Friday, April 26, 2013

Vintage Doll Trunk

Isn't this the best old doll trunk? This is the perfect display piece! The metal trunk is wonderfully battered with bent "dings" on the case, and sporting steamer trunk travel decals. The trunk also came with visions of the doll and dresses that must have lived inside the trunk.
 I remember receiving, one Christmas, a white leatherette trunk comeplete with a bride doll wearing a  satin and lace wedding gown made from fabrics from my cousin's wedding dress. We had been in her wedding, in the summer, and our Mother had managed to gather fabrics from the wedding and make a wedding gown for a "much-coveted" doll that we hoped Santa would deliver.  This trunk will be displayed in the parlor, filled with ribbons, until it finds a new home via Etsy!

Exotic flower bloom

I wanted to capture this flower while it was blooming. Further research needed for the correct name of the plant. I know it is an exotic, which I'm hoping will not follow the same path of my orchids! I've been watching the blooms since February. My husband has a huge greenhouse next to his office building. He works with a designer there, that assembles baskets of exotics. Beth will call him and tell him that new plants have arrived and he should come by and pick up his basket!  Their color and beauty helps us through the dark winter months.  My mission is to keep them alive!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Shabby Chic flower cuff full-length

The base for the cuff is ivory/gold Scalamandre tapestry fabric. One shabby chic flower from our flower trim, is the focal for the cuff. 3/4" mauve velvet ribbon adds  vintage appeal. Two rolled-ribbon roses in the pastel color-way, using our vintage hand-dyed rayon tape, were added among the doily pieces. Vintage buttons, and old glass pearls from our Etsy site, were used as added embellishments.

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Vintage Shabby Chic Flower Spring Cuff

Pictured, a new cuff design created for 2014 workshops. Using vintage elements such as  our vintage hand-dyed rayon tape, old doilies and pearl buttons, combined with our shabby chic flowers, create a great look for spring and summer.