Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday Wisdom: Something Wicked

I just love spooky. Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes is such a favorite ~ scary in a good, old-fashioned way. The movie's a classic, too. I get chills just reading the quotes.


Have a spooky Halloween, all!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Thrift Report: Just a Few Things

I didn't do much thrifting this week; just picked up a couple things on the way to other places. (I can't resist a thrift store -- especially an "unknown" one -- when I come across one!)  Here's what I picked up:

This serving tray is made from some kind of heavy plastic. It's hard to decipher the colors from this photo, but the background is a brownish black, and the streaks are tones of gold, metallic green, and brown. It's marked on the back with a sticker indicating it was made in Japan for Woolworth's, NYC. Circa 50s or 60s, I would say.
This is just a fun little solid brass trinket dish. It needs to be cleaned up a bit, but I thought it was pretty. It's also the perfect size for a wine coaster.

I've been looking for a set of these dishes forever! They are by Belmar of California. I love the aqua color--so retro. Found these in a Salvation Army next to the Christmas decorations--hmm.

This brass pedestal dish (soap dish?) is weighs about six pounds!  I've been diligently scrubbing decades of tarnish and oxidation from it for days, and still have a way to go, but I think it's charming.

Finally, a little lucite fix!  This trio of brass candlesticks with lucite columns were in great shape. It's hard to tell in the photo, but the lucite has an etched leaf design.
And there you have my few finds for this week!  I hope you all have a spectacular week of thrifting;  I'll be thinking about those of you in the path of Sandy this week!
I'm sharing my finds at these fun parties...check them out!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Rustic Vintage Wedding

A while back, I mentioned that I'd just returned from the Pacific Northwest for my brother Andrew's wedding. He lives in the picturesque little town of Bellingham, Washington - just north of Seattle - and it was my first time visiting since he's lived there.

The area is stunning...just how I imagined the PNW to be. Woodsy, amazing water views, laid back vibe... I didn't expect to love it as much as I did.

The wedding itself was lovely. The venue featured all kinds of rustic goodness: huge evergreens, dahlia gardens, a bonfire pit, and a sweet caretaker couple who passed out wool blankets to guests as the sun set.

I was honored to serve as "best woman" for my brother. He's my only sibling, and we're very close, even though we don't see one another very often.  I think it's because we had a bit of a gypsy childhood, growing up all over the place - in and outside the country. He's the only person on earth who has the same collection of memories -- places, houses, schools, friends -- that I do. He's kind of like my living, breathing hometown.

It was my duty to keep him calm on wedding day. I'm not sure I did the best job; I will never forget driving to the venue in sweats, balancing the wedding cake on my lap, with huge vats of sangria sloshing in the back of his SUV, yelling "Slow down! Is your suit hanging near the sangria?! For the LOVE OF GOD!!!" I was calmness personified.

Photo: Jill Kattau
Photo: Jill Kattau

The ceremony was beautiful, despite most of us being blinded by lots and lots of tears. My brother's best friend from childhood got ordained just for the wedding and conducted the ceremony magnificently.

Photo: Jill Kattau

Photo: Matt Curtis

Miranda's dress was so pretty and, dare I say, a bit vintage-inspired. It was an ivory color with the most beautiful lace overlay. Her earrings were custom made by an Etsy artist. She's lovely in every way, and I'm so excited to have her in our family. The French word for "sister-in-law" is belle soeur, which literally means "beautiful sister." As usual, the French are more eloquent than we are. My beautiful new sister.

The reception was held in a redwood pavilion that was decked out with more dahlias, plus an assortment of vintage bottles and jars, retro fabric on the tabletops, and amazing collection of 100+ vintage plates and champagne glasses that Miranda had thrifted over the course of the last year.

Photo: Matt Curtis

Photos: Jill Kattau

Photo: Matt Curtis

The food was fabulous. My brother is a classically trained chef and Miranda is quite the cook herself, so one of their priorities for the wedding was serving the best possible food.

Photos: Matt Curtis

The charming favors were strawberry-basil preserves, handmade by Miranda and her mother.

Photo: Jill Kattau

Photo: my own

It was a truly unique wedding, and perfectly reflective of who they are. Sophisticated yet down to earth; relaxed and hospitable; and focused on friends and family. More than anything, it was a happy wedding, designed to celebrate a bright future with a nod to the past.

Photos: Jill Kattau

Photo: Matt Curtis

Photo: Matt Curtis


Monday, October 22, 2012

Thrift Report: I Don't Know How This Happened...

My original thoughts on the weekend:  "I have so much inventory for the shop that I have yet to list. I have so many to-be-made-over things that I've thrifted for myself. It's supposed to be cold and rainy. I'll stay home, work on projects, listen to music, get lots accomplished...."

What actually went down:  "I do need to to take a package to the post office. Might as well swing by that cute junk store in Carmel [suburb north of the city...nowhere near the post office] since they're only open Saturdays."  Cut to two hours later, as the shop owner has to help me carry the boxes of stuff I purchased to my car. 


Here are just a couple of the purchases that I've managed to clean up and photograph so far:

A set of Iittala Ultima Thule candlesticks....

Four perfect peach lustre cups to go with the egg nog bowl from a few weeks ago...

Eight Culver rocks glasses with gold bands and a faux-tortoise treatment...

This art deco looking jeweled snake letter holder. I seriously love this piece.

Remember my bookend collection?  Yep...added these guys to it. They're onyx (I think) and alabaster (I think). I'm not good at identifying natural stone - obviously.

A set of four etched pump decanters with chrome tops and a lucite caddy tray...

And finally, a glam raised brass dish with a brass and lucite "crystal" base.

There you have it. The product of my little "detour" from the post office. Okay - part of the product. The rest is still in boxes in my trunk.  :)

I hope you all had lots of thrifting luck this week!  I can't wait to see.

Linking up here:

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Thrifty Love at Cap Creations
Junkin' Joe at Cottage Market
The Nifty Thrifty at A Living Space


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday Wisdom

Here in my neck of the woods, I'm thoroughly enjoying this sunny fall afternoon full of the sound of leaves crunching underfoot. I hope that you, too, are enjoying autumn while it lasts!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Thrift Report: Bookends

There's nothing I love more than buying something vintage that is practical to use today. That's probably why I love vintage dish towels, restaurantware, handbags...anything that not only looks cool, but can be put to actual use at home!

Vintage bookends most definitely fall into the "cool but useful" category, and I've been lucky enough to find quite a few sets lately! Here are some of my bookend finds from the last month or so:

A couple of cast brass lighthouse bookends. Preppy and nautical!

I love this gleaming set of brass pineapples, too. I know that Viriginia Metalcrafters made bookends identical to these, but this set is unmarked.

I also picked up this heavy marble set of bookends. What would you call them?

Mexican/Mayan/Aztec Totems/Gods/Statues?  I've seen similar sets referenced as all of the above! I think they're kind of charming.

I picked up two of these brass shells...simple and chic. I recently saw a design blogger who used a set of these, back to back, to hold bills on top of her desk.

I need to shine this pair up, but once I do, they'll be amazing in a kid's room or nursery.

Seriously, could they be any cuter? I think not. :)

This guy is probably my favorite recent bookend find. He's kind of bronze and really solid.

I only found one, but I still love it!

There are so many vintage bookends out there; this is just a sampling of the ones I've come across recently. How about you? Do you collect anything vintage that you can put to use in your modern home?

Linking up here!

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
The Nifty Thrifty at A Living Space
Thrifty Love at Cap Creations


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wednesday Wisdom

Don't all thrifters love to believe this???  :)

 Happy Wednesday, friends.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Thrift Report

I had a pretty great weekend of vintage-hunting and thrifting! I did a lot of shopping with my mom and found some real gems.

My first find, though, is from a couple of weeks ago. I decided to browse one of my very favorite antique malls - a veritable warehouse of vintage awesomeness in downtown Indy -- and scored big time.

One of the dealers was closing down their booth and had just marked this set down...wayyyy down...when I happened by. I grabbed it up immediately and took it to the front desk to be held while I shopped. Then I proceeded to check on it about 15 times as I shopped to make sure no one else made off with it. Hey...vintage shopping can be a dog-eat-dog world. :)

The set consists of eight large Culver roly poly glasses in near-perfect condition and the original caddy. Culver made so many intricate gold patterns; I haven't been able to identify this one. I saw it referenced one place at Majorca, but haven't been able to confirm. Anyone know?

Next, I found this interesting little piece for half off at the thrift store:

It's a heavy, ornate brass nutcracker. I love the design on the reminds me of an Arts and Crafts piece.

And the carved, enameled "Shalom" on the handle is pretty cool, too!

Blanc de Chine statues make me happy.

...but it's SO hard to find them with their thumbs. Yes, I said thumbs. If you've ever thrifted these beauties, you know that the vast majority of them are missing their thumbs and/or fingers. They're just so fragile! I picked up this one - digits intact - for a few dollars at another antique mall over the weekend.

Here's another 50% off thrift store find:

It's a really large brass vase with a cherry red enamel coating and a gorgeous peacock design. Love!

Finally, a little something I picked up for myself. I saw these boots - little black wellies with gold buttons - at Tar-jay months ago and seriously thought about buying them, multiple times. It's hard, though, to spend money on boots in the summer, so I kept passing them up.

Well, it just so happens that our Goodwill stores often buy up overstock from Target (do your GWs do this??) and I spotted the boots, tags still on, in my size, at GW over the weekend. Oh yes. And since it was half-off day, I snagged them for...get ready....$2.50! 

I hope you all had some great thrifting scores of your own this weekend. I'm linking up here to check out everyone else's finds!

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Junkin' Joe at The Cottage Market


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