Thursday, June 30, 2011

Vintage Stars and Stripes



This patriotic weekend is the time for food and fireworks, so I opened my china cabinet and linen drawer and gathered all the stars and stripes I could find. I combined them with red, white and blue and now I have the perfect vintage table setting for our Independence Day celebration.


My first selection was “Star” made by Federal Glass Company. Federal Glass made Star from late 1950s through early 1960s in yellow, crystal and crystal w/gold trim. I was very lucky to have found a set of crystal plates, cups/saucers and platter at an estate sale a few years ago. While researching this set in Gene Florence’s book, Collectible Glassware from the 40s, 50s, 60s, he stated that he had not been able to find a crystal cup or saucer. I wonder if I should let him know that I have four?


I added color to the tabletop by using inexpensive cloth flags as placemats. I selected a few pieces of vintage cobalt blue Fiestaware, red and white striped napkins, a blue ringed mixing bowl and red-striped sherbet glasses with matching plates.







Want to create your own patriotic tabletop?

In addition to the above ideas, look for cobalt blue bottles, milk glass dinnerware, and ruby red glassware. Use blue fruit jars for drinking glasses, embellish old napkin rings with wooden stars and make denim placemats out of old jeans. Add natural color with sliced watermelon, strawberries and blueberries or serve tomato slices on an ironstone platter. Most of all, be creative and have fun!!!




Have a Happy and Safe Independence Day weekend!



I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
Treasure Hunt Thursday at Blue Creek Home
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Creative Bloggers Party and Hop at Homemaker on a Dime

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Why, Oh, Why?



Why, oh, why did I buy another “project?”  I tried not to, but I kept going back to these little pressed wood plaques because I just KNEW I could do something interesting with them, plus they were only a quarter each.


I suspect that they were manufactured in the 70’s or 80’s. In 1976, we celebrated our country’s bicentennial and our decor went through a resurgence of all things “Early American” during the years before and after. These fit that trend.



But now that I’ve bought them, I can’t think of anything interesting to do with them. The images are printed on thin cardstock and would be easy to remove from the wood (I think). Oh, sure, I can always make small chalkboards, but I want to do something different.   HELP!


Would you have bought them?
What would YOU do with them?
Share your ideas……Please!


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Monday, June 27, 2011

A Friend’s Attic


A few months ago, a friend called because she was cleaning out her attic and thought maybe she had a few vintage things that I might like to buy.

Well, she did it again!
 
Close-up of cards shown below


She found a few more boxes, gave me a call and I couldn’t wait to see if there were more treasures to discover.


Right away, I found an elegant set of crystal salt & pepper shakers with an embossed rose pattern and an Imperial Glass Cape Cod sugar and creamer.



More digging and things got colorful. I uncovered this yellow California USA tidbit plate, a pastry knife and another sugar and creamer…this time green Moon and Star.

  

Another box yielded more color and more California USA pottery…..an avocado green stuffed egg plate. There was also a box of vintage Current recipe cards and a gorgeous set of eight 1950’s Cera tumblers…in the original caddy!



Aren’t attic-cleaning friends THE BEST?!?


I'm taking my treasures to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Treasure Hunt Finds at Joyful Treasure Hunting
Today’s Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sapphire Blue

When I became aware of vintage glassware many years ago, Sapphire Blue was one of the first patterns that caught my eye. Easy to recognize and almost always marked, I felt comfortable in purchasing a few pieces.



According to Gene Florence’s book, Fire-King and More, Sapphire Blue (1941-1956) is the most recognized Fire-King pattern. Personally, though, I think the name is deceiving. I would have named it Ice Blue. It’s as if someone took a bowl of sparkling clear water and let one drop of cobalt blue fall into it. The resulting icy blue color is hard to photograph, I must say, so I hope I’ve done it justice in this post.




Over the years, I’ve bought and sold many pieces and I still count it as one of my favorite lines of kitchen glassware. I only have a few of the more than 50 pieces listed in Mr. Florence’s book. Most are for sale, but one piece is part of my personal collection. Perhaps you’ve seen some of these in your grandmother’s pantry or your mother’s kitchen.

Table server, one-spout measuring cup and percolator top

Measuring cup belonged to my aunt, so not for sale

Close-up of percolator top showing Fire-King mark


Custard cups

This is just one of several shapes


Utility bowls

Utility bowls come in 3 sizes that nest together


Pie plate and loaf pan

The pie plates were made in several sizes


Close-ups of Fire-King mark




The design embossed in Sapphire Blue pieces is called "Philbe" and can also be found on some jade-ite pieces, like the refrigerator dish below.

"Philbe" design

"Philbe" design on jade-ite refrigerator dish

Please note: Should you own or purchase any Sapphire Blue pieces, only use them in standard ovens. They were not designed for today’s microwave ovens and could develop heat cracks from the sudden temperature changes used by these contemporary ovens.


Do you have any Sapphire Blue memories?


I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville
Treasure Hunt Thursday at Blue Creek Home
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Monday, June 20, 2011

Doing “Research”

I hope all of you had a special Father’s Day weekend. We visited with one of Mr. B2V’s lovely daughters at her home in Tennessee. We had a wonderful time and made some sweet memories to tide us over until we see her again.


While we were travelling, I hoped to spot some new junking places and find all sorts of fun things to show you today. While I did find a few things, mostly I ended up “doing research.” That’s what I call it when I browse an antique store whose offerings are just a little too expensive to buy for resell. My “research” consists of comparing my prices to those of other dealers and touching items that I’ve only seen in books. I find it helps to hold and feel antiques so you can recognize them when you find them in unusual places…...like at yard sales!


Though I did a lot of “research” this weekend, I did find a few things to show you.

This lonely Fiesta shaker came home with me. I think Homer Laughlin calls this color turquoise!



I also found another set of Hazel-Atlas ball salt and pepper shakers….this time with red caps, which I’ve never seen before.



And last, but certainly not least, I found two fridgies (Pyrex refrigerator dishes). Both were the small 1-1/2 cup size and both had their lids: one is in the Spring Blossom Green pattern and the other is a bright lemon yellow which could be part of the Friendship set.



Did you do any “research” this weekend?


I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Today’s Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality
Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

One Scoop or Two?



Lately I’ve been finding vintage scoops....not just one scoop....not just two scoops.....lots of scoops!


I showed you this turquoise Lustroware scoop last week….Would you believe that this week I found a red Lustroware scoop that matches it?



This red-handled scoop is marked A&J ¼ cup and is perfect for dishing out pet food. The old aluminum scoop is pretty rough but it would be good for potting soil, I think.




A harvest gold ice cream scoop from the 70s and a red-handled melon scoop are still useful for their original purposes. There’s a ColorCraft measuring scoop and scoops for measuring coffee. The Sunbeam Bread scoop does double duty as a set of measuring spoons all in one utensil. One side is used for Tbsp and tsp; the other side for ½ tsp and ¼ tsp. Space-saving!



Though just barely vintage, these Tupperware rocker scoops are my favorite every-day scoops. They are great for flour and sugar and can be thrown in the dishwasher for cleaning.



But my all time vintage favorites have to be these old grain scoops. The big one looks like it was handmade of tin with a wooden hilt and handle.


I love the their time-worn look and can’t you just see them re-purposed as candleholders?




How about you?
Do you have any vintage scoops?


I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville
Treasure Hunt Thursday at Blue Creek Home
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence


Monday, June 13, 2011

Dog-Gone Good Finds



Mom and I logged about 80 miles this weekend, saw some beautiful country and we were never more than 25 miles from home. We went to one estate sale, several yard sales and, dog-gone-it, we found some neat things!


Check out these gold Moderntone Platonite sherbets. According to my Gene Florence glassware book, these darker colors are getting hard to find and we found 5 of them. There were also two colorful vintage tumblers.



That’s not all! I dug up an old 1925 Bobbsey Twins’ book, an embroidered kitchen towel with pink stripes and a vintage Halloween noisemaker.



There’s more!  For you Pyrex lovers, Mom scooped up a Golden Acorn divided casserole. I just wish there had been a lid….oh, well, I’ll find one. I picked up a hammered aluminum bowl, a set of Hazel-Atlas ball salt and pepper shakers, a Star of David (EAPC) tumbler, an old Dr. Pepper bottle and a Frostie root beer bottle.



We were dog-tired by this time, but we couldn’t resist these canine collectibles that were found at the last sale. The picture is unusual because the dog is in relief….his face is raised from the surface of the background. Then there were two packs of playing cards. The pack with the two terriers is complete and came in the original box. My favorite, though, is the pack that pictures a little Scotty dog doing her knitting. A few cards were missing but, for 25 cents, I just couldn’t leave them.


I’m thinking the cards in the yellow pack would make cute price tags for some of my larger items.


What would you do with them?


I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Today’s Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow
Treasure Hunt Finds at Joyful Treasure Hunting
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm


Thursday, June 9, 2011

"N" is for....

Don’t you think it’s a nice day for a tour….an Alphabe-Tour that is! The next letter we visit is “N.” I hate that I didn’t get a picture of that nut grinder before it sold last week, but I still found some other nostalgic items for you to see. So lace up your vintage Nikes and follow me!



"N" is for ....

Nashco metal trays



Napkins and napkin rings



Nancy Drew books



Noisemakers



Needlepoint



Nippon creamer



Nappy in American Fostoria



Let's see....."O" comes after "N"........ I'll try to find something outrageous!


Check out the new Alphabe-Tour Tab!

In order to make it easier for you to check out previous installments of my alphabetical tours, just click on The Alphabe-Tour tab under my header. From there you can quickly visit any of the previous letters.



I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville
Treasure Hunt Thursday at Blue Creek Home
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove