I have just ordered a coffee table with a glass top that covers a collectors drawer underneath... your brooches would look beautiful displayed under glass - I will be glad to store them for you until you replace the paper plate.
I grabbed a clothespin and jammed it in my hair this morning...walked past a mirror in the old favorite PJs and thought... " well...well ...
I dun found something older than Begonia's diaper pin and tackier than her paper plate...all I gotta do is jump up on the wall!"
I am looking but haven't found just the right thing yet! I have tried so hard lately to make my home look more orderly and better coordinated. Maybe I had better put something back that is tacky just for long enough to report it back to you guys. Nah!!!!!
I just found a fifty cent mirror at a sale about thirty minutes ago. It will go on the brick house wall in my courtyard. I just have to touch over the perfect paint to bring it up my shabby chic standards. LOL
I surely do. Nothing is worse than having something brand spanking new looking anywhere when a person decorates with shabby chic stuff. I have the furniture that both my grandmother and mother started housekeeping with and it is not new looking at all. Those things are treasures to me but I don't want something shiny new anywhere near them. I have known people to bring in one new fairly large item and find that they had to redo the entire room.
According to my neighbor, I am white trash, so I guess I am the tackiest thing in my house.
She hasn't hosed me down in quite a while, but then I haven't cut her tree branches from hanging over my driveway since the hosing incident. Never fear, her back trees are hanging over the fence onto my yard. Let the battle begin!
Reminds me of when my sister in law climbed the fence next door to try to kill a tree that was not desirable and that was constantly littering her spotless yard. She drilled holes in it and poured some kind of poison in them. The tree bubbled and foamed and carried on for quite some time but never died. We have laughed at her about that for years. Good thing your neighbor doesn't live next door to her or it would be world war three.
I'd search for a watch on a chain (a la 50-60's) necklace/pendant style to hang in there and a small rectangular or square black and white people photo (metal framed) and an old button or two to complete the collection- no more tacky - but truly elegant. Do you have a small black and white wedding photo or christening?
Might try salvation army or similiar you just need small piece
If you can't find frame that suits you can make a simple box frame from lightwieight wood and back it with foam or card board, pad the board and apply fabric first. Or if you don't want padded, stretch and staple fabric to back. If you do that you may need a wad of cotton ball laid behind the fabric so that the pin from each brooch has something more than just the fabric to pierce and stabilize.
This is a great thread. I just wish it had appeared about a month earlier when I finally disposed of a hideous thing we made in Cub Scouts for a mothers day gift: (We're talking circa 1965...)
We found "it" in a box up in the rafters of the garage when my folks passed away and we were gutting their house.
"It" was a cardboard cigar box covered in varying shapes of dried macaroni glued all over it, spray painted gold and was intended to be used as a jewelry box. The gold paint had faded to a dinjy brownish color and assorted generations of mice had nibbled on it over the years. The inside of the box was lined in equally hideous red flocked wall-paper.
This thing was sinfully ugly/tacky but when we discovered that my mother had saved it all those years we got a good laugh out of it.
Hummmmmm... well I've taken a step in life since then but once upon a time I used old wooden apple crates upended and a shelf added for nightstands. It was painted/ antiqued two tone orange to match the dressers I painted. What can I say? They served their purpose until I could afford better. The women at work were horrified that I used an apple crate!! They probably would not have approved of the cardboard box with table cloth over it that I had for end table in the living room!! My husband was in school and my salary only stretched so far... A LOT has changed since those days, the only thing that remains the same is wages still don't go far enough! LOL
We used crates for all sorts of things when we were young. Ya do what you have to and who cares? I had curtains made from sheets that were too far gone for the beds. I dyed them with Rit dye. Couldn't afford curtain rods so used fishing line pulled tightly and on and on. My little girls had cradles for their dolls made from short crates. I made the doll beds bedding out of sewing scraps and cotton from the farm. There were still seeds in the cotton. I could write a book on this subject...As long as a person tries hard to make it on their own no one should criticize their efforts. My husband was in college too and we had two very little girls. That was back in the 50s but I still remember it well.
love using old things in a new way. If DH can make it work, we'll have free soapstone for our kitchen island countertop. He helped remove it from a chemical company that had to move. I surely hope he can make it work.
Yep! Me too! We painted ours white. (I still have some of them in the attic. Now why in the world would I save that sort of thing? I still have the records too and want to learn how to rip them this year. I have some really cool ones. It was part of our lives at the time and has many good memories.) I used those crates for my two little girls' toys too.
A rain lamp from the 70s, although its not technically inside, and a hospital bed table thingy that I put my computer on when I want to be lazy and secluded. In my mam cave, a.k.a. my bed! Hehehe, (I meant mam too, no typo!)
You all are so funny, I needed something to smile about and knew if I visited DG I would find it. My bathroom is very tacky. It has 50's tile, but none of it matches. The walls are one shade of blue, the tub area is teal, the sink is darker blue, the toilet was just changed out to white from another shade of grey/blue, and the floor is grey tile that always looks dirty.
We did have a paper plate angel on the top of our Christmas tree for years until it finally bit the dust. My daughter made it in Bible study for preschoolers. She's 33 now.
There used to be a very "high end" house a few blocks from me with a huge picture window in front. When the drapes were open and the light was right, you could see they had a huge gold framed portrait of Alfred E. Newman (of MAD Magazine fame) hanging over the fireplace.
It definitely made a statement the way it was juxtaposed with all the elegant furnishings.
I have a thing for plastic dinosaurs, I arrange them around my houseplants. Now if that isn't tacky . . .
Now, before anyone asks "Why does that dinosaur have a little man hanging from his neck?" It's not because he killed him and we're trying to teach him not to kill little people,
it's a "scale" thing, so you can see how big dinosaurs were, you know educational. We're not all this weird in California.
We've lived in ours for 12 years. It's 35.5 ft. across with cement board on the exterior. Rather than a exterior riser wall it is sunk into the ground 3.5 ft. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a laundryroom downstairs; livingroom, kitchen, office and 1/2 bath upstairs. Here are some pictures:
I used to pass R. Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome home every day on the Southern IL Univ. campus. He was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the time. I never did meet him there (although my husband did), but I had the pleasure of meeting him several years later when he lectured in Caracas. He'd be happy to know that his design is still being enjoyed in several parts of the world. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the geodesic domes can be found on every continent.
We found more tacky tile this week. Hubby tore up all the carpeting. Now we know why there was carpet in the entryway, oh my is it ugly, and it goes half way down the hall and just stops. Not near a door or anything, just like they ran out. It does match the ugly bathroom floor tile, dirty grey color. It will cost more than we thought now to fix the floors, but when doesn't a home project end up more expensive than planned? I just have to wonder "what were they thinking" when this tile went down.
I have a strange since of color. Most recently re-did the kitchen in squash blosoom yellow rag washed lightly w/ brick red,lima bean green,teal and dark brick red. When I tell people,they go"Eeewww!" but then they see,it and 99% love it.
Living room is a grey color called Turtledove that reads pale lilac in the light w/ a folding screen I pick up at Ellis on sale that has giant orange tulips on it. Took it apart and mounted it on the wall because it was cheapest and easiest way to add art and new firepalce mantel is suppose to simulate a riveted airplane wing.
These are great posts. Love your dome, Dee. We certainly are from the dome era and considered that housing option for our house in the mountains. We settled on recycling a post and beam cottage that required buckets to catch rain water and had long dead wildlife in the oven. Does the washer and dryer that sits at the kitchen entry (the one that everyone uses) count as tacky? How 'bout the fridge with annual rust pox? I repaint it every few years but hate to move the flaking yellowed Gary Larson cartoons off to the side like the one of a legless frog on a skateboard flying out of a restaurant kitchen and captioned "Frog's Legs Special" and another of "Georgio Armani At Home" where Georgio is depicted as a barefoot slouch in a Barcalounger apparently watching TV while downing brewskis and hot dogs.
I bought a watermelon wedge shaped candle for our cottage twenty years ago. Never burned it and it's still here. By coincidence I found a lazy Susan, with a watermelon design. People came to visit and thought I must love everything watermelon. We now own dish towels with watermelon seeds, a hand painted watermelon wedge that says "Welcome", four plastic watermelon bowls, six wooden salt/condiment bowls, a randomly painted and useless wooden watermelon wedge, a watermelon oven pad, and a plastic watermelon tray. There are also the two watermelon "sculptures" in graduated sizes. Proof that friends, like family, can be a mixed blessing. I've also got a paper towel holder with a top knob that's a watermelon chunk, a watermelon table runner, and watermelon napkins. We won't count the numerous gifted watermelon foods like watermelon rind pickles, watermelon jelly and watermelon sorbet. So tacky. It reminds me of my MIL's house with the mushrooms in the seventies. What was with the decorative fungi era? Maybe watermelons are not so bad.
Mmm, how about a cast iron pig mold? Maybe for cornbread? Got one. Also a pegged pig coat rack. Should we move on to cows? A cow butter dish. What is it about having a country house that convinces city friends and family your life is a cliche? How about an emblem from a Mercedes hood creatively converted to a mobile with plastic ornaments and mardi gras beads? That must be country chic. A bunch of old booze bottles glued vertically into a 5' sculpture and spray painted blue? That's high country aesthetic. That piece of art served as a door stop for several months until it accidentally fell over. So sad. :>).
Oh, oh, I remember decorative fungi. Here's another flash from the past . . . my mother had anatomically correct ceramic frogs. As a teenager I thought that was really tacky. The adults seemed to get such a kick out of them!
The washer / dryer on the way into the kitchen makes me feel sooo much better about having company at my house.
Next driving trip I'm going to Atlanta to see MaypopLaurels' house.
5 FEET! I would have liked to have seen that beauty. We had one (just one) of those huge skinny necked wine bottles that stands on floor...it fell over too. ...broke that long skinny neck...wine everywhere... I think it had some kind of rope wound around the fat bottom.
I've got roosters...roosters started arriving when we moved to our house out here in the rural buffer. Also, I collect hand sculpted santas-- wood, chaulkware, antique, glass - etc. a small but nice collection...then...my.loved ones came bearing gifts...wooooo weeeee ...it astounds me that some manufacturer actually produced some of these items...put pencil to paper...designed..went to production and then TOOK ADVANTAGE of my loving and well meaning family and friends. ;0). I got santas performing every single action known to man...Singing, Dancing. Cooking. Laughing...plastic, metal, paper, cloth, straw,fur...santa on plates, santa on motorcycles, santa on camels, santa on a raft, santa eating, santa drinking...santa on a PIG , COW, ROOSTER, DINOSAUR...santa paintings, santa catds, santa coasters, santa on a wreath, santa riding a bell ...musical santa, aroma santa, teapot santa, cookie jar santa, ...oh santa, where did we go wrong?
I wanted just one rooster to remind me of my grandmother. I found a lovely soup server. I've had to hide it when a friend of mine comes to visit or I would have every rooster and chicken sold in a garage sale for miles around. She means well but tends to go overboard. Maybe I'll put a $20 bill in a frame and tell her I collect them, now that is a gift I could use.
Dome, you will have to visit us in North GA, at Maypop cottage, to see our tacky collection. The Atlanta house is rather refined. A case of Jekyll and Hyde abodes. We are weekend rednecks.
Did I mention the collection of assorted size possum skulls, teeth and parts parts displayed on a Chinese charcoal burning stove on the staircase? The garden tub? It's literally a tub in the garden. I sometimes bathe there and enjoy my handiwork at the end of the gardening day. I hook up the hand held shower (mounted to a wooden post) to a garden hose and leave the hose in the sun for a while. Voila! Hot water. I even keep a basket of bathing goodies like bubble bath for extra luxury garden tubbing. A friend carved a totem on a tree stump. That's the table next to the tub for my towel and glass of wine. There's a large flagstone where I get in and out to park my flip flops.
A skull soap dish? That's tackier than soap on a rope. Not that tacky! lol
I am fine with snakes, spiders and beetles. Depending on the snake species, I might pick it up. The biggest tubbing problem comes in late summer when yellow jackets are attracted to shampoo and soap. A netted tent would be a nice addition.
Anatomically correct frogs????? Whazzat? I mean - I used to teach biology, we dissected frogs, and there wasn't a thing on the outside to give it away or cause humiliation. I musta missed sumpin' or someone out there has a perverted frog design going on.
I'm looking for soap on a rope. I think it would come in handy hanging outside so I can "wash up" while I'm out there. So far I haven't come across any. My downfall is lamps. Uglier the better. Most are from the 50's and 60's. My plan is to sell them but just haven't gotten around to it yet. My prizes are my mid-century walnut and white lamps. They're not tacky to me, but my daughter thinks they're so ugly.
Teko, you can make your own soap on a rope usin a long screw with eye. For an even tackier version you can save one of those mini-mesh bags that produce, like limes, lemons or garlic, come in and get soap and a scruffy all in one.
Mid century modern is very hot these days. You need to sell those in Miami, not Wisconsin. We have an architect friend who specializes in mid-century modern restorations.
MaypopLaurel - Being a California girl I'm pretty open minded but you're house is just gettin' plain scary now.
Wannadanc - They actually had "human" genitals molded right into the porcelain. They were like 3" long, the frogs . . .not the . . .
I wish I kept those nasty little things, I could have sent them to MaypopLaurel to add to the tacky collection they have going at their house LOL.
A frog purse sounds tackier than SO's frogs. Personally I would not go public with a frog purse. Well maybe if I had a set of Lee press on nails and a Japanese tat with my astro sign. That's called "a fashion statement" here in southern Appalachia. As for SO's frogs, I do not lay claim. Just wanted to play not win.
I was funnin'. No offense taken in such a serious thread as this. Linny, the topic starter here, has been to Maypop cottage. She can swear to its authentic tackiness. I obviously would not have listed such a panoply of tackiness if I lacked a sense of humor.
This is such a fun thread. Wish I had something tacky to contribute, but ...hey...Don't hate me because I have nothing tacky! LOL (Remember the commercial: Don't hate me because I'm beautiful?) The only tacky thing I have is a ceramic ashtray my husband made in grade school, and it's not on display. But I wouldn't part with it for the world! My most favorite thing is my father's shaving brush. I keep it in a jewelry drawer and sometimes stroke my hand with it...makes me feel close to him even though he's been gone many, many years.
Tacky can be a matter of location. I had a really nice commercial coffee brewer. After many years and many shared memories it started to leak, but "would be a good enough backup in a pinch if the new one breaks" ( said in hubby's best NO DON'T MAKE ME THROW IT OUT, IT'S STILL GOOD voice ) --- so, now I have this old, leaky but once glorious coffee brewer sitting on the kitchen floor with not a place to put it because there is NO ROOM in the appliance closet ( aka closet) that he's got going.
How bout a little man ,molded out of clay and painted . He was made for me by a dear friend and painted . He is a light switch cover in the bathroom with a slot cut out for the toggle .
Maypop's mountain gettaway is very beautiful with antique furnishings including wicker . Everything there works together , even her tackiness fits the theme . Call it art . Lots of great ideas .
In my house , it's just clutter. lol