Sunday, March 18, 2012

Vintage Scale Vignette

Don't you just love it when you find something you have been wanting for quite awhile and it is affordable as well? Scales are all over blogland and I love them. One day, while out shopping for a gift for my sister, I found a scale for myself. It was outside in the rain and looked pretty lonely. Apparently it was too rusty and crusty for anyone else, but it was just perfect for me!
I picked up this Columbia Family Scale at an antique store for $10. I couldn't believe that was all they were asking for it. It was a little dirty but I think it cleaned up just fine. There is the perfect amount of rust and chippiness, don't you think. It was made in 1907 and seems to have fared 105 years of life pretty well!
Of course I had to create a little vignette to show it off. On top of the scale, I have a vintage cabinet card held up by a metal flower frog. I used strips of old paper to add a little texture to it.
I also found some old glass bottles for $.75 each and altered them. This one has vintage sheet music stamped with a key stamp, crinkled seam binding and a little jute holding a skeleton key. A coffee filter rose acts as a bottle stopper.
This bottle is wrapped in a page from a vintage French book. I put some old lace on the bottom and tied seam binding and jute around the top. This one has an Eiffel Tower charm on it and again, a coffee filter rose for a stopper.
Wasps are everywhere come summer and as much as I hate them, I love the look of their nests. These were too neat and in too good of shape to throw out. I brought them inside and used them to decorate the bottom of the scale. Don't worry-they are old and have been sprayed and frozen and there is no chance of any wasps left in them!
This all sits on top of a pretty white eyelet runner on my favorite white cabinet. I love the way it turned out!

32 comments:

lynne said...

It is absolutely perfect and hard to believe it was unloved but the happy ending, it is now in a home where it is certainly loved and being shared with others.
Beautiful.
Wishes
Lynne

Roxanne Reinhart said...

Your vignette is very pretty and I love how you altered the bottles and the coffee filters roses are very cute as stoppers for the bottles. I found you on Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays.

Cynthia said...

Oh, this is so pretty! I think I love everything about it!

Amy Kinser said...

Beautiful vignette!

So nice to visit you today. Nice to meet you.

Bonnie said...

I collect vintage scales and am so jealous of your thrifty find. Love this vignette.

chateau chic said...

I love old scales too, and you found yours for a steal!
Really great vignette you created. Love it!
Mary Alice

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I love vintage scales and you got lucky with that thrifty find. You've put together a lovely vignette! I'm visiting from the Cozy Home Party.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

You struck gold with this scale! Love the chippiness of it and the way you created this vignette -- lots of great elements.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Wonderful scale. It looks fantastic in this vignette. Like the wasp nests...although...are you sure they are wasp baby free...just askin!!

JoAnne Weisser said...

I love it Trisha! It does have the perfect amount of rusty, chippy wonderful~nous. You created a very pretty vignette also!!

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes And Cozy Home Kitchen said...

Hi Trisha....you are a brave woman bringing those nests the house. I'd be afraid of a few being in there, especially as the weather is getting warmer.

However, the scale is wonderful and perfectly rusty. I'm sure you'll enjoy it for years. Great price on it too.

Thanks for showing how you decorate it at my party. Have a great week!

Betsy said...

The more rust, the better. Oh, I love that scale and the beautiful vignette you created. The shredded paper is perfect!

Okio B Designs said...

Love your vintage scale and they way you dolled it up! I've been lucky to find two that I have about the house at garage sales. Aren't they the perfect little decorative piece? Coming over from Faded Charm and a new follower!

Jeanine

Sharing Shadymont said...

Your scale is beautiful. I could kick myself for passing up one a while back for $18. Don't know what I was thinking!

Your blog is very pretty!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Gorgeous vignette! I have to say I've never met a scale I didn't love, and yours is no exception! You scored a real treasure. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
Hugs,
Patti

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

How pretty. I have one of these pretty scales that I've enjoyed for years. It works too!

Visiting from White Wednesday,
Judy

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Beautiful!
... Happy White Wednesday :)

Greetings from Australia♥

Angie said...

What a lovely vignette! The scale is precious and I love to look at wasp's nests too!

Thanks for sharing at Knick of Time Tuesday.

Blessings,
Angie @ Knick of Time

Doni said...

Hi Trisha!
LOVE that scale! Great find! And yes it has the PERFECT amount of crust and rust...sets off the whole vignette just right. That was an awesome find. Love how you have it arranged.
Thanks so much for linking up with the party today!!!
Blessings, Doni

Blessed Serendipity said...

Your scale is amazing. Love the vignette you tied together.

Danielle

Kathleen at Rose Prairie said...

very pretty

LV said...

You took someones trash and made you a nice treasure.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I LOVE your little scale! I was overwhelmed at a local thrift store about a month ago that had SO MANY GOODIES for such good prices that I had to go home with it all in my MIND and sleep on it! Hmmmm, They HAD A SCALE!!! I went back the next morning BRIGHT AND EARLY "AND"..."MY" Scale was "GONE"!!! Bwaaa! You have to be QUICK when you're in love!hehe...
Thank you for sharing your goodies...
Have a wonderful week,
Donna

Sue McPeak said...

A very clever and attractive 'Trash to Treasure' vignette. Great find in the scales and oh so creative use of all the other tresures...especially the wasps nest. Well done.

Red Rose Alley said...

Trisha,
This is the second scale I've seen this week on my bloggy friend's posts. You're right, scales are really in right now. This one has so much character. I just love the coffee filter rose. What a lovely idea.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

My mom has one that I'm hoping she'll hand down to me someday! There is always a charm about them, I don't know what it is, but the rusty, chippy ones are the best.

Ciao Bella

Creative Carmelina

Saturday Sadie said...

What a pretty scene that old scale makes. The patina on the face is just lovely.

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I am a sucker for a vintage scale...the vignette is beautiful. :)

Jenny's Heart said...

I love to look at things through your eyes :)

Bohemian said...

A Beautiful Vignette and what a great deal on your Scales... yes, I too love everything Aged to Perfection!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Tina said...

What a lovely vignette. I love the way you used the wasp nest, very clever.

Thank you again for stopping by my blog.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Beautiful! I love all of the elements you included in this vignette and I just featured it on my blog with a link back to you.