Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Well, many years later, I have since changed my tune...and even look forward to "finding" vintage items when I am out and about. I went to my first auction just 8 years ago. Never even realized these things went on in small towns around the country...I was finally in on the "secret!" With my TV career there wasn't much time for auctions. But I was instantly hooked!
So I was thrilled this past weekend when I found this lovely:
The photo does not do it justice. It is one of the largest Valentine's Day cards I have ever seen, at 15" across! Sure, there are little pieces damaged here and there, but still I was happy with my find. Marked Germany on the bottom, these paper wonders are hard to find after all these years. They are quite romantic and fit in with the Victorian themed decor...I've always liked them. And this one has beautiful PINK ROSES on it! Ooh la la.
I also found a pretty picture frame to put vintage photos in. Even though it is not old, I still thought it was a cute piece. The bottom picture in the frame is of my Grandpop and Grandmom in the 1930s.
There were some other items I found which you can check out in my "virtual store" here.
Looking forward to seeing whatever you may have found in the antique world, or something you crafted...or even thought about decorating in your home. Leave me a jazzy comment, I love to learn new things...from so many crafty and creative types the possiblities are endless.
Gotta use the new signature....I've always had stars in my i's!!!!!
Monday, January 28, 2008
What do you think? I had to sort through 120 of them to find one I thought was ME. ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY!!!!! After awhile I wasn't sure who I was so I just went with the one that made me smile the most.
I'll add to my blog more tomorrow when I post some of my latest vintage finds! One of them I was sooooo thrilled with, I can't wait to show it to you. And perfect for the upcoming holiday...
For now, have a great night!
(I think I'm going to LOVE this signature thing!)
CONGRATULATIONS, Carol of Sassafras & Lulu. You won! You won! You won!
I'll just need your information to send out the BELLA glittery banner. It will be sad to see it go...it has been hanging in my office all this time. But I'm glad it's going to a great home! Please send me an email with the details.
Here are all of the entries...the scissors were flying on this one. Next time I might just assign random numbers but taking photos of the entries is a lot more fun. And the hat. Oh ESPECIALLY the hat! How often do you get to have a drawing out of a vintage hat?
This is why blogging is so much fun! I hope you have enjoyed this too....thanks again for all of your wonderful comments, thoughts, and support. Keep me in mind and stop back soon to either this blog or to my new blog, Bella Rosa Antiques, as more details unfold about the new website. (I'll probably have another giveway to announce the unveiling!)
Have a very BELLA day!
Friday, January 25, 2008
I am blessed because:
1. I am alive, healthy, and was given life on this earth by a wonderful creator, God! I will also have eternal life...of which I am so thankful. Ask me more if you'd like, about this...
2. I have a wonderful and loving husband. (Commonly known as DH! LOL) You won't see many pictures of my DH because he has become very camera shy all of a sudden!
3. His three children have become part of my family too... and they are really, really great!
4. My parents were awesome (still are) and my Sister and I wouldn't be who we are today without them. No matter where my family is I know they are close to my heart at all times.
5. I had great ancestors who fought hard for this country during Revolutionary times and also for the Civil War. I am in awe of their courage and determination.
6. I have a house with a roof, four walls and hey, even a garage!
7. I know that no matter what happens, God will take care of me. With or without money to buy things... I will not go hungry. (During and right after college though, I was pretty close!)
8. I was given wonderful talents...one of them is dancing. There are others but I can't remember them all. LOL!
9. I have wonderful friends and now some new ones I've met though this blog! I am very pleasantly surprised. I just thought I was going to start "journaling" online.
10. I live in the United States and the freedoms we have make life here like a canvas. The colors we choose to paint it with are up to us.
I hope you enjoyed (?) my list! I do believe I am now supposed to "tag" someone else to create her own list. Since I am very new to blogging I hope these gals do not mind I've selected them.
* Carol of Sassafras and Lulu because she has a wonderful way of reaching out to others and an appreciation of life.
* MJ of MJ's Sputterings because of her excellent writing skills, great wisdom, and I love the name of her blog!
* Michelle of I'm A Little Teapot because of her upbeat blog which cheers so many!
Have a great afternoon...I'm going to go in search of something in my house for Show and Tell Friday. Can't promise I will find something, but you just never know!
I also would like to send a special "tag out" to my good friend of "Bobby's Escapades"...but I'm not sure she will do this as her blog is supposed to be about her son's adventures. Maybe she will start one for Bobby's Mommy! :0)
Feel free to leave me a note about counting your blessings if you'd like, too!
I get to choose whatever I would like on there! Can't wait! Thanks so much, Deena.
Also today I've been tagged by Betty of Country Charm to list why it is great to be me (or why I'm blessed.) I'll be back later today with my list...thanks, Betty! Always great to be thankful and remember the positives about our lives.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Also today, I decided to check out our local thrift store. Now is it just around here or are prices pretty high anymore? (Ok, now I feel terrible, the money goes to charity!)
Well, the bottom line is... I really didn't find anything too great. Another apothecary jar though! This time I'm going to find something different to put inside. Any ideas?
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I thought these were fun for Valentine's Day decorations... and I've had a lot of fun with the giveaway! I've been blogging since August which was an entirely new and amazingly fun adventure for me, but I've been just blown away by how much I've gotten into seeing creative sides of all of the gals I've met online! So, the giveaway has just been another bonus on top of everything else.
Can't wait to see who wins! I'll have my DH draw the winning name out of one of my vintage hats on Monday, January 28th.
Friday, January 18, 2008
While checking out Betty's blog "Country Charm", I found this cool "Show and Tell"event going on ....seems as though it goes on every Friday! Where have I been? Anyway, it looked like a lot of fun, and gee, what a great idea Kelli had! Why didn't I think of it? :-) Below, you will find what I am showing and telling about. It is my biggest collection!
This is one of our kitchen cupboards. Never mind the fact they used to be dark brown, that's another story for another blog. Actually, back on my New Year's Post I showed the before and after pics of the kitchen redo. ANYWAY, this is my LuRay dinnerware collection. Click here to see what duplicate pieces I am selling in my online store.) Some people have heard of it and some have not. A lot more people had NOT heard of it until Martha (needs no last name) put it on her show or her magazine or maybe even MENTIONED it ....and WOW it was hard to find. But then again, I was living in the midwest at the time, and I really had a hard time finding it. This was before ebay.
Let's start with the beginning. During college, I had gone to a Salvation Army in my hometown. I was in college and of course, didn't have a lot of money. I had originally gone there to look for a man's suit jacket to wear with a white T Shirt and jeans. Does anyone else remember doing this back in the late 80's?????? (Please say yes!) So, I somehow ended up in the housewares area and at the end of an aisle, a stack of all pink dishes caught my eye. Yes, even then, I had a love for pink. I even had a love for pink in high school. Pink pants, pink shoes, pink purse, well, you get the idea. I must have looked like Molly Ringwald meets the cotton candy machine.
So, I did not buy these pink dishes, but found that I could not stop thinking about them. I was daydreaming about how cool it would be when I had my OWN APARTMENT someday .....how cool it would be to have all pink dishes. Well, this drove me crazy and I ended up at the library looking up vintage dishes in books until I found a book that listed a set of all pastel dishes called LuRay. "This must be it!," I thought.
Well whether it was or it wasn't the same set....I didn't forget. It wasn't until 1992 when I did have my own apartment, along the shore in NJ....when I found my very first piece. It was the small "Surf Green" 36's bowl....just the perfect size for oatmeal, or for mixing small sauces, etc. I was soooooooo excited! The hunt was on!
Now it is 16 years (wow, has it really been that long?) later and I am still collecting. I am now onto the more difficult pieces to find....which makes it even more fun. Sure, I could stalk them on ebay, but what fun is that? I used to go to Atlantique City every year and bring my entire tax return and hunt the stuff down, dealer by dealer. (By the way, Atlantique City is soooooo neat! You've got to go at least one time if you love antiques! What a learning experience!) But now, I am patient and get a piece here and a piece there. I do buy on ebay sometimes... but it has to be a really rare piece. Otherwise, I like to FIND it myself. Oh the thrill!
Here's a brief history on these dishes. They were made by Taylor, Smith & Taylor in West Virginia. They were named by a salesman for the company who had just returned from a trip to Luray Caverns in Virginia. He thought the pretty pastel colors sparkled like the sparkling colors in the caverns. This was in the late 1930's. They stopped making them around 1954 or 1955, I believe. These dishes were supposed to be the alternative to the very popular and very colorful FIESTA Ware.
There was a brief moment of insanity where I almost started selling off my collection. I did not have any place to display them. Then when my DH and I bought our house a year and a half ago, we decided to update our 1970's kitchen. It was then I realized it was now or never. So, we replaced the cabinet doors (custom made OAK cabinets....wonderfully made, so this was painful for my DH) with a vintage style glass, and painted the cabinets a much lighter color. We added some inside lighting and well, now I can't imagine my kitchen with anything else! My DH is the sweetest to even want to do this...and I am grateful. And so glad I kept the collection.
So, on my first "Show and Tell Friday" here it is. My favorite collection ... and the how and why. I also have another post on my Bella Rosa blog about LuRay if you click here, you will find it.
Do you have something you love to hunt for? Tell me by leaving a comment here!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Dream sequence......cue harp music! ....
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
And this looked good enough to eat, like cotton candy!
And inside, my two beautiful vintage Christmas ornaments. LOVE THEM! Can't wait to hang them on the tree from Katie's Rose Cottage .
While I was busy having fun and opening things, two of our cats (Minnie and Love) were licking their chops watching the birds outside.
While the other one was too busy having fun with the ribbons and tissue paper!
Sissy Miss...with a guilty look
Then after fun time was over I had to get back to work. Here are some of the neat things I found to list today in my auctions:
Chippy Cupboard door w/ Etched Glass (SOLD)
3D Framed Porcelain Roses (SOLD)
Fun country kitchen items...wire chicken and vintage wooden clothespins. Funny thing is, I can't stand hanging clothes outside. But I LOVE old wooden clothespins. Quirky!
Click to see what else I listed under In the Cupboard Antiques . Soon I think the name will be changing... don't forget to sign up for my "A VERY BELLA Giveaway!" Click here to enter! I'll pick from all entries on Monday, January 28th.
Monday, January 14, 2008
So, if you'd like to win this silver "Bella" glitter word garland, strung on very pretty light pink organdy ribbon, all you have to do is leave a comment on my blog for the next 2 weeks...until Sunday evening at midnight, January 27th. If you put the Bella Giveaway banner on your blog and mention it in your comment, you will receive two entries! I will pick a winner Monday morning, January 28th. Just make sure I can contact you. (This is so much fun already!) If you're also interested in seeing other word garlands I have available...click here. If you do not see one you like there, I also have "GIVE", "WISH", "PEACE", and "JOY."
Have a very bella day!
Friday, January 11, 2008
When I think of Valentine's Day I've come to think of it as time for tea. This is probably because the antique mall where we have our booth has their annual "Tea." It's a great time for socializing with all of our dealer friends and we get to sample all of the delectable treats we've brought in. Plus, we all try and out do each other with our sale tags. We use what else.....hearts! I'll have to start making mine soon. I usually wait until the day of and run around looking for pink fancy papers.
So here are a few things I will be listing this week online, inspired by our Valetine's Day tea....which is coming up soon here, in Hershey, PA.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
...I have to decide on a name for my new website. I was all set to use my current "In the Cupboard Antiques. " Does that sound fun? Feminine? Does it represent who I am? One plus, it would be easy to use the Cupboard theme and be creative.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Someone is going to have to teach me how to make the link and the graphic work together...but for now I am using the hyperlink method! The banner was made by Mary of Isabella's Closet. Some talented gals here on the internet...
I just left my love story and read all of the others. Lots of love out there! Very nice reminder when sometimes we hear too often about the negative things going on in the news. Thanks for the neat contest, Deena.
In the meantime I'm going to find a place for my latest vintage pictures ...they look so good together I might make a new arrangement.
Send me some of your ideas or photos you have of your "vignettes"...I'd love to see them!
Friday, January 4, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Have you ever met Flat Stanley? This is my second time helping this little guy out. The first was when I was working for the local tv station, and he made his way from the news anchor desk to the control room, to the edit rooms of our Promtion and Marketing department. Now, I offered to take Mr. Stanley up to the family farm for a school in Millville, NJ. He saw what life is like on a Pennsylvania farm. He had a lot of fun, but it sure was COLD! He can't wait to go back and tell all the kids about what he learned here.
This was his view from the van as we sped along the highway...pretty red barns!
Mmmm...homemade apple pies. My Father-in-law made these!
Stanley checks out the corn field. Every time I see these pictures I just can't help myself and hear "Oh Nooooooooooooo!" Anyone remember Mr. Bill?
A bit snowy but Mr. Stanley met the cows and was so excited to hear that the two matching cows were actually TWINS!
If you'd like to host Flat Stanley, leave me a note on my blog. They would love for you to show him around so the first graders at the School could see more of the US and actually, more of the world! He travels easily and arrives by mail.
Well, we had a great visit...and spent our third Christmas celebration with my In-laws (and of course, with our jolly Mr.Stanley. ) One more to go! Although I may have to roll there after "taste testing" all of the treats. Definitely putting the new year diet on hold...