Monthly Archives: December 2007

A Beautiful Mess

Frozen GardenWhile the ice was pretty, I’m sure glad it’s gone. In its frosty wake, the great ice storm of 2007 left over 600,000 homes without power and lots of damage. Fortunately, we were blessed to only have loss of power and internet for a few days. We are still without internet or phone, so posting may be sparse, but hopefully we will be back in full swing by early next week.

Here are a couple photos from the storm.

Thawing Out from an Icy Wonderland

candle holdersAs we recover from the icy storm here in the Midwest, here are some things of beauty to whet your appetite until I can return to regular posting:

Austrian candle holders from Feinedinge
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Shrinky dink holiday ornaments
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Vintage Beauty: Treasures from Weekend Jaunts, Part Two

As promised, here are my favorite personal treasures from estate sale trips this year. Estate sales are great for finding vintage jewelry and accessories. Most of the ladies kept pretty good care of their things too, leaving them in pristine condition for the next generation.

From left to right:

1960’s belted long white leather coat with fox fur trim [paid $25 for] // glass bead necklace with inlaid floral design pendant [$8] // Turquoise leather handbag [$5] // Copper mesh and filigree belt [$4] // Vintage mod hat made in Italy [paid around $1 for]

Vintage Finds

1950’s party dress by Teena Paige [paid a whopping $2] // 1960’s grape ring by Sarah Coventry [ I think I paid 50 cents] // Vintage charge plate holder [$4] // 1970’s sweater hand-knit in Norway [$2] // Vintage costume jewelry [25 cents]

Vintage Finds

You can find the full-size images of these vintage beauties on flickr.

Vintage Beauty: Treasures from Weekend Jaunts, Part One

My husband and I love bargain shopping, especially estate sales. This year I’ve been able to find some truly great treasures. Here are some of my favorites in the home decor and furniture category:

From left to right:

Round tucked pillow in salmon velvet (perfect compliment to the floral dhurrie rug in the living room) // 1960’s side tables, probably manufactured locally // Steel etching of Rheims Cathedral in France

Vintage Finds

You can see the full-size photos on flickr. Tomorrow I’ll highlight my favorite vintage finds in clothing and accessories!

Give Your Desk Some Bling

Desk PadOne day I was looking at my plain (but beautiful) wood desk thinking it needed an inspirational, decorative touch. It also needed protection, as my keyboard is wireless and I’m constantly moving it, which produces some faint scratches. Remembering the vintage wallpaper I had grabbed several months ago from an estate sale, an idea started to form. Quickly, I gathered some materials: foam board, glue, scissors and my wallpaper. I measured the space on my desk that I wanted to cover and cut the foam board to size. Then I cut the wallpaper with a little excess and wrapped the foam board with it, making this simple but nice desk pad. The pattern inspires me, and my precious investment is protected. Problem solved, and my desk got some graphic bling!

Plywood Christmas Tree from Buro North

Plywood Christmas TreeA plywood Christmas tree, created by Buro North, is truly a different spin on the typical evergreen spruce. It’s a little too modern for my tastes but I do like the concept, the overall design, and packaging. These Aussie graphic designers have labeled it “eco-friendly” because it’s made with environmentally aware ingredients, and they are CNC routered (a low-energy production technique) with waste material. The tree comes flat packed and available in three sizes, small, medium, and large.

To order, you can email shop [at] buronorth [dot] com

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Tea Sets by Christine Misiak

Tea Sets by Christine Misiak‘Tis the season for drinking hot beverages, and I love these tea sets that Northumbria University design graduate Christine Misiak finds at various sales and brings back to life. She reclaims, restyles and resurfaces them, transforming them into new, hip, contemporary products that are as gorgeous as they are eco- friendly. Misiak explains her concept:

“Basically I take old, worn forgotten tea sets and give them a new lease of life. I find the old battered metal tea sets at sales or flea markets and make it usable and desirable again.”

Apparently, other people enjoy these formerly disregarded beauties because she’s gained a lot of attention from the design industry in London.

To purchase, you can email her at misiak2005 [at] gmail [dot] com

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Plantable 2008 Calendar by Botanical Paperworks

Plantable 2008 CalendarThis 12-month desk calendar for 2008 with wood-cut designs is plantable. When you are done with a month, you can plant it in the ground and grow wildflowers. Even the collector’s tin that it comes in is reusable.

The 2008 Plantable Calendar by Botanical Paperworks is the only calendar I know of that creates beauty even after the year is gone!

The calendar is 5×5 and handmade by this eco-friendly company that is a center for papermaking and stationery design. They also make plantable journals and greeting cards.

Lola&Bailey: Old-Fashioned Feminity with a Modern Twist

Lola&BaileyThere are many talented jewelry designers out there, but Lola&Bailey is standing out. The team is made up of Cheri Uppal and Theresa Nguyen, and each of their designs tells a multi-layered story. Their beauty and aesthetic appeal are striking and modern without feeling too avant-garde. They currently have one U.S. retailer in Olympia, Washington called Room 30, but will soon be expanding, as well as adding to their product line.

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77 Design Gifts for $77

Design GiftsCore77 has just put out their annual gift list for designers, “The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide.” I was a big fan of last year’s guide, so I was pleased to see that they stuck with their tradition. My favorites on the 2007 list are: