Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Flea Market Fun

Just beautiful weather.
Perfect for going to our local flea.
Always great anticipation as I head towards the tables...
What will I find?

These look like fun...

What a great coffee table this would make...

See any treasures in there?
One woman's junk is...
Well, you know how the saying goes!

Couldn't resist this moment of patriotic glory...

These blue hues caught my eye ....

Good 'ol vintage stuff!

And I was going to go back
for this ... and ran out of cash!
Note to self:
Bring. more. money.

Well, empty pockets or not, it was fun!
I'll be back to share some pics
with you of what I did bring back...
Enjoy your week!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Beachy Keen

Can I just say how great the weather was at the beach?

We didn't want it to end...

Treasures were found,
both the vintage and the natural ones.

Memories were made, too.
(Saw this sign in a boardwalk shop! How true, how true.)

I turned another year older. How does that happen so fast?

As long as I'm at the beach, I really don't mind!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Flea Market Blessed

You tend to take for granted the things you have right in your area.
Like our local flea market.
You can get produce, baked goods, clothing, etc.
Bebe and I have only gone ONCE this year!
For shame.
And the antiques are in abundance... why don't I go more often?
I have so much fun when I go...
I'm hoping to make it once or twice
more before the cold season sets in!
What would you like me to look for?
Just leave me a comment and I'll keep it
in mind when I am shopping!
Enjoy the day!

A Little Bit of France

A week or so ago Bebe and I went with a friend to see her Mother who lives in a quaint little campsite/village. You may remember my earlier post about where we saw the Fairy Garden.

Her Mother lives in a cute cottage with a wrap around deck, lots of chairs to sit in, and side tables for your iced tea.

When I walked into the kitchen my eye went directly to her Mother's Quimper collection.
(Pronounced ....well, let's see if I can get it correct, I took Italian in high school after all, is it "cam-pair?")

She had a lovely shelf filled with all sorts of pieces.

A large bowl as the centerpiece of her table... and then another china cabinet with teapots, etc.

She said it was a fifth generation set. Meaning, my friend was going to be next to receive it.

What a lovely gift to receive from your family! 

When we were in Paris for our honeymoon, I tried to bring home a couple pieces for my Mom from the marche au puces .... er, flea market. It was tough to find anything without chips, that didn't break the bank. I managed to bring back a couple of bowls and an egg cup.

There is this piece in my latest arrival inventory that looks similar and is marked "Made in France."
 It would definitely be a nice "go along."

Will be back next week with more fun adventures in antiquing!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 4, 2014

All aboard! Taking a Ride on the Blog Tour Train

Today I'm working on something new for my Bella blog!

 I've been invited to join the Blog Tour that is going from blog to blog.

First, I'd like to thank you for stopping by to read my contribution of the tour!  I was invited by Leann at The Old Parsonage to join in the fun. Stop by her blog after you read my post... you'll just love her cozy home, her creative flair for cooking, AND her Christmas posts because they happen every month on the 25th! She calls it "Rudolph Day" I do believe!

And speaking of her flair for cooking... here is a link to her recipe page ! Mmmmm mmmm mmmm... Delish. Sometimes I think I can smell her yummy baked goods and dinners over here....

Chicken pot pie, spice cake, beef stew for a cold winter's night... goodness abounds at the Old Parsonage!

And not only does she cook and bake, she crafts too!

Now, here are a few questions about me and this blog, Bella Rosa Antiques, which is based on my home business where I buy and sell vintage. I, of course, add in our other crazy adventures.

1. What am I working on?
Currently I am working on loading up my Etsy shops for the Christmas season.
I have two:
Bella Rosa Antiques on Etsy and Antique Retroactive

The Christmas buying season will be upon us before we know it and with school coming up, I will be trying to juggle several things at once. It will help me to have a head start, building up my inventory. This does not mean I am not working on other projects, I am!

We visit our lake house often and there is always something going on there. Plus, amazingly enough, vintage treasures abound in that region! I have found some of the neatest stuff up there, in the mountains of the Southern Adirondacks in New York state
We are also still working on our basement, transforming it into several key areas: A family and friend hang out zone (movies and kid parties, etc.).... a storage area...a play area...and also, a crafty corner.  

I just finished my office makeover here and started a temporary craft space for me and my daughter, whom I lovingly refer to as Bebe.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
If I were to compare myself to other online antique and vintage loving dealers, I would have to say I focus more on old books, china, jewelry, and ephemera.

Not a lot of shops carry ephemera, old postcards and fun old papers, to either collect or to craft with.  We find most of our antiques and vintage things right in our own county, which is referred to as "Amish Country." 

This past summer Bebe and I found a love for old buttons. She just loves digging through them and finding the Mother of Pearl, abalone shell, or other fancy styles! She will be 6 in a couple of months and I love that this activity keeps her happy for awhile.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I started my first blog, Jillian's Pages, in 2007, to work my way through a tough, emotional experience.  After awhile, I discovered how much I loved writing for the blog and then one thing led to another. After I launched my own website, I started another blog (Bella Rosa Antiques) then when it became too much, I blended the two into one, which is how I ended up with my current Bella Rosa Antiques blog.

(These are books from my own personal collection)
My love for antiques started early. My maternal Grandparents had an antique and book store in southern Florida, while we lived up North along the East Coast. My Grandmother would send things to my Mother for birthdays and Christmas, and whenever my Grandmother would visit me she would always give me a small, little treasure.

In my late high school/college days I started noticing the logos and printing on the bottom of china plates, etc. You could find me lifting up things and looking on the bottom. It was a slow transformation but now I am fully into vintage and antique goodies! To keep and to sell! Such fun!

4. How does your writing/creating process work?
Writing has always come easy to me. When I was in grade school I started my first journal. A diary, as one would call it, but soon I would be journaling. (Which is, of course, much more serious!) I still have a journal and started a few for Bebe. One of them I lost, which to me was a very big loss. Hopefully someone found it and is enjoying it. I wrote a lot about God and His role in her being born which is another story I'd love to share with you someday!
 (In this photo I was the " on camera talent"
working on a campaign for Pepsi School Caps)
Some of you will remember that in my former life (before baby) I had worked in television for about 16 years and was a Promotion Writer/Producer. Moving around for jobs was the way to make it up the ladder so to speak.
 I was trained to write in short, choppy phrases (choppy copy was our lingo) for what we call "on air promos." A long promo is 30 seconds long and a very short promo is 5 seconds. You will find my writing to be a little bit like that, in phrases, so I apologize! I have been working on today's post for awhile so hopefully it is better!
(This is me, on the hunt, looking for vintage)

I try and split my time between being a stay at home Mom, a stay at home working Mom, and a creative soul. It is not always easy. Some days I do not have much time to blog, so whatever I type is the first draft!
Thanks so much for sticking around to read my version of the Blog Tour!

Friday, August 1, 2014

She Read Pinkalicious!

My favorite color has been pink for a long time.

You could say it was the ballet lessons. You could say it was the color my Mother painted the walls in my bedroom when I was a child. But whatever it was... it hasn't left. I still like pink.

It worked out well when God blessed me with a girl. I've seen a LOT of pink the past five to six years.

This past week I took Bebe to the local library to "meet" our famous theme park princess... and you'll never guess what she was wearing...


She read two books to her adoring fans the little girls.
They listened carefully to her every word.
Then she pulled out every little girl's favorite book:
The book that warns you not to eat too many pink treats...
Or else you might turn ten shades of your favorite color.
Which is pink, of course.
Bebe had a great time.
I got a huge kick out of
watching her mannerisms.
She did a great job as a princess!
My favorite photos are the
"meet and greet" poses with Bebe.
Linking to Pink Saturday
(of course!)
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Everything's Coming Up Roses! New Arrivals Are Finally Here! Limoges, Rose Oil Painting, Antique Story Book and More!

So happy to be able to bring you this proverbial rose garden of treasures!
My new arrivals are listed in my shop, here.

So many neat pieces this week.
Here are links to the pieces shown:
Many things did not make tonight's listing.
If there was something you may have seen on my
blog and it is not listed yet, let me know and
I will list it for you.
Enjoy the day!
With all of these tea cups I just had to link to
"Share Your Cup Thursday"
with Mrs. Olson.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sleeping Beauty, A Fairy Garden, and Some Bachelors

This summer has been a lot of fun so far. And this past weekend I ramped up the busy.

Bebe and I were invited to see a play at a local playhouse. It was geared toward a younger audience.

When I heard that it was called "Sleeping Beauty and the Bachelors" I was a bit concerned however!

It turned out that Sleeping Beauty had a hard time staying awake long enough to meet the right guy.

Bebe had a lot of fun and she enjoyed hanging out with her BFF.

The playhouse is located in a vintage, turn of the century "camp meeting" community. It is so quaint and so sweet. And it just so happens another bloggy friend of mine, Joyce from The Quilted Nest, shares her cottage from there on her blog.

Bebe's bestie was so excited to show
us a "Fairy Garden" the children like to play in.

Now let me just say I am not the fairy type..

But when I saw all of the little tea sets and figurines set around this wooded scene, it was just too adorable! The children can bring things to leave there and they can set up different scenes with the existing fairies, figurines, and tea cups. How fun.

Hope you enjoyed our day at the playhouse as much as we did!

Enjoy the day,


Next up:
Hopefully my next post will be new listings for BellaRosaAntiques.com ! 

Linking with What's it Wednesday with Ivy and Elephants.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Star Spangled Banner Inspiration

(Note: All pictures on this blog post are the property of Bella Rosa Antiques. Please contact me for permission to use them.)

If you've been following along with my blog over the years, you may know that I have a penchant for the Patriotic.

My Sister has it too. We met up this weekend (in the middle of our two geographic locations) at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. We think it is our Father's influence. (His ancestors fought in both the Revolutionary War era as well as the Civil war.)

What makes Fort McHenry so special is its special place in history.  It is the home of the Star Spangled banner.

It all began with the War of 1812. ( I have also grown to love history as well. I think being a lover of antiques helps.)

Anyway, the War of 1812. This yet another set of skirmishes with the British.They had already claimed Washington, burned the White House and more, and were now setting their sights on Baltimore. The only way they could do it was to take down Fort Henry.

Our soldiers worked hard and prepared for battle against the world's strongest military. They were ready.

The battle lasted 25 hours. Then, the Brits finally ran out of mortars and rockets. Through the fog of war, literally, the Americans waited to see if they would be attacked again.

That morning, Francis Scott Key, a young lawyer, was watching for a sign of who had won. He waited to see which flag had been raised.

He describes that moment in his poem:

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

(This is the flag that currently flies over Fort McHenry.)

Below is the actual flag that is now sitting in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

Photo credit:
Smithsonian Institute
In a few years we'll be heading down to D.C. to
see it in person to give Bebe a better look.
Here are the rest of the verses in Key's poem.
Scroll down to the last stanza if you don't feel
like reading the whole thing. (But it is interesting.)

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream: 'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion, A home and a country should leave us no more! Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war's desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our trust." And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Take note of the third to last verse.
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."

I'm carrying on the triumphant wave.... I hope you will too.

This weekend we also went to see the new movie "America." It was a very good documentary about the indictments people make against our country, but it also made many good arguments about what makes America special. Really special. As in, once you leave these borders, you are not in Kansas anymore... as Dorothy used to say.  We are living in the only "land of the free" on the planet.

When the movie was over, the audience applauded. When the lights came on, I saw that my husband and I were the youngest people in the theater.

It saddened me because I realized it is the younger generation that need to see the movie. Not my generation and the one ahead of me. We already know what makes America special.

(A close up of the young men in the
fife and drum corps playing at Fort McHenry)

When the movie comes out on DVD I encourage you to buy it and share it with the younger set. They need to see it.

(Visitors at Fort McHenry take part in a flag
demonstration and tour.)

Links to more Information:

A website with great facts about the flag and what happened to it:

Fort McHenry: CRWFlags.com

The Fort McHenry Website:


Thursday, July 24, 2014

A China Rose Garden

Look what I found...a "china rose garden!"

Sometime in the not too distant future, I will get these new tea party items listed in my shop! (Some are listed, some are not) My babysitter is back from a missions trip and I think that with her help, a bunch of new listings will happen next week.

I was fortunate enough to happen upon a few gorgeous tea cups... and then at my favorite shop around the corner, I found the condensed milk jar. Putting them all together like this in a collage makes it look like so beautiful, enchanting ... 

A few of the pieces are already on Etsy and on my main website, BellaRosaAntiques.com. One has sold already, can you guess which one?

Hope your summer is in full swing and full of fun!

Linking with Pink Saturday.