Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Fun Vintage Style Easter

Hello, hello my dear friends!
The Easter holiday went by so fast, yes?
We were super busy.  We went hunting for vintage, finished some family room remodeling, ran our vintage shop, went to Easter church service, and hosted family for Easter along with an egg hunt.

Really? How did we fit it all in.  It wasn't easy, but we managed to get it all done!

My Step-daughter and her family were here. 
They have a new baby and she was soooo cute
in her Easter outfit and 1st Easter basket. 
I made our family's traditional deviled eggs. I think this recipe and tradition is in it's fourth generation! That's a lotta eggs!

Bebe shares the tradition of her father's family ... finding the elusive Easter basket. He hid it this year in the dryer. She had looked in there but didn't realize it was under a pile of freshly cleaned laundry! That Easter bunny is sneaky!
The egg hunt was fun...
this may have been the first year
all of the eggs were found! It's tough
to find them in the woods and remember,
that Easter Bunny is super tricky... Sometimes
the bunny himself doesn't remember
where he put them all!
Bebe was declared the winner...
she may have had the hometown
advantage but she worked hard
to get the win!
Hope you enjoyed our fun
Easter traditions!
I'll be linking with my other
blog's linky party:

and also on the Vintage Charm
link party later on this Thursday.

Last week, Sharon of
Blue Willow House
gave my LuRay post a
Thanks so much!
Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Blooms and New Finds Too!

Spring has been blooming all around us with new birth.... such an amazing time of year!

It also means those who live in colder climates start to get out more and hit the sales!

We've seen church sales, estate sales, yard sales, you name it!

Some of our latest finds have turned into new objects for sale in my shop, Vintage & Co. Like this octagon table! It was given a new coat of chalk paint and looks nice and bright.

Old books, ladders, and some cast iron pieces, too.

Ladders are doing very well in the shop. This one received a little extra special TLC and new paint.

Anything related to farmhouse is a winner! These burlap eggs are not old but thought they'd be perfect for the shop as an add on at check out.

I also added a couple of chalk board "signs" and asked our store helper, Rachel, to come up with some chalk writing for them. She never disappoints!

What did you find recently? I'd love to hear about it!
I'm still selling as Bella Rosa Antiques on Etsy and I still have my BellaRosaAntiques.com site but I'm debating on closing that shop. We'll see what the future holds!

Also, feel free to link up with me and other vintage lovin' bloggers over at Let's Talk Vintage this week! (And every Tuesday at 9 am Eastern!)

In addition I am linking with:

Monday, March 27, 2017

LuRay Pastels Dinnerware, Hidden Treasures at a Thrift Shop

I did it! I finally found some LuRay at a thrift shop.

It had been a really, really, really long time since I had come across any... and I've been collecting LuRay for even longer. You can read some of my other posts that I've written about this pastel, mood lifting dinnerware, here, here, or here.

Either there isn't much of it left or folks are hoarding it!

Not sure.... but I was soooo thrilled to see it on the shelf. 

I wasn't even at this particular Goodwill to shop for myself. Bebe had a school event for for literature class: Hans Brinker Day. The kids were encouraged to dress up, so there we were scouring for a Dutch costume in the skirt aisle. After we had narrowed it down to just one skirt that she liked I said "Quick... Mommy is just going to go look in the back!"

All I heard were  groans in protest - BUT YOU ALL KNOW I JUST HAD TO!

And I'm so glad I did.

I think it was round two in the "pink" aisle, you know.... how Goodwill organizes by color... when I saw a small stack of three Sharon Pink LuRay dishes.  A small platter, a berry bowl, and a coupe soup.

It was like I had won at BINGO!

So up to the register we went. I was checking out and watching the girl wrap the LuRay when all of a sudden it hit me (I'm slow to think these days) THEY ORGANIZE BY COLOR!!!!!! There must be more in the other color sections!

So back we went, on a scavenger hunt, with of course, more protests! Bebe started enjoying it a little, I think...now that we were on a mission. It was great having someone else there with me who knew what it looked like!

I was right, of course.  They had separated the LuRay (for shame) and we had to dig through the green, yellow and blue areas.

I found two bakers, one in green and one in blue. Unfortunately they were both chipped. The chips looked really fresh, too. Rats.

But I did get another coupe soup in yellow and one in blue. Success! I spent 19.00 on the five pieces, which I thought was pricey, but I was just happy to have found my favorite vintage dinnerware.

What a perfect time of year to find some LuRay Pastels - SPRING!

What have you found lately? I'd love to hear about it!

Come join me and link up on my other blog for Let's Talk Vintage this week!

You can also join in and link your vintage blog posts every Tuesday at 9 am Eastern!

Also linking with:
Vintage Charm

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Stella. The big, scary, blizzard of the year, is happening in March. We were SO CLOSE to having Spring. SO close! I have been hearing the Spring birdies chirping though.

This is the view from my office window.
My shop is normally closed on  Tuesday's
so I don't have to worry about opening up today!
over on my other page for Vintage & Co. I'm
looking for new recruits... I'd like to build the
party up a bit... it is hard because I am running
so many things!
This is the sofa table I worked on.
It had the original furniture store label
stapled underneath. It came from a store
that is now a thrift shop! Oh the irony!
Anyway, it was marked 1989.
Not too old but old enough to be updated.
I chalk painted it white and gave it the
stress treatment. LOL. 

In the picture it
looks like I painted the center taupe but that
is a burlap runner. I love the stone wall at the
shop... makes everything look that much better!
What do you have going on this week? Are you
snowed in like we are?
Next post I'll share a couple of finds from
last weekend... we went to an annual
 church sale, right down the road
from where we live.
Stay warm! Think Spring!
Linking with:
Let's Talk Vintage!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

What is Selling on Etsy in my Bella Rosa Antiques Shop

Hello Friends!
Today I'm going to try and get my office whipped back into shape... I've been so busy I've let it slide ... into vintage chaos. Piles of things here
and stacks of things there.
So while I am working on it I'm going to share some things that have sold in my Etsy shop. I'm always curious about what has sold in other shops so maybe you'll find this post
Here are the 10 most recent items:
A sweet pair of little ballet pink baby shoes.

A vintage Holy Communion box,
rosary, pin and pendants.

A Jack Dempsey restaurant menu.

A Honesdale, PA plate in memory of the 1902 flood.

A Bond Hotels "restaurant china" plate.

A vintage and very lacey romantic card.

A Lefton Bunny planter or vase. I have a
few of these myself and I don't think I
have this one. Now wondering why I
didn't keep it????

A Little Women book.
A Hull pitcher. Love these.
The blend of pastels is so pretty.

And a vintage children's book from a local school
called "Miss Fifi Duverall." She has a heart
for the Golden Rule and comes up with a plan
to teach it to other dogs. So cute!
Hope you have a wonderful week!
I'll be linking up with:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Very Full Plate & What's New in my VIntage & Co. Shop

Good Day!
We have been so so
busy here... I know, it
seems to be a trend with
many of us.
We just really have a full plate.
My Dad has been living with us off
and on since Thanksgiving.
He may be on his way
to early Dementia or Alzheimers.
Anyway, we are trying to maintain
our shop, family life, school, ballet etc.
I am wondering how I am keeping
up with it all.
I do give things to God
when they build up and I can't
handle them anymore.
His shoulders are big and
can carry it all...
Matthew 11:28 
"Come to Me, all who are weary and
heavy-laden, and I will give you rest."
Just wanted
 to share about it. We sometimes
try and handle the world on
our own and that doesn't always work out!
So let's take a peek
at what we have been
up to... you can see the
furniture makeovers on my
Vintage & Co. blog here.

A customer requested some steampunky items
for a bar area... I thought this Czech glass seltzer bottle
had a great look with this wire mesh.

I'm starting to gather softer colors in the shop for spring.
Hold on... I'll show you what's in the china cabinet that these things are sitting on:
Are you surprised? Yep, there's some LuRay in there!
Nothing says spring like vintage pastels.

And this pretty soft green teapot made its way to the store, too. I held back some things from late
summer treasure hunts, just for Spring.

There are always music themed items in the shop. Since my Sister is a music teacher I always pick them up and see if she is interested. If she doesn't want them they go to the shop. I'm not sure if I showed her these two though!
Thanks for stopping by... going to start
working on a French style dresser, planning
on turning it into a buffet.
See you soon!
Linking with:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New Discoveries for Shop Inventory

Hello my friends!
I'm giving a quick update on some
new things I've discovered for selling.
Both online (Bella Rosa) and my
brick and mortar shop, Vintage & Co.

Some are new, some are inspired by old.
And some are actually vintage or antique.

Some are handmade by vendors, which
is something new I discovered!

Some were made by me, which is something
I would not have attempted a year ago.
I ordered burlap on Amazon and decided
to stencil my own pattern on it, which
as it turns out, I really liked!
I made this wreath, too.

I decided to add green into my shop inventory
since we are approaching St. Patty's
 Day and spring. Turns out I like that, too!
I discovered new ways of displaying some
of my inventory. It is good to change
things around, they get noticed more! 

I discovered I can add in "new" items
that have an older look.

Like this old "outhouse" piece... paired
with a newer lake house hanging sign.
The garden stakes are new but have a great rustic look.

I discovered I had some old keys still
left in my inventory and quickly brought
them to the shop. One of my favorite
things to use as display.
I also love old wooden boxes. This one is
neat with graphics already painted
on the side.. .the perfect place to stash
some motto stamp blocks!
And as always, I discover how much I
enjoy setting up inventory in my shop.
I get inspired by old issues of
Country Living magazine, Romantic
Homes, Somerset Life. It helps
get my mind in motion and then
it just flows from there.
What did you discover this week?