Jul 29, 2011

Did your grandma have a candy dish?

This week's scavenger hunt topic is Candy.  Everybody loves candy. Do you know anyone who doesn't like some kind of candy?  I got to thinking about all the beautiful dishes that people used to have. Almost every home had a special candy dish. Especially, older people when I was a child during the 1950's. It might be a bowl with a lid or a flatter plate like dish; it might be rather plain or very ornate; but it was special.  Did your grandma have a special candy dish?  We would like to hear about it and your memories.
I found this really special story about one person's "candy dish" experience.  I hope your experience was better, but this person does have her candy dish and can use it to make more and happier memories for the younger generations.
Yahoo asked: " Did your grandma have a candy dish?" and got multiple answers.  Seems families had all kinds of candy dishes filled with all kinds of candy.
Click HERE for another sweet memory of candy dishes and candy from the Gaga Sisterhood.  All you present day Grandma's may want to have a look at this site.
We spent most weekends of my childhood at my paternal grandmother's house. She and my aunt, who lived with her,  had a tall pink glass dish with a lid that they kept filled with candy.  It was a bowl on a  pedestal and the lid had a tall knob on top.  I recall it often had gum drops in it. Sometimes at Halloween, it was filled with corn candy.  I remember it sitting on the fireplace mantel.  Bro and I were often treated to the candy.  Since we were rather late in life children, and the only grandchildren and niece and nephew on that side of the family, I think we were a bit spoiled.  I wonder if Bro has that candy dish stored away with all the family keepsakes?!?
I also remember a plastic tree that Auntie got when I was 10 or so. It stood on a plastic dish and each twig of the tree was a point where you could put a gum drop.  The plate was also filled with gumdrops. This was a colorful centerpiece on the dining table.
I don't recall Mama ever having a candy dish. I more remember her cookie jar that graced the kitchen counter. Hers was a clown whose head was the lid.  It was often filled with homemade cookies.
Oh, the memories!

Here are some beautiful candy dishes I located among the ESN scavenger hunter stores.
Unique Blue Swan Candy Dish at Carolina Blue Lady.

Beautiful orange candy dish at ComycGyrl Collectibles.

A more contemporary M & M dish from Bargain Express

Lastly, searching for candy themed items I found this reminiscent of  an old time candy store.
New Sealed Springbok Puzzle: Candy Galore at Eccentric Thrifter.
Whether you collect glass, novelty items, cookbooks, or whatever, you can find something to fit your needs or add to your collection among the stores on ESN.

Jul 18, 2011

SOTA--State of the ART?

  Scavenger Hunting this week on ESN for State of the Art objects.
I know, well, I know that SOTA--State of the Art-- generally refers to the newest, cutting edge technology. But when you are shopping stores that mainly deal in used, antique and collectible items just how many true SOTA items do you expect to find? So I decided to concentrate on the ART part of SOTA.  I was first looking at jewelry and other pretty things and there is no shortage of these items among the ESN scavenger hunters stores. Then I searched for art work as in prints and paintings. I came up with a big selection of these also. I dare say, there is something for everyone's taste. Here are but a few of what I found. 

See this Cat Print in the Art section of Twilights Slumber
Just one of the prints and paintings available at Whatnot Gems

Check out the Art Selections at Comyc Gyrl

I even have a couple of "folk art" plaques on my own Hazel's HodgePodge  site.
Happy Shopping and Happy Decorating !!!

Jul 14, 2011

Fire King at Hazel's HodgePodge

Since I just listed a nice Jadite piece tonight I proceeded to "scavenger hunt" my own store, Hazel's HodgePodge for more Fire King pieces. 
I have listed an unusual Hart B.C. soup or cereal bowl.

You can purchase it HERE

The newest addition is this 5 " Chili Bowl
See it HERE.
A Chili Bowl is different than a breakfast bowl in that it has a
rim around the bottom that it sits on.

Also have this beautiful white azurite covered sugar bowl.
Buy it HERE.

Along the same lines, even though I am not sure of the brand, I have this glass "ice box" dish, complete with cover.  I remember when we used dishes like this one to store left overs in the "ice box" and later in the refrigerator, which we still call an "ice box" even today.  I can remember when Mama and "Auntie" first used some plastic covers that had elastic in them to cover the bowls of leftovers.  It is amazing to me how many glass bowls and other dishes we used " way back when"
Brown covered "ice box" dish is for sale HERE.
. Hazel's HodgePodge has a little bit of everything. In fact if you don't find what you are looking for, just ask.  It is possible that we already have it in stock and just haven't listed it yet.
You can also check with our fellow store owners at ESN.  There are so many stores and so much to choose from that you are sure to find what you are looking for.

Jul 12, 2011

New Additions to Hazel's HodgePodge: Bavarian China Platters

This week instead of scavenger hunting on ESN, we are featuring some of our own items.
Summer garage sales are generally disappointing and hardly seem worth the time and gas to go these days. But this past weekend, I came across some Bavarian China Platters that made the day worthwhile. These are my FEATURED ITEMS and some of my newest additions to Hazel's HodgePodge.
Two are Thomas Ivory Platters 07206 US Zone.
  One Thomas platter is 15.5 inches long and I think the other is 13 inches long.  Except for a little grazing where they have been stacked, these are in perfect condition.  07206 is a pretty blue iris pattern.

Smaller Thomas Ivory Platter. See it HERE.

Large Thomas Ivory Platter
See it HERE
Some Research revealed that US Zone items were made during
the US occupation of Bavaria and date from 1945 to 1949.

 The other is a Heinrich & Co. or H & C platter in the Songbird pattern.
I have found one piece of the H & C songbird china which claims it dates from the 1920's.  I haven't found how long it was made, but this piece appears old also.  There is only minimal wear or gaps in the gold trim and again some grazing on this 16 inch platter.  There are no chips, cracks, or crazing.
See more details HERE.
Even the back looks good!
What a Pretty Songbird? 
I found a lot of info about Bavarian China here on eHow. I had always heard of Bavarian China, but never knew what made it special.

Jul 8, 2011

Hats! Hats! Hats!

Hats! Hats! Hats!
I'm sure that if we had a cat (which we don't) he would be a "cat in a hat"  The way cats have of getting into whatever you are doing. And my desk is stacked high with hats right now.  Great place for a cat to get, right in the middle of the hats.
When we decided to go to the Trades Days in Kountze, I drug out my "old sun hats" and revived the idea. I gathered up remnants and bought a few new pieces of fabric and started making hats to take to the Trades Days to sell. Several suggested that I put them for sale on line also. Well this past week, I did just that.
One morning I took all the remaining hats over to Mimi's and took pictures under her car port while she got to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and watch the birds a while before the day got too hot.
At the suggestion of Gale aka Bargain Express, I looked up Art Fire and set up a Studio there to sell my hats.
I am very happy so far with listing on Art Fire.
Here's my own Art Fire Studio.
These are really neat hats for keeping the sun off.  They have a wire in the brim to keep them spread like an umbrella.  But the wire is light enough to bend it to shape as you want;
The Texas hats are probably  the most popular.
My former classmate from San Antonio and now facebook friend
was one of the first to buy one on line and this was her choice.
 Also sold  a couple like this at the Trades  Days.
For Sale Here!
  We first saw these at Stanton TX near Midland at the "Old SoreHead Days" Festival. We got a chuckle then out of the sign outside Stanton saying the Population is 3000 Friendly People and A few old Soreheads!  Seems "Old Sorehead Days has grown even bigger since we happened to be there 10 or 12 years ago--or was that 15 years ago?  How time does fly!!!.

The little girl hats don't have wire in the brim.
This is a cute animal print.
Buy it HERE!
All the hats are reversible. But I really like the ones that are very different when you reverse them.
This hat is reversible to the one below.
See it HERE!

This is the inside of the hat above.  Or is it the outside?
Depends how you choose to wear it!

My sister-in-law's sister (there should be a name for in-laws or relatives of in-laws, don't you think?) right off thought of using one of these for a fishing hat. 
She chose this "froggy" print for her fishing hat. We lined it with solid red. Cute!
 If you have a fabric you like or need a special color to match something, let me know and we will make a custom hat for you.
This little girl hat is a special one with the flower on top.   It is lined with 2 shades of green.
Buy it Here!
Here's Gale and I at the Trades Days in Kountze with our Hats.
I'm the one on the left!

I'm excited about listing the sun hats on line.  I hope you will take a look at them.  I am also anxious to make more hats.  I have a good stash of fabric and some neat ideas for other hats. 

Jul 3, 2011

The Red, White, and Blue: Independence, Freedom, and Justice for All.

The ESN scavenger hunt this week centers around Red, White, and Blue.  In honor of July 4, Independence Day, I decided instead of looking for actual Red, White, and Blue colored objects, I would make my search for things having to do with Independence, Freedom, and our American History and Heritage.

Here are a few items that I found.

Reminding us that Freedom isn't free.
A Disabled Vets Commemorative Coin from Bargain Express.

Recalling Our Fight for Independence and American History.
Paul Revere Bell Decanter
An Avon Collectible from Carolina Blue Lady.
A flag to wave and show our patriotism on July 4.
Let Freedom Ring Banner Flag from Eccentric Thrifter
Again reminding us what it takes to maintain our Freedom.
Freedom lies in Being Bold from Walls that Talk.

Hope everyone has a Great 4th of July and reflects on our nation's Independence.  We are just trying to stay cool here with the record heat for these parts.  We  have enjoyed some good meals this weekend in the company of some extended family. I will miss seeing fireworks this year due to the drought, but we do have a watermelon chilling to cut and enjoy on the 4th. 

Jul 1, 2011

Uses of Fire

The ESN scavenger hunt this week has to do with fire.  That's exactly what we don't want to see here in Texas this weekend.  I just heard on TXCN TV that 230+ counties of the 254 in Texas have burn bans in effect. I'd say that is pretty dry.  East Texas is usually the wet side of Texas, but we are so behind on rainfall for the year so far that it has seemed like Central Texas in August here all through June.  We have had brown grass and there have been wild fires in the area. There will be no firework sales anywhere and the only displays will be over the water.

For my scavenger hunt I tried to think of good things about fire.  Of course, the first thing that came to mind was fire for cooking.  I found a coffee carafe from  Your What Not Shop.  This makes me think of coffee brewing over a camp fire. My bro has a chuck wagon and serves chuck wagon meals for special occasions.Here's a link showing him at a local festival in Fredricksburg, TX near where he lives. Of course he would make coffee in a enamelware pot, but you get the idea.  

I also found a soup pot at Eccentric Thrifter.  I can imagine a big pot of homemade chicken soup bubbling on the "fire" of my electric range.
Then I thought about fire for light and found these candles from Lilacs N Dreams.  What a way to add light and mood to your decor!
I also found these more modern electric lights at .Barb's Bargains.
Of course, we can think of fire for heat, but since we have plenty of heat here right now from the sun; we will leave that search for another day.

Buy it HERE

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Buy it HERE.

Details HERE
Take a look at all the listings on ESN.  You are sure to find something you want or need.