I have just returned from meeting Barb at Grits and Glamour and Kathysue from Rate My Space in Asheville, NC! I will be telling you about our meeting on Tuesday, but for today, I want to show you my finds while shopping with them!
You know that serious Goodwill hunters have to check out the GW in a new city, so off we went! Kathysue was the treasure hunting bloodhound, since she was traveling by plane and couldn't pack a lot. Look what she found for me! It's an antique Nippon plate! It's worth your time to enlarge the photo if you are a lover of plates like me! Do you see all of the wonderful gold beading?? This one will go on the wall in my bedroom!
The mark says "Hand Painted RC (Royal Crockery) Nippon"! I found a similar plate with the identical mark online from the estate of a 91 year old woman...being sold for $24. I paid...are you ready?...50 cents!! Wooooo hoooo!!!
I found this framed print for $7.00 last week at a GW near me. I am showing you a picture of it that I copied online because I can't photograph art to save me! It's a French poster by René Pean from a series encouraging train travel in the 1920's. This one depicts Ile de Ré...and do you notice anything?? The donkey is wearing trousers...l'âne en culotte! I love it!!
It was actually the custom to put trousers on the special breed of donkey that is raised there. It's a farming region near a marsh and the trousers protect the donkeys from insect bites! Don't you love the little girl riding in the basket?
Of course, now the donkeys wear trousers for the tourists, but I still think it's a cute poster! I will be hanging it in my guest bedroom. (Please forgive the little lesson, but the French teacher in me cannot be stopped. She still comes out occasionally!)
So now you are wondering...where is the metamorphosis??? First, I must show you a planter that I found at TJ Maxx a while back. As soon as I saw it, the little wheels in my head started turning! Doesn't it look so rustic and frenchy?
Then while I was in Asheville, I found this gorgeous tray at a consignment shop. It looks like tole, but it is actually made of wood. I love the colors and the intricately carved cut-outs around the edges! Do you see where this is going???
Taaaaa daaaaa!! Instant night stand! This will go in my black and cream toile guest bedroom that I keep blabbing about, but never finish! The room is small, so I wanted something that wouldn't take up a lot of space...visually or physically. What do you think? And, speaking of that bedroom...
...I am being very brave and showing you the beginnings. This is definitely a metamorphosis in the works! Maybe this will inspire me to finish it! As you can see, the border has to come down and the paint color has to be chosen. Have you ever had a mess like this? I am leaning toward the second one from the left...Palmetto from Ace. What do you think? Or maybe the third from the left...Lewiville from Benjamin Moore. OK...now that you have seen my dirty little secret, I will be forced to finish!