Saturday, April 30, 2011

Uranium glass glow!

Have not posted lately as I am on a very dodgy internet plan that only allows me 2GB download a month. What was I thinking when I signed up for that?! The entry I am working on was driving me crazy as there are quite a few photos and editing, uploading and downloading was taking forever. However tonight I  got the blogging bug and thought a quick entry would be bearable (only 1 hour until it speeds up again - yay!).

A few months ago Mr M thought it would be fun to buy a UV globe. Not really sure why  he bought it but he got it out tonight and UV'd up the lounge room. Our black and white photos looked fantastic! Then I remembered that I had always wated to try out some Depression glass under UV light. Some glass of that era contains uranium to colour it. Apparently the glass is slightly radioactive (and looks fantastic glowing) - this link gives you a bit of  history about uranium glass and about the radioactivity element.  

I  tried a couple of my green glass pieces under the light with no luck and then remembered this bowl I had in the shed with a more refined look about it. Sure enough it glowed. Check it out!


Now that I have done some Googling I am fairly sure I have a plate that is uranium glass also. As tempted as I am to dig it out, the slow pc and the cold weather means I will stay here and have a look in the shed another day.

Check this picture out. That is some collection!

Under normal fluro globes with flash.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What I did on Saturday morning...

Mr M said 'you can go to some garage sales if you like' (and leave the kids for a couple of hours). Woo hoo! Here is what I found.

The clock is now in our lounge room as Master M requested that Mr M swap the clocks. The other clock we had in there was round. Master M told us that we would need to 'paint a square now'. We told him that we had painted the wall behind the clock so that wouldn't be necessary. LOL. The green doesn't really complement the rest of the room but we are pretty much just dreaming about our extension at this stage so it can stay (for now)

The mixing bowl is JAJ - England. I am wanting to collect some old mixing bowls but I am not that keen on the pattern so this one is likely a seller.

Love the vintage playing cards but not yet sure if it is a full set. I bought them as I thought there would be someone who would find them useful (maybe scrap booking), and they are sure to be collectible. I think they may be 1950s but please correct me if I'm wrong. I found this great site when I was Googling the cards and placed a pic there for a bit of fun.
My cards on Collectors Weekly

The bowl is an Anchor lustre glass bowl. I found this website on the Anchor glass. There are some gorgeous things there (especially the Ruby glass). Anchor Hocking Museum

Couldn't let this little guy go. I am considering using it for one of the kids rooms. Master M needs a night light but not sure if I would trust the wiring. It is marked 1982 on the bottom. Cute.

Check out this adorable couple. Mabel Lucie Attwell - 'Memories of Yesterday' - 1987 


Excuse the green vase pic will you please. The computer is running sooo slow and to go back and fix it will likely lead to me having a nervous break down.

Another piece of depression glass in the first picture. I actually have one of these already but will hang onto it. I bought the fan because it reminded me of the one my Grandmother had. Don't really have any plans for it yet (why do I buy these things?- lol). The green trough vase is a bit 'ho hum' and I am not sure of the maker so will see how we go with that one( however it is that green colour I am liking so much at the moment). The old 'Book for Girls' is from the 60s.

At least I can feel good about my purchases on Saturday as the two sales I bought most from were both benefiting charities.  

Last stop was a Church market where I bought these hand made kitchen hand towels for $6 each!
Has anyone else picked up cute handmade things at Church or school markets?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Three finds.

The big boy fell asleep on the couch and the little girl is in her cot. This NEVER happens during the day. Party time! Well if you call ‘partying’ enjoying a cup of tea in front of the pc… I guess it’s in full swing!

I have a couple of finds to share with you. Firstly the lovely pink Depression glass plate that I picked up from the good old Lions shed. 

Then the 'Woodies' syphon bottle. South Australians love their Woodroofe Lemonade. I bought this from a garage sale. Unfortunately someone had knocked it over and broken the top (underneath the cap). The owners were quite disappointed but I must admit they had a really silly set up for a garage sale and it was bound to happen. I grabbed it for $2 because you can’t tell it’s broken unless you lift the top and the glass straw is still intact.  Oh dear, I just got a shiver. Does the word ‘hoarder’ mean anything to me? No, no I am not at that stage yet, I am still able to throw away old plastic containers. Lol  

Last is my cute pinny apron with gingham cherry. I have sold quite a few aprons but lately have started keeping them for myself (hoarder). Really like this one.

One more day until the weekend! 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Time to kill.

On Tuesday I had some time to kill - 45 minutes to be precise. I decided I would have a browse around one of the local second hand /antique shops in the hills, and cross my fingers I didn't see something that I just had to have. Adelaide Hills Second Hand, 189 Macfarlane Tce, Mount Barker in South Australia , sells antiques and general second hand goods.  There is a lot to look at because they have three warehouses! Actually I purchased the blue cannisters in a previous post from this place. I have seen some really funky furniture here and also some beautiful antiques.  They  were happy for me to have a look around and take some photos. Maybe I might get a discount next time I buy something from them for giving them a free plug here. LOL -  just joking!

Check out the legs on these girls!

I love the colour of these drawers and if I had somewhere to put them I might be tempted. Come to think of it all my favourite things are green at the moment...

Retro bobble in lime green!

I walked past this lovely cabinet and then noticed the top and realised that it is an old Singer. It is just gorgeous and all the draws are just as the previous owner left them. There are old threads, oil tin, little pieces of fabric and even a manual. However the manual is actually the manual for  the Singer machine I own. I would have loved to have had look through,  but as it is  very fragile I wouldn't dare. The machine comes with a little wooden box that folds open to reveal old singer parts (photo on the right). Just beautiful.

Some old trunks.

Bit of this and that.

Love this funky kitchen hutch.


Saturday, April 2, 2011

A few 'pretty' things.

Last Tuesday my little girl and I visited an old friend (and her beautiful children). My friend and her husband have a stunning house that they designed and built on a large property. Visiting her is a bit like being on a holiday (even if it’s the shortest holiday on record).

My friend (call her Mrs M) has an elegant collection of Royal Doulton that she purchased new in the last few years ( of which I am too scared to look at let alone touch as the set is lovely). She also has some gorgeous vintage pieces on display in her home.  The photo above is of her MIL’s childhood chair with a Wedgwood ‘Ophelia’ jug. Ok, so the jug is not vintage but it’s very pretty don’t you think? I can now hear my year 3 school teacher telling me to never use the word ‘pretty’ or ‘nice’ as describing words. However I think ‘pretty’ describes the jug perfectly (so rack off teacher!).

Mr’s M and I searched around her abode collecting the vintage pieces she owns.Unfortunately my photography skills are limited at this stage so not all pieces that I photographed can be displayed here  (very average). We both agreed that it is probably about time that I read the manual that came with the camera and pop in another time to see her for a cup of tea and a re-photograph.

I am told this little white jug is very sentimental; it was a gift to Mrs M’s Grandmother from her Grandmother’s sister just before she migrated to Australia from England in 1956. She had purchased it in an antique store back then. It is marked Royal Worcester and is a ‘Fern Leaf’ jug.

The salt and pepper shakers with crinoline lady are Lord Nelson Ware ‘Pompadour’. I am not normally into ‘busy’ china like this as I prefer the simpler designs. However, because of the small size of the set I think they are rather cute. My husband tells me that china can’t be ‘cute’, but he also thinks cars can’t be ‘cute’ and I beg to differ. 

The two pieces above are English. The smaller jug (creamer/gravy boat?)  is marked ‘Maddock’ and the larger gravy boat…um…the larger one…actually I have no idea. I forgot the write it down. Hmm. Sorry about that (it’s ‘nice’ though isn’t it)! 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...