Thursday, August 16, 2012

MAIL CALL!!! Happy little trees....

I almost thought I wasn't going to be able to report this one!  I have been eagerly awaiting this package since winning the auction on the big "E"...which for me means checking the delivery confirmation a few times a day because that will make it get here faster...Yes? (Please say I'm not the only one that does this).  

So anyway, I was excited yesterday when I saw that it was marked delivered!!! Sweet! AND then not so happy when I got home to no package.  WHAT! I grumbled all night, mainly because I had this same thing happen last month with two packages that were delivered on the same day.  I thankfully received those, but only because the people who received them in error were honest and came to the house a week later.  I tried calling the post office but the lady I talked to said their tracking system was down and I would have to call back...which worked for me because she had a SERIOUS case of bitch-itis...she must not have been having a good day.

By now I'm starting to think it might be karma, since when I showed this item to one of my best friends he was like....

"Are you bidding on that tree?"  - J
"Yeah" - Me
"Me too" - J

AWKWARD.....all I could think is Oh shit....should I still bid on it?  But it is so awesome!!! What to do what to do.....then the next part of our conversation put everything in perspective.

"Game on" - J
"Well....I was the first bidder which makes it mine" - Me
"Not how Ebay works sweety" -J

At this point I was cracking up...Game on indeed.  Suck it! I can come and visit my trees but you are getting frisked on the way out.  AND since when I got home today my package was on my doorstep there are actual trees to visit.  

Everybody...the trees
the trees.....Everybody

Happy little trees

They have found a new home!
They now look super fab in my shadowbox...I think they were made to go there!



Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Big "E" Eye Candy

Just sharing some of my favorites currently on the Big "E"




Friday, August 10, 2012

The Results – my pearls!

Do you remember these guys from an earlier post?
Well shortly after that post and all the great comments I got (thanks everyone), I decided to have them appraised.  I did a little Google searching and found a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) certified appraiser in my area.  After a quick call I had my appointment scheduled...YAY!  I was a little surprised that it was two weeks out, but I guess there are other people needing their talents as well.   

Finally the day arrived and I went over on my lunch break and had a nice chat with the lady.  I was initially disappointed because she mentioned that these pearls are called rosebud pearls and usually not that valuable since most of them are Chinese cultured pearls (bummer!);  and also the gold toned shanks had no marking (craftsman or 14K and such)…but I figured I would take a chance and see since the detailed appraisal fee was only 56 bucks.  If I was lucky it would be real gold and I could recoup the fee easily.  The appraiser asked if she could have a week or so with them since she wanted to do some research, since this isn’t your average pearl…and that was cool with me.  I mean these had been sitting in a drawer close to a year I don’t think a week is going to kill me, ya know.
So a week later I went to pick them up and…

….does that say 8710.00 ?? WHAT ??  (what is with the ten bucks…8700.00 is weird)
Oh yeah it does….NOW of course that come with a couple caveats. 
#1  This is an insurance appraisal….not a resell appraisal.  Ok I watch Antiques Road show so I know there is a difference.
#2  This is based on the pearls being American Tennessee pearls and there is no way to officially determine that unless they are X-rayed, since the Chinese are that good. But these are pearls are SUPER nice and have a good weight to them so she was pretty sure they are.
But still even with those conditions…I’m excited.  Plus the gold is in fact 14K and there is about a troy ounce of it.  YAY!  So so far my 5 cents is paying off!  With an appraisal like that I’m selling these bad boys eventually, after I have them X-rayed which is the next step. 

That just goes to show you NEVER know that you are going to find! Which is why we all thrift! 



Thursday, August 9, 2012

It is a ZOO around here!

Long time no blog...I know I know.  I apologize….are we still friends?  

I will take that silence as a YES! 

Carrying on....

So have I mentioned that it is a Zoo around?  And I mean that quite literally.   Over the past year I started picking up various animals here and there and before I knew it, we had a little mid century zoo going on!  So far we have three monkeys, a bull, a zebra, a couple birds, and a green llama.   They look so cute all tucked into various places in the house I just had to share.
I love this sign! 

and the monkey!

Our mantle is full of animals.

My very own Bojesen monkey!!!!!  YAY!

Metal bull...such a great sculptural quality

The birds

That is right I did say GREEN llama.

Another Monkey...I'm a little monkey crazy

This is one of my favorites.

This is suppose to be me and Jon (Mr. Honey)
Well there you go...our little zoo.  I hope you enjoyed them!

Ciao for now


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