Friday, May 15, 2020

Have you ever pressed flowers?

I'm planning to use these flowers on an online craft day 
with my daughter and granddaughter in New York. 

It's easy to do. 
You can read the directions below 
if you want to press some of your own.

How to Press Flowers

1. Choose flowers with dry, fresh blooms (not faded/pick midday so they have no dew or moisture)
2. Lay flat or face down between layers of parchment paper or waxed paper 
3. Place inside a large, heavy book, and place another book on top for more weight (you can press several flowers placed throughout the book)
4. Check in about two weeks; ready to use when dry
To make a picture of the flowers, use tweezers to place on card stock or other paper, apply small dabs of Aleene's Tacky Glue with a small paint brush and place in a frame with glass.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sharing some photos of our booth at 
the Plucky Maidens Junk Fest

Thursday, July 20, 2017

We had a great time at the Antique Expo . . .

Getting ready for the Plucky Maidens Junk Fest
Flea tomorrow at Oak's Amusement Park 
in Portland.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Old suitcase lined with vintage wallpaper

Here's the suitcase I lined with some vintage wallpaper we 
purchased in Brooklyn. Loving this old wallpaper!

The old lining had already been removed from this suitcase,
so it was a perfect candidate,
and the paper coordinates beautifully 
with the exterior and bakelite handle.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Busy repurposing some old jewelry . . . and setting up a vintage jewelry display

Being plucky . . . 

giving some old jewelry pieces new life . . .

creating and repurposing jewelry . . .

Using a vintage mirror, suitcase and tray to set up a vintage display

Preview:  vintage repurposed jewelry

Also made some tart tin flowers ~ available at the Plucky Maiden's Junk Fest!

Vintage jewelry in a little vintage suitcase!

Necklaces made from old brooches.

Also used old skeleton keys, lock pieces and watches.

All pieces will be for sale at
the Portland Antique and Collectible Show or
the Plucky Maiden's Junk Fest in July.

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sharing our latest treasures from Brooklyn, New York

Here's what we brought back on our last trip to Brooklyn . . . 
And, it all came back on the airplane with us.

Love these antique seltzer bottles . . .
a complete set of 10 in an original seltzer bottle crate

A vintage stamp holder with stamps,
old wallpaper (already lined an old suitcase with some of it)
 and rusty metal ceiling medallion
A petite chandelier with blue glass balls

Love these old New York mailboxes, old frame, cast iron piece and wood finial

Some antique wood corbels

A vintage tole flower chandelier

Look for these and other great treasures at our booth at the
Christine Palmer Antique and Collectible Show July 15-16
at the Portland Expo and
the Plucky Maiden's Junk Fest July 21
at Oak's Amusement Park in Portland.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's been a long break . . . from blogging.
  I recently retired . . . 
 from managing a non-profit thrift store
and job coaching residents from a family shelter.
It was a dream job for me. I really enjoyed working
with the residents and helping them gain valuable job experience.

On a personal note, our new baby grandson was born
three weeks ago . . .

Welcome Corbin Huntley

We also have a seven year old granddaughter in Brooklyn,

Tayvee Lena

So that's where we are in life . . . 
enjoying our family and grandkids . . . working in the garden 
. . . shopping and selling vintage wares at local flea markets, 
{the Christine Palmer Antique & Collectibles Show at the Portland Expo in July,
 Plucky Maidens Junk Fest at Oak's Amusement Park in Portland in July,
and the Christmas Junk Fest at the Portland Oregon Convention Center in November}
Our business is Saltbox Treasures. You can also find us on Facebook 
and on Instagram starting in June. 

If you would like to follow along on this blog, 
we will be posting about our vintage business travels and purchases, 
sharing repurposed projects and a few of our remodeling
 and interior design projects. 
You can also follow our home/interior design projects on, 
and click on the Houzz button at right to see some of our past projects. 

My husband and I find joy in the hunt in shopping for unique vintage treasures 
from the east coast to the west coast and giving new life to old items, 
repurposing them into one-of-a-kind pieces.

We specialize in true vintage decor and furniture for your home . . .
from rusty, industrial, to shabby.

We may have items to sell on eBay and Etsy in the very near future.
We are stocked with merchandise and look forward to our first summer
show at the Antique Expo in July.

We hope to see you at one of our shows.

~ Kevin & Julie

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Plucky Maiden's Junk Fest at McMenamins

 Busy setting up

We were busy all day and sold lots!
One of our best shows!
We'll be at the Christmas Junk Fest in Portland 
November 16-17.
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