Deep South Treasures

I have recently added a new section to my Etsy shop called "T R E A S U R E S" and wanted to introduce these delightful repurposed vintage supplies, gifts, and home décor.

I rescued some of these goods from a historic building in my town ~ a former department store that has been vacant for more than forty years. Just before the building was to be gutted for restoration, I had the opportunity to go on a little treasure hunt throughout the building.

Other items I will be featuring in my Etsy "T R E A S U R E S" are from my personal collection of vintage and antique accessories, which I have either inherited along with my home, or purchased during my travels.  I have repurposed them into functional items and want to pass them on to a new collector of useful and lovely vintage chic.

These wonderful old department store hand written cash tally cards, audit sheets, and a bundled stack of customer receipts ~ all from the 1950’s ~ are fabulous for mixed media or assemblage art projects, decoupage, or as shabby vintage décor and vignettes in your home.

One hundred hand punched paper flowers ~ southern dogwood blooms and endless summer hydrangea blossoms ~ from the same lot are also included in this collection of old papers.

Some of these paper documents are almost seventy years old so the paper is very fragile and has a delicate aged patina.  The papers are bundled and tied with a pretty ribbon, while some stacks are in their original bundle tied with cotton string.  A paper flower with vintage millinery adorns the package.

I also found this assortment of rustic steampunk vintage industrial brass and silvertone keys in the old building.  All flat and uncut car, lock, door, house, safe, post office box keys ~ many styles.  Perfect for altered art projects, scrap booking, mixed media art, magnets, and anything else your imagination will let you do.

{This is a postcard depicting the original building.}

Drop them in a tarnished silver bowl and place on top of a stack of old books

Hang them on a door knob in your home…

Use them as charms on jewelry or pretty packages…

Add a little bling or glitter and re~purpose to use as funky magnets

Tie on heart shaped chocolate candy wedding favors {the key to his heart}...

Another one of my "Deep South Treasures" is this luscious vintage sugar and creamer set. I’m guessing these are circa 1960 or older.

Originally a muddy grey pewter, I painted each piece an antique white and then hand rubbed them with a golden bronze permanent ink. The hand rubbed edges of golden bronze accentuate the delicate flowers and flourishes around the handles, rim, and base of each piece.

They are both embellished with beautiful creamy velvet forget~me~not millinery blossoms; hand dyed and scrunched mocha coloured French seam binding ribbons and bows; and mother of pearl buttons and beads.

Since these are no longer appropriate for food use, nor are they food safe…

Be glamorous and use on your vanity to hold make up brushes and cotton balls

Decorate your wedding table and use for tiny bouquets near your guest book

What to do with a set of mismatched silver plated dinner knives?  Embellish them of course!  With scrumptious sherbet coloured hand dyed and scrunched French seam binding double bows and a single ivory porcelain rosette and transform them into one~of~a~kind letter openers.

Each of these silver plated dinner knives is graced with a lovely aged patina and the hand dyed ribbons create a visual harmony to the eye.

They make beautiful and functional gifts for anyone with an appreciation for the craftsmanship of the past and who wants to enjoy a little beauty every day ~ even during the mundane tasks of opening bills that come in the mail! 

They are also thoughtful gifts for teachers, brides to be, or a special person in your life.

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Shop my Etsy for unique Deep South vintage treasures and one~of~a~kind hand made gifts for every occasion!

Ciao amici,

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Sharing my treasures with some of these friends this week.

A Blog Birthday Full of Flowers and A Special Invitation from Getty

Taking a break from my "Summertime Stories" to share some exotic blossoms and blooms and personal invitation I recently received from Getty Images just in time for a Blog Birthday celebration.  Enjoy!

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While I was in the Bay Area earlier this summer, staying in Mill Valley, I found a fabulous creek side flower shop...

{a lavender dream of lisianthus}

...and while my husband and son oh so patiently sat on a nearby stone wall waiting for me to finish my spontaneous photo shoot, I captured some of these images.

{California sunshine}

Bold and beautiful golden sunflowers...

{delicate coral berries}

These precious pods are so lovely and sweet...

{dramatic and fragile}

{fresh cabbage}

Soft green greys of ruffly cabbage blooms mixed with a carpet of Irish moss... 

{blushing apple blossoms}

Some of my favorite {I grew up with these in my garden} delicate apple blossoms and berries...

{lime green asters, petite pods, and snow white stock}

Lush and fragrant stock mixed with spiky lime green asters {love the contrast of texture and colour}...

{blooming violet artichokes}

And a taste of the original California artichoke...beyond edible but blooming and looking as delicious as ever with its heart of wispy violet fuzziness.

A couple of weeks ago I received an invitation from Getty Images, who noticed my work on Flickr.  Now, when I receive stuff like this in my e-mail box I am very skeptical...but this was the real deal and I am completely thrilled, not to mention honored to be discovered among the thousands of terrific photographers on Flickr.  Thank you Getty!

They selected ten of my photographs, nine of which are now available for licensing through Getty Images.  {I am hopeful the tenth one will also be included; I am still working on getting the property release for that particular image.} 

Here's a slide show of the images that are now licensed.

{Click on the arrow to begin movie ~ it's only 41 seconds long.}

Tomorrow, four years ago, marks the date I posted my very first blog post.  It's also the birthday of my favorite little person who turns eight {and started third grade today}, and our newest addition Guss, a Cavapoo, who turns one.  Big celebration happening tomorrow at the Italian Girl in Georgia studio!

{the birthday boys}
So much good stuff here that I would like to share some of these flowers with you.  {Who doesn't like to receive flowers on her birthday?}  If you leave a comment I will be happy to include you in a random drawing for a matted 5" x 7" flora photo of your choice shown here.  The winner will be announced on Saturday, the 18th of August.

Thank you all for your continued comments and following over the years.

Ciao amici,

Coast to Coast ~ Summertime by the Sea, Part II

Welcome and thank you for joining me for part two of my short series of summertime travels.  Enjoy.

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The most beautiful spot in The City is the Palace of Fine Arts {…just sayin’}. Its grand scale, architectural perfection in the Beaux Arts style, soft colours, and romantic setting take my breath away every time I see it. 

It was no different this time during our visit earlier this summer to the Bay Area.

The Palace of Fine Arts, located in the heart of the Marina District in San Francisco, is a monumental Greco-Roman architectural structure that was one of ten buildings originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition to house the art exhibits.  Originally it was to be a temporary structure for the exposition, but was preserved because of its unique beauty and outstanding architecture.  It still sits on its original site.

Architect Bernard Maybeck {1862 ~ 1957} was the designer of this masterpiece.  When I was at UC Berkeley, I was surrounded by his charming Arts and Crafts style buildings that dot the neighborhoods throughout the area.  {I remember one particular building of his that I passed nearly every day.  I would stop and inhale the lavender wisteria which twisted in and out of the pergolas along the sidewalk.}

For the Palace of Fine Arts, Bernard Maybeck took his inspiration from Roman and Greek architecture and essentially created a fictional ruin from another time.  {It reminds me very much of Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, Italy.}  The man-made lagoon surrounding the Palace was intentionally installed in order to reflect the Palace and its colonnades while creating a setting reminiscent of palaces and villas in Europe.

You can see what a glorious place this is for photo shoots…and naturally when it was time for me to have my college photo made, I asked my Dad if he would “shoot me at the Palace.” 

{Could you even imagine living across the street from this beauty?}

When I was living on the other side of the Bay, I would often drive into The City just to walk around here. Sometimes I would visit with my sketch book for architectural inspiration when working on a project at school and other times I would come just to relax on a pretty day and clear my head.  It was always a beloved destination when friends from out of town came to visit.

This was one of the “favorite places” I had the opportunity to see again…

We also took a stroll through North Beach and had a scrumptious Italian lunch followed by some to die for chocolate, caramel, peanut butter fudge from Z. Cioccolato where Botticelli, Rafael, daVinci have enjoyed it here too.  {'Love the artwork in the store, don't you?}

A short walk was very necessary after our indulgences, so we did what every tourist in his right mind does…take a walk down the “crookedest street in the world” ~ Lombard Street{Although some crazy fools were actually trying to drive down the curvy brick road. Why didn't they just put on their in-line skates?}.  Breathtaking views and a few calories burned.  A fabulous day

...and then we saw this sign: ya think they may be able move our house from the Peach State to the City by the Bay?

Or am I California Dreamin'?

Ciao amici,

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Spending some of my summertime with these friends this week.