Archives For Holidays

Vacation Tree Houses

November 18, 2015

Monbazillac, France

The French tree house “Monbazillac,” a shingled interpretation of the original Chateau de Monbazillac in southwestern France, sleeps two and has WiFi.

Image & Data Sources: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vanity-fair/treehouses-you-can-live-i_b_3497155.html

Costa Rica
A mixture of traditional and modern architectural elements, this two-story house in Costa Rica ($95 per night) includes both Great Camp–style twig-work railings and a contemporary window design. Charmingly or terrifyingly, depending on your view, its AirBnB listing cautions that “as with all tree houses, there is some movement when the wind blows, and this could be uncomfortable for people prone to motion sickness.”

Cave Junction, Oregon
The long deck to this Cave Junction, Oregon, tree house—which calls itself the “Calypso” and rents year round—features pine-tree cutouts in its railing.

 

Image Source: http://thebuzz.dianejameshome.com/wanted-a-tree-house/

 

Vintage Belle Jewelry has been making broken china jewelry since 1994.  Our passion is to help our customers find a piece of broken china that brings back a fond memory or to make new ones with their families.  Thanks to all of our customers and fans who have helped support Vintage Belle broken china jewelry become a success over the years!

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Vintage Belle Jewelry has been making broken china jewelry since 1994.  Our passion is to help our customers find a piece of broken china that brings back a fond memory or to make new ones with their families.  Thanks to all of our customers and fans who have helped support Vintage Belle broken china jewelry become a success over the years!

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE www.brokenchinajewelryshop.com

What our customers are saying…

“Absolutely beautiful workmanship, this is just stunning!”.  Tori W.

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The Bella’roma Rose was bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary in 2003 in the United States and was introduced in the US by Jackson & Perkins. It is a hybrid tea rose of pinkish blend with pink edges and yellow center. The name alone lets you know this rose not only has classic beauty, but also boasts a strong, tantalizing fragrance. Its bright yellow pointed buds spiral open to reveal warm yellow petals blushed with varying degrees of pink at their edges. Drenched with sweet antique rose perfume, the heady fragrance radiates throughout the garden and indoors as long-stemmed cutflowers. The flowers have 26 to 40 petals with an average diameter of 4.5″ borne mostly solitary, high-centered bloom form and blooms in flushes throughout the season.

Image Source: http://pics.davesgarden.com/pics/2007/10/05/Calif_Sue/d3bf56.jpg

Foliage is glossy dark green, covering well-branched, disease resistant plants. It has a height of 135 cm and is USDA zone 6b through 9b.  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom and remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you’ll probably find you’ll have to prune a little more than that.

Find Bella’roma for sale HERE:  https://edmundsroses.com/dp.asp?pID=23545&c=6&p=Bella%27roma+Hybrid+Tea+Rose

Image Source: http://www.weeksroses.com/_Roses/Bellaroma.html

 

Vintage Belle Jewelry has been making broken china jewelry since 1994.  Our passion is to help our customers find a piece of broken china that brings back a fond memory or to make new ones with their families.  Thanks to all of our customers and fans who have helped support Vintage Belle broken china jewelry become a success over the years!

 

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE. www.brokenchinajewelryshop.com

What our customers are saying…

“I love wearing my broken china jewelry as an every day piece”.  Rosa M.

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What is My Birth Flower?

August 17, 2015

BIRTH FLOWERS BY MONTH

JANUARY – CARNATION

Symbolizes:  Love, Fascination, & Distinction

 

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FEBRUARY – VIOLET
Symbolizes:  Faithfulness, Wisdom, & Hope
 
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MARCH – DAFFODIL
Symbolizes:  Domestic Happiness, Respect, & Friendship.

 Image Image Source:  www.creaturecomfortsblog.com

APRIL – SWEET PEA
Symbolizes:  Love, Youth, & Purity.
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MAY – LILY OF THE VALLEY
Symbolizes:  Humility, Chastity, & Sweetness.
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JUNE – ROSE
Symbolizes:  Love, Beauty & Appreciation.
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JULY – LARKSPUR
Symbolizes:  Levity, Light & Strong Love Bonds.
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AUGUST – GLADIOLUS
Symbolizes:  Strength, Calm & Integrity
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SEPTEMBER – FORGET-ME-NOT
Symbolizes:  Patience, Daintiness, & Remembrance.
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OCTOBER – MARIGOLD
Symbolizes:  Warmth, Elegance, & Devotion.
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NOVEMBER – CHRYSANTHEMUM
Symbolizes:  Compassion, Friendship, & Joy.
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DECEMBER – POINSETTIA
Symbolizes:  Good Cheer, Sweetness, & Success.
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Patriotic Bunting

July 3, 2015

I love beautiful houses decorated with patriotic bunting.  It’s fun, easy and not too time consuming to dress up your house for the patriotic holidays. =)

Shop for PatrioticBunting flags here: http://amzn.to/1F49ZVM

Image Source: http://www.plowhearth.com/small-half-round-americana-flag-bunting-30w-x-17h.htm

 

Image Source: http://www.dolendiaries.com/2013/06/dollar-store-patriotic-bunting.html

Image Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/busy-fourth-of-july-for-obama/

 

Broken China Jewelry Vintage Sweet Bluebird Facing Lft Sterling Heart Pin w Pendant Bale

 

 

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE.

What our customers are saying…

“An elegant pendant, perfect for a day at the lake!” ~ A. Poodle

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These are some fun ideas for the 4th of July (or Memorial Day or Veterans Day)!

FLAG WREATH:  This will take about 3x packs of 100 mini flags. Just poke them into a styrofoam wreath or disk!


  Source: http://oodlekadoodleprimitives.blogspot.com/2011/05/four-memorial-day-decorations-to-make.html   FESTIVE LOLLIE FLAGS:  Fill big glass vases with festive red white and blue treats and top them off with these accordion folded paper medallions, or paper “lollies”   Source: http://www.nobiggie.net/4th-of-july-paper-lollies/   FLAG COOKIES:  Use store bought sugar cookie dough and make it in an 8×8 pan.  See the full recipe below =).   Source: http://ourbestbites.com/2013/06/mocktails-munchies-how-to-create-a-stunningly-simple-patriotic-party-theme/   Broken China Jewelry Winter Greetings Cardinal Red Bird Right Facing Sterling Oval Pendant   See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE. What our customers are saying… “Cardinals are my favorite bird and I love them on my pendant.” ~   Click here to subscribe to our email newsletter!



Depression era Glass

June 15, 2015

Learning to live on little or nothing was the way of life for many families for a decade or more beginning in 1929. Times were tough during the Great Depression, in the United States and Canada depression glassware were distributed for free or at a low cost. Depression glass is clear or colored translucent glassware, a subset of Uranium Glass. It is very popular due to its affordability and availablity. It can be used daily or for special occasions and comes in an array of elegant colors. Depression Glassware was made in the US from the early 1920s all the way through to the end of World War II. It was the first machine produced mass made and nationally produced glassware in America. Majority of depression glass is colored though there were many clear patterns, some opaque and some with metallic accents or decorations. Even in the late 1950s several patterns were still produced due to its massive popularity.

Depression Glassware started out as a promotional item or an incentive to purchase products.  The Quaker Oats Company, and other food manufacturers and distributors, put a piece of glassware in boxes of food, as an incentive to purchase. Movie houses would distribute a piece for simply going in, gas stations also give them out to attract customers. There were over 100 companies producing glasswares before the depression but after the depression there were only half that number. Most of the production of the depression glass took place in the Ohio River Valley where access to raw materials were inexpensive.  More than twenty manufacturers made more than 100 patterns, and entire dinner sets were made in some patterns. Common colors are clear (crystal), pink, pale blue, green, and amber. Less common colors include yellow (canary), ultramarine, jadeite (opaque pale green), delphite (opaque pale blue), cobalt blue, red (ruby & royal ruby), black, amethyst, monax, and white (milk glass).

Image Source: http://www.depressionelegantglass.com/dogwood-pink-depression-glass-lunch-pink-saturday/

Glassware produced during that era has been divided into two type: depression glass and elegant glass. Elegant glass as the name suggests is of superior and elegant quality with a definitive detail that went into the finishing of the product. It was distributed through jewelry and department stores from the 1920s through the 1950s, and was an alternative to fine china. Most of the elegant glassware manufacturers had closed by the end of the 1950s, when cheap glassware and imported china replaced Elegant glass. Depression glass on the other hand had a bit more crude and simple finishing although elaborate details were added after it was made. The rough edges from left from the molds were not polished down as compared to the elegant glass.

Image Source: http://www.depressionelegantglass.com/tisket-tasket-green-baskets-flowers-lorain-depression-glass/

The production process of depression glass was very rudimentary so flaws were common such as straw marks, rough edges or a piece may lean to one side. Straw marks have been mistaken for cracks but they really are just lines occurring on the surface of the glass during the manufacturing process. The rough edges were caused by the seams in the molds which were not polished down so as to save production costs hereby making the finished item affordable. These characteristics are common and have been accepted by collectors as part of depression glass.

With the advancement of technology and availability of advance machinery it is now quite easy to reproduce depression glassware’s that were knowingly or unknowingly passed off as originals by wholesalers and retailers worldwide. These reproductions look like the originals that even the most experienced collector could be fooled. Patience and thorough examination of each item is needed to ascertain its authenticity.

 

Broken China Jewelry Fire King Pale Green Jadeite Sterling Drop Pendant

 

 

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What our customers are saying…

“Unique, high quality and beautiful” ~  Olga R.

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The design of the flag has been modified 26 times officially since 1777. The 48-star flag was in effect for 47 years until the 49-star version became official on July 4, 1959. The 50-star flag was ordered by President Eisenhower on August 21, 1959 and was adopted in July 1960. It is the longest-used version of the U.S. flag and has been in use for over 54 years.

Data Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_United_States

Image Source: http://www.historicalsocietyofsomersethills.org/betsyross.php

 

Two little known facts:

1) after the first 15 states became actual states (Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia,Vermont, Kentucky) – all new states became states on July 4th of their respective years.

2) when Alaska became a state on July 4th, 1959 there was a 49 star flag used as the US flag for 1 year.  It consisted of 7 rows of starts with 7 stars in every other row was offset by 1 star width.

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On July 4th, 1960 – Hawaii became a state and the current flag was introduced which created our current stars and stripes edition!

Flag of the United States of America

 

Growing Clematis

May 14, 2015

If you’re a beginning gardener, then growing clematis is for you.  It is extremely easy to be successful for this climbing “queen” of plants.  There are many types of clematis available including:  Henryi, General Sikorski, Jackmanii and Comtesse de Bouchard.  Many local garden stores and big box stores offer these and many more varieties!

Image Source: http://www.yardshare.com/yard_ideas/2011/04/12/grow-up-ideas-for-climbing-plants/

Clematis vines can grow to be 10-12 feet in length, so you will need to take this into consideration when choosing a spot to grow one.  Ideally, you will have a partially sunny spot to grow your  new vine.  Sometimes clematis can take 1-2 years to start blooming, so you will want to buy a plant in a gallon container to make sure you get an established plant.

Clematis vines are happiest when they have something to grow on like a small trellis or arbor.  Because these leaf stems are minimal in size, anything that’s more than about 1/2 inch wide is too wide for the leaf stem grab. The easiest things for a clematis to grab onto, are twine, fishing line, wire, thin branches, wooden dowels or steel rods. The more grabbing opportunities you offer, the better!

 

The President Clematis

Image Source: https://www.gardenerdirect.com/buy-plants-online/1793/Clematis-All/The-President-Clematis

 

Broken China Jewelry Double Purple Pansy Pansies Medium Heart Sterling Pendant

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE.

What our customers are saying…

“The cutest thing ever.” ~ Sally

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Stove-top potpourri kits.

Click here to visit the FB post recipe:

http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/11/how-to-make-your-house-smell-amazing-during-the-holidays/#_a5y_p=2838136

OR try these below!

Great neighbor gift idea: one orange, 1/2 to 1  cup cranberries, 1 Tbs whole cloves, 3 sticks cinnamon, a dash grated nutmeg. Instructions: “Slice the orange into edible size pieces, place all in a small saucepan filled with water and simmer on lowest setting. Refill water when needed.

 

Stove-top potpourri kits. Cute neighbor gift idea: one orange, 1/2 c cranberries, 1 Tbs whole cloves, 3 sticks cinnamon, a bit of grated nutmeg.  Instructions: "Quarter the orange, place all in a small saucepan filled with water and simmer on lowest setting. Refill water as needed."

All-Natural-Make-the-House-Smell-Amazing Holiday Air Freshener

 

Or try this Christmas simmer pot:

Source: http://www.marinobambinos.com/2014/12/christmas-simmer-pot/

 

Ingredients:

Cranberries: 1 cup
Whole Cloves: 1.5 to 2 tablespoons
Cinnamon Sticks: 3 to 4
Orange Rinds: 1 orange
Rosemary: 4 small rosemary sprigs

Optional: a pinch of nutmeg or apple cider

Instructions:
Bring a small amount of water to boil in a small pot.  Add ingredients and continue boiling for a few minutes.  Lower heat to a simmer and add water as needed.

 

Merry Christmas to Everyone!!!!

 



Silver Platter Christmas

December 21, 2014

An inspiration for using vintage silver platters!

Source:  www.eclecticallyvintage.com

Source: http://retropolitanhip.blogspot.com/2010/12/my-crap-vintage-christmas-tree_07.html

Source:  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com/2013_12_01_archive.html

Broken China Jewelry Wedgwood Blue White Jasperware Sterling Pin/Brooch

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE.

What our customers are saying…

“Beautiful jewelry and great service. Very pleased.” ~ Joan

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