Saturday, June 16, 2012

French Antiquities...

I have been so busy running around lately tending to my shop spaces and trying to procure one more in the next town over. We have had such a busy start to our summer down here and business in the shops has been booming! (thank you, sweet Jesus!!!). Today, when I happened by Antiques on Holiday (one of my current jewelry locations), the ladies had just received their summer shipment of French Antiques. The whole shop smelled of France and instantly you felt like you had been transported to a European castle brimming with treasures. Here is a peek at what Ms. Ann, "antiquer extraordinaire", brought back from her recent French countryside treasure hunt....








...yes...that is a rustic and shabby old beehive! How cool is that? 
Because everyone needs a beehive for their home.




...there were lots and lots of beautiful antique French mirrors laced with ribbon frames...




....huge architectural fragments...




...large doors and door frames from French estates...




....a child's cast iron bath tub... (so precious!)




....many pieces of  GORGEOUS artwork!...



...I just loved this old vintage fencing mask!!! I may have to spring for it...it would make a fabulous jewelry prop, don't you think?

...and lots and lots of beautiful religious statuary...(my personal favorites)...






Here are a few fun pieces that I am currently working on...


...French mother of pearl links accenting a rhinestone buckle ...


...an antique French lithograph tape measure which will make a darling little necklace...




...a pendant watch locket piece that will pay homage to our favorite French female heroine...





...and an antique carved ivory bird bath brooch that will make an exquisite one of a kind necklace...


..stay tuned, will have pictures of these precious pieces turned into very special pieces of jewelry... and will show you what the ladies brought me back from their French treasure hunt in the days to come. 
Au Revoir mes amis!!!!

6 comments:

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Love that beehive. And can't wait to see your finished pieces. You're so lucky to have this place to go and find such fabulous French stuff!

xoxo
Kathleen

lorraine said...

Ah.......The life of the fabulous Christine Wallace.....i think my eyes turned Green when i saw the fencing mask....TDF.....and the bee skep...so rustic....
You are one lucky broad!!!!!

As ever,
Lorraine

Rhonda said...

Oh Christine, merci for a beautiful post of Frenchness! Everything is gorgeous but I especially adored the Mary statue. Sigh....

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Lots of pretties - thanks for sharing them with us.
Looking forward to seeing your new creations.
Thanks for stopping by and nice comment on the necklace.
Hope you have enjoyed your wekend.

Kim Williams said...

My heart grows warm when I see such lovely things.

Leigh said...

What beautiful finds! My favorites are the religious statues and the jewelry in progress.