I LoVe Imperfections... Soooo much more interesting than brand new!*!*!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

ViNtaGe Millinery ~ Pretty Flower Trim!*!*!


Most people think of "Ladies Hats" when "Vintage Millinery" is mentioned... ~  I on the other hand think of the delicate flower trim pieces used in this hat making process...  I have found these precious little flower adornments to add  "just the right touch of sweetness" to items such as:  statues... shadow boxes... doll pin cushions... jean jackets , sweaters... etc.   When I was at "Warrenton, Texas" this past Fall, I bought up a ton of this old millinery in a booth near Zapp Hall...  I have found great delight adorning this that and the other...  See for yourself!  Some of this old millinery still retains it's delicate paper tags ~ made in Japan...  There are all shapes and sizes, some with original pin backs still attached... (For better detail - click on pics to enlarge!)


"Adorable Sweetness"
ViNtaGe Birdie... ViNtaGe Book... ViNtaGe Millinery Adornment...



 
One of my favorite pieces... ~ ChiPPy Old Candelabra Base adorned with a Millinery RoSe!*!*!




Just GoRgeOuS!*!*!
Huge Old Velvet RoSeS Adorning the Mirror in my jewelry nook!*!*!




Meet "Norah-Rose" ~ Favorite Statue/Bust on a plateau mirror in my jewelry nook...
I've adorned her head with the vintage millinery... ~ LoVe It!*!*!




 I've adorned the center of this darling top with the vintage millinery...
"Just Sweet"!*!*!




Tuesday, December 29, 2009

More **ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!, Crusty-Rusty Finds with PaTiNa!*!*!

I hope you're enjoying the little "sneak-peeks" pics of my vintage finds as much as I am... Here are just a few more...  Good News ~ even though it's almost zero here today in Wisconsin,  ThE SuN IS  S H I N N I N G !*!*!



Just adore this chippy old pottery bottle!*!*!




This architectural fragment is probably from an ornate metal screen door...
I've had this for many years adorning the back edge of a dresser cabinet...




Is this old "Zinc Mullion" FaBuLouS or what!*!*!
I was told it came from the outside of a building in New York...
A FaBuLouS purchase from the Chicago Botanic Garden Show...




PeRfeCtLy ChiPPy!!!  ~ PeRfeCtLy SHaBBy!
Time~Worn Picture Frame...




The PaTiNa couldn't get any better!*!*!
Just a sneak peek of a large bouquet - table base...
AwEsoMe Grayslake Find years ago...




Just LoVe It!*!*!
Old Chalkware Basket ~ adorning a french wall mirror...


Monday, December 28, 2009

***Sweet SHaBBy Vintage Adornments*** ~ It's All In The DETAIL!*!*!

As I walked around the house yesterday looking at all my "sweet little vintage things", it made me wonder  - what was it exactly that drew me to this piece in the first place, & what made each one so special...   Each has a prominent detailed characteristic...   PaTinA... ShApe/FoRm... CoLoR... TeXtuRe... BLiNg...  
  

Patina & Form
Drew me to this cabinet's ornate top adornment...





"Bling" & Form" 
drew me to this lovely I-Rice Vintage Perfume Bottle...   The wonderful color of the rhinestone centers and delicate form of the flower-like petals...


 

Form & Patina...
The delicate design of the perfume bottle holder...
The patina on the florentine box...
"Just Sweet"




BeSt PaTinA!*!*!
I just love this little german pin cushion!*!*!
A very sweet adornment just about anywhere... 




Form & Texture
Adorning with vintage millinery adds so much!!!
~ It's like jewelry on the dress ~




Texture & Form
The combination of these different vintage adornments is very pleasing to the eye...   


 

Sunday, December 27, 2009

"Red Berries" in SNoW!*!*!



With Winter's White Background Pallet...  Nature's Red Berries REALLY POP!*!*!




These beautiful berries stay on the tree till "SpRiNg"...  With Spring's thawing process, the berries change into on a fermented alcohol-like substance...  As the birds begin to feast, they "honestly" - get silly - flying into each other & the windows...  Quite a site to see!*!*! 




Saturday, December 26, 2009

***Birdies in SNoW!*!*! & the HoLiDaY***

With Christmas Day now behind, I can only think of the extremely long... cold... winter ahead of us here in Wisconsin... I know I'm not alone in this thinking... Once the glistening holiday decorations get put away - January seems to last forever... Hibernation sets in... Road Trips are so weather dependent... The lack of sun... The pasty white skin... The extra pounds from little exercise... All the extra gear "on & off" - hats, scarves, gloves, long underwear, boots... Bad hair days... Sooooooo - I try and find delights "in the smallest of things"... ***BiRdiEs *** ~ being one of them...


This little time~worn birdie on a stick adds some whimsy to our winter wonderland...




I snapped this pic of our resident woodpecker some days ago when the snow was still fluffy... He is soooooo handsome!*!*!






Bird Feeder just outside our kitchen window...





A gorgeous cardinal waiting his turn on the feeder...






This is "last year's" roadside vignette at our driveway entrance... My husband surprised me some years ago on Christmas - with the AwEsoMe Black Crows - out in the snow - Christmas Morning... The Crows are a permanent fixture, year round, on an old stump at our driveway entrance...





We had one of "The BeSt" Christmas Eves this year ~ just the "3" of us...
Quite Nostalgic ~ got out the "Old 1960's Phonograph" & played records as we opened our gifts... I just loved the "scratchy background sound"!*!*! Good Bye C-D's!!!





***The thick old "78" Bakelite records in their paper sleeves***



Thursday, December 24, 2009

SHaBBy! "Icy" Berries, Twigs, & a bit of SpArKle!!!

The old saying... "When you have lemons, make Lemonade" WELLLLLLL- When you having freezing cold temperatures ~ "MAKE ICE LANTERNS!*!*! Heartfelt ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! Christmas Greetings to ALL of You ~ Christmas Eve 2009...



I loaded them up with berries, twigs, & a bit of sparkle!*!*!




I've so enjoyed making these ICE LANTERNS year after year!*!*!




Love & Peace

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It's Almost ChRisTmAs... ViNtaGe Pink!*!*!

It's Almost Christmas... The last of my "girlfriend" packages were shipped yesterday... I wrapped the final packages for under the tree this morning... The grocery list is made out... AND now I have a 12- hour work day ahead of me...

Best Ever!*!*! ViNtaGe Pink Bottle Brush Tree & Clip-On Birdie...





My GoRgeOuS Pink Bottle Brush Wreath...
I may have to hang onto this one!!!





I sold this wreath a few years back... ~ What was I thinking???





Isn't this the sweetest pic of a "Himalayan Kitty"????
I miss my Himalayan Cat sooooo.... "Kitty Mocha"...


Monday, December 21, 2009

*** The Year it didn't SNoW *** in Wisconsin...

Like many people at this time of year ~ I tend to take a "look back" at my life ~ ponder... think... review... Since creating eye-catching vignettes is such a passion for me, I find great joy in re-visiting past displays... Some I look at and say ~ "really, what was I thinking"!!! -OR- "I've lost my touch - haven't done anything that creative in years"... -OR- "I had to be CrAZy to have SoLd that item"... Any which way, these are all just observations/opinions... In this struggling economy, with many a magazine ceasing to be published, I do hope some of my vignettes inspire others as much as YOUR pics have me...


This vignette was near the roadside by our driveway entrance about 4 years ago... With a Garden Theme in Mind, I wanted to honor "ViNtaGe Christmas" ... It eventually did snow AFTER the Holidays, that year... I found that when ornaments get wet in cold and snow ~ it creates a wonderful time-worn patina!!!




Sorry to have SoLd this!*!*! I would just die for this now!!! ~ infact, I've looked for other old victorian "bird-nest" ornament - not finding one as nice as this...
I sold this during my winter Ebay SaLes - 2 years ago...





Wouldn't this have looked beautiful by our front door with a dusting of SnOw???
My Cousin in Nevada dries these Pommegranites for me & ships them to Wisconsin... They last in storage for quite a few years... I've tried drying them here - but it's just toooo damp... I love the true Red/Green "Christmas Holiday Flavor" they lend...





I put this wonderful Fruit Wreath on our front door just about every year around Holiday time... I bought it from my friend Julie mega years ago... With it's Fruit Theme, come January - it's still nice to have it displayed...


Sunday, December 20, 2009

SHaBBy "ViNtaGe Christmas" BiRds!*!*!

As I was enjoying all of my Christmas Vignettes this morning ~ I didn't realize how many Vintage Christmas birdies I really do have!*!*! ~ It must be my love of "vintage garden"... (click on pics for a more detailed view... click on comments to leave feedback...)


This darling little paper bird cut-out is made from "old sheet music"...
The PeRfeCt adornment on our Christmas Table Centerpiece!*!*!





Is this basket PeRfeCtLy Chippy or what!*!*! Just love the patina on the corner ornament...
The old clip-on bird is perched on white tallow berries...





This little green birdie is actually a "vintage light bulb"!!!






If you look close ~ there is a vintage bird hanging in the cage!!!
Don't you just LoVe the old column with original barbola trim!!! ~ An AwEsoMe Fall Find from Peterborough, New Hampshire...





This little clip-on bird is resting in a NEST MADE FROM "Alyssum"...
My friend Sally, in Nevada, shared this secret with me!!!

Sally's house is a "must see"!*!*! MAJOR SHABBY WHITE-OUT!!! I'm planning on visiting Sally this winter & would so much like to blog about her AwEsoMe "White-Out"!*!*!





Small SHaBBy Watering can with clip-on bird...
I love my ViNtaGe Chenille Tree!*!*!





Bird is the word...





Another FaBuLouS Small Watering Can Find this HoLiDaY Season...
This Vintage clip-on bird has the best patina! ~ Unfortunately his tail is not original...





***ViNtaGe Birdie Post Card***
I Photo-copied vintage holiday post cards with birds & pasted them to the outside of my mailing packages!*!*! ~ ***Makes for a nice touch*** arriving on someone's door step!*!*!


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cedarburg WI - "Old Stone Buildings in the snow...

Cedarburg - Wisconsin IS SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL WITH A DUSTING OF SNOW on the old 1800's stone buildings...Cedarburg is located about 25 miles north of Milwaukee, and about 3 miles from Lake Michigan... Our main street is "2" very long, city blocks... Cedar Creek runs behind all of the stores on the east side of the street, with a historic old mill on both ends... Yesterday I spent my lunch hour taking some festive holiday stone buildng/snow pics for you to enjoy!*!*! (click on any picture to enlarge... feedback/comments is appreciated...)


I just had to toss-in this heart warming candle vignette that Diane dreamed up last weekend! ~ how creative!*!*!




We had a cozy winter's fire a few nights ago at our home...




One of the store's on Cedarburg's main street - Lillies, had some festive fun!!!




Backside view of the Cedar Creek Settlement - Cedarburg's main draw to town with a Winery... The Anvil restaurant has tables outside in this area come summer...
http://www.cedarcreeksettlement.com/





Another view of the Cedar Creek Settlement...




Cedar Creek Antiques, where my husband has a booth, is located in the this old mill... I have a very tiny-tiny area of "CHiPPy!-SHaBBy! Finds" in the hallway...




This area is the "heart" of the downtown - where Washington & Columbia streets meet...





Amy's Candy Kitchen has "The BeSt" Carmel Apples on the planet!*!*!
Incredible UpScale Candy Store ~ FaBuLoUs Presentation...
http://www.amyscandykitchen.com/page.cfm/241





Stagecoach Inn Bed & Breakfast ~ where I work part-time...
http://www.stagecoach-inn-wi.com/




The Washington House Inn Bed & Breakfast - also on the main street in Cedarburg... http://www.washingtonhouseinn.com/




The Old Feedmill houses an architectural firm and a store for pet food/bird seed etc.
The lower level has a micro-brewery...




One of the many older homes in our quaint historic town...