Wednesday, September 5, 2012

seek and you shall find...

It occurred to me, I never shared my vintage vacation finds as promised.  With the girls in school, I'm finally finding myself with a little more time to get busy 'blog-wise'...


For quite some time, especially since I found the vintage primary Pyrex bowls, I've been looking for the  matching set of refrigerator dishes. Spotted the odd one or two here and there, but never the complete set. 

Finding them in excellent condition without any chips to the slippery glass lids, pleased me no end. Removing the packing tape securing said lids, not fun. Note to vintage sellers, don't secure your vintage Pyrex pieces with packing tape. It's almost impossible to remove.

Picked up three matching milk glass bud vases. Garden variety, and sweet to use as originally intended.


But, I think they make perfect candlesticks.

Love vintage wooden peg dolls, found this tall one with almost perfect mohair braids.


Love, love her red shoes. 

Rosie spotted the two wee German angels. 
'Please mama?' she asked. How could I say no?

And last, but not least, two matching embroidered pillowcases featuring a charming little pup promising  sweet dreams.

Found anything good lately? Do tell...


30 comments:

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Wonderful finds!! It's all so pretty! Love the dishes, the sweet embroidery and the milk glasses! :) I shared a few things I found last week on today's post :) Have a great day! xo Holly

Kim K. said...

That embroidery is just darling. All wonderful finds. But, I especially love the idea of using the milk vases as candle sticks. Brilliant. I also posted my latest holiday estate sale finds today. Great minds think alike!

Tereza said...

what great finds! I am so jealous of those pyrex pieces, they look like they are in amazing shape and such pretty colours!
xo

My Vintage Mending said...

Your finds are beautiful. Rosie has great taste. I have had my hands full taking packing tape off of glass myself today. Best to use a hair dryer. Smiles...Renee

Pinecone said...

You always find the best stuff! I have never seen the primary color pyrex before and I love it!!
xo
Ashlyn

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Just gorgeous! Love them all! The fridgies would be such a great find! I wish I had them, too! And, I have to say, Love the milkglass as candle holders! Really cute! I am your newest follower and so happy to find your blog!
Blessings,
Susie

vintage grey said...

Such beautiful finds!! Love the milk glass vases, and pillow cases! So sweet! I am hoping to find some this weekend at the flea market! xo Heather

Naturally Carol said...

Sweet finds! I do like your perfect pyrex pieces, will you use them or just display them?

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

What fab finds! That pyrex is delicious!!! We found a really cool wire display piece that was promptly spray painted aqua blue and is storing yarn! $5.00!! xoxo Debbie

Perfectly Printed said...

All of your finds are terrific!! Love the Pyrex, but the pillocases are my favorite. Using the vases as candle sticks is a great idea!

chris

Yvonne said...

Quick question. I love the milk glass bud vases and have started buying them at Good Will whenever I see one. Can they be cleaned in the dishwasher? If not, how do you clean yours?
Quick note. I love your blog. It's chock full of charm and sunshine. Thanks for sharing!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Nice fridgie set! I would love one to match my primary bowls, too!

I love those dotty candles so much! I must get some for my new house! ♥

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Adorable finds! I love how you used the milk glass vases as candle sticks - and better yet, the polka dots are perfect!

Becky

PS: being a dealer, I find good stuff but cannot keep it all. I do manage to "sneak" in a few things to keep, like a 3.00 bag of feedsack fabric that I found last weekend. :) LOVE your feedsack quilt, too. Beautiful!!

Staci from PA said...

Love the Milk Glass vases as candleholders! Wish I had thought of that before I gave mine away. 13 years teaching, I had acquired a lot! SO CREATIVE!

Crafted by Carly said...

What a treasure trove of beautiful finds!!! I have to say that I especially love the primary-coloured dishes. GORGEOUS colours! I'd have them out on display!!! Are your candles CK?
Carly
x

Vicki said...

I SO, SO look forward to your blog posts. I've whittled and whittled my blog favorites, because it becomes a very time-consuming effort to read so many blogs (and too much sitting!), but yours is always at the top of the list to keep. The blog is so entirely eye-catching, you most always write of things that interest me, and also with just enough narrative. I find your blog "happy" and soothing.

I am late to the program with vintage interest and finds. All of my life, my mother (now age 88) was the one who scoured garage sales, Goodwill and antique shops. She never had a lot of money to spend, but she'd seek out treasures here and there, try to interest me, but I'd have none of it; I just wanted the shiny and new. However, in the last few years, I have become my mom(!) and although I don't/can't hit the secondhand marketplace as much as I'd like, I feel like I'm discovering what to look for out there, and I have so much appreciation for the things Mom will be passing on to me. She gave me a peg doll, and I didn't know until your post that it's actually called a peg doll.

Also, I grew up with Pyrex, usually annoyed with the chipped glass lids. Mother thought it was such a great find to happen upon a large aqua roaster, gave it to me when I first moved out on my own so many years ago, I took it for granted but, now, I feel rich to have it. (Not to mention, with the scary-buzz over plastics in recent years, I've ditched most of my plastic containers, even my familiar and ancient Tupperware, and am glad to get back to Pyrex and Anchor Hocking.)

Also, I have literally stacks of pillowcases embroidered by my aunties, grandmothers and, yes, my mom, mostly from the 1920s through the 1950s and I'm currently trying to figure out how best I can showcase them, although their best job is for what they were intended to be, and that's the softest, prettiest way in which to make up a comfortable bed. Isn't it a shame that I know no one, including myself, who embroiders today; women my age are too busy with other things often not of their choice.

Hopefully, there are enough other women glad to rescue the works of art from previous generations of women. Like you. Like the "new" me.

One of my first "jobs" at home to justify my tiny allowance was to iron Mom's aprons, even potholders and, of course, pillowslips. I remember how she'd show me to iron from the reverse side so as to not "flatten" the embroidery. The old, old pillowslips would come out so nicely; the good cotton smooth and wrinkle-free with just a little help from the mister, which was an old Coca-Cola bottle with a dandy cork/nozzle; just fill the bottle with water, and sprinkle the dry cotton to make it friendlier for ironing! I still have that bottle.

I love how you add to your home thoughtfully and mindfully, always staying consistent to your color palette. It's a beautiful way to blend vintage with new, without it being too much clutter. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I sense you shop conservatively, with the "less is better" idea in mind. This can be hard when one is tempted with somebody else's great bounty of goodies, thinking there'll be a place for it all later, somehow (not!).

It always makes me think of the simple but to-the-point statements, like from Rachel Ashwell about holding onto something only if it has three things: comfort, beauty and function. Or, from the foodie, Michael Pollan: "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."

Thanks for the post and sharing your "loot." I loved seeing your pretty things!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Really love your finds! Some people really have the nack, unfortunately I'm not one of them BUT You are!
Enjoy your treasures, xoRobin❤

Lisa said...

Love those pillow cases! My favorite find recently was a coral painted wicker headboard for my daughter. I adore it!
http://distilleryimage1.s3.amazonaws.com/48d41c90f5fd11e1a3b222000a1e9fb4_7.jpg

koralee said...

Love the pryex my friend...I can never have enough of it...happy September..are the girls back to school? xoox

polkadotpeticoat said...

I love those refrigerator dishes also and that little girl is so cute....you hit the jack pot! Hope your kids are enjoying school also!

odd and old said...

great finds/photos
popped by via heidi
[polkadot petticoat]
i have a giveawy at mine
would love if you
passed by...
x *****

Boho Farm and Home said...

You sure have found some treats!! Love those polkadot candles BTW...so cute!!
xo
Caroline

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

vintage pyrex makes me swoon! that is a lovely set you found. love all the other treasures too...those candles!

Daisy Pink Cupcake said...

I am loving the polka dot candles and the stands they are in!! Also, I am having a shabby apple giveaway and would like to see you join!! Thanks
Daisy

Dorothy Prudie Vintage said...

Great finds. I adore the polka dot candles. Did you make those? I never thought of using the milk glass vases as candle holders...fun.

craftyles said...

Love that pyrex. I found my set piece by piece and it took forever. The peg doll is also adorable. Great finds!

J9's Happiness in the Every Day said...

Completely gorgeous finds - weren't you lucky!! I had squeally jumps in a hospice shop the other day!! French style bedside tables for a bargain for me to upcycle!! Simple joys! J9 x

GardenofDaisies said...

That is a really great way to use the milkglass bud vases. I love the glass refrigerator boxes, too and always have my eye open for them, especially the blues.

heather at wordplayhouse® said...

LOVELY vintage finds! Simply delightful eye candy for all of us visiting here! ~heather

Claro said...

You found nice things! I think I have to say that the angels normally don't have a nose! :) I'm from Germany and I love these angels, too. It's funny to see them with a nose!! :)

Claro♥