Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ceramics by EmyLiaStone

EmyLiaStone ceramics on Etsy
Retro Style Geisha Girl Statue, from EmyLiaStone on Etsy $25

When I was growing up in the 70's, I remember once my Aunt had a ceramics class. I think this evolved when she told her friends she had purchased a kiln (in those days three times as large as they are now).  Lots of people would go to her house, to see what the latest greatest mold she had acquired. Soon they were paying each week to cover supplies clays, paints, and turning out all kinds of ceramics. 

EmyLiaStone Hedgehog Ceramics on Etsy
 Adorable Hedgehog Garden / Plant Sprinkler, $15.99 at EmyLiaStone on Etsy

I remember this was fun times with family and friends.  I don't hear of ceramics classes much anymore but do know my neighbor has made it a point to visit her grandmother, about an hour away, and spend one weekend a month painting and baking her clay, so that when Christmas roles around she has a new item for all of us. From retro napkin holders to vases, often using old molds from the 70's, I look forward to her gifts each year.  

hand Painted vase on Etsy emyLiaStone

Hand Painted Vase at EmyLiaStone, Terracotta, $56, Stunning!

Crafters on Etsy like EmyLiaStone still make and enjoy making things of ceramic both cute and functional for the home.   The shop is run by mother to three, Madeline, from Salem, Massachusetts. She enjoys painting, and even hand paints creations onto wine and shot glasses. She says, "My workspace is a large deck facing a sprawling marsh. I sit surrounded by my tools and listen to the birds and create."

See more of her work here on Etsy.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Estate Sale Website Find An Estate Sale Near You

Estate Sale Finds
Rooster at an estate sale? So odd I have to have it.  Pic: EstateSale.Company 

Estate Sales Made Easy 

I adore estate sales. Not only because I stock my Etsy shop with finds, but also because I love living vintage and green. Using old items instead of buying mass produced is just a way of life for me.  However, my big gripe is finding the best estate sales can be rough. Digging through my local paper listings are sometimes misleading, as advertising in the newspaper is very expensive so most estate sales only list a few lines of text. 

Now there is a website called EstateSale.Company which lists estate sales in and around the area.   Or, if you are looking for something fun to do on the weekends, you can find an estate sale in the next town and enjoy your weekend rummaging through goodies!

Estate Sale Treasures at
I want to dig through these boxes, bad. This one is in Bronx and listed at EstateSale.Company

Estate Sale Company Pulls Sales From All Over
For instance, I am in Baltimore but when I looked the Estate Sale Company website up, I found some lisings in Maryland, North Carolina, California and New York. It seems to pull anything interesting and worthy from the web including Facebook, Twitter and online posts. 

Fun Filled Thelma and Louise Adventure

If you are old enough to remember Thelma and Louise (and a very young Brad Pitt) you may want to check out this site and plan on going on a road trip with your bestie to a fun estate sale. Ditch the kids and hubby and go Thelma and Louise style to the next state to crash the best estate sale for treasure.

Estatesale.Company  website is definitely getting bookmarked! 

All Photos Used with their Permission.
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