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

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Tie-ing Eggs

Nope, not a typo and I didn't fat finger the keyboard...this year instead of dying Easter eggs I was tie-ing them.  Facebook can be a marvelous source for new takes on old ways of doing things and I stumbled across a post on dyeing Easter eggs using silk ties.  

Everything about this process "floats my boat".  The idea of using 100% silk ties that are no longer being worn to color eggs is a process I had to try.  What you will need:  
  • assortment of 100 percent silk ties
  • packet of rubber bands
  • paper towels or an old white bedsheet cut into 10 inch squares
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
I brought home a bag full of silk ties from my local Goodwill (spent $7.00).  The ties MUST BE 100% silk.  You then open them up, remove the lining and interfacing (so easy) and then depending on how wide the tie is, you can get two to three eggs per tie.  

Unlike the normal process for dying eggs, you do NOT HAVE TO BOIL your eggs to the hard boil stage to dye using silk ties.

Using a raw egg, place on the colorful, outside of the silk.   Ignore my photo, (I didn't realize I did it backwards until I uploaded the image.)     After you wrap the tie fabric around the egg, use a rubber band to wrap the fabric end tight.  

Examples of eggs wrapped and and bound with rubber bands.  Notice the light side of the tie silk shows on the outside of the egg.

All eggs are wrapped and ready for the next step.  I tried different patterns and colors to see what gives the best designs and color hues.

Now wrap each egg using a paper towel and bind with a rubber band.  You can cut up an old white bed sheet to do this but I find the paper towel works just as well. This will absorb the dyes from getting on other eggs as they boil.

Now, put all of the eggs in a large pot, fill with COLD water (at least two inches above the eggs) and add a 1/2 cup of vinegar.   Set on the stove to begin boiling the eggs.  Put flame/heat on medium-high and once the water comes to a boil, cook for 20 minutes to ensure they are fully hardboiled through.  Now remove from stove, dump out water and fill with cold water to shock the eggs.  

Following ten minutes in the cold water bath, you can put eggs in a colander to completely cool (about 20 minutes).  This is the most difficult part of the process...the wait for the eggs to cool so you can upwrap them and see how the silk ties have dyed the eggs.

 The tie used above and the finished design.

 Tie used above and the finished design.

 Tie used above and the finished design.

 My basket of silk tie dyed eggs.  What I learned is that the smaller the pattern the nicer the design on the egg.    The eggs are edible and safe to eat as the dye is on the outside shell and not the interior of the egg.  Although, I have not done that here, you can rub them with a little cooking oil to make then shine.  This was a fun process and not as messy as traditional dying methods.  I like that I did not have to preboil the eggs so it was a one step process.

I enjoyed this way of dyeing eggs so much that I will begin looking at ties in thrift stores from a whole new perspective.

Once I finished finding silk ties I wanted to use, I headed to the "bric a brac" shelves and found this gorgeous, aqua blue, Empoli snifter.  Mid century, this Italian decorative glass is hot hot hot these days.

 Gorgeous, hand hammered, silverplated water pitcher. This one is in marvelous condition with lots of silver that is shiny and bright.

Love these golden salt and pepper shakers with corks in the bottom.  

My trip to Goodwill to find silk ties was a success as I really loved seeing the patterns that we left on the eggs and finding a "little extree" as they say in the south is always a good day. Wishing all who read my post a Blessed Easter and wishing blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch