6/22/2013

CHEESEHEAD DECORATING

I am a Cheesehead. For those of you who do not live in the US or follow American sports, a Cheesehead is:
  1. A nickname referring to a person who lives in the US State of Wisconsin and/or
  2. A fan of the Green Bay Packers, an American football team based in the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin. 
Although this was once considered a derogatory term it is now fully embraced as a point of pride by most Wisconsin-ites. Chances are likely, unless you live in deepest darkest Amazon and don't have internet access (in which case you wouldn't be reading this), that you have seen the ubiquitous Cheese Hat at least once in your life. 

Cheesehead wearing a Cheese Hat

So what does this post have to do with football? Well, nothing at all really. Although we're Packer fans in this house you wouldn't know it if you stepped in the door, unlike many Wisconsin homes I've been in. There's no Packer shrine full of Super Bowl memorabila, no Packer blankets, no Packer posters, no cheesy hats, and not even a Packer jersey or sweatshirt.

However we do love cheese. I'm particularly partial to sharp cheddar myself. And a few miles down a back road from where my husband grew up can be found Holland's Family Cheese, who were named Grand Champion at the 2013 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest for their aged Gouda cheese. I have personally on frequent occasions sampled their flavorful goudas. My favorites are their Burning Mélange and Basil Pesto. Check out their online store if you'd like to try some for yourself. 

You'll be happy to know I am at last getting to the gist of this post. I was walking through my local Goodwill store one day when I stumbled upon, almost literally, an old cheese box. These were, and still are, used for aging certain types of cheese. Well, my Cheesehead brain just couldn't let me walk away from such a find. Also, my husband and his four brothers all worked in a cheese factory through their teen years, so I thought it might be a nice little homage to his past. 

I decided to turn the cheese box into a side table. I have it sitting on the back porch. 


I added some caster wheels so that it moves around easily and it makes for some nice extra storage. I love the writing and stamps on it and the rusty staples. It definitely is a nod to the popular industrial trend in decorating. For those wondering, no it doesn't smell like cheese. It did smell a bit like musty old wood but I wiped it down with white vinegar and now it smells like pickles. Just kidding. The vinegar smell quickly goes away and it's a great way to rid old furniture and the like of odors. 


"Wisconsin Junior Cheese"

This is where I'm sitting as I write this post. The cheese box is the perfect size and height for the Ikea Storsele chair and has just enough room for my vintage fan and a place to set down a cool drink. It's the perfect spot for a hot and humid midwestern summer afternoon. The pillow is also from Ikea. 


And in case regular readers (if there are any) recall that I have two Storsele chairs, the other one is doing duty in my living room for the time being. 

6/05/2013

LATEST THRIFT SCAVENGES

Yesterday was a good day for some thrift store snooping. It was a rainy afternoon and I was supposed to be out looking for some new additions to my summer wardrobe, which I sorely need. But I'd rather be shopping for the house or my Etsy shop than clothes any day of the week. Initially I stopped at Goodwill to check the clothes racks. Sometimes I'll find a piece or two there to build on which helps with the total cost of an outfit. Suffice it to say I didn't find anything to wear yesterday but it was a good day to find other things.

I started by looking for a picture frame to use for a chalkboard. I immediately found exactly what I was looking for, just a simple gold frame in just the right size. I'll cut a piece of hardboard to fit and give it a couple coats of chalkboard paint. I did one like it for my daughter and it's worked out very well. (It's a dark rainy day so I apologize for the quality of some of these pictures.)


On to the metal wares section. I found a nice heavy mid-century brass plant stand. It's a tripod design with ball feet and nice patina. Perfect for the new plant I had bought just the day before, at the grocery store of all places. I think it's some type of philodendron. I haven't decided yet if I'm keeping the stand or if it's going in the shop.



 A couple Ikea Skurar planters popped up next. I wasn't sure what they were since they were missing the hanging chains,  but I immediately knew I wanted to make them into pendant lights. There are several hacks to be found on the internet so I'm not the first to have the idea. All I'll need to do is upend them, drill a hole through the bottom and attach a cord and socket. It'll be a very easy project too.

 


Moving down the aisles I spotted a Replogle globe in perfect condition. It's not a really old one. It shows Russia instead of the USSR, which is an easy way to gauge whether a globe or map is vintage. The USSR collapsed in 1991. It's still a very nice globe though and has wood and metal parts instead of cheap plastic.




Then there was this cute over-the-door hanging rack, a nod to the Charles and Ray Eames Hang It All. It would be cute for a child's room as is. I took off the door hanger brackets. Those things are murder on woodwork. I'd rather just attach it directly to a wall. If I keep it for myself I'll strip the paint off the wood balls and have them be natural wood or else paint them black.  It might be a useful little piece on the back porch next to the entrance door. 


I finished up my purchases with a sweet little turquoise and white sugar bowl for the shop. I liked the colors and the simple clean lines of the design. I don't know the origin. It's simply marked USA on the bottom. (Note: Further research leads me to believe it could be from the Royal China Blue Heaven collection.)



I still have a few other purchases from previous trips to get photographed and listed in my shop. I've been falling behind in keeping things updated I guess.

The rest of the week is devoted to getting my house cleaned up, food prepared and other things readied for a fun weekend. A family reunion is on the agenda (fingers crossed for nice weather), and all three of our kids will be home. With their busy lives and one living in Texas it's a rare occasion when we can all be in one place at the same time. We'll also be celebrating my husband's birthday too and an early Father's Day. Busy. Busy. I'll be back when the dust settles.