Wednesday, August 10, 2011

More Craigslist Finds...


I had prepared this post the day before Shenanigan's passing.  Every second of every day has been consumed with missing her.  Every last second.  I still can't believe she is gone. I would like to thank all of you for your kind sentiments.  It means so much to me that I am not alone in my grief.
I have not worked on the gardens, nor the house or much else, for that matter.
I have made a conscious decision to start easing back into the world, though there is a veneer of sadness covering everything.
Here is the post I created.  I hope you enjoy it!

xoxo
Andie

I have been so busy lately, digging garden beds and enjoying the summer with my wonderful family that I have not taken the time to post my Craigslist finds with my dear Blog friends.  Without further ado, here are some exciting finds...more to come!




Pair of (over) four foot tall glazed terra cotta lions purchased from Craigslist.  I need to make plinths that match the brick on the house or perhaps limestone? I have them flanking the driveway.  


Four foot iron fountain from Craigslist used as bird bath.


Bronze fountain from Craigslist.  I drove to St. Louis for this...


Cherub urn on plinth from Craigslist...


Craigslist cherub on plinth surrounded by boxwood and gladiolus.


Three piece Victorian urn on plinth from Wisconsin Craigslist.  I was going to repaint but I kinda' like the silver and rust patina...



Concrete Craigslist urns flanking sunroom doors...


Architectural salvage and Craigslist odds and ends used to make a display in front entry...




Arbor attempting to disguise ginormous air conditioner!


Front of house.  Please consider this a "before" photo!  LOL! You can see the English Garden in progress.



Under this tarp is 6 yards of mushroom compost waiting for the side garden beds...


One of three iron urns on plinths that flank garage doors...


Close-up of one of three bronze plaques we found on ebay and placed on the walls flanking garage...



12 foot x 7 foot iron gate found on Craigslist for $500!

These will be the entrance to the side garden...


One of four "Four Seasons" cherubs in one of the side gardens...

Close up shows how  cherubs sit upon closet shelving and rebar to disguise window wells and keep the critters out!  I didn't want those cheapy plastic window well covers! I planted ivy, which will soon cover the grate...


Glimpse of boxwood parterre...




Plants patiently waiting for the side gardens to be prepared...


I tried to get a photograph of the red rose garden surrounding the pavillion but it was difficult...


Seems all you can see is the empty lot next door!  I am waiting to put the fence in.  Right now we are only allowed to have a four foor plastic fence.  I am lobbying for that to change. The builder for this development went bankrupt so there really is no one in charge! I really want a five foot trellis style wooden fence painted a bluish green!

Craigslist tapestry temporarily hanging over entryway balcony...covering that ghastly builder's oak!

Louis chairs purchased for $15 each on Craigslist.   The wood will be painted Gustavian grey and upholstered in linen.




Grandfather clock purchased on Craigslist.  It came out of a haunted Chicago restaurant called 
That Steak Joynt.  I painted it a white grey to suggest otherworldness!  LOL! It is missing its base but I am sure I'll find something!


Leather chair purchased from Craigslist for Library...


Louis cane chaise purchased from Craigslist for $300! I temporarily covered the apple green upholstered cushion in a matelasse quilt.  The cushion is very heavy, as it is stuffed with horsehair!


Reproduction oeil de boeuf mirror temporarily hung over mantel...

One of theCraigslist Louis XVI cane chairs in Gracie's sitting area. I meant to paint them grey but results were a bit too blue. It will have to do for now until I have time to repaint it. I need to make new cushion covers for the down cushions.  

The chairs are from Sweden and looked like this when I bought them...the trim is actually an orange-red. The woman I purchased these from was moving back to Sweden.  Her son was playing the violin when I rang the doorbell.  He had just won a scholarship to a prestigious music school and was playing for his parents.  I could have listened for hours!
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Gothic church window purchased from Craigslist, placed over tub in Master Bath...

Detail of the iron leg on a French campaign bed I purchased from Craigslist for Gracie's room...


I purchased the hutch for Gracie's room from a French woman on Craigslist in Chicago.  It had belonged to her husband as a child in France.  It cost almost nothing!  


Dressing table purchased from Craigslist. Cherub mirror from ebay.  Stool from Ballard Design...

Vitrine from Craigslist purchased for Gracie's room to showcase her treasures...


7 comments:

  1. Well the people selling things on Craig's list must be happy. I can not believe the things you have found. All I see on Craig's List here is deer heads, riding lawn mowers, gun racks and truck liners. I do not look in St.Louis as I don't want to drive all that way and it is closer to me than to you. looks like your treasures are endless. There must be an endless supply of money as well. I don't get a lot of new treasures on SS. But am glad I have what I have. I love everything you have found and your garden is amazing. Your neighbors must hate you. I love you, and wish I lived next door. Keep up the good work. Come see me soon.

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  2. You are STILL the reigning Queen Of Craig's List my Dear!!! I can't believe the amazing scores you've amassed... those Urns are to die for!!!!!!!! And the Statuaries... *swoon*

    May you move through the stages of Grief with Peace and Hope...

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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  3. Hi Andie!
    First of all i want to say how very sorry i am for the passing of your beloved cat. I missed this post completely :( . I have been so busy trying to find a balance with work , family and blogging that i am behind visiting everyone.
    I know exactly the pain you feel in your loss. It is horrible. I just hope in time memories bring you joy and not pain.

    These treasures are just mind blowing. OMG i have to go through this post again and again!
    YOur home is going to be amazing!

    Pamela xoxo

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  4. Dear Andie,

    We are truly sorry for your loss. We know how difficult it can be to loose an animal that was a dear friend and companion.

    We are however excited to read your craigslist post and are in complete amazement of such wonderful finds.

    Hope your week gets better.

    XO,
    Renee and Angela

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  5. Wow, you are the Craigslist maven! You've really assembled quite the collection. I'm sure you have also saved a fortune by doing all of that hunting and gathering there. Nicely done :) Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Andie, I mirror all the above comments. Just adding, leave the Louis XVI chairs blue--they are very French blue, and would look charming with fluffy cushions in the orange-hue family. You rock, girl!

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  7. Reading your blog is so inspirational to me. And I love the music. You have an amazing ability to collect wonderful things.
    I visit Richard's Missouri blog and your blog and Andrew's Mobile Alabama blog when I need to escape my primitive world and see heavenly beauty. Marshel at Bamaplanter

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