Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Assemblage Art ... Mixed Media

We were up in Santa Rosa recently and saw some interesting assemblage art pieces from members of the Arts Guild of Sonoma. It made me think of the mixed media, assemblage and found objects art that we have at Vintages. Love this type of creativity as it is not just artistic, it is often personal and always eco-friendly. AND these are all handcrafted. Here are some of the pieces we have in stock ... and both of us are creating other pieces as well.

We found these wonderful antique bottles decorated by a creative artist down in the San Diego area (L: $125 -- R: $95). The wooden Santos are 19th century statues (L: $795 -- R: $695).

These large wall hangings are made in Georgia using found objects ... old wood and tin tiles. ($115 each)

Whimsical paper plaques decorated with dryer lint and other fabric discards by a Dakota Girl ($24.95 each)

Love these shadow box brooches ... made up in the Santa Cruz mountain village of Boulder Creek. ($74.95 each)

These Spice Tin Angels are crafted by a retiree in North Carolina ($59.95 each)

Susan's Handcrafted Pendants with vintages images and found objects ($12.95 to $14.95 each)

Steampunk Watch Case pendants by Lopaka Designs ($69.95 each)

Susan made these pendants starting with old wooden game tokens and added charms, paper and wood die cuts ($16.95 each)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Los Gatos Souvenirs

Los Gatos is a wonderful little town in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. We get visitors all year round, but always see more of them on holiday weekends and in the summer. If you are visiting our little town, or inviting someone to come on over, why not take a little memento of the visit.

We have created a number of excellent and exclusive Los Gatos products, including notepads, note cards and greeting cards, pendants and charms, paperweights and magnets as well as key rings. These products, all made locally, let you have a little bit of our town to call your own.

Los Gatos Souvenirs ... available ONLY at Vintages
All are available in our Los Gatos shop at 130C N. Santa Cruz Avenue in the heart of the village, or online at our Vintages' Shop.

Los Gatos Specialties available at Vintages' Online

Los Gatos Key Rings ($11.95 each)
Handcrafted by Susan ... Pendants, Charms, Paperweights, Luggage Tags, Magnets
Los Gatos Landmarks Note Set ($12.95) ... also available individually in the shop
Los Gatos Note Pads ($10.95 and $5.95)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

New on Lopaka ... Brass Cross Necklaces

Just listed these necklaces on Lopaka Designs ... each is a wonderful vintage brass cross that can be used as a pendant on a necklace, or by shortening the cord, it can be hung on a variety of things ... like bottles, hooks, doorknobs, mirrors, statues, etc. I took these old repousse crosses and filled the backs with a bit of solder to add some heft to the pendant. Just a few available.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

New from Tra-Art ... Fish, Stars, Moon, Sun and more Hearts

We have a new selection of colorful, bright, whimsical wall art by Wisconsin artist Tracy Pesche ... aka Tra-Art. Each piece is hand cut from wood, hand painted and embellished with a variety of adornments including wire and metal. We introduced her hearts in January and now have added fish, stars, a moon and sun, as well as new hearts. 

Contact us if you see one you love ... we can and do ship anywhere.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Easter Baskets ... Great Prices

We have some really good deals on wicker baskets ... for Easter ... for decoration ... for gourmet gift baskets. Most from $6.95 to $10.95. Come and get 'em!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Vintage Black Parasol

Susan found this beautiful old black parasol. It is delicate, yet sturdy. The handle folds to make it easy to carry. How elegant it would be to stroll through the park or wander down the main street holding this lovely parasol ... all black with frilly edges and small enough to be oh so feminine!

Priced in the shop at $65.00 ... a steal!

Fantastic Victorian Cabinet Card Photos

We have a lot of vintage photographs at Vintages ... from mundane families sitting on a couch to proud photos of the "new" car to the kids riding on a pony. These are all great for many reasons and the plans people have for them are quite interesting. Some just like them ... others frame them ... crafty folks use them in collages, scrapbooks, altered art and mixed-media creations ... teachers and authors have used them as props to tell stories ... and a couple have made fantasy family trees! When in NYC a couple of years ago we saw a museum exhibit filled with jewelry made using old photographs. Pretty amazing!

I just listed a number of old cabinet card photos, mainly of children, on Lopaka Designs Vintage Collection. We also have quite a few photos listed on our antiques site. Of course, we have hundreds in our Los Gatos shop that are not online. Here are the ones that were just listed ... all from the 1880s and 1890s.

Gotta love photos of kids and dogs ... but what the heck is that "lion dog" on the left?

Children with toys are a great look into the past ... a trundling hoop and blowing bubbles. Love the barefoot boys!

Books and collections are highlighted in these two photos, which also show off some intricate hand work in the tablecloth on the left and furniture on the right.

Just kids ... good enough
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