Monday, November 19, 2012

Vintage Christmas Tree Stands

I know it's a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but not if you're shopping for a vintage Christmas tree stand. I've been doing some searching and thought I would share a few beauties I've come across.

image via schmuzel2006

This whimsical tree stand is great - love the gnomes, toadstool and trees!

Here's a nice mid century tree stand that also revolves. It would be a nice contrast with a green tree and a bunch of shiny ornaments.

image via a*cottagerose*

It's art imitating nature with this German made cast iron stand that looks like part of a tree.

image via thearttist

I like the nostalgic graphics on this Coloramic tree stand.

image via betsonfrenzy

The kid in me wants this tree stand (yeah Santa!).

image via abright1969

I like the retro look of this tree stand - it's red and silver colors would pair nicely with a green tree. A silver tree would look good as well.

image via emgrcawh

Here's another very similar one, but with a ring of lights at the bottom, which could create a nice effect with light coming up from the bottom of the tree.

image via mo44toni

This German ceramic tree stand is something different and I like it. Not sure what color tree I'd put in it, what do you think?

image via christmasguy

This little red metal cutie of a stand is for a miniature tree, measuring 2-1/2" tall and 1-1/2" wide. It would be great for a feather or a Charlie Brown tree.

This is the tree stand that I bought. Not really your typical christmas tree stand style, but I like it's industrial look. I also like the price tag, total with shipping was $22.33. It was advertised as being from the 1940's, but to me it looks more mid century. It doesn't have much paint left on it and I might sand off the remaining paint. Think I'm going to use this for a tabletop tree and go really simple with the ornaments. Maybe just lights and a star. Any ideas?

It will be at least a week before I get it. Once I do and it's set to go, I'll snap a picture of it and post it.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vintage Ball Vases

I have a weakness for ball vases - they're so appealing, so artful, so divine.
They can stand on their own or in groups and look lovely with or without flowers. Use as a group for mass appeal in a variety of sizes. Large ball vases are a force to be reckoned with and can soften the hard lines of a bookcase or take center stage on a table.

Let's take a look at a few of these beauties...

Green Glass Ball Vase, image via Color Gypsy

Borske Sklo Ball vase, image via Retro Art Glass

Amber Crackle Ball Vase, image via Etsy seller cammoo

Hammered Brass Ball Vase

Schonwald Op Art Ball Vase, image via weebly

MCM Teak Ball Vase, image via kaboodle

Emaux de Longwy Ball Vase, image via One Kings Lane

Stangl Pottery Ball Vase, image via Billy Blue Eye Pottery & Paintings

Saturday, October 27, 2012

It's A Small World After All...

While surfing the internet I did a search on miniature art. There are some pretty cool and amazing things to behold. Here are just a few:

Can you believe the realistic detail on these tiny creations? Made by
Sharlet Bartholomew of BalooHallow, Sharlet sculpts these babies and baby elves that measure 1-1/2 to 2-1/4 inches long. You can custom order yours on Etsy, specifying baby or elf, gender and other details. Absolutely sweet!

Wondering what to get that Barbie lover on your list? How about a retro 
style handmade steel bed? Visit Etsy seller bonnieblue2 for more information.

How about this miniature scene in a jar - love the airstream! These charming vignettes in a jar can be seen at Etsy seller's CleverLittleton.

Artist Dalton Ghetti hand carved the alphabet onto the tips of the pencils above. Aside from the skill involved in doing that, I also like the graphic (no pun intended) look of the pencils. To see other interesting items Ghetti carved out of pencil lead, click here.

Nikolai Syadristy is a 64- year-old Ukrainian who crafts some of the tiniest art in the world. His work is incredibly tiny - the windmill above is placed inside half of a poppy seed! (Is that possible?) To read more about Nikolai, click here

Friday, October 26, 2012

Antique Cast Iron Animal Figurines

Cast iron animal figurines have a charm all their own. Even though my tastes lean towards modern, I am smitten. These sturdy beauties can serve many purposes other than figural. They run the gamut as bookends, candle holders, door stops, key holders, boot scrapers, door knockers, banks and more. These type of figures can be made of other metal, cast iron being the most durable. How to know for sure if it's cast iron or not? A magnet will hold to it. 

The most reasonably priced of the bunch are figurines alone and the most expensive seem to be the banks, which can fetch a pretty hefty price.

I have the Spaniel below and paid around $10 for it several years ago. Since then the popularity has grown for cast iron figures and I would expect to pay more for it now, maybe $20.00 or more.

Spaniel Figurine, image via Jewels of Yesteryear

This particular pig is a cigar cutter! I'm not quite sure how it works, but I think that tail plays a part. (Perhaps the cigar goes in the snout of the pig and the tail is a lever to cut it?)

Snail Boot Jack, image via Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers

Owl Andirons, image via estateroadshow

Swan Ashtray, image via Factory 20

image via Rubylane

A collector would like the way this bear bank has most of it's original paint and that would certainly add to it's value. I however, prefer them without paint and like the aged patina of the iron. 

Dachshund Boot Scraper, image via Aileen Minor

Image via Z & k Antiques

This mechanical frog bank would be a coup for a collector or dealer, and comes with a pretty hefty price.

Turtle String Holder, image via anythinggoeshere

Turtle Hotel Bell, image via Ruby Lane

I love this crab! (Wish it was in the budget)

To read about the history of cast iron toys: Antique Antiques

To read about collectible animal figures: lovetoknow antiques

To read about cast iron banks: squidoo or TribStar

To read an informative review by Jay Kerch, Owner of an antique gallery in Vermont: eBay Guide

These smaller cast iron figurines are just a small part of what's out there for cast iron antiques. Expect to find them occasionally in the behind glass cases of a thrift store. You can also find them at estate sales or auctions. Otherwise, look to eBay where you can expect to pay much more and most expensively at an antique store.

My apologies for not posting for awhile, I've had much going on and will try to not have such lapses in between posts.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Upcycled Desks

Just like the many entertainment centers that have gone to the island of misfit furniture because of flat screen tvs, desks without keyboards have been languishing too. So let's take a look and see what some people are doing to update and upcycle desks. 


image via Mama's Happy

I am so in love with this chartreuse metal desk! After seeing it, I immediately did a search for one like it on eBay. I recognized the style as Norman Bel Geddes and found a few. It can be mine for anywhere from $550 to $750 plus shipping. Gulp.

It's amazing how color can change appearances, like the desk above from antique to modern. I'm currently obsessed with chartreuse and citron like colors, which I did a post on awhile back, if you'd like to view it, click here.

Love the maps on this desk!

image via LittleJoysStudio

This desk and chair were covered in newspaper, I wonder if it's hard to work with? I'm thinking of the ink that easily comes off.

A fresh coat of paint and leaf motif make this desk sing.

Fabric was used on part of this desk and modpodged.

image via NoD

Very mod, like the use of modular storage.

This upcycled desk got a nice dose of modern, like the yellow detail on the legs.

Salvaged wood + harpin legs = nice desk

image via diy inspired

This isn't a desk, but I had to show this coffee table made from one of those cable reels and hairpin legs - so cute!

One of my daughters recently moved into an apartment and I've been helping her find furniture, mostly via craigslist. I was happy to score this entertainment center for her. I'd been looking for a couple weeks to find something that would fit in with her furnishings and large TV (not flat screen) and found this:

The seller was trying to sell it within a couple days of moving cross country. The ad said they would consider all offers. I offered $25 for the heck of it and they accepted! I really thought someone else would scoop it up. It has a few scratches, but a wood stain stick will take care of that and for $25, who cares?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Doors of Taos Pueblo, New Mexico

My husband and I were fortunate to take a trip to the beautiful state of New Mexico. They call it the land of enchantment and now I know why. The desert landscape dotted with yellow wildflowers and purple sage is set against the mountains and the sky is so blue.

On the first leg of our trip we went to Taos. While there we toured the Taos Pueblo, an Indian Reservation that has been inhabited for over 1000 years.
I don't feel good about the situation that the Native American Indians have in our country. But my blog is not the place to make commentary on the situation.

I think Adobe architecture is very interesting (so fitting for the landscape) and it's orange tint could be what makes the sky seem extra blue, though maybe the elevation (7000 ft.) has something to do with it too.

While walking around I was struck by the different doors of each residence and took pictures of them. Even though these are very humble adobe's, there is an artistic sense about them.