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March 1, 2010

~ I was Bitten ~

By the Antique bug and have suffered with it ever since and this is the first piece that I bought...This is what started my passion and love of Antiques....

It's also one of my oldest pieces of furniture its from England ca.1740...its a wine cupboard all walnut...Looks pretty good now...But when I found this piece at a welding shop in 1979 and it had a ton of junk tossed up on it and at least 6 inches of grime on the top of the finish...

I have a Chamber set also from England ca. 1880 that sits on the top of it.....I also have the basin and pitcher that goes with this set...But it sits on one of my night stands...will show that to you soon....

Love all the wood details in this piece


This is another Victorian lamp shade I made
Love it at night time....



Now you see all those little holes in it...those were wood worms living in this when I got it...I picked it up from the welding shop and took it right to the refurnisher and he had to Gas it first before he could even start to stripe it....As I didn't want worms in my house ha ha!!





A couple more of my Victorian photos albums sit on the bottom half....

This hand painted plate I got about 30 years ago from a little ole lady in Pasadena, I kid you not she was old , lived in Pasadena...didn't ask her if she had a car for sell ha ha!!
So there you have a full view of what it looks like...I have this piece in my Bedroom and I keep my fabrics in it...I hope didn't bore you once again with my Antiques...Now be sure and go by and see our wonderful Hostess Marty " A Stroll Thru Life" to see all the gals that won't bore you today...Thanks Marty for yet another fun day...Your the best my friend...

Now I do have a winner on the $50.00 Amazon gift card...Its KBeau at "Life in the slow Lane" blog site...Thanks for tossing your name into the hat...I don't really know her but was by her blog and she has a great blog pay her a visit...Now I also need you KBeau to email me your information so I can have Amazon send you your gift card my email address is under "Contact me" under my header picture...I also have a little Spring/ Easter give away coming up so please look for it.... And the same rule will apply just leave me a comment...NO Hoop jumping to enter....As I think we that work or have worked have jumped through too many hoops in our lives...And I just love to be able to have give aways... Because I Love Yall...
So until next time from my mountain top to yours,

49 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Mom! I'm checking into the nest to see how you are. Love this piece, Gloria, and the dresser set, too. And please tell me... you made that lamp??? Girl, you are amazing! But I knew that already. :-)

I'm hoping to be back to blogging this week. Lots of craziness lately (I feel like a true road warrior), but I miss you and the blogging gang so hope to see you on a regular basis soon.

Hope you're feeling better...

XO,

Sheila :-)

sissie said...

Hi Gloria,
I cannot believe that you found that gorgeous piece in a welding shop of all places. It's great that you saw its potential.

I love how you have restored it and added your other antiques.

So pretty.

hugs
Sissie

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Gloria,

I can't believe you found this beautiful walnut piece in a welding shop. It is gorgeous and love the chamber set and the lamp shade you made.

Have a happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

bj said...

OMGoodness, Gloria..these pieces are wonderful...as is all your other pieces. You have some real beauties!!
Thanks for reminding me about Tabletop Tuesday. I did go by and link with her.
Have a beautiful night.
xo bj

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Gloria, so sorry for the problem. I have Mr. Linky all fixed now. Your cabinet is just stunning and the chamber set is wonderful. You made the lampshade? It is gorgeous. You always have the prettiest things. I just love them all. Thanks so much for joining today. I so appreciate it. Hugs, Marty

Deborah said...

I love all your antiques! I also have been biten by the antique bug!
Have a good week!
Deborah

Deb said...

very pretty....

Stacey said...

That is one amazing piece of furniture! I can't believe you found it in a welding shop. Just goes to show that our eyes always need to be open. You have such beautiful antiques . I am in awe!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Gloria...I keep forgetting that your comments have to be ok'd by yoou before they are posted. Whatever the case...I wanted to thank you so much for your comment on Patrick. I am having a bad couple of days I think. I keep crying today..and can't seem to not want him. Makes me ashamed...but I cannot help it. It hurts. Everything reminds me of him..just everything! Everywhere I look he is there! I know you will understand. Sorry to dump on you, Sweetie. Forgive me..
Mona

xinex said...

1700s? Wow! That's really amazing and it is incredibly beautiful. I love everything you have on it too, Gloria. ..Christine

Josh said...

Hey grandma what a beautiful piece. I always wonder how long it took them back then to make something like that. So much wood detail. Love u grandma!

Kim said...

Gloria you have some of the most extraordinary antiques I have ever seen! I'm way too jealous than I should be!
xoxo,
Kim

Kim said...

Gloria you have some of the most extraordinary antiques I have ever seen! I'm way too jealous than I should be!
xoxo,
Kim

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

That is a gorgeous piece! No wonder you were hooked with it being your first antique!

You made that lamp?? Wow! You are good!!!

No, I wasn't on RMS, I hope somebody else didn't put my window treatment on there! LOL! Maybe you saw it on my blog, I had it on there a quite a while ago.

Katherine

Shelia said...

Oh, Gloria! This piece is so beautiful! You are so fortunate to have found so many beautiful things! I love seeing your hookedness on antiques! I love all your have!
About those cords...I hate seeing them and we just kinda poked up all together and taped them up. There's a little ledge at the back of the TV table so I propped them up there.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Wow. Wow. Wow. So it's 270 years old! I'll bet a very wealthy family first owned it. It must have taken forever to make. How can you shut your eyes at night with all that beauty surrounding you? What sights to wake up to.

Liz said...

Gloria! This is an amazing piece! SO rich! Thank you for sharing it. Also that lampshade is stunning. You are a very talented lady! :)

~Liz

Patricia said...

Gloria, I can't imagine anyone could ever tire of antiques. You have some of the most gorgeous pieces. That lampshade is to die for. You are one talented lady.
Thanks for sharing with us. I never tire of looking at your antiques.I come by often but this is my first time leaving a comment. I found you through Tootsie Time. Thanks Tootsie.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sis...

Girl, I don't think that I've ever seen this fabulous piece! Ohhh my goodness..it's magnificent!!! I seriously drooled all over my keyboard on this one, my friend! Hehe! The walnut is sooo beautiful and I just can't get over all the rich detailing!!! I especially love the carved designs on the upper half...center! Ohhh...sooo pretty! Oh my gosh...I bet this was another piece that the movers had fun with! Hehe! I can't even begin to imagine how much it weighs! So you have your fabric stored here? Hmmm...I need me one of these kind of fabric cabinets! Hehe! Ohhh...and I love, love, LOVE this chamber set! You'll have to tell us what they used each piece for...I don't have a clue! Especially the largest piece? The pattern on these pieces is just fabulous!!! Gloria, I just love how your beautiful lampshade looks when it's dark and you have the light turned on! Soooo very pretty!!! Well Sis...thank you sooo much for sharing this exquisite antique piece with us today!!! I've never seen anything like it before...it really is exquisite!!!

Love ya, Sweetie...
Chari

Sher Miller said...

Just found you and your blog and have been blissfully strolling through your posts! Could you be encouraged to share a tutorial on how you made that gorgeous lampshade? Looking forward to reading and enjoying onward -
Sher

kim said...

What an extraordinary piece. You saved it from that shop. The wormholes give it such character. A lot of people take nails and a hammer to make those holes. Yours are the real deal. Thanks for sharing.

onlymehere said...

Your antiques are positively never boring! I enjoy the tours and that's a big reason of why I keep coming back! Congrats to the winner of your cards also!

Lynette said...

Love that gorg piece Gloria - when my dad does his wood working (on a much smaller level) he puts his finished pieces in the microwave to kill off the "wood worms"!!

I love those little holes in your piece that are real and not manufactured - not like today's pieces!

Thanks for sharing and if you get a chance, come by and enter my giveaway!

Love the look of your blog, by the way!

Happy Day Girl!

Debbie said...

Gloria you have such pretty collectibles, the hutch display is gorgeous! Have a great day!!~

Kathysue said...

Gloria you could never bore me with your knowlege of antiques and your beautiful pieces. This is amazing and to think of how old it is ,I love it. You are a true treasuer finder, Kathysue

The Pink Birdhouse said...

Wow, I love all the details in the wood of that heavenly piece of furniture too! No wonder why you were bitten with the bug and love of antiques. As for me, that Victorian lampshade would have done it for me, I do so love frilly and fancy like that! It is just delightufl lit up in the evening. You could never bore us with your talk of antiques and pretty photos, on the contrary, we love that we are able to see such beautiful things!! ~~~Debby

kim said...

Gloria, the paint color on my back wall is Richmond Gold by Benjamin Moore.

Picket said...

Morning girl...you always outdo us with your gorgeous pieces of furniture!!! I can't believe you found that in a welding shop and they had to 'gas' it?? Like put the worms in a 'gas' chamber...was there a trial..would the electric chair have been quicker! lol
It amazes me at the talent you have for making those beautiful lamps...have you ever made one with toile fabric..and use colored fringe to match the fabric and use an old teapot for the base or even a beautiful tall rooster,yea a rooster like the one I saw at Cracker Barrel...huh..oh sorry got carried away there for a minute (but I'd pay you a dollar down and a dollar a week til Christmas!!!!) lol
And girl what do you mean you thought I tossed that amber cloche you gave me when I moved! Girl that is one of my most prized possessions...I pity the dufus that ever does damage to it!!!! lol
Great post as always sis...and congrats to the giveaway winner..can't wait to see your next one...take care sis and have a great week...love you so~Picket~

Carrie said...

Such a stunning piece of furniture, with such fine carving!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Gloria I love this piece..can not believe it was in a ole shop with stuff all over it....good grief you got lucky finding it...just Beautiful....
But the lamp is what I really love. Do you make these and sell them or just do them for yourself. Many years ago I wanted to learn to do this and never did. I hate I did not. How long have you been doing it.
Have you entered my chocolate giveaway. If not come by it ends soon
Love
Maggie
PS
Oh I almost forgot I am trying to redo my site a little and I have been adding pages and want to add my blogger friends to the page I have but how do you do it with out doing it one by one. If you know please email me at grandmayellowhair@gmailcom
I have the very same saying you have for yours. We think a like

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

You really started with an ornate piece. Once again you have something I've never seen. You have museum type pieces...amazing.

Congrats to your winner!

Sue

Cozy Little House said...

I love the textured wood detail of that cabinet!
Brenda

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

In a welding shop! Girl I cannot believe someone had that in an old shop.Just look at all the detailed carving on it.And all the nooks and crannies. It is just gorgeous Gloria. I love your old Photo Albums. Wow! You did such a great job on the lamp shade. Way to go!
Lona

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Gloria, you have a beautiful collection of antiques and have displayed them so perfectly.

Thanks for dropping by my blog and your kinds words for my sil and our troops. God bless your grandson as he serves soon and may he be safe.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Gloria,
This piece is simply to die for! As is everything on it. I LOVE the lamp Shade that you made and the Chamber set is so pretty! I enjoy looking at all of the lovely things you post!! It makes my Victorian heart sing!!
Debbie

Justine said...

Wow, Gloria, this piece is absolutely exquisite! I also love the chamber set. It looks so delicate!

Justine :o )

Myrna said...

Well, I was bitten by the same bug..so we'll just have to suffer along together! :-) I NEVER tire of your antiques..keep bringing them on!
This is an amazing piece! And your chamber collection is wonderful! I've never seen a 'tall' chamber pot before!
Beautiful post!
Blessings,
Myrna

KBeau said...

Wow, I can't believe I won. I just emailed you my info. Thanks so much for the fantastic give away. Guess I'll start making a wish list!!

My friend Janice will thank you, too. She and I love to trade books.

Kathleen said...

What a magnificent piece, Gloria..The details are fabulous!

Tootsie said...

okay...that big piece is just gorgeous...and we all know I have my name on everything already...but I just don't think it will fit in my big purse...lol


That chamber set will fit...and it is just my style...so squeeze her in!!!
love you mom...love the lessons in antiques...and all that you share!!!

Linda Q said...

Oh my Gloria, this is amazing as is the chamber set. Wow, I never tire of seeing your antiques! Hope you have been good, I hope to get back to blogland soon, been so busy with grandson coming along and all. But that is a great excuse, he is amazing!
Hugs to you, Linda

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Gloria, they are all amazing pieces. I know you are enjoying them.

Sending you a hug!
Barb ♥

Kimberly said...

Just beautiful!

I am so glad I found your site I have linked up, and I am now following you. Pop on over and see mine. I would love to hear from you.

Love your piece. We have very similar taste.

The Victorian Parlor said...

OK, give me a minute to finish wiping the drool off of my computer-lol! That piece and the chamber set are absolutely FABULOUS!!! And as for the lamp shade-gorgeous! It is so pretty when the lamp is on. Wow-this was a great post-I just love every picture!

Blessings,

Kim

Blondie's Journal said...

Gloria~~

This is an amazing piece of fine furniture. I can't believe how old it is. Just beautiful. And I love the chamber set on top. I have a very simple chamber pot that I keep potpourri in, but I heard it was used in the past for something all together different. ;-)

I also love the pretty plate from the little old lady from Pasadena!! And the pretty Victorian lamp you made. You are an amazing lady!

xoxo
Janie

Sandra said...

Hi Gloria. Oh my goodness. I think you are very talented. What a wonderful gift you have. Not only do I like the lamp you made, but the tassels you make are stunning. I feel blessed to visit your blog. Love it:) Have a wonderful day.
Sandra

Karen said...

You have that beauty stashed in your BEDROOM? That means when I knock on your door to visit we'll have to go in there . . . because I need to drool a little more.

What a beautiful piece.

And what's ons it too!

Sigh. How's the snow in your neck of the woods? I hope we get more rain . . . I am not ready to let go of winter yet! :) I know - I'm of a strange and rare breed . . . OH WELL! l love WINTER!

HAGD! Hugs my friend! Karen

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Gloria, I have always thought this was the most gorgeous piece of furniture I've ever seen, and I loved getting to see all of these close up details of it. The person who created those carvings was an amazing artist. Your lamp shades are incredible too. laurie

PEA said...

Be still my heart...what a gorgeous wine cupboard!! Goes to show how sometimes we can see something that`s old and grimy and just pass by it...you were able to see the beauty buried beneath it. Glad you got rid of the wood worms first though! lol I think of you every time I go to the weekly auction as they always have antique furniture like that. I`m always saying that I need to sell all the furniture I have and start replacing it with these antiques:-) xoxo