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..ramblings..

5 Feb

Even people who do say they don’t collect anything, I believe do indeed have collections. Maybe the stockpile paperclips subconsciously because they use them often at work, and also play with them on long phone calls. One of the many things I collect are vintage suitcases, it’s a small but passionate collection. Pictured are 4 “traincases” in golden mustard, olive green, navy blue, and burgundy maroon. They are all hard-shell and have variations in their handles, shape, interior mirror or trays. I love to think about when these were made and more commonly used – toss in a nightgown, sundress, and cosmetics and hop on the train for the weekend – we needed less “stuff.” The golden mustard suitcase is from the Amelia Earhart line and I love going back a few decades in my visions and think of what it would be like to travel, or even meet, her! The green piece belonged to my mom. I love to tie vintage scarves around the handles.

Right now these petite suitcases sit on top of a plain white armoire in my bedroom – someday I hope to have a wooden armoire and the older it is, the better. Also pictured is a framed tea towel from the gift shop of one of the first resorts in East Africa – this was hung first and that the suitcases match in color is a delightful coincidence. The tea towel (which I also collect) is really meaningful to me – but that’s a story for another post.

Also pictured is a hot pink Samsonite, an orange by Towncraft (sold at JCPenny), and my favorite – an original vintage Samsonite Fashionaire suitcase from the 1960s. The pattern name was Wild Gardenia, also called Black and White Flower Power with Veuve Clicquot orange fabric interior. The line was reissued in 2007 by Samsonite under their Black Label Collection with a limited edition of 600 pieces with a high price tag. The line gained further fame when a character in the movie Rock of Ages used one of the pieces to carry records. My favorite part of this mod suitcase is that the pattern was designed by a Marimekko artist – look this company up, you’ll love to learn about them! Also pictured is one of my favorite ads for the line.

Fashionairre collection adphoto 1(25)photo 2(24)photo 3(15)

 

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Change is the only constant

4 Feb

Eclecticnesting.etsy.com has shifted its focus! Vintage home decor and vintage other good can still be found, as well as handmade jewelry. However the primary picks will be:

~vintage jewelry

~craft, jewelry, vintage, and mixed media supply lots / destash

~beads

~vintage salt & pepper shakers

~vintage scarves

There will always be charity items for one of several causes, please be sure to swing by that shop section: https://www.etsy.com/shop/eclecticnesting?section_id=12250366&ref=shopsection_leftnav_9

Thanks so much for swinging by my lil’ blog and hope you’ll also visit it’s corresponding Etsy shop!

~Amanda

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Welcome!

31 May

Hello visitors and readers–thank you so very much for stopping by!

This blog is a  “supplement” for my ETSY shop which is eclecticnesting.etsy.com — please be sure to stop by the shop 🙂

I started my ETSY shop with only my handmade jewelry listings; however, due to the many other talented global jewelry makers I decided to branch out. I now offer destash/discounted supplies for jewelry making, craft, and mixed media art, and also vintage goodies!

 The vintage goodies can range from pencils from the 1880s to a PacMan glass from the 1980s. I love recycling and reusing and do most of my personal shopping in thrift stores, or via handmade avenues. I am always going “treasure hunting” and love being able to share the vintage love.
Living in New England I am fortunate to have plenty of beaches full of shells, driftwood, and seaglass, and also mountains and nature terrain to collect feathers, nests, leaves, wild flowers, and pebbles. These treasures are either incorporated into the jewelry or a source of inspiration for the pieces.
 And, my dog, Pierce, loves getting to explore too! 

Frida Kahlo is also a true source of inspiration for me. I am a social worker who works largely in womens empowerment issues and Frida was a groundbreaking female artist who turned pain into beauty and inspiration.
I always price the items fairly–that is very important to me. If someone collects or adores something they see in my shop I want them to be able to afford to have it. Or if a piece of jewelry I have made speaks to someone, I am deeply grateful and want that person to be able to afford the item.

A dot about be in respect to “a few of my favorite things:”

Vintage fruit and veggie salt and pepper shakers, vintage silk scarves, New England’s Fall, Halloween, Anything related to the ocean (esp. shells and seaglass), mixed-media art, birds, nests, feathers, stain-glass, the color orange, dandelions in their seed form, tulips, lilacs, water-color paintings, black lab items, stickers, moonstones, Kitsch, chalk, wood, vintage jewelry, beads, wooden stamps, neon, geometric inspired items, bottles, jars, buttons, Czech glass, rocks/pebbles/stones/crystals patina, Frida, mosaics, Melamine dish-wear, horses, old keys, paperbeads……..

Below is a (small) sampling of items you may find at my shop: