Sunday, February 26, 2017

Short post

Hello dear readers.   This will be a short blog post as the countdown to my home closing is getting short and I have been busy preparing for the signing and then moving what I have in my temporary digs to the new place.  I want to repaint as much as I can inside before the household goods arrive and then begin the  arduous  task of unpacking two POD units and setting up my home; of course I also am working full time with a new team at my job so it goes without saying...I'm a little over worked. LOL

It has been a spectacular Florida weekend, cool nights and crisp, blue sky days with temps in the high 70s.  I took the time to spend a hour at the apartment complex pool on Saturday and Sunday to soak up some of that marvelous vitamin D.  

This little guy was curious about my sweet Gynness when she started to bark at him.  He ran across, in front of her, and jumped on the fence and into the palm, turned around and gave her the stink eye.  It was hilarious.

On Saturday, I dropped off donations to a local hospice thrift store and and since it was so close to one of my "new" haunts I stopped in.

Found this great sifter basket trimmed in leather.  Not an old piece but perfect to take to the beach to sift sand through and see what treasures you find.

Can this sweet little red tin box with handle be any more cha cha?  I wonder what homemade goodies were carried in it by a child to school.

I don't come across genuine hat pin holders often.  They are quickly purchased by collectors and always at a premium price. This beauty is a RS Prussia blank, from the Victorian era.  Usually painted with roses or other flowers, this artist just outlined the top and the bottom in a gold stripe.  I like the simplicity of that and can't wait to put some of my hat pins in it.

Couldn't resist this charming pin cushion "half-doll.  These were so popular from the 1900s to the 1950s. 

 This needlewoman embroidered around the bottom to hide the gathered seam. 

Marry up a Victorian Eastlake table base with a Victorian frame and mirror and you have Romantic Farmhouse at its best.  

Pretty red transferware pieces were a purchase from a gal pal dealer in Georgia, My Vintage Heart.

Hope your week is a delightful as this little bear.  Blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch

Sunday, February 12, 2017

New Beginnings with a Lion

Well more like a Lyon...I am happy to share that "I Need This, Antiques" has found a new home in Port Richey, Florida.  A marvelous antique mall called Lyon's Head Antiques Mall.  Located in the Jasmine Plaza with 20,000 square foot of showroom space and plenty of parking, this lovely antiques mall draws in the traffic and is filled with marvelous booth spaces and welcoming dealers.  So Saturday, I began measuring and cutting wallpaper and hanging it on two of the three walls.  Wanted to do what I call a "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte" look with a distressed wall of fading and aging beauty.

A new sign and wall paper hanging tools.

 Tried pre cutting at my apartment but sweet Gynness kept running across the paper so I had to do it in my space.  Found a pretty tone on tone Florentine Damask wallpaper at my favorite online store, Steve's Blinds and Wallpaper.  You will find the prettiest papers and at great prices.

Wallpaper is up, distressed and aged. Love Love Love the look.

 New sign is up and I have draped cheesecloth netting and my beloved Spanish moss on the mounting rail.

 Brought in what I had, most everything else is still in my POD units that won't be delivered until the middle of March.  I can't wait for the house to close so I can receive the POD units. 

 A terrific find for movie buffs.  Italian, silent movie poster from the Rome Film Company, “The Queen’s Diamonds”.  (taken from the Musketeers stories) these early Italian posters are hard to find.    Circa late 1920s.  Hoping a film buff from New Port Richey (NPR) sees this as NPR was the Old Hollywood place to go for movie stars.

Victorian settee and Mason's table are right at home in this space.

Marvelous vintage wrought iron candelabra with lots of paint layers.  Perfect for any romantic home décor on your mantle, window or holiday table.  Circa 1940s

So, it was a busy weekend for me prepping new booth space and bringing in inventory.  What I have learned is that hanging wall paper is not made for this pushing 63 year old body.  Boy, was I sore and stiff after finishing my booth space.  Went home and took a nice, long hot bath with lavender bombs and a glass of wine.  Wishing everyone a terrific week and blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch