Tuesday, May 7, 2013

‘Half Tweaked!’

I always get excited to show my ‘tweaking’ in progress!


And it’s true I can keep the same projects going for YEARS!


We put my hubby’s guitar and cornet on top of the entertainment center and some of our combined music books. (we both play the piano)


So when I found this antique mandolin at a consignment shop, we found a spot for it, too.


I saw prices for the mandolin all over the place….some for more than a thousand dollars.


This one is in rough shape but it actually came in it’s original case and I think it has charm, don’t you?


It’s a bowl-back mandolin, also called a ‘tater-bug’.

And for $20, it was a BARGAIN!

We have more pottery in our home in NC to bring down for some of the cubbies. I’m ‘saving’ room for it! But I couldn’t wait to show off the top.

And don’t you love my piano?


And the old music?


I’m joining Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday and Brenda at the Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday.

Do you play a musical instrument?

(I should practice more! lol)


Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I adore what you did with the instruments on top of the shelf. I love mandolin music and that one is a real find. If it were me, I'd refinish it - what a beauty. Can your husband play it?


Hello Diane, Love your musical posting. What a great find.. I always want to take Piano lessons but never did so just fiddle on my cousin's piano.. Hugs Judy

Susie said...

I love your madolin. My father used to play one when we were young. Your musical collection is great.xoxo,Susie

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

What a great way to display your instruments and music!! Love it!!

Stacey said...

Diane, I've always like musical instruments on display. My dad has a grand piano and displays his trumpet in the room too. It's just beautiful.

Unknown said...

Oh I just love it-it's not in too bad of shape either-looks wonderful with your other istruments.

Musings from Kim K. said...

How wonderful that both you and your husband play the piano. Love all your tweaks and latest acquisition.

RURAL said...

Diane, only you could use a title like half tweaked....and get away with it.


The Mandolin was a steal, and everything looks wonderful.


Olive said...

We have projects that go on for years too. We are easily distracted. Love the mandolin. My kiddo took piano lessons way up into her third year of college. I do not play anything but always wanted to.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I miss having a piano. Yours is beautiful. I recognize the song book on the left, that is an oldie but goodie!

Love your tweaking, the mandolin was a bargain!

Vee said...

I do love your piano and all the fun you're having with the tv console top. Yes, I also play the piano and I, too, should practice more. Lovely vintage pieces of music as well... Bargain on the mandolin and it what a nice piece to display.

20 North Ora said...

Love old music pieces!! All of your finds look great!


Cranberry Morning said...

Yes, that mandolin is oozing charm! And lucky you to find it in its original case. What a great price. Have fun!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh it all looks so great! I think that it is awesome that you and your husband both play the piano!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Ahh, so very pretty-I bet music fills the air at your home! Whenever I see a Mandolin I think of Rod Stewart-is that silly of me??!!

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

I love the sound of the Mandolin.. You were so lucky to get this one.
It looks in pristine condition.. I like how you have put all the instruments on the top shelf.
Great piano.. I am sure you have some good times with your playing.

debra @ homespun said...

oh that mandolin is a treasure!

I play piano too but don't play often enough. CRAZY ! I had lessons as a child / had a piano all through early marriage etc.......

Went without for 15 yrs or so then got one ( Old one ) about 3 yrs ago. Went crazy playing every day for a year playing catch-up and now I am back to here and there!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you and your husband are quit the musicians. I am not musicially inclined. Mom always dreamed that one of her chidren would play the piano, so she kept me in lessons for years. I really hated them and rarely practiced, so eventually she had to give up her dream. I was in the school band in junior high, but never beyond that. These days, I much prefer being in the audience enjoying others play.

Sounds like you got a great deal on the mandolin. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Linda said...

Beautiful and creative. And, yes, that mandolin has lots of charm.

Introverted Art said...

It's one thing I hope to learn one day is to play an instrument... When I saw my husband playing the piano for the first time, I was in awe.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

The display of musical instruments is so pretty! I don't play anything...lol!

Debbiedoos said...

How neat, I had no idea your hubby was so musical. Both my boys play the trombone and they LOVE it. My older boy especially, because he is getting a really good now. Love the old music sheets you have too.

Unknown said...

Fabulous presentation of the instruments. Just saw a mandolin on Antique Roadshow ... what a history.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Ricki Treleaven said...

The mandolin is quite a prize. :D I had no idea that y'all are musicians! LOVE the pretty music. I think it's a charming vignette on its own!

(PS: I'm not entering your giveaway because I won last time :D )


Lilac Haven said...

Great deal on the mando. I am jealous. I play mando and dulcimer.
Just started on the mando.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Diane, what a find! That mandolin is wonderful! That cabinet top looks so pretty, showcasing all of the instruments. Loving the old sheet music. I think I have that golden book of favorite songs somewhere. Because of my husband's alergies, I can't use any scented products, so I won't enter your giveaway, but it sure is a nice giveaway. laurie

Linda Walker said...

Diane, I love the instruments on top of your entertainment center. I also play the piano and have accumulated a lot of sheet music and books. It looks like there is a lot of musical talent in your household!!!! Perhaps you will share your abilities in a video someday!!!?

Unknown said...

I am loving the way you displayed all your musical instruments. My Mom says she can play the mandolin. I have never seen her play. I always wonder if she is pulling my leg..


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Love your music corner, what a great buy! And your piano, how fun I always wished I could play. It must be tough having two homes, whatever you want must always seem to be at the other house! Oh and I love Eco Natural I use their moisturizer all the time!! I love it


Anonymous said...

Ooh, what a great bargain. Love your tweaking. I had no clue you played an instrument. I completed my seven years of piano lessons (9-16). Never play though. teehee Our son knows how to play almost every instrument from childhood. Plenty of guitars in this home. :) Love how you displayed these.