Thursday, February 21, 2013

Finds


I've found a few little pretties in the thrift store over the last couple of months.  This delicate bird perched on a china heart dish was found just before Valentine's Day.

 
A small dessert bowl ... I liked the flower petals shaping the bowl, and the fact that it's periwinkle blue (a colour that will always remind me of my mom "You're my peri-weri winkle ...").  Too bad there was only one ...
 
 
The petals from the bottom ...

 
A 'salt' dish ... table salt? bath salts?  I won't be using it for either.  When my husband saw this and asked 'what's this for' I couldn't answer him, and he rolled his eyes muttering something about 'buying stuff she doesn't even know what it is'.  But I always need a handy dish or bowl around me when I sew and knit to catch the threads, buttons, needles, beads ... you know what I mean, don't you?  I know what I'll use it for, and that's all that matters.
 
 
Which brings me to my next find ... a very delicate leaf dish (another catcher of buttons & threads).  The colours in this dish are what caught my eye, brown and lavender, not your usual combination.  It was made in Germany ...
 
 
The roses were so pretty, and there's an overall slight mother-of-pearl glaze, I couldn't pass it up!
 
 
This next glass bowl was actually picked up by another shopper, but as she stood wondering about it, deciding about it, I hovered ... obviously she put it back (no, I didn't pry it from her!), and as soon as she was out of the aisle I popped it in my cart.  I love old-fashioned glass.  My mother had a couple of glass dishes this same shade of salmon pink (I have them now), which used to be her mother's.  My grandmother actually donated some of this same wear to the local museum.  I don't know if this particular dish is old or a reproduction ... I just liked it.
 
 
I've been admiring how glass domes are used in decorating.  I've been picking up these small domes when I see them to display some of my treasures.  I don't have a glass front china cabinet, so most of my special china etc is hidden away.  So here is my petite thimble collection from my trip last summer ... all under glass :)
 
 
And my Grandmother Violet's 'violet' sugar bowl ... under glass.  When I get more than two I might group them together on top of the china cabinet.

 
I always check out the tin aisle at the thrift store, and the last time I did, I found this cute little tin covered in various local song birds, all busy in their springtime nest building  ... I've put buttons in it.  I've had lots of luck with buttons lately in the thrift store too, but I don't think you want to see a bunch of buttons do you?  And I've been sorting them, which makes my son think I've completely gone round the bend!
 
 
and the lid ...
 
Busy birds take flight with straw, twigs and twine, to build their nests and hatch their chicks so fine.  (Just in case you didn't want to turn your computer upside down to read it)
 
And to satisfy the rustic side of me and my decorating ... a small plaque which I recognized immediately as a copy of petroglyphs.  I haven't seen this particular petroglyph in person (it's on the shores of Lake Superior), but I have seen amazing petroglyph's at Bon Echo Provincial Park just north east of us.  You have to wait for a calm day, paddle over to a sheer rock face, steady your canoe and enjoy the paintings on said sheer rock face.  It's quite an experience ... the day we paddled over was decidedly not calm, and caused a high level of anxiety being so close to the rocks in the rough waves.   Sadly the paintings are slowly washing away with time and waves from the lake ... there's no way to preserve them.
 
 
And lastly, I saw this miniature Windsor chair and scooped it up without even looking at the price tag.  I wish it were full size! 
 
 
I think it needs a handmade doll to sit upon it ... maybe that could be my next sewing project.  I've never made dolls before, but I have made lots of doll clothing!
 
 
I hope you enjoyed thrifting along with me ...
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Wendy
 
 
 
 
 


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  1. I love the little pink glass dish and the chair is very unusual.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. The dish looks so sparkly in the sunlight. Isn't that chair something?! I love it :)

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  2. Hi Wendy,You've found pretty and interesting things. I do love the delicate work of the leaf dish and rustic look of the windsor chair.
    - Gaia

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    1. That's what I like about the thrift store, you never know what you're going to find there :)

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  3. You've found a lot of fun things recently. I especially like the little Windsor chair. It's really cute and looks perfectly proportioned to a regular sized one.

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    1. If I hadn't told you it was doll-sized, I bet you wouldn't have known how small it is ;)

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  4. Great finds Wendy! I like them all...especially that blue bowl! You should check out Wendy at Young Heart...she has a great thrift party on her blog every Tuesday.

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    1. I've seen that thrift party on Wendy's site (Wendy is actually one of my followers), but haven't participated ... yet!

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  5. Oh, I love this post, and I love all your lovely finds. So many goodies there :)
    The little pink glass bowl is very sweet. I have a thing for old coloured glass items, and I have quite a few pieces at home collected through many years.
    The petroglyph plaque is also interesting!

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    1. Thank you Hilde :) My tastes are so varied, it's no wonder my house is decorated in what you might (nicely) call 'eclectic'. From delicate glass to soapstone carvings :)

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  6. Hello Wendy
    You have found some lovely treasures, I look out for tins and bowls etc..for my sewing bits and bobs too, such a sweet little chair
    Thea x

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    1. Oh, thank you Thea ... I knew someone out there had similar habits! It's better than tossing everything into one big heap on top of a table ... all my mess is very organized ;)

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  7. I love that miniature Windsor bench...what a cutie! It would be fun if we could go thrifting together someday in real life!

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    1. I couldn't think of anything better Mitzi :) Maybe someday!

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  8. Lovely finds.....can't wait to see your dolly on that lovely little chair! X

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    1. Oh dear, I think I've committed myself now!

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  9. Oh I love all your thrifted treasures, esp the bowl and the leaf dish! I haven't been thrifting for a while but I shall have a look this weekend.

    PS: I'm hosting a Living Nature skin essentials pack giveaway at my blog, hope you enter: http://www.underlockandkeyblog.com/2013/02/living-nature-review-and-giveaway.html

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    1. Good luck in your thrifting :) Thanks for visiting!

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  10. Your mini thimble collection is so sweet! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a lovely weekend, xx

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    1. Thanks Sarah Jane, you have a great weekend too :)

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  11. before I had children I would go thrifting....this post reminds me how much fun it is! I love your thimble collection!

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    1. I used to go to the flea markets with my BFF and her dad. He was 'into' thrifting way before it was trendy and it sort of rubbed off on me. Back then we just said he collected a lot of junk! But it's a bit of a thrill to find something really special isn't it?

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  12. I get the same eye rolling from my husband. I have learned to ignore him. Enjoy your finds girl! As long as they bring you pleasure, it's all good. :)

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    1. That's what I keep telling myself too!!

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  13. Hi Wendy...Some lovely bits and bobs here! I have a thing for pretty pink glass too...Have fun finding homes and places to display... your new (old) pieces that's always the best part......Thanks for kind visits always. Leaving you with a few 'Twinkles '**** and wishing you a happy Sunday! Love Maria x

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    1. Thanks Maria ... yes, um, where to put all this stuff?! I really do wish I had a huge glass-fronted cabinet to display things where wouldn't get dusty! Have a great week, and I DID have a happy Sunday, thank you :) Wendy

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  14. My Mom has a huge collection of pink depression glass - if that's an original, you've got a great find!
    And, by the way - the Knitter's Frolic is held in Toronto (put on by the Downtown Knit Collective) on April 27 this year, at the Japanese Cultural Centre (Don Mills area).
    I'll blog more about it closer to the date.

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    1. I hope the glass is antique, but I'm no expert in these things, just pick up what looks pretty to me. Thanks for the info on the Knitter's Frolic, I'll have to check in it :)

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  15. What a wonderful collection Wendy - especially the lotus flower bowl (I have two white ones!) and the glass dish - reminds me of some my mum has inherited from further up the family!
    Ali

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    1. Thanks for popping in Ali, I thought the flower bowl might have come in a set! I'll be keeping an eye out for more.

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