KQED is at The Pickled Hutch for it's Downton Abbey Super Fan Party drawing!
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Friday, January 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
I literally spent 10 hours on this crystal chandelier. It arrived dirty, rusty and with a fine spray of paint coating the whole thing. Thank god for good friends, one of whom helped me for 3 of those hours, in rubbing every single crystal with steel wool until we cleaned the paint off.
It was so dark when I finished tonight I couldn't take a good picture. Check back in tomorrow!
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Dr John Wall, a physician and William Davis, an apothecary, developed a unique method for producing porcelain and in 1751, persuaded a group of 13 businessmen to invest in a new factory in Worcester, England, on the banks of the River Severn. By 1755, Worcester was making the best blue and white English porcelain wares ever created. Dr Wall secured the sum of £4500 (approx. $7331 in U.S. dollars) from the partners to establish the factory, known then as "The Worcester Tonquin Manufactory". The original partnership deeds are still housed in the Museum of Worcester Porcelain. The period from foundation to 1783, when it was acquired by Thomas Flight, is known as the First Period or the Dr Wall period.
I acquired this bowl some time ago but never really did the research until now. I just thought it was a beautiful old paste bowl.
Turns out, I have something really, really special.
This is Worcester soft paste porcelain, from the Dr Wall period, circa 1760. The pattern is called Cannonball.
The hallmark is a crescent shape.
Pays to do my research! This is a rare, exceptional piece and in incredible condition. Just listed on Etsy.
This design is a bit of a modern take on Halloween jewelry. Halloween jewelry for grownups who still have a bit of kid in them! Just finished and listed on Etsy.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
|The black crow sees everything!|
|Of you know who!|
|Vintage Oscar de la Renta dress|
|Crows dressed in their finery.|
|Halloween bottles for precious liquids.|
|Only a light touch with the orange!|
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Fall and Halloween is on it's way. And I have been busy as a bee this last week working on my handcrafted gifts and decor for the store. I love, love, love Halloween! However, I am not an orange and black kind of gal when it comes to decorating this time of year. I prefer black and neutrals. So ta da! Here are some of my new designs and arrivals to the store this week.
|A modern twist on Halloween jewelry|
|Crystal, Pearl and Labradorite|
Monday, September 01, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Remember that victorian vanity that was delivered this week? Great bones but it had a bit of a rough paint job in shiny white.
SO……three days later, it now looks like this.
I used antique gold to highlight the carving. And added a bit of detail to the drawers. I also gave it a light distressing because as we know painted furniture is subject to nicks and chips. This way the new owner doesn't have to worry about that "first scratch". I took care of it for them!
The true color looks like the above pictures as I prefer more muted tones for pieces like this. Really happy with the results.