Sunday, July 10, 2011

Choosing Americana Memorabilia

Compare Antique vs Fake Mammy Banks:

Black Memorabilia is both a popular and, at times, costly category for collectors. Authentic antique and vintage prices have soared from published values of fifteen years ago. When prices are high, reproductions are sure to follow and cast iron toys is one category with lots of reproductions and fakes.

Authentic bank has creamy white color, very smooth feeling with a nice patina.

Authentic bank has smooth finish and tight seam.

Authentic Mammy bank has wear marks consistent with being handled and nicked over the years

Authentic bank has wear marks and smooth paint finish on the bottom.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fascination with Milk Glass

My fascination with milk glass began at the impressionable age of eight, when my grandmother, Molly Tucker Mitchell, presented me with a milk glass battleship as my first antique. I’ll never forget the creamy texture and luminescent glow in this pressed glass covered dish, almost like a milky white candy. For years I thought this ship was a candy dish, only to learn it originally held mustard, not candy! The precise form and detail of smokestacks, portholes and “cannons raised” gave this third grader a hands-on connection with history. My curiosity was stimulated to know more about milk glass, its grand designs, and to learn about my ship and other brave bulwarks of the sea.

John Stephen Beers

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Rich Reading

An excerpt from the blog listed above.

Here are several steps she shared with us:

Strategy before tactics: Varju said this great quote "Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat." This means have an plan! Write down (in detail) who your ideal customer is. Go and listen to what their needs are, what's being offered them, and how it's being offered. Then decide how to reach them.
Fill your marketing hourglass: On average, it takes seven "touches" before a customer will really choose you to provide a service. They need to see, hear from you, read about you, etc. 7 times before you can make that sale! So make sure you are the one that is in control of your online identity, and try to use new technologies to make those 7 "touches" yourself. When she mentioned this I was so astounded. It's true, business is moving faster than ever. So it's important to move with it, and let it work for you instead of against you!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Discovered at Habitat for Humanity ReStore

You are viewing a County Line Push Button Wall Telephone made of oak in excellent physical and working condition. This is a reproduction of an Antique "County Line" Telephone. It is in excellent condition - It works great. The phone would add to any cottage, camp or country atmosphere.This telephone is marked "County Line Telephone TT Systems Corporation". The wall mount base is 8" x 11" and has a black plastic cord that measures a long 89". You can walk to another room and still have enough cord. There is a pulse tone button as well as an on/off button.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Pearl River Wood Carvers Guild

Yesterday, I had Taco Soup at the Pearl River Wood Carvers Guild Annual Show in Jackson, MS where my husband entered his Red Tail Hawk and won First Place and People's Choice Award. The people were really warm, kind and welcoming. They really made us feel special.

The recipe follows:

1 pkg. Hillshire farm turkey smoked sausage
1 medium onion chopped
1 can (16oz) pinto beans, drained
1 can (15.5oz) kidney beans, drained
1 can (15oz) black beans, drained
1 can (15.25oz) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (14.5oz) tomatoes, undrained
1 can (14.5oz) chicken broth
2 1/2 Cups Water
1 pkg. (1.25oz) taco seasoning mix

Optional Toppings:
Shredded reduced-fat Cheddar Cheese
Crushed baked tortilla chips

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sellers Assisting Sellers Says......

Ways to Leave a Good Impression with Your Shop

Graphics & Pictures - high resolution, not grainy, styled & branded well, professional looking
Copy - well written, no grammatical or spelling errors, provide all necessary info about product, answer any potential questions customer may have
Bio - tell about yourself & how you got started in your craft & your shop, provide links to important places in your shop & on the web.
Customer Service - appear friendly & easy going in your writing, tell how to contact you, let buyers know if you offer custom orders, make return/exchange policy clear
Policies - well written, provide all necessary information, be specific
Feedback - work to satisfy customers so you'll get great feedback. Good feedback makes customers feel comfortable buying from you
Pricing - offer a range of prices so there's something for everyone

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Vintage Shop Brass Ducks

Left in a natural patina, the two brass duck bookends look like the eighties when brass was hot and used by women everywhere to spruce up their apartment or home. The pair have blue felt bottoms with Made In Korea sticker and stand 6" tall. Condition is good for vintage.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

msfarfalla listed these gorgeous shoes!

Wonderful MOD 60s ribbon lace up shoes.
Pale blue silver satin
with brown satin toes & heels.
Steel grey ribbon laces
Classic 60s chunky heels.
Ever so classic 1960's!

Monday, February 21, 2011

What Inspires You? From Etsy Business Forum

StuffbyKim said, "I just love to read These kinds of post and see what others are doing!!
But I will be honest, inspiration is not something I have a problem with. It is having the time to put it all together. I was up at 4 am with ideas sparking thru my head". See her shop

rrizzart said, "Coming across new materials, like papers, fabric, beads, inspires me. I always think, oooh I could really do something with that! I work at Michaels so fortunately I get lots of opportunities for inspiration - the trick is not giving in to every new neat thing and frittering away my paycheck on something I may never get around to making.

I also like to look through my favorite supply shops here - dimestoreemporium is my ultimate! - sometims finding just the right bead or charm can set off a whole new project.

And I also look at magazines - anything by Stampington Press, like Belle Armoire, or Somerset Life - the mixed media work is amazing & the photos are gorgeous!" See her shop at


Rocky Springs Attended This Party!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Best Treasury She Ever Created

Fashions Were Glam!

So Happy When Sales Accompany Treasuries!

It is one thing to create treasuries for a past-time but treasuries can consume a person's day and when there are only fifty or so views. I think what's the point?

Then I see a sale after creating a treasury. It happened toward the end of the day and the next morning I notice another sale.

The reality of it all is that Etsy sales are the culmination of many efforts, re-listing, getting consumer's attention, making treasuries, keeping the viewers interested.

Now I must go and re-shoot some more items. Some are blue tones.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Irma Dantin Daigle's Quilt

While scouting a thrift store in Thibodaux, Louisiana, I uncovered a good quality, hand sewn, machine sewn block quilt with spring florals, polka dots and plaids. I fell in love with this quilt from the moment I laid eyes on it because the sweet Cajun woman who made the quilt stamped her name on the back of all four corners.

Irma Daigle was very proud of this quilt when she finished the soft, cozy and very comfortable quilt. The following came from the City of Thibodaux website where Irma was Senior Mayor of the Day in 2006. "Mrs. Irma Daigle was born and raised in the City of Thibodaux. She was married to Mr. Raymond "KeKe" Daigle for 52 years. Irma was a Beautician and is a wonderful Seamstress."

Irma Dantin Daigle, 79, a native and resident of Thibodaux, died at 6 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010.

The colors are old fashioned green, pink, brown and cream and believed to be very old. One piece of the fabric has January and August 1903 printed on the piece of fabric. If I could guess an age the fabric looks 1930. The quilt fabric and backing are both cotton and the quilted side is cream color cotton as well. There are two tears, one on the cream border and one on a square which measures 1/2"-1" at most. There is a seam that needs to be re-stitched by hand and a thread that is out of place. Quite charming if I say so myself.

The quilt comes from a smoke-free home.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Meet Hurricane Pottery

The following excerpt comes from the Featured Artist article on Handmade Louisiana blog. "Hi, I’m Sharon of Hurricane Pottery. Along with my husband, Louis, I make pottery. Our work is mostly mid-fire stoneware, hand thrown on the pottery wheel, but we also enjoy raku and porcelain work. We work in a studio at our home. Louis still works at a full time job, so I do most of the throwing. Louis, however, mixes our glazes, using recipes shared from other potters, tweaking them as needed to suit our firing schedule and clay bodies.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Etsy Just Listed Jimmy Carter Peanut Fishing Lure

Take a close look at this mint fishing lure from the 1970's when Jimmy Carter was President of the United States.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Rocky Springs Made A Treasury Lovers Team Treasury

In honor of Martin Luther King, I have a Dream, this treasury features Treasury Lovers Team of which I am proud to be a new member. This team is made to be relaxed and open to all shops.

Monday, January 10, 2011

B R O W N Brown by GlassWorksWatersEdge

This is Tina. Born of mid-western winters and German stock, I was once committed to high-rise office complexes and loving the sound of clacking designer heels on city sidewalks. The world evolved around pencil skirts and shoes…and more shoes and more shoes. My mantra was “She who has the most shoes…Wins!”
I spent my time in cool bistros and cigar bars until one day I met a Southern man, born of the alluvial soil, possessed of good looks and entirely too much charm. He spoke and honey dripped. My gentle man swept me away from my northern environs and "carried" me down South where I now reside on our very own Blissful Bayou.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Are You Snowed In?

Take a look at my newest Etsy treasury from the sunshiny state of Louisiana.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Meet Madamesing

She's after my own heart. Oxydized Copper, Czech Aqua glass, and Swarovski Crystals attached to copper leverback earrings.

They measure 2 1/4" long from the lobe.

Meet Forgotten Lake Vintage

This new friend is also from the city of New Orleans. Forgotten Lake Vintage. The shop is part of Handmade Louisiana Etsy team. Classic and cozy! This traditionally-styled, nordic wool cardigan sweater is made in Norway and gives you that Fair Isle/ski lodge look. The background is cream with a light and dark gray pattern and gray edging around the entire sweater and cuffs. The buttons are silver-tone metal with raised images of moose and pine trees on them. Grab a hot toddy and snuggle in by the fire.

Meet Bayou Salvage

History of the Wrist Cuff
Fashion historians originally thought that the cuff had descended from the Napoleonic era,
when the chemise came into fashion and the cuff needed to be secured at the wrist. However, anthropologists and Mayan experts have found hundreds of examples of leather cuffs that were worn as early as “several thousand years B.C” to indicate one’s status or rank and also one’s family affiliation. This custom was not exclusively a Mayan tradition, Egyptians, Incans and Celts all wore cuffs to indicate tribal ties.The most common adornment was a simple leather band with a flower in the center of the wrist. It was said that this cuff in combination with other status accessories instantly communicated one’s wealth & status. Yet even those with the lowest social standing could be found with this simple testament of filial bonds.

New Year New Vintage

Take a look at this treasury. When we are stuck at home it is the best place to be on the face of earth.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Etsy Listed 3 Piece Custom Made Wooden Boat, Trailer, Truck Toy SOLD

This item was made by a Cajun man in Chauvin, Louisiana south of Houma where the red fish are usually biting and the trout are as good as they get. The 3-piece custom made American hardwood toy will take your child's attention with moving wheels, take apart trailer and removable, stand alone boat. It is unlike store-bought toys in that you can see the carved wood and pin size nail holes. Little details are head lights, tail lights, hub caps, detachable trailer and fishing boat with motor. The truck measures 8" length x 3-1/2" wide. The boat trailer is 9-1/2" length x 4-1/2" wide. The boat is 8-1/2" length 3" wide.

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New Year New Friends

This new friend is from New Orleans. I really take a like/love to this rustic cargo skirt. $54. Support New Orleans when you shop.

New Year New Vintage

The name of my shop came from our family's favorite place on the Natchez Trace. There we escaped the day to day stresses, unknown futures, the things that had changed and the things that remained the same. We go back to touch base with what is now and what once was in our lives.

Rocky Springs Methodist Church. Site Marker: This church was built in 1837 by the Methodist congregation of Rocky Springs. Earlier the town had been a station for a circuit-riding preacher who stopped by only once or twice a month. The Church is preserved by the former congregation members who hold regular services here and gather here at an annual "homecoming" each spring. This church is on top of the hill near Rocky Springs Campground where we spent many hours after living in Jackson, MS and Ames, IA.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year New Friends

I found this friend on Etsy first because of a Treasury created about Etsians who haven't had a sale yet. She turned out to be an inspiration and very lovely person. Her bio reads,

"Welcome to my Etsy studio, FishBay Sunsets, the heart of which is located near Fisherman Bay on Lopez Island, in the beautiful San Juan Islands of northern Washington State. The beauty and textures that surround me are reflected in my work, affirming that color and texture is my world."

Meet Doilie Darlings

This new friend makes clothes out of grandmother doilies. Don't you just love her creativity, imagination and commitment to all things beautiful. She is from Louisiana where creativity abounds. I'm a Christian Artist of many media, and totally obsessed (lately) with antique and vintage Crochet Doilies as a Fashion Element of Textural Interest. My Clothing Items are not for the Shy Woman, but Feminine with a Bold and Artistic Twist. I'll never get to make all the ideas I have for you, but I'll sure try, as you prepare for Strangers' Compliments, and extra attention from your Husband, too! ♥