Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
There's more, but you'll have to wait until summer to see the rest.
The base metal used throughout the collection is primarily pewter in either its natural coloration or gold plated. Freshwater pearls, glass beads and semi precious stones are used on certain designs within the collection as well. Trinket boxes are perfect for pins, rings, coins or ... trinkets. The salts and spoons would make any hors d'oeuvres presentation special.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
AJA is a new Asian Kitchen at 3500 Lenox Road in the Alliance Center. It recently opened -- in November 2008 -- in the spot previously occupied by Emeril's. Great modern Asian cuisine, including table-side dim sum and sushi. If you like it spicy, their hot and sour soup is great and they have some spicy hot fish in chili pepper sauce!
ARIA is an innovative restaurant that combines the freshness of nouvelle cuisine and the comfort of slow cooking. Located at 490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE, the dining room is like a large parlor in an old southern house.
ANIS Cafe & Bistro is country French at its finest. Unpretentious and a bit funky, Anis serves up delicious food and service. The specialties are Provençal versions of healthy Mediterranean cuisine. The old, country house at 2974 Grandview Ave NE has a shaded patio for outdoor summer dining -- it was a bit cold to try it the last couple of years for us, as we were there in January.
It's just a coincidence that the above all start with the letter "A". There were two others we also enjoyed: Pricci - upscale Italian - and Bluepointe - another Pan-Asian restaurant of note.
Jewelry Prevents Headaches!!!!
Love the sentiment ... we have gorgeous vintage and handcrafted jewelry at Vintages.
Love these beach kids ... skinny legs and all. Ditto these sweet fabric dolls.
Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
These fantastic wire birds caught our attention in a flash! This company has a myriad of products, Made in America and quite unique. I love their disclaimer on being patient for delivery. It's just part of the handcrafted product experience.
With the movement toward reusable bags in our area, we thought these canvas totes were perfect -- functional, great images and ecologically friendly as well.
Pearl hearts & stars are handcrafted and have that vintage look. The hand hooks are just plain cool! We couldn't resist.
I guess we had a bird theme going as well. These sleek little wooden blackbirds are hacked into shape using machetes -- ouch! These are made in Honduras, as are the leafy votive candle holders below.
Out of Mexico come these alluring faces. Drawn and painted on ceramic, there is something magical about the eyes.More new finds on my next blog.
Friday, January 16, 2009
These range in size from a few inches to about eight inches, and each has a nice ribbon attached for hanging. These are now available in our shop. The hearts are priced from $15.95 to $29.95. The quatrefoils and whimsies are a bit more.
This sparkling crystal crown drew our attention in a flash. The CDV album under it is in great condition.
Victorian jewelry is something we love to find, and we found some superb pieces.
What a wonderful selection of pins -- bar pins, watch pins and lingerie pins -- to add to our inventory. These are mostly gold-filled and all date from the late-1800s.
Here's a few more pins, some lovely lockets and a mid-century sterling bracelet. The two hand-painted ceramic pins are delicate and well-done.
This is a mixture of Art Deco era necklace chains, Art Nouveau pins, a superb micro-mosaic bar pin, and a turquoise bead clip with a gilt cameo.
I love estate silver items. The one on the left is an old card or cigarette case, and on the right is a small case possibly for ivory note pads. Both are from the Art Deco era. And I love the whimsical baby duck bib clips!
And finally, this nice collection of sterling pieces -- bracelets, a perfume bottle and a Celtic cross. In the middle is a wonderful snake bracelet.
Our personal favorite -- Artichoke Lemon Pesto.
This pesto is wonderful over simple steamed rice, tossed with your favorite pasta, or spread on a crostini. Top off a green salad with a dollop or two and kick it up a notch! Try it over chicken or pork chops, too! Great for entertaining or just for a quiet dinner for two.
A new item is a line of herb flavored salts. Since we stock a number of vintage salt dips and spoons, as well as new handcrafted salt sets, we thought these savory salts would be the perfect addition ... and they are!
There are six savory flavors -- Porcini & Parsley, Citrus & Fennel, Rosemary & Lavender, Oregano & Sage, Tuscan Rose & Peppercorn, and Calendula & Chives.
For the lovers of sweets, we are also stocking three citrus spreads -- Meyer Lemon, Key Lime and Blood Orange. These are not too sweet and are just as yummy for breakfast over toast, at lunch with tea or lemonade, or as dessert in a simple tart shell.
And the Bella Cucina Flatbread is ... spectacular!
The Bella Cucina has a number of recipes on their website. Check them out.
More items from the Atlanta Gift Show will be highlighted over the next few days. Until then -- buon appetito!
Friday, January 2, 2009
The 1940s and 1950s were the apex of glitzy rhinestone costume jewelry. Designers like the Mazer brothers, Eisenberg, Marcel Boucher and Weiss produced magnificent crystal brooches, necklaces and bracelets that graced both the housewives and movie stars of the era.
Coco Chanel popularized fashion jewelry in the 1920s. These started as copies and variants of her precious jewelry designs that had made her famous and grew into a category all their own – costume jewelry.
Others that made an early mark on the costume jewelry world were Miriam Haskell, whose hand crafted jewelry is highly collectible today, the Hobe brothers and Coro, whose many lines of jewels made it the largest costume jewelry maker in the world.
Maybe one of the most influential forces in the costume jewelry world, however, was Trifari. Founded in 1918 by Gustavo Trifari, Sr., and Leo Krussman, the duo added a third partner, Carl Fishel, in 1925. The resulting partnership was known as Trifari Krussman and Fishel -- better known simply as Trifari.
In 1930, Alfred Philippe joined Trifari as their Chief Designer. That’s when things really took off. Philippe introduced many design and quality innovations – invisible settings and Swarovski crystals – and design motifs that won the hearts and pocketbooks of women around the world.
Here is a sampling of the Trifari Jewels that we have available at Vintages. Click on the photo for more information.