Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Let's Talk Vintage #47: Family Heritage One Click at a Time

Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage! This is a weekly link party which begins every Tuesday morning at 9 am.

If you find yourself hunting down treasures at fleamarkets, estate sales and thrift shops, then this is the place for you!

If you have a blog or shop, feel free to link up...we'd love to see what you are sharing!

Here are some basic guidelines:
* If you are sharing a blog post, please provide a back link  to this post on my blog.
* Make sure it is vintage in some way.
* Visit other partiers and have fun!

This week I am sharing some of my
heritage... using old photos,
snapshots that preserved family
history, one click at a time.

This is my Great Grandfather out in
front of this Brooklyn fire truck.
He worked for the fire company,
and had three sons.
(My paternal Great Grandmother, Mary)
and after my
Great Grandmother died in 1919,
he remarried another lovely lady
who became (what we all knew as)
 my Great Grandmom.

She willingly took on three young boys.
Her story inspired me to become
a step-mom to three teenagers when
I married my Dear Hubs.

Her name was Minnie.
My Great Grandfather is on the right 
and a family friend is on the left.
They were visiting the boardwalk.
My Great Grandfather felt that
Brooklyn was not a great
place for his three boys
and their new life, so he
moved to South Jersey.
It's where the rest of my heritage
takes place...
 (My paternal Grandmother and Grandfather)
If he hadn't moved to NJ,
my Grandparents wouldn't have met,
my Dad wouldn't have met my Mother,
and on and on it goes.
Amazing how choices of one affects
the rest of the heritage.
I didn't realize how much
I liked history until my Dad
and I started doing Genealogy
in the year 2000. I love digging
in to old records and finding
clues to what came before me.
 I have
not been doing too much
research since Bebe was
born but I will have
some time this year to start
again. What about you,
who is the family history keeper
in your clan? There is usually
someone who takes the task on.
(The downtown avenue in my hometown in NJ)
Thanks so much for taking
the time to read a snippet
of my family's story.
Here are this week's features:

Diana of Adirondack Girl at Heart
shared her latest vintage finds.
I just love her knack for photography and
the info she shares on the pieces she finds.

Audrey of Timeless Treasures
shared this amazing galvanized
metal bin she calls "the eggs to
market tray." I love how she
used it in a new way!

Roselle of Seaside Rose Creations
shared her mantel d├ęcor using white
frames for a beach cottage theme.

and Joanne of Sea Glass Cottage
shared her top ten features
of her vintage beach home.
So glad she stopped by
and joined the party... let's
give her a hearty "LTV" welcome!

Now it's your turn:
Let's Talk Vintage!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Vintage Finds of the Week #17: A Hat Stand, Antique Ephemera, Books, and Vintage China

It is that time again, and I'm a little bit
 behind in my posts.... here are
some vintage finds I haven't shared yet!
We have been super busy 
getting ready for school and
doing some "end of summer' 
fun things like going to
our local theme park.

 It was a beautiful day for it.
 We've really had perfect weather here.
I just had to share this
vintage swing ride. Aren't
the graphics great?
A visual vintage find!
Now, here is a wide shot
 of some of my latest treasures:

A nice, sturdy, wooden hat stand.
I had one similar to this one
and it sold very quickly.
Beaded Collar.
This one is mixed with pearls
and rhinestones... very lovely
in person. Probably will be listed
in my Bella Rosa shop on Etsy.
A cozy , cottagey, crocheted
 "Basket" pot holder.
I thought this was unique and
brought it home with me.
It opens up kind of like a
basket, too.

To think someone made these.
A lost art for sure.
Antique Receipts book.
Love the graphic title on the
outside and even better is
the old handwriting inside.
Condensed Milk Jar.
The petite pink roses...
so pretty! Definitely
a great find for my
Bella shop.
Another doll!
I normally don't buy dolls.
She is from the estate sale
I went to recently. You can
 read about my troubles
there, here.

This one needs some
cleaning .... then
some research.
Fur Collar.
At first I thought this was
for a doll... since I just
sold one this past season.
But, it is about the same
size as the beaded collar so
maybe it is for a child?
Large doll?

I was blessed this buying
season with so many Christmas
goodies. I am set for
the winter... found this
collection of ornies
for a great price. I love
putting them in glass.
They are probably headed
for my retro Etsy shop this Fall!
3 News Printer Blocks.
 These are unique ... they look
like they were for a comic:
"Little Gracie Note"

More research!
The hubs found this wooden
box filled with old spark plugs
from the early days of autos.
I am giving him the car
stuff ... I just love the little

and this, this lovely antique
book is my favorite find. We
paid way more than I wanted
to but it was too nice to
walk away from. Sell or keep?
That is the question!
Hope you enjoyed my finds.
I'll be back early next week
for "Let's Talk Vintage!"
Be sure to link up
starting Tuesday mornings
at 9 AM. The link party goes
for six days.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Let's Talk Vintage #46: Beachy Keen Mantel Inspiration

Hello and Welcome to "Let's Talk Vintage!"

Every Tuesday at 9 am, bloggers come together to share their stories, projects, collections, wares, and latest finds. If it is about vintage, you'll find it here.

Here are some basic guidelines for linking up:
* Link as many times as you'd like
* Include a link back to my blog, specifically this post.
* Have fun reading all of the great blog posts!

That's it!

This week I am sharing my latest mantel display, inspired by Heidi of The Merry Magpie Vintage, who had posted hers on Instagram.  Since I had just come off of a beach vacation, I was super motivated! (You can connect with me here on instagram, too! I post there almost every day.)

After collecting a few pieces here and there from my house and inventory, this is what I came up with.

I've been collecting aqua glass bottles
over the past year or two. As much as
I've been to the beach, I've never found
sea glass... so these are 
just perfect for a bit of ocean blue!
I do have a beach themed 1/2 bath so these two apothecary
jars were already filled. . . easy peasy!

The Atlantic City postcard is a new find from our vacation although I already have a small collection of old Atlantic City and Ocean City postcards. Another collection to share with you all for a future LTV post! My collecting mind
knows no bounds!

The vintage beach painting was found a few months ago,
I'm not sure I'm going to be able to part with it!
(Hopefully no collection will grow from it either!)
This pair of m.o.p. opera glasses were
handed down through the family.
Possibly from my Great Grandmother's
estate. I love them and will keep
them with me 'til the end!
With the mother of pearl sheen
I just had to use them here.
This is one of my favorite mantel displays
I've created, and I've done many.
What is it about decorating the mantel?
Very limited in size and space, so what is
 the attraction? Maybe it is the challenge,
the call to be creative, especially in a small area.
Hope you enjoyed it!
Here are this week's features:

was inspired to create this cool garden vignette

It "grew" from her collection of shutters!

Martha of Martha's Favorites, never
let's tea cup collectors down.
She always has the most
beautiful selections each week!

and Melissa of Melissa's Antiques
shared her finds at the world's
longest yard sale. Wow! What cool
finds she has gathered for her shop!

and Lisa of Wisconsin Magpie showed
us her love for jars with typography
and how she "saved the leftovers!"

Thank you to all who shared with
LTV last week...

Now it's your turn:
"Let's Talk Vintage!"

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Thinking Pink #7: Beach Houses & Vintage Finds of the Week

Welcome to Thinking Pink #7!
Each Friday I like to highlight
my latest finds in my favorite color.
This week, after coming off of a vacation
in Ocean City, New Jersey, I am
sharing some of my finds there,
including this awesome mid-century
modern beach house.

Is she fabulous or what?
Each day we would either bike
ride or drive by this house.
Finally towards the end of the
vacation on yet another bike ride,
I said "WAIT! I've GOT
to take a photo of this!"

And I took this shot.
And this one too.
It was then I noticed a woman
out on the deck. She was
soaking in the morning rays of
the sun.

(Can you see her up in the left
hand side of the photo?)
I yelled "Love the PINK!"
She yelled back: "Thank you!!!!!!!"
And then I took a picture of this
beach front house, too.
The roses along the front
were a nice touch.
The pink, in contrast to
the perfect blue sky on a
beautiful crisp day, was
so bright and really popped.
Now here are some of
 my finds, in pink:
Vacation... always a great
time to shop another area for
vintage. We stopped at
several places on our way down
to Cape May.
I also found this little cutie,
marked Made in Japan.
And another little bit of LuRay
to add to my inventory.
More pictures to come and they
will be added to my shop soon.
School is about to start.
Just one week left.
We've had a great summer...
It will be bitter sweet to
send Bebe back to school,
but this means I will be
back to working in my shop
full time. What fun to
go through all of my summer
finds again. Kind of like
Enjoy your day!
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