Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Just a Spoonful of Glitter ...

For this week's Vintage Thingy Thursday, I wanted to share a wonderful treat with you all... Vintage glass glitter from Germany. The shine and patina let you know it's authentic and special. I just purchased a large quantity and am so excited about it! I can't wait to find that project that needs just a touch of magic! Hopefully the "antiquers" of Kensington will love it as much as I do...
Everyone has been asking for more shots of the store, so I've finally gotten around to taking some photographs. As you can tell from the images, I have a passion for anything small and interesting...
A closeup of some tiny bottles and an antique purse frame
A bit of Shabby Chic complete with dolls, china, and silverplate!
Inside a magic cupboard!
A new display brightly featuring red!

More tiny trinkets to discover...
A cabinet of curiosities!

So, you've taken a little trip into Flotsam & Jetsam. Be sure to take home a bit of the magic with you. And come back when you're in need of just the right gift (for either yourself or that special someone)!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

She's Got Game ... And Prizes!

That's right- Vintage games that is! Fresh from a Maryland estate are these fabulous c. 1940s games in excellent condition.
I've never seen a fully intact classic Lotto game before- What a fantastic find~ Even the simple Bingo cards are lovely- And a perfect activity for that next family holiday!
Just look at this Parcheesi game! The board is so bright and colorful- Perfect for a home vignette.

I've linked up with the Colorado Lady's Vintage Thingy Thursday (albeit late) - Be sure to check out all the lovely little bits and baubles bloggers are sharing!
A little aside note: I recently hit my 200th post mark! Yeah! I'm so thrilled to have reached this milestone that I wanted to do something a little special for all of you readers. In honor of this occasion, I am giving away a $50 gift certificate to my 2 online shops: Etsy and Rubylane. You can spend the amount at either both or just one of the boutiques... Your choice. I add things weekly so there's always lots of fresh merchandise.
To enter, simply leave a comment on any post between now and August 30th. Each comment counts so be sure to check back regularly for new posts.
Good Luck!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Antique French Embroidered Ribbon

I've always had a special place in my heart for vintage textiles, especially antique trims, ribbon, and lace. Even though I don't sew, I think lace and it's variants are simply divine. The more ornate the better. The early pieces are especially unique, and the care taken to create them is amazing. The quality is apparent even at a cursory glance.
Vintage Cotton Trim

Perfect for dressing up that simple top, vintage trim can really add a new dimension to clothing. Many high end shops such as Anthropologie already use this concept on a variety of its pieces, although their laces are new.
Wonderful Black Embroidered Lace

I've just listed some examples of this obsession in my Etsy shop. I plan to continuously update the site with these treasures. Hopefully someone will discover my trove of trims... And will love them as much as I.
Antique Lace Medallion

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Blissful Elegance

One thing that always perplexes me is how to categorize my style. In all things, I love good quality and fine craftsmanship. But these features can be seen in both elegant objects as well as "cutesy" informal pieces -- And I love both. So, my shop is a mismatch of different styles and eras. But for today I thought I would share three of my more sophisticated items ...
I believe this little shell piece is German and from the turn of the century. Its graceful lines and lovely tones make it a perfect accent for any decor. The cherub is especially beautiful ... The feathers add a little bit whimsy to this pièce de résistance.
Porcelain cherub on shell $125

What a lovely little bit of history this is! A handmade velvet doll box also dating to the late 19th century. The worn exterior only adds to the romanticism of this darling little object. Can't you see a precious doll nestled inside?
Antique Doll Box $145

If you remember this post, you'll recall the fabulous auction box I found with feathers, tiaras and other such whimsical items. This blue velvet beauty came from the same treasure trove. I believe this particular hat to be Edwardian c. 1905. What a beautiful piece this is! Truly, a fabulous find...
Antique Velvet and Feather Hat $55

I hope you've enjoyed this look around Flotsam and Jetsam. Be sure to visit my Etsy shop for more bits and baubles - I've listed several new items including decorative clock hands, a c. 1950s button box, and vintage tatting thread. Enjoy!

Be sure to check out more Vintage Thingy Thursday at The Colorado Lady's Blog ...