Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there! Since we have worked in our yard for the past two days, today was deemed a do-nothing day. Those don't come very often around here so I thought I would celebrate it with a post. =]
I was SO excited to receive my giveaway in the mail from Maria over at AMB Primitives! Her stuff is awesome, she is very talented! I finally have my first ever candle mat! Yeah, it's crazy I know... but I've not owned one until now! They are on my project list though. Also, my first ever game board! They are on my list too. =] I love everything from Maria and it will all fit perfectly in my patriotic living room, especially the striped star with the crow and picture of George Washington. I have some other presidential pieces to go with it. I just love it all and it's getting me really excited about my living room! So here is a picture of what I won. I can't show you where I put it yet, that will have to wait till the room is done. Thank you so much Maria!!
Rich and I went garage saling on Friday. He woke me up when he got home from work at 7:30 (he works the midnight shift). He even brought breakfast home for me. We headed out around 8 and made it back home at 3:30. I was so shocked! He has only been one other time with me and that was many years ago. I kept telling him we could head home and he said "No, this is way too much fun!". So I'm pretty excited that I got him hooked on garage sales. Haha! We so enjoyed the day just being together. That doesn't happen very often with three kids!
I can never, ever resist jars! Especially when they are only a quarter. This turquoise one was my biggie at $3. I love it because it has the bicentennial on it with the years. Being the patriotic lover that I am, I sure couldn't pass it up.
This is some of the things I bought. Can you believe the campfire marshmallow tin was only fifty cents?!? I just love it! We found a 5-pack of Coke of our great state of Oklahoma centennial for fifty cents. That was a neat little find for us. I guess someone was thirsty and needed a coke. Hehe! I love kids' books, especially old ones and paid $1 each for those. The glass divider plate was a steal at $1! It is extremely heavy and matches a plate that I found in my husband's grandmother's hutch we inherited. I can't believe they match! There is always so much joy in my heart at simple little pleasures like that! I didn't need any more little glass bowls but they were only a nickel each so I can couldn't pass them by. I can clean them up and put them in the flea market.
But what I had the most fun buying that day was candleholders. I was finding them for a quarter, the brass set was 75 cents. The cow bowl was $2, but is nice, long and deep. I am excited about doing some make overs on all this stuff! After the third candleholder, Rich told me I could slow down on buying those-- you can only use so many. I told him how I was going to re-do and re-sell them so then he started to be on the lookout for them. It was funny.
Okay you pewter girls, help me out please! I'm thinking this can't be real pewter as I only paid a quarter for each piece. I've looked online but the only thing I came across is that you can do a lead test by rubbing the pewter on a piece of paper. If it leaves a pencil-like mark when drawn across the paper, then it is real pewter. I tried this test and all the pieces left a mark on the paper, but don't know how else to tell.
This is really blurry, but I couldn't get a better close-up. These are the markings on all three of them. They all say USA, RWP in a circle.
Well I finally found an article and discovered I have: "Wilton Company of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, sellers mistakenly list these items as "pewter" or "antique pewter." This is incorrect. These Wilton items are not pewter or antique. They are made of Armetale, a non-toxic aluminum-based alloy trademarked by the Wilton company and suitable for cooking and dining use. Many Wilton pieces have an historic look." The internet is a divine thing... is it not? Oh well, it was exciting while it lasted to think I found real pewter pieces for a quarter. Lol! But that's okay... I still love the historic look they give.
Well I guess that's enough rambling for today. Even though it's my "day off" my daughter is patiently waiting for me to help her with her solar system project. Just once it would be nice if daddy's help would suffice. But I enjoy these times for I know they will disappear before my eyes and she will be gone from our home.
Have a wonderful week my friends!