Saturday, April 24, 2010

Snow, Thrifty Finds, and the Weekend

This is what we awoke to yesterday:

It really piled up later, too.  When it stopped snowing, it continued with the rain on and off.  It was about 42 degrees but the wind made it feel much colder.  The worst part is that at 4:30 p.m. my son drove off about 3 hours east (where the storm that had left us headed) on another camping weekend.  Have I mentioned the blahs I've been having?

And what a wind!  It blew all night.  We sleep on the second floor, on a corner lot, and so we get the full force, plus all the assorted sounds of I-don't-know-what (gutters? chimney caps? cows?) blowing around.  I just lay there thinking about Ben being lifted off the ground with the wind and deposited in Kansas.  (He was already almost in Kansas, anyway.)

Now it's Saturday morning and it's snowing and blowing, but the sun makes an appearance in between so I think it will clear up.  I had planned to go to this but the weather's too bad to drive the 2 hours.  Disappointed!

Yesterday, since we were snowed in, I took some time to photograph my latest crop of thrifty finds:

The sugar bowl is huge and has such a great patina, don't you think?  You'll recognize it as Homer Laughlin.  This is something I passed up at the same thrift store 3 times until it was finally on sale for 75% off!  The little tea or chocolate pot next to it is German.  Sweet shape, huh?


I am in love with the Jackson restaurant ware shown on the left -- that color!  I bought a set of 20 pieces and plan to use it this summer as our everyday dishes for a nice change!  The dinner plates are the long oval shaped ones.  I would love to find a few more.  The little plate on the right is a variation of a set I had and sold long ago - it's Myott and I just love the softer robin's egg blue color and the hand painted details!

I already had the McCoy planter on the right in yellow, but like this color much better so I had to have it.  Almost all of my McCoy lives on top of my kitchen cabinets -- I love it!  So colorful!  The creamer on the right is Santa Anita ware and the best part is the pretty blue handle and...

...the swirl inside!  Doesn't it remind you of a cappuchino?!

I try not to buy tea cups but I'm currently just in love with the pink and red tones.  I also can never pass up a pretty transfer ware plate like the one in back...especially  not for under $1!

The faded hand painted design on the front of this cup is just so sweet!


I loved the fact that this plate was NOT faded, and now need to research the German  back mark; does it look familiar to anyone?

Left to right: "Much Virtue in Herbs, Little in Men" -- this is hand painted on two tiles, then framed -- wisdom from Ben Franklin!  The little daguerreotype (I think that's what it is) was especially sweet because of the reverse (shown below.)  And of course, a prettily stitched blue jay.  I have a thing for blue jays.

Last but not least, I found a little bag full of stuff I bought at an antique shop on our ski trip to Glenwood Springs last month:

A really beautiful piece of old lace that someone had embroidered -- this will go on a future crazy quilt.

More embellishments...

...the most special of which is this butterfly.  I don't know if you can see it, but the top wings are added on in 3D over the bottom ones.  Sweet!

I hope you've enjoyed these pretty things!  Have a lovely Saturday, and please don't comment about how warm and lovely it is in your neighborhood, or I might really go over the edge...

8 comments :

Regina said...

Laurie...what AMAZING finds...thank you so much for sharing with us. We haven't been treasure hunting in quite some time and do miss it. I feel as though I'm been now. ^_^

My thoughts will be that your son has a great trip and arrives home safely...on his own accord and not that wind.

Hugs,
Regi

So crazy to me that we are having 80 degree weather and ya'll are still getting that funny cold white stuff.

Birgit said...

Hi Laurie,

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog -- I always enjoy getting feedback. :)

I just Googled Gloria Bayreuth. Sure enough it's a porcelain company founded in 1920. :)

Currently, I have a little giveaway on my blog -- today is the last day to enter. :)

Greetings from Munich,
Birgit

Debby said...

Brrrr... what is up with that weather? YUCK!!! All your beautiful things make up for the bad weather day!
Debby

Angela said...

More snow?!? No wonder you have the blah's!
I love the little German teapot with the rose on it! Lovely!

Pretty Things said...

SNOW! I love snow. Not what you want to hear, I' sure!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Laurie: Your thrift find are wonderful. I love the German Tea pot the best. You have a wonderful eye for beautiful things. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

Sandra said...

Hi Laurie, oh what lovely things you always find. I just love looking at all your pictures. I know you will find a special place for some of the lace pieces. I too loved the German Tea pot, so pretty. Enough with the snow,.... stay happy girlfriend, keep that beautiful smile. Hope your son comes home with all kinds of fun stories to tell you, that make you laugh.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Laurie, I'm sorry that you are having snow again. That's no fun. Hopefully it will melt away soon!
You found some great things! I especially love the aqua colored planter, the laces and the sweet tea cup.
Have a wonderful day!
Hugs,
Julia