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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

'Junking' Treasures ..

Hello my dear friends,

I had such a lovely day on my birthday.

I was spoiled over the entire day with too many beautiful gifts again and lovely little surprises and as always everyone was so sweet to me. A part of my day was spent out and about junking with my daughter Ashleigh, something we hadn't done in such a long time and it was so nice. Not only that but I was very fortunate to find some treasures too and one of them is just so amazing!

 I am a total lover of tarnished and tattered things and tarnished treasures were what I found.

A few pieces were what I would call 'your 'classic' findings which are little tarnished trays with and without stands and a tarnished little creamer ~ I always love finding this neat treasures.

A big smile came over my face when I saw this ...

... and then I saw double ... and I mean double.

I found a set of Seagull pewter candle stands in the shape of  tulips which are the matching pieces that are meant to go with the tulip candle snuffer ...

... which I had previously turned into pincushions.
I am so happy that I was finally able to find of a few of these beauties.

However my next finding I think is what it would be called the 'piece de résistance' and I am over the moon about it. It is a Evans table lighter in the shape of a strawberry. You read right ... a strawberry.

(Photo courtesy of the Pinterest)

In it's earlier days (the 1940's) it might have looked like this and been covered in a coat of enamel, most probably the color would have been vibrant red but over the many years of it's life it was lost but that is so OK with me because just take a look at it now! 

Isn't is absolutely stunning?!

And take a look inside ~ see it really is a old table lighter!
 I have never before seen one this beautiful and so lovely and there was no way I was going to leave the store without it.

I had forgotten to share these two cute pieces were treasures that I had found a few weeks ago ...

... and they are little vintage egg cups ...

... so adorable!

I already have plans for most of these beautiful pieces, I just need to find the time to work on them and to do my little magic. Needless to tell you all what I am going to turn them into ... right?!

So ... whenever you have a few spare moment why not stop by here at Todolwen and visit me ~ I might just have something new to share with you.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Wonderful finds. Can't wait to see what they become.

  2. Oh no, I missed your birthday?!? Many happy returns! I am glad to hear that you had such a lovely day. Your finds are absolutely fabulous, I adore that table lighter. Well, the strawberry outer, don't care about the lighter inside lol.

  3. Fabulous find on that strawberry lighter Karen. Have never in my own travels found anything similar. Glad you had a wonderful birthday, mine was as well. Cheers, Linda.

  4. Soooooooo beautiful things you will turn in new creations!
    I will be here to see them soon :-)!

    Hugs Ines♥

  5. Parabéns pelo aniversário e pelas peças lindas que adquiriu, um verdadeiro tesouro.
    Obrigada, abraços carinhosos
    Maria Teresa

  6. So interesting, the vintage treasures you find! How lovely to see past the age to the beauty these things hold. It is a rare gift these days!

  7. Happy birthday Karen, it looks as if you found yourself some beautiful gifts. I have a sneaking suspicion what some may become! I look forward to seeing if I was right!!

  8. I can't wait to see what you do with the Seagull candle stands!

  9. So wundervolle Dinge.
    Ich wuensche dir ein wunderbares neues Lebensjahr!
    1000 Greusse aus Koeln schickt dir

  10. You find the best treasures Karen! The strawberry is the "cherry on top." I look forward to seeing them again once you work your magic on them.
    hugs and JOY,

  11. Happy, happy belated birthday, Karen!!!!!!! Such treasures - such beautiful treasures for a beautiful soul. I hope your birthday was filled with sunshine confetti and glitter.


  12. What fun treasures you found - can't wait to see their transformations. I leave tomorrow for a trip to Missouri where I will be treasure hunting with my sister and friend. Thanks for the inspirations!!!

  13. Oh no - looks like I missed your birthday too. Happy Belated m'dear. These are wonderful treasures. I have something similar to that footed dish somewhere in the basement. Hmm......:)

  14. Once again you have discovered the most wondrous of treasures! I was all envious of those beautiful tulips, but THEN I saw those little eggcups.....lucky you to have found those!!!

  15. Karen,
    Such lovely pieces!!! I love your pincushions, I did tell you about the pincushions I made for my sisters did t I? I'll have to do a post on them!
    I see a pincushion I. So many things as well. I think that is what attracted me to your blog at first, some of your lovely pincushions!!
    Hugs, Betsy

  16. Wow Karen, I dream of finding those kind of finds..... Can hardly wait to see what you dream up with these!! Love ya' Patricia B

  17. Wow Karen, I dream of finding those kind of finds..... Can hardly wait to see what you dream up with these!! Love ya' Patricia B

  18. Wow Karen! I dream of finding finds like these. I can hardly wait to see what you have in-store for these beauties. Love ya' Patricia B