Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Reflections

Memorial Day
A kick off to summer, right! That's what I always thought.
But the older I get the more I realize it is so much more.
It is a time to look back, remember, and have a grateful
heart. Someone, maybe related to you, or someone you've never had the chance to meet, had the courage to stand up for the values our country was founded upon.
So when the hot dogs and the chips are handed out
take a moment to say "Thank you" to all
those who have served and sacrificed so we can
be free. I know I will.
Have a great week, I'll be back for
"Let's Talk Vintage!" Tuesday mornings at 9.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Vintage Finds of the Week #7: And a Few Good Deals!

Another week flew by ... which brings me to another "Vintage Finds of the Week!"

Lots of neat treasures but I am behind in my picture taking so this is going to be a short version this week!
First we have an antique book from 1900 .... The Cradle of the Republic.... a book about Jamestown and the James River. Fascinating! Early history of America right there. I found them listed on for 100.00.... and new versions for 50 to 60 dollars. I'm thrilled to have found it...
and would love to read more about it before it sells.
Then we have the cobalt butter pats in the next photo. Be still my heart! Four of them in good condition. At a price so good I almost said "NO WAY!" but we had spent a bit of time and money at this dealer's sale so I think he was happy.
Then, what I believe is a Russian hymnal, but printed in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Guessing it was for mass or church services, I hope. (Good grief, who knows what it reads... it is printed in Russian! I tried an online translator, to no avail.)
And my favorite.... the celluloid covered glove box. Which I just realized I mentioned in my last post.
 Then for my Antique Retroactive shop on Etsy I found these:

Anyone ever play Mah Jong before?  It looks really complicated but I've heard if you get the hang of can be quite addictive.

While we were at the Jersey shore last weekend I happened to find this little charmer. An ice bucket... with "France" embossed on the bottom. I'm guessing it is made by Arcoroc. Really, really wanted to keep it for the lake house.
I just might still!

I've listed most of these in my Etsy shops:

The Jamestown book has already been listed here
The cobalt butter pats are here
The ice bucket is here
The Mah Jong game is here
And the Russian hymnal is here.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read about my latest finds...

I'd love to hear about your exciting finds as well.
Drop me a line!

Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Let's Talk Vintage #32: A Hunting We Will Go

Hello and welcome to Let's Talk Vintage! If you found your way here, then you are probably into vintage as much as the rest of us here today.

This is where we link up our favorite finds, collections, vintage inspired projects, old recipes, etc.

Today I'm sharing a few snapshots I took along the way during a "vintage hunt" last week.

These photos are from a local antique mall
about 15 - 20 minutes away from me.
I usually find a couple of
nice things for my shops in here.
I brought along a friend and
she and I really lost track of time.

Taxi anyone? I love this because it is not only graphically interesting, but it is also being used as a lamp.
Smile and say "CHEEEEEEEESE!"
Vintage cameras never go out of style.
Always fun!
My favorites are the kind that "Fold out."
Another treasure trove of antique photographs.
Love the pictures of the little ones.
So sweet.
And this large painting caught my eye...
which looks like a street scene
from Paris in a nice old chippy shabby frame.
The dealer has it resting on a mantel.

Here are some of the things I found:
An old celluloid covered glove box.
And it came with all of these
wonderful glass topped pins.
A sweet little mug which reads
 "A Present" on the side.
There is one more piece I'm going to
share with you for next week's
"Let's Talk Vintage!"
I was so excited to find it...
I've been looking for it for
a long time...
Curious yet?
Stay tuned!
Here are this week's features:
Last week, Penny of Penny's Vintage Home,
shared her vintage finds from
an estate sale. Good eye, Penny!
shared her garden centerpieces
using thrifted and found items.
and Cozy Tea Cottage shared
some fabulous teacups with us!
Thanks so much to everyone
for joining me!
Now it's your turn:
Let's Talk Vintage!

Joining these awesome bloggers this week:
Thrifty Things Friday
Pink Saturday

Friday, May 15, 2015

Pink Peony Perfection

A Mother's Day treat ... look at this beautiful, gorgeous, amazing pink peony.

I'm not really sure what variety it is... but it is the biggest bloom I've ever seen.

I love pink peonies. We used to have them at our last house. I'd always make a bouquet of them and place them on the porch.

One of our favorite things to do was to sit on the porch in rocking chairs (And I was still in my 30's then,) light candles in the evening, and have wine with a cheese and fruit tray.

We can't grow peonies here because we live in the woods. There's just not enough sunlight. Well, I thinke we have some growing but it has never flowered.

The Hubs was visiting the neighbors and noticed the beautiful blooms. They gave him one to take home because he remembered how much I like them!

Taking a closer look, look how delicate
the petals are. We know, from experience,
 that the feel of them is soft and silky.
I am reminded again, how beautiful flowers are.
How man cannot make something this amazing.
It comes from a tiny seed! If I really think
about it, which I do, it blows my mind!
God is good. Really good. Can't even describe how good. In awe, every time.
Pink. Peony. Perfection.

Linking to:
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Today is our anniversary! 11 Years together!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Vintage Finds of the Week #6: Patriotic Summer

This week I unknowingly bought a bunch of summer themed items... perfect timing though to head into summer with a few patriotic treasures in stock.
From a silk embroidered postcard sent by a soldier in France, to a souvenir pitcher from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, I've hit the patriotic jackpot!
 I'm not sure I want all of these goodies to sell.
 I love decorating with ribbons and patriotic themes...

I also found a Statue of Liberty souvenir ... and three Atlantic City souvenirs. Looks like dealers were doing the same thing... loading up with summer themed items.

Summer also means taking time out for reading ... I found a stack of books which includes "Gone with the Wind" and "The USA in 1,000 Photos." I might be taking the book on the USA to the lake house.

Now this is not part of the theme, but totally irresistible! Found at a yard sale.... for ...get this....
20.00! I couldn't decide... sell or keep?

Keep of course! (It didn't take me long to decide, obviously!) I have it in my office already ... I love it and it holds so much of my newly acquired china and teacups. The question is ... To Paint, or Not to Paint?

Most of my new finds are already in my Etsy shop, and soon to be loaded on to

Hope you found some great finds too, I'd love to hear about it!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Let's Talk Vintage #31: Antiquing Small Towns

Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage! Today I'm taking you along to see what we did for Mother's Day this past weekend... 

The Hubs, Bebe, and I took a one tank trip to my In-Laws for a dinner date. Then, as we all would have it, we did a little antiquing in some neighboring little towns.

I love small towns. From the quaint feel to the fantastic history of early America, I'm right at home.

My In-Laws have had the antique bug for decades. They love 'em as much as the Hubs and I. I always learn something new when I'm with them because they know a lot more about some of the earlier antiques than I do. I welcome their insight!

The first stop brought us to this sleepy little town. It was a hot Sunday afternoon and it seemed just right to be sitting on a bench sipping a lemonade but we realized it's not even summer yet!

We made our way in to this shop.

Look how the owner used a vintage suitcase to display old photos. A perfect pairing.

And here... old bottles....

And here.... my favorite kind of books! Ahhhh, be still my heart.

I also noticed she had lots of art work. Every area of the walls was covered with a piece of local art or by an amateur artist. Some of them were pretty good!

And now for this week's features:

Last week Rita of Panopoly took us on an old home tour during her time at a homemade barn style wedding. Everything was amazing! Thank you, Rita!

and Anne's Attic was having fun making her own signs. I "believe" they look great!

And Sheryl at Red Tin Inn shared this awesome Singer sewing machine. I am not an avid sewer but I love these old machines. Something about them just speaks to the inner woman in me. Kind of like how men feel about power tools!

We went in a couple more shops to satisfy our curious antique souls... It was a great time and I'll show you later on in the week what we found. Thanks so much for coming along with us!

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

An InLinkz Link-up

Linking to Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Vintage Finds of the Week #5: From Sterling to Darling

This week has sped by so fast... I've been working everyday, loading new finds to my shops. Today I'm listening to classical music while I work.
Soothes my antique soul!

Anyway, here is a peek at what I found recently... some of them are by the Hubs! He really did a great job picking things that I would like.

My favorite of the week...
what I believe to
A "Hubs Find!"

So was the set below:

A Bavarian/German porcelain butter
of the china is excellent. They have
a very smooth feel and great shine.
Another "Hubs Find," this rose plate.

A book about Carl Faberge
I actually "found" this in
my storage closet... it was
passed down from my
Grandparents who had
an antiques and book store
in Florida. Guess I got the
vintage bug from them?

How about
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.
Or this
think this one is that old,
but the colors are muted
and lovely. This would be great
for a home in the country
or of a farming background.
Victorian style vanity/wash set.
Another "Hubs Find."

a Krautheim wild flower teacup
Beautiful porcelain salts ...
yep, found by the hubs.
And this darling pink
crystals and rhinestones.
I'm thinking ... vintage
prom or bridal jewelry.
All of these items are now
listed in my Bella Rosa

Tonight there is an estate sale we are going to... No pictures online to get a preview... that usually helps us to decide if a sale is worthy or not. The mystery behind it is enough to get us there!

Enjoy the day!
Linking to Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Let's Talk Vintage #30: What is English Chintz China?

Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!
Today I'm sharing a little bit about English
Chintz china. What is it anyway?
From Wikipedia:
Chintz (from the plural of chint) was
originally glazed calico textiles.
Named for the colorful patterns printed on cotton fabric produced in India in the late 17th century, the chintz pieces most often purchased by dedicated collectors these days were made from the 1920s through the late 1960s. The earlier patterns often featured larger flowers, while the later designs were more decidedly more intricate.

But in collecting terms, chintz is a generic term that refers to the china of many different manufacturers and a long list of patterns: Florence, Blue Chintz, English Roses, Sweet Pea and Welbeck, among many others.

Some of the most recognizable factory marks are Royal Winton, James Kent, Crown Ducal and Lord Nelson.

All the companies associated with these marks made earthenware that was originally sold inexpensively for everyday use. Collectors are also seeking chintz bone china patterns made by Shelley these days.

 Here are a couple of my English Chintz
 china pieces that I found recently.
This piece is by James Kent Ltd.
The pattern name is "Rapture."
I just love the pink roses!

And this compote is by the ever popular
Royal Winton Grimwades England.
The pattern is called "Evesham."
Wouldn't this look lovely
at a tea party,
filled with yummy treats?
Today's features are:
Brooke of
to the Country Living Fair in
Nashville, Tennessee. Loved
her daily tours and photos
of what she saw there with her
daughter. This photo is from
Mike Wolf's booth.
(American Pickers TV Show)
and Melissa of Melissa's Antiques
shared her garage sale
haul which included a whole
bunch of vintage Shiny Brites
and other Christmas treasures!
and Diana of Adirondack
Girl at Heart showed us
how to make a mini mannequin!
and I'm doing a fourth feature today:
Mrs. Olson brought the outdoors in
with her gardening pieces as
décor. Super vignettes!  
Now it's your turn:
Let's Talk Vintage!

Linking with:
 Coastal Charm's Show and Share
Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures
and What's it Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants.