Monday, December 1, 2014

Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies

Hello All!  My sister surprised me and came for Thanksgiving.  It was the best T-day!  The time whooshed by and now it's already December - yikes!  Jenna is hosting her second cookie exchange party in a couple weeks.  Here are the invitations.

They are "exploding box" invitations and the theme is "Visions of Sugar Plums."

Here is what is each guest received:

The image is from A Day for Daisies (Jewelry Box Ballerina) colored with copies and her tutu is embellished with Stickles and popped up with layers of vellum.

The box is made from Bazzill Diamond cardstock and the purple layer is Bazzill Purple Palisades cardstock.  The flourish is a Memory Box die, Frostyville Corner Die.

I used Aileen's Glitter Snow and embellished it with diamond glitter.  The candy pieces are miniature Christmas ornaments.

I'm linking up!

Coastal Charm:  Show and Share No. 239

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christmas BEFORE Thanksgiving...tsk tsk tsk!

Hello All.

I am breaking a personal code.  I do not like to see Christmas stuff in stores across the aisle from Halloween stuff.  I do not like to hear Christmas carols and see Christmas commercials the second Halloween is over.  Poor Thanksgiving, it totally gets skipped over.  I love Thanksgiving.  It is supposed to be a day of reflection and appreciation.  Sadly, it's treated as a gateway holiday to the Christmas season.  Because of this, I don't do anything Christmas-related until after Thanksgiving.  In my house, Thanksgiving gets the attention it deserves!  Ahem, well, until this year...

because I found this at the thrift store on Friday night for $15

It's 7.5' tall, pre-lit, and has iridescent tinsel woven into the branches -

I was already excited about decorating a white Christmas tree because I found this one last year on New Year's Eve -

...and it's still exciting to find the right decorations for this little one.

This one is going to be fun too :)

No, your eyes do not deceive you, those are Christmas ornaments on the coffee table.  I bought Christmas ornaments on Saturday...I'm outta control

Ok, in an attempt to redeem myself, the tree isn't officially "put up." It is only up because it needed to be cleaned and Dan was checking the lights.  It was crammed into a box much too little.  The box needed to be put out for the trash and since the tree needed some TLC, it was assembled in the family room so we could work on it and watch our shows!    I haven't decided where it's going to be "officially" displayed yet but since the decorations match the theme of Jenna's cookie swap this year, it may well end up in the kitchen :)  I will still put up our other other trees too.  That makes a total of 3.5 Christmas trees.  How many do you put up?

Have a great week!

Monday, October 27, 2014

More Witchy Decorations

Hello All,

October is whooshing by!  The mantel in the family room got the "witchy" treatment too!

I used most of these decorations last year but this year, it was all about the potion bottles.

I thrifted most of the stuff shown --the only things that weren't are the tall(er) purple glass votive holders, the spiders jar, and the green, purple, and orange bottles. 

The small, purple bottles to the right of the toad are old bitters bottles and are in the shape of a ball and claw.  The clear glass bottle next to them is so stinkin' cool - it's an old (1940s-ish) Fly Ded insecticide bottle!  It actually has "Fly Ded" embossed on the bottle. 

I don't know anything about the iron candle holder but I really love it; I wish I had a pair of them!  The attached witch hat-shaped snuffer is so cool.

I put green lights behind everything on the mantel and then light the votives in the purple holders and it makes such a lovely glow!

Are you ready for Friday?!

I'm linking up!

Coastal Charm:  Show and Share No. 234

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Witches Tablescape

**updated to add pics of the finished centerpiece!**

Hello All!

I love this time of year.  Pumpkins, falling leaves, a chill in the air, pumpkin-flavored everything, Halloween --love it --I love it all :)

This year, I wanted to do a Halloween-themed dining room table.  It started with these ceramic hands from LTD Commodities for cheap ($4.95 each)!

Creepy and cool, yeah?  Even though they are meant to hang on the wall, this is how I imagined displaying them:

They're mounted to wood blocks:

There's one at each place setting and I used a fabric remnant to wrap around them and hide the blocks.

The hands look like they are reaching out or grabbing at you...

...well, at least that bowl!

The orange glass goblets came from CB2.

Look at that gorgeous color!

There are a number of thrifted items on the table -- solid brass chargers (8 of them for $15):

black glass goblets by Libbey (99 cents each):

This Crate and Barrel (it's marked!) cake plate:

and (another) Victorian boot planter that I spray-painted and filled with a witchy-looking plant:

*update!  I finished the centerpiece-

These super tall, glass candlesticks weren't thrifted but I did buy them on clearance a few months ago from ZGallerie.

Gonna getcha!

Have you started your Halloween decorating yet?

I'm linking up!

Between Naps on the Porch, 318th Tablescape Thursday
A Stroll Thru Life, 238th Inspire Me Tuesday
Elizabeth & Co, Be Inspired Features and Linky Party 139
Coastal Charm, Show and Share Party No. 233
From My Front Porch To Yours, Treasure Hunt Thursday #178 & Highlights

Monday, May 26, 2014

Birthday Thrifting

Hello All!

I went thrifting last month on my birthday and it felt like a surprise birthday party just for me --look at the wonderful "gifts" I got found:

First up, this splendid cut glass box with working lock...

...and adorbs tiny key!

It was $9 but it was 50% off day (Happy Birthday to me, indeed!) so I paid $4.50.  I {heart} anything ocean/beach/aquatic-related so this rattan-wrapped wire sea horse is a delight ($1.50).

As is this tiny silver plate whale ($2):

When I thrift, I have my go-to areas--glassware and housewares first, always.  Then I check out lamps and furniture.  Usually, I spend so much time in these sections that by the time I finish, Dan has finished looking in his go-to sections and we leave.  This time, I ended up with extra time so I decided to spend it looking through the architectural section of the thrift store.  It hadn't been anything special the few times I'd checked it out before.  But now, I am now going to be sure to check it more often because of this:

A swoon-worthy Eastlake Victorian mirror:

(just a little side note--those faux hydrangeas came from Ikea!  They were a great price and are really beautiful.)  The cast iron bunny was a gift from Dan for Christmas. 

I think it's exquisite :) It was $30.  And finally, the big gift of the day -

Hazel Atlas Pink Crinoline luncheon set --almost complete!-- 6 luncheon plates, 7 saucers, 6 teacups (one with a beaded handle!) and 2 (HTF) berry bowls.  It is in lovely condition.  I really could not believe my eyes to see first--all this pink gorgeousness just sitting on the shelf and second--the incredibly low price.  I thought for sure it would be maybe $40 or $50 because these sets go for double that on eBay.  The cost was $19.90!  CRAZY and AwEsOmE :)

I'm linking up!

Southern Hospitality, May Thrift Treasures

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Weekend Getaway AND Thrift Finds!

Hello All!

Dan and I sneaked out of town last weekend!  We had actually planned a little getaway back in February but an unexpected foot of snow put our plans on hold.  This month was the first chance we've had to take that little February trip and actually, it worked out perfectly since April hosts both of our birthdays!  Of course we did a little thrifting.

Last year, I found an old cast iron bird cage stand at a thrift store in Winchester.  It had a cage with it but it was a newer style I didn't like so I donated it back.  Since then, I've been on the lookout for a cage that would fit the style of my stand.  This weekend, I found this pretty thing.

Here is what I think is so cool and pretty much captures the whole reason I *love* to thrift.  Dan and I saw a cage just like this one in an antique mall in Strasburg.  The asking price was $130 (ouch).  Fast forward 2 days.  Dan and I were out exploring and came upon a flea market.  I was wondering around, looking at glassware, and there, in the grassy area between the booths, I saw this cage!  The seller walked over and said the price was $150 womp womp :(  As it turns out, there was a misunderstanding over the price and it was cleared up when I blurted out, "A HUNDRED FIFTY!?" ...and the kind lady explained she said it was $50. Ultimately, I paid $42 :)

The quatrefoil metal is so lovely!  It needs a good scrubbing and there is a little rust.  I absolutely love it!

The giant painted terracotta fish was $18.  That might be a little pricey as far as thrift store pricing goes, but since the thrift store it came from supports animals, it felt more like a donation.

I'm a sucker for any beach-related theme.  This little print is signed, dated and numbered, "Pallan, 22/500, 1983."  It's titled "Sanderling."  I'm going to paint the frame and re-mat it.  I like the cream/brown but there are some wonderful colors going on in this print - blues, grays and some lavender, but they're lost in this dark frame and mat.

I saw this gesso frame in the window of a thrift shop and thought it might be a good find.  I didn't buy it that first day out.  I woke up the next morning and asked Dan if we could go back.

The print is by an artist named Fritz Muller-Landeck Munchen and it's called Summer Landscape.
The next three finds are wonderful.  They are all Andrea by Sadek, signed and numbered, perfect figurines.  The first is called, Mourning Doves:


and Cardinal:

Finally, this glass globe ornament.  I love it on the sea horse stand; plus it looks great in the craft room :)

I'm linking up!

Coastal Charm, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday No. 210
Sir Thrift A Lot, Thriftasaurus #84
Southern Hospitality, April Thrifty Treasures

Have a great week!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Thrift Finds - Blue Willow and other curious things

Hello All!

It's time to share some thrift finds!  I haven't been thrifting as much just to keep the amassing of tons of glassware to a minimum - LOL!  But it's totally in my blood so for now, I'm trying to cut back and then, when I do go, be picky.  Yeah, how's that working out for me?  Ummm, well, sounds wonderful, until I see something unusual or quirky or cool - LOL!

Like, for instance, this really awesome vase?  planter?

It caught my eye because at first, I thought the figure was a mermaid holding up a shell.  But she has wings also.  

It seems angels and cherubs were popular subjects of objects like this and I'm guessing that's what it's meant to represent.

It's stamped "made in Italy;" yet even the mark hasn't helped identify the maker or give an idea as to when it was made.  It was $2.

I found this cute little guy at Goodwill.  There are no marks on it and it's possible he's been painted:

Oh he is so darn cute!  He looks like the Baldelli Pottery owls and wonder if this was part of a pair of bookends.  He was $1.45 (50% off day) at B-Thrifty.

This heavy cut-glass open compote is one of my favorite pieces to date.  The pattern is Masonic and was originally produced by McKee brothers in that late 1800s and production continued in the early 1900s under the National Glass Co.  I picked it up at Village Thrift.  I don't remember the exact price but know it was under $5.

Next up is this Thrift Bucket List item - a pie crust table.

The decorative edge is stunning.  It's broken in a couple places but it's nothing a little wood glue won't fix.

And look at those feet!

...and other decorative details!  Absolutely gorgeous.  I paid $30 for it.

Last Spring, I was fortunate enough to come across 4 lovely sets of EIT Blue Willow.  My sister was visiting and she and I went thrifting (that post here):

Blue Willow reminds me of my Gran.  I am delighted to add this to my collection:

A Johnson Brothers enamel on steel whistling tea kettle!  OMGosh, that little birdie handled lid does me in :)  $4 at Salvation Army.  And just when I thought it couldn't get any better than that, I find these:

4 perfect Hazel Atlas frosted Blue Willow tumblers!  They were $1 each.

I'm linking up!
Sir Thrift A lot: Thriftasaurus #82