Hi guys! I am procrastinating this morning so I thought I'd share what I have been up to this week. I decorated some enamelware candlestick holders for my shop. I made cream felt rolled roses.I added cream leaves to which I sewed antique French book pages..Victor Hugo here. (He wrote Les Miserables and The hunchback of Notre Dame among other things) I went to the movie Les Miserables this spring (winter?) and FYI..getting a large drink at the beginning was a bad idea! Good movie though waaaay too much fuss over stealing a loaf of bread!
I attached the rose to vintage ribbon and tied it on. I added an LED candle that I jazzed up with some of the vintage mica flakes from my stash.
I also made dangles of vintage chandelier prism "buttons" and a vintage pearly bead from an old necklace.
I listed a antique or vintage doll slip. So sweet! I have a soft spot for old doll clothes! Both my Grammas and my mom made home sewn doll clothes for us girls. I learned to sew making doll clothes when I was 6.
I listed 2 enamelware pitchers that I decorated with waterslide decals that I made with old French graphics.
I found this set of vintage bakelite handled flatware too. It was all dusty in a jar in a basement and I got a good price on it. It cleaned up great..one fork short of a 6 piece set. This was probably a picnic set originally. It is on Ebay. One way to tell if old plastic is Bakelite is to rub it briskly with your fingers until the friction warms it up. Bakelite releases an odor of camphor which it is made with.Once you smell it, you will recognize it! There are also bakelite buttons and jewelry. It was used for handles, game pieces and also some smaller household items like radios.
I found this wonderful little hand carved bear and also a little hillbilly man by the same carver (they were marked EC) The hillbilly is more rustically whittled but this bear is very finely finished and nicely proportioned. I'm not sure if the owner of the estate made him or if he bought him. Knoxville is in East Tennessee and very close to the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. There were/are many local carvers there. This estate has quite a bit of Pigeon Forge Pottery too, so I am guessing that is where this may have come from too. There are also plenty of real black bears there. This summer there was a black bear that actually climbed the fence and broke INTO the Knoxville zoo. He wandered a couple days while they decided he wasn't one of their's and then climbed back out!
I found this lovely vintage rhinestone brooch and earrings set. It isn't marked but sometimes that is a way to get some pretty pieces at a lower price
This was a cool 1960's Vogue dress pattern. It was uncut. I sort of shy away from buying old patterns to resell unless they are really cool. I despise unfolding them to check if all the parts are there, but feel like that is something that needs to be done. (I refold patterns like a monkey ..or worse) This was a cool one though. size TEN with a 31" bust and 33" hips!! WTH? my mom who is a size 1-3 always complains about how BIG everything is now "I'm a size TEN!" No mom..you were a size 10 in 1965..now you are a size one...I tell her,"Geez Mom..I am a size 12 NOW" to which she "tactfully" replies "Ooof!" Thanks Mom! LOL