I got this wonderful piece of nostalgia at an estate sale this weekend. The lady having the sale I would guess to be in her late 60's or early 70's. She was selling her mother's estate and alot of the items she had, when you would ask her, were not for sale. She would say "oh that's really old and not for sale" or I'm donating that to a museum (it was a typewriter, I have had many and cut the keys off). I totally understand not wanting to sell family mementos but....." remove them from the sale area". Anyway I was digging through a bushel basket in the barn and came across this dirty box. I asked the lady if it was for sale and she proceeded to tell me how it was her mother's when she was a child and her mother's grandfather had made it for her. She then asked me if I knew what it was. I told her yes. Here is the picture
Isn't it just wonderful? The crackling paint that was done with age not Golden's crackle medium. Now I ask you would you have sold this piece of family history? I figure it has to have been made sometime in the 1920's. It is all wood and the little feet have been hand carved as well as the peg on the top of the base. Inside the drawer the little girl scrawled her name in pencil in several spots. When I asked the lady if it was for sale and how much was it she told me "yes, but the drawer wouldn't open and it was missing some pegs on top, however she still needed $1.00 for it." I took it home cleaned it up, waxed the drawer and here it is. When I found it you couldn't really tell it was yellow and black, it just looked black. I added a few items in the picture below and still need to fix the pegs. But here it is and I'll just bet you know what it is. But I still say "would you get rid of this?
This post is about favorites and a chance to win one of my favorites. This past Saturday I went shopping , my all time favorite thing to do! I went to a bead store...................
Bought a few beads..............................one of my favorite things to buy.
Then went to the outlet mall and got a new pair of shoes, I love shoes!
and got to go to one of my favorite stores...................................
So in keeping with the Favorites theme here are a few of my other favorites:
I love potato chips and chip dip, diet coke, hot sausage, romance novels, purses,shoes and jewelry. I love to paint, go antiquing and garage saleing. I love decorating magazine and books and the shabby chic style. My favorite color is pale aqua blue and I guess I like cream and lt. pink also.I love gemstone beads and swarovski crystals. Labradorite is my favorite stone, well except for diamonds. I have alot of favorite vintage things: silver spoons, apothecary jars, boxes, children's button up shoes, hand tinted french post cards and transferware just to name a few. I love to blog and spend alot of time visiting favorite blogs, one of my very favorite blogs is Deryn Mentock's "Something Sublime" so here is my challenge and a chance to win something I love.
In the comments for this post, link a favorite blog posting of yours to one of your favorite blogs. Think of one that you refer back to time and time again, a picture, or comment, phrase or whatever. I would like to see what others find inspiring.
The first picture in this post is a picture inspired by a favorite post of mine on Deryn's blog. When I read her post almost a year ago I knew I wanted to go to a bead show and find some "gemmy goodness", and I wanted to learn to take photos with my camera using the macro feature. I have done both of these things. Deryn's phrase "gemmy goodness" has gone through my mind many times over the last year.
Below are Deryn's bead show photos reprinted from her blog with her permission
Grossular Green Garnets photo by Deryn Mentock
More Gemmy Goodness photo by Deryn Mentock
After you link another blogs post in my comments section I will enter you to win this pair of handmade sterling, labradorite and aquamarine-champagne swarovski crystal earrings. I will draw a winner for the earrings on my favorite day of the year August 31st.
When I went to the"Bead and Button Show" in Milwaukee in June I bought a beautiful lampwork focal bead that had a starfish on the beach. When I started creating this necklace my intent was to use that bead as the focal point. However after finishing the necklace I realized that it was just too much to add to an already busy piece. The inspiration for this necklace came from a piece done by Kelly Angeley in Stringing magazine.
Tonight I made these beautiful silver bell earrings. I purchased the bell/bead cone in Milwaukee at "Bead and Button" show, they have sort of a deco flair .I used mercury glass lined beads on sterling head pins for inside as the clapper and at the top of the bell. The earwires are sterling, hand forged by me. I am listing these in my Etsy shop.
Today was a beautiful Michigan summer day, sunny with a breeze. We decided last night that today we would head up to Burley Park for the "off" show/flea market. The best markets are on the holiday weekends but they have 2 "off" shows each season. The first weekend in August and the first weekend in October(this is usually too cold). Anyway, we drove 1-1/2 hours north to the flea market, leaving home at 6:30 am only to arrive to a fairly empty park. I would have to guess maybe 30 to 40 dealers and very few shoppers. We paid our 3.00 entrance fee and headed out to shop. The first thing I found was a leather bound bible with a silver clasp and in the same booth was my find of the day, a victorian velvet jewelry box(.50)
All in all I managed to find some cool things and then we hit a couple of shops on the way home and I found some more things I couldn't live without.
Here she is, my girl! I have been searching for a while but I'm always a day late and a dollar short. But today in an antique mall in Grand Rapids she was waiting for me. She has some mouse damage, but I love her!
Here is a close up of the beautiful velvet jewelry box
This little box below is a perfume presentation box, I got this at the same antique mall as the dressform, Victoria's Warehouse in Grand Rapids. I plan to use this as a prop to photograph jewelry.
I recently purchased the new Somerset Life and decided to make some of the tags with lace and rhinestone brooches, so today I was on the hunt for jewelry. I found quite a few things to use for this as well as things to wear or incorporate in jewelry I will make.
I was surprised I found so many things with so few dealers there, but I'm glad we went and now I can't wait until the Labor Day Market.