regret about the ROTP show was that I didn't have more time to talk with new FB friends, bloggers and vendors but they were so busy selling! That's a beautiful thing.....
I did see my friend and photographer Dusty Lu, and I met Maria of the beautiful Dreamy Whites blog which I so admire! These two are such great photographers I shutter when I post my pictures.....still learning :)

Thanks for stopping by~Debra





Monday, October 10, 2011

My Chicken Clara Belle and Remnants of the Past Show

Hello Friends!!
Hope you all had a great weekend.
I thought I would share some of my purchases from the "Remnants of the Past Show" on my blog this week. I attended the show this last weekend in San Louis Obispo, CA. and made it a two day shopping weekend! It is voted #1 show in the country and was it ever fantastic! We saw lots of friends, met new friends and met fellow bloggers.  We shopped all the way up to Cambria and all the way back home....it was so fun!


This is picture of my first purchase, Clara Belle, the taxidermy hen.  When I entered the show, she was in the very first booth I visited  The Vintage Bricoleur!
 I knew if I passed her up she wouldn't be there long,  things were being snatched up quickly.
After arriving home, I walked her in hand into my house and gently set her a top my french metal medical cabinet in the kitchen to keep her safe. 

I think she just may have found her new resting/nesting place!!
Although, someone on Facebook suggested that I cover her eyes when I make fried chicken!
If you haven't already....visit this wonderful blog http://thevintagebricoleur.blogspot.com/, Terry and her husband are such a sweet couple with amazing style and finds! I'm a new follower of hers and so glad I found her...

Stay tuned and I will post more weekend purchases.....
Blessings~Debra