The Haunted Lamp

Conjuring the Glitter Storm….


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Pinky the Deer gets a Makeover

Pinky before

Pinky before


+This is Pinky.

+This is her story….

+I believe she is a late 50’s store display made in Japan. She was an Ebay bargain, but in very rough shape when I found her. I could tell she had potential, but it was going to be a project.

+I generally don’t believe in “restoring” vintage or antique pieces, but Pinky had very little going for her at this point. The legs were cracked and the arm was completely broken off. Her antlers were damaged and partially missing. The paint and glitter finish was dirty and flaking off the composition body. Her accessories (the bottle brush wreaths and tiny glass beads) were faded, worn, and coming off.

Pinky in process

Pinky in process

+As I began taking off the all the loose pieces,damaged parts and flaking finish, I realized the broken arm was meant to be “up”, the eyes (one of which was loose) had been glued above the indentations where they were meant to be, the antlers were real branches (albeit poorly glued in with lumpy paper mache on the head), and the wreaths and beads were probably red and pink at one time.

+I glued and filled the structure, found suitable branches for the antlers and mixed a paint that matched the original perfectly. I also found the same vintage, Japanese bottle brush wreaths and small bead trim in better condition. It helps that I have a fairly extensive (translation: obsessively-hoarded) collection of old craft supplies.

+The greatest challenge was actually matching the beautiful snowy effect of the original coarse, flake, glass glitter. I found a modern flake glitter (from Japan as well,) but after testing it I realized it was a good size for the reflection I desired but was too “thin” and lacked the texture I needed. I finally settled on a blend of mostly the flake glitter with some very coarse German glass glitter mixed in. It gave the right “grit” to the finish and seemed to “lift” the flatter flakes off the surface. It sparkled in the same, magical way I could see the original once did.

+(Have you noticed I take my glittering very seriously?)

+Finally, I thought the single loose wreath may have been in her upper hand originally, but I decided vintage, pink, mercury glass garland and an old teardrop shaped ornament (both 50’s period Japan production as well) captured the spirit of the pose much better.
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Wild 1950’s Camera Display

argus camera 1950's display

 This vintage Argus display is currently set up in the other half of my dining room. The area is an awkward space  that needs to stay open on all sides for traffic, but it looks empty if nothing is there. We change the feature every now and then and joke about performing small dinner theater productions there…..

 Sometimes, instead of packing it up, we are lazy and just accessorize it for the season……Vintage Aluminum Christmas Tree


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Modern Chenille Tabletop Trees

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 These small tabletops are tree have a sweet, modern style. They are fairly easy to make and were inspired by a couple of vintage Japanese and Czech trees I own.

 You will need:

Chenille pipe cleaners  (bump style and regular)

a small block of scrap wood  (or foam)

small mercury glass balls  (I used 16mm.)

a pencil or similar dowel

floral tape

You will also need some wire cutters, a drill (if you use wood for base), and hot glue.

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