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Well, I’d started an entirely different post for this week, but remembered that Halloween was just around the corner and I’d better get one done for this holiday before it was over and gone. So before I forget again, here’s a few things you might like to have around the house this coming Halloween.
From the Etsy store fronts, I found this cute little Halloween Monster. He’s supposed to be scary, but he’s too cute for words. You can find him and several other Halloween items at 3BoysGrandma’s shop. It’s a neat little place and I’m sure you’ll have a ball looking at all her other items.
On my rummage through Bonanza.com , I found these cute little vintage style Halloween ornaments. They remind me of the things I’d find around my grandmother’s house at Halloween time. She didn’t go all out, but there was always a little something there to keep us kids amused.
And finally over at Ecrater.com, I found this really cool Folk Art handpainted moon. I think this thing is just cool. I grew up around the items deemed Primitive American Folk Art thanks to my dad, so things like this bring back fond memorie—no matter how odd the things may seem.
There you go, kids. I know it’s almost Halloween now, but this will give you some great ideas for you own homes and maybe make you want a few of these thing anyway. Have fun and enjoy your week.
What one person sees as being strange and unusual, someone else sees as a thing of beauty. This week’s ornamental theme is on oddities. I’m a totally off the wall kind of person anyway. So I decided that today I was going to find all those weird/odd/strange things that other people have put out there that I’d love to have in my own home. Please understand, the following pieces are NOT listed here to be ridiculed or made fun of. These are things that grabbed my heart, made me do a double-take, or just plain made me stop in my tracks. I hope you all enjoy my ornaments of the week.
In the Etsy stores this week, I found something that totally took me by surprise. I found my way to Cindy Riccardelli’s Primitive Folk Art Dolls and Paintings, I came across a face that just screamed “Take me home”!!!. She’s known only Ponytails, Cloth and Clay, but I’ve decided her name is Annie. She just looks like an Annie to me. Go over and say hi, she also looks like she could use a friend.
Next I found a really cool site called LyonsCreations which is filled to the hilt with beautiful works of stained glass items. That’s where I found this awesome stained glass turtle paperweight. It’s not the most impressive piece in this shop, but I think it’s just way too cool. And because it’s not something you can wear or use during a dinner party, it’s strictly there for ornamental purposes.
Then I decided to take a cyber-drive over to my other favorite multi-store site, Bonanza. Seriously, if you like bits of oddities you won’t find anywhere else, this is the place to go. That’s where I found these 3 hand-carved wooden mermaids. Made in Bali, this trio of aquatic goddesses are not only whimsical, but are an actual set of ornaments. Now that would be something to see on your Christmas tree.
And finally I found a really cute plant stick. It’s a tiny dragonfly made from hawk feathers. As cute as it is, I was hesitant about posting about these because of what they are made from. However, the person who makes these states right up front that all crafts made from feathers are done so through a natural process where the birds molt the feathers, and they are not plucked. I can live with that. These are way cute and would fit in, and blend in, with any size of plant.
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and with some of these odd ornaments, nothing could be more true. Don’t be afraid to have your own style, it’s what makes use who we are, not who others want us to be.
I love roses. Not just the actual flowers themselves, but things with roses painted on them–sewn into them—etched onto them—whatever. I just love roses, but I especially love antique and/or vintage roses. I have a vast collection of dishes with roses on them and what started that was when my mom took my baby boy shopping one day for a Mother’s Day present for me. The funny part is that my baby boy was only about two at the time. But he was still the one who picked out my gift. They were at Goodwill and he saw a very pretty sugar dish with a beautiful handpainted rose on the front. He pointed at it and said, “Mommy”. My mom said the price tag was less than $5 so she bought it. Since that time, I’ve filled up cupboards and a china hutch of items with dishes on it. And that little baby boy is about to celebrate his 20th birthday.
If you are also one of those people who love roses that don’t die, I have found a few items that you might like to add to your own collection. Over at Etsy, I typed in the search code “Antique Roses” and I found some really cool stuff. For instance, I found this gorgeous antique rose sugar bowl for less than $6 plus S&H. I think it’s just beautiful and would look awesome in my china hutch, if there was any room left in there. LOL
For the gal who likes her vintage accessories, check out this sweet little rose bud lapel pin. I have one similar to this, but it’s all gold and void of any color. I think I like this one better. And for the low price of $5.99 plus S&H, it could be sitting upon your lapel and dazzling the world. Though I have a ton of vintage rose jewelry, this is one piece I’ve actually never seen before. Anyway, not with the colored blossom.
Not only do I love antique roses on dishes and jewelry, but on knicknacks. Little things that have no other function than to sit around and look pretty. For that I headed over to my other favorite site, Bonanzle, and began looking for cute little things that were there just for looks. That’s when I found this adorable porcelain vintage rose couch and coffee table that costs less than $10, and that’s including S&H. This tiny set is just too cute and would be a great asset to any collection.
And finally, nothing says vintage rose like a handmade, cross-stitched table runner. This little beauty looks like something I would have seen in my grandmother’s house when I was a kid. It’s because of her that I love these types of items so much. She had cross-stitched table cloths, dish towels, and pillow cases all over the place. I think that’s why this particular item jumped out at me. It reminds me of home.
No matter how beautiful all the new things of today are, there’s still something to be said for all things vintage and antique. If you collect things with roses on them, this short list may help you add to that collection. If not, it’s a great way to get one started. Go check them out and see if you can’t find something to add a little ornamentation to your home.