Wednesday, June 30, 2010

This little light of mine

I have a new addiction....not what you think!  My dear friend K. and I have gone to many an Antique Fair where we walk for hours searching for what snatches our interest (or heart!).  She being way more experienced than I,  is quite the haggler...which I do enjoy overhearing from time to time.  Your secret is kept K. on your special technique!  K. has found some incredible deals of silver, tarnished where I thought it was okay but thinking could it ever polish up all pretty...only to have her shine it up and Voila! it becomes a unique and beautiful find.  And then I remember the steal of a price she paid for it... smart woman that K.

"I don't need anymore silver...." I say this often as she does find some dandy items.  I do have an ongoing search for silver baby cups.  But it does have to be a special one.  With engraving, or it must be simple adorable that my heart sighs when I see it.  I have a dear friend who found one at a antique shop in her home town that had "Beloved" engraved on it.  What a find...I too would like to find one like that.  I mean really...what a dear family or friend to have put "Beloved" on a baby cup.  Of course that wee baby was going to be beloved!   Still, how did it wind up in an antique shop?  Why would anyone give up a cup with that one sweet and loving word?  Yes, I do have that search on but I haven't found one baby cup to date that cries out for me.  K. keeps helping me though.

I also have the search on for Blue Willow dishes.  Once again I am looking for special pieces.  I don't want anymore teacups.  I look for bowls or serving pieces.  Dinner dishes too but I haven't found any great deals on those.  K. discovered a lovely vegetable dish with a lid that I was so happy to buy.  I have found some deals from time to time and bring them home as though I have been on a treasure hunt.

My new search is an odd one....I don't know what made me decide to search these out but now I think I am a bit over the moon for oil lamps.  Yes, oil lamps.   I hadn't thought about these until I noticed how cute some of them were.   So now K. is helping me find these and of course it has to be a deal and it has to call my name.  It has to be pretty and unusual.  I think this could be dangerous as all this oil in my house in these cute little lamps is flammable!   Still I am very careful and they are only on my hutch to be used inside or outside over dinner.  

So this is what I have now.  The ceramic one is a lamp we bought 14 years ago while on a trip to Drakesbad.   Every night when we ate dinner they had these little oil lamps on the table.  There was minimal electricity at this Guest Ranch and the glow from this lamp with my family all around brings many happy memories of that family vacation.  The three glass ones are my finds from the past three Antique Fair trips.


This is the largest one I have.  It has a lovely glow that spreads more light than the others.  I love the beading work around the base and it has some raised designs above the beading as well.  Plus it came with the wick which was nice.  It was going for $19 and I got it for $16. 

  This little cutie K. spotted for me.  The design it has is called a Thumbprint design because of the little dimples it has all around it.  Plus it is blue and blue is my favorite color!

The little frosted chimney I thought
was real pretty too.  This one I paid $14 for.  It 
might be small but it is quite unique.   

 My last one is real tiny.  It has been through a life of being knocked around as it isn't in the best of shape.

   The detail on the base is full of design work and it has an itty bitty handle that only little hands could hold.  I small chip on it but thankfully not broken. It's base design reminds me of a zipper look.   It's chimney has a fluted rim that goes well with the base.  I do need to replace the brass neck area as the turn knob for the wick doesn't go up or down as it should.  Bit of a problem for when you need to raise the wick.  This small size of neck and the wicks it uses are called "pixie" size.  I can find wicks but the neck I will have to look for at another Antique Fair or on ebay.  Oh was just begging to have me bring it home.  I think I paid $12 for this one.

I can't wait to see what treasures K. and I find on our next antique hunting trip....and I can work on my haggling too.  

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Unicorns...evil ads

When my girls were teens we rented this wonderful movie called "Legend".    A very young Tom Cruise was in the movie though that is not why I loved it.  My daughters and I were captivated by the fairy tale story of a lovely young girl, the damsel in distress and the magical story that unfolded. Of the Dark Lord who wants the lovely Mia Sara, our damsel in distress, for his own and wants to destroy the last unicorns which would make a world of darkness all over.  Evil....yes....

For me, seeing those two beautiful white unicorns that appeared running downstream, playfully tossing their lustrous long white manes and tail that made me melt.  I could watch that scene over and over wishing to ride them.  Such are dreams!  The filming was simple lovely to watch, so many magical scenes.  Even the evil parts filled the part of the story you had to endure though painful as it was.  We knew our damsel would be saved, we knew the happy ending would come!

Then what did I see in on the internet the other day?  This awful joke of  Unicorn Meat!!!!   I mean really who would come up with this sick idea?  Joke or not I was disgusted.   This is how they describe it (gag!)......

Unicorns, as we all know, frolic all over the world, pooping rainbows and marshmallows wherever they go. What you don't know is that when unicorns reach the end of their lifespan, they are drawn to County Meath, Ireland. The Sisters at Radiant Farms have dedicated their lives to nursing these elegant creatures through their final days. Taking a cue from the Kobe beef industry, they massage each unicorn's coat with Guinness daily and fatten them on a diet comprised entirely of candy corn.
As the unicorn ages, its meat becomes fatty and marbled and the living bone in the horn loses density in a process much like osteoporosis. The horn's outer layer of keratin begins to develop a flavor very similar to candied almonds. Blending the crushed unicorn horn into the meat adds delightful, crispy flavor notes in each bite. We are confident you will find a world of bewilderment in every mouthful of scrumptious unicorn meat.

So gag again....funny...not so with me the unicorn lover!  Seriously they say it sparkles!  So I will try not to think of that but set my eyes and heart on this instead...... I may just have to watch this movie real soon to get my fantasy dreams fulfilled and have sweet dreams....

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Beautiful Boy.....

       This was a bit ago but...well...after seeing R get promoted from 8th grade last night....after seeing how much he has grown up...well...just had to share...because I love him and my Love soooooo much!

Who am I?

Who am I?   I am a mother of four to three girls and a son who mean the world to me, a wife of a man I have known since I was 15 that let me grow up when I was so young and still loves me like the day we wed, I am a daughter to a woman who scares me for fear that I will lose my mind to a disease she has with no cure.

Who am I?  I am a friend who loves my friends dearly, I am a little sister to my big brother, I am an Auntie who loves to have gatherings with all her family to remember the very best of living and loving and creating memories to last all our lives.

 Who am I?  I am a want-to-be writer, a want-to-be photographer, I am a marginal cook who sometimes actually makes an amazing dinner and sometimes a laughable one too.

Who am I?  I am a lover of my puppies and kitties, I am a once-upon-a-time horseback rider, a big daydreamer, I am a attempt-to-be-gardener to my potted plants because that is all I can handle right now.

Who am I?  I am a woman on a journey upon a road that is not familiar, I am a gatherer of feelings, of hopes, of dreams still to come.  I am a nurturer to my family even while I hold back sometimes that need to still be "mommy" while they can make their own decisions and choices.

Who am I.... to you...?
         who will I you?
                what will I become...stronger, weaker, meeker, louder, quieter, fearful, fearless?

Lend me your arms, your hands, hold me, be my strength when I am weak, laugh with me when I am joyful, tell me a story, sing me a with me...always.


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