Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Well, the title of this post might lead you to think I'm sharing a collection of tabletops, LOL!!!
But, no . . . it's just one of my many smaller collections atop a table. Well, technically it's a dresser, but I think I'm okay in referring to it as a "table". This dresser greets the almost no visitors that come to our front door. Most everyone comes into our house via the garage or the back door slider.
We're informal like that!

Oh . . . lookie there . . . you can see the handle of my vacuum in the mirror! hehe!!! Guess I didn't do such a good job assessing the surrounds of the shot I was taking. Keeping it real, people! ;o)

I really love this old dresser. It was one of the first pieces I ever purchased (60 bucks!!!) at a thrift store years and years ago. I painted the bottom and drawers and restained the top. The top of the dresser is not one piece. It's several joined pieces. One of the pieces is quite warped, so I almost always have some kind of cover on it.

I am serious collector of things (or junk as Hubby refers to them - HUMPH!). Salt-glazed pottery, yellowware bowls, specialty Longaberger baskets, small pitchers, vintage canning jars, plates . . . .
How many pieces of one group of things constitutes a collection?
I'm thinking at least three?

There's one of those DT crosses I transformed with spray paint a while ago, and a cute little DT bird that's scheduled for a makeover . I just can't decide whether he should be heirloom white or oil-rubbed bronze!

Well, in addition to those collections I've listed above, I started collecting vintage cameras a few years back. I thought it was fitting since I love take photos and I'm a scrapbooker.

Oh my! Sorry so blurry.
Didn't realize how badly until I dumped the pics from camera. These two cameras are very special to me. The one of the left, IKOFLEX, was a camera my father purchased in Germany when stationed there near the end of the Korean war. It is in pristine condition along with it's original sturdy leather cover/case. The very common BROWNIE camera to the right once belonged to my Aunt.

I grouped these cameras among some treasured vintage family photos and old thrifted books.

That's my mother as a small girl in the larger frame to the left. That handsome GI is my father. In the double frame is my mother-in-law when she was a young lady aside my father-in-law with his mother on his high school graduation day.

I'm linking up my "table" top vignette to

at A Stroll Through Life.
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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love the chest. I use to have a similar one and wish I still did. Your cameras are all wonderful. I love the way you've displayed them with the books, cross and the little bird. A beautiful vignette. Too bad everyone doesn't come in the front door so they can see it. Lovely. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Kerin said...

Good Morning Carla!
Love the color on your little dresser, and the shape of the dresser is gorgeous! What great family pictures, and of course the old cameras are terrific!
Hope you are having a sunny day. We are getting a bit of a storm, but hey, it's Utah. Where else can you wear a winter coat and flip-flops at the same time? :)

vignette design said...

Love your vintage cameras you have displayed. My friend has many herself and I was just telling her to display them. I'm sending her your blog so she can see how nicely you've displayed yours.

Darlene said...

Morning Carla,

I LOVE the dresser and your display on top. Those cameras are fabulous. You have a beautiful vignette. Hope you are enjoying a beautiful day.♥

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love your camera collection, Carla! Not that I know anything about them, but I'm always fascinated to see things like this that have changed over so many years.

I love your dresser ~ I have one in my foyer as well {I call mine a chest}. We also use the garage door entrance to our house otherwise I'm sure it would be covered in cellphones and car keys! I use mine to hold winter gloves, hats and scarves in one drawer, extra tablecloths and napkins in another and, pretty much junk, like lightbulbs in the top drawer. I love it's function and size.

Cindy (JunqueArt) said...

Love your camera collection. And that little dresser is such a great "greeting piece". Thanks for sharing!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I really like this! I have several old cameras as well and use them to decorate. I like the way you did the vignette with old family pictures!

Great chest too!


Atticmag said...

So smart to display your vintage cameras. I think they look great and mix so well with everything. -- Jane F.

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