November 16, 2011

{diy project} book page jars

This is an adorable DIY project that I came across while doing research for my other blog, {quirks' kisses} inspired weddings, and decided that it was one I personally wanted to do so therefore wanted to share as well.

The original inspiration for this project came from the oh-so-talented couple, Joshua and Sarah Rhodes of Arrow & Apple. I have been planning on doing a DIY decoupage lampshade using either vintage book pages, vintage sheet music, or old newspaper clippings {so many choices}. So this project would be an excellent compliment to that one.

October 17, 2011

Vintage Window Custom Orders

I have started getting more and more custom orders as of late for my vintage windows | which I adore! As a favor to some of my customers and to simplify things for me I thought I would create this post to outline some of the many options available when placing a custom order. I really could go on and on with this one, so I will attempt to reel myself in if I find that I'm dragging it out. :)

Option One: Matted Photo Frame 
  1. What approximate size window frame?
  2. How many panes? 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 6 | 8 | 9
  3. Color preference?
  4. Existing Paint or Repainted?
  5. If repainted, would you like it distressed or antiqued?
  6. What color matting?
  7. What size photos are you framing?
  8. Would you like the frame to hang vertically or horizontally?
  9. Would you like hanging hardware included?














October 5, 2011

New News = Finally

Hi all. It has been quite some time. For those of you that don't already know, we FINALLY MADE THE MOVE!!! We moved from North Carolina and are now living happily in Southern California {it is soooo good to be home}. With the move have come many new opportunities, which was part of the motivation to move in the first time. I now have several Antique Flea Market venues in my neck of the woods and couldn't be more excited.

September 2, 2011

Vintage Wedding ✿ Inspired DIY Ideas No. 1

So now that I have shared with you some of my favorite vintage inspired wedding ideas, I thought I could expand the idea and create some DIY posts. Of course, for the most part, I offer these services but I just figure that you are either going to hire someone to do it for you or you are the type of person to do it yourself and if I don't share then you can find the inspiration somewhere else. I rather be a one-stop-shop for your vintage wedding needs.


September 1, 2011

Do You Take Me...

I'm IN LOVE with vintage...I admit it. And during the course of my courtship with it I have fallen deeply in love with the vintage inspired wedding theme, so much so that I am most of the way committed to expanding my business to wedding planning. Now this is coming from someone who has been married for 16 years, was married in Las Vegas, and has NEVER EVER had that twinge of "ohhhhhh I wish I had had a big wedding". I am completely content with the fact that I got married with short notice and little hoopla...just fits my personality. But now that I have had the opportunity to work with some brides in helping them create their seating charts, menus, photo frame with my antique and vintage windows I have begun to see the allure of planning A wedding, anyone's wedding other than mine or one that requires MY money! hahaha

August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene - The Flip Side

Well from what we've heard Hurricane Irene wasn't the damaging storm that was anticipated, thank goodness! We are on the way on home from our mini-vaca in Raleigh, which was truly nice. Over the past few years, with our finances in the trash, we have had to forego vacations. So we ate yummy food at some fab resturants (another luxury we have done without); swam in the Marriott's indoor/outdoor pool and had a blast swimming in the rain; watched lots of movies; stayed up late, slept in, skipped breakfast, and went straight to lunch!

We've heard the yard is a wreck but the house is safe. We'll know soon enough. But at least we're safe and relaxed...couldn't have asked for a better outcome!

August 26, 2011

The Storm That Wasn't (Hopefully) ☂

Hello all. It has been way too long since I have posted, I know. However, I do have some fabulous excuses. The first is that WE ARE MOVING BACK TO CALIFORNIA!!! That's right...the Lema Train pulls out of Edenton, North Carolina on September 10th for a 3 day (or so my husband is pushing for) journey across our lovely country. So I have been staying busy figuring out the game plan. There is so much more involved in a cross-country move, especially when that move includes 5 children, 4 of which are school-aged.

Our Darling House

Back Yard & Windows


Ethan ALMOST got all 250 on the screened porch...
 
But amidst all of the planning and packing Mother Nature decided to throw Hurricane Irene at our happy abode. The Town of Edenton and our house in particular is located on the Albemarle Sound and our yard is full of really tall trees, staying wasn't an option. So packing for the move came to a halt and moving furniture and vintage windows inside the house while packing for a fun evacuation to Raleigh and the Marriott. So here I sit in a hotel room hoping that this storm continues to fizzle, but wishing that it would have fizzled big-time before we drove 2 and 1/2 hours to get here. But like they say, "Better safe than sorry." and you just can't take chances when it comes to the ones you love. Maybe, just maybe, I will get lucky enough to get the all-clear early enough tomorrow to head back home and get back to packing. Keep your fingers crossed and I'll bring you an update tomorrow. xoxo

Katie and Dacie feel asleep in the car on the way to Raleigh
☁ Geez ☁

July 27, 2011

Hard At Work - Depression Glass ID

Just a quick post to let you all know that I have been hard at work, researching and improving content provided on my up and coming website that will assist in glassware identification. In the beginning focus will be on Depression Glass identification, because that is where it seemed reasonable to start. Hindsight, I wished I had started with 40s, 50s, 60s Glassware, since I'm personally more versed in that era of glass. But you know...the whole 'start at the beginning' and the popularity of depression glass of late, got in the way. I've found out the fun way, that there isn't nearly as much data available on the latter glass, and that the internet is kind of saturated with info on depression era glass. Oh well, that just gives me a fantastic excuse to change focus mid-way...much better than I'm 41 and have the attention span of a 3 year old. ;)

Please follow this blog and visit my website @ www.quirksbyannie.com. Again, it is a work in progress so it doesn't have nearly the content that it will, but I am working diligently on that part.

You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook, where you can also find useful content about antique and vintage collectibles.

July 23, 2011

SHARING ♥ Coffee Cup Mom: Summer Heat Wave - Be Smart

Wanted to share some fabulous tips from the Blog Coffee Cup Mom!!!! Since most of us are experiencing some crazy heat wave gig, AND have kiddos to be mindful of, here are her tips:

Thank you for the contribution from Coffee Cup Mom

Thank You ♥ Wilma

This is an endearing blog post from a new friend and a fellow Etsy Seller. You can visit her shop by following this link: ozarksfinds!!! I hope that you all will take the time to read her post, follow her blog, and browse her fantastic Vintage Shop. She's a doll, you will love her too! Thank you, Wilma!!! ♥


July 22, 2011

A Moment In Time ♥ Seven

September 14, 2005 ♥ Scarlett Ann was born
Sharing this in honor of my wonderful husband's Birthday!
An amazing husband and father turned 40 TODAY! xoxo

July 18, 2011

Thank You To My Followers ♥ New and Old

Hi, all! Wanted to put in this quick post to be sure that all of you that are currently following Fab Quirks By Annie are aware that I am running the Who Loves Ya ♥ Giveaway. It is really simple to enter, and there will be 5 WINNERS and 5 DIFFERENT PRIZES. Please click ENTER TO WIN and you will be taken to my post that explains the easy entry method, PLUS there are 2 BONUS methods, SO 3 CHANCE TO WIN!!! Please send me a message at quirksbyannie@gmail.com if you have any questions or need clarification. GOOD LUCK!!! ♥

A Moment In Time ♥ Three

July 17, 2011

CUSTOM MADE Authentic Antique & Vintage Windows

CUSTOM MADE Authentic Antique & Vintage Windows by Quirks By Annie


Quirks By Annie has launched into yet another new endeavor! Perhaps, you read my post about Antique Restoration and Contemporary Antiques. So you've already seen that we are expanding from the normal hunt + acquire = sell, aspect of Antique & Vintage Collectibles, but have found another outlet for some really great pieces ♥ antique and vintage window frames. We have come across these windows ever since we moved to North Carolina in 2006. (I'll save that story for another post.) Since discovering these awesome artifacts of the past my husband has created a few different pieces for my/our personal use. He had made a Mirror, a Matted Photo Frame, and a Menu/To-Do List Board. They are all wonderful, and well used!!!

It wasn't until we realized how many of these windows were out there; just sitting, waiting for a new purpose in life, that the bells and whistles started going off...HEY I CAN DO THAT AND SELL THEM, even take custom orders!!! So, here I am, with windows galore and anxious to make you that perfect piece. All you have to do is click this link: CUSTOM MADE Authentic Antique & Vintage Windows, and you will be taken to the listing in my Etsy Shop, where you can see what is available and order the PERFECT PIECE FOR YOU!!!


July 14, 2011

Quirks' Questions - The Q&A Forum

Quirks' Questions was created as a forum for my customers and/or readers to ask questions about antique and vintage collectibles. I don't claim to have all of the answers, in fact I guarantee that I DON'T, but my hopes are that enough of my friends, followers, and fellow antique & vintage lovers will help me fill in the blanks.

Just launched and I have already received my 1st Question and provide my 1st Answer. Just wanted to let you all know that it exists, and your participation is MORE THAN WELCOME...IT IS NEEDED!!! So come on all you experts, pitch-in and give me and the folks a hand. Thanks! ♥

You can either post a question in the Quirks' Questions widget on the right-hand side of this blog or click this link, Quirks' Questions, and go to the main site.

July 8, 2011

Antique Restoration or Contemporary Antiques

Quirks By Annie's Antique Restoration or Contemporary Antiques
My Current Favorite "Contemporary Antique"
from Quirks By Annie


This is a new venture that Quirks By Annie is undertaking. There are always some fantastic deals on some really awesome antique and vintage furniture at the Auctions and Estate Sales that Ethan attends, however, more often than not, they just are PERFECT. So, he has been passing up on them until recently. Now, even though a piece has some imperfections it still has a place in this world. Sometimes he has been able to restore to original condition, which is always exciting. But my personal favorites are those pieces that are just beyond reasonable restoration. These have become fun, funky, absolutely wonderful "Contemporary Antiques". The link above and this link show a very small glimpse into this new endeavor, but there will be more to come. Most are for sale, so if you see something that makes your heart go pitter-patter then hurry and send me a message. This is the very first day that we have shared these with the outside world, and they are already being stalked. We have lots of other pieces in the works, and some more that are nearing the finish line. So don't get caught later saying "Dang, that was PERFECT for my vanity! Why did I hesitate?", rather be a "WINNER", like Charlie Sheen...Winning!!! hahaha jk on that last part. Love to you all. Post again soon. ♥

July 6, 2011

TOP SECRET: A SMIDGEN OF ADVICE (Tip No. 2)

I know that you have all been on the edge of your seats just waiting for me to post "Top Secret: A Smidgen of Advice (Tip No. 2)". Well here it is. So grab a yummy drink, curl up in your favorite chair, take a cleansing breath, and read on...
October 1947 ♥ Better Homes & Gardens
Ad for Linens 'Cannon Percale Sheets'
TOP SECRET: A SMIDGEN OF ADVICE ON CARING FOR ANTIQUE & VINTAGE LINENS...

Stain Removal:

Example of Linens with
Yellowing Stains on Folds
Quite often you will come across antique or vintage linens that have yellowed along the fold lines. This often happens after years of storage, and those folds being exposed to daily dirt and grime such as dust, nicotine, and other airborne pollutants.
  1. It is always best to rehydrate the fabric prior to working on any stain. The preferred way to accomplish this would be to soak the piece in room temperature water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. If the fabric is heavily soiled or stained, and does not have colored embroidery, then you can mix lukewarm water with a product, such as OxiClean®, and soak it for several hours up to several days. If extended soaking is required, then every-so-often you will need to check the stain, rinse with cool water, mix a fresh solution, and soak again. You can continue to do this until the stain is removed or diminished enough not to detract from the piece. Occasionally you just have to live with a stain, and accept it as a part of the linen's history, a little character.
  3. If you are dealing with a stain such as rust, blood, or any other stain that has a high iron content, you can use a product such as Whink Rust Stain Remover®. Products such as these just take a small amount, and if they are going to work, will work in a very short amount of time.
  4.  NEVER use chlorine bleach, products with bluing agents, or whiteners on any fine linens.
  5.  Sun bleaching fabric was very common during the Victorian era, but modern textile experts feel that process may be too harsh for the oldest and most delicate antique textiles. Remember, the linens were NEW in the Victorian era. You can, however, place the linens in filtered sun for approximately 10 to 15 minutes, but not longer than that.
  6. NEVER wring out old fabrics because it can cause considerable stress to old and delicate fibers.

Vintage Embroidered Table Runner 

General Cleaning and Care:
  1. Always wash delicate linens in cold water, hot water running through older pipes releases the impurities in the pipes which increases the risk of staining or discoloring during the washing cycle.
  2. NEVER use a harsh detergent, such as Tide.
  3. Use a gentle detergent, such as Woolite or Linen Wash by Le Blanc®. Linen Wash® is made especially for vintage, antique, and delicate textiles. Wash on the delicate or hand-wash setting, depending on your washer.
  4. You can dry most linens on the lowest dryer setting, removing while still slightly damp. You don't want to dry linens, antique or otherwise, until they are bone dry because it can cause the fabric to pill or fade. Once you have removed the linen, smooth it out with your hands and fold. Or, if you are planning to use it right away, then follow the tip for ironing below.
  5. NEVER use dryer sheets in the dryer or fabric softener in the washer. Fabric softener prevents the material from absorbing moisture, which will shorten the life of your textile.
  6. If you intend on using the linen right away, then iron while still damp on the lowest setting possible. If a piece is embroidered, then iron it on the reverse side, on top of a towel.
  7. DO NOT iron your antique linens until you are ready to use them.
  8. AVOID extended exposure to sunlight and moonlight to avoid color fading.

Vintage Embroidered Table Runner

Storage:
  1. Always use acid free archival tissue paper for storing your delicate linens when not in use. It is not safe to store these items in direct contact with wood or painted surfaces, since they are highly acidic.
  2. If you are storing a table cloth, or other large piece, then simply place a piece of acid free tissue paper over a pant clothes hanger, carefully drape the piece over it, add an additional layer of acid free tissue paper over the linen in order to keep dust off, and then store in a closet.
  3. Fold smaller pieces with acid free tissue layered between and amount the folds. If the piece is not used for a year or more, then unfold and change out the tissue.
  4. Pieces that are used/displayed year-round or frequently should be laundered or hand-washed one or more times a year to remove dust and freshen up.
  5. DO NOT store a piece without washing first, since there could be unseen grime such as grease that can lead to staining.
As always, please visit Quirks By Annie on Etsy. I have lots of antique and vintage linens available in my store right now. Enjoy!!!

July 5, 2011

Who Loves Ya ♥ Giveaway

Giveaway Host: Quirks By Annie


A Beachside Dream
Beach in a Bottle
What you can win: 

A Beachside Dream has donated 'Beach in a Bottle', including Free Shipping within the United States. Barbara resides in Honolulu, Hawaii and everything is 'MADE WITH ALOHA!!!" All the shells and glass are from her adventures on the Island of Oahu.








Handmade Beary Tear Bear Citters
Pansie Pig Magnet
Handmade Beary Tear Bear Critters has donated a 'Pansie Pig Magnet'. She makes custom Tear Bear Critters for all scrapbooking needs. All items are 100% customizable and handmade by Susanne. Free shipping on this item within the US and Canada. In the event the winner is outside of these areas, Susanne will need to quote shipping costs.

Photo shown is a representation of Jana's work,
not the actual prize.
Jana Carter Photography is donating one of her 8" x 10" original pieces of work. Photography on the go is her specialty. She loves finding the beauty in the  uncommon. Her photos record the emotions of the moment. She loves telling your story one picture at a time. She is located in Bullhead City, Arizona and is a photographer for hire, so if you are in her neck of the woods, please contact her (information is on her facebook page) to schedule a shoot.

Tiffany's Loving Candles has donated 8 Oz. Soy Candle - Lavender Vanilla, winner pays $4.00 Shipping via PayPal, within the United States only.

Soy Wax benefits: Burns cooler than paraffin wax; 100% biodegradable vegetable based; Soy Wax is a naturally grown product; No breathing problems for Asthmatics & Allergy sufferers, unlike paraffin based products; Sets solid after use - no more messy spills. HIGHLY FRAGRANT! This single wick scented candle will burn for approximately 60 hours of solid warming! These candles are handmade and come in many different sizes, colors and fragrances! Candles are handmade and hand poured at the time you order to ensure freshness.

Quirks By Annie
Vintage Oil Lamp
Quirks By Annie is donating a Vintage Oil Lamp with Clear Glass Chimney and Eagle Burner. The base features a smooth font and ribbed foot giving this lamp a beautiful look when filled with the red of the oil. The Eagle thumb wheel turns freely and there are no chips, cracks or breaks in the lamp or chimney. The lamp stands approximately 20" in height (from base to chimney), the base measures approximately 9" in height and 6" in diameter, and the font measures approximately 6" in diameter.







July 3, 2011

Depression Glass: Hocking Glass - Colonial aka 'Knife & Fork'

Let's get back to some glassware identification. I've had a lot of different irons in the fire as of late, so I thought it was time for a good 'ole fashion Depression Glass post. I'm not really the research kinda gal, but obviously one isn't born with knowledge of all things antique and vintage, so I've had to do quite a bit of poking and nosing around. The most interesting part is that I am actually enjoying it. The bad part is that there are many different resources and most of them contain contrasting and inconsistant information, so of course that leads to reviewing 4, 5, 6 resources and then double and triple checking each 'fact'.

I could just go the easy route and continue to perpetuate inaccurate information, but I'm all about 'breaking the cycle'. If you're a seller or collector, certainly you've been on 'those' auction/online selling sites to search for comparabales or that coveted pattern or piece of glassware only to find that 'hey that's EXACTLY the piece I have' and the person selling has no idea either what in the heck they have OR it is identified totally wrong, yet 10 other people have it listed (almost verbatim) the same dang wrong way. Really frustrating for Seller and Collector alike. So, again, I'm doing my best to break the cycle of misinformation and dial in who out there truly knows what they're talking about and collecting information from those wonderful gems and sharing that knowledge here, with you!


Colonial aka "Knife & Fork"
Manufactured by: Hocking Glass Company
Years Manufactured: 1934 - 1936
Colors: Crystal, Green, Opaque White, Pink
Classification: Depression Glass
Pitcher in Pink
Number of Pieces Produced: Approximately 41


This particular pattern is one of the more difficult patterns to collect. One reason is the limited years of production, therefore limited pieces were produced. This leads to reason number two...expensive! The aka comes from the rigid design between the scallops of the rib/panel pattern.

Mug in Green
Green is typically the most sought after color, simply because it is one of the easiest to find. Pink demands close to the same price as the green and that is due to the limited amount of pink pieces available, otherwise it might command a higher price because more available pieces would mean more opportunity to put together complete sets.





Cordial Glass in Crystal
Stems were not produced in pink, so often collectors will seek out the crystal stems to compliment their collection. There were 3 different sizes of footed tumblers produced, along with 7 bowls, and 5 sizes of stems. In total, there were approximately 41 pieces made in this pattern.

Oval Bowl in Pink

July 2, 2011

The Interview Series: Getting To Know Chef Mum aka Sami Brown (Part 2)

Judging by the numbers, you all really enjoyed meeting and reading about my first muse, Sami Brown aka Chef Mum. So without further ado, Part 2...
Sami ~ Chef Mum


Annie Lema: Is Gavin a picky eater? And if he is, what is the easiest way you have found to combat that issue?

Sami BrownI don’t think that I would classify Gavin as a picky eater. He will try just about anything at least once. If he isn't interested it will come out faster than it went in. We try not to cater to him too much. I mean after all, we aren't a royal family…per se. If he gets hungry enough he will eat just about anything.

Annie: What is your fave drink to have while cooking? Or does it depend on the meal?

SamiMy fave drink to have while cooking is probably a nice BIG glass of red wine. Ever since I took a 6-month wine tasting course in college I have been a big fan of wine. The best money my parents ever spent and possibly the only class I received an A+++ in. What can I say? I was willing to do extra credit.

July 1, 2011

The Interview Series: Getting To Know Chef Mum aka Sami Brown (Part 1)

♥ Sami and Gavin ♥
I have had such a blast getting to know Chef Mum, aka Sami Brown aka Gavin's Mum. She has an amazing sense of humor along with a perfect sense of self; she knows exactly who she is and readily admits the good, the bad, and the ugly (not that there's much bad or any ugly, but you get the idea). She has had me cracking up since first meeting her on facebook. In fact I was just over at 4th Trimester Cooking's facebook page, verifying one last bit of information, and read two of her wall posts that had me laughing so hard, I cried! (A lollipop in the back of her hair at the post office...! You'll have to read it for yourself.)
Sami blogs for 4th Trimester Cooking, a chronicle of her experiences, being a first-time mom with a humorous and honest kick to it. And the bonus is there are some kick-a** recipes on there! So here we go...


Annie Lema: How long have you and your husband, Garrett been married?

Sami Brown: My husband Garrett and I have been married for roughly 4 years, 9 months, 1 week, 1 day, 12 hours, and 40 minutes...not that anyone is counting. We joke and say that it feels like we have been married for 80 years which may sound bad to some but to us it’s just because we can’t seem to picture our lives without the other. We are a normal married couple. We still fight about the same things that other normal married couples fight about. My husband’s best advice on marriage: “Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right and the other person is you.”

Annie: Now that Gavin Rhys is almost 2, and some of the drama of pregnancy and birth are a bit of a blur, have you considered having more children? Or are you one and done?

Sami: Immediately following Gavin’s birth I would repeat to just about anyone that would listen, “NEVER…EVER…AGAIN!” But like most mom’s who lay eyes on their new perfect genetic creation by the time the drama of the pregnancy and actual birth had become a blur I wanted a herd of children. My son is by far the most perfect thing that I have ever accomplished in my entire life so I definitely wanted more.. Not only have we considered having more but before my doctor could officially give us the thumbs up to conceive again we became pregnant. Gavin was only 10 months old and our first official go at “it” landed us another baby on the way. Of course, this was against all of my husband’s desires who had hoped for a prolonged shag-a-thon.

The Interview Series: WHY?

In a few minutes I will be kicking off a new series on Fab Quirks By Annie, and before pushing it in your face I thought I would explain WHY...
This series is a major deviation from my original Master Plan, but then again, pretty much everything has been since I initiated my Blogger account. I am not a writer, I had never blogged before, I hadn't really even read very many blogs prior to launching my own. I started Fab Quirks By Annie as a forum to share the knowledge I was acquiring while trying to learn the ropes of the Antiques & Vintage Collectibles business. Ultimately (or hopefully) driving traffic to my shop and boosting sales. Pretty Basic. But the blog has taken a few different twists and turns along the way, I guess primarily due to the fact that once you are 'in' the moment, posting away, you see your reasons and your info from a different perspective. Also, I have read many, many, many blogs since starting mine and have begun to understand what fuels a 'good read'. I'm not quite there yet, but I can feel that it isn't that far behind me now (geez I hope)!

So, the Interview Series is my tribute to those blogs that I have read and the bloggers I have gotten to know. They are a serious driving force, flooding me with ideas and inspiration to get in here and really give the audience something interesting to read. My main focus still remains on the informational aspect of it all, sharing what I'm learning, but along the way it doesn't hurt to stop and acknowledge other aspects of my world. It's all fun. Hope you enjoy meeting my muses.

June 27, 2011

TOP SECRET: A SMIDGEN OF ADVICE (Tip No. 1)

NEW WAVE OF INFO COMING AT YOU...

I have decided to start posting tips about random, but useful information that I come across during my day to day research and exploration of the antique and vintage collectibles gig. So far my main focus on this blog has been on glassware, in particularly Depression Glass, but that is not my sole interest or the only topic I plan on covering here. So to kick off my "TOP SECRET: A SMIDGEN OF ADVICE" collection I will start with cast iron.

TOP SECRET: A SMIDGEN OF ADVICE ON CAST IRON COOKWARE...
Cast Iron is an excellent oven and stove-top cooking material. And starting a collection of cast iron cookware can be fairly inexpensive if you know where to look, what to look for, and what to do with that mess once you have found it.
Lodge Cast Iron Chicken Skillet Prior to Cleaning & Seasoning

Honestly, you can get online and go shopping at one of the many auction sites or antique/vintage collectibles sites, such as Quirks By Annie, and occasionally you'll find fantastic deals. But quite often, what you'll find is these sites have already taken the steps to properly clean and season their cast iron prior to listing it for sale. To many of these sellers it does not matter whether the piece is highly desirable or rare, they feel that they can charge outrageous prices, just because they are 'in the know'. Well isn't it time that you were 'in the know'?

June 20, 2011

Have You Got That RUNNING IN CIRCLES Feeling?

Truly, I amaze myself sometimes! Not always in a good way. I am one of the most easily side-tracked people that I know. I have started and stopped this post about a dozen times, not just the blog aspect of it, but the addition of the information to my website. I have also promised about 1/4 of a dozen times that I am about to launch a new GIVEAWAY, but alas...I have not. The one thing that I can say with absolute delight and conviction about myself is that I AM TOTALLY UNPREDICTABLE. So love me for what I am or bug off (no, please don't bug off, but you get the general vibe.)!!!! Thanks, as always and forever, my faithful readers.

Circle
Manufactured by:  Hocking Glass Company
Years Manufactured: 1930's
Category of Glass: Depression Glass
Colors: Crystal, Green, Pink

Circle-Crystal Tall Sherbet
Circle-Green Low Sherbet
There were approximately 23 pieces made in the Circle pattern. 5 of the pieces are bowls, 4 are plates, and there are 4 tumblers. Bowls are apparently extremely difficult to find in complete sets, therefore this rarity has driven the prices up on bowls considerably. Other than the potentially high cost of the bowls, Circle in considered to be a fairly inexpensive pattern to collect, but not always easily found. There were very few pieces made in this pattern, so there aren't as many survivors as there are in other patterns. Pink was produced in a limited number, so it is mostly found in luncheon sets, and even the, very infrequently. Crystal is found only in stems or stems with green. Green is the color most  readily found, however, there are definite variances in the shades of the green pieces which can make it difficult to create a uniform set, but the difference aren't great enough to detract from a collection of green Circle, to me and many other collectors and experts this just adds to the interest and desirability of the pattern.

Circle-Green Bread & Butter Plate

June 13, 2011

Great New Treasury on Etsy...Completely Raggedy

Raggedy Ann ♥ More Than Just A Rag Doll


1928 Raggedy Ann 'Magical Wishes'
This is a fun Treasury that I just curated on Etsy. I don't have an item featured in it, I just created it because I love Raggedy Ann and have for as long as I can remember. Please take a look around at the handmade and vintage wonders included here. Thanks for taking the time to look and share with your friends and contacts, you all are wonderful! xoxo

June 12, 2011

Glass In The Raw - The Ancient Origins of Glass


Man-made glass has an exceptionally long timeline. Researching this subject has fueled my affection for glassware much more than I would have imagined. In all honestly, I kind of drug my feet about getting the official research underway for fear that once I started I would find it so humdrum that I would soon lose interest and not be able to complete the task. I needed to get the lowdown on glass so that I could understand and therefore explain its place in history.

Of course, natural glass, such as obsidian (pictured to left) which is formed as a result of a volcanic eruption, has been in use since the Stone Ages. Stone-Age man used this glass for the production of knives, arrowheads (pictured to right), jewelry, and money. Glass was first made in the ancient world, but very little is known about the methods initially used. Amulets and solid glass beads are thought to have been made in Egypt and Eastern Mesopotamia as early as 3500BC.

The oldest fragments of glass vases were found in Mesopotamia and date back to about 1500BC. These fragments are evidence of the origin of hollow glass production. Hollow glass fabrication was also beginning to blossom in Egypt, China and a few other regions, during this period. Glass production increased quickly over the next 300 years and then began to decline. It was revived again in Mesopotamia approximately 700BC and in Egypt sometime during the 500's BC.

Over the next 500 years Egypt, Syria, and other countries along the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea became the center of glass production, primarily in Alexandria. It was from there that it is thought to have spread to Italy. The first glassmaking 'instruction manual' dates back to approximately 650BC. Instructions on how to make glass are contained in tablets from the library of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal (669-626 BC). Truly amazing when you really sit there and think about how long ago that was and what has taken place during the course of history since that time.

At the beginning of the surge of glass production the process was a slow and difficult one. The glass melting furnaces were small and the heat produced was barely enough to melt the glass. It wasn't until sometime between 27BC to 14AD that Syrian craftsman from the Sidon-Babylon area, invented the blow pipe. This was a major breakthrough for the glass making industry. The long thin metal tube used in the blowing process has changed very little since then. In the last century BC, the ancient Romans then began blowing glass inside molds, majorly increasing the variety of shapes possible for hollow glass items.

From 25 to 400AD there was rapid development and growth of glass melting, working and forming technology in the Mediterranean region during the Roman Era. Production flourished and quickly spread from Italy to all countries under Roman rule. In 100AD glass cost rapidly declined and for the first time became available to ordinary citizens, something that would happen again during the 19th Century with the advancements in technology.

June 6, 2011

GOOD DAY GONE BAD and Then Some

GOOD DAY vs. BAD DAY...
(I began writing this post 2 weeks ago.)

How does this happen? Woke up in a decent mood, not'overly wiped-out from the get go (like most mornings); all the kids got off to school; baby slept in until like 8:20ish; husband stayed out of my way until 9ish; AND woke up to a couple of sales. Then everything took a flying leap to the dark side. The first unpleasant maneuver was comprised of picking up my 15 year old son to rescue him from yet another 'school incident'. This one caused by some ridiculous English Honors teacher decided it was ok to give him crap in front of the entire class, a class he has a 96 average in. This of course was during the credits of one of the daily movies that she shows them in lieu of teaching them. Seriously, did you not realize that 'The Other Guys' was a literary film or that Leo Dicaprio's performance surpassed any performer that William Shakespeare could have chosen for Romeo & Juliet. WTHeck???? I'm living a nightmare here. I'm guessing this over-reaction is an extension of feeling like a fish out of water, living in The South instead of Southern California. I don't hate the South, it isn't the location's fault that I don't fit in, but no matter what I've tried...I DO NOT FIT IN!!!

A LITTLE TRIP...
So, as noted above, I began writing this post a couple of weeks ago. And, as things sometimes do, circumstances changed. At first they changed from bad to BAD then to REALLY BAD. Ended up deciding that the best scenario for all involved was a long overdue trip to the doctor to get my meds reevaluated. This is not something quirky folks like me like doing. Tends to be a bit tense, but then I realize that it honestly was for the best and now things are all back on track. Of course this process took me off the radar for about 5 days, therefore created a backlog of work (thankfully my husband/partner was there to pick up the slack while I was absent), but with my new and improved attitude, all went well. I got through most of the backlog and am even branching out, getting some great new things going for Quirks By Annie.

THE WRAP UP...
So, I just wanted to bring you all up to date. Let you know what the haps were and why I have been lagging a bit about getting new articles posted and getting additional information linked to the website, quirksbyannie.com. Thanks so much for reading, following, or just scanning. It helps make my day!!! ♥

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