Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bella Rosa Antiques: Vintage Finds of the Week #2

Welcome to my second "Vintage Finds of the Week." 

Today I'm sharing some of my more industrial finds. Usually I'm surrounded by vintage jewelry, porcelain dishes with roses, and antique ephemera. Don't get me wrong, I also found those kinds of things but today I wanted to show you my other side.

The gritty. The grungy.

Not convinced yet? Me neither!

Just to let you know, I usually bring along my vintage lovin' sidekick: The Hubs.

He is just as into antiques as I am. He's just not into selling them! Which works because I need someone to carry all of my junk, I mean, treasures. 

I'm just kidding!!! We help each other out at local sales with questions like "Should I get this?" or "What do you think of THIS?" Our code word answers are: "I really like it," if we think it is a great find or, "I don't really like it."  The latter can mean anything from "please don't bring that junk home" to "I think it is priced way too high!" 

We were both surprised to see this vintage Coca-Cola soda crate still sitting around. It received an "I like it!" and we snapped it up as soon as we could.

The hubby was excited to pick out some license plates. There were a lot of them at this one sale we went to and he bought four from the fifties.

I couldn't pass up the wooden picnic basket.... went round and round with the Hubs about why I had to have it. I kept getting back :"I don't like it."  I ended up winning with "But I REALLY like it!"  I also just noticed it is positioned backwards in the photo. Ah well! 

Then there was the metal cash box. Oh yes! Love that it still had the key in the lock. I also found satin hangers (they look mysteriously like hangers from a "Victoria's Secret" store) and a sweet old sewing box.

I also purchased these two paintings... not a Renoir or a Monet but there is some appeal to them. I might bring one to the lake house. The master bedroom has a "ship at sea" theme.

Can't wait to see what this weekend may bring! I love finding something we've never come across before....even if we aren't sure what it was made to do. It's like a scavenger hunt and what makes buying and selling vintage stuff, fun!

Linking to What's It WednesdayShare Your Cup Thursday and  Vintage Inspiration Party.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Let's Talk Vintage #27: It's All About the Features

Oh my! I must have selected the wrong date last week when I started working on my "Let's Talk Vintage" post. My apologies for the party happening a day early! It is supposed to run Tuesday mornings at 9am.

Now that it is already out there, let's just have fun and go with it.

This past weekend I found a bunch of neat items but in this post, I am focusing on you! I'll get to my finds later on in the week. I'm curious to see what you found, created, or were inspired by.

So let's get to it... here are this week's features:

Debra at Common Ground shared her frame makeover which really gave this print the perfect

Cecilia of Thrift Store Addiction shared pictures from her trip to Texas Antique Week. It was hard to pick just one photo from her trip but these little dresses made from vintage linens had me at first glance. Adorbs!

Two bits, four bits, hey! Six bits, a dollar! Melissa of Melissa's Antiques went to an auction and hauled in these vintage high school megaphones. Since I was a cheerleader in high school, these touched a heart string! "Three Cheers for Melissa!!"

Now it's your turn. Let's Talk Vintage!


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Vintage Finds of the Week #1

Welcome to my first edition of "Vintage Finds of the Week!" From now until Fall I will be posting what I find each week in some shape or form. (Collage or single photos...only time will tell!)

It is spring and we've started going out each week looking for new finds... and I really enjoyed myself as you can see:

From the beautiful "Pavia Pink" Gorham china teacup to the gold shabby baby shoes, I was very pleased with my finds which will go into my Bella Rosa shops. The .com as well as the shop on Etsy.

The brass sconces were made in Spain. I will need to do a little research before I list these.

If you love tea then the stacked teapot set will tickle your fancy! I loved the bright floral chintz pattern. It is called "Bermuda Island Flowers" by C. Holding.

The very first item in the collage fooled me at first. I thought it was a vintage lace collar. They are quite common. What I discovered after touching it, was that it is made up of all beads. Yes, beads!
A beautiful piece for someone who appreciates beadwork.

The baby shoes were found in the bottom portion of the original box. It looked like someone tried to imitate the "bronzed baby shoe" look. Instead, they have this awesome shabbiness about them. I added the pink seam binding as "ties." So sweet!

The following items I will be listing in my "retro" shop:

A happy find!
LuRay pastels salt & pepper set

Did this apron once belong to
a happy homemaker?

Too darn cute. Where were these cake
toppers when I was
planning Bebe's Carnival party?

I will probably keep these for the lake house.

Remember playing this game?
This version is from the 80's.
I would have played with one from the
 70's but we'll keep that one quiet.

Another great week of vintage shopping.
These are so fun!
Can't wait to see what we find this weekend....
Until then... happy hunting!
Linking to Vintage Inspiration Party
and Pink Saturday

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Let's Talk Vintage #26: A Few Unique Vintage Finds

Hello and welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!
This week I am sharing some unique vintage finds.
Things you just don't see on the hunt everyday.

Finding something different, no matter the value, is always a bonus for me.
An opportunity to learn something new.

The crystal beaded necklace above is not your average piece.  It intrigued me because it was one long consistent strand with a large bead on each end. Turns out it is a lariat. You just simply fold the one end over the other and let it dangle or get creative and try a double wrap around. Love it!

Then we have the cast iron double ink well. So unique! There's a tray for your pens and the two squares slide open to reveal the glass ink wells.

Then we found what I believe is a leather bound photo album or scrapbook. Since it is leather,  it's not your ordinary run of the mill item.

And lastly, a find we have saved for a few years, this Grace Putnam baby doll. Definitely not something you see everyday. They were the first "realistic" looking baby dolls back in the 1920's. If you are a collector, I apologize for saying this but this one looks a little creepy! I'm still researching this one. I'm finding information on them but sometimes it is conflicting.

Now let's see who is featured this week:

Donna of Distressed Donna Down Home worked some magic on this primitive chest.

Rita of Panopoly shared how she cleverly used her newly expanded booth space.

And Gina of Victorian Wanna Be shared her amazing Easter themed collections... from milk glass eggs to gorgeous ephemera pieces.

Now it's your turn.... Let's Talk Vintage!

Linking to Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures

Friday, April 3, 2015

Decorating a Second Family Room

 This past Christmas we were so excited... our basement remodel was finally nearing completion, enough so that we could put furniture in and start decorating!

I went with a neutral tone for the walls. It needed to be light enough so it didn't feel too dark. We do have a daylight basement so it really helps to keep it cheery.

We decided to save money and just bring the current "family room" furniture downstairs.

(Pardon the blurry picture, I was on the
treadmill when this was taken!)

Then we purchased a "new" set for upstairs. It really isn't something I would normally do, buy a used living room set, but this one was in pristine condition. It matched everything in our main family room. It was almost like it was meant to be!

So, I'm adding little touches here and there. I started hanging art on the walls I found at Christmas Tree Shops! It worked for decorating the lake house so why not for the basement, too?

The theme for the walls is "vintage architecture."

Since we honeymooned in Paris, the Eiffel Tower has made its way in to the d├ęcor more than once.

Take a look at my own creation. I found a long frame at a yard sale. Then I printed a black and white artsy version of the Eiffel Tower off of the internet. I think from the Graphics Fairy.

I colored in the white areas with my gold sharpie pen.... loved the look!

For the background I used "vintage" themed scrapbook paper and printed The Eiffel Tower" in French from my printer. It was easier than using scrapbook letters.

It is coming along. Now, next project: Hardwood floors in the upstairs family room. Or, painting the formal living room, or working on the master bedroom.... or....

I could go on and on!

For now I will leave you with a picture of Bebe's Easter basket I put together!  Hope she likes it.

Happy Easter to all. Forever thankful for His Sacrifice.

Here is what happened to the basket upon finding it.
Yes, the tricky Easter Bunny hides his baskets,
following my hubby's old tradtion.

It was a hit!

Linking to:
Hope in Every Season Homemaking Party. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Let's Talk Vintage #25: Springing Up Vintage Finds

Good day all!
Happy Spring!
(Can you tell I'm excited?)
The days are longer, the sun is making its way
back to us for the next several months... and it
is a great time to hunt for vintage.
So far two church sales and a day of antiquing
has greatly increased my inventory for the year!
Plus, last week I joined a fellow blogger, Joyce, of
The Quilted Nest, and another dealer from our
old antique mall, Cathy, for some vintage shopping.
It was interesting to see what each of
us went for... knowing there were
three of us who were hunting for vintage.
We headed out early in the morning. And yes, I mean
early when I say 9 o'clock!  We visited a small
town that had several thrift shops.
I found the lovely Dora Miller book and the
blue rhinestone necklace.
I also picked up an Easter Basket for Bebe.
 Then I found some more goodies for my
other Etsy shop, the one where I sell more
"retro" items. The owl night light and the
Gonder Pottery vase are already listed here.
We had a great time! I am looking forward
to going again sometime this summer.
Now let's take a look at this week's features:
The ever sweet bloggin' gals at
Ivy and Elephants shared this beautiful egg.
What's not to love with its beautifully
painted panels?
 Blue Willow House found this awesome
 picnic basket, perfect for bread and wine!
I love picnics!
and last, but certainly not the least,
created this lovely mantle decoration
using a chicken feeder. Wow!
Now it is your turn. Let's Talk Vintage!

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Rose By Any Other Name.... My Latest Vintage Finds

Some of my finds this week are decidedly feminine.
Like the vase below.
She caught my eye right away.
On instagram I named her Rose.
Because any other name for a
long stemmed rose vase
would not be as sweet!
(If you are on there, check out my posts)
A pretty pink satin quilted glove box.

A uniquely styled Gonder Pottery Vase.

A beautiful, Herend,
Hungarian porcelain dish.

The ever popular Nancy Drew...
several volumes from the 1930's.
A pretty powder box with all the right
elements. Pink, aqua, and well, vintage!
And my new jewelry love...
Lariat necklaces. This one
is just stunning with its aurora
borealis crystal beads.
What did you find this week?
Linking to
How Sweet the Sound.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Let's Talk Vintage #24: Finding Vintage On A One Tank Trip

Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage! This is where we get to share our latest finds, projects, or whatever you're doing that includes vintage.

This past weekend we took a one tank trip to visit a historical town filled with all kinds of vintage goodies. Both physical to the touch and those just seen with the eye.

Come on along, and I'll show you!

There are so many lighthouses, we'll never be able to see them all, but we were happy to find one in this sleepy little artsy town near the Chesapeake Bay.
This little town is rich with the history
connected to the war of 1812.

And then we turned and found a maritime museum. I just had to show Bebe these antique bathing suits and beach shoes!

Then before dinner along the water, we checked out a local antique mall.

Didn't take me too long before I found
a booth filled with vintage cuteness.

Earlier we had stopped in a shop called "JoRetro."  It was filled with all things mid century modern and "Etsy" like wares. Check out this necklace made from Pyrex!
I love both styles... vintage charm
 and mid century modern.
Now let's see who is featured this week
from last week's link up:
Donna at
found there's nothing odd
about a six legged table.
And Audrey of Timeless Treasures
shared her cobbler's boot forms.
First time for me to see them!
What a treasure for sure.
And Kim at Snug Harbor showed us
how to turn a forgotten, neglected
trunk into this really cool,
 repurposed piece!
Now it's your turn, so Let's Talk Vintage!