Lu is my big girl. She adopted me when she was 9 months old & on her way to death row because of high energy (she was only a pup for pete's sake!) as well as a lack of social skills. The monsters (I hesitate to call them people) that owned her gave her no love or attention & kept her confined alone in the backyard. Duke, well, his monsters just didn’t love or care for him & he ran loose in my sister’s neighborhood. So I snagged him one stormy day as he was running frantically from door to door looking for shelter & he adopted me too. I call them Duke & Big Lu and what a pair they are! The loves of my life I tell ya! I’m a HUUUGE dog/animal lover and my “secret crush” is Cesar Millan. I would be at the local shelters weekly if Big Daddy didn’t keep ME on a short leash! I believe there is no truer friend than your canine one & my life has been blessed with many of THE finest friendships on earth ~ the love & loyalty of my furchildren. (Ok, I do have other “loves of my life” ~ kids, grandkids, etc but we’ll go there another day :- )
Lu occasionally drops in for Happy Hour at the Coo-coo's nest
Duke's more interested in dog toy carnage than Happy Hour
And, since I'm such an animal NUT, I also love animal figurines. I've had to cut down on my collections here at home so I've continued my love of collecting them at the store where the shelves, furniture & anywhere else I can find to display them, they will be found. Here are a couple of beauties I found pre-deathbed a couple of weeks ago. I adore them and can hardly bring myself to take them to the store, but.....
This is a gorgeous piece. It has no markings so I know nothing about it but I love the tender beauty of the deer & fawn. If anyone knows anything about this, let me know.
Isn't this just THE cutest! The only mark on this beautiful pair is some numbers on the bottom ~ I'm going to assume it is a made in Japan piece. Again, if anyone can identify - please do educate me! I'm not in any way a "makers mark" snob - if I like it, I buy it. But I know people do appreciate whatever information is available, and again, the education part is very interesting to me. Sooo purrrr-ty kitties....
And the other great finds!
I ADORE all this garish old goldie stuff! And this was a find I was thrilled with. These are vintage Matson USA jewelry box and perfume decanter. The box is slighted bent but not a detraction. After all, when one is vintage, one doesn't have to be perfect, right? ;- ) I always like to picture or imagine the gracious, fine lady whose boudoir these pretty pieces graced. (The box is actually quite large - probably a good 8 inches in diameter)
Another treasure from Auntie's attic. Have no idea who the subject or artist is but absolutely love this gorgeous lady. Perhaps she owned similar pieces to the above in her boudoir?
(Well, it appears I got myself stuck on the center align, so bear with me...)
And one last sweet treat
I don't know about you, but finding a full set of anything isn't always easy ~ one or two is always missing ~ so I was thrilled to find this complete set of Shafford Japan hand painted Cafe AuLait set. How sweet it is!
(Voila! I'm back at left align! How'd that happen?)
Well, I guess that's enough for today. Hope y'all have a GREAT & lucrative picking weekend! I'll be off to Second Sunday in Sacto ~ a HUGE antique/flea market & hope to come home LOADED down with treasures! Can't wait to see your booty of treasures next week. Cheerio!