Saturday, July 31, 2010

Whimsical Garden Delights

Welcome to our Asian themed garden party! There's room for a cozy spot of tea just for you & I. Won't you join me?
This month's window celebrates a summer tradition with Chinese paper lanterns, a Nippon teaset, and a splash of pink cherry blossoms. Along side all of this finery is a vintage silk purple kimono and a fabulous iron birdcage. Can't you just hear the yellow canary? A closeup shot of the little tea party!Just look at the fabulous color combinations- the brilliant blue and deep purple. Wonderful compliments to a summer palette...I hope you've enjoyed this respite from the heat. For a true escape from the bustle of every day, visit my little shop - The whimsical atmosphere is just the cure for those summertime blues!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fit for a Queen

For this week's Vintage Thingy Thursday, I wanted to share a recent auction find... This spectacular c. 1840 rhinestone tiara. It's simply stunning, isn't it? I just love the repousse work on the central cartouche. And the stones are without blemish... A perfect piece of history.

This particular crown was buried beneath opera feathers and a fabulous Edwardian velvet hat. What exciting woman owned this early hair accessory? What sort of galas did she attend? These are the questions we ask when thinking about the owner of this rare example.

Unfortunately, all of the "teeth" on the comb have broken off. So, it can no longer be used as a hair piece. But it's just right for an altered jewelry project. Since it already has some damage, it can be given new life with a few simple alterations.

This wonderful antique fashion piece is available in my Etsy shop (which I've been vigorously adding to). Please stop by for unique finds and fantastic treasures!

Visit The Colorado Lady for more vintage goodies!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bits and Baubles

Long time no see, eh? Time has flown by - I've visited a few of you but have much catching up to do. The shop has kept me on my toes - Thank heavens I have good shoes!

For Vintage Thingy Thursday, I wanted to talk about a few items I have in the shop. For your convenience (and for those of you too far away to visit) I've listed these bits on Etsy. I've added a gadget on the left hand side that will lead you straight to my goodies.

Silver and Black Art Deco Enamel Buckles
$1 each
I purchased these fabulous miniature Art Deco Buckles last year in an auction lot. They hail from an estate in the north eastern part of the United States. Very interesting for mixed media jewelry - Would make fantastic clasps for bracelets and necklace. Even a focal piece for a simple design.

Gold and Brown Art Deco Buckles
$1 each
Rusty Old Keys
$2 each
Old Rusty Goodness. I currently have 30+ medium sized keys just waiting to be used in vintage jewelry! At this price, they're flying out the door.
Communion/Wedding Vintage Pre WWII German Diecut
.60 cents each
This is a really unusual diecut that has character. I believe it was first used for either confirmation or communion events. I personally think it would be great for a bridal piece. Really good quality German paper.
Leprechaun Diecuts - Vintage c. 1940
12 count $4
The luck of the Irish to ya! I only have 2 packs of these cute little fellows. Once these are gone, I don't believe I will find any more. Once again, great German quality paper and detail.
Vintage c. 1940 Santa Diecuts
6 count; $4
These pieces are wonderful pre WWII and very finely detailed. I have several packs of these - They would be fantastic for Christmas cards and scrapbook projects.
Fabulous! Vintage Jack o Lantern German diecuts c. 1940
12 count; $4
I saved the best for last- Just look at these wonderful Pre WWII German beauties! These were purchased at the original factories and have been in storage for over 60 years.

So, I hope you enjoyed looking at all these baubles and curiosities - I promise to have more soon. I'm always on the hunt for the good stuff!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Honoring Our Servicemen

Just wanted to have a little post showing support for our armed forces. Because of them, we have so many freedoms and privileges -- These comrades fight for our right to have a peaceful life. Thank you to all those men and women who give selflessly to make our world a better place.