Thursday, August 18, 2016

August Thrifted Finds

The large teapot made by Arthur Wood England might have been a designed as a cookie jar, I tried it out as a vase for dahlia. I have been so happy with the profusion of blossoms from 7 bulbs, best year for dahlia for a long time.

You can see we are still working on deck repairs from the bit scraped wood showing in this photo. 

Wooden spindles rot over time and so do the 2x4's framing the spindles. Huge job. Week 3 of DH working every morning before the sun is too hot. Removing, scraping, repainting 3 coats or cutting a new spindle or support and painting 3 times, then reattaching each piece. A few 2 x 4's that are the base for the spindles had to be replaced in several places too. 

Please note: DH is doing this work, not me. I work on finding stuff and know that I will be working on the final clean up when that happens. I wonder if I can use the shop vac to suck up all the thousands and thousand scraped off bits and pieces of paint? I am also wondering if my leaf blower would be of any use. I will let you know some time in September.

The teapot with two Val d'or mugs and a Brown Betty 4-6 cup teapot shows the size contrast.

The beaded, lace and organza decorated shade may be handmade based on the details inside with each wire cloth wrapped. The white jug is vintage Japan and the pink glass salt and peppers are vintage Anchor Hocking.

This group has a white Sylvac oval sandwich platter with open tab handles and flower leaf raised pattern (had to be soaked in Polident to remove most of the yellowing in the centre of the plate), a large green glass reamer  and Old Country Roses Royal Albert Bud Vase.

The vintage kitchenware below was from an estate sale, items used for a very long time, I treasure these pieces from someone's lifetime. 

Kitchenware is often sought for decoration and use in the home. The cream enamelled ricer has certainly had a lot of hard use.

One thrifted find was this sweet little birdcage decoration shown on an old wooden tool chest.

Brass is having a bit of a revival in my area and I was pleased with the finds of a Dragon themed brass Menorah, brass towel holder and brass candle holders.

The brass cat door knocker character shown on the carpenter tool chest was my favourite of August's finds.

Copper, crib boards, some tea tins, bulb planter, cookie cutters, a heart shaped sign and a vintage themed rubber stamp grouped.

I used PicMonkey for this collage of August Finds.

I use PicMonkey for all of my editing. It is quick, does what I need and very reasonable (free use or premium). They recently did an update and it took a few minutes to get used to the changes but they all made sense. 

I have had to move my PicMonkey use from Safari (saving got clumsy with the update and I now have to save to Preview and Move To my current post folder to make things work). 

I am now using Firefox where PicMonkey is working just find.

I find that PicMonkey does not work for me on Chrome (turns in to tiny tiny impossible to see, don't yet know why).

I will be back next Thursday, with a post about Finds and Signs.

Thanks for visiting.

Featured by:
Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction August 25/16

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  1. I use Picmonkey on Chrome with no issues. I use a Mac so I don't know if that makes a difference.

    You had so many great finds, but the one I loved the most was the 29 Cribbage board. My dad had the same board. He and I loved to play Cribbage.

  2. You got some awesome stuff, Joy!

  3. I love all of your treasures!! I used to use PicMonkey and do not remember why I stopped! I will have to check into it again. But I do use Chrome. Now I am using Ribbet.

  4. Lots of great finds! Enjoyed seeing them :)

  5. Joy, you really have some great finds this week. Of course I love the teapot and those pink S&P shakers! I use PIcMonkey and it works for me on Chrome. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. I LOVE seeing your finds, Joy! Just beautiful every week! Thanks for sharing at #FuntasticFriday/

  7. You always find the best stuff! I see a few things that bring back memories for me.

  8. These vintage items were so fun to see. Kudos!
    JM, IL

  9. What great finds, Joy! I especially love the sandwich platter and the little bird cage. Thanks for sharing your finds with us at Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make Party!

  10. Love your many treasures! The cat door knocker has to be my favorite, with the kitchen tools right after. I never pass by vintage kitchen!

  11. You found some really beautiful things. 😊

  12. I had difficulty leaving a comment earlier, but think it's working now.
    Love your little brass bird cage. I have a small group of these, so I would have snatched that right up. How tall is this little charmer?

  13. That teapot is a keeper! You could serve tea to a table-full!!

  14. Read comments about using Pic Monkey. Have never used any of that software I read is so good. Think am very digitally challenged.
    Love all your treasure finds, do you always find such good "stuff"?
    My favorites are green glass reamer and oval sandwich platter, oh and that funny cat knocker.
    Wish we were still running up and down BC when hubs was trucker, have no idea where Ft. Langley is, will have to consult hubs last Atlas map book. We lived south of Helena, MT when he did most of over road, went up to Kelowna, BC quite often for loads, loved going across floating bridge, sure miss those days. Hubs retired from trucking in 2004 when we lived in KY. We moved to western CO, on west side of Rockies in August 2004. I'd love to move back to MT but hubs says we're too old now. Our 2 youngest live around here and other 2 live in San Diego, CA area where we lived for 21 yrs. before moving to MT.
    Would love to visit your booth. Have great week.

  15. Wow, that menora is just perfect and your dahlias? They make me wish I had planted some this year.But in my area they are an annual so I try to stay away from buying a lot of those to save my garden budget. Thanks so much for sharing these at the DI & DI Link Party. Have a great week!

  16. That teapot is absolutely a cutie ♥

  17. Hi Joy, I have to say, August has been a great buying month for you. Your purchases appeal to me so much. Could we be related in a former life? Big smile here. The large teapot with your dahlias is so pretty. I have always been afraid to grow dahlias because of having to stake the bushes.

    Happy hunting for all your treasures and thank you for joining Blue Monday.

  18. Love the first shot of the dahlias in your new teapot, just gorgeous! You've found an awful lot of treasures this month, I'm especially taken with the kitchenalia from the estate sale, simply fab.
    I use PicMonkey all the time for my photo editing and mosaics, as you say so versatile and so easy.
    Thanks for sharing your new found treasures with us at Mosaic Monday this week.

  19. Hi Joy, I have noticed that you have called me 'Beverly' a couple of times. Smiling here. She is my best friend of 45 years but her Blog Party is How Sweet the Sound.
    xo, Jeanne, Blue Monday at Backyard Neighbor.

  20. Joy, I always look forward to your vintage finds. That large teapot looks in great condition. The flowers are very crisp. Works well as a vase. The metal items including the colander bring back memories of my Mom's. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

  21. Loved seeing your August finds. The teapot is great and I love it as a vase. I really like old kitchen utensils ... I find that they sometimes work better than the modern equivalent. Have a lovely week!

  22. as someone with two cats (who i am obsessed with, really) i am in LOVE with that brass doorknocker! such a great find.

  23. Joy you are so lucky to have found all of these beautiful vintage pieces. I think my favorites have to be the vase and pitcher. And the collage is very pretty to. I use my picmonkey thru chrome.

  24. Joy, just dropping by to let you know you are being featured at tomorrow's Vintage Charm party! Blessings, Cecilia

  25. I appreciate all your vintage finds, Joy, but boy do you grow lovely flowers in your garden! Thanks for sharing, Cynthia


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