Finally getting here with an official welcome to Spring and a 5gardenias shop update. This particular winter has seemed excessively long, snow filled and colder than most any other winter I can remember. I know that this has been true for many of you hasn't it? A winter of record amounts of snow and sub zero temperatures? My answer to this staggering freeze? Hibernation. Now, like some tiny, timid fuzzy creature I'm finally poking my nose out the door of my little burrow. It's much too cold and the ground is still covered with ice and snow-- but for the first time I am feeling hopeful. The temps are actually supposed to reach above 30 degrees this week! I think it's apt to feel downright tropical.
I am so looking forward to seeing this snow melt away, which by now has turned a dirty black and brown along the road edges, and just looks as tired of being here as we all are of seeing it. I have seen people posting photos of Spring blooms - crocuses, daffodils, snow drops... and I can't help but think that I should go wherever those blossoms are-- right away!
Instead, I'll just have to wait this out like a big girl. At some point it will be our turn for blossoms and sunshine.... Right?
For now I'll leave you with some links to the goodies above-- all recent additions to 5gardenias vintage:
left to right top row:
vintage hand woven Native American coil basket, antique celluloid flower necklace, vintage cast aluminum lamb mold
There are many new and exciting changes coming this Spring and Summer and I will keep you updated. A new studio is under construction and nearing completion, which will house my husband's painting studio and my ceramic and jewelry studios. I can't begin to express how excited I am to be getting back to my ceramic work, and to continue with my metal work, and to have fun making some collaborative work with my hub. It's the start of a new chapter after a long hiatus. Stay tuned .... and Happy Spring dear people!
I hope each of you finds a way to enjoy something beautiful in the quiet in between moments of the holiday season. The kind of moments that can make all the difference Something that reconnects you with who you really are and what you really love the most. That is after all the best kind of gift one can share with others as well as oneself. Lots of love. See you in 2015!!
I just wanted to share the magnificent Elite 16 Holiday 2014 Gift Guide with you. I am honored to have a pair of my earrings included in this beautiful compilation which features a sampling of some of Etsy's best makers and shops. If you are still checking things off your holiday buying list, you will want to have a look through this catalog. It's a feast for the eyes! If you want to make the catalog larger just click on it to fill your screen and enjoy!
Above are a few December listings in 5gardenias-- an antique chemist's bottle, an antique silver filigree necklace, a 1939 edition of Pinocchio ( soon to be listed ), a 1920's Whiting & Davis mesh gate top purse, and a mid century woven reindeer wall hanging. The photo of the antique transferware plates and bowls were taken as I was preparing to set the Thanksgiving table- they are not available in the shop.
So Welcome to December - stay warm-- stay cozy!
starting with a few vintage wooden spoons, a groups of vintage and antique lace trims ( will be listing soon ), an antique ironstone platter, a vintage cornflower blue enamel coffee pot , and a beautiful antique handmade lace border ( sorry- recently sold ).
Wishing each of you a happy Friday-- and a wonderful weekend ahead! Thanks for stopping by : )
I thought I'd start back up by posting a collage that combines a bit of summer with a bit of autumn. September always has that wonderful mix of warm and cool, with last remnants of summer still lingering-- tomatoes still ripening, summer fruit still fresh at the local markets, skies remaining somewhat light later in the day, trees just ever so slowly beginning to turn toward winter - but still green. Squirrels have been scrambling like mad, making nests and collecting nuts and seeds, joggers are out running with dogs. Clouds are still big and puffy, windows are still left open at night.... So much to love about this time of year. We spent a few last days of August in the mountains and Denver city visiting with family and hiking - so a few of the photos come from time spent surrounded by the beauty of Colorado. The rest are of home and the shops. Please stop by 5gardenias and my jewelry shop if you care to see what else is listed. Wishing you the best -- thanks for stopping by!
Also pictured is the lovely Lake Erie sparkling in the sun, and blooms from the Japanese Lilac tree that borders our yard. They are a little lighter and sweeter in fragrance than traditional purple Lilacs, and bloom a few weeks later. So wonderful to have them nearby.
...and naturally I've got a few photos of a few newly or soon to be listed items from 5gardenias. From top left: "today and tomorrow" vintage flash cards ( soon to be listed ), an antique framed print of a pair of Herons, an antique laundry basket, a vintage art pottery fish vase ( soon to be listed ), and another set of vintage flash cards that read "have a rest".
oh! and a double cherry-- I hemmed and hawed about eating it, but decided it would bring me good luck if I did-- and it was tasty !
If you want to catch up and get some sneak peeks of finds for 5gardenias, just look for me on instagram - user name is 5gardenias. I'm there almost every day posting photos of whatever moves me.
Wishing you a happy weekend-- thanks for stopping by! XO!
As for 5gardenias-- it's looking like a cozy cabin right now. I picked up quite a few rustic items at some recent estate sails. Here are a few of the sweet finds that are listed now.
a vintage bark canoe -- a souvenir from Niagara Falls Canada, a beautiful antique split willow fishing creel with stitched leather edging, a vintage wood trout fishing net and a lovely vintage Nemadji hanging planter ( just recently sold )
I hope the Spring is making you happy and I wish you a fine second half to your week!
Happy Tuesday !
Here are a few vintage home decor pieces recently listed in 5gardenias shop that sing of Spring.
A pair of vintage ceramic art pottery swans, a vintage make- do medicine bottle bud vase- wire wrapped with a handle, a fabulous antique hooked wool throw rug with a nautical theme, and a glorious antique Appalachian oak splint buttocks basket, which I can't help but feature again, because I love it so!
I wish you all a most beautiful weekend ahead-- with the hope you can get out and enjoy the sweet sunshine!