Tuesday, September 16, 2014

C Stands for Cool! Check Out this Vintage Letter Sweater

What does the letter "C" stand for?
 
While the origin of this vintage collegiate (or high school) sweater
remains a mystery to me, I think it has a great look!
 

 
Made of wool, this old sweater was found
in the Adirondack Mountains this past summer.
One of my favorite finds.
 
In fact, I was so excited to bring it home
that I forgotto ask the gentleman
 who sold it to me... "What school did
 this come from?"
 
The "C" stands for ... what?
Columbia? Cornell? Cambridge?
 
 
For now, I think it just stands for COOL.
 
I'll be listing it very soon...probably as soon
as next week when FALL officially arrives!
 
I'm still working on party plans for Bebe...
and we are in full basement remodel!
 
Enjoy the day,
 
Jillian

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pink Party Prep: A Candy, Cupcake, and Ice Cream Gathering

Ah, the weekend!

Even though I am a work at home Mom, I still love Fridays.

We have plenty to do on the weekends, but it is less scheduled than the regular days of the week. I like feeling less scheduled.

How about you?

I do have some upcoming events on my calendar however, and one of them is Bebe's birthday gathering.

Since she is an only child I really try to have a party for her every year.

This year's shin-dig will not be ANYTHING like last year's big carnival party where all of my family members swore they'd never help out again  loved every minute of it!

This year I plan on a much smaller party... for just the girls.


A PINK PARTY.

The theme is simple: Cupcake, Candy, and Ice Cream.

Yep, that's it!

I've been having fun looking around on Pinterest for ideas. You can follow me on there, too if you'd like! (See my side bar also, for link!)

So far I have all kinds goodies gathered and prepped:
First, I sent out pink invitations, then I gathered glass jars and vases for candy (Salvation Army is a great place to buy them,) pink Martha Stewart treat boxes to take home, pink ice cream cone decor, etc.

We'll play some old fashioned games and make pink and pastel beaded necklaces.


I'm also working on a banner where I have eight panels. Trying to decide if
it should read:

Ice Cream, Candy Bar, Birthday, or Lollipop? So far I've narrowed it down to Candy Bar or Ice Cream.

I'd love to be able to use it again by using the word BIRTHDAY, but I figure I can just peel off the letters and make something else out of it later for the Egg Hunt Party we have every year.


I also saw vertical hanging circle garland on Pinterest. Scrapbook paper and circle templates came in handy for this project!

Much, MUCH easier than last year.  Although some of you read on here that I am not too "crafty." I have my moments!

Can't wait to share photos from the upcoming party...

Have a great weekend!

~Jillian

Linking to the Pink Saturday blog link up.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vintage Stuff That Hits The Proverbial Edit Room Floor

Now what does that mean? Stuff that hits the
edit room floor?
 
I think it means I am stuck somewhere between
lingo from my old job as a TV producer and my
current, antique dealer mode.
 
It means that there are things that never make it
into my shop, believe it or not!
 
Does that even make any sense?
No, not to me.
Yet, it keeps happening.
 
For some reason while I am editing pictures
and writing descriptions ... I go for one item over another.
 
And then I move on to the next batch of goodies...
leaving some behind!
 
Like the antique FRENCH book or how about an
art deco cigarette box with a sliding celluloid lid.
 
What? They are neat things, yet I haven't
attempted to list them.
 
A sweet kitty child's hankie?
What gives? It is adorable!
 
One of these days I'll get to them.
One of these days.
I promise! 
 
Linking to "What's It Wednesday"

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Finds This Week Include First Bobbsey Twins Book

I'm always so thrilled to share with you some of my latest finds. Because each one is a like a rare treasure.

But I really have a nice find this week...

My Grandparents had an antique book store when I was a little girl. I remember my Grandmother gave me an old Bobbsey Twins book that was similar to this one below. I still have the exact book she gave to me...I will always cherish it!

Now the one below is the first in the series. It is called "The Bobbsey Twins or Merry Days Indoors and Out." Copyright 1904. It is one hundred and ten years old! And it is available on my site here.

 
Love those old covers!
The art work is nice enough to use it for display.
 
Anyway, I have more finds coming this week...
I'm starting to add items to my shop.
 
 
They are not all up on BellaRosaAntiques.com yet... things like
old grocery store price signs, an antique Pinocchio book,
a scrapbook of pre-1950's Valentines,
vintage jewelry, American Red Cross Box,
a celluloid Kewpie doll, and more!
 
But while I am working on new listings I
wanted to link up with Blog Shop over at
How Sweet the Sound for a fun way to
connect with other sellers and lovers of vintage.
 
Enjoy the day!
 
~Jillian

Monday, September 8, 2014

On Butterfly Wings


Ah, Monday comes again.

A new week! A new chance to make this a great week. Today is a great day the Lord has made!

There is just something so inspiring about the butterfly.

Its gracefulness, its beauty.

From caterpillar to winged creature, made anew.

A very good friend of mine (we've known each other for 15 years) took me out to lunch at the Olive Garden on Friday. As we were leaving we saw this pretty butterfly land on the flowers they had growing outside of the restaurant.

This was taken with my mobile phone, believe it or not.

Sadly there is a big tear in it's left wing with a piece missing. But, it did not stop this butterfly from flying! Imperfect, just like we are.

Such symbolism in just one tiny creature. How many more then, do we have to share?

Hope you are having a great start to your week! May you feel lifted, as if you were on butterfly wings.

Enjoy the day!

I'll leave you with the perfect bible verse for my butterfly:

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.         

 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Another Summer at the Lake Behind Us, Looking Forward to Fall

 
Another Labor Day, the signal that summer
is indeed behind us.
 
 
Spending time at the lake gives
us a moment to reflect...
 
 
relax, slow down.

 
And enjoy the beauty around us.

 
Nature.
Treasures, all by themselves,
God's beautiful creations.

 
And let's not forget the fun times, too.
Splashing...
 
(Bebe with her Brother-in-Law, not sure who is
getting the fishing lesson!)
 
Fishing...


(A rare shot of me!)
 
Cruising around on the boat...

 
And how about this old
fashioned rope swing...
Love it!

 
And as we turn and watch the boat make
it's final cruise on the lake...
 
 (Bebe with her older Sister. My Sweet
 and beautiful Step-Daughter)
 
We look forward to a fabulous Fall!
 
Sad to say good bye to summer
at the lake... but happy to
be back working in my
 
Stay tuned for new finds
and vintage goodies!
 
Linking with Ivy and Elephants


Friday, August 29, 2014

Have a Great Labor Day Weekend Y'All!

 
 
Yes, I forgot to think of a clever post for today.
 
No, I do not have an emergency post ready.
 
But, I DO want to wish you a safe
and happy Labor Day weekend!
 
ENJOY.

Thank your Creator for all
He has made in you!

Linking with Pink Saturday
(Red and White make pink, right?)
 
 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Arrivals Are Here! T&V Limoges China, Victorian Postcards, and More!

I'm pleased to bring you some of this past summer's best finds:


 
Gorgeous china with pink roses, unique vintage jewelry,
Victorian postcards, gold gilt wash frame,  Jasperware,
and more! Some have sold already
so you might want to hop over there right now...
 
Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sneak Peek: Vintage Summer Finds

Happy Monday!
It is back to school for my sweet Bebe...
Which means I'm back to work!
 
Here is a sneak peek at some of the treasures I've found.
 
Last week I was able to bring home the gold gilt wash
Victorian picture frame...
 
The celluloid Kewpie doll is from my "secret shop"
around the corner. She was too hard to resist. 
 
So are bunches of old lace and pink baby shoes! 
 
And I loved finding the pink farm show ribbon... 1932!!!
 
 
 
The early, turn of the century postcards are
some of my staples here in the shop. I always
try to have them available. There are
so many ways to enjoy them.
 
Scrapbooking, card making, framing...
and I've even seen some gals buy them
without any writing ... to use them as
present day greeting cards!
 
I would probably have a hard time writing
on them but, why not? My dear Grandmother
always saved her nicest things for "someday"
and most of them stayed in the box and were
never used. Don't we all do that too, though?
 
Why not use them now?
 
Today I'm working on a photo shoot...
for listings later on in the week.
 
So excited to share my summer finds with you!
 
Stay tuned....
 
Linking to the
 link party at the Writer's Reverie today!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Summer

This is always a bittersweet time of year for me.

Saying goodbye to summer.


We had a good run!
 
Taking time to enjoy the last few days before Bebe starts school.
 
I'll be back next week with lots of new things to share.
So excited!
 
Enjoy your weekend!
 
Jillian
 
Linking to Pink Saturday.