This delightful small place setting tag comes from Germany. As you can see it is perfed to fold in half so it stands. All you have to do is write in your guests name with a beautiful gold pen. This little card has been in my collection for about 35 years...Enjoy
Today my family and I went for a little visit out to the country side of our family...(we are the townies)...My sister-in-law and her husband live on a sweet piece of property just south of town. A lovely Oak tree covered hill filled will soft mosses, ferns and fairy folk. Jodie (my sister-in-law) is a true keeper of Christmas. Walking into her home this time of year is a delightful experience. She has just started pulling out her wonderous (and very large) collection of mini Christmas trees. By Thanksgiving...... I expect the house to be aglow with tiny lights and sparling ornaments.Visiting her home really makes me feel in the spirit. One of the things Jodie loves to do is make Christmas ornaments for all her friends and family. Every year a new one. This year.....she took me into her work room to show me the newest edition. I was like a puppy...I just could not wait to unpack the basket and see what she had created. Beautiful large hanging ornaments. They are two sided on thin foam board. I just love them. Lucky me..... she let me pick out 3 to bring home.
Last week I had a really good question from Charlene http://myheartsease.blogspot.com/ . She asked me how I got my Good Friends button so large. Well gals. I have a confession. My best friend Jill (aka Polly) http://feathersandflight.blogspot.com/2010/11/many-blessings.html#comments is my blog designer. She got me started blogging just a couple of months ago...and has been patiently leading me along in designing my blog and re-designing my etsy storefront. I tell you...Jill is a remarkable woman. She is becoming the most amazing digital artist....Please stop by her blog and see her beautiful work. She also has the patience of a saint...I vaguely tell her something I want...or am thinking about and she works her magic.
I think Jill and I are sooo fortunate to be living in the same city right now. We have lived apart in different countries for a while...Then went years with out talking (babies, husbands, careers, ego)..(Let me tell you not talking to your best friend for years is no fun thing) .... Right now we are trying to have a "design" day once a week...the last few have been so hectic that we haven't made it..(We have had fun shopping and junking, and watching football). I am hoping nothing gets in the way for us this week...lol.
This is an amazing illustration from A Baby's Opera by Walter Crane....Jill (FeathersandFlight) Sent me a link yesterday....and this book seems to be quite rare. I am so happy to have it in my library and even more happy to be able to share these oh so beautiful pieces with you. Enjoy!
When I saw this lacy black vintage Czech button I knew what I wanted to do with it. A touch of Paris, a small heart locket (never to forget love) and vintage black cut glass beads to accent this lovely button.
On a 19 inch lovely chain...Arrives to you in a beautiful little gift box
It amazes me that every time I go through my stack of antique post cards I find a new one that I have overlooked. This is a beautiful tom turkey. The medalion is one of a kind. The angel cook is very cute too (and kind of strange don't you think?) I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
This Czech glass button brings to my mind the stunning winter sunsets I sometimes am blessed with seeing out my kitchen window. The summer ones are beautiful too. But a winter sunset..against the storm grey clouds...when the sun tired of giving in to all the northwest rain stands up and says "Here I am" is extra special.
A vintage brass cupid, tiny locket, sweet baby rose, key, and sparkling rhinestone orb complete the vintage feel of this long necklace.
It measures about 30 inches. This is a one of a kind piece. I have only one button of this color and style in my treasure box.
Necklace will come in a beautiful gift box.
This is the first step in creating something new....Last weekend Jill (Feathers and Flight) and I had fun dreaming and buying buttons at Gem Faire. Yesterday I sorted through allll my supplies..(really if you knew me you would laugh..I have rooms (really rooms) of beads, lace, ribbon, Christmas ornaments, ephemra on and on.)...pulling out treasures to pair with these stunning hand crafted button gems. Filigree wrapping is new to me, my style for years has been more southwest silver. But..working closely with Jill on our blogs and other craft projects this year has me exploring my more romantic...Jane Austin side. It has always been there...Just hiding I think. Enjoy this journey with me...as I explore a new side of my jewelry design.
I have a few hundred antique and vintage postcards...most of them Christmas, a few other holidays. This one popped up as I was sorting through them the other day trying to organize them for scanning. It makes me laugh. What a rude Christmas greeting! Anyway...I hope you all enjoy this one as much as I have. Please feel free to copy the image...I would love to have you leave a comment if you do!
Antique Cabelas Fish Lure Retractable Pin Shop Girl Pin From LeapingFrogDesigns
Ok...Really. I have no idea what this is for. At first I thought it was a shop girl pin. I have several of those...A retractable pin that the shopkeeper would pin to their lapel or sash with a pencil for writing orders. But now I am not so sure. I think it is an old Cabela's pin that a fisherman would wear on his vest to hold fishing lures or something of that nature (I am not a fish person as you can tell)
Anyway...If someone really knows what this is...please let me know. Otherwise...I think it is just fascinating..and somewhat useful.
I found this fantastic book catalog when I was out book junking recently. It is The Lunkenheimer Co. in Cincinnati Ohio. Look for more images of gages, and valves and chime whistles to name a few from this amazing catalog dating to 1912. Please leave me a little comment if you click the image. It is fun knowing where my pieces fly off to.
Another fantastic antique photo from my personal collection. I have cropped it into 4 different sizes because I thought each element was so interesting in themselves. If you decide to save this image please leave me a comment and let me know. I love hearing from you. Enjoy!!!
Oh I almost fell over in a swoon when I came accross these delightful Nicholas Lancret framed prints. They are in beautiful vintage frames softly brushed with gold. As you can see they are both sealed. and the back paper is the most astounding fleur de lis. They both say Made in Italy. Both measure 5 1/4 inches wide and 4 1/2 inches tall. They are both in good used vintage condition.
I can just picture them on silk ribbons for hanging...The perfect little decorator touch to finish off a room and nook.
Here is the Etsy link--http://www.etsy.com/listing/60627996/nicholas-lancret-vintage-framed-boudoir