Thrift store shopping is essential to my life. Period. Serious. Spare moments are precious & mine are spent in thrift stores, lol.
Annnnnd some of you know I have a love of special dolls......
Yesterday, I happened to stumble across a sweet little vintage baby doll.
But not just any baby... A prince!
There sitting on a cold rack , waiting for his new mum was
beautiful little Prince William himself!
Made by Royal Doulton & the House of Nisbet, this 'First Born Collectors doll' is premium hand painted bone china, not regular porcelain.
I knew when I picked him up he was needing love & had to come home with me!
His bonnet needed a few stitches & his face needed a little wipe but after all,
what are dolly mums for?
I think he looks pretty cozy in his new spot don't you?
This baby doll is stunning & his Christening gown is beautiful! His skin is beautifully pale & translucent & so detailed!
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Maybe it might seem odd to folks that im posting a pic of a giant pine cone but there is a story to it :)
I had a great weekend with my love Scotty down in Seattle, going to a huge Christmas craft show at the Tacoma dome & hitting all sorts of thrift stores etc .. but one little thing that we did was the most thought provoking by far. We went to an estate sale.
I don't know how many of you have been to an actual 'Estate Sale'. The real thing... where the reason you are there, in a persons home, is because they have passed away & their family has hired a company to come in and liquidate all of their personal belongings. I have been to a few but this one was different. I wanted to go because frankly, the photos I saw of the furniture on craigslist that were going to be sold reminded me a lot of things I remember my own grandparents having. Fine furniture, gilded items, beautiful things & the like.
So the craigslist ad said that the sale was over at 4pm due to the apartment complex rules & in typical me style, we drove up at 4:02 :) I wasn't sure if they were going to let us in but I figured, ah, what the heck, it's worth a shot. So we go to the front door of the apartment & some fellows are being let in with a dolly to pick up furniture that was purchased & I say with puppy dog eyes, 'are we too late for the sale? We came all the way from Canada...' She eyes us up & says, 'ok, go quick!' I hear her say on the intercom "a couple is coming up, they are from Canada" lol.. i guess we have pull?
So up we go in the elevator & enter the apartment which was 3 floors up. The absolutely amazing view of the Seattle skyline hit us right in the face when we walked in.
I quickly do my "scan for the good stuff"... surprisingly, there was still good stuff left. I nabbed some ornate Borghese trinket boxes which I was super surprised that an antique dealer had not scooped up, a beautiful little hand painted cabinet, a couple of sweet round occasional tables, a cool assortment of hobnail glass & because the sale was over & I was the last one in, it was all 50% off. NICE!
So I've gathered my goodies & i'm doing the last look around, reflecting on the fact that this was the last of these peoples worldly treasures when I spot this lonely cardboard box in the corner with what looks like a chunk of wood sticking out. As the lady is wrapping up my treasures, I go take a quick peek. Low & behold, there in the box, are thee biggest pine cones I have ever seen! They are giants! My mind starts wandering as to where in world they could be from... the mystical redwood forest maybe? I scoop them up & add them to my pile. They are the real treasures :)
All weekend they were buried in the back of our truck in the box they had been in for, Im very sure, a reeally long time. I brought them in the house when we got home & laid them all out, big to small. This is a collection. A collection of memories from someones life! There are giant ones & tiny ones. Smooth ones & prickly ones. Shiny ones & iridescent ones. Natural memoirs of good times & trips gone by in a cardboard box in the leftovers of these folks fancy Seattle apartment was the best find of all :)
This pretty little (or rather big) piece of garden art I created is under a dreary sky right now in my yard but she still sparkles! About 95 % of this birdbath is made with vintage Early American prescut glass by Anchor Hocking in the Star of David pattern. Hopefully the sun will come shine on her soon! :) Check out the first birdbath I made here which was featured on Addicted 2 Decorating! :)
my beacon of light in the dreary rain, lol :)
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My creative mind seems to always be in high gear so when I saw the glass totems people were making I decided to try a birdbath because I have lots of little birds in yard that are always twittering about! I already had a few pieces but just started looking for more on my regular thrift store junkin days, keeping in mind the structure I was going for.
I needed a sturdy base, some medium sized pieces for the center column & then a nice big dish for the top. It evolved into a 2 tier birdbath when I scored 2 pickle dishes in the same pattern both with cute little handles! I set up the bottom half & the top half separately & dry so I could see how the pieces would fit. I had my man by my side ready to catch in case of disaster! I then glued 2-3 pieces together then let set overnight. When those were nice & dry I glued the bottom 2 portions & let sit for around 5 hours, then glued the top section on. There done!
No wait... I was a bit stalled when it came to the top. I knew I wanted a small focal piece but I wasn't sure what. I tried setting a few different finials (bottle toppers) there & they just didn't seem to turn my crank. I went on a final junkin hunt (who am I kidding, there is never a final junkin hunt) for a small glass bird & all I could find was a black & clear swirly one, thinking to myself how many times I had seen a clear glass one but had never picked it up,lol. I brought the little "black sheep" birdy home & to my surprise it added just the right amount of dark to the otherwise sparkling clearness of the glass! I glued her on & set her out & she glistens in the sun so beautifully! I used Goop Household glue which specifies it is for glass and I handle it very carefully, making sure to lift it from the base. Next project.. one for my mom's new house!
I have since finished one for my mom's new home & another one you can see here which I made almost entirely out of vintage early American prescut glass.. she's a beauty!
I've had a bunch of questions as to what the pieces are in this bird bath so here goes...
There are 20 pieces in this birdbath all together...
#1-the bottom piece is a large plate. I've heard that old microwave plates work well for this & you can cover them with dirt or mulch.
#2- a bowl with a square foot.
#3- a square decanter.
#'s 4,5,6,7,8,9,10 are custard bowls.
#11 is the large pickle dish with handles,
#'s 12,13 & 14 are more custard dishes.
#15 is a cut glass candle holder.
#16 (which is sort of hidden inside #15) is a smaller cut glass candle holder.
#17 is the twin of 16 turned upside down.
#18 is the small pickle dish with handles.
#19 is the finial (top, lid) from #3 (the square decanter)
last but not least, #20 is my little black & clear swirled birdie!
I find if you use thicker glass everything is much sturdier & use quite a bit of glue & allow to dry very thoroughly, gluing 2, maybe 3 pieces together at a time. I'm creating my next one with mostly all pieces of glass with a familiar vintage pattern called Early American Prescut Pattern by Anchor Hocking. It's also called the Star of David pattern & I think everyone had a cream & covered sugar bowl in their home! It's been fun finding pieces to make the bird bath & I'm almost ready to start gluing! :)
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