Friday, June 2, 2017

Lovely Thrifty Finds

I still love to hunt at the thrifts, but I have to be really selective.  It's too easy to get too much stuff! I did pick up an Italian pottery lidded jar in one of my favorite colors.

Passing up these lovely Red Wing lugged bowls was not an option.  haha!

Vintage linens in the last month. Some are for a friend who sews.

I've never had luck finding vintage tablecloths.  I remember one once, but it was in such poor condition.  Was excited to find this one.

I even found this fabulous handmade quilt in the Dresden Plates pattern, terrific bargain.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pyrex in Spring - Pink Stems

I've been so busy with my business I haven't had time to post.  We have had some beautiful days so I took a dish out in to the garden. There has been a lot of pink Pyrex pieces made on my bench recently, one of the most requested patterns.

Pyrex Brooch

Pyrex Pink Butterprint Button Earrings

Pyrex Pink Daisy Pendant

Pyrex Pink Daisy Key Ring

Pink Pyrex Pendant

Pendant Set in Pink and Pink Pyrex Gooseberry

Pyrex Pink Daisy Key Ring

Pyrex Pink Daisy Magnets

Pyrex Pink Daisy Barrette

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Labor Of Love - My Glass Creations

I decided to make it a priotiy to carve out considerable time this year to create more pieces.  My glass shard inventory has grown over the last couple years and I'm ready to concentrate on producing items for sale after two and a half years of doing no charge exchange work for the materials.  Here are some of my latest creations.  I'm very excited to be at a point in my life that I can focus on my art.

Magnet Set in Pyrex Pastels

Fire King Tulips Magnet Set

Custom Pyrex Bracelet Charms

Pyrex Key Ring

Fused Glass Pendant in Blu

I am planning to return to making fused glass pendants.  Running my glass shards exchange program took so much of my time I haven't fired up my kiln in the longest time and I miss it.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Exciting Thrift Store Find - JAJ Red Snowflake

I seem to get busier instead of slowing down.  Now that it's spring, my garden is calling me.  I made a great thrift store score recently.  I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this JAJ red snowflake dish stuffed in the shelf!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Vintage Fire King Tulips Splash Proof Bowl - Recycling A Broken Bowl

I shaped this shard from a large vintage Fire King mixing bowl given to me by a fellow collector. It was a beautiful bowl before it ended up broken.  The paint is so vibrant.  I finished this shard into an ornament. So happy to see it completed--it will be going to another collector.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Pyrex Pink Stripes

This set of bowls was the only mixing bowl set I longed for in my collection.  I pretty much have stuck to getting my Pyrex from thrift stores and trades. I thrifted the second (402) bowl, traded for a small (401) bowl and tried for over a year to get a 403 bowl.  I gave up and traded away the two I had. After taking a break from trading for a while, I have been able to get some of the harder to come by pink pieces.  These pieces have come easily one after another.  Here is the minty set of pink stripe bowls I received last week.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Finally a Sunny Day! - Vintage in my Kitchen

I love my kitchen even more when there is sun!  I took a picture as we finally had a sunny day today.  I love these little pieces of kitsch I found at the the thrifts.  Sweet Lefton Bluebird egg cups and Goebel salt/pepper/condiment set are part of my kitchen collection..

Friday, March 3, 2017

Pyrex Saxony

I've been extremely busy and haven't had time to post, but I received this Pyrex Saxony dish in a trade from a fellow collector and I just have to post it. My Pyrex collection is small these days, but this has been on my wishlist for years.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Little This and That

I learned how to care for an orchid after receiving one from my neighbor a couple years ago.  I finally decided I've graduated to owning more than one.  Our bargain market store had some for $9.99 today and I got one.  It was all white, all pink or this combination which I chose.

After years of dreaming, I ran into the chance to pick up a round Fire King peach blossom refrigerator dish.  These are the only dishes I am aware of, that have the lids with starbursts.

A little lunch in a Pyrex pixie dish this week.  A little pixie that my neighbor brought over.

I've been keeping thrift store finds to a minimum.  Going less frequently helps.  I did find a couple keepers.  Lovely California pottery dish with roosters and 67 pieces of Oneida Community flatware.  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Vintage Glass in my Kitchen - Shards into Jewelry

Inevitably a lot of us Pyrex collectors fall in love with other brands of glass. There is just so much to love out there. I rearranged items on my yellow kitchen shelf that I intend to leave for a very long while. I may replace a few items over time with some special dream pieces. This is my solid color collection of McKee, Jeanette, Glasbake (and Maid of Honor) Pyrex, Fire King and a Delphite bowl set that looks like Fire King but is unmarked and no one knows for sure what it is. I got a little sun in my kitchen this cold rainy morning so I thought I'd take a picture.

I completed some jewelry requests and exchange pieces recently as well. My pieces are made from glass shards sent to me by other collectors.  It's sad to receive dishes in pieces when they are highly sought after collectibles that aren't easy (or cheap) to get, but I do get satisfaction in creating lasting keepsakes from them.

Agee Pyrex in Flannel Flowers

Pyrex Balloons

Pyrex Black Rooster

Pyrex Bluebelle

McKee Jadite

Beach Glass

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Refrigerator Dishes - Hocking Glass

I finally got around to taking a picture of my Hocking refrigerator dish collection. I thrifted a dish some years ago and fell in love. My collection comes from thrifted, traded and purchased pieces. I added a few new items last year.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Vintage Fiberglass Bullet Planter - The Flordian in Chartreuse

Once in a while I get a special piece for a special occasion. I'm glad I needed an excuse when this one came along---this bullet planter is everything I wanted in a bullet planter. The color is awesome!

Pyrex in Action - Blue Delphite 501

I've always been partial to vintage Pyrex refrigerator dishes.  This is the blue delphite that was sold in Canada. I made home made sweet potato chips with freshly made guacamole today!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pyrex in Pink - Rescued Shards

I started the new year off with some exchange work.  I especially love this ornament made from a shard of a Pyrex 045 Golden Rose dish sent to me. The ribbon is from a vintage spool I thrifted.  It's been about 4 weeks since I made anything and I was more than in the mood.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Admiring Some Bits of Vintage

When the sun lights up my front room I can't help but look at some of my favorite pieces of vintage.

Pyrex and Westclox...

Pink Cathrineholm, Haeger lamp, German table cloth and Japanese ceramic deer.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Last Find of 2016 - First Find of 2017

It's been cold and we got through our second winter storm so I haven't hit the thrifts in a while.  My last find in 2016 was a fiberglass shade.  Since I was at the pet store picking up food for my pup today, I ran into that same store and found a base..  I'm thrilled!  I have been looking for a tiered fiberglass shade for YEARS.  The neutral colors work great in my '50s front room. The tulip pattern is in black and gold. The base label indicates Forbes Brothers, PA.