Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Block Optic Green Depression Glass -Great Find!

I found a nice collection of Block Optic, green depression glass this weekend.  This is a very popular pattern, and these pieces are in very good condition.  I hope to get them listed in my shop after Christmas.

I love this decanter, it has its original stopper.  All of my Depression Glass can be found here.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Vintage Decorating -Game Boards, Undergarments, Pillows

Love this idea for a childs room, lots of great instant color.

Love this idea, a wonderful way to display your undergarment collection.

Love the color, and the pillows.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Egg Cups With Feet -Great Gift For The Egg Cup Collector

I absolutely love these.  Even if you don't eat boiled eggs, they would look wonderful sitting on a shelf or windowsill in the kitchen, or dining area.  They were made by Carlton Ware, England, this company is no longer in business so these are no longer being made.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Decorating Your Vintage Kitchen

I love this shade of green.  I have a large metal storage tin this color, love it!

I'm normally not a pink person, I do love this.

Love the bright colors, and the tablecloth!

Love red, great sign!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Recent Vintage Finds -Great For Christmas!

I just love these jars, not sure if they are perfume or not. They are a very light pink color, with sweet little white Cherubs on the front.  These perfume or vanity jars are available here.

If I wasn't in the business of selling............ I love these, they would look so nice in my kitchen.  Metal kitchen canisters with wonderful potted geraniums, available here.

These would be great for your Christmas parties!  A set of Libbey tea glasses, frosted with gold leaves, includes the great carrier, available here.

Or these, for that special get together, or a great gift.  A Murano cordial or decanter with five glasses.  A beautiful emerald green with gold detail.  This set is available here.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Vintage Decorating -Dishes. Entryway, and Books

Love all the white, with the added color of the bottles.

I am always picking up old books, I love the way these look, and add color!

Love the clean look.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Turquoise Planter With Beautiful Horse -American Pottery -Who Made It?

I recently found this beautiful planter at a sale.  The owner was sure it was an American Potter, but he couldn't remember who.  I am trying to find out, but no luck so far.  It is a large piece eleven inches tall, seven and a half wide, and five deep.  It is available here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Halloween Cat Doll With Her Pumpkin

Sometime ago, I was experimenting with dolls, I think this was one of the earliest I made.  I enjoyed designing the clothes, and coming up with her friend.  I don't have her anymore, I believe I sold her on ebay.  Later I made a couple of witches, I'll post them later this month.  I thought she would be appropriate for the season....

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Beautiful Blue and Yellow Pitchers

I found these three beautiful pitchers at a recent sale.  The bright blue and yellow caught my eye.  They would really brighten up a kitchen or dining area.  They are available here.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Beautiful Cobalt Blue Salt and Pepper Shakers

Beautiful decorative salt and pepper shakers.  A great addition to your cobalt blue collection.   They were made by the Frank Tea and Spice Co. in the 1930's.  In the early 1900's they also made Jumbo Peanut Butter.  These shakers stand about 5 3/4 inches, and are available here.

Monday, September 12, 2011

New Issue of Flea Market Style

The fall issue of Flea Market Style magazine is now out.  Lots of great information, photos, and ideas!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Wonderful Old Photo -Three Women in Hats

I love this photo, I think the woman in the middle resembles the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz, maybe in her younger days!  I have several old photos, including this one, available here.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Vintage Decorating at Homedit.com

"The most representative element for the vintage style is definitely the vintage kitchen. A kitchen decorated in such a style should definitely have rug beaters, milk bottles, butter molds, vintage salt and pepper shakers, candy jars and many more. And if you have ever seen a movie from the ’80, then you must have seen that large washboard from every kitchen. Therefore, the vintage washboard is definitely an accessory you might not want to miss for your vintage kitchen."

A beautiful kitchen from Homedit.com -Interior Design & Architecture

Friday, July 29, 2011

Christmas Bells? Frosted Glass Tinted Pink

I'm trying to decide if these look like Christmas bells or not. That's the first impression I got.  I believe they are glass, they are frosted with a light pink tint.  They have a "tinkling bell" sound when they tap each other.  I haven't been able to find any information on them, they are very light and delicate. They are available here if you are interested.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Beautiful Child's Dish by The Salem China Company

I just love the color and detail of this child's dish made by The Salem China Company for the International Silver Co.  A sweet little girl feeding her bear while her little sister looks on.  On each side of the dish are rests for the fork and spoon. 
The Salem China Company was founded in 1898 in Ohio. Through the early 1900's until 1960, the company produced dinnerware as well as novelty items, souvenirs, flatware and crystal. During 1960, the company changed to distribution only. In 1981, the Salem China Company was out of business. The company made china and pottery for supermarkets, department stores and discount stores, and it was marketed under many different names.  This dish is available here.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Flea Market Style -Great New Magazine!

Great new magazine, has some wonderful articles, lots of vintage decorating ideas!

Great Find For You Elvis Lovers -Vintage Elvis License Plate!

It's an old German license plate for export.  I found it in an Antique shop and just couldn't resist.  Perfect purchase or gift for the Elvis fan!  You can find it here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Another What Is It -A Silver Nightcap?

I found this "Silver Nightcap" at a local estate sale.  I'm afraid I have no idea what it might be.  The internet is a wonderful place to find information, but sometimes you just don't know what words to use in researching.  It's about three inches tall and two inches at the widest on the bottom, I see no silver marks on it.  I shall keep searching.........

Monday, July 11, 2011

What Was It Used For -Jewelite, by The Pro-phy-lac-tic Brush Co.

I found this at a sale recently, of course I had to buy it.  But, I have no idea what it is -it is made by the Pro-phy-lac-tic Brush Company.  They were established in 1866 in the health care business.  They made toothbrushes, hairbrushes, and later toilet sets -combs, brushes, hand mirrors, powder boxes, and more.  In 1940 they began to use the name Jewelite on their products.  This piece has Jewelite 509 USA on the bottom, but I haven't been able to find any information on what it might be.  The plastic insert does slide out, and there is some room in the slot where you could possibly fit two of them -some type of picture frame?  Any ideas, please let me know.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Would You Pay Your Child To "Hit" The Ball?

I was reminiscing this morning about when the boys were younger.  We have been living on this property for 21 years now.  The first ten years seemed to go by much slower than these last ten have.  My youngest will be 21 next month, time is flying by.  But, I was thinking about when they played sports, my oldest played baseball, the youngest soccer.  When Tom was playing baseball, during a game, he just would not swing at the ball.  I knew he could hit good, because we practiced at home.  He would get up to bat and look at the coach.  I finally asked him, why do you keep looking at the coach?  He said, to see if he gives me a signal.  I asked, does he ever give you a signal, no, was the reply.  So... I took matters into my own hands, I offered him $10.00 for every ball he would hit during a game.  Of course, his first time up, he hit the ball -Tom liked money.  (He was willing to wash dishes every night for $5.00 a week.  At the time that was probably a good allowance, but it meant a lot to me to have a dish washer.)  I had to cut him off after the second game, I couldn't afford him, and he understood.  But he did continue to do well, and he kept on hitting the ball!  I wouldn't pay my children to make good grades but to get him to realize what he could do I think it was worth it.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Seek And Ye Shall Find and -Need a Top Hat Model

Thanks to the wonder of the internet, after looking at many pages of poppies, I discovered my pitcher and biscuit jar are Royal Bayreuth.  They have made many beautiful items with the poppy design, dishes, cups and more. 
At the same sale I found this great top hat, unfortunately I couldn't find anyone to model it for me  -men!  It is available here.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Vintage Decorating Ideas: Enlarge and Frame Old Letters - From Southern Living

I love the look of this enlarged envelope for art, found on the Southern Living site, and using an envelope from a relative adds to it..

“This is one of my favorite things,” says George of the framed envelope in the dining room. It was addressed by George’s great-grandmother to her uncle, George’s namesake, in 1917. He found it tucked away in his grandfather’s dresser. A local printer scanned and enlarged the envelope.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Found A Beautiful Pitcher -With A Biscuit Jar ????

I found this beautiful pitcher and container this weekend.  I had to think for awhile what the container might be -maybe it's a biscuit jar. The only marks on the bottoms are numbers stamped in.  No matter, I think they are both wonderful, they do have some chips, but I don't think that detracts from either one.  I plan to do some more research before I list them on my website.  I have found these are Royal Bayreuth, you can find them here.

I also found this wonderful metal container, I'm guessing it might have been used in a store.  Inside the lid is stamped Brunhoff Manufacturing Co.   I love the color and have decided to keep this piece for now.  It looks great on top of my kitchen cabinets.  It's very large, nine inches tall and twelve inches across.  I wonder if there was a replaceable label on the lid at some time.

If you know anything about these pieces, please let me know!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Jack R. Miller Etching, Lucky Dog Man - From New Orleans, French Quarter 1979

I was at an estate sale recently, a large old house in the downtown area.  A large basement plus three floors, I would love to see who lived there.  Animal print fabrics, a lot of Chinese themed items, and some nice art work.  I fell in love with this etching by Jack R. Miller, I purchased three smaller etchings as well.  I would love to keep it, but my business would never get anywhere that way.  So I have it listed, and I am working on listing the others -Faces, Biloxi Tugger, and Shrimp Boat.  You can find this here.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ankle Doing Much Better

I'm running behind as usual, but I did go back to the doctor after two weeks, he checked the new x-ray and was surprised, he said my foot was healing and doing very well.  He wasn't going to take a new x-ray, I think he thought it was too soon, (he's the one who told me to come back in 2 or 3 weeks).  I did use Comfrey to try and encourage healing, mostly I just used the leaves, but several times I did include some root.  I do think this helped.  I used my mortar and pestle on 5-6 leaves, poured steaming water on these, let them set for a few minutes, (and sometimes I would even drink the tea from the leaves).  After draining the liquid I placed cheese cloth on a long strip of plastic wrap.  Then I managed to wrap this around my foot, placing the leaves on top, and putting my brace back on.  I would usually sleep with the wrap on so it had plenty of time to sink in.  I did this every other night or so, as it did sometimes make my foot itch a bit. 
I am still keeping it wrapped with the brace, but it is doing much better.  I go back in 4 weeks to have it checked. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

If You Sprain Your Ankle -Go To The Doctor

Several years ago, I sprained my right ankle.  It hurt, bad.  Never having sprained it before, I went to the doctor, just to be sure.  It was just a sprain, take it easy.  So, three weeks ago, I spained my left ankle.  I was taking the dog for a walk, going down the front steps, looking at the moon.  The last step is not very high, not paying attention I thought I was stepping to the sidewalk, not -I stepped on the edge of the step, and turned my ankle, and went down -it hurt so bad I thought I was going to pass out.  Luckily Jack did not try to drag me out in the yard.  I managed to get myself inside the house and put ice on it.  I have been living with this ankle, still swollen and sore, couldn't flex my foot, for three weeks.  Of course, during this time I have been walking the dog every morning (except for the first four mornings), raking, weed eating, and general house work.  It really started to worry me that it wasn't getting better, so I made an appointment.  They took x- rays and found out, I broke the talus bone in my foot.  It's a bone in the top of the foot, near the ankle, very important.  That's why it hurt to walk normal flexing my foot.  I have been walking with a stiff left foot all this time which can really wear you out. The x- rays will be looked at by others, and I might have to see someone else, mainly because it's not healing.  For now it is wrapped in velcro, trying to keep it from flexing.  I know the reason it's not healing, I have been doing too much, and for the last few days, trying to walk normal flexing my foot to see if I really needed to go to the doctor.  I am an herbal person, I like to try and help things herbally before I get into prescribed medicine.  I just happen to have some comfrey (knit bone) growing, so I have started making a compress with the leaves so we'll see if that helps with the healing.  I go back to the doctor in two weeks, I'll let you know what happens.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spring Babies -Squirrel and Preying Mantis

We've had this young squirrel visiting for a couple of weeks, he's a sweet little thing.  I couldn't figure out how he was the size he is and spring just started.  I found out that squirrels can have babies in January through April and another litter later in the year.

I overwinter some of my plants in a small room on the back of the house, a Preying Mantis case must have come in on one of my plants.  I started finding baby Mantises on my plants last week.  I got a great picture of one on my tomato seedling.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

1907 -Information From The Past

I love finding personnal information about people, from long ago.  I recently found this book -The Girl Graduate Her Own Book.  It's basically a scrapbook, given to a student, in this case a college female, in 1907.  Her name is Elizabeth Taylor and she is attending Miss Spence's School For Girls.

  Founded by Clara B. Spence in 1892, Miss Spence's School For Girls is now named The Spence School, and is still in operation. There are many children from famous parents who have attended this school.

There are invitations, photos, school information, and much more in this very nice old scrapbook.

This book is available here.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Double Jelly Compote

I don't know anything about this dish yet, but I think it's a sweet little compote.  You can find it here.

Monday, March 7, 2011

New Use For Kitchen Dish

I just found this piece.  I love the knob on the top and the shape at the bottom of the bowl.  I couldn't see any markings when I bought it, but I have found that it is a Federal casserole dish.  Yes, I would love it in my kitchen, but I thought it would also look wonderful in a vintage bath  -you could fill it with cotton balls, round soaps, or just have it for looks!  Most of the styles I have found online have a pattern, being plain, this one would go anywhere.  I'll be listing in on my website soon.