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Architectural Salvage by arteesvida
June 15, 2008, 5:00 pm
Filed under: Home and Garden, Linky Goodness

Discovery Architectural Antiques is located in Gonzales (halfway between San Antonio and Austin) and is one of the premiere artchitectural salage stores in the country.  I was looking for something for my backyard and didn’t find what I was looking for but I did take some pics of some of their gorgeous things!

These pictures don’t represent nearly close to all of what they have, or even the best of what they have, just the times I actually remembered to pull out my camera!






Little Green Table by arteesvida
June 9, 2008, 12:47 am
Filed under: Home and Garden

I bought this table off Craigslist last week.  It had been made by the father of the lady who was selling it out of an antique mirror.  The mirror is beveled and warped and gorgeous, and coverd with glass to protect it.  The green was the color she had it, I’m leaving it that color.  There was some wear in places so I pulled out my sander and added some more wear to it to keep it nice and balanced 🙂  Two of the legs needed to be tightened and one more needed some extra screws to be stabilized, all of which I did by myself.  The top flips open like a little desk for storage.  The final picture is it sitting in my bedroom with flowers on it.  I might have to build a little vignette on it eventually!

A couple extra screws in the base.

Side view (hubby in the background working on his own project.

The old mirror is protected by a sheet of glass.

In my bedroom with some fresh flowers, and a basket of magazines and stuffed animals (my son gave them to me so I would have something to cuddle whenever I’m home sick).

Bentwood Chairs by arteesvida
June 4, 2008, 8:19 pm
Filed under: Home and Garden

Bentwood chairs are starting to get spendy, even at second hand shops because they are hip again.  I was lucky enough to find four of them for 6.99 each at Goodwill, with the original caning and everything (and a made in poland sticker on the underside of one of them)  They had alot of chips in the paint so I’m painting them all bright yellow. (My mom was horrified that I painted over the original caning, not just the wood).


Homemade Banana Pudding by arteesvida
June 2, 2008, 11:20 pm
Filed under: Kitchen Magic

Homemade Banana Pudding

Originally uploaded by redtressgoddess

Curtis Atkin’s Mama’s Banana Pudding

2-3 bananas, sliced
1 box vanilla wafers
1 cup sugar
1 tbs flour
2 eggs
2 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla

In a large bowl, place one layer of slice bananas, then a layer of wafers until bowl is filled, making sure the top layer is wafer. Set aside. In a medium saucepan, beat eggs, add sugar and mix well. Add flour, milk, and vanilla. Bring to a boil, pour over banana and wafer mixture. Chill and serve.