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  

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Roaring into the 20's

Well, maybe not roaring but for some reason the sound and look of 2020 just makes me happy.  First I must share that I am thankful for a good 2019.  I am still employed at a good company and happily working from home.  My sons and their families are doing well and my grandchildren are more joyful then ever.  My extended family is doing well and my sister is a few hours away.  I so enjoy my spaces at the Lyon's Head Antique mall and the owners and other dealers who are my second family.  Of course, my sweet Gynness is getting more of a foamy face as she ages but Florida agrees with her and she runs amuck and rules the house. 

Like my sweet baby, Florida agrees with me as well and I adore my little home and is my sanctuary.

It was a marvelous two weeks off from work (we shutdown each year for 6 days) and it makes for two weeks of pure relaxation.  Sis came up to visit and we laid around like third base enjoying each others company, laughing like school girls until we ached and eating Christmas cookies in the pool.  After sis went home, I visited a few local haunts, priced items, began listing in my new Etsy shop, Girdle Gals Fashion and refilled my booth spaces.

I stumbled upon a nice group of nesting boxes with an old school look.  I snagged them for such a great price that I'm passing it on to my customers and have them priced to move.  These have so many decorative uses and I'm thinking of bringing one of the small ones home as a place for my remotes.

I adore stretch glass and was delighted to find this nifty piece and in the palest shade of "sea blue".  I may have to keep this piece.

Stumbled upon this lovely, 1970s hanging pendant lamp.  Pretty hardware and a handpainted globe and that definitive long chain for hanging.

A marvelous, antique silverplated and EAPG sardine server.  I haven't come across one of these in many, many years and this one is in amazing condition.

Another EAPG pedestal compote has the look of American Brilliant Cut Glass but is an EAPG piece. 

Lovely Cut Glass condiment piece is heavy and beautifully hand cut.  No mark that I can find but it has the look of American Brilliant.

Charming early 1900s child's plate has a transfer image of a child and her dog playing. 

This was one of those surprise finds.  Three dinner plates by Adams (England).  1930s and the transferware and handpainted details are Audubon's birds of America series.  I thought they were lovely and acquired them for a few dollars.  Had no idea of their actual value until I started doing my research to price.  The Canvas Back Ducks were valued at $79.99 at

The Cedar Wax Wings were priced at $99.99 at replacements. com

I decided to keep the Flamingo as it is so representative of Florida and is now in my dining room. 

A whimsical 1940s tomato teapot, creamer and sugar. This design was wildly popular in the 1940s-50s and I remember my grandmother having this set on her kitchen table of her 3rd floor walkup in Englewood, New Jersey. 

 Grandma also had a set of anthropomorphic Tomato Ware salt and pepper shakers and tray set.  As a child, I loved using these with their delightful faces, each tomato has a chef’s hat.

This was a fun find at my local Goodwill, a pair of lovely aqua blue, Bell Sanitary mason jars from 1913-15.  

And finally, what better way to roar in the 2020's then a fabulous Roaring 1920's beaded dress influenced by the King Tut discovery.  

So with that, I am excited to see all that 2020 will bring and I hope the same for you and as  always, blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch