The Haunted Lamp

Conjuring the Glitter Storm….


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Curiosity Critter Cabinet

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I gave myself six months to get settled in after my move, but it may take a little longer…. I have recently unpacked and gathered together most of my little vintage and antique toys/figures into one cabinet. They aren’t entirely set up, but the cabinet is coming together. There are lots of animals and figures in a constantly changing collection. They span several decades and are in a range of conditions. Some will eventually end up in my quirky projects.

My favorite little friends are probably the vintage composition animals from the 30’s to 50’s but I also have lead, chalkware, wood, porcelain, cotton, and some plastic (although most of my celluloid is a little out of scale so it is on a different shelf.)  Most were intended as toys, but there are also decorative figures, cake or holiday decorations, advertising pieces and random other things. I keep them grouped by subject for easy reference, but occasionally they like to escape their expected location for displays or photo ops….

Farmers and a scarecrow

Farmers and a scarecrow

Giraffe, yawning hippos, and lions

Giraffe, yawning hippos, and lions

Bears

Bears

Bunnies

Bunnies

Men....there are almost as many as there are......

Men….there are almost as many as there are……

......dogs. Lots and lots of canines.

……dogs. Lots and lots of canines.

Birds. (Note the birds wearing fez hats!)

Birds. (Note the birds wearing fez hats!)

Deer. (Although some deer and polar bears are with Christmas decorations.)

Deer. (Although some deer and polar bears are with Christmas decorations.)


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New Postcards!

I am excited about my two new designs for my postcard/thank you notes! I drop them in most of my boxes when I make a sale….(except when I run out and you get my business card or I forget. oops.)

The photos are from my personal holiday collection and were taken by my friend Alison. I loved my old “ornament” ones that looked similar to my header, but these look fresh for the coming season!

"Mohawk Bird"  :)

“Mohawk Bird” 🙂

Antique Bisque Polar Bears

Antique Bisque Polar Bears


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A Lovely Holiday….

Fiberglass Tree

  We had a lovely holiday with good friends, good food, and great drink. (A “Brandy Alexander”, anyone?) I posted several Instagram photos (see sidebar) throughout the day but thought I would put on a few other xmas vignettes here as well.

  We try to change things up a bit every year and this year we added a new valance garland and large wreath. The garland was found at Michaels but needed to be twisted together to get a decent fullness. The garland is in our multi-color dining area, and we displayed a new group of 60’s Shiny Brites. The wreath -which I dubbed the “The Wreath O’ Whimsy”- displays our whimsical Italian and West German ornaments. For several years we have been hanging the animals in a vintage birdcage, but they display much better on the wreath. I look forward to adding to it. Other changes include only using vintage ornaments, using multicolor decorations on the vintage fiberglas tree, and doing our “traditional” in only frosted/glittered ornaments with a new 60’s snowman tree topper….

Shiny Brites Garland

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Christmas Decorating: Antique Ornament Wreath

Christmas Wreath

Christmas Wreath

  Well, I am about two-thirds decorated so far….. The “antiquey” wreath and tree are up but the “mid-century” and “traditional” trees are not yet photo ready. Work issues, freelance, and selling have taken up most of my time recently. (I apologize for the lack of blog and instagram posts.) I am grateful for how well things have sold, but a little overwhelmed that most of it happened in a two week span…..I must be better prepared next year! (Yeah, right…)
  I did just get these snapshots of the wreath done. I will get some up of the tree in the next couple of your days.
  Most of the ornaments are probably 1920’s and 30’s, but they do span the years from about 1890 to the 1950’s. I focus on gold, silver, white and faded ornaments. (It keeps me from collecting everything!) I made the wreath from a wiry base wreath and added grey wood branches and long-needled sprays. I covered the whole thing in mica flakes for softness and sparkle. This year I added small LED wire lights.
  My number one tip for using a wreath to display ornaments, is to make sure the wreath is “spidery” with bendable branches and lots of spaces for things to hang. It will look very strange before you actually put the ornaments on, but you will be able to really load it up! My second tip would be to hang it over a round mirror (mine was from Ikea.) It makes the whole thing a little more magical! IMG_3222 Continue reading