In my last post, I showed you an old mahogany dressing table John found at Neville’s Antiques and Collectibles in Wellington Bridge, Wexford; our favorite pickers place. It had been left out in the yard and it was rain-soaked and missing a top. After drying out in the workshop with a nearby heater, John started to work… Read More Redesign an Antique in Ireland- Demonstration Part II
We have had readers ask us how we do a redesign and what does that mean. For us, in a redesign, John takes an antique something and remakes it as something unintended; repurposed. A good example is seen in the vintage sewing machine tables. John takes the cast iron bases of the machine and makes a… Read More How we Redesign an Antique- Step one go to Picker Place- Tutorial
Hi everyone, today I am going to take you on our trip to an antique shop and cafe about an hour drive north of us in Oylegate. It is in a town called Castledermott in south-east Ireland near the Cavan and Kildare borders. The establishment is called “The Old Yard.” It is a family run business… Read More Antiquing in Ireland. The ” Old Yard ” in Kildare
Well, John and I are getting ready to go back to Ireland, and while we did accomplish a lot this summer, I still have projects I never completed or even started, but that’s another post. We did have a boom selling year, mainly due to Facebook’s Marketplace. We were able to sell John’s farmhouse tables. One… Read More Update On WoodnWhimsey’s 2018
I admit to being a collector, a picker, a lover of antiques and collectibles. I also collect multiple “things”. John’s new venture of handcrafting fine wood boxes reminded me of my collection. I started collecting boxes as a young girl growing up in upstate New York. In the summers, my parents would take us kids to places called… Read More MY BOX COLLECTION WHAT DO YOU COLLECT?
We work in wood, and a few months ago we went to our local picker to see what he had available….John sometimes fixes furniture bits for him, and he is always very helpful when we visit. I got a large basket I love, but we also found an old sewing machine cabinet that needed restoration. John… Read More VINTAGE WHITE SEWING MACHINE IN A MARTHA WASHINGTON CABINET- RESTORATION
Give us an old vintage sewing machine and watch what we can do! Our Redesign Antiques Department has been taking these old beauties and restoring them to new items of elegance. THE MACHINE HEAD We have taken a few of the old machines that had pretty decal still on them and cleans and polished. John put then… Read More VINTAGE SEWING MACHINES, Quilters, Fabric Stitchers, Seamstresses, Antiquers – Want a great decor item?
We have a collection of Antiques in Ireland. Periodically we bring some items over to Ohio for the enjoyment of our USA customers. One unique item is a fireplace tile. The old cast iron fireplaces of the Victorian home had pretty tiles lining the outside of the insert of the fireplace. The tiles would match or… Read More Craven Dunhill Pottery Fireplace Tile- Antique- Victorian- Art Noveau
I have recently embarked on the genealogy DNA searches. I got my results back from 23 and Me just recently, and I did get some unexpected results. I did confirm my roots are from Ireland and Great Britain. Years ago I went to Ireland to locate my grandmother, Delia Ryan’s, birth records to obtain Irish citizenship under this unique… Read More IRISH ART A LITTLE BIT OF IRELAND FOR YOUR HOME
Remember the old mahogany hutch John found and was cleaning up? It was at the end of the WabiSAbi post. See my past post here. Well, he finished the cabinet and we put it on DoneDeal…the Irish equivalent of Craigs List. It looks great! Here is the bottom piece after a deep cleaning. I thought it might be… Read More New Refurbished Kitchen Hutch Completed