Monday, June 8, 2015

Latest Finds and a busy life!

Hello everyone! Wow, it has been a month since I've posted anything so I thought I had better post something real quick to let you know I am still here. Did you notice I said real quick? Yea, I know that's funny right?  A lot has been going on around here and I'll fill you in on that at the end of this post.
As you know I work for an Estate sale and garage sale company so I find lots of great stuff, so here are a few of my latest finds.

I am not a chicken collector by any means but when I saw this guy it was love at first sight! Chickens bring back precious memories of both of my grandma's who raised chickens when I was little.
This hand painted bisque hen on nest is Staffordshire and dates back to the late 1800's to early 1900's. (Oh, and the little blown glass egg I got recently on a trip to Kansas City, in an antiques mall. It will join my glass egg collection that I posted about here.)

Anyway this lovely lady will take her place of honor in my fancy china cabinet amongst the elegant green art glass pieces. See her on the middle shelf on the right side?

I also got these pieces,

I got the silver plated basket and cup holder at the same sale I got the chicken at. They shined up very nicely I thought. The ruby flash cup tumbler I bought at the Strawberry Festival (for 75 cents!) this past weekend in Kansas City at the historic Vaile Mansion, hoping that it would fit in my cup holder and it did! Click here to see my Vaile Mansion post about the festival.

I also bought this candle stick beaded lamp shade for 50 cents and will want to get a silver plated candle stick holder to go with it instead of the cheap glass one that I have it with in the first photo.

And now for my favorite, the above silver plated basket tops it all, just look at those feet! And the filligree lacy looking trim!

So beautiful, but what to do with it? I think I will take out the vintage wax fruit from the cut glass banana dish...

and put those in the basket and leave just the bananas in the banana dish. Maybe I will use it as a centerpiece on the dining room table.

And the last thing is this charming little bird house that I got for a dollar. I will add a dowel rod, repaint it and hang it in a tree for my sweet little feathered friends!

My last couple of months have been filled with Prom...

track meets...

 a graduation party...

and oh my goodness I almost forgot to show you the beautiful punch bowl that I got at one of our sales for $18, I bought it just in time for the party!

And then there was Graduation of course, no photo to show for that though. :) A son going off to college in a couple of months.

After 10 years at the same job, I have quit. I am taking a big leap of faith and trusting that everything will work out with only working the estate sale job that I have.

And lastly, we had to say goodbye to our precious little Yorkie, that we had for 9 years, back in March. I have not been able to post about it before now because it has been so very painful, and still at this very moment tears are running down my cheeks just telling you about it so I am not going to go into detail about it.

We all loved her so very much and miss her sweet presence in our home and in our lives.


Thanks so much for visiting.

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  1. Wow Gina , you really did get some great finds and I think that punch bowl is amazing! Congratulations to your son and I am more than sorry to hear about your little fur baby. I hope the rest of your week is filled with blessings.
    Sugar, spice and whatever's nice

  2. I'm so sorry to read of your loss. Our furry family is just so important. Extra hugs!! How did I miss that you work for an estate and garage sale company!?! How cool is that! Congratulations on all your children's accomplishments. Such a busy and exciting time for your family.

  3. Hi Gina,
    You found some wonderful treasures; especially the punch bowl set! Congrats to your son going off to college! I sent two off-Island to college and university and it was exciting but painful at the same time. Thankfully one guy remained here on the Island and attended college here.
    Sorry about your pup! Anyone who's had a fur baby knows how painful that can be. Thank you for joining me for tea today and I'm so glad you enjoyed my post.


  4. I love garage sale season and reading about bloggers' treasure hunts!

    Congratulations on your son's high school graduation! The chocolate cupcakes look yummy.

    I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Yorkie.

  5. Your job with the estate sales and garage sales sounds like a dream job!!! What a beautiful punch bowl and what a bargain! Congratulations on your sons graduation. Sorry to hear about your loss, my Sadie is 10 and I try to cherish each day with her as I know I won't have her forever.

    I enjoy your post.

  6. Gina, I do not blog often, check you out often. My heart hurts for your little best friend loss. I am thinking about you and yours. It does get better, but takes awhile. Oh, get a new baby, worked for me. I love your new finds. Wish I lived close so I could shop with you, such great deals. Love, Richard and Buddy. Miss Janice too, what's up with her?

  7. What wonderful finds and I love your hen. The graduation of your son is a grand event and prom is so special for your daughter. I am very sorry for the loss of your little dog. The gorgeous punch set was just perfect for the graduation party. Hope you will take a peek of my post this week for it is also a celebration! Have a great week!


  8. So many great finds and so much going on! So sorry to hear about your Yorkie. What a cutie! I lost my Miss Kitty in February after 15 years so my heart shares your sorrow. You have beautiful kids too!

  9. I am sorry to hear about your sweet Yorkie, precious little thing.

    Handsome couple in the prom photo, nice looking young man.
    I know you have been very busy. Great job Mom on everything you do.

    I want that punch bowl. What a find! I love going to sales and just got back from a place near Fredericksburg Va. "Deep Creek Vintage" they have some neat things and it's in an old Manor House which makes it more fun to shop there.
    My stepson works in the same line of work and enjoys it so much. Sounds like something I would love to do. Good luck on your new job and sounds like you are having a great time with it. Me, I would probably spend more money than I would make, I tend to want everything I see.

  10. You have a lot going on! Good for you (though I am sorry about your little yorkie).

  11. OMG Gina...
    Sweet puppy prayers for you little fur baby...You alt least have fond memories of the little darling.... Your "wannabe" treasures are pretty spectacular...I'd say your a real pro at ' finds' ( ha Ha) ..I'm ready to move in..

    Love that cabinet and the ' ruby' pieces... not to mention that gorgeous punch bowl..It' perfect for special celebrations... like maybe your son's graduation ( Congratulations) ..He's such a handsome young man. It's a good feeling when you get you children that far( ha Ha)... He'll come a visit mom !!!

    In the meantime keep my bisque Staffordshire Chicken safe...notice that I said ' MY" ..." Henrietta" just makes me smile...Brilliant post today....Thanks.xoxoxo

  12. So sorry to hear about your little dog, such a sweet-looking girl.
    Your finds are wonderful! and such great prices too! A perk of working in that business for sure. I especially love that punch bowl. Oh, and the chicken!
    Congratulations on the graduation, too.

  13. Hi, Gina. I certainly hope one of the perks of your estate sale job is getting first choice of the pretties. You could end up spending the bulk of your paycheck, though! Loved seeing the photos of your family but so sorry to hear you lost your furry baby.


  14. Loving all of your finds! SWEET stuff...especially the punch bowl! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  15. Oh, I am just drooling over all your great finds! Now that you are working there maybe you can get paid in stuff!!!! lol Congrats to your handsome son, I wish him all the best as he goes off to college. So sad to hear of your loss, she looked like a real sweetie.

  16. Hi Gina
    I am so sorry about your little Yorkie I know how painful it is when our precious pets die.
    Your kids are so good looking.and so is your new chicken LOL
    I know working for the estate sale company will keep you shopping I mean busy LOL
    I'll go with you over to Ravenswood I'm busy next week with my daughter from Oregon. Then I really need to go to st louis to visit my sweet cousin LOL
    seems i'm always busy and I wan tot stay home and paint furniture !!!!!!! scream

    keep in touch

  17. Gosh what great finds. I'm not a chicken lover either but I've always wanted a staffordshire chicken dish -- and for a price like what you got yours! Love the silver!

    As to lattice crust, they are really easy if you have the roller thing that makes the lines on the pastry. Then you just put it on! And a cherry pie calls for a lattice crust doesn't it?


  18. Sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet Yorkie. You found so many beautiful pieces for so cheap! Good scores :). That sliver tray is really something else--the feet on it are terrific!

  19. The punch bowl is GORGEOUS! That was a steal for sure. Busy times for you. Sorry for the loss of your dog :( Sad.

  20. Hello. I want to say I am sorry about the loss of your little doggie. It is hard to lose a special animal when they have been a part of the family for so long. I hope with time your sorrow will lessen. You have shared some nice finds with us. I enjoy seeing all the things you add to your Victorian home. They are all so special. Your life has been busy with all the things in life that keep families going. I will say a prayer that all goes well with your job decision. Take care.


  21. Amei conhecer o seu blog, já fiquei por aqui!!!Achei maravilhoso!!!
    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!


    Beijos Marie.

  22. Hello Gina,

    I love your new finds. There are perfect for your home. I love to see all your Victorian decor. Congrats to your son. You must be very proud. Leaving a long term employment can be very scary but I am certain things will be ok.

    I am sorry to hear about your baby's passing. I can truly relate with your pain. I lost my Niki last August after 10 years with us and we miss him to pieces. He was the life of our home. My husband could not bear the emptiness in our home so he adopted Max a few months ago. He has brought lots of happiness to our hearts again although Niki will never be replaced.

    I pray that you find a bit of comfort knowing that she is in a better place.


  23. Dear Gina:
    What great family photos and Josh sure looked great for his prom. Your treasures are all lovely and I nearly laid an egg when I saw your Chicken!!! Your photos and post are great fun!