Spring has arrived in the Midwest, the birds are singing, the daffodils, crocus and grape hyacinth are in bloom and "that lucky old sun has nothing to do but roll across heaven all day" a bit from a Louis Armstrong song...
It's my favorite time of year, as the days grow longer and even the animals seem as delighted as I am with the warmer temperatures - squirrels chasing one another around and around the trunks of trees, birds performing aerial acrobatics in between songs, and the new babies of the pasture - calves, colts, and lambs frolicking about the pasture. This warmer weather makes you want to kick up your heels a bit.
Apple and Pear Salt and Pepper Shakers - Purchase Here
I love this pewter set of salt and pepper shakers that have the shabby tarnished patina I so love in the kitchen and in my home. The shape reminds me of my best girlfriends....some of us are pears and some of us are apples in shape that is...and we are always make the perfect pair when we are together.
Autograph Book - Purchase Here
Lovely vintage autograph book holds so many possibilites....like an altered book using the blank pages to create visuals in theme with the prose.. or clip out the words individually for resin or soldered frame work...or just tuck into a display for instant interest.
Hey, did I just come up with a new idea for an altered book swap?
Crocus - nature's first hint of Spring are lovely tucked into tarnished silver sugar bowls, cups, or cake tins. Beautiful in the kitchen in a sunny window. Visit your local greenhouse to find them in bloom.
Vintage Printer's Block - Purchase Here
I love this old printer's block that features three scenes of children going about their day...sharing candy with one another on the left, having lunch in the middle and saying the evening prayer on the right.
This little block would be fun used with polymer clay - featuring just the feet or hands, faces, etc. or stamp away with an ink pad... lovely aged wooden backing allows the stamp to stand on it's own for a table top display.
Silver Swan - SOLD
Lovely silver swan with so much detail would be lovely on your desk to hold paper clips or in the bath to hold Q-tips...a visual reminder that their is a graceful swan living in all of us.
I adore lamb's ears, a plant from the garden with wonderfully soft leaves covered in silvery fuzz. So, I was instantly in love with these little Easter eggs with lamb's ears held in place with a simple string.
Brownie Vintage Camera - Purchase Here
Vintage cameras have so much character and fit nicely on any shelf display. Celebrate your passion for photography by displaying this vintage camera with your favorite "shot".
Fountain Pen Nibs - Purchase Here
These vintage pen nibs are great to add to found art jewelry, altered book projects or assemblage work. They make great dangles - can you visualize a single word torn from a vintage book decoupaged to the side of one of these nibs?
I hope you are enjoying warmer Spring temperatures where you are...
I am off to meet my oldest son in Chicago tomorrow as he arrives on the train from New York. We plan to visit the Museum of Art and enjoy the city before we return home to Kansas City. I look forward to hearing about his recent trip to New York and the Tevas Project that he enjoyed sharing with his friend Jonathon.
Where will you be this week?
Blessings - Julie