Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
It's always exciting when one of these catalogs arrives in the mail ...
... a sentiment shared by Victorian and vintage arts fans everywhere. Not only are the pages loaded with eye candy for antique lovers and romantics at heart, but the Victorian Trading Company seems to have something for everyone.
Candy molds, books, dresses and scarves, ornaments and decorations, even home furnishings, all inspired by the elegant styles of long ago.
The products offered are from a variety of vendors, from clothing and jewelry designers to unique mainstream products (such as the Little Big Book series). Mercury glass reproduction ornaments, tantalizing peppermint bark, knit flower scarves -- that's just a handful from the Christmas catalog (shamefully, I keep the back issues of these catalogs to re-read sometimes).
Getting swept away in visions of Victoriana is a good way to spend the afternoon. Enjoy the catalog with a cup of tea (and maybe a bite of peppermint bark for good measure). The company's offerings will have you drooling with envy in no time.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
... nor was it based on the lyrics of the melodious "My Beautiful Balloon" which is no doubt playing right this minute on a classic oldies station somewhere ...
This particular design was inspired by vintage Shiny Brite ornaments, the soft colors and starry night design that decorates some of their most popular ornaments. The pink is a popular Shiny Brite color.
The "shiny brite" version, like the striped balloon below, is trimmed with Christmas tinsel, including the silver star motif that forms the top loop and winds its way around the balloon ...
... although the figure inside the one below is hardly as conventional as the cozy snowman couple joyriding above. What mischief could this wee witch be up to? Possibly a future appearance in the "Little Holiday Shop" for the Halloween line.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I'm not just a sucker for all things Halloween, but a sucker for Little Big Books in general. The Tabori series of whimsical thick volumes, rife with amazing vintage illustrations and clever stories from the who's who of literature ... plus recipes, advice, how-tos, and other extras ... are irresistable from cover to contents.
As if it's not clever enough, these grown-up volumes packaged like children's books (for the child at heart, of course), the series covers anything and everything, making it impossible to own just one.
There's the Little Big Book for Dads ...
... for Moms ...
And many, many more, including the Little Big Book of Dogs, of Weddings, of Pregnancy, of Girls .... well, I could go on and on here, but it's time to stop. And maybe read another chapter of "Chills and Thrills".