Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sterling Silver Tea Sets and Serving Pieces

We recently acquired quite a nice selection of silver tea sets and serving pieces. Estate silver has always been a favorite of mine ... from small boxes to elaborate serving pieces, traditional designs to Arts & Crafts details. Come in and see what we have. Some of our pieces are online, but most are not yet there.
This beautiful Gorham Tea and Coffee Set is from 1907 ($2250)
Late-19th Century Barbour Quad-plate Silver Tea Set with Tray ($425)
Selected Silver Plate Pots (clockwise from top left): Individual Tea Pot ($39); Victorian Quad-plate Tea Pot ($95); Retro Silver Plate Coffee Pot with Ebony Handle ($39); Victorian Quad-plate Syrup Pitcher ($69)
Selected Sterling Silver Pieces (clockwise from top left): Dominick & Haff 1876 Silent Butler ($395-sold); Watrous Early 1900s Gravy Boat with Underplate ($265-sold); Karl F. Leinonen & Son Hand Hammered Arts & Crafts Leaf Dish and Spoon ($245 & $95)
Selected Sterling Silver Serving Pieces (clockwise from top left): Gorham Newcastle Shell Server ($150); Gorham Ivy Server ($150); Large Server (120); Cast Leaf Pie Server with Rose Handle ($100)
We also have a number of flatware sets, partial sets and individual pieces available. See some of our selection online.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Table Markers Made From Vintage Wine Labels

One of our customers, Laurie Bly of Texas, has created some wonderful table name markers from vintage wine labels she got from Pretty Ribbons on Etsy. We asked her for some photos so we could share her idea with all of you. "I don't mind if you use my pictures at all," she wrote. "Here are three of them that I completed last night. They are a breeze to make! I am so happy at the way they turned out. :o)" These are great! So elegant to be escorted to the Firestone Winery Table!

We have a large selection of Vintage Wine Labels available online at both Pretty Ribbons on Etsy and at Vintages Shop Online.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Collection: Porcelain Bathing Beauty Figurines

Bathing Beauty Mantel Piece (Private Collection)
These little porcelain dolls have been collectible for nearly a century. While some were just naughty dolls, others were souvenirs, vanity dishes and even aquarium figures. Many bathing beauties are built into pin dishes, ashtrays, cups and mugs. They can be found on lamp bases, flower frogs, pincushions and powder puffs as well. The peak era for these pretty little ladies coincided with the liberating times of the Art Deco and flapper years. 
Three Bathing Beauty Pin Dishes...or Ashtrays! (49.95 to $85.00 each
While these were primarily made of porcelain, they can be found made from plaster or chalk, metal of varying types, and art glass too. Although large numbers of the bathing beauties were made in Japan, the source for the most collectible pieces is Germany. Typical German beauties will cost twice a comparable "Made in Japan" lady. Other factors which affect price, sometimes by quite a lot, are size, quality of the paint and mold, and especially the positioning of the hands and arms. Arms fully away from the bather's body can raise the price by a factor of 5 to 10 times, or more.
German Beauty! ($95.00)
Cast Plaster Souvenir Bathing Beauty from Terre de Retz in France (Private Collection)
German Bathing Beauty atop a Powder Dish (Private Collection)
This Beauty is the Handle of a Cup ($125.00)
German Bisque Bathing Beauty on a Real Clam Shell ($85.00)
Probably America's most famous and well-loved bathing beauty was Esther Williams. In 1944, she starred with Red Skelton and Basil Rathbone, in the movie of that name, Bathing Beauty. This musical comedy was a big hit, not in small part to the bathing suit clad Ms Williams!
We have a small inventory of these relatively hard-to-find treasures. Click here to see what we have.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

French Flower Ribbon • Just in!

We just received a shipment of gorgeous French ribbons ... and they are truly wonderful! These are some of the stars of the new selection. The ribbons are extremely three-dimensional, with fabric flowers sewn onto soft tulle ribbon. These make an excellent trim for clothing, draperies, decorating boxes, tie-backs, hats and straps ... tie them in your hair ... add them to a wedding dress ... decorate the table, wrap them around napkins, stream these from a bouquet ...  and can you just imagine what a gift would look like tied together with these flowers! Let your creativity be your guide.

We have these in a few different widths and colors. Prices range from $8.95 to $13.95 per yard ... and they are worth every penny.

Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels

I recently found out about this exhibition which is currently on display at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City. Too bad we cannot be there as this looks fantastic! Along with Tiffany and Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels represent the trinity of Art Deco jewelry design.
Rubies and Diamonds in the VC&A Mystery Setting
Since its 1906 opening on the Place Vendôme in Paris, Van Cleef & Arpels has played a leading role in style and design innovation. Pioneering techniques and designs, combined with an attention to craftsmanship, are at the core of Van Cleef & Arpels’ jewelry and small precious objects. The exhibition features more than 350 works, including jewels, timepieces, fashion accessories and objets d’art. These objects are supplemented with design drawings, commission books, fabrication cards and imagery from the firm’s archives.
 Paris, France, 1926
Moon Landing Pendant Brooch
Paris, France, 1969
Egyptian Odalisque Evening Bag
 Paris, France, 1927
Hawaii Bracelet & Brooch formerly owned by Doris Duke who received this as a gift shortly after the completion of her villa, Shangri-La, in Hawaii. Paris, France, 1938
Ballerina (La Camargo) Brooch
Design drawing and brooch. New York, NY, 1942
Passe-Partout Necklace
Design drawing and necklace for the Passe-Partout, which means “go anywhere.” The line was introduced to the American market in 1939.  This piece Paris, France, 1947
Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels” at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (2 East 91st Street at Fifth Avenue in New York City) will run through June 5, 2011.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Clover Solder Pendant ($19.95 on choice of ribbon)

Small Clover Pendant or Charm ($12.95 on choice of ribbon)
Remember that Susan has these great pendants & charms online and in the shop. Get one today!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Pretty Ribbons • Vintage Crafting Treasures

Susan has recently re-stocked Pretty Ribbons, her Etsy site for crafting items and supplies. Check out all the great treasures. Currently listed are the wonderful rubber stamps from La Blanche, Leslie Riley's TAP Transfer Artist Paper, spools of Divine Twine and some unusual printed paper ribbon. More to come ...

This is our third online shopping site, along with Vintages on Trocadero for antiques and Vintages of Los Gatos online shopping for just about everything else. As always, we can only list a small part of our unique inventory online, so come on into the shop or contact us with your want list.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Divine Twine Eco-Luxe Baker's Twine for Crafters

Divine Twine™ is a delightful collection of a crafting twine that comes in a dozen yummy colors. The cotton baker's twine is perfect for crafting and scrapbooking or use it to create extra-special gifts, gift wrapping, favors or product packaging.
The dozen yummy colors of Divine Twine
Vintages now has all the colors of Divine Twine available, both in the shop and online. These are also available on Susan's Etsy site, Pretty Ribbons. And this is not your regular bakers twine! Great care has been taken in creating this eco-luxe Divine Twine. It's made from 100% cotton so it's soft to the touch, bio-degradable and earth-friendly. Plus the 4-ply construction makes it nice and strong. It's produced in the USA in mouth-watering colors that look good enough to eat. Each spool contains 240 yards, enough to last a long time, yet easy to store. You can select from Air Mail (a Patriotic red, white and blue), Aqua, Black Licorice, Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Red Cherry, Pink Cotton Candy, Green Apple, Yellow Lemon, Orange, Gray Oyster, Purple Plum.
Each spool has 240 yards of twine ($15.00 per spool)
 The folks at Whisker Graphics have supplied a number of images of projects using various colors of the twine. But in reality, the uses are only limited by your ideas and your imagination.

La Blanche High Quality Silicone Rubber Stamps

We found these high definition, nearly photographic quality stamps at the last CHA Convention. La Blanche is a German company and these are new to the American market.

La Blanche Stamps are high quality silicone rubber stamps that offer easy stamping with minimal pressure. La Blanche Stamps create amazingly exact stamping results from highly detailed images. These stamps are mounted on very lightweight, hard foam and the stamps themselves are made from high quality silicone, which results in very detailed images. They can be used with archival and distressed ink pads, as well as regular ink pads. The design of these unique stamps makes for easy stamping with minimal pressure, with amazingly exact results and fantastically detailed designs. They are extremely heat resistant as well.

Vintages now has a substantial selection of these stamps in stock and online. These are also available on Susan's Etsy site, Pretty Ribbons.
This lady with wings and columns collage is $7.49
These lady collages are $7.99 each
The bird is $4.99 and the butterfly is $5.49
The English roses are $4.49, the zinnia $10.49 & the flowering vine $7.99
This beautiful collage is $10.49

La Blanche has created a few video tutorials of projects using these stamps. While she advocates the use of their own special paper, we have found that any good quality paper will give excellent results.

Leslie Riley's Transfer Artist Paper

This wonderful product is the winner of the Craft and Hobby Association's (CHA) Most Innovative Product Award at the recent 2011 Winter CHA Conference. This polymer coated paper allows you to transfer your imagination into art. This Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) is a premium-quality transfer paper that allows you to transfer images to virtually any surface with the heat of an iron. It works great on a wide variety of surfaces, including fabric, paper, wood, glass, metal, and more! You can print on it using an inkjet printer, as well as paint, stamp or draw images on to TAP. Iron it onto your surface and the transferred images are crisp and colorfast. The print on the fabric is washable and crack resistant. Transfers can be layered over each other, as well as over stamps, watercolor paints and printed paper.

Vintages has Transfer Artist Papers (TAP) available in packages of five sheets for $12.95, both in the shop and online. The package also comes with a sheet of Silicone Release Paper (available in packages of twelve sheets for $9.95) and complete instructions. These are also available on Susan's Etsy site, Pretty Ribbons.

These samples were made by Susan using a variety of papers and fabrics.
From top left: Cupcake paper, old pattern paper, cotton fabric, card stock, Kleenex tissue paper and, in the center, a wax paper sandwich bag!
The samples below were displayed at the CHA Convention, showing an even wider array of surfaces.
Substrates include(L to R): plastic, ribbon, mylar and glass
Substrates include(L to R): tissue, art canvas, plastic, fabric and mylar
The creator of this fabulous product, Leslie Riley, did this presentation on Cool2Craft TV, explaining how the paper works and more.
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