Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Let's Talk Vintage Linky Party # 3 - Using Vintage To Decorate a Banquet

Welcome to my third "Let's Talk Vintage Linky Party!"

Last week was a busy one! My creative skills were called upon to decorate a dinner banquet at Bebe's school.

My mission: Decorate in a patriotic theme... and more specifically include one of the most famous documents in our nation's history.

I was up for the challenge.

As always, I include vintage pieces.

Some of the items were from the staff
at the school. We emailed and asked if
anyone had the items I requested on my list.
The pitcher seen here holding the flags
is from my BellaRosaAntiques.com shop.
It has a pretty pink rose on it but I wrapped
some burlap and ribbon around the vase to
cover it... didn't want it to look too "shabby chic!"
A teacher lent me his reproduction of the
very famous signed document, the Constitution.
I printed this one from the internet.
Each guest was given a bookmark
as a party favor. The statue of Liberty
is from my own collection at home.
I found the feathers at our local craft store and added
 the "we the people" tags using parchment paper
from my resume stash. Yes, I actually used
to use parchment style paper for my resume!
This dinner d├ęcor really came together with
all of the right pieces... I was happy things
fell into place as I had a busy week planned.

The antique eye glasses are
from my bookshelf display...
the old Bibles were from
my hubby's collection.
I find it fun pulling pieces
from different sources...
and watching it take shape!
And now, without further ado,
Let's Talk Vintage!
I'm featuring a couple of bloggers
from last week's shindig:
Melissa shared her Pyrex finds...
totally retro cool!
And over at Adirondack Girl at Heart
we saw a FABULOUS pair
of robin's egg blue ice skates!
Now it is your turn!
Share your latest projects,
shop items, your personal
collections, etc.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Let's Talk Vintage Linky Party #2

Do you find yourself shopping for,
collecting, and just
loving vintage?
Want a place to check out
what everyone else is
collecting and buying?
(And even selling?)
Well, you've come
to the right place!
Let's Talk Vintage!
Here are a couple of awesome bloggers
I'm featuring from last week's party
who really kicked it off in style:
found a gold mine of a treasure with this
vintage mining cart!
made out well in record time at a barn sale:
What??? I never find gorgeous pitchers
like this at a barn sale!
And there was fleamarket madness
They always find oldies but goodies!
And now, it's your turn to link up:
Just simply
1) Add your post below...
2) Link back to me if you have a blog
3) Have fun! (So far there's no limit on how many)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Decorating for a Patriotic Dinner - Tea Staining - And a Link Party Tomorrow!

This week I have a bunch of fun stuff
going on! I'm even trying to tea stain...
Key word being... TRYING.
I've been asked again to decorate for an
event at Bebe's school. My creative
brain just can't say no!
I thrive on this kind of stuff. Sometimes
it is a little stressful, but mostly fun.
Or else, I wouldn't do it.
The theme has to do with the US Constitution.
Anyway, so I attempted to tea stain
some patriotic fabric. Not a real flag, mind you,
so don't email me and say I was destroying the flag!
(Obviously this is on my mind)
Anyway, the tea did not take.
The fabric looks the same as
before I put it in the pot of
steamy hot water.
Maybe the fabric was treated?
Didn't boil it enough?
Not enough tea bags?
Will have to research this later...
I also found (among our own stuff,)
a neat collection of reproduction
old American documents.
Then I had an idea... the light bulb clicked!
At each table, have a feather with a "We the People"
tag on it... as a reminder of the signing of this
important document.
Add an old glass inkwell, old spectacles and "Voila!"
Instant patriotism.
I'll be back later on with photos
of how it turned out.

Wish me luck!
Don't forget.... tomorrow is my
"Let's Talk Vintage" linky party!
Feel free to link up your posts.
Projects, vintage stuff you sell,
things you collect, things you love...
Tomorrow morning at 9 AM!
(Still trying to figure out how to do
the "code" for the logo/button... bear with me!)
Linking with Show & Share at Coastal Charm

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Let's Talk Vintage Thank you & Exciting Antique Ventures

First, I just want to say a big THANK YOU to the bloggers who helped me with my first day of a new linky party called "Let's Talk Vintage!"

If you are interested in linking up with me next time feel free to grab my button on my side bar or here below:

1. Then on Tuesday at 9 AM (Eastern time) link up your blog posts, shop items, or whatever you are working on that has to do with vintage. (Anything 1980's or before.)

2. So far there is no limit on how many times you can link per week. I'll have to take this one week at a time and see how many participate!

3. Simply link back to me if you have a blog post and we can help each other out by doing so.

And now I have more exciting ventures to tell you about. I'm going to be taking part in an antique show in our local area of Lancaster County, which is most often known as "Amish Country."

I'm starting out small and only getting a one table booth but if it turns out well I plan on expanding next year. It is a three day show and I am getting excited about what to bring and how to make my display.

The first night of the show, which is a Friday, includes an "Early Buyers Wine & Cheese Social." While it is not a "black tie event" I am definitely going to try and dress UP. Wear some of my vintage jewelry and see how it goes!

More details to come! I'll be pinning on Pinterest for great ideas ... follow along with me there or also on Instagram for updates.

But before that even happens I have other stuff planned! (It is great being busy but I'm starting to feel the pressure!)

First I am helping Bebe's school with another event... where they want ME to decorate their donor dinner. I love it because I get to infuse some of my vintage pieces. I think they love it because they never know what I am going to bring! ( I usually don't either until the last minute)

This event has a "American Constitution" theme. I'm thinking parchment paper, an "old" copy of our famous documents (a visit to the graphics fairy, perhaps?), a quill "pen," wooden crates, lanterns, and definitely cheer for some red, white, and blue.

Then the same day, my Mother is coming into town.  I'll be sure to pre-write and schedule my second "Let's Talk Vintage" post because it is on the same day too!

I'll be back soon... Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Let's Talk Vintage: First Day of My New Link Party!

Can we talk?
Can we talk about VINTAGE?

It is one of my favorite topics!
Today I'm starting a
"Let's Talk Vintage" link party.
You can join in or just have fun checking
out what others have to share!
Feel free to link up your latest finds,
treasures, photos, vintage shop items,
 or vintage projects like repurposing!
(Your post or link just has to have something
about vintage... preferably from the 1980's and beyond.)
Today I've been having fun listing some vintage
goodies ... some on my BellaRosaAntiques.com
website, and some in my "retro" Etsy shop.
What are you working on? Did you find
a vintage treasure or two recently?

SO, "Let's talk vintage!":

Copy my "Let's Talk Vintage" graphic
and link up below:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pretty Vintage Things From the Flea

Some vintage pieces caught my eye
at the flea market this week.
Yes, I am making the effort to
go each week until the outdoor
vendors are finished for the season.
While I did find some pretty vintage things...
it was not as easy this time.
You have to dig and dig and be willing to
walk away from an object if it is not
in the price range.
Luckily I found these pretty French labels!
What to do, what to do. Sell or keep?
I'd better sell... I have an antique show
coming up at the end of October.
Excited to blog about it soon.
Enjoy your day!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Falling for the Beach

We love the beach and walking along the
Jersey shore on one of its famous boardwalks.
But we rarely make the trip in the Fall.
This past weekend was like an
old fashioned "Indian Summer" with
beautiful temperatures and minimal clouds.
Saturday we went to a local amusement park...
...then took a trip down to my favorite beach
yesterday. Needed to get away and clear
the fog in my head. We've been really busy
and I witnessed a bad accident on Friday
trying to get Bebe to ballet class.

This ocean side town is always
 a great getaway for me.
Combine that with my love for picture
taking and it all adds up to be a fun time.
Bebe likes to comb the beach for shells.
Broken shells, unique colors, twisty shapes,
...she loves so many! She calls them "rare"
and is happy to have these special treasures. 

I love the old architecture. This is the
music pier and there are many
events held in the auditorium
from the Miss New Jersey Pageant to
orchestra performances.

My favorite candy shop was all decorated for fall.
Weird to see pumpkins on the boardwalk...
but also a welcoming sight.

With all that has been going on in the
world this was a bit unnerving.
Until we saw that the parrot was also
missing its head! They were probably
working on it in the off season.
What a relief.
Yes, a visit to my favorite beach, which is filled
with many memories, helps to make new ones, too. 

It is the start of a new week, a fresh one with
a new outlook, and I'll be busy working in
my shop... still more vintage goodies to list!

Also, working on starting a vintage link party.
Which do you like better: "Flea Market Tuesdays"
or "Let's Talk Vintage?"

More to come!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Perusing the Local Flea Market

There is a local flea market that is buzzing with
anticipation and excitement, every Tuesday morning
in my area. From April through October, vendors
are in place and shoppers are happily scanning tables.

This means I have had about 24 chances
to get myself up and over there with my
cart and bags in hand.
I think I went three times. Yep, three.
I know, it is a shame, just look at some
of this cool stuff I am missing out on.
I did go this past Tuesday and took some
pictures along the way.

Look at these cool soda crates! These
three look great together.

I had my eye on this chocolate pot.
So did the vendor. LOL!
 I just noticed today that I snapped
the photo with her face right
in the handle area.
Kind of creepy, no?
She was a very nice lady though.
She also had this on her table.
Lots of metal and rust here. 

 This sign caught my eye...
but I couldn't find anything for
my shop that was 1.00.
Can't hurt to try!

My poor little cart was over loaded
and stuffed. Turned out to be a great day
for me to find inventory for my shop.
Here are some of the finds:
Check them out listed, here.
I'm thinking about doing a link up party
called "Flea Market Tuesdays."
The sign I took a picture of at the
top of this post gave me the inspiration.
More to follow on that, soon!
For now, I am linking to Pink Saturday.
And Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures
And Ivy and Elephants "What's It Wednesday"

Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Arrivals for Fall Include French Seltzer Bottle, Victorian Sentiments Mug, Pinocchio Book and More!

They're here! My new arrivals for Fall are now listed in the shop!
So excited about so many of them. Aren't I always?
But this week I have some really neat pieces:

Where do I begin? I'll start with the first:
French Aqua Blue Glass Seltzer Bottle from Paris
Japanese Nippon Style Rose Bowl
Antique 1910 Calendar Plate
Victorian Sentiment Mug
Antique Hand Colored Tin Type Portrait
Ladies Beaded Gloves
Hand Painted Rose Vanity Tray
Antique Children's Black Beauty Book
French Porcelain Trinket Box
and there's more that I haven't even mentioned.
Hop over here, to see the new collection!

Linking to Ivy and Elephants: What's it Wednesday
and Share a Cup with Mrs. Olson

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Candy, Cupcake, and Ice Cream Birthday Party

How SWEET it was!
We had Bebe's birthday party over the weekend.
There was a change in plans about where to have it,
but it all ended up working out really well.
Instead of having it in our remodeled basement
(it was almost done, but not quite) I decided to
set it up in our "den" or main living area.
We have these wonderful tall glass windows
and the light on the decorations gave everything
a lovely pastel pop of color.
I found many of my jars and glass containers
at our local Salvation Army.

And saved myself some time by getting
the sticker labels at Party City.
They were only 99 cents!

We played several games,
like "guess how many gumballs"...
... and a "decorate your own cupcake" project
 which I put together myself instead of looking
online for a kit. I was trying to stick to a budget
 and this worked out better than I had anticipated!
I also made the circle garland out
of scrapbook paper and string.

The tissue paper pom poms looked
 so pretty above the table but
 I found them to be a bit
tedious to pull apart and puff out.
The results were awesome though!
(Got them for 1/2 price at our
local craft store using a coupon
...due to the above mentioned budget.)
Bebe and her sweet friends
had a lot of fun, and I had a
great time setting it all up.

Pinterest was a great place for inspiration!
(Feel free to follow along with me as I pin my favorites.)

Enjoy the day!

Linking with:
Coastal Charm: Show and Share
Hope in Every Season: The Homemaking Party
Ivy and Elephants: What's It Wednesday
Share Your Cup with Mrs. Olsen
How Sweet the Sound: Pink Saturday