Friday, April 22, 2011

Adventures in Thrifting

I've been meaning to post pictures of my finds from last weekend's supply-acquiring outtings...since last weekend.  Below is a picture of said finds:
The quality of this picture is awful but here you can see a GORGEOUS gold-filled heart locket and 6 vintage character charms.  I intend to hang the locket from a gold-filled chain and make a rockin' charm bracelet with the little enamel charms.  I also purchased a vintage brooch which I have already transformed into a necklace that I love:

This thrifting trip was super-special because it's the first trip to an estate sale that we made as an entire family (yes, kids included).  Going to estate sales always feels slighty voyeuristic to me; looking through kitchen cabinets, rifling through closets and drawers, fondling people's personal effects, but one this has become apparent to me - I LOVE a mudroom.  It's one of the rooms that excite me most in other's homes. A room you come into from the garage where there are hooks for coats and bins for shoes, perhaps even your washer and dryer live there.  The original plan of our house had such a room but when the previous owners remodeled it, they closed the mudroom off from the garage and turned it into a bedroom which we then turned into our home office.  I can't imagine life without my office but I still have mild yearnings for a mudroom...

Happy Good Friday!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Happy Birthday...To Me!

Actually, it was yesterday, but I didn't get a chance to blog about it.  It was an absolutely wonderful day.  Every year for my birthday, my Grandmother unearths a relic from my past (be it a card, a picture, a ribbon I won at field day, etc).  This year she presented me with this photo of me when I was about 3ish...I actually still remember that dress.

One of the best part of the day was that RJ, my almost 5-year-old, was soooo excited about it!  He told his friends, his teachers and even the staff at Friendly' was so cute.  I received calls from all my siblings (yay!), I got to see my Mom and Grandmom and my husband wrote me a super-thoughtful poem that I LOVE!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Silver Fleur de Lis - Vintage Coro 4 Picture Locket Necklace

This is my newest creation!  It is a vintage silver-plated four picture locket. The signed Coro locket opens to hold four photos under metal frames and plastic lenses. The original photos are still present and can easily be removed and replaced with your treasures. The locket is hanging on a silver-plated rolo chain along with a sterling silver fleur de lis charm. There is a sterling silver springring closure as well as my signature "basilthecat" charm.

This necklace measures approximately 31 inches but can (easily) be shortened upon request. The locket hangs approximately 1.5 inches from the chain.

This necklace can be purchased via this link:

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Clean Slate

After months and months of procrastination over blogging, I have decided to change my blogging site to "Blogger".  It seems to much more user-friendly than my last site (which I couldn't figure-out how to post pictures on) and I'm excited about the change and dedicated to posting more's hoping!

Here's to Spring and the start of baseball season with a picture of my two handsome men and the Philly Phanatic.

See you VERY soon!