2/18/2013

Show and Tell

Grab yourself a cup of something hot and join me for a little coffee klatch show and tell. I've finally gotten over my thrift shopping dry spell. I don't know if I've not been in the right frame of mind to spot things or if the shelves were actually lacking. At any rate this week has been one of good finds. Some of these are already in my Etsy shop. If you see something you like head on over and check it out. Also, I'd love to see what treasures you've found recently. If you have something you'd like to share leave a link in the comments below. 

I'm starting out with my favorite find of all. It probably doesn't look like much but I'm head over heels for it. It's a little atomic fiberglass raffia dish. The color, texture and shape all look so pretty sitting on top of some white furniture. It looks like a basket but is coated with fiberglass making it durable and washable. At about 7-8" long, it's the perfect size to use as a drop spot for keys, cell phone and such. I'm keeping this mid-century find for myself and it'll probably end up on my nightstand.

Next I found five mid-century Branchell Color-Flyte Melmac salad plates. I love the colors and wish I had a whole set of these dishes. I think my grandmother may have had some like it at one time. SOLD

This little blue enamel pot is so sweet with its white flower detail and turned wood handle. It's tiny, about a two cup capacity. Come to think of it, it would look really nice displayed with my blue LeCreuset cookware. Buy it quick before I change my mind! 


The cat salt and pepper shakers remind me of my late aunt. I remember visiting her house when I was still a pre-schooler. She had a rack of spice bottles in her kitchen with bottles that looked like little chefs. I was so intrigued and always wished I could play with them, which I'm sure I never was allowed to do. This set of "Salty and Peppy" is from the 1950's. In the base there is a little device that would squeak, or sort of meow, when the shaker was tipped. Alas it no longer works. 


How about a little trip to the tropics? Picture yourself sitting on the lanai sipping a Tom Collins out of one of these pretty tumblers, gazing out at the ocean. I'm really torn about selling them. That bright yellow frostiness at the bottom is such a colorful accent. However, I already have a similar set of tall tropical glasses so I'll resist the urge to be greedy. Any takers? Need a recipe for making a Tom Collins? I'll include one at the end of this post. SOLD





The picture doesn't do this handblown art glass paperweight justice. I had a hard time getting the light just right. I also don't have a macro lens for my new camera yet and was too lazy to get out my other camera. The colors are very vibrant and the red part in the middle is very delicate and lacy. The reverse has a bright pop of yellow which is reflected a bit in this photo.


And finally, this regal brass stag will get added to my little collection of deer that I display at holiday time. It's heavy, and sharp! As I was carrying it out to the car I was very conscious of where I placed my feet, imagining a headline that read "Woman Impaled by Brass Deer After Slip on Ice". Those antlers are about 5" tall, enough to do some internal damage!


And now for that Tom Collins recipe.
For one serving:
   2 oz gin
   1 oz lemon juice
   1 tsp superfine sugar
   3 oz club soda
   1 maraschino cherry
   1 slice orange
In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the gin, lemon juice, and sugar. Shake well. Strain into a collins glass almost filled with ice cubes. Add the club soda. Stir and garnish with the cherry and the orange slice. Enjoy!

Remember to leave a comment below if you have a favorite thrift find of your own. 





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