Thursday, March 31, 2011
What Is It About Old Stuff?
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Victorian Shell Purse
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Monday, March 28, 2011
Laughter & Memories: Sicilian Style
Thursday, March 24, 2011
A Most Graceful Celebration
I've been working on a video montage using photos of her throughout her lifetime. We'll all watch and probably cry. We'll be making homemade meatballs and sauce in honor of her as well as passing the tradition on to my neice and nephew, teaching them how to make it.
I can't wait.
I think she would have had a good time at our gathering. And we'll be reminiscing about all the good times we had with her.
I'll be back after the weekend with photos from our celebration.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
This Lenox rooster is so cheerful and full of pastel spring time colors. It is my focus of today's Second Chance Tuesday. Not an antique but we do have a "Collectibles" category which this piece falls into. It was tough not to set this one out in my own kitchen. And hey, the title "Spring Chicken" sounded better than "Spring Rooster!"
Sunday, March 20, 2011
A Very Basic Day = Blessed
An earthquake, a Tsunami, near nuclear meltdown, revolutions and wars.
It is overwhelming when you think about it.
Recently a friend emailed me and asked "How was your Sunday?"
"Good. We had church, lunch, naps, dinner, playtime, laundry...TV.
A pretty basic day but compared to the rest of the world...blessed!"
I'm counting my blessings today. Won't you?
Also, prayers for the people of Japan. May God comfort them as they grieve
and those that need food and water supplies will have them soon.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Latest Arrivals: In the Pink!
Catherine Klein was known for her gorgeous artwork. This piece of early, turn of the century ephemera is no exception. Note her signature in the lower right hand corner.
Sweet little bunnies for Easter time... pink nosies and ears!
A baby spoon becomes "girlie" with a little bit of old fashioned ribbon...
Sweet vintage "rose" Verly soap box, made in Germany.
How about a little mini vanity items in pink? This rouge tin is amazing to me. First, I have never called "blush" rouge...but I guess it is my generation. This little compact tin is still full. And gosh, it is so darn cute!
I'm linking up with Pink Saturday. Join in the fun!
My latest arrivals may be found by going to the Bella Rosa Antiques website here.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
A Little Bit Irish
Here she was as a wee kitten. It is such a short time that they are this cute...but Minnie has all kinds of interesting quirks that make her special. She is also very smart. How do cats get so smart?
Anyway, a Happy St. Patrick's Day to ya! I'm not going to do any history pieces in this post. It is just going to be fun. So, I found an Irish Soda Bread recipe to share... not that I've actually made it or anything. Maybe I should try it! That and have Irish stew.
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In medium bowl, combine buttermilk, melted butter, egg, and raisins.
In large bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix to combine.
Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Spoon into greased loaf pan and bake for 50-55 minutes.
Leave in pan for 1 minute.
Remove to wire rack to cool.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Vintage Paper Egg & A Special Happy Birthday
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Monday, March 14, 2011
As the weather gets warmer, the spring "fever" starts to set in and dealers like me are already thinking about getting outdoors and looking for "new" finds.
Let me know if there is anything you are looking for... and I'll bring my list with me the next time I go a hunting!
Friday, March 11, 2011
Irish Belleek. Recognizable by its beautiful lustre and delicate quality.
And the shamrocks kind of help. Here is a little information and history about Belleek porcelain.
Pottery in the region began around 1849, after John Caldwell Bloomfield inherited his father's estate. Seeking to provide employment for his tenants, who had been affected by the Irish potato famine and, being an amateur mineralogist, he ordered a geological survey of his land. On finding that the area was rich in minerals, Bloomfield went into partnership with London architect Robert Williams Armstrong and Dublin merchant David McBirney. In setting up a pottery business, Bloomfield managed to get a railway line built to Belleek so that coal could be delivered with which to fire kilns.
Building started on the pottery in 1858. Initially starting with domestic products, it wasn't until 1863 that small amounts of the Parian porcelain for which Belleek is famous for to this day, was successfully produced. By 1865, the prestige of the company had increased enough that its market included Ireland, England, the United States, Canada and Australia, and clients included the Prince of Wales, Queen Victoria and the nobility. (Information from Wikipedia)
And what's a little green without a little pink? Today I'm linking to Pink Saturday... because pink and green go so well together!
The Belleek vase above may be found in my shop ... and I've taken a discount off of it for you this weekend... enjoy! Also, for my Pink Saturday readers... 20% off of anything pink or green or a combination of both! (Just contact me and I'll set up the sale for you.)
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Selecting Among Old Things
This week I'm excited about my latest finds... these are just some of them. The rest may be found in my Just Listed category here.
Dear Hubs gets credit for finding this one. Gorgeous artwork on these old old books.
Two feed sack bags... in PINK! This was a neat find... when do you ever see them in pink?
This is adorable. A French (Peanut Chews from Philly) tin with a scene from Paris. So sweet!
Shabby chic early vintage china berry bowls. You can do so much more with these than just fruit. Ring and pin dish on your vanity, hold odds and ends in your powder room... love them. These have a monogrammed "K" on them. Hmmmmm....maybe my Sister would like them?
I was so excited when I found this little French tin! Ooooh praslines and everything French. Little teeny pink roses... ooh la la!
These old Cooperstown, NY bank checks fascinate me. They are all made out to "savings" except for one which is made out to "self" ...
An old A&P (The Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company) advertising card. This one is titled "BEAUTY" ... I can see why! A&P had some of the loveliest art in their ads. This one is no exception.
And last but not least I'm showing this cute cute little "Grecian" urn. Lots of ideas for using it: Make up brushes, pens, flowers, you name it. Sometimes it is the little "finds" that can brighten up a small spot in my house. What do you like to do in yours?
Thanks so much for checking out this week's arrivals!