Thursday, March 31, 2011

SPCA Yardsale Goodies Another Chandy

I am linking this post to Colorado Lady for Thrifty Thingie Thursday.

There were some great things at the local SPCA yardsale Saturday. So much so that I kept going back after loading my car twice.

Some of my great finds was an antique ironstone butter dish with liner for $2.00, an Atlas aqua canning jar with glass lid for 75 cents, a collection of candlesticks that I will be using for my seashell candlestick displays, a fibre optic Very large Easter egg with bunny inside in it's original box that was $39.00 new and I paid $2.00 for it and a large box of craft items that included an unused bottle of mod podge, a can of acrylic spray, 10 angel hair ribbon packages and over 30 packages of dazzle flex o mirror. The whole box of craft stuff was only $2.00.

My treasure though was the wrought iron chandelier with clay pots with the light fixture inside each one. Great items as I can change the flowers with the season. When I first saw it I thought the price tag read $30.00 so I asked the lady if that was right. No she said it was $3.00. Of course I said SOLD without trying to bring too much attention to my find. I am thinking of painting the whole thing white, but will think on it before I do.

That was one of the nicest sales I have ever attended. Everything was in sections, garden center, craft section, art and frame section, holiday section, linen section, household items and so on. I could have lingered all day as I have never seen so much in one sale like that before unless it was an auction.

Hope you found some great things last weekend. Looking forward to seeing your treasures. A lot of what I found I have listed on etsy.

Monday, March 28, 2011

1800's Ship Painting

     I love anything connected to the sea or beach. I found this painting many years ago at an auction and fell in love with it. The blue sky and the green blue sea set my heart afluttering. It is dated 1869 on the back and is signed Colter.
     You can see by the crazing of the paint and the old frame that it is very old. I can imagine it having hung above an old fireplace many years ago which I think cause a lot of the crazing.
     I am linking this post to Smiling Sally for Blue Monday.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Seashell Art Candlesticks

     I should be thinking Spring. After all I am a florist and Easter is just around the corner but summer projects keep calling my name. When I came across Cyndy at The Exchange and her post about sealife candlesticks well Spring just got put aside for the moment. If you love shells then her post is for you.
     Am I the only one that starts a project then another idea pops up and you get side tracked? I have admired the different high end shops with the old bottles with seashells soldered to them. Well I have many old bottles but I did not want to permanetly transform them with shells. Besides I had a problem with the dark solder making such a division between the bottle and the shell. Well when I found Cyndy's post about putting them on candlesticks she had me won at hello.
     She shows how you can hot glue the shells to the candlesticks and they stay I am here to tell you!!!  Her tutorial is fabulous and a must see. I love the way the shells on the candlesticks look like one unit. I have many old glass candlesticks that belonged to my Grandmother. She loved and collected odd candlesticks. So I got them together and started to make my version of Cyndy's. The only difference in mine is I had all these bags of micro mini glass balls that are used for making water in fairy gardens and I hot glued them around the bottom of the shells to look like water. And another plus is if you ever want your candleholders or shells back you can just soak them in hot water to remove the shells. Be sure to check her out.

     I am linking this post to Faded Charm for White Wednesday and A Beach Cottage for Good life  Wednesday. I am also traveling over the Kara's at Elements Interiors for Whassup Whassup Par-tay . And be sure to check out Common Ground for Inspiration Friday .  I am also linking to Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mischievious Kittens!!!

I am linking this post to Smiling Sally for Blue Monday.

     This print is from the early 1900's. The artist of the orginial painting was C. Reichert an Austrian artist that passed away in 1918. I love this print with the mischievious kittens and the blue birds. The frame was painted a yucky gold and I repainted it in white. I belive this is the original frame it came in. Beautiful colors and such a playful scene.
     The winner of my giveaway for the cakestand and tablecloth is Beverly from Southern home Sweet home.    Beverly email me and I will send out your cakestand and tablecloth the first of next week. 
     Sorry for short post this morning, but I am a florist and unfortunately am working on 3 funerals this week. All you prayer warriors please say a prayer for the Bowen family. Mr Bowen was a very active member of our church since his youth. He has been ill for a few months and passed away at the age of 79.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Blue Quilt Top for blue Monday and tablecloth cakestand giveaway

   I am linking this post to Smilling Sally for Blue Monday . Also linking to Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday. And Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.
   If you could not already realize I love blue and the combination of blue and white is my favorite.  I use to make quilts, but when I became a florist, time was limited to this fun hobby. I appreciate the time and effort people take in making quilts and so when I find quilts or in this instance quilt tops I usually grab them up. I got this one at an auction a few years ago. I paid only $12.00 for it. I was thrilled at the price, but sad that no one else appreciated the time, money and effort that goes into this work of art. I am hoping that in my "old age" which in reality is now, I will be able to finish it. I would love to be able to frame it, but it is huge.
     Be sure and stop by Sally's for other blues today.
     I have finally hit 100 followers and in celebration of that I am doing a give a way. This is open to U.S. followers only. The only rule is you must be a follower or become a new follower. Just post a comment to this blog post and you are in the running. Since so many of my followers do tablescapes and tea parties I decided the gift would be a new spring green tablecloth 60" by 102" and the spring flower cake stand that I made from a vintage plate and vase. Good luck and I will announce the winner on my Monday's Blue Monday post. Have a great week. ~~Sherry~~

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mr Rabbit Says "Let Me In"

I am joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for her Spring Cloche Party , How Sweet The Sound for Pink Saturday.   and Faded Charm for White Wednesday.
     I would like to introduce you to Mr and Mrs Rabbit. They are not getting along right now and she will not let him into the cloche with her. I think he did not bring any carrots home for dinner so she is a little bit annoyed with him. Hope they make up before the mating season or we might not see any little bunnies running around.
     I love this pair of rabbits. They each have a Napcoware Import Japan sticker on them. They came in the large egg. Not sure if that is Napcoware.  Such detail to their faces. I love how the egg is decorated with flowers. I have them placed in my largest cloche which is 13" tall.
     On Monday I will be having my first give a way for having reached 100 followers. I will give details on Mondays Blue Monday post. Visit my 100 follower give a way HERE.
     Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the other cloches At Marty's

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

By the Sea By the Sea By the Beautiful Sea!!!

     Sorry about the title, but that song popped into my head when I was placing the old seaside photo's in my coral and I cannot get it out of my head.
     I love seashells and I really love coral. I did not realize how much I had until I started gathering it together for this blog post. I love the different textures and colors of shells and coral. Each piece is different just like our fingerprints. It amazes me when I think that with all the people in the world no 2 peoples prints are the same. Well it is the same with shells, no two are exactly alike. I am mostly attracted to ones that are different shades of white. I also like old black and white photo's with beach themes.  Especially when they are of vintage swimsuits.
          I am posting this to Faded Charm for White Wednesday , Paisley Passion for Thrilling Thursday and Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Cobalt Painted Stoneware

I am linking this post to Smiling Sally for Blue Monday.   A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday. In the 1980's I subscribed to a magazine called Early American Life.  There was an add in it about this reproduction of antique stoneware made by the Wisconsin pottery in Columbus Wisconsin. You could join to receive one piece every 6 weeks for I beleive the price was $19.99 each 6 weeks. You never knew what pieces you were getting til they arrived.  All pieces are dated and mine are from 1988-1990. I do not know exactly how many pieces I have, but have shown most. I have a few other pieces scattered here and there, but these are pieces that are clusted together. The first picture are different shape and design jugs and pitchers.
      The next picture is a large crock with a blue painted flower and leaf design. I have only used that for flowers once in a while. The Grandma's Dessert Mold is an antique and belonged to my Grandmother. The second are all covered pieces that I keep sugar, tea and the large one has my flour.  Next is my beverage center where I put my coffee or tea together in the morng. The large container with the deer is a beverage container with spigot. Love this piece. The mug in this picture was not part of the collection.  The next picture has my mixing bowls, baking crocks and inside one is a pottery colander.  When I was collecting these I thought what in the world I am thinking. But after many years I really appreciate them and use them every day.    Thanks for stopping by to see my repro stoneware.  ~~Sherry~~

Friday, March 4, 2011

Antique Cinnamon Box Treasure

     It is really tooooo cold for yardsales, but the first one of the season in 40 degree weather with wind blowing, I roughed it anyway. I am truly glad I did.
     First thing I spotted was this little maple desk or dressing table. Someone had tried refinishing it, but I am going to paint it white and distress it a bit. For $5.00 I could not leave it.
     My treasure was the antique finger jointed cinnamon box with great graphics and slide top. The gentleman selling it said that his father worked in a store in New jersey and when it closed his father kept this box. It is a treasure and I cannot find any information on cinnamon boxes of this type anywhere online or in any of the books I have. Any information someone could furnish would be greatly appreciated. At $5.00 I knew I could not go wrong.
     I also got the twisted stem ruby candleholders for $1.00 each. A damascene bracelet for $2.00, an elf riding some kind of animal made in occupied Japan for $2.00 and the silver planter for $1.00. Not a bad haul for $17.00.

     I am linking this post to AL A Carte for Junkin Finds Friday and Show and tell Friday at My Romantic Home.  I am also including this in Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Nite Special. I can't forget Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday! And Costal Charms Nifty Thrifty Tuesday . Also Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingie Thursday.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mother Nature Says Spring Is On The Way!!!

                                                                                                           Mother Nature has arrived letting us know that Spring is on it's way. She is adorned with budding branches where the birds gathering either feathering their nests or perching on limbs looking for their mate for the season.
You can also see the crickets and frogs coming out to gather a bit of warmth from the sunshine. Moss covered limbs and emerging shelf tree fungus are also adorning the trunks of trees.
So do not fear signs of spring are in the air and Mother Nature stands with her slight smile to say WELCOME and ENJOY!!!
I am linking todays post to Faded Charm for White Wednesday.