Wednesday, October 31, 2012
We have not had a single trick or treater since moving to the country - not one in 5 years - I didn't even buy candy this year which is a little frightening. Still, I decorate the front yard for this fall spooktacular although probably not as grand as I did in the city. I love rural America but I miss seeing the little ghosts and goblins filling the streets. Happy Halloweener, everyone!
Monday, October 29, 2012
This is one of the things I love about small towns - they always celebrate in quaint style and the spirit of community is evident. At the 4-way stop in my adopted German-rooted hometown, presently this greets visitors and residents alike. So festive and fun! In early November, the Christmas swagger will go up with lighted symbols of the season on nearly every lamp post on the main road. As a self-professed city girl, this small town has captured my heart. What a lucky find for us!
October has also been lucky for finds of the vintage kind. After an intolerable summer, the fall has been gorgeous and the thrift gods have been kind. Here are several pieces from recent hauls:
|My green Haeger pottery collection is growing. The piece on the left|
is one of the largest I have found in any color.
|Another Haeger piece - this vase is nearly 13" tall and |
will be perfect for some holiday decorating.
|And more Haeger. I have never found candle holders before - love them!|
|I've had a run on vases - this time it's McCoy...|
|and Stangl Pottery vase from the Antique Gold line of the 1950's.|
|Here is a beautiful Sascha Brastoff vase with a peacock design.|
|Teapot made by Desiree of Denmark in the Selandia pattern.|
|A glossy black pitcher from Arabia of Finland. I have not been able to|
identify the pattern but do know it was made from 1971 to 1975.
|Santa Anita Ware plate in the Del Mar pattern - Made in California.|
|Vintage glass container with cork lid.|
I apologize for the lack of verbiage but I had several pieces I wanted to share. As you can see, it has been Octoberfabulous for me. How is your autumn thrifting going?
Linking to A Living Space's The Nifty Thrifty and Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
It's a gorgeous autumn day here in mid-Missouri. The temperature was a brisk 36 degrees this morning but has warmed up to a respectable 57 degrees this afternoon. These are the kind of days I love. And even better, it's my Pearl girl's 7th birthday. Our sweet, gentle 120 pound black lab is one of the best fall finds to date - I heart the big lug! Happy Birthday, Pearl E. Bear!
And speaking of finds, here are a few items I have picked up lately that are fall inspired.
You might recall, I have a thing for Haeger planters (and most other Haeger pieces) especially if they are in white (or ivory) and amber gold. I found two new planters that feed that obsession and will be perfect for an autumn display and they were cheap - less than a dollar for each. The deer figurine might be Haeger, too, but it is not marked. I have an ever growing collection of deer pottery pieces - I will have to do an obsession post about them someday. The small vase is marked "Germany 167 13" - I know the 13 is the number of centimeters tall but I don't know if the 167 refers to the pattern or possibly a maker. The plate is marked "Wood Echo" on the back - I assume that is the pattern name but again, no maker. It was only 25 cents as it has a small chip on the rim which is concealed by the deer's chest.
Another obsession I have, which I shared with you some time ago, is pillows. I just can't stop buying pillows - they are just too versatile and can easily change up your decor with minimal effort. These two are fabulous for fall decorating - and they are both stitched from yarn.I think I picked these up at two different garage sales this past summer.
And speaking of yarn, how pretty is the mustard yellow afghan? I have more than a couple vintage afghans - again, super versatile. Plus I admire that someone took the time to knit or crocheted them - so much love in one cozy throw. You can never have enough love wrapped around you!
So, what is inspiring you this fall? Do you go all out on decorating or just switch out a few things here and there? With cooler temperatures, the time is right to enjoy the bounty of autumn.
Linking up to Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday and new this week, A Living Space's Nifty Thrifty.
Monday, October 1, 2012
This is the pan that started my obession a couple of years back. I found this at a garage sale for 50 cents. It is in nice condition but is not marked. I don't really care because I love the color and it makes a great display piece anyway.
This dutch oven may be one of my favorite. pieces. ever. It has a couple of chips in the enamel on both the handle to the lid and one of the handles to the pot but no big deal. The graphics on the side are fantastic. I adore the village scene and the colors are so bright and cheery. I don't know if I will ever use it but I am pretty sure I won't be parting with it any time soon. It, too, is not marked - does any one recognize it?
My heart skipped a beat when I happened upon this fondue pot at the Maple Leaf Tea Room & Antiques in Sedalia. I don't go to this store very often but I am so glad I did that day. Yep, it is a Dansk - the pot and forks are marked France and the base is marked Denmark. It is in near mint condition and has great color. I may not hold on to it as I haven't ever done fondue (although I really think I should) so it might be going in my etsy or my eBay store before the holidays.
I found this skillet with lid and removable handle at a recent garage sale. The 80ish year old woman said she had never used it and needed to get rid of some of her stuff. It is marked "Made in Italy" on the bottom of the pan. The lid is marked "Mexico" on the edge so I don't know if it is original to the pan or the lady just put them together to make a set - I like the teak handle on it so it was win for me either way. The pan color is a vibrant burnt orange on the inside and black on the outside - perfect for a fall supper.
I love the graduating sizes of these pans and the colors are fantastic. I saw these at the Lincoln (Missouri) Antique Mall and had to have them. They are marked "Made in Yugoslavia" with a duel lion symbol above of it. I guess I need to research it to see if that indicates the manufacturer. Anyone know?
As you can see, I am a little enamored with enamel. Who wouldn't be with the happy colors? What have you been collecting lately? Do you find it difficult to let things go? I know I do but as the holidays approach, I am trying to sell more of my finds so they can be appreciated by others.
Linking to Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday.