Sunday, April 18, 2010

Metamorphosis Monday and Blue Monday


It's that time again, my how quickly a week flys!!  Today I am participating to two great blog parties.  So please head on over to Susan's blog, Between Naps On The Porch, to some great before and afters.  Also, if you want to view some fantastic blue photos be sure to stop by Sally's blog, Smiling Sally.  There just a click away!!

For my metamorphosis I am featuring a small bookcase that has been on my mind for weeks.  About 3 weeks ago I took an afternoon and drove to Bisbee, AZ(great little town).  I hit a couple of antique stores, a couple of thrift stores and a consignment store.  The consignment store is where I fell in lust with this bookcase.  It is vintage, antique or old bamboo.  I thought the price was a little high, $85.00 and asked the shop owner is she was willing to come down.  She said no.  Well, that day I passed on it.  Went home and for the next 2 weeks, dreamed of that bookcase.  I researched old bamboo and finally decided that maybe it was worth the price.  In the end, which is what I always think about a treasure it I really want it, that I wanted it, b a d l y.  Enough to where the price didn't matter.  I reasoned that I hardly ever see vintage bamboo and that I had to have it.  Once I came to that conclusion I couldn't drive the 26 miles to Bisbee fast enough!!!  I rescued the poor lovely baby from a dusty warehouse that day. : )  I present to you all the newest addition to our family.


The above is the before.  I reckon he had 50-60 years worth of grime and dirt on him. : (  So I scrubbed him down with Murphys Oil Soap and then polished him up with some good smelling Orange Oil.


I just love the texture and colors of the bamboo.


Now on to Blue Monday...


Kinda blurry, I know, but I am so taken by the cover of this magazine from July 1946.  It is always on display in my living room.


These ginger jars were a gift from my good friend, Debbie.  They are also residing in my living room right next to the magazine on the Secretary.


This bowl is actually a punch bowl from Thailand but it is doing duty by holding dried fruit and flower pods. I have 24 matching punch cups.  It is quite a lovely, lovely set.

OK, well that's all from SE Arizona for today...not sure how much more I'll be blogging this week since the first of two moves is taking place on Wednesday.  I hope everyone has a great start for what I hope and pray to be a fabulous week!
Ann

16 comments:

AshTreeCottage said...

Your patience and some effort turned a worn piece into a treasure!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

SmilingSally said...

Oh, Ann, the blue and white items are lovely, and with that beautiful book must make your living room a showcase! Happy Blue Monday.

Rinkly Rimes said...

I love the punch bowl. What a beautiful design!

Beth said...

Love your ginger jars and punch bowl, and what a find the bamboo piece is! Happy Blue Monday!
Beth

Becky K. said...

The punch bowl has taken all of my attention. I would love to see some of the matching cups. What a stunning set that would be to serve from at a party...

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Worth it! I love the bamboo, it would work with so many different styles!

xinex said...

Beautiful Asian pottery! You just gave me an idea for my bamboo trays. They are looking pretty dull. Yours turn out beautifully....Christine

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the blue and white and I have been hunting for a great wicker piece like that. Great finds. Hugs, Marty

momgen said...

I like the antiques...happy blue Monday.

Mine is here

daylily777 said...

Beautiful Blues & I am glad you got your Bamboo Bookcase . It looks wonderful !
Blessings,
~Myrna

Joy said...

Beautiful ginger jars! Happy Blue Monday.

Liz said...

Will your blue and white go on the bamboo shelf?
A classic combo I think! :)

~Liz

Gena D said...

Agree - I adore bamboo/ wicker etc... Also love you blue & white vases - my all time favorite items too!!!
thanks for stopping by my blog
Gena @ Vintage Rose Studio

Eden said...

Those are pretty ginger jars and punch bowl. Happy Blue Monday

Atticmag said...

Great job on the bookcase. There's nothing like Victorian style bamboo furniture. I have a similar one that I use in our powder room. Wish we had little linky photos to show that stuff. -- Jane F.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Oh you did good with that bookcase. It looks fantastic! Love your blues too - but oh that bookcase - fantastic!