Monday, July 15, 2019

Summer junkin had me a blast

Summer junkin happened so fast.  It was a lovely Florida Saturday.  Lots of sunshine, heat and a later afternoon storm.  Oh how I love living here with nature constantly changing her mind.  Finally had the old, original carpet removed from the main living areas in my home.  I'm not a fan of wall to wall carpet and my little house still had the original white carpet from 1979.  I use the term "white carpet" loosely as the last owners had a pair of small dogs that used it as a personal toilet and there were gray circles everywhere.  Installed an indoor/outdoor vinyl planking that is gorgeous so it is perfect for my Florida lifestyle.  I wanted something for the main part of the family room but not a rug. Found this marvelous calligraphic script on bamboo mat that measures 6 x 9 and I love it.  

Everything about this is me.

I put a no slide rug pad under it and it has a nice cushion feel to its step.

 My "real" job keeps me busy these days so I look forward to Saturdays to do a little junkin in between my errands running.  Found a nice selection of eclectic pieces too.

 An assortment of lovely, hand made needlelace doilies.

Some nice carnival glass pieces have been popping up like crazy these last few weeks.  This brilliant, marigold carnival glass fruit bowl by Indiana is in fantastic condition.

A lovely pair of Fenton Marigold carnival glass, orange blossom tree mugs. Circa 1910.

The first piece in the 12 Days of Christmas plates by Imperial. The brilliant iridescence on this carnival glass plate, A Partridge in a Pear Tree is gorgeous.

This little sweetie is an early, small table lamp that emulates an oil lamp.  Heavy cast metal, I had to fight with myself not to keep it as I love that seafoam green color.

I've been coming across both small finger oil lamps and mini's these days.  This personal lamp is a charmer.

Who doesn't love the 1950-60s pop it beads that every young girl loves to wear and play with?  The largest necklace is a pale shade of blue.

The Flower Madonna and Baby Jesus Hummel figurine.  This is the second one I have found in the wild.  This one is the medium size figurine that measures approximately 10.5 inches.

Delightful pair of mid century modern, white tulip candlestick holders with gold brushed accents by Wales Pottery.  Made in Japan, 1960s.

 One of the coolest things that I have found in a long antique porcelain spout (faucet). Circa 1900s.

A lovely antique 1870-80s ruffled nightgown.  Cotton with decorative French seams, tiny hand stitched button holes with tiny buttons and ruffles at the neck, wrist and down the bodice.  This is a nice, larger size with lots of room and very wearable.

And a piece I kept for myself.  A brilliant and heavy American Brilliant Cut Glass trumpet vase. This bad boy is huge and heavy and beautifully cut and throws fiery rainbows.  This was a Goodwill find and filthy along with mineral stains on the inside.  I was worried it may have become sick glass but it cleaned up beautifully.  

This was a great two weekends of finding treasure and between the cleaning of what I have found and the putting my home back together after the new flooring was laid has kept me busy but so worth it.  I'm crazy about the new floors, love the way my house remains cooler and cleaner.  

Most of all, I love the sound of my sweet baby girl click clacking across it.  Blessings to you and those you love, Sea Witch.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Family and Fayetteville

Spent a marvelous week with my son and his family at Fort Bragg, NC early this month and truly, there is nothing like being around your grandchildren to make you forget your workweeks and just enjoy their hilarity.  It was hot hot hot weather and hotter than Florida, we even had a tornado touch down but all was fine around us.  T-Rex visited the field and walked around the quad to say hello.

The twins could barely see through the costume as it really was an adult size, but they had a ball wearing it.

Big sis climbed on top of barriers and roared like the big T-rex she was.

While the raviolis were in school and dad was at work, mom and I took a visit to the newly revitalized downtown Fayetteville. Wow, it is lovely and designed to walk around leisurely, stroll among the little shops or stop for a freshly brewed coffee or tea or even freshly squeezed lavender lemonade which was perfect for the 104 degree day.  Kerry has talked about a shop she adores that was located in this newly revitalized area and we went for a visit.  It is called "The Promise".

The Promise specializes in primitive design and owner, Trisha, has a marvelous decorative eye for display and a love of her faith and both are beautifully shared within.

This bright "Son" yellow door, warmly welcomes you into this small yet every inch of space filled with wonderful pieces.

Antique and vintage furniture is used to display little vignettes of primitive pieces married with tiny white lights and found objects.

Placards abound with words of love and scripture that reminds us of God's love and how we should live our lives gently and with love.

Lovely angel statue is nested among greenery.

 Wire baskets and planters, birds and lanterns are everywhere and all are priced most affordably.  

Owner, Trisha, warmly shares her faith with the many placards that share the Gospels.

Swans and bird cages of all sizes are offered.

I fell in love with the many lanterns that were filled with nests and eggs, tiny lights, and other found objects.  If I had room in my luggage, I would have come home with three of them in different sizes to fill with my own found items at home.  Perhaps with my next visit.

Tiny wooden birdhouses and decorative metal shelves of all sizes are offered.

My favorite items though, are her price tags.  She has added a primitive look to them and added scripture in a lovely calligraphic script.  I had more joy reading each tag she assigns to her pieces and they gently call you to "buy me".

Trisha and "The Promise" are not on most social media but she does have a Facebook page that she will occasionally add photos to.  If you are ever in the Fayetteville area, you must make "The Promise" a visit.

Next store to "The Promise" and on the corner of the street is a charming shop called "The Door Belle".

Delightful windows are dressed with vintage clothing and accessories.

Racks and racks of clothing in all sizes and genres abound.  You can also find a few sassy wigs and church hats to match.

Tables are filled with lots of kicky, fun and vintage footwear.  Prices were good and you could put together several outfits on a budget.

We walked all over the downtown area visiting antique shops and when the heat was at its highest we found a marvelous Tea shop called Winterbloom Tea

They had a sandwich chalk board that announced Lavender Pink Lemonade so we popped in for a tall cup of that brew.

O M G. This was so good and icy cold with a rich pink lemonade color and flavor laced with the sweet taste of lavender.  
We nursed these as we walked back to the car and headed for home.  

This was such a lovely day trip to the pretty little revitalized community.  I hope, dear reader, that you have the opportunity to visit downtown Fayetteville and experience their shops and hospitality.  Blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Nothing, nothing, Oh boy!

The last few weekends have been pretty quiet with, believe or not, no treasure to be found. It happens, sometimes there is nothing that catches you eye.  However, last Saturday was a day of jackpots with great pieces and even better prices.  My local Goodwill was a treasure trove of goodness.

Nice pair of darners, especially the big one.  These are now in my personal collection.

This Goofus glass serving bowl has chippy cold paint but the EAPG pattern is lovely.

I adore antique EAPG and will use this butter keeper for my table. Has a nice hint of sun purple too.

Charming little bread server with a lucky horseshoe is another EAPG find.

Another EAPG found in the wild, a terrific comport. This one is in my personal collection now. Pattern: Dewdrop in Points, Greensburg Glass, 1880s.

Rare, Jefferson Glass EAPG celery vase with speckled green frit. Circa 1902.

Pretty little, 1900s creamer with lily of the valley transferware pattern.  
This will be in my main space at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall.

Lucky me, the Goodwill was offering up these marvelous 1900s serving bowls for pennies.

All that nice serving size for mashed potatoes and fresh vegies,  I will keep the price low to pass on the same joy to my customers.

Vintage Pawley Gnome Figurine Tom Clark Gnome--Sea Shell Figurine-Sand Castle. Retired. 1984. These are such charming little figurines and this gnome celebrates our beautiful coastal living. 

Vintage Carnival Glass, Marigold, Ribbed Candy Dish with Lid. Manufacturer: Jeanette. Circa 1960s 

Finally, a sweet grouping of vintage pottery baby shoes that are just too cha cha for words.

My granddaughter graduated from high school this year and I didn't want to send her just a check, so I decided to create a money crown for her.

I added three butterflies in the center of the crown that signify her growth.

Used my "gum chain" skills from when I was her age to create the body of her money crown.  One hundred and one dollars was the final result.  

Many of us are watching our children and grandchildren graduate and enter the world as young adults with new ideas and family values.  I wish luck and joy and inquisitiveness to all of them.  

And always, blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch