Saturday, September 08, 2007

Decisions, decisions.....

Today is a odd day here in Northeast PA, it's hot and humid with a threat of rain. Definitely not the kind of day to be painting, which was my agenda for the entire day. I planned on painting my front porch late spring early summer and it didn't get done, what held me up? I couldn't decide on paint colors! I've agonized about it for months! I enlisted help from family, friends and even my friends on the Internet and nothing seem to strike a chord with me. A couple of nights ago I just decided to stand on the porch with my color wheel and chips until I figured out what I was going to do, I've always worked better under pressure. There I stood, for about an hour holding up chips squinting, one eye closed then the other, trying to "see" it in my mind. Why is it so hard! If it were someone Else's I would be able to say "that one" and be done with it. I finally decided on using pretty much the same colors as the house: the body of the house is sage green, the trim is cream and the eaves, door and (eventually) shutters are a deep eggplant color. My plan has been to paint a faux rug on the porch but I needed a base color. What I decided on is a diamond pattern of the cream and green with small, random, intersecting accent diamonds in the eggplant, the rug will probably have to wait until spring now.


My real reason for the post today, before I went on a tangent, was to share my latest finds with you. At work this week, something told me to go to the local hospital's consignment shop, so I went on my lunch break. I was pleasantly surprised that I hit the motherload! :) I got quite a few things, so I thought I'd share a few; I found some lovely old prints from a artist named Will Cairns, I can't find anything about him so I'm sure they aren't worth anything, I will be using them for my art work. I also found these lovely little salt and pepper shakers, they are so tiny. My plans are to use them also for art, possibly some jewelry? There were also several little bags of lace I found that will work well with my mixed media work.




Look at this lovely lady, she was lounging on the floor and I knew I had to have her. The tag said she was Cleopatra but she's clearly a Renaissance woman or a Botticelli. I definitely won't be leaving her this color, I'll probably fix her up, maybe a nice patina to make her look like aged mossy stone?











Guess who I thought of when I spied this?? You probably don't even have to think twice! Do you think Kim over at Daisy Cottage would like this Kate Spade bag I found? When I saw the tag I had to snatch it up, you don't find Kate Spade in our neck of the woods too often.












I found some other things but I thought these were the most interesting and wouldn't bore you to pieces. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.



*muah*

9 comments:

Carmen Alexandra, Writing & Baking Enthusiast said...

Really enjoy your blog and delightful sense of humor. Thank you for sharing Malphi's sewing art. Trying to talk her into a ready made wrap dress as I sew...not at all. :)
Alexandra

Michelle E. ~ Vintage Pastiche' said...

Thanks so much Alexandra! I've been trying to get on to your blog for some time and i can't seem to comment or click on any of the links. Not sure if it's my end or yours but I wanted you to know since I can't get ahold of you any other way. :)

Jennifer Froh said...

I hope you'll post pictures of the lounging lady after you "fix" her up. Would love to see what you do to her! She's very awesome!

red tin heart said...

I love the stuff you found. I like to go thrifting to. Thanks for visiting my site. I love your picture on your profile. You have the most glorious red hair. xoxo nita

Counting Your Blessings said...

That's right! The hospital consignment... I've got to get over to ours this week! The porch sounds like it's going to be perfect. Blessings... Polly

Penny Carlson said...

Michelle, love the paint choices you are making. I can't wait to see the porch when it is finished!

What great finds! Love the lady.
Penny...
P.S. I can't get into Alexandras blog either to post :-(
Penny

ellen said...

love your selection of music and the site is beautiful... hope you don't mind i sent my sister your site, as she is the one with the beautiful garden and you could share photos and tips...:)

its great!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I certianly understand the hesitation in chosing a color for your own house! I am the same way. I can pick something for a client in no time!!

The vintage trims and s&p are a beautiful picture

ShabbyInTheCity said...

yay for the motherload!!!!