Monday, 30 January 2012

Malachite glass

I like coloured glass and I'm addicted to collecting, so my collection is grewing always. You've just seen my glasses with nubs. But at German fleamarkets you can sometimes find a rare kind of glass called malachite glass -  it resembles the gemstone malachite. I own only these two items cause they're normally really  expensive. This kind of glass was made in Bohemia/Czechia in the 1920's and 1930's.
 
The vase was 50 ct at an op-shop, that was a real bargain. The can was 8 €. (By the way, the flower branch is a handpainted leather brooch) But in the next pictures you can see what fabulous things there would be to buy - sometimes ebay offers items - but they're all too pricey.
   
 
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Spring brooches

My branches are blooming. They're wearing brooches, most of my brooches, vintage ones and modern ones.

The big yellow metal brooch is from a fleamarket. 
 The stall owner told me it's from the 60s from the US.
This pendant is a little bit horrifying but I like it all the way.
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Monday, 23 January 2012

Sunday afternoon kaffeeklatsch

A few pictures from our table just before our friends came. There was sweet self made quark bread with apricot jam, fruit salad (pineapple and oranges) and cream cheese with honey. Yummy!
 
I used my newly thrifted glasses and some pieces of my yellow china collection.
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Yellow glass

Found cute yellow glasses the other day at the op-shop. They're nice in spring to serve freshly made lemon verbena tea which tastes so yummy.

 
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Friday, 20 January 2012

Yellow china IV

My collection of yellow china is always growing. Found some new items at an op-shop. 
This time not the dog! Although she's second-hand too.
 
 I like these sweets mainly because they're wrapped so nice.
 Have a nice yellowish day!
Miss Maple




Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Glass with hobnails

I've got a huge glass collection (I think more than 300 items). Today I'll show you a small part of it: the glasses with hobnails that I'm so fond of.
 That's a post for the fabulous Kelly from Eclectically Vintage who has the most beautiful collection of 1960s Italian decanters. See hers beyond.
Other really gorgeous glass collections I found here:
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Fleamarket finds

On Saturday evening there was a large fleamarket in our town which takes place four times a year.
See my finds!
First I found the romantic white rose brooch which looks as if it's made from ivory but it's surely not.
Then the two yellow ducks made their way into my bag. They're too cute and I think I can decorate them with my yellow china.
The amber-coloured vase from Bohemia was third. I'm fond of Bohemian glass since I found handpainted Bohemian glass at an op-shop. Besides my husband's parents were from Bohemia.A short time later I found the four small shot glasses. They're matching perfectly.
Some other small finds were sun and moon, small wee bottles and corn and asparagus salt shakers.
 
The green vase beneath the hat has to come with me cause I like glass with nubs and it's hard to find. I'll soon make a post about a part of my glass collection.
But the best find was when I was out and about to leave the market. A stall had some really ugly costumes for carnival for kids. And what did my eyes spot amongst those junk? Can't believe it! A green vintage hat from the forties (?) complete with veil for only 3 €. See the nice brass decorations!
That find made my day. I was absolutely happy and am so today.
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Paper bags

I like bags, I like crafting and I like decorating. What seems more natural than bringing these three together by making paper bags and decorating with them.
 
 
 Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Rust - from head to toe

Just a few quick pics showing me in rust-brown colours from head to toe.
Doesn't it look a bit like seventies with the midi skirt? What do you think?
 
 
 
 
Hat: C&A for19 €
pullover: C&A
dress: H&M sale for 15 €
boots: really very old
necklace: New Yorker + key pendant (Eiffel Tower) from the fleamarket
Have a "rusty" day!
Miss Maple

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Late New Years bakery

As I hadn't got the time to bake cookies before Christmas I did a nice baking afternoon yesterday. I cut out lots of lucky charms and - of course - coloured them in strong colours.
 
 
 
 
So I have to say again: Good luck for 2012!
Miss Maple

Friday, 6 January 2012

Treasures in my vitrine

Have a look in my vitrine where I collect cheap things, fleamarket finds and presents. The vitrine itself was restored by my grandfather who was a joiner and mainly restored old furniture.
 I like the following shelve best cause it's forest themed and everything matches. The eggs are handpainted by my mother who is a talented painter.
Here you can see a collection of frogs, some vintage jewellery from my grandmother and other collections. I made the bag myself from paper that looks like birch bark. The sculpture right in the foreground was made by my daughter in her art class. It's made of brass. She called it "pregnant laptop".
Grape pitcher and plate and raspberry can are from my sister in law. She likes going to fleamarkets even more than I. The yellow and orange thingies in the foreground are fans that I own in almost every colour. I'll show them some day.
On the lowest shelve there's a bit of a mess. I don't like it so much. It has almost no theme.
That is our dog Lassie that died two years ago. My daughter made her from clay many years ago when she was a little girl. You can see it on the first shelve left in the foreground.
 Here you can see the real Lassie doing her favourite activity: eating!
Or, as we used to say: Lassie is smoking her cigar.

We're still missing her sadly.
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple
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