Thursday, March 10, 2011

Aladdin's Cave!

We didn't accomplish much yesterday with regard to digging holes for the Blue Spruce trees. We have all been overcome by the flu!  No hurry, anyhow.  They are still in the ground in their original location.  I am so grateful to have found twenty-one, five foot trees on Craigslist!  At $150 that is a bit over $7 per tree!  With that kind of savings I can hire the ginormous man who helped out last year! (Found him on Craigslist!)
I don't like the plastic fences our association allows so I opt for no fence.  I will plant dense trees at the perimeter of the yard and fill in the rest as detailed in a previous post.

I decided to open more boxes that have been our garage since the move.  Before that, the boxes were in storage.  Many had never been opened.  I had marked the contents, but three years later I had only a vague recollection of the contents!
Here are some of my long forgotten discoveries...

This pair of elk chandelier sconces. Totally forgot about them!

This pair of Empire bronze torch lamps. I have utterly zero recollection of ordering them!

I don't know if I like them here...

Alternate angle.  I am in the midst of reupholstering the French stool with an antique tapestry fragment...

I had actually been looking for this pair of brass putti candle sconces.  I finally found them!  They are in the sunroom for now.

I also found this pendant.  I forgot about this too! It must be made of Dwarf Star material because it weighs a ton! It is about two feet tall and solid!
It might look nice in the breakfast room.  I like it in the sunroom too, but I think I will use the hot air balloon chandelier I bought on Craigslist. I dunno. It is very large...hmm...perhaps the stairwell?

I also found an Empire elk crystal chandelier.  I think it will go in the library.

Oh! Seven Moravian Star light fixtures for the hallways...
I did remember I had these!

Seven, three foot long custom made carousel cherubs!  Wait 'til you see what I am doing with these! They are made from an actual cast of an antique carousel!

Bags and boxes of chandelier crystals...some as big as my hand!

I finally found them!  Wood appliques for Gracie's daybed!  This is gonna be so cool!

Lots and lots of cherub corbels!

Four cast iron dolphin tub feet.  After I drill holes in the mouths and mount them on a post fitted with copper pipe they will make a lovely fountain!

Elaborate gilded frames for my paintings!   This one is about 3 ft tall! I have boxes and boxes of frames! I am so excited!

This light once illuminated a church altar in England!

Pair of gilded putti chandeliers for Gracie's bathroom!

I don't remember this one either, but it would make a nice coat rack!

There are so many more treasures to behold but I have to get the boxes out before the trash man comes!

I know you are curious as to how I could have forgotten about all I'll tell you!
When Gracie was just 9 months old I went to the store to buy teething medicine.  I rarely go anywhere without her, but she was feeling so poorly I went alone and left her with Daddy at home.
As I exited the grocery store I was struck by a car.  Subsequently I had many injuries which required surgery.  Lots of pain medication too.  The surgeries went on for several years, at which point I decided I had had enough!  The years following the accident are a blur, it's nice to know that even in my drugged state I still had excellent taste, as evidenced by the treasures you see here!  LOL
Seriously, I now practice yoga and do without pills of any kind.  I would rather endure a bit of pain and remember each moment of my child's life.
If Gracie had been with me that day she would have been gravely injured.  The side the car struck me on is where I carry her.
I count my blessings every day!
Now you know!

My beloved Faerie Princess was helping me with inventory!

I am linking with Happy to Design, Sunday Favorites!  Thank you for the opportunity!


  1. Andie first let me say I'm so glad your OK now..What a life you have had my friend..and OMG I just drooled all over my key board at all your wonderful finds..I would love to bring my really BIG purse and coming shopping at your house ha ha!! Beautifu, Beatiful, things girl..just wait until Vanna aka *winks* see this she'll be your newest best friend ha ha!! Hey I do floor and windows do you need a house keeper with a BIG purse ha ha!! Hugs and smies Gloria

  2. Nice blog. You may like mine as well.

  3. Shopping for jewelry with my sister we opened our packages in the back seat of the car on the way home.

    Out came a gorgeous pink topaz ring set in gold & she screams, "my gosh........forgot I bought this too."

    Enjoyed all you had forgotten!!

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  4. Wow, I am glad you are o.k. now. I love the elk sconces and you have a ton of beautiful pieces!

  5. Andie, the Elk Chandelier Sconce took my breath away!!! Sorry to hear you've had a run of the Flu as well, our whole household has been down with it for about a week, now only the Grandson has the lingering effects and the rest of us are back in action. What a great score on the Blue Spruce Trees! I love Blue Spruce and when we lived in Michigan we could grow them, alas, I find that they don't do well in a Desert. *winks*

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  6. What wonderful things you found in your garage! I like everything and those carousal cherubs! Get well soon!

  7. Andrea, I am also in love with the elk sconces. You found a treasure trove of wonderful things in your garage. Hope you feel better soon.

  8. wow!
    what a story! we always think it only happens to other people! i never had any huge accident! can't imagine what you had to go through! i know however what is life with permanent pain! i do chinese needle medicine for that and let me tell you it makes a HUGE difference,have you ever tried it?!
    in fact, it's great that you forgot all about those boxes, so now you can discover a whole new world again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    that is true!!!!!!! you definitely have good taste no matter the circumstances!!!!!!!!!
    have a happy day and enjoy every moment!

  9. So many pretty things!
    Happy weekend wishes from Norway

  10. Hope you will conquer the flu soon.
    I am glad the accident from years ago ended as it ended, i.e. you are here to tell your stories.
    P.S. The shipment of my stuff from Canada will probably arrive in Warsaw next week. Do you think that maybe when it was in the middle of the ocean, Neptune had performed a spell over my boxes and when I open them, I will find some treasures like yours? :-)

  11. Andie I'm so thrilled you pulled through after your accident but stop living in pain and checkout "BOWEN". It's sort of like a massage but takes the pain away, I do it for bad arthritis. That said isn't it wouderful digging out your treasures? I LOVE those elk sconces! If you ever what to sell them I'm waving my hand over here! I hope your family recovers quickly form the flu, not fun! Keep unpacking and playing show and tell!

  12. I am so glad you are doing well now! I had to laugh, though, at your remark about having maintained excellent taste throughout it all! That's just something that doesn't go away, I think! I loved looking at all of your goodies...gorgeous! Those cherub corbels are my favs, I think! What fun you will have placing everything in your home! Happy weekend!....hugs...Debbie
    PS..Regards to your lovely assistant from my staff!

  13. Wow, that's some finds - incredible.

  14. Great Stuff as usual for a Great Lady. Thanks for stopping by. Richard

  15. Well, let me start by saying I'm so glad you're fine after your accident and that thank God your little Grace was not with you...maybe because she's full of the LORDS GRACE! Yes, you do have good taste, everything is beautiful and elegant, I love the sconses and every piece of your things. Please share when it's all ready.
    I'm also your newest follower as I love your blog. Hope you come by and follow too.

  16. Moravian Stars!!! I have Moravian Star candle holders which I've shown on my blog before - - - but THIS is the only other time I've EVER seen them on a blog!

  17. Hi Andie...

    My friend, it is sooo very nice to meet you and welcome to the Sunday Favorites repost party! I'm just tickled pink to have you join in with us!!!

    Well my dear lady, first of all I would like to say that I am also very grateful that you are doing much better! I am so very sorry to hear about your accident! I can't even imagine the struggles that you have gone through these past few years! I will say looks like you are having Christmas at your place! Hehe! Unpacking all of those boxes filled with such sweet treasures...many of had forgotten about! I bet you really did feel like a kid at Christmas...opening gifts! Hehe! Andie, you have some of the most beautiful things that I have ever seen! And...I love, love, LOVE every one of them! Ohh have some of the prettiest sconces that I have ever laid my eyes upon! I also love your cherub corbels! carousel cherubs and a project??? I can hardly wait to see what you are going to do with them, my friend! Great Scot...I am sooo in awe of all your pretties! You have left me with wanting more! I must see your home, my friend! I will have to start going back through your posts!

    In the meantime, I would like to thank you for adding my blog to your list of blog follows. I am also adding your delightful blog to my list! It's so nice to meet you, my friend!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design


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