Monday, October 29, 2012

141 pieces of golden glam!

So of course I love vintage decor for my own home.  Sometimes the piece or pieces are just too awesome to share!
(like the 6 ft brass lamps)
(or the George Nelson Bubble sconce)
(and some gorgeous sterling silver)
even though I absolutely am "sharing" all 3 of those listed!

Behold all 141 pieces of vintage glam golden goodness...

First of all it is stunning!  The style is sleek and modern while being easily 50 years old.
The best part?
It's a COMPLETE service for 12!

I tested it out this morning, as I was afraid it was plated.  The flatware itself has no markings, but the box does, but only by way of manufacturer and importer.
And it's actually solid!  My question now is solid what?!  I did a little preliminary digging and it is likely nickel bronze, but it looks like brass or gold.  
And a nice white brass - total glam and total luxe!

So I grabbed a few of my plates, and damn if it doesn't go perfectly with every single one?!

This is the vintage Wedgwood Palatia pattern, currently for sale in the shop.
I actually think this may be the very best look of them all.
But then I'd be keeping 2 items that were intended for the shop!
That can't be a good trend for me!

These are from Matt's maternal grandmother, aren't they so feminine?  Bavaria Tirschenreuth (gesundheit!) from Germany.  We don't use this set frequently.

Ahh, the  "Turkey Plates"!  They come out every Thanksgiving, and only Thanksgiving! But many great friends have sat down with these and they've now become tradition, and all the memories that come along with that.  This pattern is Wild Turkey, Windsorware from Johnson Bros, England.  
Funny we see a lot of these at flea markets, but they're not Johnson Bros, and the colors are way off.
I only have dinner plates and one giant platter, would love to add to my service, but again, we only seem to find that wonky knock off.

And they look totally modern and current with our every day plates from Cost Plus/World Market!

It's an incredibly versatile set, and I'm still on the fence.  Of course more research is required,  as I need to find out what metal they actually are.  I know they were made in Thailand but that's about all I know for certain thus far.

The holidays are quickly approaching, and I absolutely love hosting a dinner party.  A lot of the fun is the planning and table decorating for me!  These would certainly get some action this season if I chose to keep them!

Do you mix in your family's heirloom or hand me down pieces with your current wares?  Or do you keep it strictly all new or all vintage?  

I've got a lot of family and friends on the East Coast that are directly inline with the path of Sandy, I'll be thinking of all of you and I hope you are prepared and safe!

sparkle & shine,

Sunday, October 21, 2012

63 inches!!

I am really lucky in that I come across some truly fantastic items while buying for the shop.

I saw this in a dark corner and about knocked someone over rushing to get to it!

I didn't even care what she was asking for it.

Then she says very quietly, " you know I have another one? "

a PAIR?!?!

Behold 63 inches of vintage brass yumminess!

That is over 6 FEET tall!!!

sigh.  I love them.

She was the original owner, bought them back in the 60s.  She was more distressed over losing the lampshades as she had them made with silk she bought in Thailand.

The lampshades were a bit... intense? so I offered to leave them with her, but she wasn't having it.

Can I just say that since I don't sell the lampshades with the lamps in my shop it looks like "lampshades r us" around here!
I'm guessing they'll be donated soon, because they take up so much badly needed space!

 Seriously, might just be my favorite part of these lamps!  Both the harp and finial are just so unique!

So the dirt, dust, cobwebs and tarnish have been polished and cleaned away on one so far.
I'm about to begin on number 2.
I think I'm going to rewire these as well, as I have to disassemble to polish them anyway.

I know I'd feel a lot better if the wiring was new.

Now I know there is a split down the middle for polish or patina.
I do actually leave some items unpolished, just not many!

I think polishing these was for sure the right decision, as that lamp is just GORGEOUS!

They're very heavy and super sturdy, but they each have 6 brass sections that are threaded, so they dismantle easily which will make them treś easy to ship!

Unless I keep them.

Cause I might!

The weather has finally decided to catch up with the fact it's actually Fall and it's perfectly cool and sunny out.  Perfect for working on these lamps in the garage.  I've been sitting on them for well over a month, but just too hot and muggy for this girl.

Hope you're able to throw open the windows, get some fresh air and enjoy this awesome autumn weekend!

Off to the garage and to work on the other one!

sparkle & shine,


Thursday, October 11, 2012

mini obsession

What is it about things in miniature versions?!

Maybe it's because I have small fingers? ha.

So I love old silver champagne chillers.  So when I started to find them  
 in super tiny size, you know I was all over it.

I had 2, one with a barely surviving succulent in it, and the other holding my makeup brushes on my vanity.  Lordy, I paid enough for those brushes, they should be displayed in a silver champagne bucket!

Turns out the one holding the succulent was actually sterling.  So of course I immediately dumped the plant and started scrubbing!

Kidding - okay not really but I did transplant the little guy.

I just got the one on the far left last week.  The base is solid, and is totally heavy.  So we cleaned it up nice, and we're thinking it isn't plated.  
One way for us to tell for sure is to put it to the buffer.

I only know this because I've ruined a few pieces of silver-plate by thinking I could just buff the tarnish away.

Yeah, or buff all the silver plating away.

So I figured I'd just try it on the base.

omg- no disappearing silver plate!  Actually it's gorgeous now with the super buffy shine it's rocking!
And I love that twisted dot detail, I'm betting it's from Mexico.
It's awesome when you find something you love only to have it get better as you go along!

Found Mr. Cutie-Doorknocker today. I love that it has a liner... so it's perfect for chilling those airplane bottles in style! 

4 makes a collection.  I've decided.  So now I'll be on the hunt for these until I can't find uses for them.
(psst that will never happen)

"I believe in Science" Stephen, Nacho Libre

So I acquired a box of old mini beakers and the like.  I at least didn't get the glass pipettes, although I wanted to.

They too make perfect little vessels for plants, flowers, make up brushes, thumbtacks, random buttons, lip glosses... you get the idea here.

don't judge my dirty window, it's much higher off the ground from the outside I'll have you know.  Oh, and transplant guy is the string of pearls to the left. 

MINI BABY Beaker!!!  
Can you stand it?!

Do you have something that you just can't stop acquiring?
Mini's? friends? tattoos? ball jars? 
Please share so I know I'm not alone!

Intending to post the beakers once I figure out groupings to list them.
Odd numbers are good, right?
I do feel like no matter how I group them, it's going to be a lot of convos about switching them up! ;)

Arc lamp update - so I know I said it would be listed by the end of the week, but since it's dismantled, I need to write instructions for the person who will be assembling it.  Problem is this isn't really my forté - it's my engineer husbands gig- though he just left for a fishing trip to Minnesota.
(do you say that with their accent too when reading it?)

I was good, I documented the process with photos and a sketchy drawing, but I really  want to be sure whoever gets it doesn't have any trouble with it at all.

So I'm pushing for end of next week - seriously.

Off to polish and post!  

sparkle & shine,


Monday, October 8, 2012

Arc Lamp!

Iconic.  Shiny. Gold.  What more could you ask for?

How about it can ship via regular carrier service?

BAM! Done!

So Matt and I, okay, MATT, disassembled it so we could offer to ship this via FedEx,USPS etc!

I've seen very few of these on Etsy, but of those few, most either want you to pick it up or arrange your own freight.

I understand it, but as a shopper, that doesn't work for me!

I'm going to permit people to coordinate their own delivery, if that's their choice, but I need to offer delivery.  I'd be so disappointed to find something I loved only to have it untouchable.

No question that someone with at least a basic understanding of electrical components is going to be required to put her back together, but I still think it's a much better option than a road trip to Florida!

Actually, a road trip to Florida doesn't sound really bad at all!  

The Arco lamp was designed in the early 60s by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni.
Mine is an 80s reproduction, but it's still pretty damn sweet!

Holy smokes - gorgeous blog was awesome enough to mention my George Nelson Bubble Lamp in her blog!  Talk about traffic! 
 I've gotten so many views from her blog.  
But what's awesome really is just how gorgeous her blog is!  Go now look - you'll see!

Here's my lamo photo of an AMAZING sconce!
Just the fact that lantern has survived all these years is pretty awesome in itself!

I hope it sells fast, because I do have a horrific habit of destroying, albeit accidental, vintage items that survived years and years before their 24 hours with moi.

More information on George Nelson here!

My lightbox is actually pretty large at approximately 5ft x 5 ft, but it's all soft sided.  I really wanted to show this baby hanging, so how's that 2 by 4 looking?    

So big changes since my last post, I totally outgrew our dining room / office!  
Thankfully we were able to do some shuffling, and I've got a (little) bigger of a room.  The best part is the DOORS!  It's so nice to be able to just close those doors!  And it does keep the entrance to the house looking like we're about to audition for Hoarders.

or should be.

I feel like I spend quite a bit of time looking for shelves on craigslist anymore...

Thanks for getting this far!  Keep your eyes out, that sexy gold arc lamp will be up by the end of this week!

sparkle & shine-