Saturday, December 15, 2012

Santos Dolls, Animals & More

Denise's Royalty Animals Decked out for the Holidays
We are Loving our new space at AOC; great location, customers, vendors & owners are really making us feel like we are in the right place. We were bringing more items in yesterday, when we just happened by chance, to meet the sweet lady who bought Denise's latest Dress Form. She was so excited to have it in her collection of treasured things and it was a joy meeting her.
We've recently added more santos figures, furniture & more one of a kind assembled pieces.
The swan is gorgeous and Denise adorned her with vintage jewelry and a tea light candle holder as the crown- she's beautiful when lit!
Beautiful Assembled Swan
We love this guy- he has real horns and of course we blinged him up a bit-
Not sure if he's a Long-Haired Goat or a Sheep, but he's a cutie
Hand Carved Wooden Horse with Festive Hat & Garland

We weren't sure what this charming guy was meant to hold-
A flower pot or gifts under a tree could be fun
Angel Santos Doll with Italian vintage vine crown
Several new Santos Cage Dolls & Figures
Close up of newest Santos Cage Doll- I brought back the rosary and crown from a Mexico City trip.
I love the space next to ours at AOC with the to-die-for chandelier-
 it makes the most gorgeous backdrop for anything!
Santos Cage Doll with added twig garland, giant wings, cross necklace
& vintage Italian vine crown 
1880's Wicker Baby Stroller/Carriage/Pram very sweet and in really good condition-
The interior sides still had much of the original fabric and horsehair padding,
Denise gently tacked some linen on top to preserve the original fabric-
It's a darling design with great detail & patina
1880's Wicker Baby Carriage/Stroller/Pram
This would be sweet in a nursery or in a sun room with wicker furniture

This is a view of the top of the cedar chest
The pair of vintage Italian Marble lamps
are a recent find- the tole vine and porcelain flower shades are rare  
Assembled Dome
Found this carved wood vintage Infant of Prague and had fun assembling him into
a sculptural piece with this art deco frame and print of Jesus, vintage angel,
& real bird's nest
We first saw this clever Lampshade Tree idea at the Sweet Magnolia's booth at the
Vintage Marketplace in Rainbow, Ca
 Denise has been saving lampshade frames for
quite awhile until she finally had all the rights sizes to create one
Altar, quite large, hand carved and handmade from Mexico
with Bell, Sacred Heart & Light

Inside the altar is an assembled santos infant head in an antique silverplate pickle castor

Display cabinet with Standing Santos Doll, old books, trophy &
Even though there are lots of these rerpoduction Santos Dolls on the market,
 one of the best things about them is their amazing faces & eyes, and being able to get creative
 and adorn them with all sorts of found objects. This one is wearing old coins as earrings-
It's hard to see in this pic, but this Santos Doll's belt is an old yet fancy metal
Burbon label wth keys found in a 90 year old barn
This Gorgeous White Santos Cage Doll is a future project for Denise to adorn,
I photographed her here in Denise's front room the day we got her.
Check back soon to see how she will transform
So we've been a little busy, which is great, we wouldn't want it any other way 
& look forward to finding more fabulous finds and creating fun pieces in the New Year!
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes in 2013!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

We're Now in Antiques On Cedros in Solana Beach!

Our New AOC space on Cedros
Denise and I couldn't be more thrilled with our New Home- AOC (Antiques on Cedros) located in Solana Beach, Ca! We will miss our little window spot at the Rustic Sparrow in Escondido,  as well as the owners and many of the creative, talented vendors we are lucky enough to call friends! And as for Knorr Candle Factory & Gift Shop in Del Mar, thanks for letting us be a part of your historic property- we learned a lot. I think narrowing our focus to just one place will benefit our artwork, our time and our clients.
We are loving every minute of our move into AOC- we officially moved in November 1st and are slowly but surely filling our space. The owners and fellow vendors we've met are also super supportive and making the move extremely easy. Cedros is an amazing street of designers, shops, boutiques & galleries. AOC is tucked back a bit near the corner of Lomas Santa Fe & Cedros- the shop features AMAZING antiques, one of a kind pieces from all over the world spanning several centuries. Here are a few (more like 20) pics from our White Horse Relics space:

Denise created this Steampunk inspired lamp and nightlight with vintage clock and lamp parts.
This piece is great because we placed it toward the back of the booth and it really draws people into the space.
This Steampunk inspired dual lamp and nightlight Denise created in just one afternoon, it was one of those wonderful days where everything just came together and the piece turned out very cool, unique and is definitely one of a kind!
Close-Up of the Steampunk Lamp
This Assembled Birdcage Lamp on a Vintage Stand is a pretty easy do it yourself project and it
adds a fun yet functional element to a space
This painting is a great size and subject matter, titled 'Bridge over River' it's by the Italian artist, Abruzzi
Detail of Vintage Italian Painting
Great little 3 Piece French Wood & Metal French Bistro Set- with just the right amount of age and patina
This Vintage Dress form with antique corset, pantaloons and slip is Center Stage for the Booth
Denise created this Dress Form for our Vignette's space back in the spring, however for Cedros Denise felt she definitely needed to be crowned and blinged up a bit. The corset, pantaloons and slip are all antique, her short sleeves are actually a vintage night cap sewn in half. Her necklace, tiara and crown are newer.
Back View of Dress Form with laced up Corset and Hand-Felted Flowers, here you can see how the sleeves
are assembeld and tie in the back- she really is a gorgeous piece!
This particular reproduction santos doll  comes as a torso, Denise added a tall birdcage underneath
& adorned with various metal pieces
Guess what the Florentine gold & blue masked item is? A Musical Pepper Grinder! Italians know
how to dine in style
Denise painted a pair of these darling side tables- they have great detailing and the neutral color
will go with any room decor
We sold almost all of our late 1800's books, these are few more I found, the bottle opener
is an antique one made in Italy with beautiful detaling in the metalwork
This authentic, antique, amazing santos crown came from one of the most charming souls we've ever met named Barbe Harrison, she has the most unique, unusual and inspiring collection of finds from all over the world. I've got my fingers crossed this crown won't sell so I'll be forced to keep it and enjoy it forever!
Handpainted Lane Cedar Chest with faux drawers and nice detailing with claw ball feet
These Vintage Magnolia Italian Tole Wall Sconces are in a pair and add soft subtle light
Speaking of subtle light, we pulled this Assembled Crystal Shade on an Antique Griffin Iron Base out of our Knorr space because it fits beautifully here and adds just the right touch of elegance
We were told that these very heavy, very old candlesticks came from a church and have motifs representing the trinity on each side- The Father, Son & Holy Spirit (shown in this photo)
This tall reproduction santos doll is the very first item we sold! This happens to be the only photo
I took of her before she found her new home, but you can still see how we jazzed her up a bit with deer antler wings, a tiara and necklace
Our new AOC booth in Solana Beach
We want to Thank Everyone for their continued support, Denise is in the garage 10 hours a day again, her doc says it's great for her to be doing what she loves to do!
Please come check out Antiques on Cedros, the store features really amazing antiques,
 collectibles & home decor.
 Happy Holiday wishes too!
Denise & Ashley

Friday, September 14, 2012

Getting Ready for Fall at Both Locations!

Denise Handpainted this Wonderful Moon for our Holiday Displays;
 He's currently in the Rustic Sparrow window
Our favorite time of year is just around the corner and it's always fun getting ready for fall! We started a bit early this year and created a few new Halloween items, one of my favorite is the giant moon Denise painted- he looks awesome among the tree and merchandise!
Denise worked an entire day creating this beautiful masquerade pumpkin, we took it to Knorr Candle Factory
right at closing time yesterday and it sold first thing today!

I think my mom's imagination lives in a place called Wonderland and she has a best friend named Alice, because I know she secretly wishes all pumpkins & birds wore crowns- and people too!
She worked really hard on creating this masquerade pumpkin so it's very sweet that he sold so soon-
Colorful Hat - Steam Punk inspired - fun for Halloween-
New Years- or just to Display

I recently worked on a few of these top hats, they are pretty fun to create and you can use many of the materials you already have- The hats are common now at party supply places and I tied ribbon around the base, used playing cards(this one happens to feature a joker), clock parts, handmade ribbon flowers, leaves, metal embellishments, feathers and netting. I shouldn't joke about Denise living in Wonderland because these look a little Mad Hatter now that I'm looking at it!
 These would be fun to wear at Halloween with just a plain black eye mask
This Victorian Bench already had some beautiful detail in the metal work, but the old tapestries that
Denise covered it in really added to it's unqiue charm- this sold within a couple of days of being at Knorr
Like with everyone who does what we do, we put a lot of heart and soul into whatever we work on and it's always nice when a piece sells and you know it's moving on into someone else's space for them to enjoy!
Sweet Crystal Lamp Denise Assembled from different parts,
it's beautiful when it's on and off
This lamp was a labor of love, matching up the pattern of all the different crystals, it turned out beautiful though, the base features these lovely griffins and the lamp is assembled from metal parts, vintage and new crystals
I had been looking for a dresser to try this finish on and was excited to spot this old one!
 A while back online I found artists- I believe in Arizona- that paint a lot of pieces with color on just the cabinets and not the drawers- so I had been on the lookout for a piece to try it on and I happend to find this huge old dresser with a beautiful finish on it already- so with some help on the color and paint via friend and artist Carol Rea, I was able to do this in one morning- it's a lot easier when you have less surface to paint!

Looking forward to cleaning out more of the garage and finishing more projects in the next few weeks- I'll post more pics soon :)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Our Space at Knorr in Del Mar

White Horse Relics in Knorr

We've been busy these last few weeks setting up shop in the beautiful & historic Knorr Candle Factory & Gift Shop, located off of Via de la Valle in Del Mar
The owners and staff have been amazing & welcoming
Our space features some of our favorite pieces as well as some new items we've worked on just for this space
Denise hand painted the b&w stripes on the vinyl cushions for an updated look
Can't take credit for painting this lovely piece, it was done by fellow Knorr vendor Carol Rea
of C.rea.tivity
Denise's latest handpainted furniture piece- a vintage desk with great detailing

She worked qutie a few days on this one- but I think it turned out beautiful
With the holiday season just around the corner, we are thrilled to have this space to showcase pieces that we love to create and find
Next up for us is continuing our move into Knorr as well as creating our Halloween window at the Rustic Sparrow
Knorr Candle Factory is open Tues-Sun 11-5:30 and is located off of the 5 freeway at Via de la Valle just past the polo fields in Del Mar
The Rustic Sparrow is open Mon-Sat 11-5, Fridays 11-9 (Until the last Friday of September)
located on Grand Ave. in Escondido