Thursday, August 7, 2014

Road Trip Finds and a Blogging Friend Visit

We finally had a break from our triple digit temperatures this week, so I was able to get out to the garage and go through the treasures I brought home from my trip to Southern California with the girls.  I found a few keepers, but most everything will be following me to Mes Amis Vintage Antique Show next month.   

I'm loving the color of the 18" metal box and the long legs on the aluminum pot.

More metal containers that could be planted or prettied up for holding more treasures.

Something about this sweet cross stitch spoke to me and I'm sure it was trying to make me feel guilty.  FYI:  I do not like to cook.  Once upon a time way back in the old days I was a happy cook.  I learned from my mother, from a book, and by trial and error.  Then something changed.  I don't recall ever setting the kitchen on fire, but there was a point where major burn-out set in.

These 7" x 9" Paris fashion prints are just about the same color even though one looks darker.

This 12" x 16" framed silk isn't something I would normally buy, but I thought it was interesting.  I'd love to explore behind those doors.

It's nice to have a little history because I can't read the signature on front.

 I didn't find a lot of jewelry bits considering the number of piles available to pick through, but I'm happy with the quality of what I found.  The four antique cut steel buttons on the card are now earrings.

This time I filled an old glass rolling pin with vintage lace instead of buttons. 

You must be sick and tired of seeing pictures of silverware, so I'll just show you the handles, lol.  I picked up a piece here and a piece there, then all of a sudden a new pile was born.

I usually like my silver with a little tarnish, but the spotted champagne bucket was a little too much.  It's looking a lot better now.

An odd combination, but they were stashed in the same bag. 

How about a platter full of vintage glass door knobs, salt & pepper shakers, and cookie cutters.  

Giant diamonds.

I've never seen salt and pepper shakers that unscrew from the bottom. 

These little pretties are marked Royal Doulton Flambe on the bottom.  Unfortunately one of the cups has a small chip probably caused by the sewing hook thing.  Anyone know what these are officially called, and should those hooks be there?


Last but not least, I have one more treasure to share....
Linda from A La Carte.  Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting up with Linda for lunch at The Cheesecake Factory in San Jose.  Linda has been in town visiting her daughter and we didn't want to miss getting together this time.  We've been blogging buddies since just after I started my blog four years ago, so it's no wonder we talked for 3 1/2 hours and could have gone on and on.  The picture was taken with my phone and it was a little dark in there, but you get the idea.  We had such a fun time!! 
No junking adventures for me this weekend.  I'll be spending the next three days helping my sister and brother-in-law move into their new home.  It will be a fun time with lots of friends and family members helping out.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


  1. You do find and acquire the very best and most interesting treasures. How fun to meet up with a blogging buddy and enjoy visiting. Creative Bliss...

  2. That trip to south CA. was a those glass knobs/salt&pepper/jewelry/rolling pin. I sure hope you don't have two flights of stairs in the move, like I did last left leg has just started feeling better. Cute pic of you and Linda:)


  3. Oh, my goodness, you got to meet Linda!

    I learned to cook from my mother, the second worst cook in the world, I am the worst. And, I did set the kitchen on fire.

    Great finds!

  4. Oh I wish I could reach in and get a couple of the door knobs. I have looked and looked for some.
    The cups, could that hook be to hold a teabag? or a tea fuser? They are very interesting to me.

  5. Lots of treasures. Love the bling. I am another one that does not like to cook. Have done a lot of it in my life, but still don't like to do so.
    Bet you and Linda had a fun visit. Sounds like a busy weekend for you, and exciting for your sister and BIL.

  6. I just love seeing your hauls, so cool! Love the aluminum pot/plant holder, the door knob, and the lace.

  7. Linda, you always find the best and most wonderful treasures! I think you should offer treasure hunting weekend excursions! How fun would that be? I have a glass rolling pin that is just getting dusty somewhere and didn't even think to fill it with fun things. Now I need to dig it out and put it in my sewing room. Love the glass knobs, well, I love everything, especially the sweet photo of two charming gals! Hugs xo Karen

  8. Sorry Betsy, I called you Linda - I am having a senior moment. xo

  9. Great treasures Betsy and how fun you got to meet up with a follow blogger in person. Sweet picture of the two of you. Have fun helping with the move.

  10. Betsy I loved to cook when my boys were little and then I went back to work and hated it. My husband did most of the cooking because he came home before me. I am retired now and I learned that I really do love to cook and I am having a ball doing it. It is amazing what you can do when you have time to do it!!!!

  11. Love all of your wonderful treasures, Betsy! And so great you could meet Linda! I hope to meet you on one of my visits out there sometime, too!

  12. Wow, you really found some treasures! I love the glass door knobs! The camera, salt and peppers and lace are so nice! You have such a great eye!

  13. I started thinking,"That's my favorite" before I scrolled very far. By the time I got to the end of the post I couldn't decide on a favorite. I loved ALL your finds. The best fiend is a friend. What fun!

  14. Love your kind of favorite! I think those little cups might have hung from something...Not sure.

    Great shopping!

  15. What a fun post! You get the best finds. I want the knobs the jewelry, the silver champagne bucket, the pictures etc etc! How great to meet Linda!!


  16. What GREAT treasures!!!
    I should be so lucky to discover finds like that!
    thoughts and shots

  17. Oh how I would love to come across some of the things you do! I love the aqua blue metal box and the glass knobs the most, but everything is just gorgeous! Linda told me she was having lunch with you. She's the sweetest! I'm glad you ladies had a lovely time together...:)

    Blessings, Vicky

  18. I was thinking of all of the neat things you've found lately until I got to the end! And it all went out of my head when I saw the TWO of you! I wish I had been there! You are two of my favorite blog buddies. What beautiful smiles! And what fun! I do love all of the jewelry and those cute salt and pepper shakers...and a bunch of other things! heehee! HUGS!!!

  19. The Royal Doulton Flambe with silver holder is very unusual. I have seen a small vase like that for $700!! You should have a reputable antique dealer check them out! I think someone added the hooks, perhaps to hang teabags on.
    I would also have the silk painting checked out. The artist is no longer living and it might be worth about $300-$500.
    I love the knobs!!!

  20. Betsy, I can't begin to tell you how much fun it was meeting you in person yesterday! I could have talked for hours more! Next time. Love all your great finds on your road trip. Next visit I'm coming to see you and all your treasures in person!

  21. You found some great goodies!! How fun to meet Linda. I have met 6 of my blogging friends over the years since I started blogging.

  22. Love that ice bucket and that camera! I'd say you cleaned up pretty well! How fun to meet up with a blogging buddy ~ sorry it wasn't me:( Hope the weather's stayed cooler for you. I hadn't been able to paint due to the heat but I might just have to get out in the garage tomorrow!

  23. Great goodies Betsy! Always nice to meet up with a blogging friend!!! Great pic!!!! Fingers crossed the heat won't be so bad this weekend with the move! I'm headed to the peddlers fair tomorrow! Not really looking for treasures more of a visit with my niece and her family :). Xo

  24. You have such an eye! That silk print is absolutely gorgeous. And for the record, I could look at silverware every single day. I have "met" so many people via blogs, and look forward to the times when I can also meet some of them for lunch!

  25. I love your treasures and I am so jealous that you find such large numbers of glass doorknobs. They are so hard to find around here and when I do they are way too expensive. Love following your blog.
    Malinda in Mississippi

  26. Have never heard of silk engravings, Betsy; thanks for expanding my tiny mind today! Your get together sounds super fun - one of these days I hope we meet up, too!

  27. Oh.My.Gosh. The long-legged pot, the giant diamonds, I love it all. I wonder if the hooks on the cups were to hang them and maybe they had a stand or something? If you find out, please share.
    I'm with you on the cooking. Back in my earth-mother days I did a good job with three home cooked and served at the table meals a day. Now I tell people the only reason I have a kitchen is because it came with the house!

  28. Hi Betsy, How fun that you met up with Linda!I love old doorknobs and that tray full is fabulous!Blessings, Cecilia

  29. Wow love all your finds!! You find the best things!! :) Love those metal containers, jewelry, lace and a glass rolling pin!? I can't wait to see what you do with all those beautiful glass door knobs and those pretty shakers! You can show silverware anytime!! :) Have a great weekend with your family and friends!! :) xo Holly

  30. As an antiques dealer I was quite curious about your flambe cups. I only found one similar item on the net. It was a full set of six cups, silver saucers and spoons and sold at auction for £360 in 2007. The auction description said the set was from 1906. Given the rise in the price of sterling, your cup holders alone would be worth something today. Perhaps the hook on the holder was meant to keep the cup in place but has been bent over time?

  31. Hi Betsy, You found lots of great treasures again.
    Match for "art nouveau cup holders". They all have glass inserts though and so I'm wondering if the ceramic cups might have been substituted for broken glasses. I would think that someone had added the hooks later. You might like to get an appraisel. Royal Dalton Flambe seems to be quite valuble.
    It's great that you got to meet with a long time blogging friend.
    Good luck with the move!

  32. Hi...The sterling marks look like Roberts & Belk on your Doulton chocolate cups. Researched a little, found this for you:

    Also, this completed auction, on eBay UK:

    Hope that helps :) ...Priscilla Soleil

  33. What great finds, and how fun to meet a fellow blogger in person. I could most definitely look at silverware every day and I do. I especially love the jewelry, and that rolling pin filled with lace.

  34. Such fun to see all of the vintage inspired projects and finds!

    Your little cups with the hooks also look like they are sterling... going by the marks that are on the side. I'm not sure about the hooks though. :)

    I missed joining up with your party. Maybe I can get on a email notification? Is that possible? IF not, I will write it down and try to remember. The brain is showing my age! LOL.

    Have a great time this weekend.


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