Monday, January 17, 2011

Another Find and More UFO Work!

On Saturday Mr. Squash and I took off on a "discovery" mission!  Let's see if we can find some antique shops in out-of-the way places!  The first stop was a quilt shop in Hermiston, OR (we were a little turned around and it just happened to be there).  We asked the proprietor if he knew of antique stores in the area and we were directed to a tiny little town (if you could even call it that) about 5 miles away.  The shop was right on the main road on a corner and looked really inviting.  We walked in and were transported to an old-fashioned antique shop - the likes of which are more and more rare since the advent of eBay!  Eye candy everywhere.  We're talking quality antiques - and unbelievably low prices!!  Everything was displayed so nicely with either chenille bedspreads or vintage quilts on the beds, dried flowers, and lovely dresser settings and on and on.

The owner was a wizened old fellow with a bright smile and an eagerness to help!  He seemed to pop up out of nowhere whenever I expressed interest in a particular object!  Back in a far corner I spied an art deco ceiling fixture and instantly he was there to get it down for a closer look.  It was heavy (perhaps iron or brass-coated iron) and in perfect condition! No restoration had ever been done.  He said he took it down himself from the ceiling.  Even the electrical, as old as it is, is in tip-top condition.  The globes didn't have any chips or cracks at all.  When he told us the price, we nearly fainted!  Let's just say we saw the same lamp in the big city a couple of weeks ago for $1,069 and this was a little over a 12% of that price!
Of course it had to come home with us!  We are going to install it just inside our front door.  Mr. Squash is holding it so I could get a photo, but it was heavy and I was standing quite close, so it looks a little larger than it really is. 
Look at how new and bright the lamp itself is!  It has it's original finish.  The globes look a little lighter than the amber color they really are, and will be so pretty when lit!  We will post a photo once it is installed.  First we're going to send it to the lamp store where we got our new chandelier and have them re-wire it for good measure.
I had such a good feeling from finishing Winter Wonderland that I decided to get out my last remaining UFO.  This is the Fat Quarter Shop's 2008 Designer Mystery BOM.  The fabric is Peace on Earth by Three Sister for Moda.  I had 6 blocks left to go, which went really fast until I got to block 12.  If you're wondering why it is missing the center - I had a temporary brain flip and cut one of the fabrics incorrectly!  Don't you hate it when that happens?  I emailed FQS, but they were completely out of the fabric.  I did find an available yard of it on the internet, and will also check with my local shop tomorrow to see if maybe they have a fat quarter hiding around somewhere!  I also purchased the finishing kit.  The blocks are set in red with gold stars at each corner and is surrounded with a green border. 

Still no news on when Lenni will ship.  I must admit I am getting a tad discouraged and even contemplating looking at other machines, but Lenni is what I want and I hope to have good news soon!

18 comments:

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous find at the antique shop. Mr. Squash House is a great light holder. :o) I hope you find the fabric you're needing...perhaps a blogger has some sitting around? I'm sure Lenni will be worth the wait but this sure has been going on for a while.

Linda said...

What a deal on that lamp!! Nice find! You'll have to keep that shop in mind for future shopping trips! Love the BOM. I've cut a few mishaps in BOMs myself! :-) I usually can find the fabric to replace it. What is the fabric line in it? I think I know, but was wondering??

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Oh wow Candace - that chandelier is amazing! It will look great in your home.

Darlene said...

Wow, what a fabulous find - it's beautiful, Candace.

You have been waiting for Lenni for awhile - sure hope he comes knocking very soon.

Love your finished BOM.

Cheryl said...

Another great find--looks a little art deco to me. Good for you for finishing a UFO and what a pretty one at that. I am partial to samplers--all part of the quilters ADD I have. I bet you are getting anxious to get your hands on Lenni.

Mary said...

Lucky you! What a beautiful lamp. Sounds like you are ready to start some new projects.

Anonymous said...

That must have been the Elephant's trunk in Stanfield! I love that place.

Anonymous said...

I also did this Block of the Month and just checked my leftovers to see if I had any of the red fabric and all I have are little itty bitty pieces. Darn it! Good luck finding it. Check out www.quiltshops.com and put in the name of the fabric. You will probably find it there. Good luck

Ulla said...

Amazing luck with the lamp! I hope you will find the fabric you need and can finish your quilt while you wait for your Lenni to arrive.

ana s. said...

We spent much time collecting art deco lamps like that. We move them from house to house. Our house used to be a 1939 and we were trying to make it authentic. Good purchase.

Karen said...

Hello,
I just happened to find your blog while researching. I notice that you liked quilting and fly fishing. Well, I couldn't resist inviting you to my shop, Bless My Stitches Quilt Shop. You see my quilt shop is in a 85 year old building that we share with a bakery and.....an outfitters that specializes in fly fishing! So if you are ever lucky enough to be in the Western North Carolina mountains, be sure to stop by and visit. Oh yeah, our little town also has at least 3 antique shops that I can think of!!!
May all your stitches be a blessing,
Karen
blessmystitches.com
blessmystitches.blogspot.com

AnnieO said...

Fantastic find on that lamp. Just amazing what still surfaces in those tiny little shops! Congrats on the score :)

Love your BOM--3 Sisters always have such beautiful fabric designs. Hope your Lenni shows up soon. You've certainly been patient!

Kaaren said...

OMG, I L-O-V-E that lamp. What a wonderful find! I can't wait to see it hung and lit.

I hate to sound negative, Candace because that's not my nature but if delivery is taking this long, whatever will happen should something go wrong with the machine. I wonder how their after sale service will be? Just thinking...

Jackie said...

Gorgeous light fixture! And a good buy too? I love good shopping days like that.

Don't get discouraged about Lenni! He'll be on his way to you soon.

Annemariesquilt said...

Hi Candace..
I done that Mistery Bom too and I have the fabrics you are looking for.. Just send me you adress I will pop in in the mail ;-)
I am very glad I can help!!

Lisa D. said...

That light fixture is incredible! It was obviously meant to be that you stumbled into that shop and got it at such an amazing price. Your BOM looks awesome, too.

Cindy said...

What fun you and Mr. Squash must have had.

I could get lost in fun places like that.

I like the BOM finish. Maybe because I have a "smidgen" of "Peace on Earth" fabric left. LOL

Libby said...

That light has made me *swoon*