Monday, July 15, 2019

Vintage Collectibles Unopened Like New I Love Lucy


Vintage Collectibles Found Unopened Like New I Love Lucy Collection

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Happy you could stop by.

This week was hectic again! AC unit acting up again. Repairman here Wednesday, and it was not good. Our compressor was going bad. Oh no! Friday we have people coming to our home, and out to cousins home. Saturday is Family Reunion, shopping to do for preparations yet, wanted to finish craft project started, and can I say all the above?

I looked at Mike...the repairman....told him we had to get it done. Company coming to town Friday, Reunion on Saturday, and I really needed the air working for everything. He looked at me, noted it was Wednesday, and said he should have it done by Friday. I thanked him, and thanked him, and thanked him again. Unfortunately, I did not sleep well at all. 

Thursday morning I awoke. Dog sitting on top of couch looking/staring out, and I asked granddaughter if dog or neighbor out next door. She looked out the window with him, stepped back, and said Grandma he’s working on the AC outside. Little after 8 in the morning, very very unexpected with this, but they were getting my AC working again! By about 10:30 A.M. I had cold air coming into the house again. What a relief!

My daughter, and family arrived early afternoon. I let them unload, and settle a bit. Since hubby was off with the car, I asked her if we could load her car up, and drop off donations I had piled between 2 rooms. Of course they would take me! They wanted to walk the Thrift Store too. Got her car unloaded, and we spent a little time looking at everything in the store.

I was off on my own when I spotted “I Love Lucy” and had to look. Love watching her reruns, and just adored her for all the laughs. Upon looking closer this was a VHS collectors edition with 5 unopened VHS tapes in it! Wow! I was excited for sure.  Naturally I bought the set. Now, I have to decide do I sell this lovely treasure found, or should I keep it for myself? Decisions, decisions!







Here are a few pictures of this lovely find that I have brought home. Now, to decide what to do.

Sorry no crafting today, and I hope everyone understands what I shared with you. This week I’m by myself again, and hope to be able to accomplish a little bit more also. 

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Take care, and see you again soon!










Monday, July 8, 2019

Repurpose Upcycle DIY Cake Cupcake Plate Stands Wood Blocks


Repurpose Upcycle DIY Cake Cupcake Plate Stands Wood Blocks Crafting

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Besides doing household things for family reunion this coming weekend, I was able to do a little crafting, or start with some at least. When I can sit down, and work on some of these things it’s relaxing. I think of nothing else, and focus on nothing else but the projects I am working with. I was hoping by now to have some items made, and to offer for Christmas in July. That was my goal. I was slightly delayed for a couple of weeks with illness, and then dealing with our A/C over the weekend of scheduled crafting. I’m determined to get some pieces done, and still be able to offer them soon. 




The 2 above pictures are showing a few pieces I am working with. I love working with wood blocks making words, and then decorating them to fit the word used. As you can see I am putting together Sewing. Next picture you see some of the different plate with Christmas themes, and some candle holders behind them. I use to do these a few years ago, and had fun with them. I am putting together some cake cupcake plate stands. I love collecting different pieces for these stands. I get plates along the way that might be new, are like new, in very good condition. I then will also find things to use for stands like candle holders, colored candle holders, maybe some kind of glass bowl or vase, and I have used some adorable cups or mugs too. As I collect pieces nothing is ever definite how they will connect with each other till I sit down to create. That’s the fun part too. Picturing, visualizing, creating, and putting it together.





With the 2 above pictures you can see work that has been done so far. Sewing is started, but not completed yet. I have some things to add to fit with this worded theme. I have 3 plate stands done. I have 2 other ones that I will start on tomorrow. These 3 completed ones are sitting covered with heavier items sitting on top of them as the glue dries, and sets. I don’t like rushing things because they do take time. I like to give glues, painting, sealants, and etc all time to set and seal. I can then check on things to make sure they are secure, or if more needs to be done with them.

It’s fun doing some of these things again, and getting into more crafting of things too. Now that I am started I want to keep doing more. I intend to do more as time moves along. My Etsy Shoppe will continue offering Vintage Collectibles. Along with those items I will also be adding in some of my Repurposed, upcycled, handmade, restyled, DIY crafty pieces. They are my passions, and I enjoy doing them, spending time with them, the searches, the creating, etc. I think you got the picture, and feel of what some of my interests are that I have been sharing. 

I want to thank you for visiting with LilacsNDreams! I’ve enjoyed your visit, and hope to see you again soon. Take care till then. 






Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Repurpose Upcycle Restyle Vintage Collectibles






Repurpose Upcycle Restyle and Vintage Collectibles

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! I have to deeply apologize many many times to ALL of you! I have gotten really behind with everything, and I feel just horrid about it! I have this wonderful crud that has been going around. Seen doctor, got some antibiotics, and it is still slightly hanging on. The biggest thing is the ears being plugged listening to the ringing, myself talking, and it’s like I’m plugging my ears when I’m not.

 This past weekend I was feeling good enough to sit down, and do some crafting, listing on Etsy, pictures, etc. Then, I had another issue happen. It was sooo hot out, got humid, and our A/C unit decided to quit working. Got home late Saturday afternoon with our granddaughter who is staying a month with us, and it felt kind of sticky in the house. Dog was panting, and it felt stuffy. I looked at the thermostat, it was set on 70, but it said it was 80 in the house. Walked around to different vents to feel the air...semi cool. Not enough to cool the house. So, we roughed it out till Monday, and was able to get our A/C guy in. I think the heat exhausted us that once it cooled, we all dozed off with relaxation.

Needless to say the weekend was wasted because with the humidity I was not able to work as plan. Granddaughter wanted to help, and was disappointed.

In a couple weeks we have a family reunion scheduled that I have to take care of, and organize with another family member. I “don’t work” so I’m usually the one who does most of everything. So, my schedule is off with everything.

Again, I greatly apologize for not being here like I should be. It truly has bothered me. With a little luck I hope to be back with a schedule again very very soon.

Below I am sharing a few pictures of some items that I had Repurposed and upcycled over time. Glass bowls, glass dome, candle holders, glue, paint, mod podge, and some creative fun pieces were done. I really enjoy this, and am working my way back into repurposing, crafting, upcycling, vintage collectibles, etc. I am anxious to share ideas with you, and some of my completions too. Hope you’ll
stop by, and have a look as time moves along for us. Hopefully I figure out a computer soon
too....still a working progress for me. I really need to work this as it would make things so much easier for me to do too.


 Wooden candlestick holder with the cloche and plate added. Painted black, mod podged some old music paper around the middle, and flat serving area. Touched underneath the round plate a simple plain white ribbon. So many uses!




This was a decorative glass bowl upcycled with a square glass decorative candle holder. This bowl Stand was so fun, and adorable when the pieces were united.


This glass cloche dome was revised just a little bit. I painted the wooden base a adorqble pink slipper color. I loosely added a vintage doily to decorate it a little bit too. Many possibilities for decorating, and using this too.



Lastly, this is another decorative glass bowl that was united with a decorative glass holder that had a
flared footed base. Loved it, and was hard to let go. I don’t have the room to keep everything unfortunately.

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Wishing everyone a safe, and Happy 4th of July Holiday. Enjoy, and be safe everyone! Hope to see y’all again soon. 












Monday, June 17, 2019

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Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Earlier in the week I had a couple of appointments. Since then...sadly I have been home sick. Something that was unforeseen. It’s been a long time since this has happened. I guess Mother Nature waved her wand over me this time. 

Due to this incident I was not able to get any projects done to share with you, or decide on a topic to discuss with you. I apologize for this mishap. I am sorry, but felt the need to stop by, and drop you all a note to keep you updated. Once the ear is unplugged and stops ringing, I’m not coughing so bad, sneezing, etc etc I shall be back here to share with you. Until then, I wish you all to be healthy, and I hope no one experiences this misery that I have been dealing with.

Thanks for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Stop on by anytime. Next time hopefully it’s much better conditions. Take care everyone! 





Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Old Lamps Repurposed Upcycled Home Outdoor Decor

Old Lamps are Repurposed Upcycled Home Outdoor Decor

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Happy Hump Day everyone! 

Pictured you will see a pair of old lamps that I have started to work on. I was thrifting, found a window cover I was looking for, looked off to the side, and this set of old lamps caught my attention. As soon as I seen them my mind wandered, getting some ideas, and I figured I better pull them down to have a closer look.

Pulling them down was a chore. They were much heavier than what I was use to. I set them on the floor, seen the height, considering the weight, and new I wanted them for solar lights on my front porch. 

Got the set home, and the other night I took some time to start pulling apart to gut the electrical out of it. That was a chore itself! Pulled cloth off the bottom, and metal a metal piece that had screws that were like melted in, welded, etc. So, I started from the top, and found I could keep unscrewing there, and that brought the whole bar throughout the lamp loose for me. Just be careful because I could have pieces all over too. 

Finally got the wiring, and the socket out. That socket acted like it was glued in. I had to use a couple of tools our son uses working on vehicles. They don’t make stuff like these old pieces anymore, that’s for sure! 



Pictures of the bottom of the lamp with cloth removed, and showing how I have one of the lamps gutted. Can’t wait to get these all done so I can then prep for painting, painting, and I think I have my solar lights picked out for them. They are a little bigger, but they seem to be fitting for the size of these old lamps. When I finally get them done I will share the final product with you. 

Thanks for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Stop on in to visit anytime. Till the next time, Toodle Ooh!






Monday, June 10, 2019

White Hobnail Milk Glass Fenton Silver Compote Stand Cup and Saucer




White Hobnail Milk Glass Fenton Silver Compote Stand Cup and Saucer

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Below you will see 3 pictures I wanted to share of items listed with my Shoppe at Etsy that I completed. I am still listing vintage collectibles with Etsy. Soon I will be adding in some of my handmade repurposed upcycled DIY treasures. I’m getting excited, and nervous at the same time. So, until that designated time I am enjoying listing some vintage collectibles that have been sitting here waiting on me, or pieces I have found recently too.


Vintage Fenton White Milk Glass Hobnail Candle Holder Candy Dish


Vintage Royal Ascot Bone China Made in England Cup and Saucer duo



Vintage Simpson Hall Miller & Co Treble Plate #1493 Silver Compote

Thanks so much for sharing time with LilacsNDreams! Feel free to stop by, and visit anytime. Till the next time . . . . Toodles!






Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Glass Angels Repurposed Upcycled Reclaimed Home Decor

Glass Angels Handmade Repurposed Upcycled Reclaimed in Home Decor

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! I wanted to stop by, and share with everyone my completed project of Glass Angels I finished creating. I seen a picture of one done similar to what I have done, and liked the idea. 

So, I bought some glass chandelier light covers on one of my thrift shopping journeys. I had gotten some styrofoam balls to use for the heads, and later found a store that has a holiday room. In that holiday room is Christmas items, and amongst those items they have the ball ornaments separated by colors. Thinking, and smiling I chose a few different colors to work with. Next was to figure out how to make some wings, buy some wings made, design some, etc. For these particular Angels I chose to make them from wired ribbon which I already have a collection started of that. I had a small collection of colored pipe cleaners, and other little embellishments I’ve collected over time. 

I started these angels, and the easiest part to do was gluing their heads on. I had ideas for everything else I wanted to do. But, after I got started I altered this idea into that. I changed this thought to do that instead. I think you got the idea. What really takes me the longest in this process of everything is the gluing, drying, and setting time. I glue things, keep them in place a bit for things to start setting, and have them set enough that they will hold on their own. Once this happens I walk away for a while to let things set more permanently in order to complete other things I want to do before the piece is considered fully completed. Everyone has their own ways, techniques, and procedures that they do with crafting. This is my way that I am comfortable with, and it works for me as I have not had issues of anything falling apart, and I have had customers happy with their purchases as well. 


This picture shows pretty much how it all started before I got these glass angels completed.  



This is all 3 glass angels that I have completed so far. Each one is different in one way, or another.



This glass angel I chose to do with more of a green accent coloring. Her halo, wings, and embellishments focus around green coloring.



This angel was done with a soft pearl pink done around the neck, more of a white and silver wings with colored lines accenting it, and a simple clear fluorescent like button on front of her neck.



This last angel was done almost identical to  the one above here. Only difference is in the color of neckline that it has. It’s more of a dark berry like purple. 

I will keep you updated as to when these will be made available in my Etsy Shoppe

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Hope to see you again soon. Feel free to drop by anytime, leave a comment, share with all of us here, etc.