Thursday, July 17, 2008

my dream house - hardware and fittings

OK. This is the kind of thing I will spend ages fixating on if I ever am able to build my dream house. Nanz makes the most amazing fittings. And they don't overlook the little details like hinges. Hinges! I'm in heaven!

Even if you don't have the money to build a dream house from the ground up, though, don't overlook investing in hardware like the ones pictured above. Perhaps you begin by rehabbing the fittings on your main "public" doors. Save the door to the unfinished attic space until last.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Sarah Ridgley Letterpress

I ran across the most amazing letterpress coasters from Sarah Ridgley. I've never heard of her, but check out her blog.

I'm so totally into letterpress. They are so delightful and I love the element that depth brings to paper. I think I'll find custom letterperss Christmas cards this year. Perhaps I'll e- mail Sarah and see if she can come up with something. I am a big supporter of working with small business owners. If you find something you like online or on etsy, e- mail the artist and see if they can customize something for you. They will likely love to get more of their work out there and since you deal directly with the artist, an agreement can be easy to strike.

Can you wait to throw a party and personalize coasters, though? They would also make an awesome hostess gift. Just imprint her initials or a clever saying she always uses, and you will definitely stand out from all those bottles of wine!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I'm cheating!

Whever I get back from vacation, I always cheat on my blog posts and just crib off of someone else's hard work. I love these needlepoint pillows I found on the Domino blog. I have two card needlepoint pillows in my play room (get it? games, toys, cards... card pillows!) and I would love to have more. I am totally nuts for needlepoint. I'm currently looking for one of the needlepoint covered bricks that you find used as doorstops in old Southern homes.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

eBay today - vintage tumblers

I don't know much about these lovely tumblers, but I'll share what I know.

I've been collecting these for a few years. I have all sorts. I mix and match whatever I find at antique malls or on eBay when they are cheap. I have nearly a dozen now, with no more than 3 of any one pattern. It doesn't matter that they don't match. For me, the shape is the unifying factor. The size of these little beauties is roughly standard. Go figure. I find that when I bring home a new find, it's always nearly identical in size and shape even though I'm sure they are all from different makers.

As for which ones are more valuable than others (which is totally a relative term), I could care less about which ones are more collectible than others. (I sometimes hate using the word "collectible"... as in "these Franklin Mint kitties aren't junk! They are collectibles the children will inherit one day"). I really do buy what I like and what I can afford. I find the glasses usually go for around $10 each. I find some on eBay are pricier, but I won't pay that much.

I have a pair of Vaseline glasses similar to the one photographed above, but mine have straight sides, not slanted. While I don't have a black light, I like that I could make them glow if I wanted to.

As for uses, I actually use them several times a day. In the morning, I have OJ in one. In the evening, I have a glass of wine in one... very continental. And at bedtime, my sweet husband brings me an ice cold glass of water in one. I like to have water next to my bed. And yes, I do hand wash them. I can only imagine what my dishwasher would do to them. But there is always a price for beauty, isn't there?

So, really... buy what you love and what you will use. Check the others out on eBay here and here.