Sunday, October 4, 2015

Strolling with my baby.

Atlanta was feeling more like Seattle with another weekend of rain.  Still, that didn't stop my Saturday treasure hunt and it was off to a few favorite haunts.   A trip to Monroe, Georgia and I'm at Hodge Podge at The Cotton Depot.  I always find something wonderful here. 

Lovely silver plated chafing server is in never used condition.  Perfect for the upcoming holidays.

Marvelous metal compass/calipers is a large one. 

From Hodge Podge it was off to Davis Street Antiques, my favorite shop in Monroe.  James, the owner, always greets everyone who enters and to me he is family, the brother I never had.  Davis Street Antiques is always a gold mine for me and I always come home with something special.

 A set of three Copeland Spode Tower, flow blue tea cups.

Anything from the Aesthetic period appeals to me and this pretty little luncheon plate is lovely.

I went weak in the knees when I saw this gorgeous, antique Victorian wicker stroller.   (this is why I love a trip to Davis Street Antiques, the dealers here always have something unique).  So home this came and now I'm strolling with my baby, sweet Gynness who jumped in it and we took it for a quick spin around the block.  I'm going to use it over the holidays and fill it with pretty wrapped packages, a big red ribbon and small, white twinkling lights...if Gynness will let me.

 Another Davis Street find, sweet little Owl mother and her babies looks like Llardo porcelain, but is Mexico's answer to the Spanish art pottery.  Dalia porcelain produces high end pieces, this books at $78.00.

Adorable vintage, little cranberry transferware creamer.  Priscilla and John Alden, this belongs on a thanksgiving table.

A great pair of vintage covered turkey candy dishes are perfect for serving cranberry sauce over the holidays and a kerosene glass container filled with dried peas and used for burning tapers are in my main space at the Buford Queen of Hearts.

 Lots of Halloween decor to select from at my main space at the Queen of Hearts.

 I am mad for Quadruple plated items from the Victorian period.  They have so many marvelous decorative uses but my favorite is to use with candles.  This sweet little creamer is filled with rice in which I nested a candle. 

 Pretty little vintage chest of drawers and jugs are perfect fall decorative items.

 Love old school text books and right now I have a nice assortment of Arithmetic, speller, and french language books in my Victorian space.

And finally, I am singing the blues with this set of three gorgeous flow blue pieces.  Still on the fence about selling them or keeping them.  We shall see.  

As I finish this post, I hear that the rain has finally stopped. As much as I like hearing the rain fall at night, the perfect sleep aid, I am looking forward to a few days of sunny weather.  Wishing everyone a gentle week.  Blessings to you and those you love, Sea Witch

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Fall Finds

I was out of pocket last weekend as I was visiting my grandchildren who moved from Alaska to Virgina.  It is so nice to have them back on the east coast again and it is close enough for me to drive up and see them.  The leaves had begun to turn in the Carolina's and Virginia and today I noticed this tree in my local Rite Aid (Atlanta) showing the first signs of the season.  Leaves have been falling early this year and that is usually indicative of a mild winter...or at least that is what the Farmers Alamanc always said.

It was a marvelous visit and my three raviolis are getting so big.  The twins are now in Kindergarten and Kit Kat is in the 5th grade. They sent me home with costume orders for Halloween so I spent Saturday afternoon at the fabric store.    But, before I hit the fabric store I did a little treasure hunting.

Found a slew of interesting items this weekend, lovely Raku pottery piece. Small but with great iridescence.

When you wanted to take your Princess phone to Queen you put a silverplated cover on it.

A find for the Sea Witch, gorgeous pearl Nautilus shell.

Lovely Czechoslovakian art, drink glass. Signed on the bottom and numerically marked.  Still looking up the info on the artist.

Marvelous find, a pair of retired Llardo pieces in perfect condition.

Decanters have been big sellers this year and this gorgeous turn of the century piece is full of fire and has original stopper.

How cool are these, a set of handmade Christmas napkin rings from the 1950s.  Red felt with pinked edges and tiny pine cones. 

An assortment of beaded tassels in red, green and brown. Nice size and are great decorative elements.

This was such a neat find, a 1940s cold painted piggy bank.  Big piece and looks like McCoy pottery.

Started pulling out Halloween items for both spaces and put together a display using an old doll, vintage baby carriages, pumpkins and black netting.  

Victorian parlor tables have been flying out of my booth.  I have sold four of them in 30 days.

I've been wanting to do a Romantic Farmhouse piece by using this mirror in a gorgeous antique frame but could not find a base.  Finally came across an Eastlake table base at a junk store and I put the two together.  Love the way it turned out.

It's in my Victorian space and the antique decanters and lighting look marvelous on it.

A weekend find, a calico wrapper...the day dress worn by American pioneer women.  This beauty has seen lots of wear and is riddled with burn holes from working too close to the hearth.  Still, it is a lovely display piece.

Hung lots of "witchey" garland. These were made by a local artist from Lilburn.

Pair of ticking cats are delightful Halloween pieces.

My Victorian space is ready for Halloween.

Love the faces on these vintage Nerf pumpkins.   Hard to find as most have dry rotted out, this one is in great condition.

Vintage witch noise makers and old hats.

Love this vintage skeleton from a pharmaceutical company.  

 Vintage bottles, sweet teddy and a happy pumpkin man.

This time last year I was visiting family in Cambridge, Mass and I took this picture of these gorgeous blue green pumpkins. Seems only fitting that I close this post with them.  Blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Monday, September 14, 2015

Fall's first kiss

Greetings, dear readers.   It has been a lovely weekend and fall's first kiss has finally arrived to take the heat out of the long summer with a lovely autumn breeze and clear blue skies.  I have had the AC off for the last few days now and the windows open to capture this lovely fall weather.  Days like this, I want to pull out my bags of fleece and sit in front of one of my spinning wheels and spin fiber.   Soon, very soon.  Did a little junkin on Saturday and found a few unique pieces as well as lovely glass.  One of the fun things about searching for treasure, you never know what is going to show up.

Glass seemed to be the finds this weekend and one of the first pieces I found was this lovely, Elegant Depression glass footed server.  Etched crystal, it is in excellent condition.

Another lovely piece, this antique blue opalescent ruffle edge footed brides bowl.  
Circa 1900s.

Pretty, cut to clear antique decanter. Stopper is not original to decanter, but does look nice.  Circa 1900s

I am head over teakettle for Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG) pieces. This is called Cross Fern, Co-op #101; Crossed Leaves.  It's a Honey Dish from the 1890's by Co-operative Flint Glass Co.  This is now part of my EAPG collection.

Another EAPG piece. Heavy fluted bowl with Star of David in center.  Once I find the name of this piece I will revise the post.

 How cute is this adorable little creamer?  Lovely quadruple silver plate in as close to perfect condition as possible and just look at those sweet little feet.

 Nope, this is not cotton candy but a faboosh, Mr. John, Jr. vintage hat.  Never worn, deadstock item still has the price tag attached.

Price shows $35.00 - definitely a high end hat from the 1950s.

My favorite find this weekend, a fabulous set of antique photographs from the 1920-40s.  Some of these are hand tinted.

Love the clothing that they are wearing.

  My favorite image is "Emma" a woman dressed in men's clothing. Reminds me of Idgie from Fried Green Tomatoes. 

A terrific snake skin handbag from the 1940s is in lovely condition.  Very little wear.

Set of three french grammar and vocabulary books from the 1900s.

Did a little booth fluffing.  Pretty vintage crystal pieces and silver plate.

Brought in a nice selection of excellent quality, vintage men's hats.  
These are wonderful for fall.

 Antique crocks, vintage bowls and treenware are in my space at the Buford Queen of Hearts.

The holidays will soon be upon us.  Prepare for dinners, parties and good times.

Brought in some great antique, serving pieces. Victorian cold meat forks, sugar spoons and a grapefruit spoon.

Hard to believe that we are four months into the end of the year.  Children are back in school, the shadows are slowly getting longer, as are the days, and nights are getting cooler.  Loving that I could switch off the AC and enjoy the breezy cool of a late Indian Summer. Wishing everyone joyous days and blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch