Sunday, September 25, 2011

Batik Star Quilt

Quilt Batik scrap quilt by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Batik Quilt Top
Today I am sharing a scrap quilt top I made with batik fabric I have collected over the years.  I finished this quilt top more then a year ago.  One of my goals for 2011 (with 2012 as a fall-back) is to actually put a back on this top and quilt it.  Quilting the quilt tops, and binding the quilt together is something I am not good at, and actually dread.  I try hard to piece really well, get seams to line-up, and then when I quilt it - Ugh!  everything goes down badly and there are puckers and messes everywhere.

The quilt top has a pieced sash framing squares of batik fabric.  The intersections of the sash form white stars.  If you squint your eyes a little bit, you can see four darker diamond stars in the pattern.  I put them there on purpose - since I have four children I decided there was one diamond for each of them.
batik fabric quilt detail
Closeup of Quilt top - can you see 4 dark diamonds?
Although this is not a new quilt pattern, I don't know the pattern's actual name.  When a similar star sash frames a log cabin quilt, I believe the name of the pattern would be a "Colorado Log Cabin".  I didn't include the log cabin blocks, I just wanted to frame and highlight the beautiful batik squares.

In Mar 2011 I shared another batik scrap quilt top I made, this is a different top, although both quilts share many of the same batik fabrics.

The star quilt's dimensions are approximately 36 by 48 inches. By the way, I am joining thrifty and vintage parties with my quilt becuase quilts were originally thrifty, and I consider quilts a vintage art form, or at least vintage inspired.

Click on the images to see them enlarged. 

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Quilt story: Fabric Tuesday (Entry 50 of 53)
Trendy Treehouse: Creative Share Wed (Entry 27)
Sew Much Ado: We Did It Wed (Entry 7 of 404.)
Beach Cottage: Good Life Wed (Entry 37 of 43+)
Brambleberry Cottage: Time Travel Thur 64 (Entry 40)
Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home 34 (Entry 89)
French Inspiration (Entry 3 of 11)
Thrifty Grove: Thrifty Things Fri 27 (Entry 34)

Picket Fence: Inspiration Fri 34 (Entry 211)
Friday's Unfolded 35 (Entry 93)

Tatertots: Weekend Wrap Up (Entry 563 of 952.)
Addicted to Decorating 30 (Entry 65) 
Funky Junk: Sat Night Special 101 (Entry 63)
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Marble Madness

contemporary glass marbles by Joe Holford and Frank Scott lampwork
Marbles in a milk glass bowl
I have loved and collected marbles since I was a child.  Today I thought I would share with you some modern "Artist marbles" that I bought this year at the 2011 Bead Show in Milwaukee Wisconsin.  These marbles combine two of my loves - marbles and glass.   
contemporary glass marbles by Frank Scott and Joe Holford lampwork
Lampwork Marbles - View A
'Artist Marbles' are the name I call marbles created one at a time by contemporary glass artists.  These artist marbles are not bargain priced objects, unfortunately.  (How I wish they were, sigh...)  The artist can spend more then one hour on a single marble, and so these marbles are usually in the two digit price range.  I consider each marble a tiny art work, and so I supported artists by purchasing them.  Just doing my part to support the economy.  (That's what I told my husband....)  (In the first photo I have my marbles in a milk glass bowl that I bought at a rummage sale, so there is my thrifty portion of this post...)
contemporary lampwork glass marbles by Joe Holford and Frank Scott
Lampwork Marbles - View B
Why are marbles being sold at a bead show?  Because many beads are created from glass, and some glass artists also make marbles, lucky for me... 

The 10 marbles I bought at the Bead show where the first artist marbles I had bought in a decade or more.  (I probably haven't bought artist marbles since before I had children, and my oldest child is 17.)  It was very exciting for me to see the 'state of the art' glass work which is being done today, some of which you can see in the marbles I bought.  
Contemporary glass marble by Joe Holford
Lampwork Marble made by Joe Holford

Walking through the show, I could see an explosion of glass talent first hand.  I felt I was observing a renaissance of glass creation.  Thousands of today's glass artists are creating with the material and energy and knowledge that was unavailable in previous centuries.
Contemporary Lampwork glass marble by Joe Holford
2 views of a Marble (made by Joe Holford)
In the last 1-2 decades, glasswork has become a form of art available to hobbyists.  Equipment, specialty glass, and instructors (and even video lessons) have resulted in the number of glass artists exploding.  These people, at many different levels of skill, experiment and create glass objects.  Glass workers are re-discovering techniques and processes, (glass working has been around since 2000 BC); and experimenting with new ones.  Today's glass artists are creating in a new world - a time with access to energy and materials and knowledge unavailable to glass workers of the past. 

Here are some example: Working glass requires temperatures from 900-1800 degrees C.  In previous centuries, the fuel required to heat glass (mostly wood) competed directly with the fuel needs of people for heat and food.  Glass working was sometimes banned because of the amount of fuel required to heat glass.  Another example is the ability for today's glass artists to order their glass materials with precise chemistries - centuries ago, workers often formulated their own glass.
Contemporary glass marble by Joe Holford
2 views of a Marble (made by Joe Holford)
I love touching and looking at these mini marvels of glass work.  I am looking forward to seeing what the glass artists create next year.  

Here are some notes:  
  • For my other post on marbles, click here.
  • I am interested in knowing which of the photo mosaic you like more - Version A or Version B.  Let me know if you have an opinion. 
  • Seven marbles in this post were made by Joe Holford
  • Three marbles in this post were created by Frank Scott - The green one, the one with stars, and the one with flowers.
Click on any image to see it larger
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Diamond: Time to Shine 31 (Entry 74 of 89)
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No Minimalist Here: Open House (Entry 24 of 123) 
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Designer Garden: VIP Party 24 (Entry 36 of 94) 
Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home 28 (Entry 49 of 82)
Thrifty Grove: Thrifty Things Fri 21 (Entry 15)
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Friday, August 5, 2011

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

metal mirror with cherubs
Metal Mirror with Cherubs
Today I wanted to share a fancy high relief metal mirror I bought at a recent estate sale. 

Cherub detail on pewter mirror
Cherub detail on mirror top
The mirror's solid metal frame has four cavorting cherubs playing among elaborate scrolls and small flowers, reminding me of some Valentine fantasy.  The mirror glass is nicely beveled.  I was drawn to the mirror because of it's fun vintage styling.  
metal mirror with cherubs
Right corner cherub and scroll

I am saying this mirror has vintage styling, because I don't believe the mirror is very old at all.  The frame and mirror has a very "fresh" feel to it.  

metal mirror with cherubs
Edge Detail
The metal is shiny on the back, and has been blackened on the front, (possibly to mimic tarnish.)  The metal has a pewter feel to it, but if the metal really was pewter I think the surface finishing on the front would have been more even.  (I guess I think pewter would be fairly expensive).  The mirror is 20.5 inches by 15.5 inches (52 cm x 40 cm) at the widest dimensions.

What clinches my "recent product" guess is the back - a mirror glued in fast with fat runs of white silicon glue, with the contemporary thick black cardboard "dual use" frame back glued on over the mirror.  (You know the dual use frame thing - the frame can stand alone or be hung on the wall.)  Sorry, I didn't think to take a picture of the back.


Either way, I liked this mirror, and the price was under $15 for a fun piece.  It makes me smile.  What would you consider the style of this piece - baroque?  Victorian?  Shaker?

Let me know your opinion or if you have seen a similiar mirror for sale somewhere.

metal mirror bottom edge detail
Mirror Scrolls on bottom edge
Other fun details - I bought this with no idea where to hang it, so I hung it in my master bedroom (for now.)  There is a full length mirror within 3 feet of this mirror on another wall.  This mirror really would look better if it wasn't hung on a white wall - the dark finish is kind of too dark and I kind of wish it were lighter.   I hung the mirror about 2 inches too low, after struggling to center and hang it for about 1 hour.  AND, as I just now searched the mirror for a label, I now have to re-glue the mirror in.  ;) 

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French Cupboard: French Inspiration (Entry 6 of 7)
Thrifty Grove: Thrifty Things Fri 19 (Entry 18 of 28)
Shabby Nest: Frugal Friday (Entry 176 of 437)
Picket Fence: Inspiration Fri 23 (Entry 139 of 227) 
Find Fab: Frugalicious Friday (Entry 82 of 186)
Tatertots: Weekend Wrap Up (Entry 267 of 675) 
Hodgepodge Friday (Entry 49 of 163)
Funky Junk: Sat Night Special 93 (Entry 42)
The Tablescaper: Seasonal Sunday (Entry 11)
I Heart Naptime: Sundae Scoop (Entry 242 of 341)
Mod Vintage: Mod Mix Mon 7 (Entry 21)
DIY: More the Merrier Mon 23 (Entry 201)
Roses: Show off your Cottage Mon (Entry 12)
Boogie Board: Masterpiece Mon 32 (Entry 2)
Dittle Dattle: Amaze Me Mon 36 (Entry 41)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday (Entry 110)
Making the World Cuter (Entry 115)
Southern Hosp: Thrifty Treasures (Entry 74)
* Stroll Life: Table Top Tues (Entry 40) 
* House of Grace: Twice Owned Tues (Entry 21) 
Sassy: Trash to Treasure Tues (Entry 16) 
Diamond: Time to Shine 27 (Entry )
Anything Goes 29 (Entry 57) 
No Minimalist Here: Open House (Entry 62) 
Very Merry Vint: Share the Love Wed (Entry 4)
Brambleberry Cottage: Time Travel Thur (Entry 24)
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Potion Bottles

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blue and green wheaton Bitter bottles
Bitter bottles
The 'treasure' (or more accurately trinkets) I am sharing today are a collection of small bottles I have accumulated over the past several years at various rummage sales.  I love the sparkle of colored glass, and I don't resist buying a pretty bottle when I run across one.  
Yellow Wheaton Bitter bottles
Yellow Bitter bottles
I decided to make this post in honor of the last Harry Potter movie (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)  which was released this month.  These little bottles would make great 'potion' containers. 


Purple Wheaton Bitter bottles
Purple bitter bottle bottles
A purple bottle with a bird claw grabbing it - a Harry Potter potion seems to be the appropriate contents.

Blue ink and Wheaton Bitter bottles
Blue bottles for ink and bitters
The real purpose of many of these bottles were bitters, (whatever they are), or in the case of the squarish blue bottle above, ink.  (For Harry Potter, magic ink.)  The bottle to the left of the ink has a horseshoe shape surrounding a horse head.  A lucky potion, perhaps?  Or will it make you as fast as a horse? 
Green Wheaton Bitter bottles
Green bitter bottles
Many of these bottles were reproduced, and probably most of the bottles I own are reproductions.  I really haven't been inspired to research bitter bottles much.  Sometimes you just want to enjoy an item without knowing all about it.  I enjoy finding bottles here and there and adding them to my window sill collection.  
Jenny Lind and Cape May red bitter bottles
Jenny Lind and Cape May red bitter bottles
The bitter bottles in particular have fun and different designs - faces of people and presidents, horses and grapes and fish appear pressed into the bottles designs.  Maybe the red Jenny Lind potion makes you sing well, and the lighthouse potion makes you see well at night.

Tree of Life bitter bottle
Tree of Life Bitter Bottle

The little green bottle above has "The Tree of Life" on it, and is probably one of my favorite bottles. It is 3.25 inches tall (about 8.3cm).  A long life potion, I'm guessing. 

Orange chicken candy dish
I don't own any orange bottles, so when I saw this little chicken container in intense orange shades, I bought it to make a better rainbow of glass.  Perhaps herbology herbs stored in this container made the chickens lay golden eggs.  

Bitter bottles wheaton
Half of my window sill collection
I didn't take any photos to show the scale of the bottles, but all of these bottles are under 4 inches (10 cm) tall.  Most of the bottles are 3 inches tall.  

Bitter bottles wheaton
The other half of my collection
  
Bitter bottles wheaton
I love the different shades of glass
I am still looking for a pink bottle.  I know pink bitter bottles exist, (on Ebay), but I prefer the rummage sale prices.


Some comments have been left asking me how I clean these small bottles.  I soak them (w/ detergent) and rinse them, sometimes for days.  Sometimes I use vinegar, and/or salt.  A bottle brush can be used on some bottles.  A baby store sometimes has baby bottle brushes, and there is a tiny brush for cleaning the rubber baby bottle nipples.  (Ouch, I hate to say it here, but there is a baby nipple brush.  That sounds bad.),  Pipe cleaners might also work.  You can also take a strip of cloth, or paper towel, push one end into the bottle, and twist more of the strip into the bottle.  (Does that make sense to anyone besides me?)  Eventually you have a wad of material pushing on the inside of the bottle with each twist.  Be careful to untwist the material to remove it.  Ending up with a wad of paper towel in a bottle is a pain, then you need tweezers to extract the paper towel...  Cloth is easier in some ways, because it won't tear.  However, if the bottle is acid etched (after a time, you will begin to know what that is), and or scratched, the above won't help as much. 

OMG, it is so funny that I am writing in a post how to clean anything.  Cleaning is really not a favorite task...   But the results are worth it. 

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Strut your Stuff (Entry 164 of 536.)
Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home 24 (Entry 2 of 74.)
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French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 1 of 216).
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* Romantic Home: Show and Tell (Entry 104 of 308.)
Chic: Flaunt it Friday 63 (Entry 160 of 254.)  
Shabby Nest: Frugal Friday (Entry 106 of 437.)
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Tatertots: Weekend Wrap Up (Entry 449 of 738.)
Addicted to Decorating 15 (Entry 43 of 64.) 
Be Diff: Show and Tell Sat (Entry 18 of 304.)
Pink Postcard: Transform and Treasure (Entry 44 of 47.)
The Tablescaper: Seasonal Sunday 59 (Entry 3 of 40.)
I Heart Naptime: Sundae Scoop (Entry 55 of 439.)
Mod Vintage: Mod Mix Mon 9 (Entry 13 of 31.)
Roses: Show off your Cottage Mon (2 d)
Boogie Board: Masterpiece Mon 30 (Entry 16 of 103.)
Dittle Dattle: Amaze Me Mon 34 (Entry 14 of 273.)
Running with Glitter Mon 19 (Entry 5 of 189.)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday (Entry 56 of 254.)
Making the World Cuter (Entry 173 of 312.)
Southern Hosp: Thrifty Treasures (Entry 61 of 77.)
* Stroll Life: Table Top Tues (Entry 31 of 93.) 
* House of Grace: Twice Owned Tues (Entry 7 of 85.) 
Saasy Sites: Trash to Treasure Tues (Entry 39 of 59.) 
Diamond: Time to Shine Tues 28 (Entry 53 of 82.) 
Family: Once Upon a Weekend 2 (Entry 26 of 29.)
Lines: Cure for Common Mon 1 (Entry 29 of 50.)
Type A: Anything Goes 27 (Entry 44 of 102.)
Ginger: Wow Me Wednesday 9 (Entry 249 of 252.) 
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed (Entry 79 of 247.)
Trendy Tree: Creative Share Wed (Entry 6 of 178.)
Beach Cottage: Good Life Wed (Entry 39 of 143.)
Very Merry Vint: Share the Love Wed (Entry 6 of 39.) 
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Vintage Floral Bling

Trifari Floral Pin Brooch
Trifari Pin in Spring colors
I haven't shared any bling and jewels on my blog recently.  If you are familiar with my blog, you probably know  I collect china.  I have collected china for a couple of years, but I have collected costume jewelry for a couple of decades, long before I collected china.  So today I thought I would share a trio of colorful pins (brooches) I own.
Trifari Floral Pin Brooch
Trifari Pin in Summer colors
These three pins are the same pin design, executed in different metal finishes and 'colorways' of rhinestones.  (Colorways are arrangements of colors.)   Each pin is over 3 inches (8 cm) long end to end.
Trifari Floral Pin Brooch
Trifari Pin in Fall colors
I especially like the three colorways of this pattern that I own.  I look at them and see a spring, summer and fall execution of this design. 

I have occasionally bid on a "winter" version of this design - an all white rhinestone colorway, but I haven't managed to win the bid on Ebay; and truthfully, I have been avoiding Ebay, because it is too easy to spend too much money there, and too fast.  I spend less at rummage sales, and there are no shipping fees.   Trifari booches, at one pin for $10-$30 (or more), are not nearly as affordable as china plates for $1-$5 each.   Hence my newer hobby is collecting china.  :)


These booches were manufactured by the Trifari jewelry company, probably in the 1950's.  When I first was collecting costume jewelry I probably wouldn't have selected these pins, because they are so bright and flashy that they in no way pretend to be "real".  Now, though, I love them for the totally intense sparkle they give off.

I always find myself wishing the pictures could show you what I see when I look at them.  I work to get the colors right, but somehow the real pieces of jewelry are much more stunning then the pictures show.  Each pin is very dimensional - the two flowers are mounted over the foliage.   Maybe I will take some more photos to document them, but for now I think I will just send off this post. 

Click on any image to see it larger - the details sparkle!


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Hodgepodge Friday (Entry 53 of 117.)
Addicted to Decorating 15 (Entry 47 of 69.) 
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I Heart Naptime: Sundae Scoop (Entry 95 of 476.)
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Diamond: Time to Shine 27 (Entry 63 of 82.) 
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* Very Merry Vint: Share the Love Wed 22 (Entry 9 of 64.)
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