Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011 and Hello 2012

Well, here it is - December 31st, the last day of 2011.  Time to reflect over this past year and to think about what needs to be accomplished next year.  It's really sort of hard to believe that it is going to be 2012.  When I was a kid, 2012 seemed to be so far into the future.  I certainly can't begin to list all the things that have changed since the 1950s and 60s, but a lot of things have - some good and some not so good.
I think the biggest accomplishment in 2011 was finishing going through and cleaning out our mother's house.  After 3 years, we are done going through the stuff.  Stuff has either been thrown away, sold in garage sales, packed for online selling , sent to auction houses or split between us 3 kids.  Oh, there are a few things that we have packed to go through later - letters, papers and pictures - but the house is empty.  We are ready to close the estate, physically and mentally.

My garage is full of boxes of stuff to sell online       
And, it is all really cool stuff!
Lots of memories and pretties that I can touch and play with!  But, boy, the garage is full - no room for cars here. 
2012 is going to be a busy year.  I am satisfied with both my eCrater stores and my Auctiva Commerce store, so I won't be adding or getting rid of anymore stores.  I have a great group of friends and mentors at ESN - don't think I could live without.  And, I love blogging - just need to do more of it.  But, all in all, I think I have built a good foundation this past year and look forward to 2012.


Monday, December 19, 2011

In 1968, It Was Still "Merry Christmas"

Last year I wrote about memories about my grandmother's silver Christmas tree.  We hadn't found it yet and we knew our mother would not have gotten rid of it.  But, did my grandmother?  My sister found it, still in the box and packed.  I now have my grandmother's silver Christmas tree and it is now all decorated with the color wheel turning twinkling colors of red, green, yellow and blue.  As you can see, with the tree done, Bronx is facing north waiting for Santa.  But more about the Christmas decorating later.  Opening the box, all the branches were stored in their sleeves.  The branches were then wrapped by the color code and everything was wrapped in newspaper. 

The date of the newspaper that everything was wrapped in was Wednesday, December 25, 1968.  The newspaper was The Indianapolis Star.  The newspaper is actually in very good condition.  The front page is The Christmas Story with Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus.  The top of the paper it said, "The Star Wishes All A Merry Christmas." 
    It was also a time when space exploration was still young and exciting - see "Pueblo Crew United With Families."  To be honest, I was almost more excited reading the Christmas 1968 newspaper.  We really need to get back to calling it what it is - Christmas.
Flipping through my 1968 treasured newspaper, I had to look at the fashion of the day.  Love the fur collars and empire waist style.  I didn't have time to go through all of the paper, but don't think I will be rewrapping the silver tree with this paper.  Oh, the wonderful memories of the '60s.         

Monday, October 24, 2011

Yummy Pumpkin Pie For Me

Last week's scavenger hunt at ESN was Pumpkin.  Some people will think of Jack-O-Lanterns and all the ways you can decorate them or Fall decorations with pumpkins, Indian corn, gourds, bittersweet and mums.  But when I hear the word pumpkin, it is pumpkin pie that comes to mind.  Yummy pumpkin pie for me!  I love pumpkin pie!

So I thought it would be fun to search through other scavenger hunters' eCrater stores to see what neat things I could find for the dining table.  Here are a couple of things I found.

A beautiful pair of ceramic candle holders with pumpkins, fall leaves and Indian corn from Eccentric Thrifter - perfect for the Thanksgiving buffet.

Then I found a ceramic salt and pepper set at ComycGyrl.  A big acorn with a squirrel - perfect for the fall table. 

At CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles, you'll find a Harker Chesterton Pate sur Pate Turkey Platter.  Perfect for a small gathering after the big feast.  Ah, only 31 days until Pumpkin Pie day.    

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Box of Marbles - A Game of The Past

I wonder if kids even play with marbles now-a-days.  We had marbles when we were kids, but I don't think people buy them for kids anymore - probably because they do not talk, sing or teach you how to do math.  Well they can teach you math, but marbles can't talk and tell you if you are right or wrong.  Oh, yeah, and I'm sure they are considered too dangerous for today's kids.

I didn't realize there were so many games associated with marbles.  Mostly, we just thought they were pretty and tried to hit the marbles and see how far we could get them to go.     

We found this box of marbles that our mother had ordered from The Great American Marble Company.  Seems they were trying to get people to rediscover marbles.  They called it a sport and said that marble-like objects have been found in 2,500-year old Egyptian tombs.  Famous Marble players include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.  From across the pond, there was a gentleman from England called "Hydrogen Thumb."  Isn't that hilarious?

If you are going to play Marbles, you will need to know the language.  Aggies, mibs, bumboozers, hunching and snoogers - what does that mean?  Oh, that information is included with the box of marbles.

There are well over 50 marbles games and the rules and instruction for several of those games are also included with the box of marbles from The Great American Marble Company.  

While The Great American Marble Company offered different size bags of marbles, they also offered this box made of white pine, handcrafted and sanded, with over 100 small marbles and six shooters.  I did count the marbles and there were 117 small marbles including swirlies, cat's eyes, clearies and solid glass.  All made in the U.S.!

You can find this wonderful box of marbles at CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles.  Step back in time when toys were simple and provided hours of fun.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dr. Sayman and his Traveling Medicine Show

I had found a small square milk glass jar in one of my mother's auction boxes.  A tin lid with the impression of a reputable-looking man that screwed onto the jar.  Raised words around the lid say - Sayman's Products Are Supreme Dr. Sayman St. Louis.  There was no label or markings on the jar.  I had never heard of Sayman's Products before but thought that this was probably a jar for ointment or salve.  One of the things I love about selling vintage glass is the research and discovering interesting stories of past entrepreneurs of our great country.  Dr. Thomas M. Sayman is no exception.  In fact, I would have to say, he is one of the most colorful and interesting charactors I have come across.
Dr. Thomas M. Sayman was not really a doctor.  He was born around 1854.  Barefooted and dressed in overalls, he ran away from his Indiana farm home at the age of 9 to make his own way in the world.  At 10, he started traveling with a circus and medicine show.  By the time he was 11, he had organized his own medicine show and traveled through Texas in a horse drawn wagon peddling his soaps, tonics and medicines.  Just fascinating stuff! 
He developed creams, medicine salves and soaps, building a large manufacturing plant in 1912.  He had become very wealthy and employed many people.  It is said that he was very generous with giving to charities and taking care of his employees.   It seems that he was also concerned with the possibility of being robbed and was known to keep a large collection of weapons.  He had no problem brandishing a pistol in public.  Not well accepted, these incidents landed him in trouble with the police and courts over fifty times.  And, then there were the suits against his Sayman's Vegetable Liniment Compound by the US for misbranding.  The list of ailments and diseases that Sayman's Vegetable Liniment Compound was suppose to cure included just about everything known to man.  And, not only did it cure ailments for humans, but also horses and dogs.     
Mr. Sayman had three daughters and one son by his first wife, Rosa.  He divorced sometime between 1900 to 1910.  He married a second wife, Lillian and had a daughter.  Divorce was bit unusual considering the times of the 1900s.   
Thomas M. Sayman died in September of 1937.  What a character!  I just can't get over that at the age of 9, he left home to seek his fame and fortune.  

You can buy this Dr Sayman Square Milk Glass Jar that use to hold some of Doc Sayman's miracle ointment from CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles.   

Pottery U.S. Style

Pottery is the theme for the ESN Scavenger Hunt this week.  Besides glassware, pottery is my other favorite thing to collect.  Of course it has to be U.S. made.  I fell in love with Roseville a little more than twenty years ago.  The Florentine pattern is my favorite.  I did find a Mostique vase a couple of years ago.  Mostique is an earlier pattern in the Arts and Crafts design - very pretty.

There is also a special place in my heart for McCoy planters as my grandmother had quite a few that she used to to display her plants on her kitchen windowsill.  She had african violets, mother-in-law tongue and her favorite, finger cacti.  I don't have any finger cacti, but I do have african violets and mother-in-law tongue on my windowsill.
Living in North Carolina, there are quite a few potteries throughout our beautiful state.  I sell new pottery from four potteries in the Seagrove Area.  I love going to visit with them and looking at all their beautiful pieces.  I would love to try my hand at making the pottery someday.

Going through the stores of ESN bloggers, I found a couple of cool pieces that I would like to share with you, but first I have to show you this wall art quote - Art is Born from Walls That Talk.
There may not be the word "pottery" in this quote, but doesn't this just about say it all for pottery making?

Two of the pieces I found include a McCoy planter and an unmarked vase with a very unique design. 
The McCoy Planter H1178 is a brown rectangle planter with a wood grain- type of design.  You can find this and several other McCoy planters at Eccentric Thrifter.  My grandmother could have planted several finger cacti in this planter.
At ComycGyrl Collectibles, I found this beautiful vase.  A powder blue with gold plume ceramic pottery vase.  Not sure who made this, but I think it is very unique with the detailed scalloped edging.  Beautiful!
Fat Beagle Pottery is my favorite Seagrove Area pottery.  Charles (Doc) Tostoe owns and operates Fat Beagle Pottery which was named after his fat beagle, Sally.  Sally has been gone for some time now, but sometimes when I visit, there is a sweet contented dog lying on the floor close to Doc as he sits at his potter's wheel.  Here is a beautiful vase from Fat Beagle Pottery that I have for sale at CAROLINBLUELADY Vintage Collectibles.

Raku is a traditional Japanese form of pottery using special firing processes.  Doc makes a few pieces now and then "when the wind is right and the creek's not rising" in his words. 
Please visit CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles for other great pieces of North Carolina pottery.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Grandparents Day Scavenger Hunt at ESN

This week's scavenger hunt at ESN is to find items for or about Grandparents.  Because Grandparent's Day was on 9/11 this year, I'm sure most people were recalling the tragedy that struck our country 10 years ago and honoring the victims of that horrific day.

My grandmother was one of the two most important people in my life growing up.  She taught me how to sew and cook.  She always had time for me and I loved her very much.  But, she was usually the one that would give me a "talking to" if I did anything wrong.  Oh, I dreaded those "talking to".   Although she has been gone for many years, I still miss her and try to be as good a grandmother to my grandchildren as she was to me.  Here are a few things from the ESN Scavenger Hunters that remind me of my grandmother with a few of my items at CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles mixed in. 
My grandmother always wore a broach. Most of her broaches had rhinestones and I loved the sparkle and glitter. While this broach is not made of rhinestones, this Avon Spring Bouquet Pin reminds me of my grandmother. Other beautiful Avon jewelry can be found at CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles.

She also collected coins - usually on the weekends she would put new found coins into her coin books after recording her sewing payments in her books. This Rare1901 Indian Head Penny from Bargain Express reminds me of my grandmother because she was born in 1901.

My grandmother was a dressmaker and I loved watching her sew.  We had many conversations in her sewing room as she taught me how to sew.  This Vogue Very Easy Dress pattern of a classic dress reminds me of my grandmother.  You can find this and other patterns at CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles.
My grandmother always wore an apron when she cooked. Most of her aprons were the kind that went over the head and tied in back. She had them hanging on a nail in the sink room. This Happy Thanksgiving Embroidered apron from Embroidery Fashions Boutique reminds me of my grandmother.

My grandmother loved going to the Indiana Glass factory in Dunkirk, Indiana and purchase their carnival glass with her sister.  This Fruits Relish Tray in the amber carnival from Indiana Glass reminds me of my grandmother.  This and other vintage glassware can be found at CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles.
My grandmother loved flowers and plants and had small planters of plants on her window sill in front of the kitchen sink.  Most of the planters were made by McCoy.  This McCoy Green Stripe Planter from Eccentric Thrifter reminds me of my grandmother.

These are just a few of the things that remind me of my grandmother.  You can check out other ESN sellers for treasures that bring back special memories of your grandparents.   

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Sister's Easter Gift

I was so hoping to post each day of this week, but I'm running a little behind.  Yesterday my brother, sister and I split up the carnival glass, both old and new.  Old carnival glass is my favorite glass.  Everything went smoothly and we were all very happy with our picks - more on that later.  Today, we divided the Greentown glass and St. Clair/Joe Rice paperweights.  Again, another fun day!  But, there is another story that I wanted to share about the toothpicks that we divided on Monday. 

The most special toothpick we found was a beautiful blue St. Clair Indian Head toothpick.  Oh, there were prettier toothpicks, but what made it special was the note we found inside it.  My grandmother and Aunt Goldie were sisters and about two years apart.  This toothpick was an Easter present from Aunt Goldie to my grandmother.  Not sure what year it was, but I'm guessing early 1970s.  Here is the note......

Aunt Goldie was the most beautiful lady.  She reminded me of a movie star with the spunk of a Katharine Hepburn and the beauty of a Rita Hayworth.  She was the favorite of our family.  She had a beautiful smile and infectious laugh.  We loved it when she would come and visit.  She passed away at the age of 104, about a month before our mother passed away.

And which one of us obtained this prized toothpick?  Our brother was the lucky one! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Toothpick Heaven!

Our grandmother collected two different items - first being St. Clair toothpick holders.  She had Indian Head toothpicks in every color that St. Clair produced and a lot of the Holly pattern toothpicks.  When we were at her house, at some point we would be standing in front of her china cupboard and looking in awe at all her toothpick holders.  Even the older grandkids loved looking at all the toothpick holders.  The second item she collected was the carnival glass in the Harvest pattern from the Indiana Glass Company in Dunkirk, In.  Yes, this is considered the "new" carnival glass and I have to admit, growing up, this was not my favorite glass.  But what did make it special was seeing the sparkle in her eyes and how happy she was when she looked at the glass or was able to buy a new piece.  With St. Clair located in Elwood, In and Indiana Glass in Dunkirk, In, it was always a special treat for her to go to the factories with her sister, Aunt Goldie. 

Our mother also collected toothpick holders.  Her finds came from auctions, antique stores visited while traveling with my sister and me, and St. Clair in Elwood, In.  Other than St. Clair, she only looked for toothpicks that she thought were pretty.  The value really had nothing to do with her collections.  In her eyes, all glass was of value.  While I have been selling the toothpicks that were still wrapped in the auction boxes, the ones she did have displayed were included in the toothpick holders for us to choose from.       

The main thing that we did yesterday was to divide the toothpicks between the three of us.  We put all the toothpicks on a long table - there were 150+ toothpicks - St. Clair, Imperial, Fenton, Boyd, Summit, Deganhart and a few others.  Nothing high dollar, but all very special.  We decided to each pick 20 and then we would sell the rest online at CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles at eCrater or my store, CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles at Auctiva Commerce.  We took turns picking out our toothpicks one at a time and with so many to choose from, it took quite sometime to reach our 20 each.  As we looked over the remaining toothpicks, another one caught my sister's eye.  My brother said, "so we each want to pick another one?"  We ended with 22 each.  It was a very good day with plenty left to sell.  And, with 22 each, the grandkids are well taken care of, too.       

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Beginning Of The End Of Our Journey

My brother, sister and I have been on a journey for the past three years since our mother past away in September, 2008.  I'm sure most people can not understand why it has taken this long for us to go through the things in her house.  For most, taking a bulldozer to the house would have been the logical answer.  But for us, hidden in the stacks of newspapers, magazines and boxes, were our memories and treasures that we seem to cling onto so tightly.  Among our mother's stuff was our grandmother's stuff - nothing was ever thrown away.  To be honest, it isn't that the stuff is so valuable, it is the memories that are triggered bringing smiles, laughter and tears that have guided us for the past three years.  The stuff represents the carefree years of our childhood, the shaping of who we are, our mother's love and the love we have for each other.  

Thought you just might want to see the big house -

Oh, yes, there are a few additions to the original house. 

It is our goal to be done by the end of October.  This will be my last week at my mother's house and will be the week that we decide who gets what.  I'm sure there will be some things that more than one of us will want - our mother's scissors, our grandmother's big white-frame mirror, our "stagecoach" rocking chair, family-collected glassware and family mementos.  This could be the hardest part of our three year journey. 

Yesterday, we walked through the house and discussed our plan and time frame for ending this journey.  For the next five days, we will again be talking and sharing while dividing our memories.  I'm sure there will be plenty of laughter and a few tears. 

Our final plan begins today.   

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Quiet After The Storm

Our ESN scavenger hunt this week is for Hurricane Irene.  For so many victims of this large hurricane, the effects are felt long after the storm passes.  There are so many people without electricity and for some, it could be days or weeks until it is back on. It is always so quiet when the electricity is off - no sounds of the air conditioner or the refrigerator or the humming of the ceiling fans.  No TV or radio.  The wind is no longer howling and the rain has stopped.  It is quiet and still - well, except for the chain saws outside in the neighborhood cutting up fallen trees and limbs.  It's a good time to read and escape into another world, do some knitting or crocheting or putting together jigsaw puzzles.  All of these activities help to keep your mind off of the fact that you have no electricity.

Hopefully, you all had already shopped at the ESN scavenger hunters' stores for books, crafting projects and puzzles for this quiet time.  Here are a few things that I had found to help me escape the withdrawal of no computer.

For my books, I want to read romance stories and I found 2 that I can't wait to escape to.  Nora Roberts is always a good romance read and the Key of Light, one of the books of the Key Trilogy looks like a good one.  You can find this and other good romance books at Barb's Bargains Reading Corner.              

The other book I found is Riverbend by Marcia Martin.  It is a romance story that takes place in the South.  I love southern romance stories and when one of the adjectives describing the book is "steamy", well, I had to get it.  This book was found at ComycGyrl Collectibles and she also has quite a few other romance novels.

In between reading, I like to work on jigsaw puzzles.  Looking for those pieces can really make time go fast.  I found this gorgeous puzzle over at Eccentric ThrifterThomas Kinkade's Shimmer Sea of Tranquility.  Sort of approriate after Hurricane Irene, don't you think?  With 750 pieces and mostly muted golds, tans and browns, this will take hours and hours of time, but it sure is a beautiful picture.  She has some other fantastic jigsaw puzzles to choose from, too.

For my craft project, I like to crochet and I found this pattern book over at Bargain ExpressHooked on Crochet Pattern Book from 1998, the afghan on the cover really caught my eye.  Isn't it pretty?  Just hope I have the yarn to make it.  Oh, I'm sure I do.    

You know, sometimes there are just times when you aren't in control.  So, take the opportunity to do some things that you might not otherwise do when the electricity is back on. 

Please keep those that lost property and loved ones in your prayers.  These are the real victims. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Back To School ESN Scavenger Hunt

What girls could wear to school back in the '50s was a lot different than what kids can wear now.  Girls only wore dresses or blouses and skirts.  Living in the city, I always walked to school and in the winter when it was cold and snow on the ground, we could wear wool leggings that came with your coat to keep our legs warm and boats on our feet.  These definitely were not the stylish leggings girls wear today.  Shopping for school clothes was always a special time.  My grandmother also made me a lot of clothes and I loved trying on the clothes so she could tailor them to fit me.  I haven't gone school clothes shopping for a long time.  My daughters are grown and my granddaughters are past the stage where they want Grandma to help pick out their clothes so this scavenger hunt for Back To School is fun for me.  I found so many cute clothes from the ESN Bloggers stores - here are just a few..........
Here is a cute Self Esteem Green Shirt.  This pre-owned top from Bargain Express is in my favorite color of green with little white hearts.  Love the capped sleeves.  Would look cute with or without a long sleeved shirt worn underneath.  I love the wide band around the bottom.

Next I found a beautiful new Blue Hoodie embroidered with  - Hooray for Snow Days over a cute Penguin that is juggling snowballs.  This is from Embroidery Fashions Boutique and she has so many cute tees and hoodies for school. 

I also loved wearing necklaces when I was a young school girl.  I realize now that most of my jewelry was pretty gaudy, but my mother and grandmother never questioned my judgement.  Here is a gorgeous necklace I found at Twilight's Slumber.  No, it is not gaudy at all - very pretty.  It is called Ancient Dreams and is a cameo with a beautiful fairy in lavenders in a silver tone setting and ribbon band.

What a fun day shopping for Back To School!  Please visit these and my store at CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles

Thursday, August 4, 2011

ESN Scavenger Hunter's Block Party

It seems like today everyone is publishing their weekly scavenger hunt blog so thought I'd better get mine done before someone grabs my stuff.  This week's ESN Scavenger Hunt is finding items for a Block Party.  Don't know that I have ever been to a block party - I've gone to a Fish Fry or Ice Cream Social. 

Oh, and I've gone on a bar-hopping party in a small Indiana town that will remain nameless.  The VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and other clubs opened their doors and supplied booze and music.  Streets were shut down to traffic (good thing).  This was in the day of the "streak" and "happy hour."  I know you remember - don't tell me you never got a little wild back in the day.  (for any nieces and granddaughters that might read this, don't believe a word of it)  

We have a lot of neighborhood shopping plazas where people gather in the evenings and weekends.  With fountains, music entertainment and play area for kids, it is quite the place to go for young families.  It is pretty cool.  I don't go, but I can hear the music from my house.  

Looking through the stores of the ESN bloggers, I found my clothing attire.  Here is a really pretty pink (love pink) T-shirt - 5 o'clock somewhere margarita.  It is really pretty in the pink with lime green margarita.  Found it at Embroidery Fashions Boutique.  I'm sure you can get this in other colors, too.  She has such cool casual clothing.

Next I found a pair of Riders Purple Label Black Denim Shorts.  Will be perfect with my pink t-shirt.  They look in really nice condition and at a price you can't beat.  These are at Bargain Express, one of my favorite eCrater stores.           

Now that I have my outfit, I guess I am going to have to take a dish to our block party.  Think I will take my Deviled Potato Salad - sooooo good!  And, here is the perfect carrier.  The Tasty 454 Plastic Double Food Server.  I have never seen one like it.  Found it at Eccentric Thrifter, another one of my favorite eCrater stores.  Being plastic, I won't have to worry about it getting broken, either. 

Well, hurry up and get dressed and let's go party in the neighborhood!  I'll go make us a thermos of margaritas.  What?  Oh, and don't forget to check out my eCrater store - CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles

Monday, August 1, 2011

ESN Scavenger Hunters Love Candy!

The ESN Scavenger hunt last week was for Candy.  I know, I'm late on this one so I picked a "candy" item from each of the ESN scavenger hunters.  We all have our favorite candy whether it be chocolate, fruit or mints.  There are the special candies associated with Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter and Halloween into Thanksgiving.  And, don't forget the box of candy for Mother's Day. 
I can't really say I have a favorite, there are so many that I love - Hersey with Almonds, Mounds, Heath Bars and Midnight Milky Ways (they use to be called Forever Yours back in the '50s and then they disappeared for decades).  So glad they have finally brought them back. Oh, and I love Turtles, chocolate-covered caramels, truffles, chocolate-covered raisins and M&M peanuts. 
When your kids were little, did you ever hide the candy so you could have it all for yourself?  I did - use to hide the Hersey Kisses and once they were in bed, I'd treat myself!  Later, my girls told me they knew where they were all along.
From left to right, here are the candy treats I found at the eCrater stores of the ESN Scavenger Hunters....      

Candy Hearts Valentine Kids Red Embroidered Sweatshirt from Embroidery Fashions Boutique

Vinyl Wall Quote Decal "Chocolate Promise" from Walls That Talk

Holiday Treats Barbie 1997 Special Edition from Barb's Bargains

Lenox Holiday Tree Candy Dish from Whatnot Gems

Simple Easy Candy Recipes Cookbook from Eccentric Thrifter

Toy Story 2 Jessie Candy Dispenser from Bargain Express

Gaea Fairy Pewter Nut Box from Twilight's Slumber

Wilton Candy Tin Mold Barcelona Classic from ComycGyrl

Mikasa Holiday Landscape Bon Bon from Hazel's HodgePodge

I would say we ESN Scavenger Hunters have the subject of CANDY covered.  Please check out these stores for other great finds to help you indulge in your candy favorites and don't forget to check my store, too at CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles.

Hmmm! Hmmm! Good! and I'm not talking about Soup!   

Monday, July 18, 2011

ESN Scavenger Hunt for State of The Art

Nothing says Art to me like USA-made glassware.  Since the announcement that Fenton Art Glass is going to close their glass manufacturing operation, my "hoarding" tendencies have been in full gear for the past couple of weeks purchasing Fenton glass.  Fenton Art Glass has been in operation since 1905 and they are still under the Fenton family management.  It is not that I am looking for any special pattern or piece, just pieces that I find pretty.  I normally go for the old carnival or the early pattern glass, but there are some very pretty contemporary pieces.  The ruffled vases with the hand-painted florals and so many colors available.  My postman is going to be busy for the next couple of weeks and it is a good thing that my son does not read my blog. 
Went hunting for USA-made glass at the ESN blogger's stores and here is what I found
A vintage Fenton Hobnail Milk Glass Ruffled Edge Vase from ComycGyrl.  This is one of Fenton's most popular and recognized patterns that they have been producing for many, many years.

Next, I found a vintage E.O. Brody Grapes Milk Glass Vase from Eccentric Thrifter.  The E.O. Brody Company was founded in 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio.  They owned their own molds, but did not produce their own glass.  Other US glass factories produced the vases but some crystal vases were produced outside the US for them.  Their glassware was for vases and bowls used by the florist industry.  This grape pattern is one of the prettier Brody pieces.

Last but not least, I found this Tiara Ponderosa Pine Salt & Pepper Shakers offered by Bargain Express.  The Tiara collection was made by the Indiana Glass Company located in Dunkirk, Indiana.  This Ponderosa Pine pattern was made around the 1980s until they closed in the late 1990s.  I think it is one of the prettier "Tiara" patterns by the Indiana Glass Company.

Check these and other ESN sellers for other pretty glassware made in the USA.  And, don't forget to check out my store, CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles.

Happy Collecting!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Joe Rice Art Glass

 My grandmother loved to collect the St. Clair toothpick holders made by both Joe and Bob St. Clair.  As most of these were replicas of older patterns produced by other glass companies, St. Clair is more respected for the art glass paperweights that they produced.  Joe Rice's art glass paperweights are still made in the same family traditional way, but he also likes to experiment with new techniques.  Joe Rice is the nephew of Joe and Bob St. Clair.
I have watched them make the paperweights.  It is fascinating how this glob of hot molten glass turns into this beautiful paperweight with the flowers and bubbles encased in glass so clear that it looks like they are suspended in liquid.  I can get lost looking into these beautiful paperweights.
The first time I met Joe Rice in the late 1980s, I took a Greentown chocolate cactus sauce bowl to see if he could use the glass to make me a paperweight vase.  I had dropped the bowl several years earlier and broke it in many pieces.  I was so upset when it broke that my husband tried to glue it back together.  It was really beyond repair.  Well, you can't throw Greentown glass away so I thought maybe Joe could make it into something beautiful again.  He said he could.  As I started to hand him the glued sauce bowl that had missing slivers of glass, he looked at me and said he just couldn't break it.  He handed me the hammer.  So, I broke the Greentown chocolate sauce bowl.  I went back up the next week to pick up my vase and he gave me two vases made with my bowl.  They are so pretty with the caramel flowers in the bottom.
I offer new Joe Rice "paperweight" pieces for sale at my eCrater store.  While I will purchase some pieces already made, I also request certain pieces with the color combinations that I like.  I'm especially fond of pastels on black.  The pink and black is my favorite.  Will be ordering new perfume bottles with this combination soon.  Whether you collect Joe Rice Art Glass Paperweights yourself or are looking for that special gift, please visit CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles for
 Joe Rice Art Paperweights                

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The ESN Red, White and Blue Scavenger Hunt

The scavenger hunt at ESN this week is Red, White and Blue for the July 4th holiday.  I am at a loss to think of anything clever for Red, White and Blue items.  I mean Red, White and Blue are the colors of our flag - white stars, red and white stripes and the blue square that the white stars are sewn onto.  Nothing clever is popping in my head.  My mother's birthday was on July 4th - we always had a family get-together for her and my sister-in-law baked her cake.  It was always decorated like the American flag with white frosting, blueberries and strawberries. 

Here's my Red, White and Blue............. 

for the Royal Creations In Hawaii Shirt with red and white flower in stripes from

  Please visit these and other eCrater sellers on eCrater Sellers Network.  Hope you all had a fantastic
4th of July!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Sadie Cat and The Cherry Pitter

Some boxes of auction items that my mother purchased, at first glance, do not seem all that interesting.  We really like the boxes of glassware or pottery, but the old iron or metal stuff just doesn't seem all that great.  We just keep pushing them to the side looking for other boxes of real goodies, but sooner or later we are going to have to go through those other boxes. 
We started going through one such box.  There were light fixtures - some of the glass globes were pretty cool.  Then we found this - looked like a sausage stuffer gadget to me.  My brother, sister-in-law and sister weren't too sure.  We just couldn't figure out what else it could be.  So it was one of the items I brought home to do a little research on.  I have a large book of old kitchen items so hopefully, I could find it.
Stamped on the item was:  New Std. Cor. Mt. Joy PA Pat Pending #70.  What was really different was that it had Left Hand stamped on one side and Right Hand stamped on the other side.  The handle is connected with a pin so you could move the handle from one side to the other.  That's cool.  I started looking through my reference book for sausage stuffers.  Can't find one that quite looks like mine.  Tried googling; not much luck; a lot of #50s but doesn't look like mine.  OK, going through the book; page by page.  You know when I start doing that, I start reading about different things that catch my attention.  This became an all afternoon process.  And, then I saw it.  It's a cherry pitter.  Back on the computer looking up cherry pitters #70.  Not many but there are a few to look at.  Looks like mine is missing the bar clamp, but I see where it would attach. 
Not too much information - looks like it was probably made between 1920 to 1930. It is just too cool! Still not too sure exactly how it works, but happy to know what it is. Laid it on my dining room table on the paper I had wrapped it in. Next thing I know, Sadie Cat is laying with the cherry pitter. Has her paw on it and is fast asleep. For several days she gets on the dining table and sleeps with the cherry pitter even when I move it around to different spots of the table. She loves the cherry pitter. 
I wonder if she is going to let me sell it!  It's hard to say "no" to Sadie Cat!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Cowboys, Indians and Pony Rides

When did the guy with the pony stop coming around to take a picture of you sitting on the pony?  We would dress up in a cowboy outfit - it was so cool.  He was still coming around in the early 1950s when my brother and I were little.  By the 1960s, I don't think he was coming around anymore.  My sister never got her pictue taken on the pony.  So, what happened that ended one of the most wonderful memory makers for any city kid?

My brother and I are only 13 months apart so we were constant playmates when we were little.  We always combined playing house with cowboys and Indians.  I'm not sure that we knew there were girl's toys and boy's toys.  We wore cowboy hats and had guns and holsters around our waist.  Dolls were our children.  We used big cardboard boxes to make a fort around our "house" which was a card table with a blanket over it that also served as a teepee when we were the Indians.  The rocker with a padded seat was our stagecoach.  The curved wooden oak arms of the rocker were our horses.  The dolls would sit in the stagecoach and my brother and I would sit on our horses.  The harder you rocked; the faster our horses would go.  We used string to tie our horses to a post (the doorknob of the front door).  In the winter time, the floor register was our campfire.  It would get pretty hot when my mother would shovel coal into the furnace.  She wasn't real happy when the clay (our food) melted on the floor register.  Oh, and the time we spilt chocolate milk down the register - she wasn't real happy about that either.

So, when the man came around and asked if we wanted our picture taken on the pony, we got so excited.  Now, we didn't have much money and mother didn't splurge on frivolous things too often, but she ended up saying we could.  And, here we are sitting on our pony.  This was taken in 1953 at our house on State Street.  We were full-fledged cowboys and our pony was the most beautiful and best pony in the world!

Sitting on the pony and playing cowboys and Indians with my brother are some of my most wonderful childhood memories.  I'm so glad that we were children in the early '50s and didn't miss the man with the pony.