Friday, August 2, 2013


This week, two things I have been longing for have come home with me.

For almost 2 years, I have been searching for a vintage toy truck to use in a Christmas vignette similar to many I have seen on Pinterest.

It didn't matter if the scale wasn't quite right...I loved the look of the metal trucks carrying a Christmas tree.

My favorite trucks were the white ones, but I knew that it would be harder to find one of those. It didn't matter, red or green would work too. For over a year, I have been scouting yard and estate sales and thrift shops in hopes of finding a suitable truck for a vignette...

Last month, my pal Marie was blogging about Christmas in July and she featured this can read about it here....and I suddenly became more determined than ever to find a truck. I decided to check eBay and see if there were any there...

The perfect truck...not on an auction but a a price I could live with. (Some of these old trucks go for upwards of $50!) I bought it and she arrived this week...

The truck is about 6-inches long and almost 3-inches high, with just the right amount of shabbiness...

I'm not in a hurry for Christmas to be upon us but I do know of one cute decoration that will be appearing for the first time at our house!

The other item has been popping up all over Pinterest and also many craft room reveals in magazines and on blogs. It is the Ikea turquoise Raskog Kitchen Cart. (Side note: it is now also available in a charcoal grey which is also nice) Anyway, it became available at Ikea for the first time last Summer. I wanted to see it but every time I went to the store, it was sold out. What makes me chuckle is that Ikea thinks it's a kitchen cart-HA! Any crafter can think of hundreds of uses for this baby outside of the kitchen! So, yesterday I had a meeting with a friend at Ikea. After we were finished discussing some plans for a women's program for our church, I took the time to browse the store. BINGO! They had a big stack of these just waiting for me. It came unassembled, of course, but I know a guy who is pretty handy putting Ikea furniture together and I figured he'd just be happy that it wasn't another Expedit

Here she is!

Each bin is a generous size; approx. 13x17-inches and she's 31-inches tall.

I'm not quite sure how I'm going to use her but I'll let you know when I decide. Right now I'm happy just looking at her!
A good week for sure!



Perfectly Printed said...

Love both your truck and the darling Ikea aqua cart!!! Can't wait to see how you use it!

vivian said...

your truck is perfect! I would like to find one one of these days too. love the ikea cart too.. be sure to show us how you use it. it is really cute!


sweeeeeet truck!!! Love it!
Darling cart! Nice scores!

Lutka And Co. said...

Love the truck! Will have to be on the lookout for one now :) The Ikea cart is nice too.

marie said...

Oh my gosh....this is so funny! I bought another truck today! It's red, and about 10 inches long. Mandy and I found a new thrift store, and there it was, just waiting for me!

I LOVE your new to you white truck...a wreath on the front is an absolutely perfect touch! I'm so glad you finally found one, and I'd say it was worth the wait!

Hope you enjoy the new Ikea cart...I love mine! Just got it a few weeks gray! Are we like twins or what!

Enjoy your new treasures...and thanks for the link!!

Mimi Sue said...

Adorable little truck! Might be cute with a few Easter eggs in it too. Love that cart too but it's never available when I look for it. You are lucky you were there on the right day! Mimi

Jo said...

That truck has so much character! Love it. I also love the addition of not only the tree, but the wreath.

I'm so glad you were able to get the cart you had been looking for. We don't go in Ikea much, but it's fun to see the projects other people do with their things. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

As an aside it was cool to hear I was up in your neck of the woods. It is a very nice city. Primanti Bros was good. I threw them a curve ball though... I asked if they made Old Bay wings (wings with Old Bay seasoning on them) and they looked at me like I had three heads. Haha. Oh well, you never know unless you ask. You will have to let me know of other little gems to check out for future trips. :-)

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Oh yes! She needs some white scalloped tin with a gasket lid!

Heidi said...

The TRUCK is perfect! You can "load" it up as the year progresses...maybe now with mini-sunflowers, or something! Love it! Mark & I did a Christmas card a few years ago quite similar to this idea! I think I played with the truck and the Christmas tree for hours. Great eBay find: I love it when that happens!


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