it’s no secret that we’re unabashedly obsessed with vintage champagne coupes! If you’re looking for romantic and graceful our crystal coupe collection can’t be rivaled. So to make our case we’ve collaborated on a great little signature drink idea for an upcoming Open House & Tour Date with The Alexander at Creek Road on September22, 2019 from Noon to 4:00 PM.
Hi all! I wanted to put a fun event on your radar. Jennifer Perkins is hosting a De-Stash Bash at the TOMS Shoes on S. Congress April 26th from 11-5pm. Her recommendation is to think of it like a group arts and crafts garage sale.
According to Jennifer this event will be like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Etsy and a flea market all rolled into one without the long lines, politics, postage fees and dust. Plus there will be a band and free drinks.
Some of Austin’s craftiest people are coming together to set up shop and help others start their own crafty adventures. Don’t come looking for finished items, this is all about the supplies. The artists involved are clearing out their craft closets for a major de-stash! Here are a few things you might find: Vintage beads, sewing trim, collage ephemera, yarn, raft books and magazines, fabric (new and vintage), buttons, scrapbook supplies, and jewelry findings.
Jennifer Perkins formally The Naughty Secretary Club, Anne Marie Beard of AnneMarie: Style for the Individual, Leslie Bonnell of Stitch Lab, Chia of Chia Hats, Sierra Baily of Manic Trout, Lisa Chouinard - Feto Soap, Becka Spellman - Baby Bolt
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I can’t think of a better Thingy Thursday post to begin 2015 than the amazingly creative and collected space of artist Greg Irvine. I was wowed by this collaboration between filmmaker Paris Thomson of SIRAP, and Editor Lucy Feagins of The Design Files. Together they made a short video documenting Greg’s remarkable home, his collections and his paintings.
Greg's collection of tortoise shell objects is stunning!
He has a large collection of vintage fabrics which he uses in his painting.
TITLE: View to the Garden with Blue • MEDIUM: oil on canvas • DIMENSIONS: 4ft x 5ft
Greg believes in surrounding himself with a lot of beautiful things. . . a practice I'm more than a little familiar with, but I think you call mine hoarding!
His sketch books are jaw-droppingly stunning! He has hundreds of them full of sketches/paintings like the ones above.
TITLE: Clarice Cliff & Flowering Gum • Limited Edition Print 1/100 • DIMENSIONS: 91cms x 84cms
As some of you know, prior to my life in the antiques business, I was an illustrator and graphic designer in the advertising and publishing world. And although this post has more to do with modernity than antiquity, the dormant "art director" part of me can't help sharing this clever video that was produced for IKEA by the talented agency BBH Asia Pacific.
Watch as “Chief Design Guru” Jorgen Eghammer introduces the brand’s latest hi-tech innovation with lines like, "… with an endless battery, page flicking technology, and thousands of pre-installed products, the paper catalogue is set to revolutionize the way people use technology in their homes." And listen for other quotes by Eghammer like, "The 2015 Ikea catalogue comes fully charged and the battery is eternal," and "If you want to share a particularly inspiring item, you literally share it!"
I'm considering kissing both of the inventors of Instagram square on the lips! I love this app! Lately, many of my mornings (and evenings and afternoons and all the spaces in between) are spent scrolling through the pictures and videos of my fellow vintage dealers, friends and family that I follow. One might think that this app is solely image-based, but, in fact, it has an auditory element, as well… the whooshing noise that my work deadlines make as they go by, for example!
If you are unfamiliar with Instagram, it's an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. In short, Instagram has increased my engagement with like-minded entrepreneurs immensely. I can search by keywords (via hashtags) or search users with the name of a person or business. It's addictive!
Here are some of the recent photos I've posted on my Instagram… check them out and see what my business and I have been up to… and if you are inclined, follow us, too!
Bet you didn't know that Austin's recent snow and ice clouds had silver linings . . . .
lots and lots of silver linings!
We can actually promise you a rose garden . . .
sure, our roses are on vintage china, but still!
The Vintage Laundry will be in the third row in a corner spot in spaces 313 and 320
Perhaps I can get my "To Do List" done by next Monday!
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We have a crazy cat. She's called Eva June. She's a beautiful Maine Coon with striking yellow-green eyes . . . . she's also the spawn of Satan . . . wicked, evil, mean, and totally unsocial. She won't let anyone touch her, except me and on occasion my daughter, who's her Mom (but not her real Mom). Most of the time I want to dragon-kick her across the room for using the furniture as her own personal scratching post or string her up by her elbows for hacking up little kitty cigars that I will, without fail, step in with bare feet. But, for some reason, when she does want to cuddle, I'm her girl. Which makes me fairly sure that if we were trapped in the house in a blizzard and everyone died . . . . She'd totally eat me last.
I tell you that to tell you this, Christmas decorating at our house is like hugging our crazy cat, "Evil June:" a little dangerous, a little warm, and a lot of awesome. Tradition follows that we crank up the psychotically-challenged Christmas carols in her honor. To start, we play the old standard, "Do You Hear What I Hear?" to soothe Eva's schizophrenia. We celebrate her multiple personalities with, "We Three Kings of Disorient Are" and poke fun at her paranoia with, "Santa Claws Is Coming To Get You." As a tribute to her dementia we play, "I 'Think' I'll Be Home For Christmas" followed closely by her personality disorder's favorite, "You Better Watch Out, I'm Gonna Cry, I'm Gonna Pee, Maybe I'll Tell You Why." And finally we all join in with a rousing-ly manic rendition of, "Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Office and the Stores and the Cars and the Buses and Trucks and Trees and Fire Hydrants and . . ."
Hope your Christmas decorating is bright, beautiful, and full of crazy kitty power. Here are few photos of our efforts.
|We hung our Christmas wreath on our newly painted door! We added a bit of vintage silver and a wide red satin ribbon to our boxwood wreath to give it a little patina.|
|My girl baby was home from university and got to hang all of her childhood ornaments and reminisce . . . she loves to decorate the Christmas tree …|
… and my baby boy just loves the Christmas tree!
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Which brings me to today's Simply Brilliant talent. Anderson's next film will be entitled The Grand Budapest Hotel and will star his regular collaborators Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman, along with many others cited below. It recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune - all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.
Other Anderson films that might be of interest are Bottle Rocket (1996), Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), a stop-motion animation adaptation of the Roald Dahl book, Fantastic Mr. Fox, released in 2009, and perhaps his best received film to date, Moonrise Kingdom, which opened the Cannes Film Festival 2012.
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Hence, the touch-y, feel-y quote above. Just needed to remind myself to live an authentic life and relish the messy unplanned parts, as well as the perfectly planned ones.
Happy Thursday to you!
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This year, my sugar plum imagine-ings have been slow in coming - my festive spirit missed it's flight and is on stand-by, and I'm thinkin' this lack of merriment basically makes me a heathen! And as it turns out, my children and the Hubbs agree with the "you-be-a-grinch" diagnosis. So, I've put together a Christmas playlist on The Vintage Laundry Spotify and I wanna share.