aunt katie's attic



Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It's finally arrived.....and appropriately on the first day of autumn. Yes, the orange vinyl banquette has landed! In the warm and muggy darkness of the final evening of summer it covertly appeared, like a beacon in the night. (Oxymoron?) Awaiting a good scrub and a place of honor inside the shop, he sits patiently. Oh and she could be waiting a while........there is so much inside to re-arrange, time to get out the ladder and tape measure! My mind is clicking (sometimes smoking) with all of the ideas and designs I would like to actualize. BZZZZZZZZZ goes my brain. But it's a good thing.
In the vestibule the slate has been wiped clean, and Baking at Grandma's House is being "cooked up". Evoking age old memories of Sundays at the best place to eat in town! MMM. Delicious pies, stews, and my Grama's specialty, Chicken Cacciatiore. I am licking my lips as I write, remembering the tangy sauce and the succulent chicken as it fell off of the bone and melted in my mouth. Ok. Back to reality. Beginning with a Hoosier and a chalkboard this vignette will truly take you back. Baking pans, soup pots, apple pie making paraphenalia. (Have I piqued your interest yet?) Grama says" I'll save you a seat at the on the Orange Vinyl so don't be late for dinner!"

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

So much to do!

Good morning on this sunniest of days.
As I sit here sipping my morning cuppa joe, my mind is spinning, spinning, spinning. Where do I go from here? I ponder as I try to plan the soft landing of the fabulous orange vinyl banquette with its more than fabulous boomerang table, I snatched up at an estate sale a few weeks ago. Don't think that hasn't been making me a little wacky....I know most folks dream of White Christmases and ponies, but I dream of vintage vinyl and boomerangs.
Accept me as I am.
I sit here, and with each click of a key, I add another idea to what little space is left inside my internal message board. Painting cupboards to artfully display the cool and classy blue depression glass I have been clinging to all summer, as well as the crisp blue and white Blue Danube dinnerware I have also been hoarding. Oh my, everything from clocks to tall drink tumblers. MMMMM.
And don't even get me started on the POD.
Rummaging around a closet at the orange vinyls home, I discovered some super duper vintage dresses, and accessories. I had enticed my daughter to join me, under the pretense of gifts from the sale (she gladly took the bait) and away we went. Genetics? Oh yeah. She is a chip off the old block. Way.
Needless to say it was double the pleasure,double the fun and I needed to beg off 3 friends to haul back what wouldn't squeeze into the wagon. (Not to mention the orange vinyl still waiting to be transported!)
Probing every nook and cranny is key. Turning every stone, once, twice, even 3 times. The rewards are amazing. From the silly to the sublime. Rescuing the otherwise discarded, tossed away and forgotten, I bring it to you, with love.