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Collecting has always been a passion for me. From the plastic horse collection in the sixties, the political and social commentary buttons of the seventies, to vintage clothing in the eighties, I always have some sort of collecting going on. The one collection that seems to be standing the test of time would have to be my American pottery. I favor white. Brush or glossy, McCoy, Shawnee or Hull, I’ll collect them all as long as it pleases me. 



This is part of my collection. There are more…everywhere.


Before and After, A Little Footstool

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A “beside the road freebie”

This little gem was sitting in a free pile on the side of the road in the rain. I’m not sure why I stopped to rescue it, often  “free” is a good enough reason for me. I do have an affinity for small stools and chairs. They are perfect for sitting on while playing Scrabble or Apples to Apples at the coffee table. Perfect that is for someone like me with very short legs.


I removed the “pleather” cover and  used it as a pattern to fabricate a new one out of cotton. Since I added a two inch piece of foam to the top of the stool, the pattern had to be lengthened. The cover was then stapled to the underside. Lastly I painted the legs. Now it was ready for the slipcover.

All Dressed Up                                                       

Here she is all dressed up! I used three different pieces of vintage linens to sew the slipcover. This little stool, once forlorn and thrown away, will now have a new life in Chicago with my daughter Sarah. Who, by the way, also likes to play Apples to Apples. Not surprisingly, she also happens to have short legs.

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