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 including shipping.
In April, four bread plates, I believe these were 35.00 including 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!