Sunday, March 22, 2015

Flinging Spring

It was a faboosh spring Saturday, lovely temps, sunny sky and "Spring Flings" popped up everywhere among local shops.   So I dressed my sweet Gynness in her best millinery finery and we were off to do a little spring flinging.

Stopped by one of my favorite haunts and came home with only a small bag of treasure.  I usually fill the back of my vehicle when I stop here, but this was one of those trips where there was just not a lot that jumped out at me.

Adore these fussy twin servers that are purely archaic as serving pieces these days. Still, if you are like me, you will use them on your table or buffet when entertaining.  Your mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls or biscuits, will be tastier when you serve them in this lovely, Carl Tielsch, Victorian cabbage roses, divided server.  Germany Circa 1900s

Pretty little EAPG cordial glass.  Quad pressed, with a pretty emerald green stem and base.  I have a few other different EAPG cordial glasses that I let my grandchildren use when they visit.  Something about using  a "special glass" is always fun.

Gorgeous,  Northwood, blue opalescent EAPG creamer  The "Alaska" pattern was made by the Northwood Glass Company and dates between 1898-1903.  This is a big creamer and I would use it as a gravy boat.

Great USAAF WWII 1st Troop Carrier Command (TCC) Sweetheart earrings.  Sterling silver. Circa late 1940s

Assortment of antique, cut crystal salt cellars.   These little items are always such fun.  I have used them to display decorative easter eggs, fine chocolates and jewelry,

 Vintage Practical Nurse pin.  Enamel on gold wash base.

Found another Imperial Carnival glass bowl in the brilliant Marigold color with grapes pattern.  Tri-pressed and in beautiful condition.  Circa 1970s

From here I swung by the Queen of Hearts in Buford to drop off 4 dozen tea sandwiches that I had made for the annual Spring Fling.  Gynness and I were busy walking up and down the aisles in search of treasure.  Actually, Gynness was busy sniffing out any dropped crumb from the bountiful board of fare that was offered.  Homemade lemonade, fresh brewed coffee and lots of fussy little tea sandwiches, fruit bars, cookies, fudge and all kinds of goodness was offered.  

We then drove over to Vintage Village in Snellville and sweet Gynness was so glad to see the ladies.  After "announcing" her presence with a loud doxie bark, she posed for pictures.

I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille.

Hello Miss Debbie.  

Funny, I didn't find a thing to bring home this trip.  Was so odd, as two of my favorite places for finding treasure were not in my favor this weekend.   Still, it was wonderful seeing good friends and bringing Gynness out to enjoy the pretty spring weather.  

Fluffed up my spaces on Sunday and did bring in this adorable item.  

Sweet boy's Victorian, one piece, cotton underwear with Drop Seat. Circa 1880s

Tower made of EAPG compote, pierced silverplated compote and a quad plate goblet. 

Twin server looks great next to the Victorian print and framed paper item. 
Filled this large, Elementz, apothecary jar with Easter candy eggs and a chocolate rabbit.  These always make great seasonal decorative elements.

Boyd's Bear figurines always seem to sell well so when I find them in their boxes with COAs I grab them.  Nifty, vintage McCoy birdbath planter is missing the decorative bird usually found on it. 

In the middle of all of this, I have begun a little spring cleaning.  Emptying out closets and I found a laundry basket full of infant/toddler toys, that I had at the house, for my granddaughter to play with.  Kit Kat is a young lady now and I h ad no idea they were still there so I gave them to a sweet little imp, named Debra May, who is 6 months old and would get marvelous use out of them.  

Amazing what you will find in the back of a closet.   So wishing everyone a lovely week and blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Fatboy and Coffee

A wet and damp Saturday, but that didn't stop me from treasure hunting.  In fact, the rain was a motivator as I had hoped to get some painting done but the weather had other ideas and it was off to favorite haunts and there I found some great antiques.  

My heart goes pitter patter for American basketry and this gorgeous split basket with original paint made me swoon. It is now filled with fleece that I will spin into fiber.  

Rescued this beautiful piece of coral from additional damage.  There was already a break in the piece and I had to rescue it before it was totally destroyed.

That gorgeous, rich Caribbean blues matt glaze on this thrown server makes a nice home for the coral.  

The Carlson Stromberg, Bakelite handset telephone was affectionately known as the "Fat Boy".  This "ring in only" phone was found in taverns, restaurants and stores everywhere.  Circa 1936.

Bingo!!!! This is so a winner.  Lovely, Art Deco bingo/gambling cage with Bakelite pillars and handle.  I nearly hopped over people to get to this piece as the dealer brought it in from a yard sale run.  

Gorgeous, square shaped EAPG cake plate.  There is a large crack in one side quarter and it leans a little but I don't care.  I'll serve home made rum cake on it and no one will notice the crack or the lean.

Pretty vintage carnival glass vase.  Circa 1920s.

Truly soft as "butta" these white kid gloves have never been worn.

Sweet little foil nut/candy baskets.  Darling colors.

Marvelous, hand colored chromolithograph by James S. Baillie.  Baillie began in the late 1830s as a picture framer in NYC, trained as an artist, he later worked as a colorist for Currier, before setting up his own business in 1843.  Subject title:  John. Dapper gentleman in checkered trousers, ascot and walking stick.  Original bubbled glass and frame with wood backing indicative of Victorian framing.  Circa 1860-70s

At first glance, this appears to be a sad iron and trivet but, if you attempt to lift, you will find the iron opens and is actually a sleeve crimper.

  Patent date 1870, this heating tool (iron) was used to put tight crimps/pleats in sleeves and cuffs of ladies blouses. 

Now that’s a coffee tin!  Fantastic general store/mercantile coffee tin. The aroma of fresh coffee beans/grounds would fill the shop and you would scoop out the weight you wanted to purchase.  This large tin (held 25 pounds of coffee) with drop handles from the Merchants Coffee Co, Baltimore, Maryland still retains much of its original japanned advertising paint.   Circa, early 1900s

Funny what shows up during the hunt and to find this many antique pieces in a day of fun running is unusual.  Perhaps they had spring fever and wanted to pop up like the daffodils that are now blooming everywhere.  Spring is finally here and here's hoping your spring is as lovely as the season.  Blessings to you and those you love.  SeaWitch

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Interesting finds

First weekend in about 60 days that wasn't wet, damp, cold or snowy. I took advantage of the break and finally did the chalk repaint on a pair of 1940s Old Hollywood Italian tables. These beauties were a mess when I found them at a local thrift store.

Peeling and chippy yellow paint exposed the dull metal base of the cupids supporting the Italian marble tabletops. I wire brushed off the peeling paint, prepped it and then did a chalk paint in Clay Bisque with a Kona stain wax finish. Crazy thrilled with the outcome and both are in my main space at the Buford Queen of Hearts.

Close up of the cupids.
After the painting I did a little local shopping at a few of my favorite haunts, beginning with Vintage Village in Snellville.

They were holding this Mourning piece for me and then I found more treasure.
Love figural hands and this pair of porcelain doll hands have such a lovely lilt.
Sweet little silverplated frame is no bigger than 3 inches in height but it flew out of my space over the weekend.
Love vintage Westmoreland trinket boxes and even though this sweet slag glass lamb is missing the box, it's just to cute for words.
On to a favorite thrift store and I found this great glove box with a lovely village scene and a sassy little dog at the corner.
Another sweet Westmoreland piece, teeny tiny opalescent milk glass hen on basket is actually a covered salt.

I adore Victorian quad plate and this huge goblet is a keeper for my personal collection.

I wonder how many pitchers of lemonade or lemon meringue pies were made using this 19th centure lemon squeezer.

A great assortment of vintage sterling and silverplated spoons and a pickle fork.

Advertising piece, tin drinking cup courtesy of Dean Hardware Co.

Spring is just around the corner so I had to bring out sassy hats. This "faboosh" Frank Olive for Nieman Marcus, black and white straw hat is amazing. Olive designed for the stars and sold only in high end stores. Well made and always with style. Circa 1950s 

Typical church lady hat is navy blue straw with big, sassy silk and velvet flowers.

My main space is packed to the gills with spring items. 

Same with my Victorian space, lots to select from. 
With the pair of Italian tables completed, I can now start on a personal piece. Here's hoping that the weather will cooperate. Don't forget, we change the clocks ahead an hour this weekend. So looking forward to those longer, sunny days of summer. Blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch