Sunday, January 27, 2013

In AOC this Month & Around the House

Altar Cabinet with Crowned Vintage Spanish Doll in Birds nest
under lock and key
We've been enjoying a slow and relaxing start to 2013! Denise still has some healthy healing to do and fortunately her doctor says creating is the best medicine! So this month we've put a few new items in Antiques on Cedros, we've got a couple of items in the works, and there's a hundred items waiting in the wings (a.k.a the garage)
This fun altar cabinet was Denise's Christmas gift this year, I found the cabinet and lock at Tuesday Mornings- the tag called it a spice cabinet- so I thought a spicy little spanish doll would be appropriate- I think the paint & patina on the cabinet and lock are great for reproductions- the old spanish doll I found in Denise's garage-bird nest I stuffed with spanish moss and stuck on top of an old broken gold meal base. I found the crown at Homegoods- it was atop a glass ball Christmas ornament- so I just broke off the glass ball and rubbed some dark wax over the crown- the chain is an old piece I found in my mom's dad's garage after he passed and I rusted up the cross pendant with iron oxide.
Denise also celebrated a birthday this month with a group of wonderful, close friends and received this amazing antique telephone with beautiful detail and carving-
it's sweet that her friends know her so well
Beautiful Antique Chinese Telephone
One of this blog's most popular posts has been one where we featured photos of Denise's home- with her and her husband looking to downsize this year- I've already started taking more photos of the house that she transformed into a beautiful home- so check back often - I hope to get 'Sneak Peek into Denise's Home Part 2' posted soon. The Greek Warrior below guards one of the hallways-he's very easy on the eyes if that's not too weird to admit and he was a steal! Back in the good ole days when you could spend a day down in Rosarito Beach, Mex., driving along the old road, pulling over at each roadside shop- filling your van with all sorts of goodies and even having enough time to grab a bite to eat in Puerto Nuevo before heading home with no passports needed and less than an hour border wait to get back across- crazy, fun times.
Greek Warrior Bust with great patina purchased years ago in Rosarito Beach, Mex
For our AOC booth this month we are sticking with darks and antiques. Denise has a lovely spring patio and birdcage booth in the works that we will install sometime in March.
Santos Cage Doll transformed into a Santos Birdcage Doll altered with vintage and new pieces-
fun old drawer handle on the arch and the candle inside the nest is a battery operated light-
I forgot her crown the day we took her to the shop but she's been crowned since this photo
This antique set of mirrored armoire doors we hinged to make a dressing screen
The doors have beautiful wood detailing and intricate designs
Lovely vintage gold gilt Italian roses floor lamp
This small bookcase is a great size and has the most beautiful detailed side wood carvings and trim-
we couldn't find out it's origin however it is quite old with great patina
We only added a few touches to this old french wire dress form- we kept the
yellow fabric someone had woven around as the skirt
The fabulous pink chair and clock in the background are from the vendor next to us-
she always has the greatest finds
What to do we do with a broken head? Stick it in some spanish moss in a crown
on some books under a dome- Denise calls these happy accidents
We are looking forward to a healthy, happy & productive 2013- Denise has a new dress form almost ready to go and I know our spring booth will be fun at AOC. I also hope to bring back some more finds from Mexico City next month- and we are slowly starting our online sales-
so we will be sure and keep the blog updated!
Smiles- Denise & Ashley