Monday, July 14, 2014

Peacocks, Plasmetl, Marbled Tin, Renoir, & Wedgwood Treasures

Okay. So maybe it looks like I’m guilty of avoidance, since I haven’t worked on my painting projects all week, but…….

It’s Summertime, and when the pickins are aplenty, you got to get pickin’!

So here are a few treasures I acquired this week for the Etsy shop.

A fabulous metal Retro letter & bill holder, with Peacock lithos! Awesome.

A gorgeous Blue Bird Harry Vincent tin, with stunning graphics mimicking red & pink marble with Turquoise cabochons. I do love me some red & aqua!

A charmimg, heavy cast metal trinket box with a silky lid insert of Renoir’s “At the Concert”.

Super cheery yellow, rigid plastic serving baskets, made by Plasmetl. The only info I could find on this company was an advertisement from 1949. As I said, these are hard plastic, and not the soft, flexible kind you’ve seen in the diners, so maybe these were the height of sophistication for the Mid-century party. :) Definitely a retro statement maker, and there’s 8 of them!

 And finally……A classic Wedgwood Blue Jasperware compote. Please indulge my appreciation of how photogenic this piece is. I just couldn’t stop taking pictures of it with seashells in it. They were made for eachother…..

Off I go for more treasure-hunting….Indoors! Where the A/C is. It’s too damn hot outside for this native Oregonian, who is way more Fern than Cactus!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sam Fink, Industrial, Asian, & Retro Treasures + a Chalk Paint Candidate

I’ve been feverishly working on two painted treasures simultaneously,
therefore, neither is done.

So in the meantime, I thought I’d show a few vintage finds
that made their way to my Etsy shop this week.

A fabulous Sam Fink filigree perfume stand,
complete with glass atomizers.
I even love the great little box it was stored in.

An old industrial wooden cigar press mold. Very cool.

A wonderful old Japanese lacquered tray, with very artistic placement of Mother of Pearl inlay in the tray, as well as rings of it woven into the rim. Gorgeous!

There are heat ring marks on the tray, but for my taste, it’s just historical character, so of course I love the tray anyway.

And a charming little chalkware salt or pepper shaker, reminiscent of the Royal Doulton or Toby mugs. She is the perfect picture of an English woman, ready for tea.

And the final treasure…..

Oh, the fun I’m gonna have painting this! It’s a retro plastic Lerner storage or sewing box, with two drawers. You’ve seen my plastic transformations, and this may just end up
being the best yet! Can't wait
to decide on the colors.

Three-dimensional detail on every side and top! This is screaming for the chalk paint treatment. Not only do I love the raised patterns, but I love love love that
I don’t have to design any graphics for this piece! 

So much time and effort goes into creating a design, and sometimes it’s more time than actually painting it. So needless to say, my right brain is thrilled to have a
brief respite from graphic design.

I’ll strip the inside, and line it with some eye-catching paper.

So maybe the next post will be this completed project?

No, Maria, you have to finish one of
your other projects first……

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