Friday, October 4, 2013




In my last post I told you Sharon was the 
Queen of Halloween here at the Vintage Garden...
well she's just proving that point with this little beauty.

I think I'll call her Samantha,
because she's just the most bewitching combination
 of russet orange and light teal...
Perfect for any time of year...
 but of course it blends magically with any Halloween Decor.

for this time of year,
 

 but in the spring they will seem like little budding flowers...



A dresser for all seasons!

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 And another shameless plug for the Witches Night Out.
We must all work together to fight the 
Wicked Destruction of Breast Cancer. 
If you're in the area, come out and join the fun...
and don't forget to bring your 
Magic Coins for the Caldron-for-Cure. 



 

Sunday, September 29, 2013




Deck the hall with boughs of horror
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah

Gore & Gloom of every order,
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,


  Don we now our grey apparel
    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah 


 
 Feed the crows at your own peril,
 Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah
 


See the creepy bones before us,
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
It makes us stay out of the forest.
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah

   But still we go in seek of treasure,
   Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah

Goodies passed beyond all measure, 
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah  



(Now that's a Candy Dish!)

Sharon Porter is the
 Queen of Halloween 
at my shop,
  Vintage Garden in Enumclaw. 
She gets credit for most of these displays.

Sharon is quite the artist!
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Although our halloween decorations are all in jest,
 this lovely lady is no joke. 

 

 She's regal...


...with the jewels to prove it,

 
and a family crest to show her lineage.



...and she fit so nicely into our Halloween Display!

Thursday, September 26, 2013



The Harvest Moon has come and gone --
and it's time for the 2nd Annual
Witches Night Out
In Enumclaw

Even though I can't fathom it being summers' end,
and yet October lurks around the corner.
We've been planning our
 Witches Night Out.

 Last year's event was a thrilling good time 
and we are looking forward to an equally chilling event this year.  
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Photo: Announcing the 2nd annual Witches Night Out in Enumclaw...The cats will be howling October 12th-Bewitching Hours 4-8pm.  The Good Witch Hope will be collecting your magic coins in her Caldron-for-Cure to fight the Wicked Destruction of Breast Cancer. Sponsoring Shops will be hosting Spooktacular Contests with Surprises and Prizes for Adult Participants. Costumes not required but encouraged.  Broomstick parking only...The Witches Night Out will be a Scream. The downtown merchants of Enumclaw invite all who dare! 
 (Sorry for the picture quality...It's a picture of a flyer, the document won't load.)
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 Gather at dusk for
wicked good fun,
Contests and prizes to be won,
Inviting all witches to come and meet
Parade to the music along Cole Street.
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Join the Magic of the Night to help fight Breast Cancer.
 
The Good Witch Hope will be collecting your Magic Coins in her
Caldron-for-Cure to fight the Wicked Destruction of Breast Cancer.

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The Cats will be howling in Enumclaw
Octber 12th 4-8PM
Costumes not required bu encouraged!
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The Witches Night Out will be a Scream!
(Broomstick Parking Only)


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Never Underestimate the Power of a little Whink!

Gustav made a whirlwind appearance!
Well, it was a whirlwind here at the Vintage Garden, 
but Gustav has actually been around a long time.
He's named after Gustav Stickley, the famed mission furniture designer.
 He didn't have any markings but his lineage and beauty won him the name.

He arrived a little worn and tattered.  
  
Although all the marks of his long history
 couldn't be erased by a sandpaper and steel wool...


 But who would want to remove all tell tale signs of his history
...does your imagination sore at what was written from the ink
in the bottles that left these rings?

He was hungry for attention, and dry to the bone...
but an oil rub down brought out his glory and grain.

 




I was so excited to have Gustov ready
 that I gave him a few vintage pieces to hold
 while he awaited his new owner to come for him.   
 

I failed to notice that one nice old enamel
 bowl wasn't holding back all the water given to the fern.
Water and old rust went thru and Gustav's new finish
 was marred by a dark black rust ring.
This is when you learn the power of a little Whink!
I don't have a picture of it to share, but it's my favorite rust remover...
a little fine steel wool and a little Whink and no more rust.

A little more sanding and a little more oil rub
(and about another hour) and he was ready again. 

 


This time a little more caution used when setting him for display.

My one regret is that I wasn't able to be here when his new
Lady came to take him home...but I'm told it was a love renewed,
for she first loved him when she saw him in his shabbiest state.

Good luck and long life Gustav.



 

Thursday, September 5, 2013



The Colonel is in the house...
Shades of Grey moved north and 
this stately gentleman moved in.
He's been in service for about 50 years and
has a few of those marvelous chippy spots...
just to prove the work he's done.


He's earned his brass (or copper) and 
although these pictures don't capture it,
they are shiny!


 

He's already making plans to move out of the shop
and we barely got to know him!
So long sir, we know you will continue 
to provide many more strong years of service. 

Friday, August 23, 2013



  Summer into Autumn
 
July & June let us frolic and play
but August brings the heat of day.
She leaves us want of slumber deep
and our hearts wishing these days to keep.
Then comes September...
 Patiently waiting beyond summer shores
with a clean crisp touch for the air outdoors,
Soon bells will ring and books will call
as school begins in the blush of fall. 


School Days:  
I want you to close your eyes 
and imagine the first day of school...
what do you see?

When I closed my eyes, 
this is the classroom I imagined
for our Vintage Garden Grammar School.

The fundamentals:



Some more challenging subjects:  

 

A place to sit and learn: 

 Supplies for the Classoom:
  
Something to make learning fun:

Lessons for getting along in the classroom:
 
Of course there may be a need for some discipline:
 

Would you feel 'Welcome' in our little classroom?

 Can you hear "School Days" playing in the background?
We can, 'cause it plays in our interactive shop window.

If you're in the area, please stop by and say hello!






Thursday, August 22, 2013

Shades of Grey...
and it's not what you are thinking!

According to my friend Sharon, 
this fine fella was in much need of rescue.


 

  I don't have any before pictures 
but Sharon told me that he was needed so much 'luv' 
that she had to flip his top over.  

It was a good decision because look at his grains...

 
and these knobs are perfect,
 the capture all his colors.  


(She makes the cutest tags!)



and...He's smooooth, real smooth!
You'd expect nothing less with a name like
Shades of Grey.


We will miss this fine fella.  Right now he's in the shop for $175,  

but I'm sure he won't be here long.