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!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Beautiful Baccarat Crystal Champagne Flutes, about 9 inches high

 I acquired this box of a pair of Baccarat Crystal Champagne Flute glasses recently.  They are a little over 9 inches tall and sit in a nice big box of their own. They have the Made in France Baccarat etching on the bottom round of each glass so when you drink bottoms up you will see the label.  I think they are just beautiful and I would like to keep them but we don't drink alcohol anymore and so will never use them. They are in the original red lined box as sold at a Lord and Taylor shop (the sticker is still on the bottom!). The box has a lovely dark red colored sponge holder to hold these in storage.  So I'm selling them on Ebay as I won't use them and I'm sure there's someone out there who would like to snap them up a a good price.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Cherubs and Chariots Seeking New Homes

Lately I've become a little intrigued about the level of detail on the Wedgwood dish collectibles I have put up for sale on Ebay.  All these little dishes and plates and trinket boxes have little scenes on them.  For instance little cherubs dancing, or cherubs dashing about in a chariot drawn by a lion, or an angel type figure who is riding a horse.

 In some cases it is really hard to figure out what these figures are really up to. Handing flowers to each other?  There's other detail too like borders of ivy type leaves and daisies and trees.  So much detail goes into these!  I once watched someone make a Wedgwood piece and after the firing of the basic shape they then press on the little decal type images and which also seem to be made of some kind of clay. The little white colored scenes placed on top of the blue jasperware china clay is quite remarkable and distinctive and is probably what makes these pieces stand out from all the other collectibles out there. Most of them seem to have a classical reference, such as to Greek or Roman mythology.  Hoping there are many appreciators of this stuff in Ebay land who will buy these from me.  I'm really not a collector of them and have no place to display them, so all the pieces are looking for new homes.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Royal dishes for pins, rings and other things

The other day I came across a couple of rather battered looking biscuit tins among the things my now deceased  mother-in-law had given me. I fully expected them to be filled be photos and souvenirs upon opening, but oh no, it was yet another set of what I call Royalophile little trinket and commemorative dishes. I sort of grouped them by what they were about and at least three of them were about the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spenser back there in July 1981.  So I've dutifully photographed them and posted them up on Ebay for sale as I really don't know what else to do with them. I'm not a collector of these items myself and I'm hoping there's a at least a few persons out there in Ebay land who would want these. They are all quite pretty and have interesting images on them and some are gilded. They are all made in England so I am fairly certain she acquired them while on trips to the old country.  The best use of them is probably as pin dishes (like glue a magnet on the underside!) or as ring catchers beside the kitchen or laundry sink. Or maybe use them as soap dishes?  Natch, I have put up the biscuit tins for sale also on Ebay!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Lincoln Logs, cool vintage toy that doesn't require a screen or batteries!

Among the several things hubster has given me to sell on Ebay from his childhood are these wooden Lincoln logs. So far, all I've done is photograph a pile of them but I'm thinking I should build something with them and photograph them so as to add to the number of the photos that one is allowed to put up with item for sale.  They seem like a lovely vintage toy and easy to play with for children of many ages. And they don't require a keyboard, a screen or batteries or a wall outlet to plug into. Hmm.... Should be posting these up on Ebay soon. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Wedgwood Jasperware is So Cool

Among the little collection of blue and white Wedgwood pieces that I've been selling up on Ebay are some trinket boxes.  One of them is this round one with a ribbed base and some classical relief scene on the lid.  Most of the pieces are somewhat like this, with strings of leaves around the rims and scenes of women and men in togas or Greek robes carrying lamps, or playing instruments or groups of fat little cherubs dancing or chasing each other.   I have about four trinket boxes in various shapes and they are all quite intriguing and delicate.  I also have a bud vase and some plates and a little cup.  Most of these are stamped or indented on the bottom with the Wedgewood label and say "Made in England."   Apparently they are  made of some kind of china called Jasperware which was created by the original Wedgwood company.  There's also numbers and letters on them such as "B" or "W" or "64" o "63" which may be the years they were made. I haven't done much research on these marks but just write them into the description in the Ebay listing, in the hope that there is someone who wants to buy these and may be more expert than I, will be able to figure out more about them.