Do you ever think to yourself - Where did the week go? Last week I spent a two days working in the shop in preparation for a Mother's Day weekend show with two other remarkable ladies, Karen and Laurie. Karen's specialty is primitives, wicker and Swedish design - her offerings are amazing. Laurie creates the most unique potted containers using primitive and antique vessels - gorgeous.
I also spent time designing our post card for the mailing that will go out later this week and tags for the finds for the show, it's a fun process.
French Vintage Readers - Purchase Here
Yes, these are vintage readers from France in creamy white with just the right amount of rhinestones at the corners with two different magnifiers and the best part - they are from France. Fun, romantic and useful - it doesn't get any better than that! Don't need readers. Look how fabulous they look just tucked into a display...sitting on top of a vintage guide book of Paris....ooh la la.
I also spent time packaging jewelry and vintage goodies to be shipped within the US, but also to Australia and Finland. I love to package my offerings in a special way using lovely tissue papers, ribbon, and then tucking in a truffle, a saint charm, holy card or other vintage goodie to surprise the recipient.
Vintage Silver Creamer and Sugar - Purchase Here
The weekend was spent at the farm in the country...it was sublime...the birds were singing and the honeybees were buzzing around the blossoms on the fruit trees. I cleaned out a flower bed, planted three white peonies and prepared the bed for annuals to be planted in the upcoming weekend.
Potatoes, red and white onion sets and sweet peas were planted in the vegetable garden. A strawberry patch was planted at my Dad's house in his garden. We tucked 125 strawberry plants into the bed on Saturday morning with my Dad, crawling around the patch on hands and knees while shooing Lucy, the black lab away whenever she tried to get into the patch with us. She's the sweetest dog, but has no true appreciation for little green strawberry plants - plopping down on them wagging her tail in the process.
Hand Forged Square Nails - Purchase Here
I love vintage hand forged square head nails which are harder and harder to find these days. They are perfect for altered art projects and fun to tuck into altered art books, collages, and assemblage art pieces. Use them for the legs of an assemblage doll, use them horizontally as a hinge or a book, or allow them to be part of a dangle. They are charming and nostalgic and represent a simplier time. These nails are three inches in length.
Make a garland from vintage tiny bottles and vintage clips for a mirror - tuck in a few blossoms from the Spring garden and you have the perfect welcome in your foyer or guest bath. Or hang in your child's bedroom window...so sweet.
Vintage Receipt Spike - Purchase Here
Old receipt nail in vintage metal in just the right shade of blue/green that would be perfect on your desk, in a window or on a shelf...use them to hold a to do list, write 25 things you are grateful for on small squares of paper and place on the spike - then pull on off each day to remind yourself of what's really important in your life... or 25 things you love about your spouse, kids, etc.
Vintage Skeleton Key - Purchase Here
Vintage skeleton keys are always a favorite and look great wired to a vintage bottle, suspended in a sunny window, or use them in your altered art, assemblage and jewelry making endeavors. You can't go wrong with an interesting skeleton key. I have a friend that uses hers for a key ring...