Thursday, May 31, 2012

Roseville - My Island of Misfit Pottery Pieces

The Roseville Pottery Company was an American pottery manufacturer in the 19th and 20th centuries. Though originally simple household pieces, the design of the pottery was popular with the American Arts and Crafts movement and pieces are now sought after by collectors.  They started in business in 1890 and their last production was in 1953.

I have picked up many pieces of Roseville over the years at yard sales, flea markets, etc., but not with the intention of keeping them.  At first, I wouldn't buy any pieces that were chipped or cracked because those pieces don't sell well.  Then I realized I could have my own collection of imperfect Roseville and give them a home where they would be loved.  After all, aren't we all flawed in some way?  And even despite our flaws, we are loved by friends and family.  

When you're collecting Roseville Pottery, you have to be careful about reproductions.  During the late 1990's, there were many import reproductions finding their way into the market.  Even some antique stores were fooled.  If you really know the feel and look of the pottery, you will easily spot the differences.  They have a good imitated signature on the bottom, but there are differences, especially in the "R" and the way the "S" slants.  The painting is also a little sloppy - bleeding outside it's boundaries.  Genuine Roseville is not hastily painted - even though they have some imperfections, they're usually very finely painted.  The glaze is also a big giveaway.  Genuine Roseville has a smooth, clean feel to it - it makes you want to caress it in your hands....if you are a pottery lover, you'll understand.   The fake pieces have more of a matte, rough finish.

I also have many, many pieces of Hall pottery - some of them have chips and cracks too.  All of my pottery is pretty enough to display, with the minor flows carefully placed where it doesn't show.   My home is sort of like the  "Island of Misfit Toys Pottery" in the Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer story.  Each piece feels quite at home here.  Here is a photo of my Roseville pieces.  They're tucked into a corner of a bookshelf in my library.  The piece front left is not Roseville, but the colors are similar so I grouped them together.

 I'll feature my Hall Pottery pieces at another time.  Do you have a pottery collection?  Do you mind if they're somewhat flawed or are you a collector who wants only perfect pieces? 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Glass and Brass - Vintage Finds

My Saturday morning treasure hunt led me into some new hunting grounds.  Sometimes you get into a routine of places to shop and then you're disappointed when nothing new turns up.  We were on one of our beach weekends and I love browsing through some of the consignment stores and thrift shops there.  The Fancy Flea in Shallotte, NC is one of my favorite places to browse when we're at Holden Beach.  It's large and well organized with nice large spaces for the consignors.  You'll find vintage, rustic as well as new items there with a big emphasis on trendy home decor right now.  And of course since it's in such close proximity to the beach, lots of beachy themed things.  The only problem is there haven't been lots of tourists yet, so the inventory hasn't turned around much over the last few months, so I'm finding myself looking at the same things over and over again.  That will change as the tourists start rolling in this weekend.

Friday, I picked up a newspaper and started charting out some yard sales to hit.  It's much easier to do these days now that most of us have a GPS system to rely on.  I just punch in all the addresses the night before, and I'm up and off in a flash when the alarm goes off.   First stop - no luck.  I hate it when things are priced too high at yard sales!  The second stop - Bingo!  Everything was priced to move!  I'm a sucker when it comes to Christmas items.  I have an attic full of Christmas stuff and I even cleaned out the attic this past January and made up a couple of Christmas boxes to have my own yard sale next Fall.  Needless to say, I came out with three large plastic bags filled full for $5.  I haven't had time to sort through it yet, but I spotted some really good stuff.  I'll post on that another time.  This same person had some nice crystal serving pieces which were hidden away under some table linens.  I asked the prices and was shocked.  I had to ask "Are you sure that's all you want for it?"  Now, I've never done that before!
Here's what I got:  This bowl (next three photos) is a nice heavy bowl and I loved it the minute I laid eyes on it.  I haven't researched it yet, but will try to find out the pattern name.  It is beautiful and she asked $1 for it!  It went right home with me...

 This next piece is a wonderful old two piece punch bowl.  $2.  Yes, that's right - two dollars!  Now, wasn't this my lucky day?

 The little set of 6 vintage amber bamboo glasses were just $1 with the odd painted amber glass thrown in for free.
I spent $9 at that yard sale - including all the Christmas ornaments...

Now on to the next one.  It was over on the island.  They had advertised some chairs and I needed to do a little update on my sun room at the beach.   There were two custom upholstered small chairs and they were just perfect - even getting matching custom drapes.  One of the chairs is pictured below.

Last but not least, in the final place I stopped, I found this little lonely brass and glass door knob.  I pick these up any time I see them - someday I'm going to figure out what I want to do with them.  Uh oh,  I feel a project coming on...

Thank you for stopping by to visit.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Rooty, Tooty, Fresh and Fruity Table Setting

I borrowed my title above from Ihop's catchy little breakfast menu.  I've always loved the way that slips off your tongue - rooty, tooty, fresh and fruity.   I thought it was appropriate as I sat my table today, thinking about the upcoming summer fruit harvest.  I love it when fresh local fruits and vegetables come into the markets.  We've already had our fill of strawberries, having made pies, smoothies, shakes and just popping them into our mouths and enjoying the sweet heavenly taste!  Next will be plums from our plum trees, then the famous South Carolina / Georgia peaches.  Then pears, apples, watermelons - wow, my heart is beating a little faster and my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Today's tablescape happened by accident.  I was cleaning my kitchen deciding it was time for a new tablecloth and placemats on my kitchen table.   As I was browsing through my linens, I noticed some great placemats that I picked up a Goodwill a while back.   You can find that story here.  The pattern is Oneida's Sonoma Sakura and Goodwill also had the dinner plates and soup bowls to match.  This pattern has a beautiful fruit theme that reminds me of bright summer days.  I've been wanting to use these to set a pretty table and thought this is the right time since I'm changing around things anyway.  I stepped outside to pick a few flowers and of course got sidetracked when I saw the flower garden needed weeding.  A while later, a little worse for wear, but flowers in hand, I arranged the few I could find in my "Old Blue" Ball Mason jar.  My flower garden is in an "in between" stage right now, with only a few stragglers of the Spring Garden left and not quite ready for the Summer blooms.

Almost everything on my table (except for my flatware) came from flea markets or thrift shops.  I love treasure hunts, don't you?  It's a simple setting, but perfect for everyday in my kitchen.  I took lots of photos and hope I won't bore you with so many, but here we go.

Sonoma Sakura fruit pattern for my placemat, dinner plate and salad/cereal bowl.  A lucky find from Goodwill.

The little matte green "apple" bowl is vintage California Pottery which was part of a lazy susan serving tray.  These make perfect little dishes to serve fresh cut fruit.

My old canning jar serves as a cute little vase for fresh cut flowers.  My vintage rooster cast iron napkin holder holds a bunch of flea market find napkins.  The pear S & P shakers came from Ross - $2.99.

The vase holds a few leftover roses, some blooms from a plant that we call Everlast (not sure what the proper name is), a lone geranium bloom and a couple of purple spirea blooms.

I love how the sunlight is filtering through my window this morning.  Even though I have my bamboo shade pulled down.

The bay window holds some of my hen & rooster themed things. 

A vintage egg carton, vintage egg scales, a vintage rooster tin and strawberry tin, a ceramic rooster and a fabulous old wood egg carton.  All these came from flea markets except the wood egg carton which I paid too much for at an estate sale. I have them all sitting on some Ikea placemats.  I love their plastic placemats - so easy to clean and very inexpensive.  I bought several sets of four ($4.99) and even use them as quick cutting boards when I want to slice a cucumber or tomato without getting out the big chopping block.  They are very sturdy and come in some cute colors.  Regretfully, Ikea is not paying me to say this ;)

It holds my collection of glass and stone eggs.  Look how that thing is put together - it's one of my favorite all time finds.

Even my mantle continues with my chicken theme.  Everything here is vintage.  The shelf clock (which was also sometimes called a kitchen clock) belonged to my grandfather.  He was born in 1877, so this clock is probably late 1800's. 
So this is my rooty, tooty, fresh and fruity table for the day.  Can't wait until all those fresh summer fruits start popping up!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Treasure Hunt produces some "Old Blues" - My Nickname for the Blue Ball Mason Jars

My normal flea market adventures are usually interrupted during the summer months because of our seasonal business at the coast.  But even there, Saturday mornings find me browsing yard sales or frequenting the little roadside flea market on Holden Beach Road.  I usually find a few vintage things and Saturday's adventure found me smiling.  Smiling because I found some "old blues".  That's what hubby and I call the vintage blue Ball canning jars.  You can tell I love those things by my blog header photo.  It's the color of the glass that appeals to me - such a pretty blue.  Inside the glass appears blue, but outside in the sun it looks green.  A Chameleon of sorts, changing color to blend in with the great outdoors.

I found one quart jar and two pints - they all have their original lids. I grew up in a farm family and our pantry was full at the end of the summer with canned fruits and vegetables and almost empty by the time harvest time came around the next summer.  It was a very thrifty way to feed a family of nine.  I still love to can jellies and jams - it gives me a thrill to see the fruits of my labor.

The style of the embossed BALL logo on these jars reveals that they were made between 1910 and 1923.  The identification information at the bottom of this page comes from a website on How to Date Ball Fruit Jars by Bob Clay.

I have found these harder to find lately.  You could once find these in old barns everywhere.  We have even unearthed one on the property where our house has been standing for 92 years.  They are tough old jars that have withstood the test of time.  I paid more for these than I normally pay for flea market / yard sale goods but I'm planning on keeping these and not re-sell.  I paid $20 for all three.  I have paid as little as $1 for them when I'm lucky.

I found one more little find at the flea market - nothing really special - but I'm a sucker for old books.  This little book was $1 and it's copyright was 1927.  It's one volume of a series of THE WORLD'S ONE HUNDRED BEST SHORT STORIES [in ten volumes] with this volume being Volume Nine - Ghosts.  It has stories by James Hopper, Sir Walter Scott, and Washington Irving, to name a few.  The first story was The Red Room by H. G. Wells and of course I had to stop what I was doing and read it.  I love to read stories by these famous wordsmiths - it's almost like reading poetry.

Stop by again next week to see what new treasures I may find.  Until then, happy treasure hunting!

Ball Jar Logo Guide

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Friday, May 4, 2012

The Man from the Green Swamp and his Wood Art

This post is a little different from my normal Flea Market and thrifty finds post, but I think you'll enjoy reading it.  The guy who works part time for us at our seasonal business at the coast lives in the Green Swamp and has lead an interesting sort of life. He once made a living by taking his canoe through the swamp capturing poisonous and non-poisonous snakes to sell to nature museums and zoos. His names is James but we call him Swamp Man. He actually sounds a little like the Swamp people on TV and has as many wild, adventurous tales as they do. 

James makes these bowls out of wood that's native in and around the Green Swamp of North Carolina. The wood that he makes them from are from natural falls - things like white cypress, red cypress, tupelo gum, walnut, poplar and many more.  He says there's an overabundance of naturally fallen trees in the swamps.  The bowls are beautiful and he sells them for a song! I've bought some before, but I bought a small one today like the first picture in this group and paid only $4 for it!  It's about 4" diameter.  The biggest bowls are $25 (10 - 12" diameter) and they gradually go down from there. 

I just think he's such a fascinating fellow and his wood art is beautiful, don't you think?

 Thank you for taking the time to stop for a visit, and I'll post my Flea Market Adventures tomorrow.  Have a wonderful Friday!