Saturday, November 26, 2011

Our Holiday Vignette at Vignette's

Our holiday vignette at Vignette's on Newport Ave in Ocean Beach is currently a work in progress, but with the addition of Denise's beautiful Winter Wonderland Mannequin and Dresser this week- the space is definitely getting there! Denise is working on a few more festive pieces to add before the Vignette's Holiday Open House on December 8th from 3:00-8:00pm. But here's a few photos of some of our newest items...

Denise gave new life to an old dresser with a touch of Annie Sloan chalk paint
Atop the dresser are some of our assembled pieces along with some of my Mexico City Flea Market finds.
The metal military hat is actually an old Prussian Cigarette Dispenser
This vintage shoe mold was another find on my trip- very cool and quite heavy
Yet another Flea Market find - this one is probably my favorite - I bought the hand made altar and the old doll  from the same vendor on two separate days- Denise had the metal cup in her treasure of trinkets- it's fun when things come together and work

Since we did some rearranging in our space I was able to take a better photo of Denise's cool Bergere Chair -
I think she did a great job with the paint and the upholstery

Here's another look at Denise's Winter Wonderland Mannequin- she's beautiful- and I love how all of her mannequin creations have a similarity as well as a uniqueness about them. One of my favorite pieces she's creating is almost finished - it's a definite 'man'nequin and he's awesome, probably my favorite - I'll post pics as soon as he's done- so keep checking back!

Next week is the big Vintage Marketplace - December 2nd & 3rd in Rainbow, Ca - we're excited to see all of the vendors and the fun stuff they bring to the show. I'm excited to see what fun stuff we're bringing to the show too - just kidding - we have several new pieces with Denise's special touch & vintage pieces too that will be filling our space- can't wait!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Winter Princess

The newest addition to our dress form family has moved into the window at Vignettes in Ocean Beach.  It used to be so easy for me to name almost everything I created and Ashley used to find it amusing that I gave everything a name.  For some reason, all the dress form divas, or darlings, seem to remain nameless.  Maybe they are waiting for the new owner to give them a name, or identity, once they find their new home.     

The soft palette of beiges, creams and whites, plus the icy beads applied to the bodice stayed within that wintery feeling.

There were glorious icicle wings planned for her, but the grandeur of the back didn't call for wings.  She will not be given the power of angelic flight with magnificent wings, but will remain grounded as a royal winter figure.

Thus, the headdress...wintery forest, why not?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Great Holiday Shopping at the Rustic Sparrow!

Our Old World Winter Wonderland...
The swan is pulling this Barbara Chapman Santa through the white winter forest!

With the holidays already here it couldn't be a better time to take an afternoon shopping trip on Grand Avenue in Escondido for special items for friends and family members on your list! The Rustic Sparrow is full of wonderful vendors with fun, beautiful & unique items!
Customers overwhelmingly love the whole vibe of the store; the eclectic mix of vintage and new items, the design of each vendor's space, and of course the great prices.

Local residents have been so encouraging about having a special store like the Rustic Sparrow on Grand Ave., and out of town guests love the unique items that the store has to offer.  
With over 20 vendors, new and different items come through the doors every day! 

 Starting tomorrow the store will stay open an extra hour for holiday shopping!
The new store hours are Monday-Saturday 11-6pm.

This Saturday, November 26th is Shop Small Businesses Day sponsored by American Express, so please stop by and say "Hi!" ( I'll be working that day!)  Several vendors are having booth-wide sales on top of their already great prices, so it's definitely a great time and place to shop!

These photos are just a sneak peek as to what treasures you'll find...

The owners, Heather & Jacqueline's fun pieces

Debbie's finds are great - I love this hand painted
vintage basket...very French!

Jana has fun/shabby items, she has several barns that she pulls stuff from to fill her space!

This talented, young artist creates beautiful,
fun accessories!
(and I'm not just saying that 'cause I'm her Mom!)

Sophie's latest one of a kind designs

Elena has two spaces: This one features amazing handmade ironwork and decorative items with a Latin feel-
Her other space is a red, white and black theme booth with a very glamorous old Hollywood vibe

Stacey's sweaters, scarves & purses are great for this time of year!

Lauren has great things and she displays them so beautifully

Mary's Entourage Collection features Beautiful Unique Jewelry


Lisa does it all, from running her own Estate Sales business, to her own warehouse, to filling her space with fun items

Barbe is our newest vendor and she is a doll! She's traveled all
over and has the most unique collection of items!

Paddie & Candy feature beautiful furniture, dishes and decorative items along with my favorite -
this handmade jewelry with fun text and images

Carol's our new neighbor right across from us and she has vintage pieces as well as wonderful one of a kind items that she paints and decoupages 

Heather and Jacqueline have the latest
and most classic styles of handbags,
their purses sell really well & fast!

Their jewelry features beautiful stones & designs

This couple has fun holiday items & home decorative pieces too!
Patricia features items with a classic style
This new vendor does a great table display with her items

You really can find just about everything here...including sweat treats!
Debbie creates beautiful one of a kind pieces

I love Jodi's use of stones, antlers, and vintage pieces

Lori- a brand new vendor- hand makes paper creations - these ornaments are very sweet!
Fun soaps in great scents and colors

Sharon's space features, handbags, jewelry and beautiful home decorative items

Leslie designs and hand makes these fun, unique stools


We're doing a sale in our space this week, 10% - 50% off  all items in our entire booth!
One of my Mexico City finds- it's a great vintage print in a metal frame

The Rustic Sparrow
128 E. Grand Ave. in Escondido
Monday - Saturday 11am - 6pm

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Salvation Army Charity Art Auction and Souper Stars of Service Luncheon

Denise and I are in production mode this week- we've got more pieces to add to both our Rustic Sparrow and Vignette's spaces as well as getting new, fun pieces ready for the Vintage Marketplace that's only two weeks away!

On a previous post we showed pics of Denise's transformation pieces for a Salvation Army Art Auction and Luncheon, The Souper Stars of Service. The event was held in Riverside earlier this month and representatives from the event were kind enough to send us photos from the festivities!

All of the following photos are courtesy of Mark Dowding of the Riverside Salvation Army

What a Great Turnout!

How Sweet! Looks like these girls received awards!

Denise's Chair offered up for Auction

Another artist's artwork transformation

Denise's Swan Trays on the Auction Table

From the photos it looks like it was a wonderful, successful event and I know Denise was happy to take on the challenge of transforming everyday objects into artwork- especially for a great organization like the Salvation Army! 

Keep checking back, I promise to have some photos up soon of new projects. I found some great pieces on my latest south of the border adventure- I'll try and post those pics soon too!