February 27, 2010

My First Lollishop Challenge ....

I waited until the last hour ... not unusual for me, I'm a procrastinator by nature ... on the upside though, I tend to work better "under pressure" ... trust me, I was feelin' the pressure with my first Lollishop challenge ... to be part of a "Design Team" was completely intimidating to me ... I did the best I could to put my insecurities behind me ... took out my challenge kit, various glues, ink, an old silver salt shaker top, and a vintage blue glass bottle and set off to tackle the task before me ... and the result? ... An altered 'Gypsy~Dream' bottle!
Annie from Glitter Your World supplied all of us with a fun kit filled with goodies. I have to admit the glitter was my favorite item ... this stuff is great! Not like anything I worked with before ... ultra fine and sparkly ... soft as fine beach sand ... now that would be cool ... a whole beach full of this yummy stuff!! Hmmmm ... maybe a new Lollishop Sports Challenge? 'Glitter Wrestling' !! Can you picture it??


All design team participants should have their projects up on March 1st ... here are some handy links to their blogs ... enjoy all the frou-frou friendly treasures!
Chelsea of Itty Bitty Birdy
Kristin of Retro Cafe Art

February 21, 2010

A morning spent at the auction ... and I'm in trouble, again

Going to auction on a quiet Sunday morning, sun is shining and The Man agreed to join me ... sounds like the makings for a perfect day, right? I'm in desperate need of replenishing my costume jewelry stash to continue making the Prairie Gypsy belt buckles ... I had my budget to stick to and well, to be honest since he was going to be with me, there was going to be no way of fibbing about how much I actually spent ... darn it.
So ... I did real good and passed up on a lot of goodies ... I was eyeing up those satin chairs and the rusty trike, but as I was editing pictures for the post I noticed the carvings on the wood chair in front of them ... very cool heads with flowing hair carved right up on top.
If only I had a special spot to put this "thingy" above, it would have definitely come home with me .. does anyone know what this is? ... you can barely see each shelf is numbered and it had some funky industrial type of wheels on it.
Chandeliers covered the ceilings and box lots overflowed off the tables ... Believe me when I say this is just the tip of the iceberg ... this auction is loaded floor to ceiling with gorgeous antiques and unusual one of a kind items.

Like a stuffed bear head ... there was also a matching rug for in front of the fireplace.

I even stumbled upon some friends I hadn't seen since a party at my house on the 4th of July ... Hmmm ... is that what they mean by "fair weathered friends?" ... just kiddin' guys ... it was great running into you ... see you next July 4th!!
Here's where the trouble begins ... can you see it in my eyes? I can't be blamed ... Like I said, I only came looking for jewelry and when I realized I didn't feel like waiting around another 2 hours for one small box of rhinestones, I went to check out and surrender my bidding number ... I spent a whopping total of $12.92 on a medicine cabinet. The man appears behind me and says hey what are you doing, they are getting close to those two pieces we could use for the kitchen. {We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel at home ~ more on that later} ... the cashier asks me if she should "reopen" my ticket and HE said "Yes". back to the auction floor ...

Why am I always the one to get the blame? I asked him three times "how much do you want to pay? Where do you want me to stop" ... here's his response "I don't know ... what would you pay for them?" ... me, "They will probably sell for $100 to $200 each" ... him, no reply ... and the bidding starts ... if you have ever been to an auction you know the bidding goes like lightening speed fast ... I had to jump in and I did ... Needless to say the price went far past my estimate ... but they became ours and they will be perfect for the new kitchen!!

Oh, but wait finally he says something ... "What the *#@! did you do? Why did you keep going? ... you said they would only be $100 each!" ... on and on and on ... can you see where I'm going with this? I told you ... I WAS ALL READY TO LEAVE THE PREMISES!!
I know I'm laughing and this picture is obviously staged, but I kid you not when I say he was actually squeezing pretty darn tight at one point. Do you see the resemblance in The Man's face to that gruff bear's head a few pics back?

Now, to figure out how we he was going to pay for and transport these babies home.


Yup ... this is how we drove 25 miles home up 295 ... the tailgate down and one piece tied to the roof with clothes line.
"The Gypsy Wagon" always gets the job done ... and well as far as being done ... I'll let you know what we finish first ... our kitchen or our marriage.

p.s. In case you were wondering ... no, I didn't come home with any jewels ... but there are two more auctions to go to tomorrow morning ... and no, he'll be left at home.

February 20, 2010

Desperate times ... and selfish behavior at the Flea

Cabin fever finally got the best of me ... I had to get out to dig thru some junk, and when Beth called to say "Hey, you want to go to the Flea on Thursday?" ... well, let's just say she didn't have to twist my armAfter a few days of much anticipation, it was a bit of a disappointment to roll into the parking lot only to be greeted by this scene.

However, from our standpoint we couldn't see all the treasures waiting for us way beyond the snow covered benches. It turned out to be one of the best, if not THE best day of pickin' ... tons of finds and for the most part prices were in our favor!!
Nice parking job, Beth ... she was already scoping out the market, she wasn't paying much attention to what she opened her door and stepped into ... heee-heee-hee ... so happy I had the camera ready : )


I just had to try on these super cool bug-eye glasses .... so funny, we were laughing so hard the tears were running down our legs .... I was making fun of Beth and her glasses, but after we walked away I was afraid the poor man at the booth thought we were making fun of his glasses ... I swear we weren't, now that would just be plain 'ol mean!

I don't think he really cared ... we bought quite a bit from the gent ... and we didn't have to ask twice for him to pose for the camera ... love a guy with a sense of humor.


Okay, this is the find that almost destroyed the junkin' buddy friendship ... can you believe your eyes? We couldn't .... an antique album full of photos with a Gypsy on the cover ... we both touched it at the same time {Beth insisted she touched it first, but like you already know, her eyes were screwed up} ... I GRABBED it and she cried ... a verbal fight ensued ... and well, you can see who came home with the album. Yes, I feel bad and I DID try to make it up to her later by letting her have the pick of the litter from that time forward {I think} ... I'm not a mean person ... just call me selfish ... and blame it on my parents for only having one child ... me. me. me.

I did learn a lesson ... my best junkin' buddy, Beth, went out to the flea market again this morning ... and guess what ... I didn't get invited to come with her ... gee, I wonder why? I'll try to be better behaved next time ... promise.

Here are a few more of my finds ... some cool old books ... and some really super medal/charms ... I need to research these, the vendor claimed they were from a Cambodian temple and blessed by the monks ... will make for some great new spiritual jewelry.

Beth posted today about our trip as well ... she is so much more gracious than I am ... check out her post here to get her side of the story. In all honesty we really had a wonderful morning digging for treasures together ... doesn't get any better than that!

February 17, 2010

White Wednesday and my knobs ...

The brocante household is knee deep in not only snow these days, but also home renovations. Upon further inspection of every nook and cranny of this old gal I noticed my knobs do not match ... they are different, uneven and not even close to being similar ... here are some snapshots, take a look for yourself ...
Porcelain, metal, silver, and ceramic ...
Painted, chipped, and brassy ....
Mis-matched, well worn, used, and naturally aged ...
Crystal, shiny and round ... dark and irregularly shaped knockers.

Small and button sized .... round and tattooed.
These knobs have been well handled, pawed and latched onto over many years ... they have served their God given purpose ... each one the original set ... I've often contemplated buying sets of new, pretty perky knobs for this older gal ...  but, always opted not to ... wouldn't that change her character? After all, isn't it all the imperfections that make her unique?
So, there you have it ... my knobs don't match ... I'm proud of it and keeping it that way ... what about you ... do your knobs match?

If your asking what this all has to do with  "White Wednesday" ...  take a second look at all of the knobs  ...  either the knob itself is white or attached to white ; )  ... happy white Wednesday!

February 14, 2010

Silver Sweethearts ...

 Silver Sweethearts ... some of my favorite portraits of couples from years past ... I wonder how they shared their Valentine's days ... did they have the chance to be romantic? ... everyone always appears so serious .... I like the couple in the lower left that are posed side by side, they look like 'equals', don't they? ... posed like that ...

All tucked into a silver photo display ....


A necklace created from an antique rhinestone heart button ... a bit tattered, but not broken.


A pair of earrings created from vintage hearts wrapped in silver containing a mustard seed ... 

"If Ye have faith as a grain of a mustard seed ... nothing shall be impossible unto you." Matthew 17:20




I'm linking to two parties today ... please follow the buttons below for more romantic Valentine's Day fun ...




Wishing everyone a happy and romantic Valentine's Day ... Enjoy !!

February 10, 2010

White Out .... white Wednesday ....

It's a white, white .... blizzard white Wednesday. I thought I'd share the view from my computer desk in the dining room this morning .... fitting for White Wednesday, don't you think?


In the foreground is our dining room table I recently painted ... I would show you the chairs as well, but they're not done yet, another time ....


Not quite a true "white out", yet, you can still see the trees in the park across the street ... the worst is yet to come they say. The snow is blinding ... actually hurts your eyes to look outside. I'm trying to appreciate the peaceful beauty in all of this snow ... it is pretty ....  the problem is, today's 20 inches is falling on top of 20 inches from a few days ago. That's a lot of snow for us!


The dining room is starting to look a lot like Valentine's day with all the red and white ... no need for "real" decorations ... maybe I'll throw in a couple cupids and hearts to make it look official.


This is the view looking out to the back yard ... tranquil and dreamy, and a lot of shoveling tomorrow ... well, I think homemade soup and a fire in the fireplace are next on the list. Make sure you check out all of the white Wednesday offerings over at Faded Charm!

February 9, 2010

Rosettes are back ... and there's a new girl in town

A few of my blog peeps were asking when the rosettes would be back in stock ... well, they are finally back ... with a new one in the mix ... The 'Prairie Gypsy Rosette' ... that's her below. She's full, soft, and feminine, just like a prairie skirt with a touch of paisley and pink shabby roses.

She's a little tattered with hand torn muslin and tea dyed petals .... a touch of Grandma's antique Chantilly lace ... and a vintage cut crystal center.


She comes in two choices of colors ... the palest of pale pink ...


...and tea stained with just the slightest touch of pink on a few petal tips. You can find either one here.


And here is her ooh-la-la girlfriend 'Parisian inspiration' ... whose petals are hand stamped with everything 'French'. Petals are a soft tea stained color with vintage lace and linen tucked in between, leaves are a rich green velvet. 


The center of the 'Parisian inspiration FANCY' rosette will be made from a piece of vintage jewelry.

Each rosette will vary slightly, as each are made by hand, layer upon layer ... and will have a different jeweled center ... each one beautiful.


The 'Parisian Inspiration Simple' is exactly the same as her cousin above, but has a more subdued center ... a single vintage cut crystal.


Rosettes all have a pin on the back that can be added to almost anything your heart desires ... adds instant feminine vintage style to any outfit ...


Try it on your jacket ... a jean jacket, khaki trench, or cashmere cardigan.


Spice up your home decor with a touch of romance ... pin to a vintage lampshade ... or simply incorporate into a vignette anywhere around the house.


A beach or gardening hat ...


... or any handbag or market tote ... possibilities are endless ... top off a gift ... place setting for a garden party ... party favor or hostess gift.

Limited availability ...  for all designs.