Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October is Autumn Even in Florida

Hello dear readers.  I got caught up with too much work in September and the month got away from me but with October now here, there is no denying that even in North Florida, we have entered our own season of autumn.  Shorter days, less humidity, and temps with lots of breezes make this a lovely time of the year.  Of course, I'm knee deep in more tulle than a dance studio as I create Halloween costumes for my grandchildren.  This year the family is going as Beauty and The Beast so I am making costumes for all of them.   

In between costume making I have been prepping my booth space for the upcoming seasons.   I'm slowly bringing out the pieces that everyone wants for their holiday entertaining and decorating.

Dinner setting for four by Johnson Bros., England in their wildly popular pattern, Harvest Time.

Vintage hats are always in demand this time of the year as well and this pretty brushed wool hat with velveteen fruit around it is too cha cha for words.

Another lovely vintage hat of smoked velvet and brilliant rooster feathers around the brim.

I spent months searching for a small hutch as a display but couldn't find it anywhere.  A fantastic architectural salvage store called Junk Co. opened a few doors down from the Lyon's Head Antique Mall where I have booth space and this faboosh piece was in the front windows.   An antique store cabinet painted that sea foam green I just love. So much space and it was exactly what I needed as a display piece.

Large assortment of antique transferware platters abound along with dinner ware.

 Take a goodwill find server and add a pair of Art Deco pendant light shades and you have a one of a kind server for your holiday table.  If this doesn't sell, I will not be sad because each time I look at it I kinda dig it even more.

Did a little hunting at my favorite local haunts last weekend and came up with these treasures.

Stunning EAPG syrup with original lid.  This is a keeper for my personal stash and I will use it over the holidays.

I have a weakness for these vintage iridescent butterfly wing pieces from the 1950s.  Usually brought back as souvenirs from Mexico, these are brilliant in their shades of blues.

Lovely engraved Challah bread knife.

Lot of large antique and vintage serving spoons, a sauce ladle and teaspoons.

A beautiful pair of silverplate candelabra inserts.  I use these in antique oil lamps and they look stunning.

Not one, but two pairs of vintage silverplate candelabra inserts.

An amazing find, stunning vintage mink coat by renowned furriers, "Coopchik Forrest of New York" and designed by Donald Brooks.  Football great, Joe Namath wore Coopchik furs. 

Look at the handwork done in the lining.  Both sides have this stunning stump work along with the traditional hand embroidered initials of the owner.

and finally, place your bets ladies and gentlemen.  Round and round and round he goes, where she stops, nobody knows. A great piece of carnival history, this betting wheel or game of chance wheel is from the 1930s.  A truly unique decorative element over a mantle or on your wall space.  

Wish everyone a gentle week and blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Getting there.

Slowly but surely I am chipping away at getting my home together.  When I relocated to Florida, I sold most of my furniture other than a few of my personal favorite pieces.  Now as I put my guest room together I wanted a piece of furniture that would hold storage like an armoire but did not want the size or the formality of a traditional piece.  

 Came across a 1990s Entertainment Armoire at a local thrift shop that actually fit the bill.  It was banged up quite a bit but had the good bones I needed for what I wanted to do with it.

Gave it a base coat of Tidal Pool blue.

Had a poster made to fit the length and width of the two bottom drawers and adhered them.

Ditto with the top portion of the armoire.  Lots more to do to both pieces.  Will followup with final images when completed.


Dropped off a few bags at my local Goodwill and although I didn't find much this trip, I did come home with a lovely, mid century, Gorham silverplated tray.

A little difficult to see, but a lovely pressed glass with the Goofus paint removed.  

Brought in more items to my space and as I was chatting with the gals at the front desk, I saw a bucket full of cabinet cards.  I am weak for old photos so I had to have these. 

And then, the motherlode.

 A photo album filled with images from the 1890s through the 1960s.  Pure joy.

Kids, relatives and those great poses. 

Saucy hats and turn of the century clothing.

Stunning 1920s wedding party.

Great, great grandmothers.

Another well dressed bride of the flapper era.

This was just a smattering of the many photographs in this album.  

Can you believe that August is nearly over?  September begins Friday and that leaves us with 4 months left to 2017.  This year is flying by.  So wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable Labor Day and blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Belle, Glass and Booth

My youngest granddaughter, Kels, texted grandma-ma to tell her she wanted to be Belle for Halloween this year and that she would need the "exact" yellow gown that Emma Watson wore in the movie.   So it was off to the fabric store to purchase sun yellow fabric dye and begin dying 20 yards of beaded tulle from a wedding train. This will be a fun gown to make for her as I love to replicate these pieces.

While the fabric was undergoing several dye baths, I made a run to my local Goodwill and it was raining glass.  I was in the market for vintage, 2 quart canning jars to store pastas, rice and cereals.  There on the shelf were three and they had the zinc lids with the white glass inside.  SCORE!!!!  

These three look so good and now I'm on the hunt for more.

Milk bottles!!! Oh yea, a quart, two pints and a creamer and I am in glass heaven. I will repurpose these into Christmas display pieces. 

A marvelous Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG) buttermilk pitcher.  Perfect condition.

A charming, big glass boot says Christmas to me.  I may fill with vintage glass ornaments or vintage elves or pretty holiday picks.  

 Lovely sterling and etched crystal bud vase was black with patina.  Marked Webb Sterling, this is such a pretty piece.

Finally, three beautiful EAPG goblets.  All are in perfect condition.  I love using EAPG pieces, there is something marvelous about drinking from a glass that is 120 years old.

A pair of Wedgwood plates were a Salvation Army find.

Also from the Salvation Army, a terrific vintage turkey platter with that coveted salmon pink border.  This will move quickly come Thanksgiving.

Still unpacking inventory and found a few pieces to bring in to my booth space.

Antique shaving mirror with scalloped edges and folding stand.

Corn cob pipe is a perfect touch to leave next to the empty plate of cookies that Santa receives from children.  "The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath."

Stunning, late 18th century, earthenware milk pitcher.  These soft paste pieces didn't often survive. Circa 1780s-1830s.

 Stunning, early 20th century, hand woven splint gathering basket.  Lovely carved and shaped handle with ash splints and vegetable red dyed pattern.


Ahh, the type of piece that makes the Sea Witch weak in the knees, a lovely sea urchin about the size of a small grapefruit was sitting on a self at the Goodwill.  $1.98 later and I carefully hand carried this home and it now sits next to my corals.  

Labor Day will be upon us so wishing everyone a gentle holiday and blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Junk Co.

I am so excited.  A fantastic architectural salvage shop, Junk Co.,  just opened a few doors down from the Lyon's Head Antique Mall.  It is a shabby, crusty, rusty, chippy, industrial treasure trove!


Pretty bulb lighting shines through the windows that are pure eye candy with marvelous pieces inside.

Junk Co. has lots of space that is filled with industrial pieces, furniture, lighting, you name it.

Fantastic vintage signage and lockers everywhere.


These lockers make a great closet for a kids room.

Nice barrel, scale and signage.

Fabulous metal cabinets with glass doors would be perfect for an urban look in a modern kitchen.


Really nice sized bird cage for parrots or unruly children.


Mad love for this vehicle grill, wouldn't it be a terrific firescreen?

Huge industry lighting.

If I had larger space in my liani area, this would have come home with me.  I would fill it with towels, sarongs, pool toys, sunscreens, you name it.

In addition to big pieces, there are lots of smaller decorative elements and items you can repurpose into lighting, vases, or whatever.

Junk Co also sells chalk paint products.

Stunning pair of chippy barn doors.  So love these.

Love CSI, then this gurney needs a place in your kitchen.

Crib side repurposed into a towel rack.  This would be great for the pool area for drying towels.

Love the colors of these industrial lights and the vintage suitcases.

These huge safety bumpers just called to me. If I had much bigger digs, all three of these bad boys would have come home with me. They were priced to steal at $12.00 each.  Yup, $12.00 each.  They would make unique shelving with heavy glass shelves on top of them.


Salvage? Yea, they got it.  Lots of antique and vintage doors to choose from.

Windows, lots of windows in every size and style.

My favorite, wood scrap from antique homes. So much treasure to select from.

Shutters everywhere in all sizes.  Crushing on those tool ones next to the big, white window.  
Just walking through Junk Co., I get ideas for my home and I know you will too.  They are open three days a week, with normal business hours of Thursday, Friday  and Saturday from 10:30am to 5:00 pm. Other time by appointment.  Their grand opening is next weekend and they will be grilling hotdogs and sausages for all visitors.  If you are in the Port Richey/Hudson Florida area, do not miss visiting Junk Co.

Wishing them much success and blessings to all and those you love.  Sea Witch