Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"H" is for Happy!

Even though it’s “yard sale season,” there just doesn’t seem to be as many sales this year. The temps have been quite hot so maybe that has been a factor; however, Mom and I did get out to one yard sale and a small estate sale last weekend. I’m very HAPPY with the things we found. Take a look…….

You can never have too many wooden hangers and yardsticks, can you?

Mom spotted 2 cobalt wire-top canisters and I found a starfish paperweight that will look great in the beach display in my booth.

These brass napkin rings will also fit my beach/nautical theme. There are 2 boxes of 4 different napkin rings still wrapped in plastic…never used. I’m HAPPY!

Trivets are always practical. I bought two oval wire trivets and the “bread warmer” is made by Frankoma.

Utensils always sell well for me. I really like that sling-type sifter & the unusual handle on the ladle.

I “Heart” Pyrex and I’m always HAPPY to bring some home!

These books are 100 years old! I was told the grandfather was a preacher.

Finally I found this sweet little candy dish at the bottom of a stack of dishes. I loved its etched work and little handles. It's only 6" in diameter.

Once I got home and was washing it, I felt something rough on the bottom and tried to scrape it off with my fingernail thinking is was just price sticker residue. The roughness would not scrape off. Wait! Maybe it’s a maker’s mark! I dried it off and took it to the nearest window….. Look! An “H” in a diamond!

That stands for HEISEY!!!


Monday, July 21, 2014

"Knot" Another Hang-Up!

I have noticed the use of rope and twine in many of the recent interior décor catalogs. 

Pottery Barn catalog
With so many items covered in rope and sisal, I guess it’s not surprising that macramé has become part of that trend. There seems to be a difference, though. Today’s macramé seems to be lighter in appearance than the macramé of a few decades ago. Where one could hardly see a plant peeking out from a heavily knotted jute plant hanger of the 70’s, the new macramé is thinner so the container it holds, often clear glass, is more visible.

Since I made some of those heavy plant hangers back in the 70's, I decided to try my hand at knotting some of the new lighter versions. I had long ago thrown away my macramé instruction books, but I did a little online research, bought some jute from Hobby Lobby and just made up the designs as I went along. I was surprised how many of the knotting techniques came back to me once I got the cord in my hands.

I call my knotted creations “Hang-ups” (not just plant hangers) because they can hold so much more than plants. For example, one could fill the glass bowl with seashells, colored glass, broken china bits, sea glass, trinkets, etc. 

I've displayed my “Hang-ups” above a newly-created beach tablescape in my booth.

Did you recognize the striped tray above from this post?

A little chalkboard paint transformed an old clipboard.... now it's an instant to-do list and photo holder!

The top of a vintage picnic basket looked drab and sad to me, 

So I re-painted it with a two-tone aqua chevron design.

 Do you remember Macrame?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I Own Part of an Empire!

Well, maybe not a REAL empire but a piece of Empire Green china!

A sweet customer of mine recently told me about a beautiful china pattern with a large pink flower in the center and a rich wide green border. She said it was called Empire Green and made by Homer Laughlin China. Since I love to learn about new things, I did a little research on Ebay and Replacements. She was right. It was very elegant. I had never seen the pattern “in person” until a couple of weeks ago when I found and bought 3 gorgeous pieces at an estate sale.

Empire Green dinner plate, 16" oval platter & covered vegetable bowl

Empire Green was, indeed, made by Homer Laughlin but is not marked as such. The pattern was sold by the Century Service Corporation which was a part of Cunningham and Pickett. This is the mark on my platter. 

Even though the china is not marked with the usual HLC mark, it can be found in HLC books and under HLC listings online.

Do You Own Part of an Empire?

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Red, White and Blue to You!

I haven’t shared many booth pictures lately, so I thought I would give you a glimpse of my all-American red, white and blue table display. I hope it will put you in the holiday mood as we get ready to celebrate our country's independence.

Have a safe and festive holiday!

If you are in the area, stop by!!!
We are having a store-wide July sale!!!