July 18, 2013

Everything's coming up daisies...

Our yard is full of beautiful daisies right now.  Thank you, Chris.

Someday she won't let me dress her up for photo shoots.  7 is still a very accommodating age.

Although there aren't daisies in this floral patio umbrella, I have to squeeze in another estate sale find.  Chris came home with this patio umbrella for $3.  It was musty and full of mildew, but it was in great shape. After a good scrubbing with a brush and a solution of borax and hot water, it looks practically new.

I really should have taken a before picture. The wrestling I did to clean this umbrella was crazy.  I even soaked the umbrella in a plastic garbage can with borax over night so that yellow fringe would be white again.

The things we do to rescue estate sale finds!!  I can't wait for the work week to end and my chores are done around the house.  I'm hoping to squeeze in a bit more time in my craft room getting things organized for a photo shoot.   Have a glorious weekend. 
 

29 comments:

harriette said...

That umbrella is awesome!! Im so glad you saved it. What fun! Have a great weekend ;)

Jboo said...

You are lucky to have such a cute and willing subject to photograph - besides the daisies - love those! And wow -- that umbrella is amazing!! Sure beats the $52 I just spent on a new umbrella!!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Oh my goodness -- that umbrella is to die for and SO worth all of your efforts! They truly don't make them like that any more - the fringe is so cute and LOVE the pattern in the fabric!

chris mckinley said...

Love the umbrella, especially the fringe! Wish I could find one!!! Oh and your little daisy girl is pretty cute as well!

Joanna B said...

beautiful! I am dreading the day when I am no longer allowed to do photo shoots, too.

Lynne said...

That umbrella will come in handy with our hot sunny weather. Very pretty!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

What a cute umbrella! You did a great job!! Stay cool! It's 100 today, and very humid. Uggg!

Donna said...

Josie is a little cutie pie among the daisies! Your umbrella is so neat! I never knew that borax could get odors out. Good find!

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

Hi Kimmy!
Oh my gosh, the weather here is like an oven. I was just standing outside taking pictures and the sweat was just poring down the sides of my head.
Can't wait til the humidity subsides. Open up the front door and you get hit with a wall of it. Thick as peanut butter!
You're right about the things we do to restore old finds. It's so much more fun (and cheaper!) which makes it worth it.

Debby said...

The umbrella is really pretty. Good job on getting it clean. I found some dishes today that look a little like it. The pattern was "Forget me nots" from scandanvia. They were $12 for 14 pieces. Amazing. Smaller plates but beautiful and old.

laurie -magpie ethel said...

I think I have that exact same umbrella (was on my last post). I love it. My fringe finally rotted out this year and I had to take it off. (I have had my umbrella probably 7 years or so..I think I paid $5 for mine) My yard is also full of daisies!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Oh that umbrella is so cute. I would love to find one of those some day. It's in great shape.

Danielle

My Vintage Mending said...

absolutely darling....smiles...Renee

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Cutest umbrella ever! And cutest Josie ever! :)
Erica

Lutka And Co. said...

I wish I was into photography when my children were younger. Now, I just take the occasional photos... I love the vintage umbrella - your efforts were worth it!

donna said...

WOW my dear. It turned out GREAT. The garbage can was a great idea.
Hope you are a wonderful weekend as well.
Hugs
donna

vivian said...

I dont think I would have thought of buying and cleaning an old umbrella! what a great idea and it turned out like new.. so pretty!
looking forward to seeing the pictures you take this weekend.
Its just too hot here to do anything more then I have to do...
stay cool!
xoxo
vivian

Cheryl G. said...

Your husband is such a keeper! What a great find! It looks amazing!
Miss Josie is adorable in daisies!

vintage grey said...

Pretty daises and such a pretty photo of Miss Josie!! Love the umbrella! Happy weekend to you! xo Heather

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

I have been wanting an umbrella like that for ages! You did a great job with the borax treatment. Love your daisy photoshoot. I carried daisies on my wedding day, I love them so much!

Pam said...

Your umbrella is gorgeous. I had totally forgotten about that kin until I saw your photos. Great find. Thanks for wrestling with it to get it back in shape. You are officially The Saver Of All Things Vintage!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Such pretty daises and pictures! Joise is so cute! AND love that umbrella that you rescued! It has a very nice happy home now :) Can't wait to see your photo shoot! :) xo Holly

LBP said...

My heart just skipped a beat when I saw that umbrella. Memories came flooding back to sitting under my Aunt Clara's umbrella that was just like that one and eating cucumbers with salt and pepper. Hers was stuck into an old "spool" that the electric company had used for wire and she repurposed it into a table.

Great find! and what a cute Josie!

★Carol★ said...

I hate my umbrella and the ones in the stores so much that I've decided that I should look for a vintage one. Yours is GORGEOUS! And there is just nothing like a big patch of daisies. Ours are starting to wind down, probably because of the total lack of rain and scorching temps!
Have a great weekend!
Carol

NanaDiana said...

Great old umbrella. Looks retro to me! Hope you have a fun weekend in your craft room. When you're done there you can come work on mine. xo Diana

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

AWESOME umbrella! LOVE the colors and WOW it turned out like new!
Happy weekend!
Deb

Linda Ruthie said...

Wow, that umbrella looks gorgeous. I can just imagine the work that went into getting it that way.

ImagiMeri said...

Love that umbrella! So wish there were things like that still available out here, but our sun (355 days worth)just burn everything up within a year or two, so I haven't seen a vintage umbrella since they were actually new or for over 40 years!

Hugs,
Meri

GardenOfDaisies said...

I LOVE it!!!