Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Art of the Scarf

How I love a good scarf. The scarf is so versatile and can really add that final je ne sais quoi to any outfit. But if you are like me you sometimes struggle with how to wear them. Do I tie or wrap, should  it go outside or inside my jacket, knot or bow, long and flowing or short and bowing? Here is an essential guide to scarf tying and wearing, in video form.

Here are three beautiful vintage scarves available now on my etsy site.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Polaroid Luv and a Heavy Heart

Come to my kiosk at the fleamarket and you'll see a load of Polaroid cameras that pretty much forms a line around the whole shop. It's no secret that I love everything to do with the original polaroid cameras and film and now the new generation of impossible instant film. I have in my personal collection no less than 10 cameras at any given time and the fridge is forever stocked with film, new and old.
So it is with a heavy heart that I have listed on ebay the following very hard to find items. 
But, alas .... a gals got to eat.

Here are two lenses for Polaroid Sx70 Alpha1 along with attachments, a lens hood and a close up lens. All are in excellent condition.

If they don't sell as one lot I will consider selling them piece by piece.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Everyone Needs a Little Pink

Sometimes people ask me why, when the economy is flailing, would I be selling collectibles and antiques? Well the answer is simple, because we need beauty to help us rise above. Yes it's hard, but nothing worth doing is ever easy. And I can say with absolute certainty, this is not easy!! But it is fullfilling, and worthwhile and most of all brings me and my customers much, much joy.

When I recieve feedback from buyers who are thrilled with their purchases I feel I have done my job and I view that job as spreading joy and preserving special moments in time. No, we don't need things to make us happy but they can help us express our selves, especially for those of us who aren't particularly crafty or artisitc. And we can (though indirectly I suppose) support art. Isn't it wonderful that there are still Tiffany Lamps, Baccarat Crystal and Stueben and Lalique Glass out there? I for one want to live in a world that includes beautiful objets d'art.

So without further ado my pick for this week is the Art of American born Canadian resident Robert Held. His glass art makes me swoon and every time I find a piece of glass made by him I want to keep it. 

This little gem is no exception.
This is an earlier vase made when his company name was still Skookum Art Glass. It is signed Skookum. I love the irridescent blue spatters on delicate blush pink because, you know, everyone needs a little pink.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Les Bijoux!

It's been said by more than a few of my friends and family members that I am somewhat of a crow as  I am easily distracted by all things shiny. So I was absolutely delighted to find this slightly dog eared 1980's  French copy of

Les Bijoux
De L'art Deco
Aux Annees 40
By Melissa Gabardi

It is a fabulous resource for jewelry from the 20's 30's and 40's. 
It's in French so it's a bit of a challenging read for me, I basically just pour over the images anyway which are fabulous with rich colours and good documentation.
I may have a tough time parting with this one.