Monday, February 23, 2009

100th Post Give-Away & Creative Spaces

In honor of my 100th post, I thought a little give-away was in order! This event seems to be a rather big deal in "blogland" and I certainly want to commemorate this occasion ... So, I've collected a few items from my stash (which you'll view later in this post) that I think will make a great gift for someone. When I asked readers to share what their favorite collectible was, most mentioned small, delicate items and ephemera. So, that's what's in store for the winner!
The prize includes a fabulous Pope's Poems book inscribed to "Cora" on December 13th, 1884. The cover itself is stunning and will make a great addition to your library.
Additionally, the winner will receive mother of pearl button blanks, vintage glass buttons from Czechoslovakia, and vintage enamel cabochons (which are absolutely wonderful and quite rare!).
Last, but certainly not least, is a fabulous resource concerning antique and collectible buttons written by the well-known author and button aficionado Diana Epstein.

An detailed view of the enamel pieces

To enter, simply leave a comment on my blog (on any post) between now and Friday the 27th. The winner will be randomly selected and announced Saturday the 28th! Good luck everyone...

This past week I accomplished a MAJOR task - I cleaned my office! What an amazing feat this was... I wish I had before and after shots. Anyways, I find that I'm more creative now that I have organization and space to think and dream. I thought I'd share some images from my work space so you could see what an antique dealer's life consists of.

My LABELED! boxes of stock and miscellaneous goods

A Snapshot of My Bulletin Board (I'm a Bulletin Board Fanatic!)

My Vintage Ribbon and Millinery Collection

So, that's a sneak peek into the daily life of a pack rat, collector, and dealer. Let's hope my space stays like this... It's amazing how much more creative and energized I feel now that I have room to build and play- I've often heard that organized spaces encourage creativity...

Well, I'm off to put some new items on the Rubylane site. Be sure to stop by the shop this week and browse these fabulous treasures, including a tiny vintage porcelain doll, a wonderful ceramic gnome, and a tom-o-shanter Art Nouveau coin purse.