Some day I know I will find a long forgotten George Nakashima! I did find a 3 inch booked walnut coffee table and bought it but it's not a Nakashima! Still I love it.....and I know some day I will come across a garage sale with a Nakashima huddled in the corner!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Last summer we stopped at a large barn sale organized by several church ladies. There was home made cookies and brownies and tons of stuff everywhere in the old barn they had rangled someone into letting them use for the sale. In the back was a pile of crocheted twin sized coverlets. They were marked $5.00 each. A great buy for such beautiful handiwork. It was obvious someone had spent a great deal of time making them. There were at least 8 coverlets in all different colors. Years in the making. After going through them all I selected this one because of the vibrant reds, greens and golds. I couldn't help but wonder who had made all of these beautiful treasures that were being overlooked by so many that day. I approached the church ladies with my find and asked them if they knew anything about who had made them. One of the ladies told me they had been made by an elderly woman at the nursing home where she had worked. She couldn't remember her name but she said she rarely had visitors and once she passed away her family didn't want the coverlets she had so carefully created. Every time I look at this treasure I smile and think of the woman with the forgotten name and am grateful to have found her beautiful treasure.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
When the holidays come around I go from sandals and t-shirt barbecues to elegant meals and parties. This M.Z. Austria cake dish has seen more of those holidays then me. Moritz Zdekauer ran a porcelain factory in Altrohlau, Austria which is now Stara Role, Czech Republic.Moritz Zdekauer purchased the company in 1884, and its porcelain pieces were marked "MZ Austria" until 1909, when C.M. Hutschenreuther of Hohenberg, Bavaria, Germany, took over the firm. Collecting this type of porcelain piece has declined in the last few years making it an affordable porcelain investment. Irregardless of whether you put it in a china cabinet or serve your best cakes and brownies on it the plate is a reminder of all those holiday events 100 years ago. It's available for sale at the very reasonable price of $27.99 HERE.
Friday, October 1, 2010
You can always tell fall is here when people start selling their old patio furniture. I think they just want to get one more good summer out of it before they sell it. We have a small shade garden out back and one of the things I have wanted to add to finish it off is a cozy little dining area. I decided rusty old wrought iron pieces mixed and matched would make it fun, colorful and most of all affordable. I found a beautiful glass tiled cafe table, a bench and a coffee table all for about $65.00. The plants cost me more then that. These pieces will have to be stored in the garage this winter but come next spring I'll have my cozy corner. :)