Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Days are getting shorter

 The shadows lay taller as the sun sets earlier each day and the evening weighs heavy with darkness by 7:30pm.  I live for the long, summer days and with the sun taking leave earlier these days I often forget what time it truly is.  

Even the sunlight on the pool takes on a different look as the sun moves around the yard at a different time and is lower in the sky.

Saturday and Sunday were beautiful days to do a little treasure hunting and some neat pieces were found.  Love antique and vintage copper and this charming little, single cup percolator has its coffee inserts and a sassy little glass top.  A weekend find, I'm just crazy about it and it makes terrific coffee.

My favorite place for finding treasure for my home is Junk Co. in Port Richey.  Owners, Jennifer and Brad find the niftiest pieces and this American Primitive snow shovel had to come home with me.  I'm gonna put a big, fat, red bow on it and lean it against my front door for the Christmas holidays as a reminder that I will never, EVER, have to shovel snow again.

A Goodwill find, three watercolors by GUIS.  Robert Guis was born in France and had a special love for Spanish villages.  These three watercolors are representative of that love.  Have a little more homework to do with these and once I find the information I am seeking I will bring into my booth space at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall.

Ahh, be still my heart, I adore antique transferware and these tiny, butter pats are pure joy. 

Pretty Imperial Hobstar, Marigold Carnival Glass open sugar is a charmer.  I use these as votive holders and the light they throw is amazing through this lovely glass
Antique sock stretcher will be decorated for the holidays.

 A lovely reproduction of a vintage, bottle brush tree.  Not old, but still a great decorative element.

An antique quilt piece was a cutter and I love using these as background for photos.  My little girl likes it too and she spent the afternoon taking a snooze in it.

Vintage Johnson Bros. china is known for their Thanksgiving and Christmas themed pieces.  These oversized butter pats. coasters or nut dishes are the Merry Christmas theme.

Antique bone dishes are no longer used these days but they still have marvelous other uses.  They are perfect for holding jewelry, change or even pretty little soaps.

 A very lucky find, a small group of charming rhinestone pins and one set of earrings.  I love the scissors as this is such an unusual theme.

Always love those antique/vintage books.  The Rubens masterpieces, in color, is terrific.

When starlets of the 1930s and 40s were big on the silver screen and featured in books as the heroines of mystery stories.  

And last, but not least, a precious hand made ram that will find it's way into my personal collection of sheepies.

Wishing everyone a lovely fall and blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch

Monday, September 23, 2019

Autumn Antique Market - Black Oak Antiques

Fall came to Florida this weekend and it was gorgeous.  Little to no humidity, lower temps at night, clear blue skies and other than the pesky "love bugs" we couldn't have asked for a more lovely weekend.  One of my favorite "true" antique shops, Black Oak Antiques, Weeki Wachee, was having their annual Fall Antique Market and it is always filled with sales, antiques, repurposed pieces and home baked goods.

Antiques and tables filled with vintage items were inside and out.

Father and son played live music through out the day.  It was marvelous and added to the already terrific vibe of the event.

A basket filled with vintage copper molds shouts fall decorating.

The barn was filled with treasure from top to bottom.  You can easily get lost in all of this goodness and forget there is still a shop just off from the barn to visit as well.

Charming vintage baby carrier basket was filled with bits and bobs of fun.

This was probably the most unique offering inside the shop.  An original, radio controlled Godzilla. Oh how I wanted to see it in action.

I couldn't resist these vintage bank bags from New Jersey.  It was like Tony Soprano was channeling me to obtain them. Yeah, they came home with me.

This tobacco lathe star followed me home as well.

My most favorite item at Black Oak Antiques, this amazing sperm whale weather vane. Oh, if I ever win the lottery in a big way, this will be the first item I splurge on.  I just adore this in every way but it is so far from my budget I just have to dream.  Ahhh, but it is good to dream.  From here I moved on to my usual haunts for treasure hunting and I found some goodness to bring home.

I don't usually pick up dolls as this is not my area of expertise, but when you come across a vintage Madame Alexander doll in the limited run Peter Pan you buy it.  This little charmer is in marvelous condition.

Everyone likes to pull out mom's or grandma's cook books when the holiday seasons arrive.  This Mrs. Rorer's New Cook Book, from 1901 is filled with marvelous recipes.  

Creamed baked macaroni is just one of the many tasty recipes in this great cookbook.

...and now, the find of the season...a stunning, late Victorian, lidded beer stein.  Porcelain lithophane with lovely pewter lid, the hand applied transfer commemorating the German Workmans Association. 

 Detailed transferware of commerce and cherubs with hand painted details.  

Gorgeous lithophane is the portrait of a German woman in traditional garb.  

Nice, small serving platter designed by Clarice Cliff for Royal Staffordshire.  Pattern is "Rural Scenes".  Circa 1940s

Matching square serving bowl.  Both pieces are perfect for a Thanksgiving table.

Vintage Rolling Rock thermometer sign has weathered to that coveted seafoam color.  Thermometer still gives accurate temps and is perfect for an outdoor living space.

Love antique medicine bottles and this pretty set of small to even smaller are perfect for Halloween decorating.

I hit the mother lode at my local thrift store with these five, antique miniature oil lamps.  I'm head over teakettle in love with the Goofus cabbage roses base.  The gold and red, cold paint is long gone and the glass has turned that lovely sun purple.  The small milk glass one also has my heart...what to do, what to do?  Oh, the struggle is real.

I truly hated to see the weekend end, it was so perfect in weather, chatting with friends, finding treasure to both keep and to sell.  My life may seem small to many but it is a gentle one and I am a happy girl so with that I wish blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Monday, September 16, 2019

Florida Harvest

I adore living in Florida but I must share that I do miss the color explosion of fall.  There is something magical about leaves changing their colors, pumpkins in funny shapes and sizes  and in a range of pastel colors, crisp apples fresh from the trees and hot cider donuts fresh from the fat to the plate.  The best that I can do is make the cider donuts and decorate with faux pumpkins and then enjoy a Florida harvest of finds at my local haunts.

These vintage stacked pumpkins with the lights inside were 1980s decorating favorites.  This one still has the bright florescent orange paint.

Everyone loves the popular, Lefton turkeys that were salt and pepper shakers, planters and napkin holders.  I now have my mother's set and use at Thanksgiving, but I love it when I find these Lefton pieces to share in my booth space.  This Tom actually looks pretty happy sitting in a mid century pedestal compote.

This late Victorian, wool jacket with tails is a great steampunk for costumes and cosplay.  

Whenever I find quality silverplate or pewter I always think of my Atlanta, antique gal pal, Rose, who always finds/sells the prettiest silver for her space called Silver Glory.  I do miss her lovely spaces as I always found a treasure or two.  I acquired this set of four, Woodbury Pewter plates at my local thrift store.  Made in the USA, they are known for their high quality.  Perfect for setting your Thanksgiving table.   

This Victorian smelling salts/vinaigrette is the first I have ever found.  Sterling cap, it is missing the screw cap at the other end.  Lovely cut crystal, this is a marvelous find and I will keep if for a while.  I would love to find a cap for the other end so that hunt now begins.  The p of smelling salts are to around consciousness and are centuries old with found documentation as early as the Romans using them.  They are meant to help revive those that are faint of nerves or those that need some extra oxygen flow to help with breathing.

Haven't come across a vintage Halloween noisemaker in many, many years and this happy pumpkin is a sweetheart.  Vintage Halloween items still bring in high dollars.  

Found a charming quad plate creamer and three, mid century sequined Santa boot ornaments for the tree. 

I have a weak spot for early Windsor chairs and this is beautifully stenciled with bronzing powders and has its original red paint.  Definitely a keeper for me.

In no particular order, these were Goodwill finds, a teeny tiny vintage, oil can and a charming, souvenir cup and saucer in a Scottish thistle design.  Most likely imported from Germany.

and  finally, I actually harvested a pumpkin....well, not a pumpkin but a huge, dried gourd shaped like a pumpkin.  This is the only decorative pumpkin I can use in our hot and humid weather without the pumpkin imploding in three days. LOL.  

So to my friends who are enjoying the Indian Summer and stepping into fall, I wish you good harvest in your treasure hunts and to all, blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Sunday, August 25, 2019

It's August? Where did July go?

I cannot get over how fast this summer is moving along.  Kids have already started school in my area and September is two weeks away.  It still feels like July to me.  Raviolis came to visit and we all had a grand time in the pool.  

All three have gotten so big.

Connor loves "laying" about in the pool like he was king of the house.

Over the last few weeks I have found some interesting treasure from my local Goodwill and a few thrift shops.

A marvelous Edwardian  stud set of brilliant mother of pearl set in rose gold in the original box.  

Now a mystery piece.  A friend suggested it may be an Edwardian bird perch.  All I know is that is is a marvelous, cast brass piece with a lovely patina.

Look at these magnificent talons.  

Lovely Austrian pitcher with cabbage Roses.  These were popular in the 1900s and came in various sizes and different types from tiny tea pots to large urns.  This one is now in my main space at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall.

The BlueJackets Manual 1940 was given to every Navy man and mid shipmen.  Filled with Naval information, pictures, photos and other illustrations.

Charming vintage bicycle horn. Still has that great hooter sound.

Popular Depression era print in original frame.

Lovely EAPG bud vase with handpainted roses and the words Souvenir from Germany.

This has been a summer of finding miniature oil lamps and I added this sweet amber one this week.  Instant collection if you are looking something to collect.

Acquired this for one of my hanging Victorian lamps but it was too small by 1/2 inch so it is now in my main space at the Lyon's Antique Mall looking for a lamp to call home.

Marvelous vintage Empoli avocado green pedestal compote.

Fantastic print of St. Theresa of Roses in a lovely oval frame.  Colors are vibrant and true in this 1900s print.

Hammered aluminum pieces were the rage in the 1950s and this dynamite ice bucket is a charmer.

Lovely set of dessert forks with heavy repossue handles, late Victorian.

The matching knives are just as lovely

First time I have come across a Rare vintage figurine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel with fisherman in a boat.  Protector of fisherman, this mid century figurine is a marvelous item for the fisherman you love. Circa 1950s

A gorgeous, early German Majolica plate from Zell, Baden, Germany.   A trio of raised, white water lilies floating on an aqua-blue background.  Made by Georg Schmider, circa 1907 to 1928. The mark is the incised stamp of Georg Schmider

Pretty Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG) lidded dish.  Pattern:  Eye Winker.  Originally produced in 1890s, this reissue by L. G. Wright in the 1960s is in the popular amber color of the day. 

 Delightful Toy Dial Typewriter. Do I keep or sell? That is the big question. We shall see if it finds its way to my main space at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall

And finally, this huge gourd shaped like a pumpkin.  This bad boy will be the centerpiece of fall decorating for me.  One of the dealers at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall offers lovely primitive pieces and she always has nifty items.  

So school is back in session for most kids, the summer will be ending soon with the passing of Labor Day weekend and that means 4 months before the year is out. Where did it all go?

Wishing all a safe and joyful Labor Day holiday and bountiful blessings to you and those you love. SeaWitch