Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tenacious Me.......

 If you remember, at the Nashville Flea market last November, I picked up two Jadeite Restaurant ware Chili bowls. Now, the majority of my Jadeite collection consists of the Jane Ray pattern, but I had always liked the restaurant ware Chili bowl's and decided to grab them. I considered buying the dinner plates that the vendor was selling as well, but the hefty price tag made me decide against  buying them. The bowls were pricy enough. Then half way through the Flea market, I changed my mind, decided I wanted the plates to go with the bowls and hiked back to the vendor to buy them.
I got there just in see him wrapping them up for another customer. Dammit, will I ever learn?
I tried to tell myself that I would find some plates cheaper online. I quickly learned that the Restaurant ware Jadeite is A LOT more expensive than the Jane Ray pattern. But I was determined to acquire a two place setting at a decent price.
Seven months later, here is what I have manage to find.
Although, I decided that my new goal is a four place setting.
A bit of a far cry from the two Chili bowls I wanted.
My first score, in January I believe. Five Berry Bowls. 25.00 with shipping.
In April, four bread plates, I believe these were 35.00 with shipping?
And finally, after losing more auctions than I can count, I FINALLY scored three of the 9" dinner plates.
15.00 each including shipping. 5.00 CHEAPER than they guy selling them at the November flea market.
I guess sometimes it is worth being patient.
Don't they make a pretty group?

Mixed in with my Jane Ray collection, these new restaurant ware pieces join some I already had in my collection. Two restaurant ware platters, four of the restaurant ware mugs (three bucks a piece at my favorite indoor flea market, you very much), the milk pitcher, another steal for 25.00 free shipping. And just found the fifth odd ball mug in April.
Being tenacious pays off.
Tenacious...or obsessed. I think I will go with tenacious.
And the search continues.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The fourth little pig....

As soon as we got back from the last Nashville Flea market with my surprise pig dish set, off to Ebay I went to see if I could find any more pieces that belonged to the set. I cannot say I was surprised that I did not find many, I was really hoping to find a plate. But thinking about it, it made sense that I would not find one. These were obviously intended to be "toddler" dishes. But what I did find was a wide plate/bowl.
Now, I will admit, I paid a bit for this, at 14.00 with shipping, it was not the bargain the other pieces were. Oh well, you pay for the convenience and for being able to find what you are looking for quickly instead of scouring the Flea markets for months. I freaking love these little pig dishes and have been using them non stop since I brought them home.
Worth the extra couple $$$$ to complete my little set!
Yes, I do realize that these are baby dishes....but hell with it. I love them!
I found a divided dish in this pattern and another slightly different pig bowl as well....stalking those on Ebay too.
Will this be a big collection? No, I would like to find one of each piece though, love the thought that I have reunited a set that was meant to be together.
Next weekend is already the next Nashville Flea Market! I am (per usual) looking very forward to it! and can you believe the 4th of July weekend is right around the corner? This year is speeding by at a dizzying pace!
 Hope you are enjoying your summer so far!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Leather and Pearls........

When I was walking through the Lebanon Antiques and Uniques show last week with my buddy Kim, we stopped into a booth selling beautiful leather and bead jewelry. One of the things they were selling were lariat necklaces made with free form baroque fresh water pearls. I really liked them. And with every intention of coming back to buy something, we wandered out to go visit with our booth buddies. But, me being me..we finished our craft business brain storm session and said goodbye. I strolled right out never stopping back to buy the necklace, remembering it only when I was about half way home.
I was not very happy with myself. Too many things swirling around in my brain makes me very forgetful sometimes.
But I am a crafty gal, so I was sure I could make one myself. As soon as I got settled Saturday night, I jumped online to track down some pearls. And would you believe Ebay had the nicest pearls and the best price? Seventeen 12mm Baroque pearls, large hole, 13.00 Free shipping, I had them by Wednesday.
Can't beat it.
A quick stop into Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon for some leather cord on my way home from work Thursday, and I was good to go.
I just love the size and shape of these fresh water pearls, they are just so beautiful. Hard to photograph, but beautiful!
Such a simple design, just pearls, and knots tied with leather cord.
Ten minutes of calculated tying later. And you have a cool boho lariat necklace!
Ok, still difficult to photograph. How about on a model?
My daughter immediately claimed this one and asked that I make a bracelet and earrings to match.
Off I go to fill that order, and, make myself one.
Not something I plan to make and sell in the booth, but what a great quick handmade gift. It has a lux feel but a small price tag,  and it was a lot of fun, and very easy to make!
It finally really feels like summer here in Middle TN, time for Blackberries and afternoons in the pool!
Bruno is especially happy to be back in the pool!
Hope you are having a great weekend!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Three little pigs....

How is it already June?
We had a wonderful extra long Memorial Day weekend, started off strolling through the Nashville Flea Market, Farmers Market and shopping around town. Then plenty of good times and good food with family and great friends, all balanced out with a good dose of quiet and relaxation. I actually read an entire book and a stack of magazine's over the long weekend! Almost unheard of lately!
After all the craziness of the last few months it was a very welcome break!
So I was all set to ease into my crafters semi retirement....and it turns out I may not end up being as semi retired as I thought I was going to be. I will be back doing the Lebanon flea market again in July, and I am talking to several of my crafting buddies about kicking off a new project together.
Apparently I just cannot accept slowing down. And yet, somehow, that does not really seem like such a bad thing.
One thing that certainly has not slowed down is my thrifting, and I found some great stuff at the Nashville Flea market this month!
I have to laugh at  myself sometimes at what catches my eye. Like this 1930/40's Hazel Atlas dancing pigs mug.
I cannot explain why some of these things jump out at me, but I loved this silly little kids pig mug.

 Walking out of the booth,  I was really tickled with my find....then a few booths later...dang...a pig bowl!

And I thought, how fun! Now I have a set.
Then a few booths more....a dessert dish. By this time I was really laughing at myself.
Three different booth's Three different little pigs. Total investment? 12.00.
And I may or may not have gone home, jumped directly on Ebay and found that there is a  matching pig plate/bowl. What can I say, I get a little obsessed sometimes.
It's not like piggies were the only thing I came home with. Apparently I was on a Hazel Atlas kick and really feeling the color red. Hazel Atlas stripe bowls! And at a freaking bargain price.
And a Hazel Atlas milk glass fridgie!
There is a guy at the Nashville Flea that sells the coolest selection of Succulent plants, I figured it was time to change up my lunch box!
And of course, how could I leave the Farmers Market without my first bag of  Peach Truck peaches of the season?
They are as delicious as they are beautiful, and as wonderful as they tasted just sliced up, they made an amazing peach cobbler!
 And on we move into Summer!
Hope your summer is off to a wonderful start!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

A little light crafting.....

We are down to our last few days of school and all the craziness that comes with it well as High School graduation. Let me tell you, it has been a wild ride the last few months. To say I am looking forward to the long holiday weekend, would be an understatement. But even with everything going on, and with all my "de crapping" and redecorating, I have taken some time to do some simple crafting.
I picked up several beautiful frames from Creative Village as we were cleaning out, and really wanted to find a use for them.
As I was sorting through some of my vintage bits and pieces, I found a pretty doily that was damaged beyond repair. Hummmmmm, what to do?
Cut it up and use it.
Part of it made a perfect background for one of my tiny vintage spoons. This darling spoon had a tiny horse on it.
And the center piece tucked perfectly into this tiny shadow box frame.
They look great hanging together next to my antique high boy dresser.
And I decided to get creative and frame a couple of my favorite vintage glassware photos.
I will have to tweak this one a bit more, but I like the look.
But I really like how my black cherry tomato picture looks next to this freshly spray painted antique white frame.
Not exactly difficult crafting, but it was fun to flex my creative muscles a bit.
Looking forward making it through this week and then enjoying an extra long Holiday weekend filled with flea marketing, cookouts, swimming and relaxing!
Hope you have a great week!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Love at first sight....

Some months ago, I stopped into Creative Village to drop off some stock. As we were visiting and I set out stock, I noticed that they had a new display piece. This gorgeous old Highboy Dresser,  I immediately fell in love with it, the beautiful wood, the elegant shape, and was tickled that my stock was displayed on top of it.
So when I found out they were closing, I asked if I could buy it, we ended up bartering, and we both ended up happy!
But it needed a little work. Someone had started to paint it, only one side was painted, that had to come off. So, home it came with me and I started to work on it right away, pulling it apart and prepping it. I was that excited!
Up first thing Sunday Morning (Not Easter Sunday...I think it was the weekend after, I a losing track of my weekends) slapped a nice thick layer of orange gel stripper down, man, that stuff works miracles, and smells just lovely!

After 5 minutes the paint (thankfully just one layer) began wiping off very easily, hardly any scraping required.
This is after less than a half hour work.

The top was pretty gloopy, so I did a quick strip of that as well.

Good scrub to get all the residue off and it looked this clean!
Structurally it is solid, one drawer has some issues, but other than that, it is in great shape.
So, after the paint was stripped off and it got a good bath in murphy oil soap and a heavy rub of good furniture wax, I switched out the glass knobs with what I think is more like original brass knobs and put the mirror back onto it to bring it inside.
And I swoon every time I walk by it. I may also have to run my hand along the top every time I walk by, ya, I am in love.
That fabulous old mirror, beautiful worn wood, loaded up with my vintage Pyrex and glass ware, it is a perfect and gorgeous storage solution in my kitchen. And it fits in just perfectly.
Can you tell that I just love it?
And, it forced me to do a big "de crap" and re arrange in my kitchen. Win/win!
I love bringing a vintage piece back to life and making it useful again!
Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

30 for 13

Well, life continues to be on the busy side, This last month before school ends always is, but throw in kids Birthday celebrations, two proms, two graduations, end of year honors awards and school concerts on top of the usual day to day busy and trying to tackle Spring yard work, house projects and "decrapping" it has me feeling like we have been running a non stop marathon! But it will be, for the most part, over with in a couple weeks, and we should be able to enjoy some lazy summer days....well, before it all starts over again!
 A couple weekends ago, I stopped out to the shop to pick up what was left of my stock, but left with much more than just that..yes..that project reveal is still to come, but, before I ran into the shop I of course stopped into my favorite indoor flea market. Pickings were pretty slim, but I did decide to grab a pile of Melmac that has been sitting there for months. Really I only wanted the Normandy Rose plates, but it was a package deal, 30 pieces total, and with the booth running a sale, Only 13.00, 30 for 13? I figured it was time they came home with me.
I now have enough for a setting of 12. Perfect for larger outside dinner parties!
But what to do with the rest?

Well, It is pretty, and as often as we eat outside. I suppose it will all be put to good use!
I found one more treasure when I was in there, a lone piece of Jadite restaurant ware.
We spent today working in the backyard and getting my "she shack" put together, I am excited to use this new cup tomorrow morning sipping coffee in the new and improved shack!
So I keep talking about the big project I finished Easter weekend, I promise to show you that next, just have to get some good pictures taken first!
Hope you are getting to slow down and enjoy some of this beautiful Spring weather!