Friday, March 2, 2012

Show & Tell

I took a bunch of photos of some of my treasures the other day and thought you might like to see them...

 First up is this piece which I must admit when I found it I thought it was a handmade vessel for a plant or flowers.

Turns out it is a form for a boot!

Now that I know what it is, it seems obvious!

And now that I know, I love it even more!

Finding out the story or history is the THRILL of the hunt!

This beautifully framed brass plate must be an address, right?

I'm especially attracted to the intricate frame although I love the idea of presenting an address in this manner.

The design reminds me so much of my Grandmother and our Lebanese heritage.

Another La Dolfina found it's way to me...

I have no idea what it is, was, or belonged to, all I know is that I love it and can think of all kinds of ways to use it.

Before I placed one of my birds nests in it, I had placed a round marble slab on top of it and covered it with a vintage mesh dome to serve cheese or a dessert on.

I'm not sure what the metal is but it weighs a ton!

I can never resist bringing home an orphaned dolfina.

I believe this is a vintage magnifying glass for a jeweler. What do you think?

The little lever moves it up and down.

I love they way things were made back in the day.

And the colors they painted things!

The saying, "they don't make them like they used to" is why they are so treasured and sought after today.

I think it could come in handy for getting out slivers!

I've had this little wicker number for a long time.

I want to convert the recessed spot above my bar counter into a pendant using this as the shade.

What do you think?

I think it's quite charming.

Ballard Designs sells a converter kit that screws into the recessed housing and comes with an adjustable cord and cover plate but it also comes with a glass pendant shade and costs $69 so I'm looking for a less expensive option without the shade.

I can never resist a great old bottle.

I'm glad some people hold on to them so I can find them :)

I have a feeling I'm not the only one who has thing for them!

There it is way in the back...

Next to my vintage striped martini shaker and old wicker wrapped bottle.

Bottles... they just do it for me, what can I say.

Love this swim cap!
Do you think it's from the Olympics?

My mom found this for me in the Goodwill.

She's good isn't she?

This cross made out of bones is from Africa.

I bought it at a garage sale from an Art Gallery owner who was clearing out a bunch of stuff in anticipation of a move.

 I actually left the sale without buying it but went back for it later and it was still there waiting for me.

A pair of funky asian candle sconces that I'm thinking of hanging in my entry...

but I'm not sure. 

I swear I saw this sitting on the coffee table in the movie The Descendants.

 It was in the home of his friend's house that he ran to when he found out his wife was cheating on him.

A coastal chinoiserie treasure, my favorite combo!

A Pendleton blanket in the most gorgeous shade of green.

They are hard to resist at $10.

And finally a smattering of smalls...

A small reversible pennant from France featuring a rooster on one side...

and their flag on the other.
I'm thinking it could be fun sewn on a pillow.

I love this tiny green leather drawstring bag with my favorite boy's initial on it!

Another great pennant, one to remind me where my son is spending a lot of time enjoying himself when he's not studying.

And last but not least a small drawstring bag in my new favorite color to keep tiny treasures safe!

Well, thanks for allowing me to play show & tell today. It's one of my favorite games!

Happy Hunting this weekend.
I'll be going to The Alameda Point to visit friends, eat yummy food and take lots of photos to share with you!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend


Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

We might see you there then Terri - we are on the hunt for tweeds...

Kathysue said...

I love to see your found treasures, always so fun!! Have fun at the Pointe! xo Kathysue

larajanepark said...

Hey you! I am going to Alameda Pointe this Sunday- I don't know how I'd run into you if it weren't carefully planned...How about I stop by my friend William from William's Antiks booth at 11am. If you're there, meet me and we'll introduce ourselves! William sells old French leather club chairs and other treasures from France. He's usually on the right side of the dividing line (you know what I mean...) or you can just text me 9256390504.

Cathie said...

What a Bonanza of finds! I especially like the Chinese sconces...funkiness and all! You have a great eye.


Unknown said...

Really cool treasures. Thanks for sharing this show and tell. Have a great weekend too. -Al

Anonymous said...

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I wish you a lovely weekend.

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The enchanted home said...

Some wonderful treasures...especially love that first vessel and the stunning dolphin dolphins, so elegant!

Acquired Objects said...

That boot form and the dolphin dish are fabulous Terri. You always find such wonderful things!

Enjoy your weekend!

debra @ 5th and state said...

O M G! i so love everything you found. i am here at my shop glueing mini pendants on pillows! love old bottles and collect those that are wicker wrapped, marvel at the way things were, i could go on. we could never antique together, we love the same things!
if you have an ikea near you terri they have light kits for around 13.00
happy hunting

Nutbird said...

I have seen a converter kit recently that wasn't from Ballard Designs and it was less expensive. Maybe it was on Pinterest in the lighting section. I buy every cheap British and Scottish merino wool blanket I can find. I remove the binding and wash them in the washing machine with lots of baking soda. They are usually in beautiful colors. I love looking at all your finds. Ann

Mary Ann Pickett said...

you are so good at spotting items with character and uniqueness!

Fleaing France said...

Have a great time at Alameda! One of my favorite places to be in CA.

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Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

I love all of your goodies, Terrie! I wish I could be in two places at once. Both here, packing for a trip and there, in Alemeda, with you, searching for treasures! Hope your day is fruitful!

designchic said...

So many wonderful treasures...adore your dolphin!!