Thursday, October 7, 2021

Fallin' into Fall

 Hello, my children.  Last we met it was July and here it is October.  The summer came and went and the days are getting shorter.  Lots going on my in day job, was offered a new position and I couldn't refuse it so Monday I have a new manager and a new role where I get to utilize my creativity in my corporate world.  I'm looking forward to this new position and I will be working with my old team from 2017 so it's kinda like the "band getting back together."  

In addition, this 67-year-old gal has become an "influencer" for Wunderkeks cookies.  Yes, an influencer at my age, who'da thunk.  It came about in the oddest way.  I had arranged for Wunderkeks cookies to be delivered to my colleagues on behalf of our manager as a thank you for the work we do. They were so good and as a way to say thank you to our manager, I created a thank you video, and I then sent it to Wunderkeks to share how much we enjoyed them.

Next thing I know I am contacted by the owners of Wunderkeks that they enjoyed the video so much and asked if I would like to be an influencer for their brand.  I shared that I have a pretty small social media footprint but they saw something in my video that they needed to explore so a month later, I'm sent a box of their cookies and asked to participate in a pompom challenge along with their stable of much younger influencers.  I'm game...

What I really like about Wunderkeks cookies is that each are individually wrapped making them perfect to give away as thank you's...also great to take boating, kayaking, tubing as well. 
 With our hot and humid Florida weather, I began leaving a couple of cold bottles of water and cookies for the FedEx, UPS, USPS, and Amazon delivery folks.

A month later, another promo and it was my favorite so far.  Gift perfect strangers cookies and share the experience. I can't think of anything that is more fun than giving cookies away.  I love these promos by Wunderkeks.

Of course, their October promo had us scaring someone on video.  Okay, I attempted to scare the FedEx, UPS, the USPS delivery folks and the Door Dash folks and not one, NOT ONE, was scared. They just looked at me like I was a crazy old coot; just made the delivery and walked away with a free cookie. The only thing I can think is they must all come across so many nut jobs at the door that they are desensitized to an old broad jumping out from behind hibiscus bushes.

One last attempt to scare someone and my lawn lady was the only one I had not attempted to scare.  Well, not only was Tammy a great sport, she laughed about it and thought it was hilarious that the two of us played out such childish behavior.  

Of course, I gifted her with a 6 pack of their latest fall offerings...Pumpkin and white chocolate chip cookies and Pumpkin Snickerdoodles.  

I have to share that Wunderkeks cookies are like homemade and they have a great selection of varieties and seasonal offerings.  I am really looking forward to seeing what they do for the Christmas season.

Now, on to a few of my favorite finds over the last few months.

A lovely Victorian Eastlake slipper stool. Needlepoint seat is dark tole blue with floral medallion.
Circa 1870-1890s.

Silver Cup Bread, sponsors of "The Lone Ranger" radio show during the 1930s Antique silverplated trophy with incised "Silver Cup Bread" is most likely a salesman's award. Circa 1930s

Beautiful cut to clear ruby blood red Bohemian Czech glass pitcher with five lemonade tumblers. Circa 1920s

Marvelous 1970s Three Kings figurines. Some minor fills along the crowns of two of the kings, but for the age in great condition.

These vintage 1970s ceramic trees continue to be in demand and I found this little one that was not more than 8 inches high but when lit, it is a charmer.  It didn't last 24 hours in my space.

Antique WW1 Era Chevalier Opticien Paris Binoculars. Circa 1900s.

A gorgeous pair of large, ornate Ormolu, gold filigree and amber glass perfume bottles. Roses are the theme with gold wash filigree, amber beveled, oval glass and with original glass daubers. Hollywood Regency, Circa 1950s

Lovely, rare, Art Deco era, Fenton ruby glass decanter, #1934, with floral stopper. Made between 1934 - 1938.

This is one of those rare Goodwill finds.  They had it priced at $9.98 because the clock mechanism was replaced with a battery-operated one.  Not unusual for antique clocks to have been saved from the woodpile with battery-operated works. 

This is a fine example of a French Morez picture frame clock and is the quintessential French country wall clock.  These clocks were mostly made in and around the town of Morez which is located in the Comte region of France. This particular clock has a its design being made up of mother of pearl inlay, various woods, and brass.  Even without the original clockworks, these command high prices.   I go weak in the knees for timepieces and I am going to live with this for a while to decide if I want to eventually sell.

So, the summer months were good to me with nifty finds and a lot of fun handing out cookies.  I hope the season was a good one for you, friends, and wishing blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Windfall Weekends

Hello my children.  I initially began writing this blog back in April and then as life would have it, got delayed with my "day job" and it took the 4th of July weekend to finally complete the blog post.   It was a windfall weekend...well actually like several months of weekends and I found a widely diverse selection of great items that I'd like to share with you. So good that I ended up keeping a few for myself...not sorry.

Like this magnificent Libby Corn Maize butter keeper in that coveted custard with blue accents, Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG). 1889. Yup, this was an instant keeper.

A stunning brides basket insert.  Pale pearl iridescence with hand painted flowers. Yeah, kept this one too.

I'm weak for these sweet copper clad toddler shoes that were the popular thing to do from the early thru mid 20th century.  I fill them with Christmas florals and decorate with them.

A magnificent, American Brilliant Cut Glass signed Libby condiment server. Another keeper.

A large, Red Cliff soup tureen with original ladle.  This is such a gorgeous piece and I did bring into my space at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall. 

Set of five Fostoria luncheon plates.  Elegant Depression glass pattern:  Romance.  Pretty etched ribbond and roses. Circa 1930-40s

Adore EAPG and sun purple glass and this heavy decanter just pushes all my right buttons.  Another keeper.

A yard sale find, this gorgeous stained glass lamp was in my booth space less than 48 hours before it sold.

Charming vintage spice rack shaker set. Six ceramic shakers in wooden holder. Made in Japan. Circa 1950s

Lovely Art Deco, hammered tea service with the engraved initial S.  This set is in lovely condtion.

Really nice mid century still life of crocks, jug and fruit. Signed and dated; Erma Douglas 1977.

Antique Imperial Glass covered candy dish in peach and blue. Pattern: crackle Circa 1920s.

Pair of stained glass pendant lamps and a fantastic, vintage, 1980s Maitland-Smith "Case Bisque" Tessellated Fossil Stone and Brass inlay, Waterfall Console Table.

Charming little 1928 handbook of painting by Dutch Boy paints.

I acquired a selection of 1950s souvenirs from Ireland, among them the courting cart (The Quiet Man), hand cart with genuine peat bricks, luck pig and the national symbol of Ireland, the harp.

When GIs returned from the Pacific theater, post WW2, they brought back these lusterware tea sets to their loved ones.  Circa late 1940s.

A delightful recycled metal horse sculpture.  

A great 1940s turkey planter. I use these to serve freshly baked bread sticks for the holiday table.

Lots of neat items found over the last few months like this huge dresser tray with rhinestones; a cut to clear decanter; candlewick basket; and 1935 Hobnail, Czech Bohemia glass Amethyst 3 Part Divided Relish Plate.

Two pair of miniature Satillo serapes in marvelous condition.  Brilliant colors of hand spun wool over cotton warp. Circa 1940s-50s.

Its been a busy, busy last few months for me.  My day job employer has gone through yet another reorganization and I'm on a new team again of which I'm not really feeling them.  They just don't communicate and it's not a happy/fun group to be with.  I'm hoping things will change for the better.  Still, I receive so much joy with my booth spaces at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall and the dealers and owners there.  We all have such a good time together and we have just begun our Christmas in July month long event.   Hoping everyone who reads this is healthy and happy and enjoying the summer and as always, blessings to you and those you love.  SeaWitch

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Time Change and March Madness

A year ago this month, COVID 19 hit and the world has been crippled since then. We are slowly getting back to pre COVID living and we moved the clocks ahead an hour so the sun is with us longer.  I'm a happy gal.  

It's been an interesting weekend of finds from vintage hats to antique parian.  March madness doesn't get better than this.

I couldn't resist this like new pair of vintage metal swivel bar/counter stools with their 1980s padded seats. 

I have a sweet spot for these vintage copper clad baby/toddler shoes and this one is a sweet slipper with a frame.  I'm going to add a vintage photo of a child to this before I bring it into my booth space.

Purchased a box lot of vintage hats.  Lots of great styles and spring colors.  If your church is still not open come Easter Sunday, then why not wear it to your Zoom service.

Adore the rich colors of this hat filled with roses.

Hard to see how beautiful this Craftsman Style stained glass pendant lamp is.  A high end lamp, this is beautifully made and a nice size.

Vintage chalkware religious figures sell really well for me and I was delighted to find this Miraculous Mary made in Italy.

A great pair of vintage metal vehicles.  I decorate them for Christmas
 with bottle brush trees and wreaths and battery operated mini lights.

An extraordinary find. 1880s Parian Porcelain bust of a Classical Woman.

Sweet vintage Capodimonte bisque figurine of a young boy holding grapes. 

Did a little personal downsizing and decided to sell my antique salt glaze, impressed barrel Allspice crock, circa 1890s-1900s.  This was my kitchen tool  holder for years.

Same with this marvelous multi colored sponge ware Cookie jar. Circa 1900s.  Both pieces are now in my main booth space at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall. Sometimes it's just the right time to downsize pieces and the enjoyment you receive is now passed on to another. 

This sweet pelican replaced my antique Allspice crock.  He's not old, he's just a charming, gulf blues pottery pelican that just seemed right for this Florida livin' gal.  

So our days now have more functional daylight and we are slowly reopening our lives up again. It's been a tough year and my wish for all is better times going forward.  Blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Monday, February 15, 2021

It's February Already?

 Greetings gentle readers.  I turned around in December and now it's already February in a new year.   Where did January go?  This pandemic working from home and with so many small businesses shuttered has the days just blending together into long weeks that I don't even know what time of day it is at times.  With a new year comes another reorganization at my "day" job so I'm on my 9th manager in 4 years, another new role and we start all over again with a new organization.  Oh, if I could only retire, sigh.  

Still, the weekends are always generous with Goodwill hunting and visits to my favorite haunts for treasure.  The last few weeks have been bountiful in nifty finds.

A stunning ruby red martini shaker. Very Art Deco and always sought after.

One of my favorite finds in January was this marvelous Art Deco, 8 day, mantel clock by Foreign.  Beautiful veneer marquetry case with lovely Westminster chimes and on the hour sounding like Big Ben.  Foreign is a UK company that manufactured clocks for the export market, the movement is German.  Circa 1928-33.

How fun are these vintage Deadstock, Crescent molded ivory plastic candles with bulb in the original box.  Never opened or used and has original penciled on price of .69 cents.  Circa 1950s.  Love the boxes that I'm not sure if I would take them out and use them or keep them in the box and display as-is.

My local Goodwill always has the most unique pictures for sale like this antique, late Victorian print of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in original, heavy frame.  Most likely a convent or rectory piece.  Circa 1900s.

I practically squealed with delight when I came across these six dessert plates from my local Goodwill.  Highly sought after, Fostoria Crystal, Wisteria (neodymium, alexandrite) plates.  The pattern, Lafayette, in the color Wisteria is avidly sought by collectors because of the color-changing from pink, amethyst to pale blue depending on natural and artificial light.  Circa 1940s.

Who doesn't love a display of gorgeous antique flow blue china?  I usually don't find great bowls like these and certainly not over two consecutive weekends. 

Pair of pretty milk glass items.  One is a late Victorian, pressed milk glass soap dish with lid, circa 1890s and the other is a vintage Westmoreland Paneled Grape milk glass lidded candy dish, circa 1940s.

Marvelous mid century modern, vintage petite point ladies ashtrays.  When smoking was fashionable you had fashionable ashtrays for your card games and patio time.  Circa 1950-60s, these are too pretty for cigarette ash.  I would place my rings or earrings in them or would use to rest my pen at my desk instead.

Found a nice mix of antique marigold Carnival Glass.  This glass seems to be peaking again with interest as I've begun selling it quite well again.

A weekend find, this marvelous 1930s pyrography box has damage to the bottom, but that is an easy repair.  I love the poinsettia work so this will be part of my Christmas display decorating next year. Yup, this one is a keeper.

Have to do a little research on this pretty little late Victorian oil painting in the original frame.  Pansies were a favorite flower of the Victorians and this is dated 1884.

And finally, my sweet girl wishes blessings to you and those you love.  SeaWitch