Friday, December 31, 2010

Best of 2010 Finds

During 2010 I went to many estate sales, garage sales, thrift shops, antique shops, and flea markets. I found a lot of great things, here is a brief recap of some of my favorite finds of 2010.

Silver, silver and more silver. My number one thing to look for.

I found lots of great flatware, bowls, serving pieces.

Some of it I kept, some ended up on my Etsy Shop, some were given as gifts.

I love to look for old books.
And I do judge them by their covers, I always look for great graphics, both on the cover and inside.
I found many children's books, home decor books and some of the classics.

Unusual outdoor/garden items are another thing I keep my eyes open for. Like this wood cutout girl, and a wagon to hold flowers.

An old rusted bird bell and an elephant bird house are a few of the things that decorated the garden this year.

Old group photos. After seeing a story in Country Living I wanted to display the ones I already had, and add a few more.

Both of these are Victorian era school photos. Both found at estate sales.

Some old cabinet photos, too.

And I added to my collection of old candy tins, I particularly like the art nouveau style tins.

Looking forward to the amazing finds that 2011 will bring!
I hope everyone has a lovely New Year's.

Linked up to Junkin' Finds Friday, hosted by Linda @ A La Carte.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Presents

It was a lovely Christmas here at The Lazy Peacock.
These are just a few of the wonderful gifts that I received.
A beautiful set of antique French tortoise hair combs.
They are each stamped France. I love them, and since I wear my hair up all the time, they will get a lot of use.

Several antique/collecting books.

Including this one about Paris shops.

Some new silver polish! I go through silver polish like crazy. I haven't tried this one before, but am always looking for a better one - I have yet to come across one that I really love.

This super adorable handbag was from my brother and his wife. They have the cutest shop in Princeton NJ, Green Design. I think it probably came from their shop.

It has a little birdie stitched onto it. So cute!

This was a gift I gave to my mom - who loves Halloween and Christmas. It is a print of a Christmas Witch - her sleigh is made of broomsticks, being pulled by black cats, one white cat at the helm. I found this shop on ebay, Byrum Art - they have lots of great Halloween and Christmas prints.

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas too!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

White Christmas Mantel

This year the fireplace mantel went all white and silver.

Lots of Christmas tree candles, and a cardboard church with bottle brush trees.

This Santa sleigh was an estate sale find - it used to be gold. A quick coat of white spray paint fixed it right up.

More trees and an angel.

Linked up to White Wednesday, hosted by Faded Charm.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Vintage Christmas Decorations

Here are a few shots of my vintage Christmas decorations. Above is an old wood dough bowl filled with vintage glass ornaments.

A tiny wood block village and some old tree candles.

Carollers and and ice bucket holding silver glass ornaments.

I found this group of candles at a recent estate sale.

And I love old magazines on the coffee table, this is The Saturday Evening Post, December 13, 1947.

This one is my favorite - another Saturday Evening Post, December 27, 1947. I suspect this is what many people feel like after the holidays.

Linked up to Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Surprise

I love when surprises arrive in the mail around Christmas time. This beautiful basket came from my pal octoberfarm, who is famous for her amazing baskets filled with goodies.

It was packed full with wonderful cheeses, really nice teak cutting board.

The best blueberry spread I have ever tried, honey mustard, artichoke spread.

A really good olive oil, balsamic glaze, white truffle honey (can't wait to try this).

Figs, salami, prosciutto .

Amaretti cookies, a topping for brie, more great cheese.

Some lovely cheese knives and spreaders, cheese markers,

Italian pasta,

Almond nougat candy in the best packaging.

These are all the individual wrapped candies.

Best basket - ever!

And the basket happened to arrive at the best possible time...right before a huge snowstorm.
The cheese on the right, with the Christmas tree design was my very favorite - but I can't remember what it was called!

We had 17" of snow and were snowed in all weekend.
This is the blueberry spread over some brie cheese. Yum!
Thanks octoberfarm!!!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


It definitely feels like Christmas with all the snow we have had.

A few outdoor shots with the Christmas lights.

Backyard after the first big snow.

The snow is much deeper now.

Front door area - an old sled.

With an old pair of ice skates.

Linked up to Outdoor Wednesday, hosted by A Southern Daydreamer.