Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sweet Land of Liberty

For this week's Vintage Thingy Thursday, I wanted to share our latest project- The 4th of July window. Teaming up with Malena, a talented interior designer, we created a really great patriotic look perfectly filled with classic antiques. The dress form with the banner flag swag is my favorite piece~ Very vintage!
Things have been going well at the shop - Lots of visitors and several customers. It's still very exciting to make a sale - Knowing that someone else appreciates and values the same objects & furniture that you do. Hopefully, I will always feel inspired and uplifted by my clients!
Don't forget to take a peek at The Colorado Lady's other participants! I can't wait to explore all the vintage treasures...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Peek into Flotsam and Jetsam

Peer through the looking glass and be invited into a world of whimsy and delight...
Greeting visitors to this rabbit hole are signs proclaiming the grandness of this new shoppe!
Bits and baubles charm the senses and sparkle brightly in the sunlight - Hand painted whimsies bring old world charm to this little boutique.
Matchboxes tiny enough to hold fairies are found alongside antique English majolica ...
Look at the treasures to be found in this cabinet of curiosities! A miniature silver umbrella, glass eyes, 19th c. photograph mementos, French medicine boxes, faded velvet, emerald jewels and Asian masks- What more could a bibelot lover ask for?

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my little wunderkammer (a place where a collection of curiosities and rarities is exhibited). You're welcome to visit anytime you need a break from the modern world of hustle and bustle...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

101 Things

I've been doing quite a bit of blog hopping lately and have been inspired by so many sites! I've added several new "favorites" and am continuing to build up my must read list...

Something I really liked about one blog in particular was her personal touch and her ability to connect with her readers -- Urban Farm Girl. I particularly liked this post and thought it would make an interesting little detour from the antique snapshots I've been doing.

Before I make this list, I'd like to tag LiLi, Jenny, Becky, and Anna . I can't wait to hear all about the things which make them (and you) happy. Without further ado -

101 Things That Make Me Happy

1. Old Volvos

2. Crusty Books

3. Victorian Buttons

4. Buttery popcorn

5. Lace

6. Diet Mountain Dew

7. Pajamas

8. New Pens

9. My sisters

10. Stationery

11. Crafts

12. Modge Podge

13. Caffeine

14. Yogurt and Honey

15. Victorian Jewelry

16. Crowded Bulletin Boards

17. Birthday Cake

18. Orange flavored anything

19. Manicures and Pedicures

20. 80's Music

21. Rhinestones

22. Holidays

23. Ephemera

24. Hot Showers

25. Stained Glass

26. Pumpkins

27. Fancy hair bows

28. Women Entrepreneurs

29. Lip gloss

30. Shiny Eye shadow

31. Anthropolgie

32. Faded Velvet

33. Sandals

34. Lavender

35. Blue Mascara

36. Sequins

37. Flea Markets

38. Shabby Chic

39. Baseball caps

40. Vermont

41. France

42. Tulle

43. Green Eyes

44. White Teeth

45. 18th century paintings

46. Tattered Silk

47. Fragonard

48. Art Museums

49. Auctions

50. Art Deco

51. Pink

52. Acoustic Guitars

53. Elvis

54. Silver lockets

55. The New French Decor

56. Interior Alchemy

57. Truffle Pigs Sewing Blog

58. Sewing Notions

59. Emery Strawberries

60. Cardigans

61. Oak

62. Marquetry

63. Designer handsoaps and body wash

64. Tiffanys

65. Old keys

66. prairie dogs

67. old sheet music

68. Blonde Highlights

69. Versace Eye Glasses

70. Reef Sandals

71. Stars

72. Lemon Oil

73. Cotton

74. Cloches

75. 1920s buttons

76. Bakelite

77. Scottie Dogs

78. Wild flowers

79. Tap Shoes

80. Levis

81. Head bands

82. Layers

83. Fresh mint

84. Sugar sweet tea

85. Southern Hospitality

86. White Chocolate

87. Sea Salt

88. Baked potatoes

89. Decorating books

90. Victoria

91. Home and Antiques British Edition

92. Wooden spools

93. sewing machines

94. Flotsam & Jetsam

95. Old dolls

96. portraits

97. My mom

98. 4th Presbyterian Church

99. Digital Cameras

100. My mac

101. My I-Phone

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Faith, Hope, & Love

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
I Corinthians 13:13
2 Wonderful examples found at Morning Glory Collects, a fabulous resource for learning about antique and vintage jewelry

Some of the greatest "things" in life are those which we cannot hold in the palm of our hand. As an antiques dealer, I am constantly coming across fabulous items. An early piece of ephemera, a faded velvet bag, colorful majolica - The list goes on. One thing I have to be careful of is to remember that these things are just that - only things. People and the memories we create with them are what make this existence worthwhile. An early Victorian pinchbeck piece that I sold last year on Rubylane. Pinchbeck is a copper and zinc substitute for gold -- A fabulous and collectible metal in its own right.

The Victorians were very sentimental and created meaningful jewelry to represent this characteristic. To remind them of what really matters, they created fabulous pieces pertaining to a rewarding life. The faith, hope, and love motif is one such example. Every time I come across these charms, I jump at the chance to own them. They are very special and a wonderful little memento.
A wonderful mother of pearl & coral example that I currently have for sale at the shop.

For this week's Vintage Thingy Thursday, I wanted to share this mother of pearl and coral example that I recently found. The hand is especially interesting as I've never seen one representing this idea.

Don't forget to visit the other participants of this week's challenge. I promise you won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tiny Little Slippers

Starting off the show and tell of Brimfield findings is this wonderful pair of miniature ethnic shoes. A mere 2-1/4" long and 1/2" wide, this treasure can be cradled in the palm of your hand! I purchased this from the loveliest little shop in Sturbridge - Sadly I can't remember the name but she sold the most fantastic vintage clothing and textiles~
Miniature Ethic Shoes $36.00

I have these and a myriad of other found treasures at my little boutique. If you're looking for the perfect antique gift, I'm sure I have the right piece ... I hope to see you soon!

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