Over the years, I have been collecting orphaned sugar and creamer pots. I love the patina of the dark and dirty metal that has aged so perfectly. I started to do an easter themed display but then it took a life of its own. I looked into my jewelry boxes and pulled out some old rhinestone pieces that contrasted so lovely against the muted metals and dried moss. I hope you love the look as much as I do!
For my dear friend Barb, I gave her little christmas treasures wrapped with old sheet music and vintage newspaper clippings. They were finished with a sash of ribbon and bits of sparkly jewelry. So pretty…. Barb did not want to open them up!
I know that this post would be more appropriate for Valentine’s Day. But I just happened to sort through my button collection this weekend and discovered a beautiful way to keep and display all of my pink vintage buttons.
The heart shaped chocolate box was a treasure I saved from my mom when I was a little girl. When I was in Grade 6, I remember baking heart-shaped sugar cookies and decorating them with pink icing and presenting them to my school teachers in the staff lounge. I also distinctly remember lining the bottom of the box very carefully with wax paper. To this day, I am so grateful that my teachers returned the valentine’s box back to me once all of the cookies were gone.
I think I have an obsession for everything pink these days. It just simply makes me happy. And I am feeling a need for some major ‘happy’ right now.
Whenever I need a pick-me-up, I find that opening up my jewelry boxes and playing with my collection of vintage jewelry is a quick fix to distract me from my concerns. To be honest, I wear very little of any of the pieces, but I am happy I have the necklaces and earrings to admire and love. So sparkly and pretty. Just what a girl needs some days.
Of all the amazing stores I had the chance to shop at while in New York, I would have to say that browsing through the aisles in the Tinsel Trading Co. was my all-time favorite. Too bad I was not able to get a shot of the store from the outside. I was there later in the day and the street was already in shadow from the buildings across the street. But no matter. Inside, it was a crafters dream full of vintage flowers, buttons, ribbons, german glitter, trims and so much more. But I think I am more of a collector, because I have no intentions of using any of the bits and bobs that I brought home. I guess this is verging on hoarding now. Oh well, that’s me!
Just a few days before leaving for NYC, I discovered another book by Sibella Court called The Stylist’s Guide to NYC in Anthropologie. It was perfect timing because I found out about a lot of interesting places that I may have not stumbled across on my own. One of the stores I had the opportunity to check out was Olde Good Things (page 62 in the book). Lots of brass door knobs, metal letters, marble fireplaces and stuff galore — too much to mention!
One of the best times I had while in NYC was checking out the Antiques Garage Flea Market. During the week, it is a parking garage, and then on weekends it is turned into flea market heaven. I definitely came home with a few goodies!