Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mirror, Mirror


"Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall,
Who's the Fairest One of All?"

Remember that old rhyme?


How excited I was when I spotted the vintage mirror at a Missouri antique mall. . . .
The owner of the booth happened to be there, 
apologizing repeatedly for all the flaws in it.
I told her not to worry. . . .it's the flaws I love. . . .
She had a hard time understanding. . . .
ended up almost giving it to me because I loved it!
She was certain it had found a good home.



The wrinkles and age spots mattered not to me. 
Shabby, charming, defying time. . . .
I think it's previous owner couldn't see beyond the worn, stained frame 
to the possibilities at hand.
With a little cleaning and a quick whitewash, 
the character of this vintage piece began to shine through. 
After painting the Cottage Glass Cabinet earlier in the week, I knew exactly where I wanted the mirror to hang so that the cabinet would be beautifully reflected.


Inspired by Angie's style at Knick of Time
 a few old postcards and a leaf out of a gospel songbook seemed to be in order. . . .


I dressed the opposite side with strands of pearls and Aunt Mamie's 1950s brooch. . . .




This old worn, cast-aside lady still had life in her. . . .
Throughout her transformation that silly little rhyme
kept going round and round in my head.


Once I finished, I spoke to her out loud. . . .

"Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall,
You're the Fairest One of All!"

You know. . . .I think I heard her giggle. . . .


. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .

37 comments:

okcamp said...

Love it! Happy Valentine's day.
~diane

The Zeigler Homestead said...

You have definitely charmed this old mirror. Love how it reflects your cabinet. Happy Valentine's Day to you as well ♥ ~Susie~

Pamela Gordon said...

It is really beautiful and the reflection of the cabinet is pretty. Happy Valentine's Day to you! Pamela

Old Time Cindy said...

Love it! I really like how you dressed her in pearls and a brooch. Time to party tomorrow! :)
Farmhouse hugs,
Cindy

pballard said...

Lovely post. Love the mirror. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Dawn said...

What a terrific find, and I agree the flaws are what makes it perfect. Happy Valentine's Day!!

Dewena Callis said...

Oh, yes, the flaws are what endear it to us! You've given it new life, but not made it look new--thank goodness! It's just beautiful and reflecting the cabinet in its refurbished paint job was inspired.

Thank you for following me!

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Lovely! Especialy will a few "accessories"!

Kathi said...

Beautiful. The pearls and broach are the icing on the cake. I love it!

Kathi

Rea said...

I agree with you, it's awesome.

Junkchiccottage said...

What a great treasure you found. So pretty and chippy. Love it.
Kris

Orlando Designs said...

The mirror is gorgeous!

A Primitive Place ~ Tammy said...

Gorgeous!
I love old mirrors.
Off topic but I was reading thru some of your older posts the other day and never realized before your so close to me.
You were talking about an antique shop in Poplar Bluff. I live about 2 hours away from there. About an hour away from Cape.
One day I'm planning on hitting all the shops you talked about. Sounds like a great day trip for me and Brett.
Hugs
Tam

Chenille Cottage said...

Happy Valentine's Day, my dear friend!
Oh...What a beautiful and sentimental post. There is such a sweetness that comes from finding a treasure that just needed a little bit of love. You have given your "new" mirror a place of honor and stately grandeur. She's a beauty!
Thank you for sharing such a thoughtful post.
Blessings and Happy Valentine's Day, Dru!
Carolynn xoxo

Pendra said...

She is gorgeous with all her distressed wrinkles and gray hairs... wish I aged as beautifully as her! Love the addition of Auntie's brooch and the draped pearls, a rather relaxed regal. And a good lesson learned from Knick Of Time with the postcard and sheet music... pieces of the past. It could not be any prettier!
Happy Valentines Day!
Pendra

Barbara Jean said...

wonderful mirror, and I love how you draped it with those gorgeous pearls.

blessings
barb

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the old mirror...so pretty!!
hugs,
Cindy

Peggy said...

I love your mirror...had you not found her first..i would have loved the chance! She is pretty...the fairest of us all! :)

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you! What a beautiful mirror!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Great find, such a beautiful mirror. I too love the "character"...lines & all!
Blessings,
Cindy

Pam said...

She looks just lovely in pearls! Beautiful!
Hugs
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I missed this beauty while I was fighting with my computer last week. Lovely. I never get my mirrors to have a great vignette in the reflection.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh what a great find! She is a beauty and you dressed so perfectly too.
New follower today,
Cindy

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This is so pretty! I love how you added the draped pearls! Great style!

bj said...

This mirror is just adorable...
but your cute, fun loving personality is the most adorable of all.
xoxo bj

vintagefrills said...

This looks absolutely beautiful! I love the little pictures and the pearls!

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

I love it. You are becoming my new favorite blogger :)

~ Liz ~ said...

Such a sweet post. She did belong with you. You see the best in her. Nicely done.
Liz

Maria said...

What a pretty mirror! And I love those pearls, too!

Donna Wilkes said...

She looks Mah-velous in her pearls. I am so glad someone with vision saved her!

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

How sweet, Dru! Absolutely love it.

Jeanette @ Creating a Life

Darlene said...

That's a beautiful mirror!! Really romantic looking. I'm a new follower. take care, Darlene

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

What a gorgeous mirror, I love all the aging on it! Hugs, Penny

andrea@townandprairie said...

It's absolutely perfect. I love the cracks in it...perfect amount of ghosting and age! Love the sweet sentiments you decorated her with, too.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love the mirror--and how you dressed her!

Sherry said...

How pretty! I love the way you styled it! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Jody and Stan said...

Beautiful mirror! So pretty with the pearls and postcards. Thanks for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays.


Jody

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