Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy, GO AWAY!

Hurricane Sandy is still blowing away where I live in The Bronx, a part of NYC.
The wind is very high and not a lot of rain but a lot of wind!
Trees down and for hours I have heard sirens going off, going up and down my block!
So far, my electric is still on...for now.

Please keep us New Yorkers in your prayers, we are not use to this!



-Cristina

All about me questionaire

Got this fun questionaire from Old Fashioned Days



A-Age:
 25

 B-Bed size:
Queen bed!

C-Chore that you hate:
cleaning up after cooking!

 
D-Dogs:
I love dogs!! And cats 2, my mom has 2 dogs and I have so cats!

 
E-Essential start to your day:
Have coffee!! If I don't I get in a cranky mood and get headache's all day!

F-Favorite Color:
I love all the color's really, but my favorites are Pink, turquoise and green and red! 

G-Gold or silver:
Silver

H-Height:
5'2"

I-Instruments you play:
none, always wanted to play the piano though.

J-Job title:
Housewife =)

K-Kids:
my 2 cats!

L-Live:
NYC

M-Mothers name:
Rita Ann

 
N-Nicknames:
ALOT, Cris, Christine, Chrissy, Tina..

O-Overnight hospital stays:
none thank god!

 
P-Pet peeves:
People with a lack of common sense. That drives me crazy! (I have to agree with Denise)

Q-Quote from a celebrity:
" I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can't possess radiance, you can only admire it"
-Elizabeth Taylor
(My favorite actress!) 

R-Right or left handed:
I'm a righty :)

S-Siblings:
1 younger brother

T-Time you wake up:
usually 8am

U-Underwear:
Yes, I wear underwear!

V-Vegetable you hate:
None, I love all veggies!

W-What makes you run late:
Traffic!

X-X rays you've had:
My stomach and chest to check for pneumonia 

Y-Yummy food that you make:
Everything! But I make amazing chicken Marsala and penne ala vodka from scratch! 

Z-Zoo animal:
Lions!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

My friday Haul

Well after a hectic weekend, I finally got a chance to take some pictures of my "haul" of Pyrex and other vintage items!

It was a good day Friday, I got my usual haul of vintage stuff.


This is my first "Snowflake Blue" bowls! I can't wait to use them around the holidays...






Turquoise heaven!!  Aren't they pretty?!


Butterprint 1 1/2 Qt. $3.95
Snowflake Blue- Blue on white 1 1/2 Qt. $2.95
Snowflake Blue- white on blue 1 1/2 Pt. $2.95 








Early American 1 Pt. $2.95
Early American 1 Qt. $2.95
Early American 1 1/2 Pt. $2.95








Fire King "Peach Lustre" Pie plate $3.00

Fire King "Tulip" Mixing bowl $2.99!!!
What a STEAL! I could not believe my eyes when I saw this at Savers! I thought I was on cloud 9!!
I LOVE this pattern from Fire king...hopefully I can luck out again and find more.

Pyrex Hamilton Beach white mixing bowl for the Hamilton beach mixer (which I have)
$3.95














I bought this awesome fall apron at Savers, it is in MINT condition! I love it, seems like it is from the 1960's? It was only $2.99




I bought these 2 awesome flower power pillow cases for 0.99 cents! 


I have been looking for fall vintage tablecloth for awhile and stumbled upon this beautiful tablecloth at Savers! It is in excellent condition, I still have to clean the tablecloth but when it is clean and ironed I will show you the whole thing!

I bought this for $2.99! What a great buy!




I bought this huge juicer for $2.95!  No markings but it is really nice! I have been wanting one since I broke mine almost a year ago. 


Pyrex "Butterfly Gold 2" 2.5 Qt.
$3.99 Savers Without lid.





1975 "Country Festival" Perculator by Corning
$2.99! Everything came with it what a great buy, but I think I am going to sell it.








I found this amazing piece at RWB, This was the first Pyrex I spotted and grabbed it right away, I was so surprised it was still there! This is the "Pink Daisy" Pyrex 2  1/2 Qt. Casserole dish with lid no chips, no scratches in excellent condition!! It was only $9.95! I gladly took it home with me =)
This is the 2nd piece that I have from the "Pink Daisy" pattern. Isn't it so pretty??




I found this at Savers on my way home, this is the Lime green 2 Qt. casserole dish with lid!!!
Not sure if this is the original lid to this? But it does fit perfectly!

What year is this from?






And finally I found this Norman Rockwell figurine of Santa, My husband loves Norman Rockwell, his grandmother who passed away in 2007 collected Norman's figurines and he has 2 of her figurines and I thought why not add to the collection! It was $2.99 at savers.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Update on my finds today!

Today I finally got my regular haul! I have just sat in bed after a long day of thrifting, erands, my brother's birthday and talking on the phone to a good friend.

Tomorrow sometime I will post my wonderful finds until then happy thrifting!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Can't wait for tomorrow's thrift!

I hope that I come home with a bunch load of stuff! Tomorrow I will be thrifting as usual as I do every Friday, and more so now because next Saturday November 3rd I am having a Collectors sale at my home!

So I need to stock up on things I will be selling and also keep  my collection of things that I will be keeping =)


Cross your fingers, I hope I hit the Pyrex motherload!


Happy thrifting!

My 1930's/40's art deco bar

This bar has a nice story to it. I saw it for the first time when I went up to an antique center in upstate NY about almost 2 years ago. I saw it in one of the vendor's booths, and was so stunned by it. I wanted it sooo badly that I could taste it!
I loved how it was very art deco and so unique looking. I looked at the price tag and saw that it was $800 and change. I did not want to put so much money down all at once so I sadly passed on it. Never thinking I would end up with this beautiful bar eventually!

I returned to the same antique center about a year later and still saw it sitting there and the priced dropped! She dropped it to $500! It was still sitting their collecting dust and I always told the people that worked their that I was so in love with this bar...again I passed.

The bar was still on my mind for a few days and started to research it, after hours of researching and find nothing on it , I came to a forum in the UK and this person had the same one that they just recently purchased...This bar is from the 30's or 40's and came from England. I was wowed by that!

Most likely their isn't a lot of this bar in the USA.

I called up the antique center the next day and had a number in mind of what I would ask her for it.
The vendor luckily was in the center at the time I called and we spoke...she said it was sitting their for sometime and she said I would take $300! I said SOLD! That is a steal for this bar! She said she got it from an auction years ago, really did not know much about it.

So it sits in my living room filled with all vintage barware, cocktail shakers, ice buckets, shot glasses etc and I never regret buying it!



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pyrex carafe on All in the Family?

This carafe looks really familiar...is this a Pyrex carafe?

This was on the first episode of the first season of All in the Family "Meet the bunkers"



Benjamin Moore Ads

Since my husband works for Benjamin Moore for 7 years now, I checked out some ads and found some pretty awesome ones.

I just might have to print these out and frame them along with my husbands photo when he was a baby playing with paint! Very cute.







Sunday, October 21, 2012

Getting ready for Halloween!

My cats are anyway! I bought them the cutest Halloween outfits, even though they hate me for it for the few seconds they have it on!

They look so adorable!








This is my beautiful little girl Pumpkin. 





And this is my handsome little boy Lucky.



Cooking with Pyrex

Here are some of the dishes I made for dinner and used Pyrex. (Although I did not put them in the oven) I did however put the food in them to serve!

More to come....



Some Stove Top Stuffing in my "Early American" casserole! YUM


The BEST Italian bread you can have! 



My awesome salad in the Spring Blossom casserole.


My Italian pasta with home-made "gravy"


London Broil, Stuffing & Roasted potatoes on the butterfly gold dinner plate!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Just finished watching Mad Men season 5!

I have been waiting to watch it for so long! I finally got finished in 1 day with season 5 of Mad Men. First, I am so glad Joanie left her horrible husband..He was so selfish!
Second, I feel so much better that Betty Draper is feeling horrible lately. I believe it was not Don that she was unhappy with but with herself, because now she seems to be unhappy with her now husband Henry.
Third, I am getting sick of Megan Draper already...is it only me?? She seems like another Betty, Although Megan is more genuine and is a nice person..I feel like she isn't good for Don because she wants acting and this and that and it seems like Betty all over again!

I really wish and dream that Don and Joan Holloway would get together! I feel like they have chemistry together, they seem really good for one another.


What did you think about season 5? I thought it was GREAT, like all the rest! I am ready for season 6! Bring it on!


Who is your all time favorite person on Mad Men? Betty? Joan? Don? Megan? Trudy?

I love Joan and Trudy Campbell...both are awesome in my book!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Neat idea.....

I think I may take this idea up and put them in every room!

Framed vintage ads..what do you think?

Pyrex in the kitchen?

Bubble bath/soap ads for bathroom?

and what for the bedroom and living room? Hmmm...



More fun Pyrex ads





Rainy day in NYC

Well it is really a bad rainy day here in NYC.
I usually go thrift shopping on Fridays which is today!! But my husband is taking my car to get it's oil change and brakes done so my little honda will be ready tomorrow to go shopping!

I really do hope I find a lot tomorrow!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Saw another episode of All in the Family

Today, I was watching All in the Family season 8 on DVD. I was watching "The Dinner Guest" episode and spotted another piece of Pyrex! Edith (Jean Stapleton) was using the "Homestead" pattern in the kitchen to make dinner. Here are the two clips I clipped up to show you!





Isn't that cool? Can't wait if I can see more in the show!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

1960 New York Map-Off topic

I bought this off of ebay for a few bucks and loved it because my husband and I went to Niagara Falls for our honeymoon 2 years ago. This is a 1960 Esso New York map.




Does anyone have an idea of what I can do with this, either frame it etc?

My thrift shop finds





I bought this whole set of Spring Blossom Pyrex mixing bowls at Savers this past weekend.
#401 1.5 Pt for 0.99 cents
#402 1.5 Qt for $1.99
#403 2.5 Qt for $2.99
#404 4 Qt for $4.99!

All in excellent condition and the whole set was only $10.96!!!! I love that feeling of success!












This pattern is "Blue Heaven". I have the matching dinnerware set by Royal china made in the 1950's.
I did some research on this set because it is not marked on the bottom. I was confused and wanted to know who made this. Was it Royal China just not marked? Or Pyrex? Or even Anchor Hocking?

I found the following information on Pyrex Love.com

The Fire King ovenware IS listed in the Florence's book. "Blue Heaven" dates from the 1970's and was produced on items like casseroles, loaf pans, bowls and mugs.

The pattern is not marked on the bottom which leads many people to guess that Blue Heaven was made by Pyrex.
The pattern consists of retro abstract geometric shapes in the brown and blue.
The best way to tell this is Fire King is the tab handles and just knowing the pattern.





So I believe that this is by Fire King just not marked. I bought the Pie Plate at RWB for only $2.95!
And luckily the custard cups I bought at another store! I bought 6 custard cups at GW for $2.00 each!
All in excellent condition and I can't wait to use them.










I spotted this Pie plate made by Anchor Hocking Fire King with it's original label in MINT condition!
I bought it at GW for only $3.00. I love how the label is still intact!


It is stamped on the back "460 T.M. REG FIRE-KING Made in the u.s.a. 9in"
I believe this is from the period 1942-1945 
by the block lettering FIRE-KING

Any body know any info ??







I found these at RWB for $3.95 each.
I have never seen these before. The pattern is called "Colonial Mist" clear mixing bowls.

I found some info as always on Pyrexlove.com about these bowls.

The following info is by Pyrex Love:


This is an interesting set of newer bowls featuring the Colonial Mist pattern which is also sometimes called "French Daisy" or "Floral Daisy". These are newer bowls that are different in shape than the standard 400 series bowls.
They have a definite "lip" around the rim that characterizes new bowls and they have a "bullseye" set of concentric circles on the bottom. The sizes are  1L, 1.5 L, 2.5 L, and 4 L.


I also found some other information on another site called Corellecorner.com:


During mid 1988, the design returned with clear Pyrex rimmed nesting bowls and a new name.
Although it is identical to Colonial Mist, it is officially named "White Lace" when it appears on the clear glass.




So I will go by the name "White Lace" and it is from the 1980's.









I have been looking all over for "chili bowls" or "French Onion soup bowls" for some time now!
Ever since I went to this antique center in CT where they had an awesome restaurant in the antique place! I ordered Butternut squash soup and they served it in these awesome Soup bowls with a handle and lid.
I thought they were so cute that I have been looking for them ever since.

I only found 1 sadly at GW for $2.00. There is no markings on the bottom and was wondering if anyone knows who made these so I can look for some on ebay?










I usually do not like what I call "70's brown" but it caught my eye. I knew it was by Hull Pottery by the knob on the top and soon to be hold I checked the bottom and it says HP CO. Oven Proof USA.
It is in MINT condition. It is called a "Drip casserole dish". I love it and I snatched it up for $5.95 which is a great price for Hull Pottery!
The Brown Drip Hull Pottery was produced from the 1960's-1980's.

Does anyone know what exact year this is from?






This pattern is called "Old Orchard" made by Pyrex.
This is the 4 Qt cinderella mixing bowl. I picked this up at RWB for $3.95!
No scratches or chips or metal marks in excellent condition.
I thought the browns are good for thanksgiving so i grabbed it.

From 1974






I bought this whole set at an antique store! BUT it was for a good price! I have been wanting Lustre ware by Fire king for awhile and saw it at an antique store in CT.
I got the Pie plate by fire king for $5.00
and the 4 custard cups @ $2.00 each! 

I thought that was a very good price especially for an antique center.





I got these two "Jadite" mugs at GW for $1.00 each! There is no stamping on the bottom so I am not sure if they are made by Fire King? 

I need some info on these!



More to come..