Monday, November 28, 2011

Post Thanksgiving Blessings

Hello Everyone and wishing you all post Thanksgiving  blessings.  I hope everyone had lovely few days with family and friends or if you are a solitary type, a quiet and enjoyable one.  My honey and I were in New York for the holiday and I was surrounded by my New York raviolis for 7 days.  Heaven, I tell ya.  Heaven!  As always, their mommy prepared a fabulous meal and lovely table for all to gather around.  Martha Stewart would have  been proud.
Beautiful farm table surrounded by Windsor chairs and a table set with pretty autumn place mats, crisp white plates and depression glass dessert plates.  Candles nestled in fresh cranberries  and a side table that groaned with tasty morsels.
 Pretty votives lit the table.
Hands down, one of the best appetizers I have had in a long, long time.  Puff pastry with pesto, feta cheese and sun dried tomatoes baked until golden.  We couldn't eat these fast enough.
The twins were christened in the West Point Chapel on Saturday and friends and family gathered to witness it. 
The great moment of this visit for me was the opportunity I had to show Kit Kat how to spin on a spinning wheel.  This lovely 19th century Saxony (flax) wheel was a gift from my son and his wife.  I brought up some fleece and set up the drive band, greased the bobbin and put my foot to the pedal and felt the sweet turning of the large wheel as it moved the  bobbin which established the draw that pulled the fleece into a twist of yarn.  Such joy and marvelous therapy with this very simple act.  Kaitlyn was mesmerized by the process and would pedal the wheel as fast as she could and delighted in how the fleece quickly became yarn in my hands.

My honey and I had an uneventful drive back home and we made marvelous time.  We got back early enough for me to start laundry and 20 minutes into it I found that water was up to my ankles.  Seems the washer decided to go belly up and never turned off the water as the cycles advanced.  Carpet was underwater, tiles were popping in the bathroom and the laminate in the laundry room was a mess.
 Once most of the water receded I was left with this squishy, soapy mess...although my toes do look cute with their sassy polish.  Now comes the fun part...dealing with the insurance agency.
Lots of carpet and padding cut away, tiles removed and laundry room flooring pulled up.  Seven  blowers and one mother ship of a dehumidifier going and we are pulling the moisture out of the concrete slab.  Not the time of the year to have to have replacement flooring done.  All of the furniture has to be moved, items removed and carefully put someplace and no Christmas decor this year.  Sigh.  Oh well, it could have been worse, the damn washer could have broken while I had laundry going before we went to bed...that would have been awful because the water would have been pouring out of the washer for several hours and we would have had antique furniture damaged, so no complaints from me.   I have a lot to be thankful for and of course, you dear friends, for taking a moment out of your day to swim on over and say hello.  Thank you all and blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Vintage Village Open House

The Holiday Open Houses have begun and it always seems to kick off with the "original" Candlelight Open House at Vintage Village in Snellville.  For me, this signals the holidays as this shop always does it up right.  Candlelight everywhere with all dealers greeting you as you walk in, serving hot cider and homemade cookies, candy, and other "sugar plums", handing you brown bags to fill with treasure and the counter staff busy writing up reciepts and wrapping your purchases. For me, Vintage Village is more than a shop for treasure, it is a shop filled with friends.  People I have not seen most of the year because we all lead busy lives, but this one evening everyone comes out and the treasures you buy are only enhanced by the treasured friendships you meet and greet.  Lots of photos, so I will post those rather than add narrative to all. (all photos enlarge when you click on them)

Behind Vintage Village is a quaint little building called Hamrick House.  Pretty little thing with more vintage and antique pieces as well.  It's so nice to have two places a few feet from each other for finding treasure.

I came home with two bags of treasure and a few gifts for family so I won't mention what I purchased should they be reading this post. The Vintage Village Candlelight Open House continues tonight through Sunday this week and more items are brought in daily.  I wish I could shop each night.  Blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Prepping for Candlelight Open House

Busy busy busy...prepping for the Queen of Hearts Candlelight Open House this Thursday and attend two other open houses at other locations this week.  Sigh...just not enough time in my day.  LOL. 
I've been pricing items like mad and decorating as fast as a I can.  Every time I bring something in, though it seems to fly out the door.  A good problem to have, so no complaints from me.  So here are a few photos of items I brought in and some new ones found last weekend.

That fantastic 1800s tool box with name and a pair of old photographs in frames from the 1890s.

I can't bring in enough silver this year.  I sell it as fast as I display it.  These three pieces are huge and full of sparkle.

How cool is this Victorian doll's hand?  I am so attracted to the odd and unique.

Nice EAPG string holder.  Perfect for wrapping up those brown paper packages.

Found three delightful children's books from 1892.

Love this sweet chromolithograph in original frame.

I collect Victorian jewel caskets and since I already have a pretty holly designed one, I will sell this one.

Three tops hats in a row.  The large one to the right is from the Victorian period and was used to hold celery at the dinner table.  The middle for salt or sugar and the small  one is from the 1950s and a toothpick holder. 

I love the look of stacked cake plates and compotes.

An overview of the Victorian booth.

This sweet little guy is about 3 feet high and standing in a marvelous vintage 1940s red wagon.  He sold in 24 hours of me bringing him in.

Pretty pair of vintage pewter candlesticks.

Sweet vintage sheep figurine.

Large metal Partridge in a Pear tree candle holder.  If it doesn't sell, I won't mind as I really like it.

A marvelous pair of vintage electric candles.

Large topiary centerpiece.

Neat and heavy, cast aluminum mini chair, sweet Victorian St. Nick and a cute little penguin figurine.

Vintage mica houses/buildings from Japan, circa 1950s, nestled in a big white faux goose feather tree.

There's a lot of work in this sequined and pinned holiday picture.  Circa 1970s

...and finally a pair of Lenox looking holiday deer candlesticks.  I'm off to the Queen this evening to add more items so photos may follow. Hope everyone is having a marvelous week.  Sea Witch