Monday, April 30, 2012

Knick of Time Tuesday #32 {Vintage Style Link Party}

Welcome back to...
I really enjoyed seeing all the "Back to the Past
posts that were shared last week.
So many of them were new to me, so we're going to do it
again this week!  It's a great opportunity to share some of 
your favorite posts that many people may not have seen before
and I'll be featuring posts from both Back to the Past and
current posts, so more of you will be featured.

Please remember to label your post,
share posts that are at least 3 months old.

Here's my tribute to going
Back to the Past...
the 1800's style photograph I had taken back in January.
Here's a few of my favorite current vintage-style
posts shared at the party last week.
{That seems like an oxymoron}

You've been sleeping recently if you haven't seen
the "Kodak Moment" old dresser makeover
that was shared by Bliss Ranch!
But, just in case you missed it, here it is.
Is this gal a genius, or what?!!

the wall shelves fashioned from old fruit crates shared by
Simone @ Art of 66!
These make the most unique WOW wall,
while being so functional at the same time.

If the chippy, green paint on this
beautiful old farmhouse table shared by
Sandie @ Steadman's Corner
doesn't put a smile on your face,
then her fabulous display on the table,
will have you grinning like a teenager in love!
Just look at that adorable old toy truck,
and those old food tins filled with
colorful flowers - LOVE it all!

I bought an antique tape measure that I've
been doing some crafting with and creating
a bracelet like Mindie @ Bacon Time did
is at the top of my list!  I love all of hers!

I love the sink & stove back splash that
Karen @ Somewhat Quirky
created from salvaged ceiling tiles.

Here's a few "Back to the Past"
posts that were shared last week.

shared this gorgeous bracelet crafted from
non-working watches.  She shared this post back
in January, and I loved it so much back then,
I asked my mom for some of her old watches,
because I plan to create one of my own.
Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made shared
an "Old Glory" flag she created on the
cover of an old book last year.
What a great way to use old books
that might otherwise be considered trash.
shared the beautiful makeover she gave a pair of antique chairs.
Go visit her to see the before photos.
The transformation was amazing!

Feel free to grab this button if I featured you today! 
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 You'll also be pinned on the

Please, do the
following before linking up:
1.  Follow Knick of Time
2. Please only link up your vintage-style treasures.
No food, giveaways, link parties or sales links or items that aren't vintage-style.
Those links will be deleted.
3. Post a link back within your post, 
so others can join the party.
Only those who link back will be featured.
Prepare to be Inspired!

The giveaway for the gorgeous Victorian Pocket Watch Necklace
from Ambivalent Relics ends TODAY!
Go HERE to enter!
It's open to everyone ALL OVER THE WORLD! :0)

Go HERE to enter to the giveaway for the beautiful
French Script Butterfly Collection
I'm hosting for On a Lark!
Because of the size and fragility of this
piece, it can only be shipping in the US.
French Shabby Chic Black and White Paper Butterfly Collection Home Decor Cottage Chic

Okay...Let's see your Vintage Style!


I have a gorgeous GIVEAWAY for you today.
Jamie of On A Lark  is gifting one Knick of Time follower
with this beautiful French Script Butterfly Collection.
French Shabby Chic Black and White Paper Butterfly Collection Home Decor Cottage Chic
The double-mounted butterflies are created from an assortment of
French book pages, sheet music, damask & ticking prints and a touch of glitter.
It's surrounded with French script for a stunning display
RESERVED French Shabby Chic Black and White Paper Butterfly Collection Home Decor Cottage Chic

I have a real admiration for those who have the gift
of hand-painting lifelike designs - because I am not one of them.
Jamie has that gift!

Her hand-painted items include these creamy white and turquoise wooden bowls
that each feature a different nest, including chicken eggs on the largest bowl,
robin eggs on the medium bowl, & quail eggs on the smallest bowl.
French Country Hand Painted Nesting Bowls Turquoise Blue with Nest and Eggs
Her set of 4 hand-painted napkin rings
are equally beautiful and life-like.
French Country Farmhouse Napkin Rings  Nest and Eggs Set of 4
Keep the lovely nest theme going with these unique
1 Gallon Storage Jars.
1 Gallon French Country Farmhouse  Vintage Style Storage Jar Canister Cottage Chic  Aqua Blue with Nest
Her birch bark baskets would be perfect
for a flower girl to carry or to display
on your mantle for a fresh, springtime vignette.
She fashions them from a galvanized bucket wrapped
in birch bark to which she has added a twig handle,
tied off with vintage seam binding.
It has a hand made bird's nest filled with tiny quail eggs, surrounded by fathers,
and a vintage-inspired heart and key for a romantic touch.
Birch Bark Flower Girl Basket with Moss, Nest and Eggs Nature Inspired Wedding
Take a moment to visit her shop and see the
rest of her creations and vintage goods.

Jamie has kindly offered a special
discount for YOU also!
Just use code 
for 10% off
anything in her shop!
RESERVED French Shabby Chic Black and White Paper Butterfly Collection Home Decor Cottage Chic
You have 5 Opportunities To Enter & Win
the French Script Butterfly Collection!
(leave a comment for each entry)
Make sure to leave your email
address so I have a way to contact you!
1)  REQUIRED - Follow Knick of Time & comment that you are.
2)  REQUIRED - Visit On a Lark on Etsy
& comment which item is your favorite.
For additional entries:
3) Like On a Lark on Facebook & comment that you did.
4) Follow On a Lark on Twitter & comment with your user name.
5) Post to your blog, post to Facebook or Twitter about this
giveaway & leave a link to your post.

This giveaway ends on May 7th
 and is only open to US residents,
age 18 and older.

Tomorrow is the last day to
enter the giveaway for this
beautiful necklace from
Ambivalent Relics.
Go HERE to enter.

Best of Luck!

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sonday - A Cleansed Heart

King David wrote this psalm after being confronted by Nathan the prophet about his sin with Bathsheba.  David
confesses his sin to God and asks for forgiveness.  He also asks that God renew a "steadfast" spirit within him. 

Steadfast - 
1. Fixed or unchanging; steady.
2. Firmly loyal or constant; unswerving

Though David's sin was great, God's forgiveness is greater.
And though we don't want to lessen the seriousness of David's sin or the consequences that came from this sin, it is a beautiful example of God's ability to forgive...even our worst sins.

A Psalm of David
Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just when You speak,
And blameless when You judge.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.

Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.

Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.

O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.

Psalm 51: 1-17

God Bless,

Saturday, April 28, 2012


Have you seen shelves made
out of books on Pinterest?
I have and loved the idea,
so I created my own recently.
It's just the right size to 
hold a few small pieces, and
create a little vignette on.
I'd like to make a few more variations
of these shelves, because they
are fun  & easy to make out of battered, old books
and it doesn't take long to do.

I screwed a shelf bracket
to the bottom of the largest book.
The other 2 books are just resting on it.
After making this one, one tip I would
recommend is on the unbound side of your book,
use a adhesive between the pages of
each corner of your book to make the
pages stick together before screwing
the shelf bracket on.
If you don't, the pages on either side of
the bracket tend  to "fan" out and arch
down.  You can tell a little in the photo above.
You could also leave a cover on the bottom
of your book, to give it more stability.
I really, really wanted to show you the
wall this book shelf is attached to,
but decided I'm still not happy with it,
so I'll be working on it this
weekend and hope to show
it to you next week instead.
I LOVE the new wall and want to
really be happy with how I finish it.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Introducing Sumaya

Many of you are world travelers,
many of us are not...but wish we could be.
Someday, I hope to board a plane
and visit faraway places and
see totally different sights, smells and languages,
not often experienced in my
little corner of the world.
Until then, visiting blogs from people 
all over the world gives me a fascinating 
glimpse into their lives and homes.

Today, I'm thrilled to share a glimpse
into the life of someone who has led
a very different life from me,
yet we share many things in common...
like our love of vintage goods.

Her name is Sumaya.
Sumaya has been a customer of mine
for quite some time and in the
course of our "business" dealings,
we've shared little tidbits about
ourselves and our lives.
She's become a friend...albeit,
a very faraway friend.

Sumaya lives near Cape Town, South Africa.
She recently started blogging,
so I'm thrilled that I can now
get some visual glimpses into her
life and world and I'm
glad to introduce her to you today.

Interspersed with Sumaya's story
are pictures from her lovely new blog,
Evocative Vintage, where she shares
her creations and projects.
Please visit her blog, and give
her a friendly welcome to the blog world!
Evocative Vintage
So, without further ado,
I introduce you to...Sumaya.
I am a 51 year old mom of 2 grown up girls age 22 and 29 
and a grandma to my 5 year old granddaughter. 
I live with my husband, my daughter (single mom) 
and my granddaughter in one of the suburbs of Cape Town. 
My eldest daughter lives in Johannesburg with her husband.
I have 7 other siblings; 4 sisters and 3 brothers.
Yes, my Mom and Dad were very busy back in the day!
I work as a business analyst for one of the 
biggest Investment Management companies in South Africa. 
On weekends, I love going to vintage markets, 
flea markets and junk stores and I love crafting. 
I stumbled across the Etsy site, 
with all its marvelous vintage treasures, 
decided to give upcycling a go, and the rest is history. 
I grew up in the 60's. 
We were forcefully removed from District Six 
when in 1966 under the 'apartheid' law, 
District Six was declared a white's only area 
under the Group Areas Act. 
You can read up about it here
We were relocated to a bleak, sandy township complex 
on the Cape Flats. We moved into a 4-room 
council house with no hot water or electricity. 
The semi-detached house, with its asbestos roof 
had 1 living area, a kitchen, 2 bedrooms  and an outside toilet. 
There were a lot of mouths to feed, 
so we had to get by with only the barest essentials, 
yet my mom managed to create a warm and cozy
 little nest for her brood with 
wonderful meals on the table every day. 
She was a great cook and homemaker. 
I remember that not a day went by when 
someone did not come by for a visit. 
Today at 84 she is too old to do the things she loved so much. 
My love of vintage imperfection stems 
from my childhood and I get 
very nostalgic when I think about it. 
My earliest and fondest memories 
are seeing my Mom bustling around 
the tiny kitchen preparing the evening meal, 
the aromas filling the air, 
and the warm glow from the wood burning stove 
as she stoked the fire. 
There was the ginormous metal kettle sitting atop 
one of the hot plates, supplying constant hot water,  
the big galvanized tub we bathed in, and
the galvanized pail that kept the clean water. 
We had a scoop we used to fill with 
clean water to rinse away the soap suds. 
Our metal kitchen table had a formica top 
in blue, where I loved to sit and 
have my peanut butter sandwich in the afternoon. 
The formica kitchen dresser with its 
colour blocks in blue and yellow 
had a built in clock that never said the right time. 
There was a cheerful 'skirt' hiding the pots and pans 
that my mom stored below the sink. 
It wasn't really a cupboard; 
it was just an open area  with a slatted wood shelf to pack things on.
I remember my eldest sister frying Vetkoek 
in a pan on the primus stove....sigh! 
We used to fill it with apricot, strawberry jelly 
or curried mince. Go to  to read about this delicacy. 
Dad sat in his favourite armchair, 
reading his newspaper and listening 
to the little battery operated, portable radio. 
Much later he got us one of those radiograms 
that could play LP's as well. 
My mom loved nature and we had a dog, 
chickens, a fig tree, and a mulberry tree 
and I think a few stray cats as well.
As the years passed, things got better. 
The big insurance and oil companies 
started looking for ways to help 
their staff become home owners. 
That's how we got to move into a bigger house 
with hot water and electricity...
but I missed the tiny little house on that dusty street, 
with its cheerful drapes, 
mismatched furniture, 
fig tree and its heavy cast iron wood burning stove.

I truly hope you enjoyed meeting Sumaya.
You may never get to visit South Africa,
but I do hope you'll take a moment
to visit her "home" in Blogland.
You won't even get jet lag and
I'm sure she'll be thrilled to "meet" you.

It IS a small world after all.

God Bless,