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.
antique Swedish rag rug runner, antique shaker wood pantry box, vintage glass bead pick ornaments, antique embroidered tulle remnant, antique metal & glass star tree lights, antique cross stitch, antique pine cone ornaments, antique wood sock blocker, vintage folk art embroidered Russian doll pair
I found these leaves on two separate walks -- the double leaf -- reminded me of twins joined at the hip, of two aspects of a single being. Of duality and connection, of bonding and shared experience. The other-- the ginkgo leaves, I found while out searching for my missing cat. Feeling anxious and sad I looked up and saw this magnificent tree and found it reassuring, these gentle and elegant leaves seemed to whisper that everything would be alright.
After 6 sleepless nights, a neighbor called to tell me they thought they'd found my cat in their storage room above their garage. I had made flyers and put them in every mail box in my neighborhood. Thankfully they called. I can't tell you how relieved I was when I found that it was my sweet boy in their storage room. Scared and skinny, we brought him home. We've been celebrating with extra love and treats. I can't think of a better way to begin this month of November.
Wishing everyone a beautiful month ahead!
I'm really loving this Autumn -- it seems especially charismatic and beautiful. My senses are in high gear and every sound and smell, every shift in light, every color, every sweet detail seems to be heightened. I love how toasty warm the sun is but the shadows stay cool and fragrant. I watch as the chestnuts and apples have been falling from the trees in our yard. I love the plump little thud they make when they hit the ground. The farmer's market has been bustling and I've come home with the most wonderful bags full of local produce. Oyster mushrooms, and big hearty tomatoes, green beans, brussel sprouts, maple syrup and honey-- and the tastiest apple cider. So special. And the skies have been so dramatic-- just saturated with blue. The tree trunks black and velvety in the rain--- and the leaves! they're already turning the most beautiful shades aren't they?
I've been gradually filling 5gardenias shop with Autumn inspired goodies-- A few enchanting little antique woodland ornaments-- perfect for Halloween and Christmas decorating-- an owl and a little ole mushroom fellow. A sweet antique brown transferware bowl from the 1800s, a beautiful antique aged wood silverware caddy -- a multi use piece for the home, studio, office and kitchen, and some lovely filet lace-- a small panel for tacking on the wall, framing or for sewing and craft projects and a runner ( available in OhDearViolet shop ) which looks ever so lovely nonchalantly strewn over an end table or dining table for holiday entertaining.
I send best wishes to you all-- and hope you enjoy these next few weeks of October to the fullest!
These will soon be listed in 5gardenias vintage, and there are other sweet things new to the shop.
I hope the Autumn air is agreeing with you .... xo : )
In honor of the changes of the season I've put together some newly listed vintage and antique pieces from 5gardenias shop for you to enjoy.
a pair of antique crystal prisms, a set of vintage 1950s flash cards, an antique tatted lace hexagon shaped doily, and a beautiful rustic Chinese gathering basket.
I hope everyone continues to enjoy these last weeks of sweet summer time-- soak up the sun and the slower days, take deep breaths and take in all the scents while you can. Cheers!
Finally a few sweet and lovelies to share with you from OhDearViolet. With July nearly over I find myself wondering where on earth summer has gone to? I've tried to take a little more time off than I normally allow myself --so posts and shop listings have been on the slow side. I must admit I feel a tinge of guilt for falling behind. Still I think it's best to slow down and smell the summer roses. Some stores have already started stocking their autumn items-- I'm just not ready for that! And while these finds aren't exactly summery-- they are most definitely not intended to rush you into Autumn mode. Happy Tuesday to you all : )
from top left and clockwise:
an antique silhouette portrait of a woman from the 1934 World's fair with handwritten date and signature in pencil on the paper backing ( I just love when original handwriting is coupled with a beautiful piece-- such an added bonus of specialness!)
vintage metal mesh rose findings -- so perfect for jewelry making
and the dearest antique petite point ( very tiny fine needlepoint ) and glass perfume bottle with gold washed ornate framework.
We've had such a rainy summer so far that we had a slight mold outbreak in our lower basement where my vintage and antiques are stored. The silver lining was that it forced me to unpack more boxes that were still sitting unopened after our move. After inspecting and doing some mild cleaning here and there, and finally setting up a dehumidifier, and air purifier everything is in good order. I decided to document a few of my faves from my personal collections of vintage and antique items. These are some wonderful early Victorian era paper and cardboard boxes. Some for face powder and theatrical powder, one from a Buffalo jeweler/silversmith, and another is labeled "no. 11" with elaborate decorative borders in sepia. I'll try to post more as I continue to document some of the things I love most. Have a wonderful weekend all!
Happy week everyone! : )
from top left clockwise:
vintage nautical star and cross banner flag , vintage "go fish" flash cards , vintage Japanese sea green glass fishing float, and a fabulous vintage wicker picnic basket
Wishing everyone a lovely sun filled weekend!
clockwise from upper left:
antique crochet lace and linen square table cloth, antique pyrex laboratory bottles--soon to be listed, 1960s mod daisy brooch, buzzing bee dangle earrings made with vintage brass bee stampings and oxidized sterling silver ear wires
here's hoping everyone enjoys a beautiful Sunday : )
Happy thursday : ) : ) : )
Frederique Morrel. Give yourself a treat and go to her website to see her entire collection. Happy weekend to you : )
Wishing you a lovely Thursday and a great weekend ahead!
In honor of this holiday weekend and to celebrate the coming of sweet sweet Springtime, a whimsical pair of antique bisque bunny pals and an early 19th Century primitive wall shelf
( you can find these in 5gardenias shop ). Happy Spring!
With a few boxes unpacked every day, most things have found there dwelling place, and still more things will find there way back into boxes to sell or giveaway. We are definitely down sizing, and it feels very liberating to lighten the load.
I'm finally catching up with stocking my vintage shops and have listed some sweet springtime goodies in each of them. My jewelry studio is nearly ready, so soon I will be able to make some new work--can't wait for that!
In the meantime, here's a glimpse of the most recent listings in OhDearViolet-- truly charming finds:
a vintage millinery fabric flower bouquet--
the sweetest teeny tint celluloid rabbit figure from the 1930s
a vintage paper mache Easter egg from West Germany
a set of Victorian era semi porcelain plates made by New Wharf Pottery from England
So nice to be back-- wishing you a beautiful weekend, and a happy holiday to those that celebrate!
thanks for taking a peek--wishing everyone a lovely weekend!