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!
I was so excited when I found signs of plants sprouting from the earth today on my walk with Fernando-- our new dog. I will post some pics of him soon- he's such a sweet heart! We rescued him from a local dog pound. He'd been found as a stray in the middle of the coldest of cold stretches this winter. Fernie is a chihuahau mini pin mix-- and he's a dear little fellow. We are all smitten with him-- and even the cats seem to be warming up to him. Walking has become a much more regular part of my days now-- and I love it!
So --back to being inspired by this inkling of green life -- these tiny buds and sprouts poking up from the ground. I found myself becoming increasingly excited as I found more and more plants beginning to stir. No doubt most of you are feeling likewise about the change of seasons. Hasn't this seemed like a very long and very cold cold Winter?
Once I came inside I had this strong inclination to go through some of my natural history books, and then I got out my camera-- plants, books, a few of my favorite wood carvings-- all things that I love dearly-- I just thought I'd share. . they speak of Spring to me... and the sweet antique splint basket is the only thing I'm letting go of-- I just listed it in 5gardenias vintage shop this morning.
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend ahead- hope it's filled with blossoms and sunshine!
So to celebrate finishing my taxes today, I'm ending the day with a nice glass of vino and a post of some new Spring baskets recently added to 5gardenias vintage. ( some fun work for nice contrast )
from left to right top row :
A vintage farm stand/produce basket-- great for gathering clippings from the garden or storing gardening tools. A sweet vintage pressed paper pulp Easter rabbit candy container, in a lovely shade of daffodil yellow. A fabulous mid century hanging wood planter, and a lovely lovely antique hand woven Appalachian splint oak buttocks or melon basket-- with wonderful character and workmanship. All reminders that Spring is imminent -- or for you lucky ones-- already in full tilt.
Wishing you sweet Spring tidings-- or if you're in the southern hemisphere-- well-- here's hoping you're moving toward some cooler temps ! Cheers : )
In addition I've been getting around to stocking 5gardenias with some fresh vintage goodies.
here goes... clockwise from top left:
vintage celluloid ram figurines from the 40s, antique rustic wire bottle carrier, antique Persian hand woven wool throw rug, vintage hand made raku mug
Hope you are all staying warm and cozy-- preparing for spring in your minds and hearts... Happy February!
Thanks for stopping by for a sneak peek! Have a wonderful weekend : )
I'm loving this winter so far, with it's grey light, soft white snowfall, deep and powdery, quieting the world outside - perfect for bundling up, drinking hot tea and taking new photos of stock waiting to be listed. Here are a few recent additions to OhDearViolet:
clockwise from top left - a set of four antique cast bronze Corinthian column hardware feet, a Ruth Gibbs Godey Lady china doll, a Victorian era brass beaded locket and chain, and an antique Victorian mourning hat made of silk crepe.
Thanks for stopping by-- best wishes to you for a wonderful 2014 ahead!
P.S. I nearly forgot to tell you! I'm having a 20% sale off all items in 5gardenias vintage shop-- this will last through Jan. 5. Use coupon code: happy2014 at checkout to receive your discount.
My special Thanksgiving thanks is that I'm grateful the outcome wasn't worse! A fracture and torn ligament leave me hobbling around on crutches and in a boot-- but I was able to enjoy our small family gathering -- and even managed to make the cranberry sauce. The other thing I'm deeply thankful for are the sweet men in my life - my husband and three sons. All of whom have the biggest hearts, gentlest souls and manage to keep me laughing through all of our ups and downs. And also-- I should mention my hub did a fantastic job cooking the Thanksgiving dinner. He's an ace in the kitchen and pulled it all off without a hitch! I'm blessed to have such a beautiful family. And I thank my lucky stars every day for them--- not just on Thanksgiving.