Thursday, January 20, 2011

Vintage Inspiration Friday #21: Legendary Luggage

There's just something about
the feel and look of old leather luggage.
The patina and wear bring exotic places to mind.

Who has carried it?
Where were they going?
Romance or business?
Ingenue or seasoned traveler?

A tourist in France...

or on African safari...

vintage luggage holds a fascination for me;
it's an inspiration.


iconic trunks of a bygone era

In the cargo hold of a transatlantic liner,

...or in a sleeper car on a European Express.

...think Hercule Poirot and Agatha Christie

What treasures of lace and linen...
furs and jewels,
did they contain?

monogrammed with identification
for the worldwide traveler

lasting a lifetime and beyond.

repurposed for everyday living

A French trademark

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I've admired these for years
... and thanks to my sweet husband;
I was blessed with a little vintage inspiration just for me.

Now to share some fun from last week...

Have Trunk...Will Travel

She stole my {vintage} heart

Faded Prairie Couture

Think Spring!!

This girl is a constant source of inspiration!
love ya, Jeanine!

Hope you'll join in for
 Vintage Inspiration Friday!
anything vintage inspired...

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love you all!

Monday, January 17, 2011

a la vie!

Our sweet younger daughter
 sent us this wonderful bottle of white bubbly
  for our Anniversary last month.
We haven't had a chance to enjoy it as yet,
 so every time I open the fridge,
 there it sets, just looking all pretty in pink and white.

I know right now that I'll save this lovely bottle and label.
I get happy just looking at it!

My Honey found this frenchy wine carrier for me over the Holidays so I thought I'd take a few photos after being inspired by my bud, Anne. She has a wonderful new camera, and is venturing out into some
exciting new opportunities in photography.

A small bouquet from said daughter's wedding,
and some vintage wine glasses complete the setting. 

Thinking of Valentine's Day
I just get a little romantic.

So here's to friends' new adventures,
darling daughters,
sweet husbands,
and to
 all of you!

"to life!"

I'm linking to Marty

Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Vintage Inspiration Friday# 20: Got some "Junk" in my Trunk

OK, I guess it's not junk
but I just had to say it!

I found this exquisite doll trunk a few years ago and used it for my jewelry display, but the trunk itself was, well... brownish-burgundy, and I felt that the wonderful damask mauve silk interior deserved something more feminine. I unearthed it from my garage last week and gave it about 4 coats of paint. The burgundy "bled" through, so now it's the palest shade of pink...just perfect!

I've been working on some Valentine things for my booth at Spring Creek, and bringing some of it into the decor this week. This little Paper Doll and hat box I found at Inspirational Home last year. I think we sort of look alike; she being muuuuch younger and maybe even more of a munchkin than me.(?)

I've been inspired by vintage ladies' pocketwatches and wristwatches,
so I decided to do my own take on them.
These are new battery operated watch faces
combined with charms and blinged keys.

I have a few Eiffel Tower charms added in,
and of course there are medals and crucifixes,
hearts, and keys.

even a birdie or two for Spring!

Come by and see what's there for Valentine's Day.
You can email me for a special made-for-you piece.


Here are a few fun entries from last week

Yo-Yo Inspired Tablescape

DIY Santo Tutorial

RH Photo Lookalikes

Amazing Vintage Inspired Wedding

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then visit a few people for fun!

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Valentine's Day Party
February 11, 2011
Anything vintage or vintage inspired.

Today I'm joining in with French Country Cottage

Hope you're having a good week.
Our subdivision streets have not been treated
and they are still slick.
oh well, I've had time to get a few things done.

love you all,

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