Monday, January 27, 2014

Thrift Report

Greetings, friends!  I hope you're all staying warm and toasty as the Polar Vortex terrorizes the country once again. I'm still not doing much vintage hunting, as that would require me to voluntarily remove myself from the warm, cozy sofa and venture outside, but I do have a few things to share.

This 60's era resin tray was made in Italy. Such pretty glam...and virtually indestructable.

More fun gold trimmed barware!

It's been a while since I've come across a nice, chunky brass animal in the wild, so I was psyched to pick up this guy at Goodwill recently. I already have the matching brass baby giraffe that goes with it...somewhere.   #toomuchinventory

There is nothing I love more than a pretty vintage book, except maybe a stack of them! These would absolutely pop in a nursery or kid's room, wouldn't they? Maybe with a nice brass giraffe bookend? ;)

And that does it for today!  I'm off to put on an extra pair of socks and go scrape ice off of something. You know--the usual.

I'm linking up here!

Sunday, January 19, 2014


Just spotted a photo of my living room makeover over at One Kings Lane, as part of their feature on jewel toned artwork

It was fun to see my little homemade masterpiece on one of my favorite shopping sites. Really brightened up my day!

Happy Sunday afternoon, friends! xoxo

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Thrift Report: Cocktail Hour

Hello friends!  Did you find any bargain vintage treasures this week?  Most of my latest finds have been in the barware category, which was just fine with me!

Another pimptastic decanter, this time in blue!

A windfall of Kimiko silver crest glasses!


This decanter was an interesting find...very tall, with an organic shape.


...annnnd one more decanter, this one heavy lead crystal etched with the word "BOURBON" in a deco font.


And lastly, a set of six Georges Briard tumblers with a phenomenal frosted, gold flecked background and a gold and black hot air balloon design. They read, "The higher you go, the harder you fall." (Hmm...interesting message for a cocktail glass!)

The huge brass tray was also a lucky find this week!

So there you have my barware roundup for this week. I love when my finds fall into handy themed categories like that! :)  Clearly I need to host a cocktail party, STAT!

I'm linking up to these great blogs to share my finds and check out what everyone else unearthed this week!

A Living Space
The Cottage Market
The Dedicated House
Sir Thrift A Lot
Everyday Vintage

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Blogger Style Feature: Woman in Real Life!

I'm so excited to have my mini house tour featured by Joann over at the amazing Woman in Real Life for her new "Blogger Style" series! Check it out!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Thrift Report: Snowpocalypse Edition

Greetings from the snowy, frigid Midwest! 

I just realized that I haven't blogged since December!  It's been a challenging few weeks, to say the least. Two rounds of stomach flu, Christmas, going back to work (briefly) and trying to catch up, and now a "major weather event!" 

Yesterday, we received about a foot of heavy, wet snow in one day. That was followed, last night and today, by crazy winds and wind chill temps of -45 degrees. (You read that right!)

The *first* of six times time I shoveled the porch.

I lived in Canada as a kid; I'm no stranger to a good blizzard. I remember in 1996, living in Washington D.C. and hiking three city blocks to a supermarket in waist-deep snow. I secretly don't hate blizzards...I usually find them kind of exciting.

About noon yesterday. It got MUCH worse by evening!

The problem this time was/is the potential of losing power. Over 70,000 homes in the city are currently without power, and for someone living in a "vintage" [read: poorly insulated] house with a furnace that depends on electricity, these kind of temps are no joke. I've been flinching every time I hear a tree branch groan. So far I've been lucky, but MANY of my neighbors have been without power or heat for almost 24 hours. I'm hoping luck stays in my favor as the day progresses!

All of my neighbors across the street lost power...

Thankfully the university where I work actually closed - which NEVER happens. The mayor issued a no travel order, though, so they kind of had no choice. :)  Which means I get to stay home today and catch up on crucial tasks like blogging!

With all the holiday and weather chaos, I haven't don't much thrifting lately, but I've had a few good scores since Christmas I wanted to share.

First, I couldn't have been more pleased with this set of eight near-mint Fred Press "Celestial" glasses with carrier!

This tiny little hand painted sugar and creamer set is so charming. They look a lot like Ken Edwards pieces but I can't find any attribution for them and they are only marked "Mexico," so I'm not sure. I am sure I love them, though!


A fabulous set of silver band goblets in amazing condition! They had so much tarnish that I truly  thought they were painted black around the rims at first glance.


Last but not least, I am in love with this 70s/80s era brass clock. I totally have a clock problem, I know, but I don't think I can part with this one -- plus it's not working. I may just have to display it prominently in my home until I *happen* to have time to drop it off at the clock repair shop in a neighboring town. I know - such a shame, right? ;)

And that's the latest report from Snowpocalypse 2014! I hope those of you in the path of this storm are staying warm, and those of you in milder climates are sending us warm thoughts.  Especially for this chunky monkey, who (despite the superfly winter sweater I bought him) has refused to go outside to do his "dog business" since yesterday morning! Sigh...



Linking up here:

A Living Space
The Cottage Market
The Dedicated House
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