Friday, October 21, 2011

A Treasure Hunting Adventure

You know sometimes you go on a quest for one thing and then find a hidden treasure ?  Well, the other day hubby found in the newspaper a few addresses for Estate sales.  I don't know about you but to me they are still garage sales but with higher prices.  We ventured out on a Friday and found one that the treasures were higher than a cat's back but then one we went to, we only went to two,  had some bottles that we were looking for.   The Vintage Art Bottles that I am doing right now ?  Giving the untold stories of the bottles new stories and a new life?  I was going to check out and what did I see?  A lamp, now I had no intention of getting a lamp and for $15?   Not that $15 is a giant amount but I didn't need a lamp.  Or so I thought.

We came home and I washed the bottles and thought about what new story were they going to get today ?  Well, when I woke up the next morning I told hubby I have to go get the lamp.  I was thinking ----what a Polly Anna I was.  That lamp will be gone and for only $15 some decorator or antique person will just sweep it up.  We got ready for the day and off we went to rescue the lamp.

Lo and behold, there it was THE LAMP.  It was sitting there with the other lamps that were uglier than sin.   I am sure they were thinking we will get purchased today and you won't.  You know how lamps are all trying to out do each other.   It had even been marked down to $10.  My heart was thumping loudly and I even had to push, gently, a lady aside.  I did say excuse me though.  The lady said it was at least 80 years old and it had been her mother-in-laws lamp.   I thought why had no one purchased it ?  This was meant to be my lamp.  

We have an eclectic decorated home and this will go perfectly in the corner of my part of the bathroom. 

I gently dusted it with a soft rag and the carving and beauty just was there begging to be looked at and loved.  It was an oil lamp and still had the goodies with it and the owners had converted it to a new fangled electric light.    A glass globe was used but I think a shade with some pretties on it is just begging to be joined with it. 

The little cherub holding up the globe.  His or hers little foot is cracked but some Gorilla glue should fix that.

The base of this $10 beauty.   This is brass and heavy and even made in America.  

The whole lamp.   I do believe it was meant to be ours. 

There you go, our little adventure .   I do hope you enjoyed it and thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world.    xoxox

Thursday, October 6, 2011

From Sand to Bottle Art

Here it is already the 6th of October.   I believe it is going by to fast and the little trick or treaters will be coming to our door wanting candy.   I use to make or bake home made treats for them but with the meanness that there is in the world  just the prepackaged goodies will have to do.   

Of course the month flying by could be because our wind in blowing like crazy here with gusts up to some hair blowing straight out MPH.  Our sand here is reddish  in color so it  makes for a colorful sky color.   Now at times I wonder what in the world is sand good for besides growning great peanuts except to get into your shoes and places we won't mention while at the beach.   It does filter into your house so it looks like you never dust just fine little granules.  So what else do you think?  Yep it makes glass.  Now I went on the Internet to see how they do it and you wonder how they did it years and years ago?   I am certainly glad I didn't have to think of it. 

I have been on a glass bottle hunt for the Bottle Art  I have been making.  I guess pretty soon it will have to be plastic.  I have become a glass bottle hunter at the grocery store also and am surprised how many are plastic and not glass. We might even have to change what we eat for the glass.   No plastic for me right now.  I can imagine how many of them I have thrown away in the years of my being.  

Earlier here I did post a couple or so of the bottles that I created.   So here is the lastest group of them I have created last week.  You don't know where you are going when you start with them and then your muse just takes over and tada it is done.  Now I tried to copy the yellow one like I made Grandaughter and it was hard to copy it.  My muse kept saying NO I want to do this and I want to do the yellow one.  Needless to say I won that conversation.  this time anyway. 

So here is the crew of last week.  I even used a photograph of Paris that Grandson took last year on one of them, it is the one on the right front with the red do dad on it.  I used some of my paintings and drawings and actually whatever I could find.  The toppers I got a little creative with, you can't have an empty bottle top.   There you go, hope you enjoy seeing what I did last week.

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world.  See you next time.