We’re going to talk about the vintage pond yacht in just a minute, but I have to say this is Feels Like Home book launch eve! While the books have been shipped and some are already on store shelves, tomorrow is the official launch day and I am about to burst with excitement!
If you preorder Feels Like Home from Amazon early enough today, you might be able to receive the book in the mail tomorrow! I also spotted it at my local Barnes & Noble store this week, so you might be able to pick up a copy at your local store even today. You can check for availability HERE.
Or you can preorder Feels Like Home from any of these retailers…
And claim your preorder bonuses HERE and find instructions on claiming your preorder bonuses HERE if you need some help. The preorder bonuses are an original art download, a bonus chapter (The Feels Like Home Renter’s Guide), and five videos including workshops on matching fabrics and enhanced tutorials from the book.
So, let’s talk about this amazing vintage pond yacht. I follow one of my favorite local consignment shops on Instagram (Kismet) and was scrolling through their Stories one day, seeing what they had in the store, and I spotted this amazing vintage, wood & blue pond yacht with cream-colored sails. It also looked like it was a good size and I know their prices are always good, so I inquired about the price. $28 was the reply and I couldn’t claim it fast enough. An antique or vintage pond yacht is something that’s been on my back-burner wish list for a long time, but I never came across one that I loved that was also a good price.
This one is magnificent, though, and was an amazing deal. I saw similar ones listed on Etsy in the neighborhood of $350.
It is 36″ tall and looks to be completely intact. The little rudder even moves back and forth when you steer it with the steering-stick-thingy. You can tell I really know my sailboat stuff. Someone told me the proper name and I promptly forgot.
I’m actually not really into boating or sailing, but I love painting sailboats and would like to paint more of them. I like the idea of painting this vintage pond yacht as a still life. It’s pretty handy to have one I can move into the studio anytime!
The pond yacht is sitting on the built-ins in my living room until I find the perfect spot for it. Usually, my rule is I don’t buy something unless I have the perfect spot for it, but you know what they say about rules…
I have a few ideas for where this amazing vintage pond yacht could go, but I’m sort of enjoying it here for now.
So, a serious question for all of the pond yacht specialists out there… If you put your little sailboat into a pond, how do you get it back out? Do you just have to wait for it to blow ashore? Do you swim for it? What if it sinks? Maybe you just sail it in shallow reflecting pools? Inquiring minds need to know…
On a side note, it was the pond yacht that lured me into the store and I ended up leaving with that, the antique post office register, a splint basket, and a quilt!