A Belated Valentine’s Day

Nothing wrong with the day after Valentine’s Day – – you can score half-price chocolate today!

But first – a photo of a few of my Valentine decor finds – – Figurine is Royal Doulton “The Promise”, a Capodimonte heart shaped dish, and a beautiful milk glass plate.  I think I’m going to leave up all this mushy love stuff until the end of the month!

And now – I did upload some Valentine’s Day treat how-tos.  Each of them are super easy, quick clean up, and sure to impress.  I made fudge, chocolate bark, and special rice krispie treats. All of them were inspired by projects I have pinned on my Pinterest boards. Have a look here:

I didn’t stop there!  I also made some treats for my feathered friends!

I think I’ve saved the best to last – I made bath bombs!  This was a very simple project, but certainly impress.  I took a bunch to the office where I work on Wednesday, as well as the yummy treats that I made to share.  The bath bombs were gone before the fudge was!  (I hope no one tried to eat them).  I also sent a gift bag full to work with hubby for the staff.

 

Thrift Haul Video – Episode 10

I started video taping my thrift store finds recently.  Okay – so I’m not all that great at it….yet!  I can get better.  I figured out how to embed a video into my blog post, so hey!  anything is possible!

Something you’re always going to see in my thrift hauls is cookie cutters.  I have cornered the market on cookie cutters.  I cannot pass by a cookie cutter. Fortunately for me, my compulsion is validated now that I have found that there is a society of cookie cutter collectors, and even a cookie cutter museum!  Here’s an interesting article about cookie cutters.  I’ll be checking out Pinterest to find ideas to display and enjoy my collection – currently, they are simply filling drawers.

It would be a rare thing indeed if I didn’t find and include some English transfer ware in my videos. They are beautiful little pieces of art!  I like all of the colours, but I hope to be able to find some purple pieces one day soon!  I’ve only seen photos, never one “in the wild”.  I was able to find out some more information about the bowl with the green transfer of the toby jug and pipe: it’s a pattern called “The Old Curiosity Shop” that was produced in the U.S. in the 50s.  From what I can determine, it only came in this green colour.  Check out eBay for a look at other images to be found on this china.  I like the clocks!  According to some posts I’ve read on other websites, this china was sold in individual pieces at A&P.  It makes me happy to know that these lovely and collectible pieces were so accessible to their first purchasers, which means that there are plenty out there for serious fanatics to find at thrift shops and estate sales and auctions!

In the video, I talked about the mark on the milk glass cream and sugar as being a “WC” – well, what I’ve since learned is that it is actually a “stacked WG” for the Westmoreland Glass company, and indicates pieces produced between the 1940s to 1960s.  Collecting milk glass has become really hot recently – though I’m not sure why.  Twenty years ago when the Jadite phenomenon happened, it was because of Martha Stewart – she and her daughter have HUGE collections!  I wonder if some celebrity decorator has been the spur for the increased interest?  Anyway – there’s lots of articles online about milk glass, and how to collect it, and values of it, and how to distinguish old milk glass from new milk glass.  I like that it’s still so easy to find inexpensive milk glass, and I’m always delighted to find an unusual piece.

I keep my office supplies in milk glass vessels on my desk at work.  Having something especially pretty to keep me organized helps me to feel like I really have got my stuff together!

According the website Pyrex Passion – my Butterfly Gold patterned mugs were produced in the mid 70s.  This website provides a comprehensive guide to identifying and dating Pyrex patterns.  The blog attached to this website is really interesting too! I recently sold two Pyrex bowls–pink Gooseberry ‘cinderella’ shaped bowls–and here is an article with beautiful photos of examples–to a collector who had to drive some way to cheerfully trade me $40 for two old bowls!  I offered to show her some other Pyrex that I had kicking around – but she ONLY wanted pink!