Monday, March 30, 2020

New Normal

It's the new normal, it's my new normal, it's the new normal for our family.  What we are all hearing and saying these days.  So many businesses and restaurants are closed, large and small, local and global and it breaks my heart.   Yes, I get it, we have to close to keep this virus in check but it still has me worried about all of the small businesses that may not make it through this financially.  

I'm in the senior age category as I will be 66 in May and I also live with adult asthma.  I had to make a run to my local Home Depot so I'm wearing my black, latex gloves and a wrapped scarf around my face...of course a great pair of sassy glasses make it all come together.

Highway 19 is usually packed with cars coming and going and this is a picture of Saturday at 2:20pm.  Barely a vehicle on the road.

 Had to pick up bolts for a glider loveseat so it was off to the Home Depot.  They now have reduced hours and only allows 200 people in their store at a time.  The line to get in wrapped around their building.  I parked the car and got in line.  Everyone was standing 6-10 feet away from each other and the sun was blazing down on everyone.

The Home Depot folks passed out bottles of icy cold water to everyone waiting in line.  They had associates at one entrance and exit and as people exited the building new shoppers were let in.  They had sanitized carts inside for us as well.  Have to say that Home Depot really had this well thought out.  One of my projects for my home, this year, was to finally tackle the really odd sized and ugly outdoor atrium that is between the two bathrooms.  The homes in my community were built in the 1970s and they thought a "Florida room or atrium" was unique.  However, they are all odd sizes and they left them with the sandy outside without any kinds of flooring. This is the mess I inherited and it's the first thing you see when you enter my front door.  

Most folks pour a concrete floor but then it looks like an afterthought and without drainage for the rainy season.  Pavers or tile are nice but so expensive and then you have to seal them each year.  I really wanted to turn the room into a quiet space with a zen quality to it.

Spent a lot of time looking at Pinterest pins for small spaces and then finally sketched out what I wanted to do with the space.  Now to collect all of the materials and hire strong bodies to remove all of the white rocks, patio block and prep the ground for the composite tile blocks I wanted to lay downl

 Ground is now clear and the layer of commercial grade weed guard has been laid.

An inch of packing paver sand and a good tamping down will level off the area.

Paver boards are the newest and best way for laying either pavers, patio block or the composite decking tiles I will snap in place.  These Paver boards eliminate the need for 4-6 inches of paving sand.

 Gynness loves the tiles as they do not get hot on the feet, even with the hot Florida days. They snap in place like legos making this part of the project move very quickly.

I left an 8 inch area on both sides for drainage and will fill with smooth, black Japanese stones.  I also kept a small garden area in the back where I will plant a pair of banana plants.

Here is the finished look and I adore it.  Still waiting on a second chair to arrive and will be planting a Gardenia tree in the other corner.  What a difference and I'm head over tea kettle with mad love for this new space.  It gets direct sun for about an hour a day and the rest of the time it is all passive so it is a perfect place to sit with morning and evening coffee or tea.

Most of the thrift and antique shops have closed but there was one that was still open so I popped in for a quick looksie.  I was still wearing my gloves and scarf and I was actually the only one in the shop.

Found this lovely, mid century weather set and its now hanging in my home.  I love these and was really glad to find this priced at $6.00.

I seem to find really nice religious items these days and this stunning, French, alabaster marble Crown of Thorns Christ bust was a nifty find.  This is a small figurine but lovely.

A nice baby Jesus figurine in a manager.  

Went into the Lyon's Head Antique Mall to take photos for our facebook page as we are selling off of that as many shops are with the self isolation and business closings.  Found this nice pair of tin types in modern frames.

Hand tinted cheeks on this mother and child tin type.

 Pretty little girl with hand tinted cheeks.  

I'm pretty good about keeping items in the house in case of an emergency as we deal with hurricanes here in Florida.  However, this was a first with how people hoarded everything and continue to making it all but impossible to find "the precious".  I have been unable to find toilet paper anywhere for the last ten days.

Placed an order with Grove Collective, as I like their cleaning supplies, and lucky me, they still had it available on line.  Funny how this box of TP made my day when it arrived.

Sweet girl and me have been hanging around the pool these days.  I do miss visiting local restaurants as this has always been time I liked to spend enjoying a mean with a good book. 

 Still, I am fortunate as I have been blessed with a day job where I already work from home and with outdoor spaces that allows me to be outside without worrying about total self isolation inside of the house.  

My hope and wish is that you are all doing well, my friends, and this virus will bypass you all.  Praying for a quick end to all of this so we can get our small businesses back up and running and yes, with a selfish desire to eat out again on my part.  Blessings to you and those you love...and wash your hands.  Sea Witch 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

February Finds

February is a short month even when it has 29 days.  I've been busy with my "day job" but have found Leap Year treasure along the way.

It's been eclectic finds these last few weeks and one of them was this...
nifty vintage 3D/hologram Sacred Heart Jesus and the Mother Mary with Infant Jesus in a pierced aluminum lighted frame.  So very 1960s and often found in Catholic homes throughout New Jersey and New York during that time.

Ed Clark gnomes were wildly popular in the 1980s and I came across five large size ones and a few signed by Ed Clark.  I find these continue to sell well in my spaces so when I find them at a good price I pass it along to my customers.

Lovely pair of Therom paintings beautifully framed in gold leafed frames. Circa 1970s
Theorem painting is the art of making stencils and using them to make paintings on velvet and was popular during the 1800’s and especially in Colonial New England.  Theorem enjoyed a popular resurgence during the American Bicentennial.

A stunning Sheffield plate bridal basket.  This is a gorgeous piece and in marvelous condition and I will add it to my personal collection.

 Wonderful Early American pressed glass creamer from the 1800's. Queen Anne pattern known as "Bearded Man" by LaBelle Glass Co. 

Another great piece for my compote collection, antique Adams & Co. glass footed and lidded compote.  Pattern:  Ashman, circa 1880s.

Antique Fosteria, needle engraved cruet with stopper.  

Early Arts and Crafts hand thrown and decorated pot signed Gletus Gallus 1916.  

And finally a large, needlepoint rug.  This is so lovely but does not fit with my decor at all I would keep it.  

Loving the longer days and looking forward to turning the clocks ahead in three weeks. Hopefully, this will be the last year we ever have to change them.  Would love it if we returned to nature to manage the seasons.  Wishing everyone a marvelous spring and blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Friday, January 31, 2020

A weekend of treasure

It was one of those weekends where good stuff just jumped into my arms.  It was everywhere.  It was eclectic and at prices I couldn't walk away from.

Vintage Chinese Checkers board with charming illustrations. Perfect as a decorative element in a game room.

This wire camp griller went right into my wire collection.

Pair of silverplated candlesticks where marked down and then half price. I'll polish them up and in my space they go next weekend.

 This thrift store had a pair of antique, marigold carnival glass bowls and with a price of a typical happy meal. 

 The both came home with me.

I adore cut glass and this pretty little cruet will sparkle once I clean it.

A marvelous find, lovely American Brilliant Cut Glass carafe by Hawkes.  Early Hawkes hallmark etched on bottom.  Now the real struggle, do I sell or keep?

Marvelous photo of two women on a carved wooden frame.  
But the real jewel is on the reverse.

Older Woman
Sarah Golden Robson Exworthy wife of Sammuel Exworthy
Mother of Jane Exworthy Banfield
Mother of Lucille Banfield Cary
Mother of J. Richard Carly
Died in 1916

Young girl
Frances Exworthy Maddasks
Mother of Betty Charuthers and Peggy Erickson
Sister of Jean Exworthy Banfield
Aunt of Lucille Banjicla Case
Great Aunt of J. Richard Carr 
 (spelling may not be correct) 

I will post this information a genealogy board as I would love to see it return to family.

Marvelous first edition with and tooled leather cover about the Great Outdoors. 

Pretty little pair of late Victorian transferware butter pats.

Charming vintage, pocket book of Dogs.
Love this vintage aluminum basket for a hanging scale.  So many great kitchen uses or fill with your favorite knitting/crochet yarns in a sewing room.

A lovely, elegant Depression glass needle etched design.  This is one of those large ones that is used under a punch bowl service to keep the the ladle from the tablecloth.

Mad love for these group of antique and vintage book covers.  Not sure why they were removed but thrilled that they were saved.  These will be fun to frame and display as decorative elements.

In the 1960s, 3D religious art was wildly popular.  
This is a large piece of the Immaculate Conception,

Not one but two 3D art pieces and this one is The Garden of Gethsemane.  Religious pieces always sell very well for me.

A series of marvelous Victorian hand colored print.s

It doesn't get more 1970s than this.  Needlework bell pulls were the high of decoration for the home that had a Colonial flair.  This pretty petite and needlepoint bell pull is charming.

And last but never least, a 1980s board game by Donald Trump. 

What a group of interesting items found and most will be in my spaces at the Lyon's Head Antique mall this weekend.  I'm finishing up this blog on the last day of January 2020...another month that has flown by with February here tomorrow.  Did you know that this is a Leap Year?  Lucky us, we gain an additional day this year so my wish is extra blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Sunday, January 26, 2020

I'm in trouble now...

All I wanted was a little Mexican food for lunch so I went to a restaurant that I just heard about that had delicious Mexican food.  However, my eye caught a sign that read "A Stitching Witch" just two doors down.  

Following a delicious lunch, I had to check A Stitching Witch out.  

Love the good words on the door and when I entered the shop I was in heaven...but knew the hell I would have to face...yarns, beautiful wools, silks, cottons, linens, and so much more and I'm a gal on a budget and I could spend the mortgage money without thinking twice on what I saw before me. 

Color, vibrant, brilliant color on walls, in baskets, in bins. Be still my heart.

There is hidden charm throughout and I giggled when I saw the cauldron near the door.

Small standing loom at the front had a rainbow of threads.  

Soft blends of silks and wools and mohairs.

Colorful twists of boucles.

I could spend hours among these skeins of brilliant colors and touch each and every one and plan my next knitting projects.

In the center of the shop is a huge table filled with knitters and crocheters.  So much joy and creativity around this table.  Please note that this image is taken from A Stitch Witch facebook page as I did not want to take a photo without the knitters confirmation.  The next time I have a weekday off, I am going to visit and join this table for knitting and conversation.

Painted sock yarns in every color and combination imaginable.

Colorful braided roving for spinning, knitting, weaving and felting.

Lots of lovely shawls and scarves finished with the stunning yarns offered.

Need tools, yeah, the Stitching Witch has got them.

And here-in lies the trouble. I couldn't get out of there without a bagful of pure joy.  I stayed within my "yarn budget" and hit the sales bins that were filled with lovely wool, silk, cotton,  linen fiber and beautiful blends.  

A Stitching Witch offers classes but what they really offer is conversation, friendship and a common love for fiber and lovely yarns.

Blessings to you and those you love. SeaWitch