Thursday, February 24, 2011

Vintage Glass Floats [with a twist] ~

Lately, I seem to be mesmerized by all things glass. Glass bottles, glass pickling jars, sea glass... 

and now Vintage Glass Floats....


Back in November, I was at my favorite flea market... A vendor caught my eye with his basket of vintage glass floats... {At least I think they are vintage}... Some were blue, some were green and there were all shades in between. 

I've seen reproduction floats in some catalogs but never priced them.  This vendor was asking $20 for the large size which seemed like a great price... 

I'm okay with buying reproduction items from catalogs but not when the real thing is cheaper!

So, I decided to make an impulse purchase and bought this beautiful green float...


I liked this float because 
it had all sorts of bubbles in the glass 
and lots of imperfections... 
but most of all, I loved the attached rope.... 

All different sizes of rope 
are woven around my glass treasure...




It looks vintage to me... 
and for $20, I'm not too worried.









To be honest, as much as I love this float (and I do love it), I have had trouble deciding where to place it.... I have two teenagers, and a large dog,  not to mention Mr. AntiqueChase at my house... and I didn't want this this treasure to get broken. I was a bit concerned that my son (or his teenage friends) might pick it up and toss it like a football...


It seemed to be moving from room to room, looking for the perfect {safe} spot....  

and then it hit me!!

I had a old globe stand in the closet patiently waiting for my next garage sale...


Made of heavy cast iron but It was missing it's globe...




Great number details...


A fragment of the old globe workings still attached...


Charming claw feet...



I wondered if my old glass float would fit inside the antique globe stand...

and it did!

Could I marry the two pieces together??


I used the existing float rope 
and tied it to the stand...


Before, 
when the glass float was sitting on a table, 

it never really shined...

but now it glows in the sunlight!


I'm so pleased with the results...



I shopped my own house 
and created this unique piece 
with items I found at

the flea market (glass float) 
and an antique store (globe stand)...


So,
what do you think...

Masterpiece Theatre???? 
haha!

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Our Nest is Best ~

Dedicated to Mr. AntiqueChase:
I purchased this handmade bird house 
at the flea market back in November....



It was handmade by a older gentleman who took so much pride in his craftsmanship... I love the chapel shape of this birdhouse, it feels so romantic... It's grand and stands almost 5 feet tall...

When Mr. AntiqueChase asked what I wanted for Valentine's Day I knew exactly what I would like!  I asked him if he could put up the new birdhouse in our garden.... I love Valentine's gifts that I can admire all year, like a rosebush or an oil painting... or a birdhouse!!

Yesterday, he went to our neighborhood hardware store and came home with an 8 foot post. He spent a priceless amount of time walking around the garden with me while I decided on the perfect location for the birdhouse.... and when I wasn't sure I had found the perfect spot, he walked around some more. For good measure, he even balanced the heavy bird house on his shoulders so I could visualize how it would look in the air...

He got his shovel and started to dig and dig some more (about two feet down)... Just when he was ready to sink the post, I realized that the 8 foot post might not be tall enough... So, Mr. AntiqueChase and I got back in the car to get a 10 foot post.


When we got home, he sunk the post and used a level to ensure it was straight... Added gravel and a fast dry cement called "Quikrete". You can find this brand at Home Depot and other home improvement stores. It's great because you don't have to mix it... just pour the cement powder in the hole and add water... It sets up perfectly and pretty quick too! (at least that's what Mr. AntiqueChase tells me..)


Today, 
I am going to prime and paint the post 
so we can attach the birdhouse later tonight...

This has to be one of my FAVORITE
Valentine's Day gifts ever!!!

Thank you Mr. AntiqueChase!

You are such a wonderful husband...
Everyday with you feels like Valentines...

I love you sooo much