Monday, April 30, 2012

A Birkin Bag

History of The Birkin Bag
In 1981, Herm├Ęs chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to actress and singer, Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. She had just placed her straw bag in the overhead compartment of her seat, but the contents fell to the ground, leaving her to scramble to replace the contents. Birkin explained to Dumas that it had been difficult to find a leather weekend bag she liked. In 1984, he created a black supple leather bag for her, based on an 1892 design. She used the bag for herself then later changed her mind. Nevertheless, the bag has since become an icon.

Jane Birkin

The bags are handmade in France by expert artisans. The company's signature saddle stitching, developed in the 1800s, is another distinctive feature.
Each bag is hand-sewn, buffed, painted, and polished, taking several days to finish. An average bag is created in 48 hours. Leathers are obtained from different tanners in France, resulting in varying smells and textures. Because of the individual craftsmanship, other details of the bags may not all match. The company justifies the cost ($9,000 to $150,000) of the Birkin bag, compared to other bags, based on the meticulous craftsmanship and scarcity.
If I had one wish....( other than world peace, good health and wealth for all, etc...), on a more...might we say shallower level...I would wish for a brown Birkin Bag. OK...there I said it and I'm not going to feel guilty.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Stuff & Things

More stuff & things to go to market.

 Antique Document Boxes.



 Vintage French measuring cup.


Vintage Dresser refinished.

Vintage clocks...they don't work but you don't
need to work when you look so good.

Cloche w/sea urchin.

Vintage Scottie rug.

Celluloid ivory silverware.

Vintage sunglasses.

Asst of vintage wood & metal printers stamps. can never have to many suitcases.

Virgin Mary under cloche.

Vintage set Jesus and Mary pictures.

OK...back to work.  The weather man is saying 80's today...we'll see.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Flea Market 2012

I cant believe two weeks hubby and I will be heading to DL to start the ball rolling for the 2012 season. The canopies will go up, floor will be painted with a fresh coat of white paint, everything from last year will come out of my building and be sorted through, and fresh items will be set up for the opening weekend. It has been a stressful winter but I did manage to get some furniture ready to go and lots of boxes packed with novel/fun/useful items. With that said I will share some pics w/you!

 Sm blue stenciled chest.

 Vinatage set perfume bottles.

 Lamps, pics, glass ball w/vintage yarns.

 Flag made w/vintage fence pickets.

 Vintage footstool made new with burlap bags.

 Outdoor items.

 Vintage table & benches, painted, abcs added and chalkboard center.

 Horse & vintage box.

 Antique plant cart. hard to part w/this.

 Vintage radio cabinet refurbished.

 Vintage farm scene.

Vintage set of Tole trays.

This is just a start....oh Lord.........I have so much more.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Words of Wisdom....and a little "funny" too!




 wisdom...for sure.






 makes sense!


Well excuse me...but that goes without saying!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Reaping the rewards from a dig!

Recently I went on a little journey, OK .. to be honest, for me it was a junket (a pleasure trip). Brother Joe sent me on a short trip to what used to be the town of Newark, SD. to check the temps on some bins full of corn and get meter readings. Even though Newark is no more...there are still remnants of what used to be a  progressive little town. When I was finished with my work I decided to do a little scrounging know....junking, the free kind. I came across a hole in the ground that was completely covered with old weeds and branches, but when I peeled it all back...low and was full of old bottles.... whiskey, wine and beer bottles, and the occasional Log Cabin syrup and pop bottle. I found an old wire basket and filled it up with my little treasures. When I got home I soaked them and scrubbed them and soaked them some more....but I think it was worth it....I LOVE the old brown beer bottles.

basket of bottles

beer bottles cleaned and labeled

grouping of beer bottles

whiskey bottle w/chalkboard paint

lg medicine bottle w/blackboard front and chalk

beer bottles w/numbers

blue ball jars wired to old door trim and stamped "Bloom"

ball canning jars ready to do service in vintage wooden box

clear bottles filled w/stems

I think the person that tossed these little gems
 away would be mighty surprised!