Thursday, November 12, 2009

Warrenton Antique Week Day One

I am often asked what kind of jewelry I design. I have had to think about it before I could answer. I have said more times than once.....(especially this last year),
deconstruct and reconstruct vintage jewelry.
Often I find myself first
deconstructing a vintage piece, most often a rhinestone necklace, bracelet, brooch or shoe clip. I then begin adding and/or subtracting gemstones, pearls and crystals, charms, chain and relics, lockets and vintage findings,
constructing to my heart's desire!

I love scanning Etsy, perusing local antique shops, visiting favorite vendors at antique and quilt shows, AND occasionally happening upon an estate sale.....often times with my daughter. Yep, she too has the bug. No, not looking for vintage jewelry, but for just looking.
That is where it all starts you know.
I can see her now in my mind's eye last September during Antique Week.
She is my spotter. Making that second sweep through a tent is a critical job.
And, she is good at it. Really good.
You never know what you might find hiding in just the most tiniest of places.
Perhaps a lovely old tin sitting unnoticed on the end of a dresser.
How about these? Could I possibly use a pair of children shoes?
Or, how about this lovely old jewelry box?
Perhaps a new
prop for my display table.
I see so many stacks of Mexican sugar molds.
This was a first, rising out of an old washtub ....just like the one my grandma (Josie) used.
Layers of lace piled high on silver cake stands. The lace, $8-$20,
was a little too pricey for me.
I looked further. There is always the next tent.
I find two of these. Stuffed full of lace. And, in a vintage mason jar.
Two for $25 or one for $15...why did I just buy one?

Now on to the good stuff.
That will have to be Day Two.

(Texture credits go to: les brumes)


Esther said...

oh Diane!! your pictures are always treasures by themselves!!
all you share with us is wonderful!! thank you!

Barbara Lewis said...

Don't you love shopping with your daughter?!! Mine since the time she was 9 y/o loved to go to contemporary galleries with me and do you know what, she would pick out the best piece in the place. Now she's 25 and still helping mom! This post was a treat for the eyes!

Riki Schumacher said...

Ohhhhh, this is just torture! I want to go!!! Have a ball you lucky girl. Can't wait to see more eye candy.

Daryl said...

oooooh what is that rhinestone strip leading to?

stregata said...

Loved coming along on this treasure hunt!! What beauty! What gorgeous photos! I love them!

Cindy said...

What a lucky antiquing again!! The vintage tin you mentioned reminded me of one I saw on Veteran's Day - actually Randy spotted it and I missed it - it looked like a lunch box with leather handles and said "Peas porridge hot" with little toddlers eating their porridge. If only it wasn't $75 because it was adorable!! Have lots of fun antiquing...can't wait to see the "good" stuff!! Love your pictures and the special effects.

Sharon said...

I wish I were there unearthing precious treasures; your photographs evoke a tempting invitation to the hunt!

Diana said...

I agree with Riki, shear torture! How wonderful for you to live so close to so many wonderful shopping spots. Thank you for sharing. Can't wait for part two to see your loot and great photos!


Debrina said...

Hi Diane - wow, what a gorgeous post! And what photos to match! Lovely og you, too, to come and take a closer look at my Pulp Redux altered book.
I think I can share in your marvel for light - I tried to take pictures of my project this morning before the son got up - although there was light, it was not light enough to make my project glow.

KayEllen said...

Oh my goodness! What a fun place to get lost in!!!
Beautiful treasures =)

Thanks for stopping by...sitting and relaxing after a long day~~Catching up on visiting blogging buddies too!!!