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Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Is In The Air

The scavenger hunt at ESN this week is SPRING.  A time of renewal and promise.  The sun feels warmer.  The song birds are returning to brighten the morning.  And it seems that all of a sudden the dogwoods and cherry trees are blossoming in pinks and whites.  I must admit, my spring flowers are blooming beautifully this year.  My daughter did a fantastic job of planting my flower beds some years back.  However, keeping them weeded and pruned?  I'm just not good at that yard work.  I love to look at all the pretty plants and flowers.  Oh, and I can go crazy at the garden centers.  But as far as planting and weeding, just can't get into that - hurts my knees and dries out my hands.  I even have problems watering my indoor plants.  I have asked my daughter to come over and clean out my flower beds again and lucky for me, she has agreed to.  And, I found the perfect hat for her at Embroidery Fashions Boutique

This hat has a Shar Pei embroidered onto the hat.  My daughter had a wonderful shar pei mix dog named Brooklyn.  He was just so cool and everyone fell in love with him.  She would love wearing this hat while she worked in my flower beds

This time of year, I start looking at all the things I need to do inside the house, too. I have one of those transitional houses with the tall living room and entry way ceiling that goes two stories high.  It could sure use painting.  
Just don't think I could reach every part of it.  I do like to paint, but I may need to hire this out and just stick to the normal rooms.  I did find this wonderful wall vinyl art decal from Walls That Talk.  It's a vinyl vase of daisies art decal.  Comes in many colors and would look great in a guest bedroom.  At least that is where I'm thinking of putting this.

Living in the Carolinas, I no longer think about vacationing during spring break.  However, if you live in the north (like I use to) and are going on spring break vacation, you always go to warmer climate.  Here is a great tropical Hawaiian shirt for that warm beachy vacation from Eccentric Thrifter.  Love this shirt with the big yellow flower and ocean blue background.  She has so many wonderful Hawaiian shirts to choose from.  

Please come and check out these and other great sellers on ESN.  And, don't forget to check out my vintage collectibles store at eCrater - CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles.  Spring is in the air!      

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Did You Remember To Wear Green?

How could I have forgotten?  I've been reading about the history of St. Patrick and all the symbols associated with St. Patrick like the leprechauns, four-leaf clovers, corned beef and cabbage, the banishing of snakes and green beer.  Just really getting into this St. Patty's Day.  Even yesterday, while I was in Columbia, SC, I was reading about all the St. Patty's Day celebrations that were coming up.  Sounded like so much fun! 

But as I was getting ready for work this morning, St. Patrick was no where to be found.  Listening to the radio on my way in, no mention of St. Patrick until I was pulling into my parking space.  Oh, no!  Looked down at what I had on and not a trace of green.  Drat!  Lucky I found some leftover green Mardi Gras beads to wear. 

At ESN this week, our scavenger hunt is for GREEN to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Here are my green items that I found.........(yes, it does involve table settings)


From Bargain Express I found a cute set of salt and pepper shakers with green leaves.  This made in Japan set is marked Tutti Frutti and also includes a small sugar bowl and tray.  What a fun set to use for your table setting.
Next I found another salt and pepper shaker set from ComycGyrl.  Aren't these just the cutest S&P set?  They are called Kasugaware Love Birds Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers.  Beautiful coloring on this set. 
Just couldn't resist this beautiful miniture tea set at Barb's Bargains 
This is a Ceramic Fairy Mini Tea Set with pink, yellow and green flowers.  Although this can only be used for decorative purposes, wouldn't this be fun to use at a "tea party" with your young granddaughter?

Hope you have enjoyed my beautiful and fun "green" items that I found at ESN this week and don't forget to check out some other wonderful items from the eCrater sellers.  I also have some wonderful green items at my store - CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles.  I hope your memory was better than mine and you remembered to wear Green.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Side Trip To The Potteries

Last week I had to travel to Garner, NC and Kinston, NC and visit customers for my real job.  Took the scenic route through the hills and countryside of the Uwharrie Mountains of central North Carolina.  With most people using I-85 or I-40, these secondary highways have very little traffic and are much more picturesque meandering through the forests and over the creeks and rivers.  Listening to the "oldies" on the radio, I feel like I'm in another world.  With just one visit Friday morning, I decided to stop at a couple of my favorite potteries in the Seagrove area on my way back home in the afternoon.  I just happened to have some empty boxes so that I could purchase some more beautiful pieces of North Carolina pottery to sell.

My first stop was Fat Beagle Pottery.  I just love talking to Charles "Doc" Tostoe.  When I walked in, Doc was sitting at his potter's wheel making some vases.  As we talked, I walked around his store looking at all the beautiful pieces he had done.  Most are utilitarian - bowls, bakers, mugs and pitchers, but he also makes some beautiful pieces using the raku and pit-fired processes.  

Fat Beagle Pottery Blue Brown Planter Attached Saucer  This beautiful planter is blue and brown, hand-turned and gas-fired.  It's that time of year for planting flowers and plants






    Fat Beagle Pottery Blue Brie Baking Stoneware Dish  Another beautiful baking dish in the blue with yellow painted brush strokes on the bottom - looks like a summer flower.  Another hand-turned and gas-fired piece, Fat Beagle stoneware is oven proof.

  
And, here is a beautiful vase made in the "Raku" process - Fat Beagle Pottery Raku Brown Crackle Vase.  Raku is an ancient Japanese pottery process.  Pieces using this process are for decor only, you can not use these for food preparation or serving.

I bought many more pieces from Fat Beagle Pottery and Piney Woods Pottery.  It was a good thing that I had those empty boxes in my car.  Check out more beautiful pottery from the Seagrove, North Carolina area - CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles on eCrater and CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles on Auctiva Commerce.  And, check in later to see what I found at Piney Woods Pottery.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Calgon, Take Me Away!

"TRANSPORTATION" is the topic for the ESN Scavenger Hunt this week!  After my fun-filled and hectic weekend with my family, I needed an evening of quiet and relaxation.  Remember the commercial for Calgon?  Yes, that sounded really good.  I have found some wonderful items from eCrater sellers that would help "take me away!" 

A nice Relax vinyl wall art featuring Relax, bubble bath, enjoy and soothe for the bath from Walls That Talk.  She has some other cute "relaxing" wall art in her store, too. 

After the relaxing bath, you might want a massage.  Here is a book, Massage The Ultimate Illustrated Guide, for the person in charge of giving you the massage.  You can find this book at Eccentric Thrifter.  Doesn't the lady on the cover of this book look relaxed?  

After my relaxing bubble bath and relaxing massage, I'll take a cup of tea (no lemon, please) in this beautiful tea cup.  A beautiful Franciscan Duet Cup and Saucer from Hazel's HodgePodge.  Curled up in an easy chair all snuggly in a soft robe with some soft music (Andy Williams comes to mind).  Oh, and maybe a fire in the fireplace.  How relaxing is that!

I hope you enjoyed being transported into my world of relaxation.  It's one of my favorite things to do.  Make sure you come and visit all the eCrater sellers at ESN and check out other great things for sale.       

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Hues of Purple

The Scavenger hunt at the eCrater Stores Network this week is Purple - Big and Bright and BoldWow, there are so many hues of purple - the softness of lavender, the sparkling pazzazz of magenta and the regal look of velvety deep rich purple.  Purple not only reflects a color, but it also reflects a mood.  Purple, more than any other color, makes a statement and demands respect.  

Here are my choices of "purple" from the ESN bloggers reflecting the different hues -  

From ComycGyrl, I found this beautiful Federal Moon Glow saucer with gorgeous hues of blues, pinks and lavenders.  Wonderful example of vintage glass from the Federal Glass Company.

Next I found a book from Barb's Bargains - check out the colors on the dust jacket - purple.  Dance Upon The Air by Nora Roberts is a witchy romance story.  Purple reflecting the mysterious and romance.  This would be a great beach book - need to start thinking of what books we want to include in our summer reading.

Barbie didn't come along until after I was out of the "doll" stage although my sister had Barbie dolls and of course, my daughters had Barbie dolls and everything that went with them - why did they always have to cut their hair and remove legs and/or arms.  I didn't really get into Barbies until about 15 years ago when I saw the "Flamingo" Barbie.  She is so pretty.  Anyhow, I was looking at Bargain Express's photos and just look at this beautiful Barbie and her beautiful dress in magenta and purples.  She is just so sparkly and gorgeous.  The Starlight Waltz Barbie from the Ballroom Beauties Collection.  If you are into Barbie, I'm sure you will want to check this one out.

Hope you have enjoyed my "purple" selections and don't forget to check out my eCrater store - CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles.