Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Antique Faucet Handles

I love the shape of these old faucet handles from the Antiques Warehouse...they remind me of shiny metal jacks.  They also remind me of the faucet handles we had in Houston.  For some reason they said "chaud" and "froid" for hot and cold and I always had to think twice when I used them.

Below is a photo of the last large room photo I have of the warehouse.  I had to use a really long exposure on all of the large room photos because the lighting conditions were so low.  They aren't perfect photos but I wanted to post them to give you an idea of the vast expanse of the warehouse.

I love these old lanterns in the photo below.  When I used to study bears in NC we had to use lanterns at night and I was always terrible at lighting them.  But they do give a beautiful, homey kind of light that is particularly nice during a damp, rainy night.

This last photo is one of my favorites (click on it to enlarge).  Of course I love the goldish knob that is the focal point, but look at the green one in the background!  And the knob at the bottom left has a nautical motif that looks like the wheel at the helm of a ship.  If I were a set designer for the Pirates of the Caribbean I would have used this knob on Captain Jack Sparrow's bedroom.  No one would ever notice but that is the kind of crazy-detailed set designer I would be.

If I owned all these knobs I would start a vintage doorknob blog where a different knob is featured every day and I would come up with a story about the perfect placement for each and every one of them. OK, now you think I'm crazy, but I am crazy-in-love with these doorknobs!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Vintage Industrial Lighting

While at the Antiques Warehouse I came across these awesome green beauties.  We have exposed brick in our basement and someday I would like to redo the basement and use old industrial lights like these. 

The photos below show another crazy view of the warehouse, a pile of antique pulleys (which I think could be turned into awesome lighting like this), and some old glass bottles getting some sun.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Antique Door Plates

These door plates were laying next to the door knobs from the previous entry and again, each one is a work of art!  It makes me wonder about the person who made the original design and how one might go about actually making these plates.  

Below are photos of yet another room in the Antiques Warehouse, a box of eagle finials, and a miscellaneous tray of wooden knobs.  I love the randomness of it all. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Vintage Door Knobs

Out of all the objects at the Antiques Warehouse these old door knobs were my favorite thing to photograph.  Each one is like a work of art!  Can you imagine if all of the door knobs in your house like this?  It would be awesome!

The photo below shows the second floor.  One of the things I love about the warehouse are these incredible beams you see here. 

While I was there Gary pulled out a thin case which contained this vintage anatomical chart.  How cool is that?  Maybe it's the biologist in me, but I loooooooooove  this.  It reminds me of the fifth grade in Mrs. Penquite's class where we had a 3-D model of the human body and we could take out all the plastic organs.

And if you ever need a replacement vintage glass light shade look no further. The shapes of these looked like jellyfish to me, but I have had jellyfish on my brain lately.

I added this last photo because I love the way the light illuminates the glass of these shades.  The photo seems so quiet, soft, and ghostly.

Check back again soon...more on the way!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Antiques Warehouse Cincinnati

Yesterday I spent half the day photographing whatever caught my eye at the Antiques Warehouse in Camp Washington, Cincinnati.  The warehouse is owned by avid collector, Gary Neltner ("avid" being the understatement of the century!) and the "collection" takes up three floors of one warehouse and two floors of another.  I could have spent days..., no weeks..., no years taking photos there.  It is probably the best kept secret in Cincinnati if you are interested in antiques.  They carry anything and everything - lighting, hardware, architectural salvage, furniture, signage, movie props, garden artifacts, ironwork, tools, name it, they've got it.  You can visit their ebay store or you can visit the warehouse (but call Gary to make sure he will be there 513-319-5405)

When I got home from the warehouse and downloaded my photos I realized there were so many I wanted to share I will have to post them over the next week or so.  So check back this week for more (and more and more and more!). (Click photos to enlarge.)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Jellyfish Fabric

I couldn't resist participating in Spoonflower's fabric contest this week because the theme was jellyfish.  I originally thought I might make "folk" jellyfish, but then it turned out to be more "retro" jellyfish.  You never know what will come out.

If you would like to vote in the contest click here and you will see the contest in the upper right hand corner.  It is worth it just to see all the awesome jellyfish designs!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


This Valentine's Day I decided to go all out and surprise George with a fancy dessert...hence the Pavlova!  I used this recipe from  I have never made any type of meringue dessert so I called my neighbor John over to help. We had a great time whipping those eggs into shape and the meringue patties turned out beautifully (thanks John!). After dinner I mixed raspberries with a little sugar on the stove to make the topping. The whole thing was incredibly simple and delicioso!  Hope everyone had a super sweet Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Folk Valentine Cards

Yesterday when I was looking at the blog I realized the Valentine I made for my mom perhaps bore more resemblance to sperm and egg than a lotus flower.  At first I was horrified but then I had a good belly laugh.  Though not entirely inappropriate for Valentine's day, a sperm and egg card is not what one wants to send one's mother.   To redeem myself I decided to try again.    

I started making these cards with the intent to cut them out of paper.  I was spurred on by a last minute purchase from Michael's dollar bin of some irresistibly cute, circular scalloped-edge cards (must stay away from the dollar bin!).  I also thought it might be nice to plan out my design instead of just free-forming it like I did on my mom's card (look where that got me!).

As it turns out the cards were only 3.5'' tall which made the shapes so tiny that it was very hard to cut the curves on all of those hearts.  I could hardly move my hand afterward and I wasn't loving the choppy results (I wanted to say it was "jacked up" but wasn't sure if it was appropriate...decided it's OK inside parentheses).  In the end I decided I shouldn't quit my day job to become a full-time paper cutter.
Paper cut version

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Paper Cut Lotus Flower Valentine

This past weekend while everyone was gathered around the TV watching the pre-game of the Superbowl, my mom and I were happily maintaining our own Superbowl tradition...that is shopping.  This Sunday we found ourselves perusing the aisles of Jo-Ann Fabrics when I came across an incredible book entitled, "Paper Cutting Book: Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft."  Even if you have no interest in the subject you will be amazed at what people can do with paper!  Some of my favorites include Elsa Mora, Patricia Zapata, Emily Hogarth, Matthew Sporzinski, Nikki McClure, Heather Moore, and Yulia Brodskaya.

After pouring over the book I decided what better way to thank my mom for the book than to make her an old-fashioned hand-crafted Valentine's Day card!  And it just so happened to coincide with my super crafty friend Libby coming over for dinner.  So last night we had a great night of dinner, wine and crafting.  What more could a girl ask for?