Sunday, April 6, 2014


What a day March 26th was.  Woke up at my usual 7:00 am and padded into the bathroom to get ready for work and walked into a puddle of water.   Water?  Why is there water on the bathroom floor?  Hmm, now I hear what sounds like the shower running.   A little investigation and I discover that the expansion tank on my water heater has burst and it's been sending water out for several hours.  Now the SeaWitch does appreciate a body of water, just not inside a land house.  Sigh, not the way I wanted to start the day. 

Called a plumber and then my boss to say I would be working from home as the plumber does his thing. I was hoping this would be a quick and not too expensive fix, but alas, not only did I need to replace the water heater but also the main pressure value.  So, 4 hours and $1,880.22 later, I have water again and contained as it should be.  

Now, all of this happened almost ten days ago and it has taken me this long to finally get this post up.  Busy at work, busy at home and in between I have been treasure hunting.  So there are lots of pics to look at.  

Hit the auction and won two pieces of ugly furniture. LOL.  Both needed lots of TLC and a chalk paint upgrade.  Love the way they both turned out.

This was a rickety antique fern table that needed a good reglue.   French aqua blue is still my favorite shade for repaints and I applied a florentine fresco design and finished with barista brown wax.  

Pretty, demilune side table was scratched all over so I did another upcycle with French aqua blue and the same finish as the fern table.  Both pieces are in my main booth at the Buford Queen of Hearts.

Another auction win.  Nice chalk statue with stand and small bird feeder bowl at her head.

Gorgeous vintage, inlay tea/liquor cart from Sorentto, Italy. Drop down leaves and solid brass wheels.  In as perfect condition as you could want. This is currently in my Victorian booth.

Acquired a small box of quality fashion jewelry and inside was this gorgeous Joan Rivers Imperial Crown brooch.

Stopped by one of my favorite thrift store haunts and scored this Eastlake chair for a shamelessly cheap price.  It is now my new desk chair.

 Same store, same dealer and acquired another beautiful Victorian chair. Nice boudoir slipper chair of hand carved walnut with a lovely reupholster in pink velvet.  It's in my main booth a the Buford Queen of Hearts. 

 Brought in a load of vintage pillowcase sets.  In lovely condition and so nice to offer sets.

Crazy about this vintage bottle wrapped in cane.  

This weekend was a crystal and cut crystal weekend.  Found some lovely pieces and it starts with this great Hofbauer crystal compote.  Original label, there are four birds (byrdes) cut into the sides of the bowl.  West Germany.  The Hofbauer factory burned down in 1990 and this is no longer produced.   Circa 1970s-80s. I added the vintage sequined fruit for display.

Came across a table filled with mid century pressed glass that had pieces of American Brilliant cut crystal mixed in.  It was obvious that this seller did not know the difference between pressed glass and cut and I acquired these on the cheap.  I kept the top one as it is a very heavy piece and I love the way it throws rainbows.

The second piece that I almost kept but it is now in my Victorian booth.

A matched set of low bowl servers.  Hand cut crystal.

Another thrift store find, etched EAPG vase.  This one is a keeper for my EAPG collection.

Fantastic antique copper drinking cup. This one has lots of dents on the bottom so I suspect this was a communal cup at a public water pump or a trail piece.

Found a pile of antique and vintage serving pieces and a great sterling silver handle shoe horn.  It was a good two weeks of fighting treasure and I hope to sell enough to pay for the new water heater, sigh.

My main booth is packed to the gills with the painted pieces and pretty statue and has a nice spring look to it.  Hope everyone is also having a lovely spring and wishing blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring treasure hunt.

Saturday a beautiful day and lucky me, it was an auction day.   There have been no auctions for the last few weeks  and I have been jonesing for sound of the gavel coming down.  So I grabbed my water bottle, made sure my tablet was on a full charge and I was ready for that happy sound, "Sold".

First win of the day was this faux concrete urn.  Love the birds on the ends and had to fight with myself to keep it or sell it.  My final decision was to put it in my main booth because I bought it to sell in the first place. Besides, you just can't keep everything no matter how cool it is.

Nifty wooden barrel originally held penny nails. This is how the pre modern hardware stores received their inventory.  In great condition, would make a great trash can for an office or a man cave. 

Terrific antique, small quarter sawn oak wood whiskey or wine barrel with hand forged staves and a bung hole that needs a cork.  Circa 1870s.

Nice, early southern pottery jug with tobacco spit glaze.  Has an incised “3” and the glaze is a mix of molted browns and black. It is in good condition with no cracks or chips. Someone melted a candle over the corn cub cork.  Circa 1860s

Lovely antique, open vegetable dish by Cauldon, England. Impressed hallmark. Circa mid 1800s.  This makes my heart pitter patter but I must bring to my booth.  I just can't keep everything I like. 

Another one of my auction wins this Saturday, a gorgeous piece of American Brilliant, Hawkes cut crystal serving plate. T.G. Hawkes & Company of Corning, New York, founded in 1880. There is nothing like the fire and brilliance of true cut crystal. 

This was a box of silverplate that I won on the cheap at Saturday's auction.  It didn't look like much in the box as most was dirty and needed a good polishing.  It was so worth it as I have already sold pieces and doubled my investment with lots more to go.

A sleeper find.  This was in another auction box that was a bunch of mish mash with the exception of one item that I actually wanted.  When I was emptying it out, I found this pretty little powder horn at the bottom.  I just love these kind of box lot surprises.

A marvelous thrift store find.  Rare, gold lustre covered casserole serving piece made for San Francisco’s Gump’s Dept Store. Circa 1950s

Great flapper era chain link. hand beaded necklace. Fun piece that is now in my personal collection. I love wearing vintage and antique jewelry pieces.

The cameo that was sold across the American plains out of peddlers wagons during the 1800s. Favorite theme of the woman beside a cottage or a well also is known as "Rebecca at the well". This gorgeous shell cameo set in low grade gold twisted frame with T-pin back and c-clasp

I have a lot of antique graniteware that I have displayed in my kitchen.  I turned one of the colander's into a chandelier with a faux Edison bulb and really like the finished look.  It's in my main booth at the Buford Queen of Hearts.  

So it was a great weekend and it looks like spring is trying to finally get here. This week has flown by, can't believe it is Thursday and I'll be at Saturday's auction to see what other treasure I can win. Wishing everyone a marvelous weekend. Sea Witch

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Before and After

A gorgeous weekend it was.  Our first real spring weather and I was out and happy as the daffodils that are the only things blooming in my yard these days.  I finally got around to doing the chalk paint upcycle to the found Bombay table.  This sweet little piece of furniture is structurally sound but it heavily scratched.  I have wanting to chalk paint it a pale shade of pink and then finish it with a tinted wax.  I wanted to try the faux plaster technique on the table top.    

The before photo.

Ta daaaaaa!  The after photo.

And a closeup of the faux plasterwork.  This is created by laying a stencil on surface and "frosting" a layer of quick dry, wall spackle. It takes about 20 minutes to completely dry through and then using a sanding brick (120), smooth it down a bit and then finish the entire surface with the stained wax.

I love the look of the finished piece and am now looking to start a vintage coffee table next.  Now for a few weekend finds.

Crazy about this Art Deco, hand hammered gravy boat and a marvelous Wade, (English) copper luster creamer.

If this doesn't sell by the end of April, I'm taking it home.  I adore heavy, vintage candlesticks and this English Poole piece is gorgeous.

A thrift store find, this sweet and small "chandy" would be adorable in a little girls room, a bathroom or a tiny nook in your home.

It's that time of the year when cabbage roses are all the rage.  They always have such an elegant look to them.

Last and certainly not least, this magnificent Duncan-Miller compote called three faces.  This is the real deal and not the MMA reproduction and it fluoresces yellow under a black light which confirms its legitimacy. 

Produced in 1878 through 1886, the EAPG piece is in marvelous condition with the exception of one face that has a small flake on the nose.  That doesn't bother me at all and this is a gorgeous piece for my EAPG collection.

Wishing everyone a delightful week and blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Monday, February 24, 2014

Clean Undies

It was a marvelous weekend.  The spring weather brought everyone out of doors to wash cars, clean our garages, kids were playing basketball, riding bikes and skateboards and lots of folks were walking.  Spring is just around the corner for those of us located in semi-tropical states and when the warm weather hits I get a case of spring fever that rivals twelve-grader with senioritis.  I want to spring clean but mostly want to wash and hang laundry. There is nothing like the scent of bedsheets dried by the clean air, sun and breeze.  Unfortunately, my small property does not have the setup anywhere for a clothesline but....but...but I now have a European Vulcano drying rack that I found at my local Goodwill a few weeks ago.  

Shirts, tops, pants and even undies have been washed and hung out to dry.  Everything smells so good from the fresh air, tomorrow, I will do sheets. 

Saturday, I did a quick run to a favorite haunt and found a few nifty pieces.

I can't resist antique chairs, especially if they are priced right.  This pair of hand carved walnut, Eastlake Victorian parlor chairs can use a good upholstery makeover and it will be worth it as the price was too good to not take advantage of this lovely pair.

 The first layer of fabric (did I say first layer?) is a 1940s design.  When I pulled it back, it was covering up a 1900's faux tapestry behind it.

Faded and dry, I pulled back the second layer and came upon the original Burgundy velvet and damask seating.  

Even dryer than the layer on top of it, this will have to be removed and replaced with new upholstery fabric.  I'll be looking at different fabrics to reupholster both chairs and I will be keeping these Victorian beauties.

When I lived in Illinois, I had a huge, farm kitchen and used lots of vintage jars for dried noodles. flour, teas, etc.  They always looked great in my pantry.    I'm downsizing again, so these will all be in my main booth next weekend.

Darling, early Depression grill plate.  What a fun plate to serve a child's lunch on.  This was a goodwill find.

I adore these Whiting and Davis mesh bags, especially the fine mail like this one. It is in very good condition with the original lining intact.  Some minor chain mail issues at the hinges, but nothing that detracts from this pretty bag.

One of my favorite find this weekend.  A Victorian cast metal thermometer with hand painted RC numbers on milk glass and the mercury bulb still intact and working.

Set of four Wallace silverplate from the mid 1880s.  Do you use antique silverplate?  I do.  I so love wondering what meals these were used with.

Hubba Hubba, how fun is this Kwik Way mixer.  Retro cool art deco handle and design and this baby still works. 

Lovely set of three, Elegant Depression saucers are etched with ribbon and posies.  These are fun to display handmade soaps, pretty jewelry or a favorite pastry.

and finally, my biggest find this weekend.  Gorgeous, gold oak, late Victorian buffet mantle top.  Lovely pressed designs with candlestick stands.  Can't decide if I want to live with it for a few months or just put it in the booth.  We shall see.  Oh, and speaking of "clean undies" not only did I air dry clothing this weekend for that marvelous scent, I also picked up a jar candle at a favorite shop of mine, The Vintage Styled Life.   The name of the candle, "Clean Undies" and yes, it smells just like air dried clothing.  It was a marvelous weekend for so many reasons, good finds, warm weather, chatting with friends, drying, freshly washed clothes on an outdoor line dryer and yes, a new candle named Clean Undies.  Yea, life is good.  Blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch