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Monday, December 15, 2014

Pickin' and grinnin'- the best of shopping this weekend!

Every week I have one or two favorite items that I have purchased from the variety of shopping sources. This weekend was no exception, though this week, it is something I will keep mostly for myself!

This is an exceptional collection of paint brushes- though not the entire collection. Beautifully kept, this is about $500- $600 worth of brushes, many sable. Super excited about this buy, I will be sharing these with my mom and sister with the hopes that we will all have time to paint in the coming year! It's proof that you just never know what you might find when you open your eyes and take off the blinders!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday bar cart and party accessories from Porch and Parlor

You still have time to order your Mid Century Modern bar ware Christmas or ringing in the New Year! Full of glamour, this collect features brass and gold, silver and green.

brass pineapple culver glasses

Mid Century barcart items from the 50's and 60's and perfect for celebrating the holidays or ringing in the New Year! Please click on the links to take you to the items pictured. These are one of a kind, vintage items, when they are gone, I cannot guarentee that I can find more!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Obsessions- well shopped

I am obsessed with these silver bookmarks from England of HenryVIII, Shakespeare, Mr Pickwick, a queen and a yeoman.

Silverplate and sterling and fab!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

handmade holiday gift wrapping with paper doilies

handmade doily gift bows
I love coming up with new ways to use doilies as gift wrap! Today's project is a silver bow that is "lined" with the doily. The double sided cones  gives the bow extra sparkle and is super easy to make! Here's how.

This project uses kraft paper as a base wrap and two sizes of silver doilies to make the bow. Easy wrapping at it's best!

You will need:
kraft wrapping paper
4 inch silver or gold doilies
5 inch silver or gold doilies
tape and/or hot glue (low temp glue for safety)

Wrap you package in kraft paper and collect four silver 4-inch doilies and  four silver 5-inch doilies.

Fold the doily in half making sure to match the pattern for the neatest look.

Then, make a cone with one side of the folded doily and tape it place (tape the folded edge from the inside of the cone).

Next, make a cone with the other half of the folded doily by folding it in the opposite direction and taping. Continue making the cones with the rest of the doilies.
Place the four largest cone pairs in a cross on your package (you can tape or hot glue these in place).

silver doily gift wrap
Then place the four smaller ones together, again tape or hot glue, and add them to the center of the cross.

Silver doily gift bows
Pretty and pretty easy! This project also works great with 5 and 6 inch doilies or, for really big packages, 6 and 8 inch doilies!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

pickin' and grinnin'- this week's awesome finds include longwy and blenko!

Tomorrow's weather is supposed to be rough, so I will not be headed out to any sales to find more awesome finds... not that I left anything on the table. My faves this week include...
Lovely French faience, or majolica, pitcher pretty shades of green with that characteristic slightly runny look.
This piece will be headed to Hanna Antiques on Monday.  
Fantastic little Longwy dish from the 1920's. I love this scarab-type pattern! 
I cannot resist some Blenko owls! This rich amber color looks great with old books.

Set of 7 Laurel Burch plates- I love the colors and patterns, even though I am not much for cats.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Etsy pop-up shop- day one

Putting together an entire store takes longer than I thought. I am so used to everything being explained with nice images, keywords and good descriptions that to actually display items from my shops without these tools, takes a different way to look at things.

I got the giant crochet table cloth on the wall and the start of all the gift wrap items in place.

I have started with the shelves of boxes for gift wrap... coming up will be vintage items for gift giving.

And then, filling in with more silk dyed scarves!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

pickin' and grinnin'- the best of this weekend's vintage shopping

It's been a while since I have posted some of my great picks... but "good" shopping has been light on the ground lately. This week was different and awesome! It is mostly headed to my Etsy pop-up shop at Hanna Antiques! More images on that to come from the shop!

From this week's shopping, I found, this fantastic unsigned painting- looks like Chinatown, maybe? Love the more you look, the more you see. It is on natural linen and looks quite old and more vibrant in person. I think I may live with this one for a bit while I do some more research.

Some fantastic house details from one of the sales this weekend. Really lovely home built in 1905 with period lighting and original tile coal fireplaces.

side door to the screened in porch
Wowza of an art deco half tester bed
I'd buy the house for this tile work alone!
And possibly for the fantastic brass sconces!
This image is from the Multiple Listings for the house- which I understand is sold.*
2 Glen Iris Park South, Birmingham AL
This is the other end of that glorious staircase! *
2 Glen Iris Park South, Birmingham AL
Front of the house... I think a porte cochere, on the right, would balance this view nicely. *

*I do not own these images that contain the copyright of RealtySouth. All rights belong to RealtySouth.