Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Nothing melts my heart like a man's emotionally driven works of art. Something that those big, bear paw hands have taken the time to create a gift so intricate and delicate while utilizing the beauty that nature has provided them. Sailors valentines are such pieces that when I look at the detail of work I cannot help but swoon. Such love and adoration these men had for their loved ones while at sea that was often many months away from families, friends and lovers. See, already I romance this. Sailor's valentines were created with colorful seashells found along the beaches of the exotic islands and ports they anchored at. White shell sailor's valentines are rare and I love the pristine look of them.
This valentine measures almost 24 inches across.
My personal favorite. Incredible detail and I really like the dark wood outlining the white shells. (this is a large photo so you can double click on it to see the details)
I love the shape of this piece (Circa 1870s). Almost like a badge and in the middle the photo of a loved one. (photo also enlarges for detail)
A smaller, later piece (late 19th century) using mostly pearliscent shells. Pretty handpainted shell in the middle.
A contemporary piece using a vintage handmirror base created by Peggy Green. Miss Green does lovely work and you can access her website by clicking on her name above. Such a neat handmirror, perfect for a sea witch.
Of course, this is just silly, but I couldn't resist the photo when I saw it. But it did get me thinking of taking an old pair of platform shoes from the 80s sitting in my closet and converting it over with shells. I may have to do that one day.
Wishing everyone a beautiful, white shell Wednesday. Sea Witch
Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Hello Everyone. Today I have been bestowed with the Beautiful Blogger award. (you can't see but I'm blushing a bit as I'm not the kind that is comfortable with receiving awards) So thank you, Ramblings of a Newbie Pagan who has so graciously given me this beautiful blog award! I am often amused that anyone would find what I had to say worth reading or want to view my photos and even go so far as to leave a comment or two. What I am is grateful for are all of your friendships and delightful words and that, to me, is worthy of you all receiving a Beautiful Blogger award.
So in keeping with the “rules” for the beautiful blogger award, I must:
1. Thank the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic!
4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.
What I like about this award is that you have the opportunity to share blogs that you have newly discovered. Something that I have a recently had a treasure trove of. Please be warned that my taste is highly eclectic but then that is the fun of this award. You get to share what you find interesting blogs with others. So here goes.
Seven random things about me:
1. I won the UN Poster contest three years in a row as a child in Catholic School.
2. I wear vintage clothing whenever I can and at one time I had over 250 hats in my personal collection.
3. My top five books are "To Kill A Mockingbird", "A Prayer for Owen Meany", "The Lovely Bones", "The Stand" and "The Color Purple".
4. I must eat a piece of "good" chocolate every day.
5. When the world around me begins to shudder, I will often make soap or spin fiber. Both activities set the energy around me to a more gentle turn.
6. My baby sister and I can dissolve into a puddle of giggles over the stupidest things.
7. I still use a fountain pen to sign my name.
Now for the 15 newest sites I have recently discovered, I hereby award the Beautiful Blog to are:
1. http://amanwhocrafts.blogspot.com/ Extraordinary work in paper. Love his "The traveling corpse project."
2. http://thewasherwoman.blogspot.com/. Delightful blog and just plain joyful.
3. http://wwwbobbypinsboardwalk.blogspot.com/. Step by step on repurposing furniture and other decorative elements.
4. http://thegypsyfish.blogspot.com/. Lovely digital art.
5. http://lemonadekitty.blogspot.com/. Fun little blog to visit...crazy about the name.
6. http://mind-wideopen.blogspot.com/. More terrific digital art.
7. http://www.nannygoatsinpanties.com/. The name of this blog alone announces that this will always be a fun blog to visit.
8. http://sandinmyyarn.blogspot.com/. Knitting, fiber, ravelry...what more could you ask for.
9. http://themermaidsmercantile.blogspot.com/. Fell in love with the name of this blog as I have a merchants soul, toss in a dash of mermaids and I'm all over it.
10. http://yellowbeachdog.blogspot.com/. Just a sweet, gentle blog full of snippets of everyday life.
11. http://adventuresofgingeyginge.blogspot.com/. Everything pinup. Always a fun blog to visit.
12. http://piggystales.blogspot.com/. Okay, this is a girlfriends blog who I am shamelessly promoting...but it does fit the category for this award as she is a new blogger, but boy is it a delightful one.
13. http://awhimsicalchick.blogspot.com/. Another girlfriends blog who I am also shamelessly promoting...but it also fits the category for this award as she began her blog the same time piggy tales did. She is a sweet soul and both are the ladies from my Sunday afternoon build a blog get together.
14. http://boneheadstudio.blogspot.com/. Inspiring and joyful work by this doll artist.
15. http://delightfulclutter.blogspot.com/. This is my kind of clutter and I know you will enjoy visiting this blog as often as I do.
So there you have it, 15 new blogs to visit if you are not already aware of their existence. I hope you enjoy getting to know them and "newbie pagan" thanks for the Beautiful Blogger Award.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I’m afraid I’m a bit of snob when it comes to Battenberg and do not own any of the modern pieces. If you have ever come across or are fortunate enough to own antique Battenberg lace you understand my snobbery. There is nothing quite like it.
Detail of antique Battenberg lace. No comparison to today's modern pieces.
Lovely antique Battenberg lace parlour tablecloth. Circa 1890s.
Antique Batteberg lace bedspread. Circa 1900s
Highly detailed work combined with netting and linen. Circa 1910
Stunning wedding gown of Battenberg Lace. Would be worn over a silk tafetta undergown. Circa 1900s
Detail of gown train. The hours spent creating this masterpiece are mind boggeling.
An exquisite floor length jacket from the 1910-20s era combining silk guaze, battenberg lace technqiues and silk embroidered flowers in the art nouveau fashion. I would love to own this lovely garment but it is too costly for my humble pocketbook. But how smashing would the wearer be in this?
I hope, in your travels, that as you come across true antique/vintage pieces of battenberg lace that you have the opportunity to really look closely at the workmanship of these pieces. They are nothing short of extraordinary. Have a joyous day. Sea Witch
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
The term "Fabergé egg" has become a synonym of luxury and the eggs are regarded as masterpieces of the jeweller's art. The eggs are made of precious metals or hard stones decorated with combinations of enamel and gem stones. Always exquisite and breathtaking.
Another spectacular Faberge egg dated 1903.
Lovely hand decorated Ukrainian eggs. All patiently hand wrought.
These are eggs decorated with a Victorian marbling technique. I adore these eggs for their detail and color. Brilliant.
My sister's favorite eggs from our childhood. She loves these panoramic, sugar molded eggs.
And of course, an egg worthy of a sea witch. This little Mermaid carving won a blue ribbon in 2007 at the international egg art show in Dallas Texas. How extraordinary a work of art using such a simple and organic medium. I am always awed by the talent that is among us. Have a wonderful day all. Sea Witch
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Time for another booth fill in...especially now that Easter is just around the corner, collectors are out on the prowl looking for something to add to their personal collections or even start a new one. I usually bring out my linens in the spring and I was busy starching and ironing over the weekend. As mentioned in a previous post, I like to iron linens. There is something wonderful about seeing wrinkled textiles and watching them become smooth and crisp with the passing of a hot iron and a little steam.
So I brought in linens, bisque eggs and a pair of greenware infant heads. I know, I know their heads...but they are kinda cool too.
Found more of my green depression glass so brought more in.