Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas - Buon Natale

Well folks, I have finally posted all my Christmas cards and today I finished wrapping up the last of my pressies so its time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I imagine with all the snow around some of my cards will arrive at their destination about Easter time, but be patient, better late than ever!
I only have 3 working days left in the posh gift shop in Turin and it has proved to be very hard work as usual, but on the "nice and fancy" side it is very enjoyable wrapping up hundreds of pressies of all shapes and sizes... frying pan shape can be very difficult, triangle and round boxes are also quite a handful especially when you are in a rush.

I had hoped to do one last post with the winner of my Top Five useless/interesting items found in dusty spider-ridden cellars but the holiday rush has finally totally engulfed me. I have also noticed that there aren't many people dying to know what the winning item is so I think I can take my time and please myself when to post, anyway, if anyone out there is really interested the wait will add a little suspense.

So it is pretty obvious that I wish you all a very NICE Christmas and an exceptionally FANCY New Year, and heres hoping you all get whatever you most desire under your Christmas tree!

Vorrei fare gli auguri anche in Italiano. Buone Feste e un Felice Anno Nuovo a tutti.

Friday, December 10, 2010

N° 2 Vintage Christmas Ornaments

It is just the right time of year to post these lovely blown glass vintage Christmas baubles that I found in dusty boxes. Truly wonderful, very old and VERY FRAGILE. They seem to break by just looking at them. I took some very quick photographs of a few of them but there are so many I need to take more time and catalogue them, I also need to find a better way to present them as I had to invent a couple of backgrounds to disguise my bad photography skills! I do hope you enjoy them anyway. Some are incredibly elaborate and moulded into strange shapes, others are painted using bright colours or covered in glitter. There are also some surprising characters too like the cat with a cartoon face or the snowman being hugged by a little boy. Yummy!  

Saturday, December 4, 2010

N° 3 Wallpaper Borders

These gorgeous borders are very old but I can't really put a date to them. They certainly deserve 3° place as they are quite unique, the colours are fantastic, the paper lovely and chunky just like real paper used to be, and they are all embossed. Roughly all are about 2cms wide and some have silver or gold shiny bits! What a great find.
I immediately wove some together to make a pattern. I hope to do some "fancy bits" with them and post them here soon.