Sunday, December 30, 2018

Cadence by Prolon Owned by ThermoServ

cadence prolon

Cadence Melmac Dishes in canary yellow, this lot at RetroChalet

How is it that a melmac manufacturer Prolon, survived from 1956 until now producing the same line of melmac dishes called CADENCE?  Now owned by ThermoServ the history goes all the way back to the ProPhylactic brush company, an early maker of all things rubber, plastic and well, of course, brushes. The history is quite enchanting.   

Find out by reading this great article over at on Cadence Prolon.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Bolducs Basement 1980's Garfield Smurf Fire King

Vintage Christmas Ornaments Etsy Shop BolducsBasement
Set of 5 Vintage Ornamnets, $12.50 and Oh So Cute at Bolducs Basement

Bolducs Basement

Sometimes shops on Etsy pop up with a particular theme, for instance, the blacksmith artist who only hand forges hooks and metalware.  There are many shops full of the vintage jewelry seller who only sell a certain "type" of item. Whether it be the deco or bakelite circa 1920's or an upscale diamond and gemstone shop, things are streamlined for you.   Although those shops are all fine and wonderful, they aren't really giving the thrill of treasure hunting.

Garfield Oh No 40 Mug at Bolducs Basement Etsy 
Garfield Oh No 4-0 Birthday Mug at Bolducs Basement Etsy $10

Once in a blue moon  you may get lucky and see a shop like Bolducs Basement. In this case, when Tracy from Helotes, Texas decided to open a "treasures" shop on Etsy.  What she has unmassed is a giant collection of knick knacks from the 1970's, 1980's and 90's, so much of it reminds me of my own youth!  What makes this shop different is that it's themed circa 70's to 90's era and a bit of everything which makes great fun for treasure hunting! Great for 1980's Collecting!

Bolducs Basement
Tracy and her 90=yearsyoung grand-mom, who got her started in collecting.

Her inspiration, she says, was from her Grandmother who had a flair for vintage decorating.  Tracy says that her keen eye for recognizing vintage things and fixing up old furniture led her to open a booth locally.  She says, "I opened a second booth closer to home, and then when it became too strenuous with balancing my home life (taking care of demanding dogs and a cat, as well as my daughter before she went to college) so I just kept up the one close to home. When rent became too much, I started selling exclusively online."

Etsy Shop BolducsBasement Smurfette Glass
Smurfette is only $8.50 a great deal at Bolducs Basement on Etsy.

Tracy balances her store with unique inexpensive items.  Here today, gone tomorrow, so don't wait!  In this shop you will find a big assortment of 80's character items such as Disney, Garfield and Smurfs. I did a huge post on Collecting Smurfs before, and it was one of my most read.  Seems that those little blue creatures seem to be living forever.
Garfield Teacher Collectible Bolducs Basement
Smiling Garfield Collectible at Bolducs Basement on Etsy.

For Chrismas,  Tracy's shop is loaded with vintage Christmas items and ornaments, the kind I used to see my own Mother decorating with.  It's a great shop to bookmark and check often, or favorite on Etsy to get updated of new and recent items.  Tracy says, " To me, everything I have in my store is a treasure. Much like my grandmother's house, where she has some of everything, I hope that people can find a little bit of everything in my basement."

Christmas Kitty 1989
Christmas Kitty Hallmark Ornament and More in her shop!

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Fine Jewelry Iconic DuetsFineJewelry Vintage Wedding Checklist Part Three

Jackie Kennedy Emerald Ring
Icons of the past:  Jackie Onassis Kennedy Loved Emeralds. 

Today we look at the iconic styles of vintage celebrities and their love for all things bling , aka, their jewelry choices.  Part of a three part wedding checklist series, we have to refocus on the jewelry. It's not only important for engagement, but for bridesmaids, the bride to be, and even after the wedding as a way to show how much you care.  Women and jewelry, well, they go together like peanut butter and jelly.  Not to mention, Fine Gold Jewelry was worn by the most famous celebrities, so if you could pick, which celebrity are you?  

The Emerald Queen : Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Emeralds, stand for the birthstone of the month of May, (sign of Taurus) as worn by Jackie Kennedy Onassis, above, her famous Diamond and Emerald engagement ring made heads turn. It was hard to catch a glimpse of the ring, as this former first lady always wore dainty gloves!   Funny fact is, Jackie O was a Leo, not a Taurus and born in July. Perhaps she (or John) just loved the pairing of diamonds and emeralds.....  Sadly, she passed in May, the birthstone month of the iconic ring. 

Emeralds are a wonderful way to continue to say "I love you" to your bride.  In lore, this stone opens the heart chakra and the ancients believed it opened and nurtured the heart. 

Emerald Diamond Ring at Duets Etsy Shop
Emerald Diamond Ring at Duets Fine Jewelry Etsy Shop, $850

Princess Diana Sapphire Ring
Iconic: Princess Diana and her Sapphire Ring.  Raw Sapphire by PNG Arts.

The Sapphire Princess Duo  : Diana / Kate 

This ring was made iconic by Princess Diana, then again in history when Kate Middleton wore it (and wears it to this day.)  Sapphires are usually thought of as blue, and have been made fashionable over time; but they can appear in most every color gray, black, colorless or even an orangey-pink (or pinkish orange, depending on your opinion.) It's the birthstone of September, and the sign of Virgo. Ironically Diana was born in July and Kate in January.  

Get the Look!

Sapphire Statement Earrings DuetsFineJewelry
Duets Fine Jewelry Etsy Sapphire Ring is Stunning
Sapphire and Diamond Ring by DuetsFineJewelry, on sale currently $891

Paired with or without the earrings, the ring is astonishing! I have always been a huge fan of sapphire, perhaps it's just so classy. When paired with diamonds there's nothing better! The earrings are also good for Bridesmaids or weddings, and are set in white gold.  In lore, the sapphire is highly prized, to bring good fortune and serves as a mental stabilizer. Nothing like that to keep a wife harmoniously happy.

Marilyn Monroe and Diamonds
Who doesn't love Diamonds?  They ARE a girls best friend...

After All, Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend: Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe, iconic legendary sultry sweetheart is still alive in our hearts when we think of diamonds. Gwen Stefani recently did a great Marilyn Monroe impression; but she's been impersonated by the best of them over the years by Madonna and some of the best icons along the way. 

Diamonds, are also the birthstone for April, (ironically Marilyn was born in June) and in lore known for balance, abundance and brings clarity to the wearer.  Diamond deposits were formed over 900 million years ago but weren't mined (found) until 4th century BC, where they were used as a form to "repel evil." Diamonds also come in other colors, such as black.  Vintage estate rings contain diamonds sometimes called "mining diamonds" which contain diamonds that are imperfectly cut, not as clear and not as brilliant due to the ways of cutting back in the late 1800's early 1900's but can be prizable possessions among antique jewelry collectors.  Once unheard of, today diamonds are fashionable in many other colors, browns, yellows, and even black!

Get the Look!

Gorgeous Monogram Bracelet Diamonds Duets Fine Jewelry on Ets
What a gorgeous idea! Above:  Monogrammed Diamond Bracelet on Etsy and below, a stunning ring at Duets Fine Jewelry

Half Eternity Band at Duets Fine Jewelry on Etsy
Duets Fine Jewelry on Etsy : Half Eternity Band. Stunning.

Buy Loose Diamonds!

Buying Loose Diamonds Cheap
You can buy your own diamond and have it set in a ring! Many colors at Duets Fine Jewelry on Etsy

It's now a fad to buy your own loose diamond, and have a local artisan set it in a ring for you. This way you can create your own setting and draw your own ring based on a pattern. If this is the case, Duets Fine Jewelry on Etsy above, has loose diamonds in many shapes and sizes.  If you don't see something , just ask!  Thanks to them for working with me for this article!

In Summary: 

So if this article has told you anything, it should be that you don't have to be born in the birth month of your favorite stone. Perhaps something draws a wearer to the particular ring, rock, or gemstone.  The Wedding Checklist is not complete without follow up after the wedding, continue to dress like a diva to make your husband happy, and husbands must continue to treat the wife like a cherished object!

Thanks for reading.

Links you May Enjoy / Sources: 

Duets Fine Jewelry on Etsy  (Links Above in Article)

Vintage Wedding Checklist Series

Wedding Checklist Part One
Wedding Checklist Part Two
Wedding Checklist Part Three 
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Witcher 3 Decorating Ideas Wine Carafe Part One

Loot This Witcher 3 Style Look
Decorate Witcher Style!  How to Get a Wine Carafe Like this!

 One of my favorite items is this blue ceramic wine Carafe, Decanter/ Jug.

How to Get the Vintage Look You See in Witcher 3 Wild Hunt 

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt game by CD Projekt Red, is set in a time of long ago.  Many who play (including myself) often long to get the minimalist look of primitive days gone by.  The game series concept was originally taken from a first miniseries) turned book character, Geralt of Rivia, from Polish book author (Andrzej Sapkowski.)

how to decorate witcher 3 style
Poslish Syle Home, reminiscent of real village of Zalipie . Screenshot where I'm currently at as Geralt of Rivia in Witcher 3 Location: Arette, Novigrad.

Primitive Culture Comes Alive

It's not hard to recognize is the overtones in this particular Wild Hunt game - players who aren't familiar with it's Polish roots may consider this world to be that of styles of Slavic - Russian (signs, scenery) - Norse (homes, shields) -  Scandinavian - Scottish  (pottery, furniture) culture. However, it is based on Poland and it's culture.

I suffice to say the Blood and Wine Expansion highlighting primitive France no doubt. I thought it would be nice to explore how to get a look like you see in these houses in Arette , Novigrad, and Oxenfurt.   Thatched roofs and old wooden homes, crates, barrels, and wooden furniture make for easy decorating.  Today I wanted to explore the shelves, in particular, the pottery.

Wine Carafe Witcher 3

The Search for the Same Carafe as in Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

I searched high and low to get the same look as in the photo.  I came up with 20 ideas that would suffice to make your home look " more Witchery. " These are of course, just my own opinions and you will need to see the Disclaimer at the bottom of the page as I encourage everyone to visit CD Projekt Red and get this game (with expansion packs of course).   Note:  I am calling this a wine carafe. Who knows, could have been a milk jug!   So without further adieu,  I bring you in no particular order my top 20.  Of course none look exactly like the one in the game, but the pottery styles will turn your home into something grand.

Swedish Jug Carafe on Etsy
Source:  Swedish Jug on Etsy  Shop NorthenDesignArt  $148.50

1. This stoneware jug / vase was made in a Swedish Porcelain Factory "Rörstrand" circa 30's-50's by Gunnar Nylund .  I like the overall shape of this item , it's sleek design and pale colors remind me of something right out of Novigrad!

witcher 3 style wine carafe
Source:  This wine vessel is natural hue and $11 here GallantTailor

2.  This wine jug is handmade in the Ukraine and will hold 2.5 Liters of wine, you can use it in your retro home and get the Witcher style by a quick paint of blue !             

wine decanter on Etsy CeramicsByPustovit

3.  Ceramics by Pustovit out of the Ukraine had a few decanters that really hit the nail on the head resembling the sleekness of old world shapes and styles. So Scandi!  Could pass for one of the ones on the shelves in Witcher Wild Hunt.  I wouldn't mind nabbing one of their many designs, they are all handmade.

vintage wine jug etsy shop Divio
Source:  Divio on Etsy features this ceramic jug for $53.97

4.  Divio has several handmade styles on Etsy of what they call "rustic" ceramic jugs and pitchers.  This would hold enough wine to make me happy.

Darshan Pottery Wine Pitcher
Source:  Darshan Pottery offers this pitcher , made in USA, $80.

5. Made in the USA, this Vermont artisan's shop is called Darshan Pottery.  This wine (or as they say, ice tea ) pitcher has a great feel of yesterday. I love the drip glaze!

ceramicsbypustovit, etsy

Source:  This Old world Pitcher is only $31.25 at CeramicsbyPustovit Etsy Shop.
6.   Ceramics by Pustovit again, in a different glaze, really has that old world style on Pitchers and Carafes. 

redstonegoods pottery pitcher
Source:  RedStoneGoods on Etsy pottery pitcher, $38

7. RedStoneGoods makes products from clay, in Belarus and many of their designs are sleek and remind me of the items on the shelves in Oxenfurt!
etsy wine decanter jackpot jen
 Source:  Wine Decanter , Fiesta, $32 Jackpot Jen

8.   Fiesta Decanters certainly have a bigger shape, but still reminiscent shape of the Witcher wine decanter, and these are more recently made.  Fiesta is manufactured by the Homer Laughlin China Company in Newell, West Virginia.

Source:  NoNameCatVintage  offers this Blue Mountain Pitcher for $62.33

9. Although not spouted per say the overall shape and feel reminds me of something you would see in an elf or halfling's home. This mid century modern vase is made by Blue Mountain Pottery and ships from Canada.

sleek blue ceramic vase eclecticdaffodil
Source:  Blue Ceramic Vase at eclecticdaffodil $16.00

10.   Although not a carafe, this blue ceramic vase would make a good staging prop, it's shape and design reminds of of Arette's shelves.  It ships from Eclectic Daffodil vintage shop on Etsy, in Indiana.

frankoma wine carafe
Source: Frankoma's stylistic lines carafe at  Beautalicious, $15

11.  Frankoma pottery is back!  The vintage factories closed after many years of production, is now back up and running. This however , is a true vintage style. Ships from USA from Etsy shop Beautalicious. 

van briggle ewer vase on etsy
Source:  Ewer Vase, Van Briggle, $98.50 WillowSophiaAntiques

12.  Van Briggle pottery has deliciously curvy lines, and a line of "Ewer" vases resembles that which is found on shelves of Novigrad.   This one, in blue fade, ships from USA. 

Carolina Crockery Hand Thrown Jug
Source: Carolina Crockery Hand-Thrown Ovoid Jug $85.00

13.  This Cider jug is hand thrown, and is simply lovely.  Made in the USA in North Carolina.  Bonus:  Many of the shop's oil and vinegar pottery cruets remind me of something you would see on the Wild Hunt's game shelves. What a way to modernize your home with the style of Witcher ! Make sure to check them out. 

LootByLouise pfaltzgraff pitcher
Source: LootByLouise Pfaltzgraff pitcher $24.95 

14.  From Iowa ships this great drippy glaze Pfaltzgraff pitcher, available at Etsy shop Loot By Louise. 
MCM Pottery Jug Monmouth Opportunity Store Etsy
Source: Monmouth Mid Century Modern $25 Opportunity Found

15.  This wonderful Mid Century Modern MCM vase made by Monmouth and still has the original lid.  It ships from the US and benefits the Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon - empowering people of Diverse Abilities.   

Royal Haegar vases
Source: Duo of Royal Haeger vases on Etsy, NeNeandSeSe visit for pricing.

16.  Although not the same overall form the style reminds me of the game style, simple, elegant. These are a duo by Royal Haeger, and offered as a set from California, on sale at the time of this post. 

bauer coffee carafe etsy
Source: Bauer Coffee Carafe $39.95 moniquevernon Etsy

17. The lines of this Bauer carafe would be spot on if it wasn't for the wooden handle.  I didn't even notice when I first saw the design, and maybe it would look great on the pottery shelves in Redania! 

Lilys Keepsakes Etsy Vintage Crockery Jug
Source: Only $10 , Whiskey Jug at Lilys Keepsakes on Etsy

18. Drink Up!  Believe it or not, this is a vintage whiskey jug, in crockery stoneware which makes it very reminiscent of the game. I really like this design. Make sure to visit the shop to see the really cool maker marking on the front side. 

stoneware jug at VintageByTiffinie
Source:  stoneware jug at VintageByTiffinie $12.99

19.  This little hand thrown pitcher would look cute on a shelf . I wonder if the artist knew way back when that this style would be so loved?  It ships from the USA from Texas!

Clay Water Jugs on Etsy
Source: Clay Water Jugs Etsy, $17.54 from Germany AmphoresCappadocia

20.  Here we have handmade German water jugs in clay. Oh so lovely!  They ship from Germany but a steal at this price.  Of course I like the spouted one best!


Some search terms I used to do my search were and that may help you find a similar item: 
Ceramic Wine Carafe
Pottery whiskey jugs
Stoneware Wine Jug
Clay Water Jug
Ewer Vase
Sleek Vase
Pottery Carafe
Wine Decanter
Ceramic Wine Decanter
Handmade Wine Decanter
Clay Wine Jug
Clay Wine Carafe
Clay Wine Pitcher
Ceramic Pitcher
Sleek Pitcher
Mid Century Modern Ceramic Pitcher

Decorate Like Witcher 3
Loot this Look!  Screenshot of Witcher 3, Wild Hunt by CD Projekt Red

Disclaimer:   This was an unpaid post, created due to the fact I love the Witcher 3 game and searched high and low to replicate the look, I'm a vintage seller on Etsy under the shop RetroChalet, but none of these items are my own! 

 The Witcher® is a trademark of CD PROJEKT S. A. The Witcher game © CD PROJEKT S. A. All rights reserved. The Witcher game is based on a novel by Andrzej Sapkowski. 

All users are Etsy shop owners and photos used with permission, their photo contains a link to their shop, unless their shop has closed which will then be removed. 

I hope to do more posts soon as I continue to strive to replicate this look for my home.