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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Swirly Silver Sunday


It's been said that necessity is the mother of invention, so when I picked up this absolutely gorgeous swirly, Sheridan Silver candelabra at an estate sale yesterday, I knew that I'd better get inventive.

Why, you ask?



Broken. But still beautiful, just like my sweet little Frozen Charlotte head perched atop it.

Hey, I'm a junker, ain't no way I'm gonna let a little something like that stand between me and a badazz, tarnished silver treasure!


So I cozied up to my buddy Jason who is on the estate sale staff, and acting all cool and non-interested, I nonchalantly asked "How much for the broken old candelabra in the garage"?

I think he was on to me, so he said with a twinkle in his eye,
"For you? $4.50!"

SOLD!


I may solder the broken piece back on, or I may not...I happen to think Charlotte looks pretty killer right where she is.


Don't you?!

To see everyone else's scrumptious silver, head on over to Beth (not Betty!) at
for Silver Sunday, going on now through February 7th.

And the lovely Jill at
is having a wonderful, Silver Sunday themed giveaway over at her blog!
She's offering one lucky winner one of her silver blackboard trays next Sunday, the 17th.



I've got my entry in, you be sure to do the same!

59 comments:

Six divided by two..... said...

She is perfect!!! Wow you have an amazing eye Anne!!

julie said...

This piece is fantastic and I think Charlotte looks pretty cute sitting up there. Have a great week...julie

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Anne sweetie...
I say leave the little cherub up there. She is your element of SURPRISE. They say in every good arrangement there should be an element of surprise, and she is. I just love the detail on her face. Who would've thought?

You sneaky little thing you $4.50. If I had been with you, I would've slapped my money down there so fast, oh that is so beautiful.

I can't believe you haven't already started polishing to see what is underneath all that tarnish. Or are you going to leave it antiqued as such?

Thanks for sharing sweetie. Great find. Love it. Country hugs...Sherry

Me....bunny said...

It's way cute like that Anne...I'd buy it. check out my finds today...amazing.

tootles,
bunny

Cynthia K. said...

Anne ~ You snagged a great bargain - even with its problems, it still has that swirly elegance and la-de-da-ness. I've heard that the glue called E-6000 works well on metals--just an idea.

Have a Beautifully Blessed 2010...

Cynthia K. (Beauty and Blessings)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Beautiful piece girl...I love the hunt and then the find....so much fun...I'm also a collector of anitues...please come by and see the stuff I have...May you have a great weekend girl....hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Love Charlotte all perched up there, and Cynthia is right, a dab of E6000 will keep it on as long as you don't "trip the light fantastic" with it. Either way it's a gorgeous piece. So what other bargains did you come home with on your day of fun?
Hope it's warmer today!
Debra

Sarah said...

I say you found the perfect fix! Gorgeous piece of silver anyway you figure. And a great price! ~ Sarah

Queen "B" said...

Hey I have these candelabras too! I am a Silver Freak!! all of my vintage Family photos infact all of my Family photos are in a variety of silver frames..yes they all have to be constantly maintained as you well know, but I love,love love them. I can't get enough Silver, but vintage only of course...not sleek and modern. I'll have to post my silver hotel desk bell from the Hotel Del Coranado...it is so kool and it makes a really classic ""cling" ""cling"" sound when you pop your finger down on it! Tre' FUN!
Aloha wishes for a peacefull Sunday
Brandi

Linda K. said...

Gorgeous just as it is! You lucky duck!

Linda

Artsy Fartsy Junkin Finds said...

The silver piece would not be the same without here!!! I just love it. Hioe all is well. 4 more days and I will be done with my hospital job and onto the Junking full time!! Hugs, Janna

Theresa said...

Now honestly Anne, you have her watching so nobody takes you treasure:) Love it! Have a blessed day!

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

I think Charlotte looks perfect on top of the cool candelabra!! It's kind of "spooky" looking. I LOVE it!

((Hugs))

Gypsy Brocante said...

Keep the Charlotte ... she adds originality and spunk, just like you!

xo
Jill

David said...

Personally, I think Charlotte looks a little weird there. If you can't repair it, maybe you could just grind the broken stub down smooth and make it look like it was made that way. There are several ways to promote fast tarnishing to blend in the grind spot. (Google is your friend.)

Piney Rose said...

Just gorgeous! I do the same thing - I upcycle just about any damaged or junk piece that I can find...

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Anne:
LOVE your new piece. Charlotte is fun up there, but I might try to reattach the old candle holder (if I were able to do such a thing - which I'm not). I'm not saying Charlotte isn't a beauty, but she looks a little sci-fi on top of the candelabra.

Thanks for correcting (my) error about "Betty". I guess I was duped by her script. Appreciate the correction, though and I went and fixed it in my posts.

Have a great day. See you again soon.
Donna

Anne~fiona and twig said...

Hey Donna!
No, the correction was for me, not you! I called her Betty last Sunday. I didn't know that you had, too! ;-)

Hugs,
Anne

Texas Junque Slinger said...

Looks great.... wish I would of been there junking w/you..... I am going to have to make a trip down to visit. I like it either way...w/Charlotte or fixed.. it's just a candlicious piece....
Effie

bj said...

O boy...what a beautiful bargin you got. Now me...I would have my Wrights Silver Polish out in a flash and have that beauty shined up like nobody's business !! But then, I happen to like SHINY..:)
OK, truth here..I am nothing if not truthful..
I don't care for body parts that aren't attached...they just creep me out a bit. I don't like praying hands that have no body....or candles coming out of angels heads...I would try to either have the piece soLdered back or maybe use that metal glue..I think the name of it is JB WELD. But, this is just MY opinion...
Thanks for the heads up on the giveaway..
xo bj

Chickens in the Basement said...

Love the candelabra. Charlotte sort of scares me!

Anna

The French Bear said...

Great finds, it will be interesting to see what you do!!! Have a happy Sunday!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Anne~fiona and twig said...

Hi All!
Well, like I said, I only got the candelabra on Friday, so I haven't had time to do much of anything with it yet. I like weird and spooky, so I may leave it as is, or I might go all traditional and bust out the industrial strength glue. Depends on my mood. My husband just smiles and shrugs, so he's no help, LOL!

Keep those opinions and comments coming! :-)

Anne

junkdreams said...

Hi Anne,
Your candelabra is gorgeous. I love any old silver piece polished or not!
xojanis

cityfarmer said...

aaahhhhhhhh-dorable

Sherrie said...

The head has to stay!!! That is my idea of a candelabra. A good deal too!!!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Ha! I've had a good giggle just reading through everyone's comments here. Love the candelabra; but not digging Charlotte so much. Seems spooky and I don't like spooky anymore. Hope you are having a Super Sunday! Blessings, Tammy

Sylvia said...

hehehe on the candelabra, reminds me of Toy Story. Your creativity is lots of fun to see. I would leave it as is, Charlotte on top. Happy Silver Sunday.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Great deal on that pretty candelabra, Anne! It will for sure look great with a candle but I love the unexpected Charlotte too. Does she keep an eye on Buster ... ;)?

Hugs,
Julia

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Love how you made the candelabra special. You are so very creative and your "make do" is so much fun! Happy SS.

Wizard of Was said...

Anne, Once again you are amazing with your twist on things...who would have thought about putting 'ol Charlotte a top of the silver candelabra...but it works. Love it. I've now joined all of you for SS and lovin every moment! There is sure wonderful talent out there! Have a great SS.
Gale

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

She just looks like a Charlotte to me. Yes, she looks seriously badazz up there. Maybe she was meant to be there.
Brenda

jules said...

oh, you have to leave her head on there....it is so cute....jules

vintagesue said...

your photos always say it all!!!!!! you make me want to throw everything away in my house and start ALL OVER AGAIN. your cool junk is awesome!!!! always know i'm in for an eyeful!! thanks
sue

Heidi said...

HI Anne,
So glad I found your blog! I love your new find, those swirly arms are fantastic, my favorite part. Charlotte is adorable, but I think she needs a different body. Otherwise she's like the female "Lumiere" (from beautiy and the beast!). Not so good...!
I wonder if I have enough silver to join in the party, it looks like fun, I've seen some really great things. Anyway, I'd love for you to stop by for a visit sometime!
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

Linda said...

Love that swirly shape. Good buy!

Gypsy Fish said...

Charlotte looks great but I think you should call her Betty....I have to say for a week now I've been singing that Paul Simon tune...so you can call me Betty and I'll call you Al...
Have a great week *wink *wink
Thanks for playing today....see you next Sunday...
{{gypsy hugs}}
Beth

Kathy said...

A great old silver piece!

Have a beautiful new week...Kathy

Lauri said...

I'm totally voting for keeping Charlotte! Love it.

And yes, we do need to get together! Name the time and place and I'm there. You've got to take me to some of your places because, you are so right, there isn't much in SA at all. (I have NO problem driving to Kerrville or anywhere else...I grew up in Houston and it took at least an hour to get anywhere, so going to Kerrville, Frederickburg, Gruene or even going to Austin to get some Bubble Tea is no big deal at all.)

June said...

Hi Anne,
Charlotte has curves in all the right places. That is so cute. You really scored with this one. $4.50, what a great deal!
hugs

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

What a great find Anne! It looks perfect with your frozen charlotte on top, I love how the "arms" swirl around. too cool. ~ Theresa

Rosemary said...

Wow!!
Love it!!
So nice to meet you.
I should be selling my shirts!
Thanks,
Rosemary

terri said...

Great find! I LUV silver anything.

Lyneen said...

LOVE THE Candelabra!!! and the frozen Charlotte is too cute there! TFS Happy Silver Sunday!

one gal's trash said...

Charlotte has found her place in life...perfect. Those swirls are just too much!
xo
Pam

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Anne,

I love the candelabra and what a great price.
Charlotte looks very sweet sitting there.

I hope that you have a wonderful week
Hugs
Carolyn

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

HI ANNE! How nice of you to stop by my blog! How did you find me? I am always amazed how people find each other! What a cool idea to put your doll head on the candelabra! I too, love all things vintage, French, Shabby Chic, Old World and such....I love your blog! Oh, please, stay tuned and come back! You have a wonderful style! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Anne, one question; is your background a custom design, or is this accessible through a free blog background site? I LOVE THE DIAMONDS! Anita

Word Designer said...

Charlotte's little face is adorable atop the candelabra. What a find.

Wordy
Word Designer

red.neck chic said...

LOL Anne - that is gorgeous!!! What a find!!! And Charlotte looks like she's up to no good... mischievous for sure!!! I think she's found her throne!!!

Have a great day!!!
;-) robelyn

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a great idea! It's a perfect marriage. :)
Lidy

chicroses said...

Thanks for you nice compliments on my painting. I am not good with fixing up my blog..I have wishes to do better but I seem to find that Im jumping from blog to blog and not learning to take care of my own. I also babysit my 21 mon old granddaughter so my time is limited. I am also a junker and have a space at an antique store...I love love it.I think I have visited you before...So I will go explore some more on yours. I like your chandelier..keep the frozen charlote. Sally

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Charlotte looks just perfect there! :)

Crystal said...

I think I would like it either way. It is quite a find. Now to polish or not to polish? Again, you could go either way, depending on your use of it.
I just loved visiting your blog.

AuroraSuzette said...

I think you're onto something big with little Charlotte. If you leave it 'as is', you can stick a colored egg on top for Easter, a pumpkin for Halloween, you get the drift. My kind of find, too!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hi Anne! Thanks for coming back! How sweet of YOU! If you ever find out where you got this gorgeous background, you can let me know. Oh how lovely your world is. Don't you just love some bling? :) Bisous et bonne soirée!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I love the silver candle holder. Those things get me every time I see one. I'll also have to check out the chalkboard tray giveaway. Thanks for the heads-up!

Lyneen said...

Stopped by yesterday and your silver treasures are as beautiful as ever, thanks for stopping and leaving birthday wishes. Good luck in my giveaway!

Halo Hill said...

They are beautiful together!

Sheila

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