Welcome to my blog!

I used to blog here mostly using local photos about my neighborhood or Washington DC or other places I visited. But I took a break from the blog for a few months and then found myself posting about crafts and sewing projects I have done or are doing. More recently, my spare time is taken up with selling collectibles and things on Ebay as a seller called Mugsim7. Having a lot of fun with it so far! May your days be blessed with miracles, surprises and creativity too!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Decorative china coffee or tea set made in Japan drips with gold and pink design

I've put this little tea or coffee pot set up on Ebay again to see if I can sell it.  It's a very decorative piece but basically it's a vintage reproduction Made in Japan as a copy of other vintage or antique tea or coffee services.  This has the little classic French medallion of rustic courtesans playing outside and the whole thing is painted in very bright rosy magenta tone and gold splashes of paint making it light up a lot in a cabinet case.
It has six cups and saucers, each cup about 3 inches high and saucer almost 4 inches across.  The tea pot or coffee server stands about 7 inches high and the creamer and sugar bowl are equally well proportioned and equally well gilded and painted. There's nothing wrong with this set except it says "For Decorative Use Only" stamped on the bottom in gold print, leading me to think that the paints have metallic or other elements in them that might leach into real coffee and tea.  So the set is for decoration only!
It's a shame really as it would be rather nice to have one's coffee served in this over-the-top antique copy coffee service!
At any rate I have partitioned it into two lots and put them up on Ebay for sale. One listing is for the six teacups with saucers and the other is the pot with creamer and sugar bowl.   I've written about them in social media before saying these may be useful for crafts purposes or for decorative uses.  I'm thinking of the people who make bird feeders out of coffee cups by glueing them to wooden posts or who make artful arrangements of coffee pots into water fountains and things.  I suppose I might do something like that myself if I don't sell them first!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Art Nouveau Pieces in Paris, France

 This lovely lamp was created by Louis Majorelle (1846-1940), an artisan from Nancy, France. It is a table lamp created in 1902-1904 by Majorelle and the Daum Brothers and is typical of the Nancy School of Art Nouveau pieces created for various architects and designers at the time.  It stands almost 18 inches high and is so totally stunning I just had to photograph it. It is in Musee D'Orsay, Paris France among a collection of other art nouveau/art deco furniture pieces.  Just super!
This bed was created 1898 to 1899 by Tony Selmershein (1871 to 1971) from Saint Germain En Laye, who created this "chaise de salle a manger" for the Savoy Hotel in Brussels.  It is wonderful and strange looking and was arranged in a room format for view in the Musee D'Orsay in Paris, France.

Monet's Giverny Garden Was Beautiful

 While in France recently, we visited Giverny where Monet lived. We especially loved the garden and it was blooming well. There were all kinds of brig
ht colored flowers and lots of paths and walkways through it. The best thing about it was that most of the flowers and plants were not exotic species but easily grown and common plants such as daises and roses.  It was a terrific two hours wandering through and here are just some of the views from there.

Lovely Orchids at L'Orangerie in Paris

We visited Paris, France recently and got a chance to visit some of the amazing museums there. One museum was the L'Orangerie right in the middle of Paris. We went there to see the lovely display of Monet lilies paintings.  But in the lobby area was a lovely display of orchids that I also photographed as they really caught my eye as they seemed quite unusual. They were on the reception desk shelf and looked like they got a lot of light.  Just wonderful! Just wish my orchid looked like this but right now it's now flowering as I think I overwatered it and it hasn't got much sun.....


Pretty glass acrylic drawer knobs mqke great decoration

Recently I took nine drawer handles off a bureau that had got damaged.  The bureau was pretty new and so the drawer knobs were in very good condition so I put them up on Ebay to be sold.  Unfortunately, one of the knobs was missing so of the five drawers I only had nine drawer knobs.  Nevertheless, they are for sale as I think they are very nice looking, about 1-2 inches in depth, and would look good on another bureau that might need refreshing.
I also think they could be used for crafts or decorative elements such as putting all the knobs on a piece of wood and using it as a beads and bracelet hanger. Or to arrange in a shape on a larger piece of wood, maybe that is painted, and have it be a sign of some sort. 
I've almost convinced myself to keep them and make something of them but since I really am into deacquiring things, they remain up on Ebay.