Saturday, February 1, 2014

Be my friend on Facebook

I can't believe it's been almost a year since I posted.  I must admit, I spend most of my time on Facebook these days, just because there's so much more interaction.

If you want to friend me and see all the cute pictures I post (lots of shabby chic and roses), here's the link:  https://www.facebook.com/ivy.bend

I'd love to have a zillion more Facebook friends.  Won't you be one of them?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day To You

Isn't this little card adorable?  Though much older, it reminds me of Mrs. Potts and Chip from Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  What do you think?



Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Friday, August 24, 2012

Isn't it sweet?

I found this little beauty of a sandwich (or cake) plate at a yard sale for a buck.  I kinda sorta hoped it would be classified as chintzware, but according to Replacements Ltd., it just didn't make the cut.  It's from the James-Kent Ltd. company (made in England) and it's called Pearl Delight.



But I did find that the same place in good condition is worth about $12, so -- it's not a bad investment after all.

What do you think of it?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I'll have a BIG slice!

Years ago I bought a beautiful milk glass cake plate in perfect condition.  I brought it home, got out of the car, and as I was entering the house, the screen door whacked it--breaking off a large chunk.  Oh, how I cried.

It took me twenty years to find another just like it, and oddly enough, I believe I paid the same amount of money for it as the first one ($4).



I've got a birthday coming up and I know what my cake is going to be sitting on.

Do you have a cake plate?  What style is it?

Monday, August 20, 2012

A rose is a rose ...

Following last Thursday's post ... the little crackle box with the rose on top,  I found this at a yard sale in Fair Haven.  Isn't it darling?  It's pretty now, but I know I'll enjoy it even more this winter when the snow is on the ground and my roses are hibernating.  (I believe I paid a $1 for it.)


Do you love roses as much as I do?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A little late with this ...

Good heavens!  I forgot to blog.  I went through so many weeks of getting NOTHING that when I did start to find treasures, I forgot to blog about them.  Well, at least now I have fodder for a couple of weeks worth of blogs ... and alas, soon the yard sale season will be over.  But, fear not -- let me share a few of the things I found while canvasing the backroads of Wayne County.

I'll only show one a day -- otherwise I'll be scratching my head trying to think of something to blog about.


A few weeks back, I had a guest come visit.  Before she arrived, I decided I should try to "girlify" my guest room. I found this darling little crackle box at a sale for only 25 cents.  Right now I'm keeping my excess earrings in it.  It sits on a shelf on a doily looking just lovely.

Come back Monday to see what else I found! (And wish me luck that I find something pretty on Saturday.)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Another disappointing weekend

The weather was dreadful, and the Savannah town-wide yard sale was literally a wash. I bought ONE item (which I haven't yet had a chance to photograph). So here's what I did not find and did not buy, but saw on Pinterest. Fun, huh?


Now that would make an interesting  addition to my teacup collection, wouldn't it?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Not A Pricy Pachyderm

Okay, I'll admit it.  One of my first collections was of elephants.  My grandparents gave me a lovely pair made of ebony with real ivory tusks.  I love them and still have them.

I try not to buy too many elephants, although I do seem to buy a lot that are "wounded."  The baby elephants that have been mistreated.  I have quite a few of them.  I wish I could repair them, but I don't have those kinds of skills.  So I just love them -- something they were sorely missing for most of their lives.

This fellow is about 10 inches tall and weights about four pounds.  I'm going to use him as a doorstop.


He was part of a larger herd, but he stood out from the rest.  They were all about the same size and reasonably priced at about the same amount, too.  I paid $4 for this fellow.

Isn't he lovely?


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Perfect for the summer

Several years ago, my sister-in-law bought me some "thirsty stone" coasters.  Not only were they pretty, they were pretty pricy.  (Found them in a catalog for $40!)  Well, as the Kansas song says, "Nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky" and neither did my thirsty stone coasters.  They leak!  The cat knocked one of them off the coffee table and it broke in half.  : (

I saw these summery tiles at the first sale I stopped at on Saturday and had to have them.  A little piece of felt and some glue and they will make great summertime coasters.


The cost?  $1.

Aren't they cute?


Monday, June 4, 2012

Back in the yard sale saddle again!

Where have I been?  Oh, doing stuff.  And on the weekends, my friends and I have been back on the yard sale circuit.  Unfortunately, the pickings have been mighty slim lately. Since I only bought three things this weekend, I thought I'd stretch them out on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (leaving the best for last, too -- so be sure to come by and check the blog later this week).

I have been looking for a lovely 2-tiered plate for the times when I serve tea.  Who doesn't want to set a pretty table?  I checked out Macy's in Rochester and did a double and triple take at the prices for a brand new one.  But my friends and I went to the big neighborhood sale in Lyons over the weekend and look what I found.


Okay, maybe I am limited to using it in the winter (think I can stretch it out until at least Valentine's Day?) but for the price -- a whopping seventy-five cents -- I think I can handle it.

What would you have paid for such a cute plate?