The One That Got Away….Almost!

I have a bad habit.  One that I need to break.  I second guess myself.  A lot.  I need to learn to trust my instincts.  Sometimes I will see something while out pickin’ that I will know that it could be fabulous with a little work or repurposing.  But something will happen and I will talk myself out of it, and usually walk away, later on kicking myself.  This happened about a month ago……………….

 I have a weakness for Swedish Mora clocks.  I love them, their curvy lines, round faces, and painted finishes.  The original antique ones can be quite pricey, between $2500-$4000.  Yep, pricey!  Should the lottery gods ever smile on me, I will have an authentic original Swedish Mora clock!  But until then…….

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A month ago, my hubby and I were out of town on a day pickin’ trip.  We stopped in a flea market that was nice and large, an old closed nursing home down in Arkansas.  We went in prepared to find that one of a kind treasure!

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Once we stepped through the door, I realized quickly that we wouldn’t be finding any treasures there!  It was filled with junk……and I don’t mean the good junk……trashy junk.  And to be honest, it was a little creepy!  Everything was set up exactly as it was when it was operating as a nursing home, only now all the rooms were filled with really. bad. stuff.

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There was also a weird energy…..which I probably wouldn’t have noticed if it had been filled with “the good stuff”!   But I don’t have the patience to sort through a lot of trash….especially  in a creepy place……with bad energy………. not to mention hubby was not “feelin’ it” and he is less patient than I am!

 So we decided to not waste anymore time and move on to someplace else…..when on our way out the door, I spotted this.

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At just a glance, my heart stopped and sputtered.  As I got closer, I saw that it was a relatively new table top clock made out of cheap particle board.  But……it had the same curvy lines, round face and style as a Mora clock.  I mentioned to hubby that with a little Annie Sloan chalk paint magic, it would be a great “almost” Mora clock!  He didn’t respond with “Yippee”, so I (as usual) started second guessing myself.  And walked away. And left the creepy building.

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We came home with it haunting me that I didn’t buy it.  I started imagining it painted and distressed and standing next to the other reproduction Mora that I have.  I couldn’t sleep for “designing” a new look for it.  This went on for a week.  No sleep, kicking myself.  I hinted to hubby that I wish I had bought it, hoping he would suggest jumping right back in the car and driving the 2 hours back to buy it.  Nope, didn’t work.

 Suddenly it hit me! My wonderful, gorgeous, fabulous newly married niece now lives in this very town!  I quickly contacted her, and asked…..ok, begged…..if she would please, please, please go to the creepy nursing home and buy the clock for me!

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She took pity on me (I told you she was fabulous), went and bought the clock (thank goodness it was still there!) and I met with her later on to pick the little beauty up.  Isn’t my little knock off Mora clock gorgeous?!?  I painted her in Annie Sloan Duck Egg and Old White with lots of crackling and distressing, waxed in clear and dark wax.

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I found an old vintage brass laurel leaf garniture to add to the top.

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And we found an old porcelain clock dial from France that we replaced the fake one with!

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Lots of distressing to the finish

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I used Annie Sloan’s new Craqueleur to get the crazing in the finish.  I love the way she turned out, and she even keeps the right time!  Now I just have to figure out where she will be displayed.

 Is it possible to have to many “Mora” clocks…….hmm….. I don’t think so.  I think they are like chandeliers, one can never have too many!

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It’s beautiful here in the Ozarks today!  Hope it’s beautiful where you are!

Blessings,

        Cindy

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”

                                                          ~C.S Lewis

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The French Lavabo

I have a weakness for French antiques, some things I constantly search for on our pickin’ journeys and I get so excited when I find something that I love!  Such is the case with the French lavabo or wall sink.

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Turquoise blue lavabo at Edith & Evelyn

We recently found this beauty from Europe and it is particularly fab.u.lous!!  It’s perfectly crusty, chippy, and flaky in all the right places and the bottom is painted in the drool worthy turquoise blue!

DSC_0335I did list this one in the shop, but to be honest, I’m not sure I care whether it sells or not!  I keep envisioning where I could use it myself!DSC_0336Dating from the early 1900’s, these cast iron wall sinks were mounted on the outside walls of the European homes for hand washing before entering the house.  Made of enameling over cast iron, many times the bottoms were painted beautiful colors as this one is.  Today, they are sought after for many uses, including hanging on a garden or patio wall as a planter for flowers, herbs, etc.

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They are really perfect as a planter because of the drainage in the bottom of the bowl.

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They would even make a very interesting functional sink for a potting area or mud room.  Many of them are still in wonderful condition.

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Some are fancier than others……..I wonder if that was a reflection of the family “status”?

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So many uses and ideas come to mind for these old European wall sinks.  I think one mounted by the front door with flowers would also be gorgeous!  Maybe stamped with your address or a cute French quote on the back plate!   Or mounted on the wall in the bathroom above a tub, filled with pretty towels, soaps, etc.

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No matter what you re-purpose the lavabo for, it remains one of my very favorite things!

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It’s been a rainy few days here in the Ozark mountains.  Woke up to the sound of rain and it is very gloomy outside, but at least our newly planted herbs, flowers, and tomato plants are getting some of God’s water!

Ready for some sunshine!

Blessings,

                      Cindy

The Divine Feminine

When I started Edith & Evelyn Vintage several years ago, I wanted it to be an expression of what I love.  I only buy and sell things that I would decorate my own home with.  And a lot of what we sell are items of a spiritual nature.  I have a love of antique and vintage  religious statues, particularly of Mary.  No, I’m not Catholic……I’m Episcopalean……..which is close I suppose!117234396519533094_28VgM6Eq_f

There is something about these old statues depicting Mary and other female saints that speak of strength and serenity.  Maybe it was growing up with a very strong female role model in my mother, but I have an affinity for these old pieces that reflect the divine feminine.  Especially the imperfect ones with a lot of timeworn beauty.  Shabby and chippy are my weak points……..if they are perfect, I will usually pass them by.

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I have found a few over the years that I haven’t been able to part with.  Some that were particularly timeworn, wearing their stories in their shabby beauty.  My favorites are the extremely worn statues with flaky finishes and the beautiful expressions on their faces.  Some of the old masters were amazing at capturing the divine and serene.

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The ones I find in France are some of my very favorites.  They are usually harder to come by and they always have a very distinctive French look to them.  Made of plaster, chalkware, and sometimes old spelter, we find the Mary’s in a variety of sizes and materials.  I have quite a few of them in my home, and I love to adorn them with crowns and rosary beads.

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I have been lucky enough to find some from closed churches and  religious orders.  Many have come from the gardens of ancient chateaus in France, and the countryside brocantes.   I often wonder about their story, where they have been, what they have “seen”, what stories they could “tell”.  117234396519502122_39rLrVvJ_f

Decorating with vintage religious statues has suddenly become quite popular.  I’m seeing more and more photos in home decor magazines with these old statues displayed.  They add a touch of serenity, calmness, and spirituality to a home.

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I can’t keep all the Mary’s I find, so we sell  a lot of them in the shop.  I have a few favorites that I have kept and as one comes along that I feel the urge to keep, I will let go of another in order to make room!  There’s been a few that I placed for sale that I regretted the minute they sold, knowing the odds of finding another like it were slim.

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There are other vintage religious related items that I have a weakness for as well……..but that is for another post!

Hope your day is filled with Blessings,

             Cindy