Copyright 1881 By Laura C. Holloway
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Copyright 1881 By Laura C. Holloway
Monday, August 29, 2011
But before we do let's take a look back at some of the bathing suits our Grandparents (and parents) wore. They're fun to decorate a beach house or lakeside cottage... just hang on the wall and voila! (Photos are from Cottage Living)
This one is considered unisex and was made of wool, by Catalina. I cannot imagine wearing wool in the heat of summer, on the beach.... but it happened! It is very rare to find a suit like this that has not been eaten away by moths.
This suit shows how styles were changing... logo by Jantzen. Synthetic fabric mixed with wool.
Some of these vintage suits can cost you a pretty penny....hundreds of dollars now!
This one is a bit more affordable at 200.00!
This Catalina suit is too pretty to wear to the beach! And it is a whopping 500.00.
Around the 1940's for this style. Here is another cutie.... a "Bubble suit" moving along to the 1950's... a coral pink!
This one is adorable! I love the rickrack border. According to the writer of the article, this 1960's suit was found at an antique mall for 20.00!
The aqua bottles with simple greenery, combined with a seashell, make this a great beach vignette. Try it in the laundry room for year round fun!
We're going to try and make it down to the beach one last time before Labor Day is here.
One last walk along the water and a stroll along the boardwalk...hoping
that the memories keep us going until next year!
As noted by Country Living, some of the suits were found on GlamourSurf.com
Friday, August 26, 2011
Vintage Treasures: MZ Austria Rose Plate, Art Deco Clocks, World War II Ephemera, "Mad Men" Jewelry, Flapper Girl Purse
So hunker down, stay in, and browse through my latest vintage treasures... and if you're not bracing for a hurricane, just take a minute to check out some neat old finds:
This one was hard to part with!
Two sets of (5) Haviland Limoges plates.
A romantic trio of things... antique Paris (Le Tour Eiffel ooh la la!) postcard, large brass skeleton key hanging from a pink ribbon, and a World War II soldier's photo. I love the push pin holes to show how often his photo was pinned up.
The reverse side of the Paris postcard. In French!
And so are these clocks. I LOVE the art deco design of the square clock.
A Gregorian copper watering can. I did not take a copper cleaner to it. Some
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Guess what I was in the middle of doing? Taking pictures of my latest finds for the shop!
I can't even remember now why I was moving from my "studio" toward the staircase when I heard a VERY loud rumbling.
It was a gorgeous day yesterday (as well as today) so I had all the windows and doors open.
I thought the noise was some loud trucks rumbling by on the highway nearby.
But then I heard my LuRay teacups shaking and rattling. My first thought was EARTHQUAKE?
Then I looked for Bebe and saw her playing under the table. She was safe so I moved down the hallway toward my kitchen. I looked at my teacup stand holding my LuRay Pastels cups.... it was still rattling back and forth. I had to reach out and put my hand on it to stop the motion.
This was definitely an earthquake (or something), I thought. Then my phone rang and it was my Mother. "WE JUST HAD AN EARTHQUAKE!" Well this confirmed everything. I knew it was something big if we both felt it in two different states!
Now I know all of my bloggy pals out on the West Coast are laughing about now. We're just not used to this kind of thing.
It sure did make the afternoon interesting.
Anyway, all of this to mention that I never finished taking my photos!
Hopefully tomorrow evening I will be back on track, rolling along as usual!
Monday, August 22, 2011
I discovered it was a special publication put out by Better Homes and Gardens. Looking at their website today I discovered their definition of Country French:
Country French is defined by its elegant look, with a touch of nature and country mixed in. The French manor look can be yours by bringing in these elements: antiques, blue and yellow, florals and nature inspiration, gilded elements, rustic country-inspired details, trims, and finishes (fringe, lace), and decorative faux finishes.
Well I'll have a little bit of that and MORE, thank you very much.
Loved this look and I'm excited about searching for antiques to fill a new category on my website. You just never know when inspiration will hit. (By the way, we were in Costco when I happened to find the magazine at their discounted price!)
Friday, August 19, 2011
Vintage Finds: French Poodle Figurines, Spats Hook, Word Game, Edgar Allen Poe, Vintage Sarah Coventry Jewelry, Vintage Donald Duck Puppet
Old wooden and metal ladies shoe forms in sweet pastels, tied in a bow.
ADORABLE chalkware puppy. Was he a carnival giveaway? I'd love to know!
Her rose decor on top is not perfect but she was too precious to pass up.
Linking to Pink Saturday too... stop by and visit all of the other blogs.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
"A pair of contestants is taken through a series of challenges that escalate in level of difficulty, tasking the contestants with discerning the price of the items in each round. If they successfully complete the challenges, contestants can win up to $1 million"
And how much someone paid for this "8 Elvis" picture by Andy Warhol, at auction.
There is even a tissue used by Scarlett Johansen after she was on a Network talk show...auctioned off for $5,300.00. And a used, thrown away dog food can from Paris Hilton's trash, sold for $300.00. Not exactly antiques... so this is where the show and I part ways.
If you're just in it for the entertainment then you'll enjoy this show. If you're a die hard antiquer and love shows like "The Pickers" then this may not be for you.Sounds an awful lot like a modern version of "Let's Make A Deal" meets "Antiques Road Show" without the funny get ups. (Oh wait, that is what Cedric is for!)
Has NBC grown desperate for ratings and jumped on the antique TV bandwagon? Shows on cable like Pawn Stars , The Pickers, and more have grabbed tons of prime time viewers over the past few years. Remember Lara Spencer, the host from Antiques Roadshow? She is one of the Executive Producers. Let's hope her guidance makes this show the real McCoy and not fake reproduction! We'll see coming up this September...
Monday, August 15, 2011
This old KODAK camera, available in my shop, is a great piece to use for display in a movie room or office.
After looking online for some ideas of what to do with some of my vintage photos I've collected over the years, I found something really cool!
The photos above and below are from apartmenttherapy.com
I just love how they pop through the glass, as though there is a magnifying glass over them.
Easy to do and gives another creative way to use those old jars and bottles we find at fleamarkets!
PS....Today is my Bella Rosa Blog's : BLOGOVERSARY! I just found out from a friendly blogger... thanks so mcuh! Let me guess...it has been 3 years since I started this Bella Rosa Antiques blog. Whoo hooo! Thank you all for helping me to keep it going...
Friday, August 12, 2011
I'm hoping for one of these sweet rides with a big shiny bow.
Or maybe some of these...
But I think I have everything I need.
Bebe and I went to the store and picked out bakery fresh cupcakes as a special treat.
Linking with PINK SATURDAY!
Won't you help me celebrate?