Sunday, November 10, 2013

Projects and Antique Finds!

Hello blogger friends! I went to a few local antique malls recently and wanted to share my finds with you. And I have a few projects I wanted to share with you also.

Sometimes when I'm out looking for great finds I find NOTHING and then there are those times that I find some pretty exciting stuff.

Usually I save the best for last but this time I'm showing the best first, or at least I think it's the best.
I have always adored Victorian portrait oil paintings but usually can't afford one. Well I found one that made my heart skip a beat. But looking at it up close I saw that it had a few issues but for the low price of $70 I thought I had better go ahead and get her before someone else did!
So here she is!!


As you can see, the canvas has some tears in it and some time over the last 100 years or so someone placed something round on her neck and chin area! It does look as if some restoration or altering has been done too. But regardless I still think she is a beauty.
Here is a close up...


And here is her place of honor, or at least for now.


At the same mall I also found all of these antique trade cards and paper ephemera. 84 pieces for just $18! That makes each piece 21 cents! I can't wait to add them to my antique scrap book (the red one, the gray one is the cover of the book the ephemera came out of).



And I also got this small dome and heart porcelain dish.


The glass dome is a German piece, is 4" tall and has a wax figure of St. Maria in it. I paid $22 for her and for the oh so sweet little cherub painted heart dish I paid $2.50 for. It is such a delicate porcelain that I just couldn't resist! It will be perfect for a Valentine's Day vignette, don't you think?

And last of all, I have this project I will be starting on sometime soon, hopefully. Can you guess what I might be up to?


I'm not going to tell, you'll just have to wait and see! :-)  Thank you so much for visiting and have a great week!

I am joining the following parties, please come and join us.
AMAZE ME MONDAY with Cindy at DWELLINGS
TUESDAY'S AT OUR HOME with Maria Elena at OUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME
INSPIRE ME TUESDAY with Marty at  A STROLL THRU LIFE
WE CALL IT OLDE with Dawn at WE CALL IT JUNKIN
WHAT'S IT WEDNESDAY with Patti at IVY AND ELEPHANTS
HOME with Sandi at ROSE CHINTZ COTTAGE
HOME AND GARDEN THURSDAY with Kathy at A DELIGHTSOME LIFE
TREASURE HUNT THURSDAY with Pamela at FROM MY FRONT PORCH TO YOURS
HOME SWEET HOME with Sherry at CHARM OF HOME
PINK SATURDAY with Beverly at HOW SWEET THE SOUND

23 comments:

  1. Great finds! I'm guessing your new project is a general store. I have one in an old grocery crate, too. Will be waiting anxiously to find out if I'm right. :-)

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  2. I love old portraits and this one is great! I'm so glad you gave her a good home!

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  3. I'm glad you rescued that portrait. She was just waiting for the right home to love her up. Love your minis. How fun that you are in a miniature club. Your latest finds are fabulous. I'm sure your group will appreciate your miniature sleigh gifts. I love the Christmas pudding too!

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  4. What a fine portrait. I wonder who she was? She has some pretty dangly earrings, hair coiffed with some fine clothes. I like where you have her displayed. Miniature club sounds so much fun and I look forward to seeing what your project is.
    Happy week ahead
    betsy

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  5. Gina, you will have to craft a lovely story about the "family ancestor" who is pictured in the portrait. Love your heart dish -- I wouldn't have resisted buying that treasure either! Great images on the ephemera; artists of that era had a more romantic vision for their work.
    Debra

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  6. OMG Gina.. You find the best things… Can't believe you got all those cards and ephemera for $18.00 ..Love the little cherub candy dish too… What is the name of this mall and where is it located..I'll jot it down for future reference( ha Ha) Your Victorian lady is probably very happy to be adorning your wall in a place of distinction…. Thanks for sharing all your finds …I have such fun shopping with you …Hugs

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  7. i would kill for the emphemera..lol

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  8. The painting looks just perfect in your home. What a pretty lady. Thanks for sharing this at the We Call It Olde Link-Up! Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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  9. Fabulous portrait. So pretty and what a fabulous treasure. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

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  10. Oh Gina I like your painting of the lady,I am so glad you got her she looks wonderful on your wall.
    and what a find on the old Victorian trading cards I always have liked those
    I bet your wood box will be either a little room display or one of those grocery stores with little miniatures in it
    I see the wall paper for it's wall

    Yes I will take up your offer for us to go to antique malls together sometime
    Any Tuesday would be great

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  11. You got some great finds, Gina! I love the portrait. Your sleighs are beautiful and I know they will be enjoyed.

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  12. The painting is just fabulous! Love the detail of the dress. Can't wait to see your minis in your doll's house and what new craft you're up to. What a busy girl you are!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  13. Gina, you did well out treasure hunting. I knew there would be miniatures included. The little sleighs are too cute and the puddings, adorable! They will be a big hit. Thank you for sharing at my HOME.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  14. Wow! Thrifty shopper - YOU! Awesome finds! Your blog is very lovely. HPS! Enjoy a wonderful weekend!

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  15. What a joy to peruse your thrifty finds! Your cards are so wonderful! What a treasure!

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  16. Oh Gina, what wonderful finds! That portrait!! Oh, how I wish we knew more about who she was and what she did in life!

    And the minies! Fabulous. Oh, that tree under glass is gorgeous. I'm still working on my house interior for the holidays. Stay tuned.

    Thanks for your visits to my blog. Susan

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  17. p.s. Gina, love the favors you are making for the club members. Also, the little kitties with the Santa hats are china, not plastic. So cute.Susan

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  18. The heart porcelain dish is so nice! I'm submitting this to Clytie's Random Heart page, who's compiling hearts at her blog. :)

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  19. Congratulations - awesome finds! This portrait is exquisite! I am delighted to share that your post will be featured in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  20. p.s. Gina....Be sure to check out Friday's (Nov. 22nd's) post on my blog as it highlighted my dollhouse bedroom.

    Can't find your email to let you know. Mine is writingstraightfromtheheart@gmail.com
    Susan

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  21. Hi Gina....Thanks for your visit. The link to the dollhouse bedroom post, which I thought might interest you, is http://writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com/2013/11/dollhouse-bedroom.html Susan

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  22. Hello Gina
    I love all of your vintage trade cards & postcards! Thank you for your visit to my Blog today. Take care.
    Wanda

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  23. Hello Gina,
    She is indeed a lovely lady and looks perfect in her new environment. Great finds!
    Catching up on your previous posts; I don't think you're crazy at all in acquiring a writing desk to display your doll house, it's lovely. Loved the post on the derelict houses, what a shame though. All your miniatures are fascinating. If there are such creatures as fairies, they must be helping you. Your husband must feel like an elephant in a china shop. Had a great time visiting, thank you for sharing your passions.
    Anyes
    xx

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