Sunday, December 21, 2008

Decor to Adore: A bit of pom pom for Friday Freebie

Decor to Adore: A bit of pom pom for Friday Freebie

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snow Day in Everett WA











































A BEAUTIFUL DAY OUTSIDE. SNOW AND ICE EVERYWHERE. 12/18/08. SPOT THE DOG IS WEARING A  FOOT BALL SWEATSHIRT. HE LOVES THE SNOW, AND CATCHES SNOW BALLS WITH HIS MOUTH. DAISY MAY THE DOG WHO WEARS NO CLOTHING (HER WISHES) WANTED TO GET OUT OF THE SNOW ASAP. I PLACED HER IN THE SNOW. SHE WOULD QUICKLY HEAD FOR THE HOUSE. 











Monday, December 15, 2008

Mixing Styles, Eras, and Proportions that all blend seamless






















Merry Holidays! Holiday open House at "Vicky's Place Collectible Art Curio." Email me and say "I am from the Holiday Open House."  I will give you a 10% discount off your invoice.  

CREATE VINTAGE DECOR IN YOUR HOME  OR OFFICE.  LOOK IN THE STORE FOR ITEMS THAT WILL BLEND TOGETHER TO DESIGN YOUR INDIVIDUALITY. 


Merry Christmas Comments















 























































































REMEMBER TO STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON! 




Friday, December 12, 2008

2 DAY SALE IN VICKY'S PLACE EBAY STORE

A SALE FOR 2 DAYS ONLY, 12/12/08 AND 12/13/08.  DON'T MISS OUT ON SAVING MONEY. GET A CUP OF COFFEE, OR TEA, OR CHOCOLATE AND SHOP.  USE BIGCRUMBS AND SAVE MORE MONEY.   I HAVE  EASY SIGN UP FOR BIGCRUMBS ON MY "ME" PAGE IN EBAY.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

A RUG TREASURE AT VICKY'S PLACE

I WAS AT A STORE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS. THEY HAD MANY BEAUTIFUL RUGS. THE RUG IN THE PICTURE CAUGHT MY EYE.







A CONTEMPORARY STYLE THAT WOULD GO INTO A ANY STYLE HOME. THE EARTH TONES ARE BEAUTIFUL.  THE PRICE WAS $265.00. THE RUG IS LISTED IN VICKY'S PLACE AT A BARGAIN PRICE.

THE RUG IS 100% WOOL, MADE IN INDIA. HAND MADE. THICK PILE. 2"-4" X 3"-11"

AN INDIAN HANDMADE DECORATIVE RUG. THIS WAS A DISCOVERY OF BEAUTY AND QUALITY. THE MAGIC IS IN THE WEAVE.

A HANDMADE INDIA RUG CAN LAST 25 YEARS. I HAD A LIST OF THINGS YOU CAN DO TO CARE FOR A 100% WOOL RUG. I SUGGEST TO COPY THE LIST. KEEP THE LIST IN A HANDY PLACE TO REVIEW WHEN A MESS IS ON YOUR RUG. LISTED ARE  MANY GOOD HINTS ON HOW TO KEEP YOUR RUG CLEAN.

Caring For Your Rug

Day to day care of a decorative rug depends on how much dirt is tracked into the room. Just as some rooms of a house need more attention then others, some rugs will need more attention than others.

Anything dropped or spilled will land on the carpet. Spots and dust from the air settle and sift down between the pile of the rug and stay there if not cleaned promptly. If not cared for properly, moths may settle and damage the rug.

Vacuuming does an excellent job of getting at the surface soil that settles on a rug. It fluffs up the nap of the rug and helps it retain a fresh look. It is wise to use the vacuum's attachments to reach into far corners and under unmovable furniture. This helps keep areas of the rug that see no activity free of moths. Be very careful when vacuuming old, weak rugs because they tend to lose a great deal of wool, especially in spots that have been repaired. The key is to vacuum in the direction of the pile.

If milk, tea, or coffee spill on a rug, use white paper towels or a white hand towel to blot the spot where the liquid spilled. Wet the towel and rinse the spot. Blot again. If the rug is wet through to the back after blotting and drying, raise the back of the rug to allow the back to dry.

If a semi-solid substance has spilled on the rug, scrape it up with a knife or spatula and blot the spot dry. Sponge it with soapy water and blot dry again.

Household pets are bound to have "accidents" on rugs. When you discover them, absorb as much moisture as possible with a cloth or paper towel. Dilute white vinegar with an equal amount of warm water and pour it on the spot, soaking it will. Blot the excess moisture. If the spot has dried before you discover it, repeat this treatment several times with hopes that the stain will disappear.

To ensure the longevity of an area rug, it is better not to neglect its care---clean it and repair it as needed. Always consult with your rug dealer. He will be able to give you professional advice.

When it is necessary to store a rug, it is best not to fold it. Instead, roll your rug and try to place it inside a cylindrical tube to help prevent the rug from being bent.

Cuts and tears in rugs should be repaired as soon as possible. Holes and threadbare spots should be re-knotted immediately. Old rugs that will not stand much wear can be hung instead of being left on the floor. Beware, however, of moth attacks. Hanging or stored rugs are much more susceptible to moth infestation. Most rugs are treated before they are exported to prevent moth infestation. Many times, it is possible to find a spot in the house where the rug can be placed and only be occasionally walked on.

It is best to always keep a rug flat. To ensure that it does not wrinkle or slide, have the dealer cut a piece of rubber padding just a bit smaller than the rug. Lay the pad down in the desired location and place the rug on top, being careful to smooth out all wrinkles. By making sure that the rug lies flat, it will be sure to stay in better condition for a much longer time. Also, make sure the rug is rotated 180 degrees once each year.

Carpets should also be washed every few years. When it is necessary to send a rug to be cleaned, one should use a firm that understands the cleaning process. Ordinary cleaners who do not specialize in cleaning rugs could permanently damage a carpet by using hot water and alkalis, both of which leave wool dead and lusterless.

By caring for a rug promptly and properly, you will give it a longer life, thus protecting an investment in a true work of art.
Should a rug become stained then the spotting guide on the following pages may help:

Spotting and Care Guide

The following three solutions will be required together with a dry cleaning solvent such as “Dab-It-Off” and some white absorbent cloth or tissue.

1) Detergent solution: One teaspoon of neutral detergent such as “Stergene” to 1/2 pint (1/4 liter) of warm water.

2) Detergent/Vinegar solution: Add one teaspoonful of white vinegar to the detergent solution.

3) Ammonia Solution: One teaspoon of household ammonia, such as “Scrubs” to one cup of warm water. Test the solution on a small out of the way area, and then tackle the stain by working from the outer edge towards the center.

Check for color fastness prior to carrying out any wet process on your carpet.

Alcohol/Wines: Blot up the surplus spillage. Use detergent/vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting up with dry cloths frequently.

Blood: Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with ammonia solution. Blot dry.

Chewing Gum: Scrape up with a blunt knife. Use dry cleaning solvent followed by detergent/vinegar solution. Blot dry.

Chocolate: Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with ammonia solution. Blot dry.

Coffee: Blot up surplus spillage. Use detergent/vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting up with dry cloths frequently.

Egg: Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use detergent solution, starting at the edge and blotting dry. Follow with ammonia solution. Blot dry.

Fats: Scrape up with a blunt knife. Use dry cleaning solvent followed by detergent/vinegar solution. Blot dry.

Fruit: Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with ammonia solution. Blot dry.

Glue: Scrape up excess with blunt knife. Use detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with ammonia solution. Blot dry.

Grass: Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with ammonia solution. Blot dry.

Gravy: Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with ammonia solution. Blot dry.

Grease: Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use dry cleaning solvent followed by detergent/vinegar solution. Blot dry.

Ice Cream: Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with ammonia solution. Blot dry.

Lipstick: Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use detergent/vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting with dry cloths frequently.

Liquid Foods: Blot up the surplus spillage. Use detergent/vinegar solution. Work form the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting with dry cloths frequently.

Milk: Blot up the surplus spillage. Use detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with ammonia solution. Blot dry.

Nail Polish: Scrape up with a blunt knife. Use dry cleaning solvent followed by detergent/vinegar solution. Blot dry.

Oil / Wax: Scrape up with a blunt knife. Use dry cleaning solvent followed by detergent/vinegar solution. Blot dry.

Perfume: Blot up the surplus spillage. Use detergent/vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain using little at a time and blotting up with dry cloths frequently.

Pet Urine: Blot up the surplus spillage. Use detergent/vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using little at a time and blotting up with dry cloths frequently.

Shoe Polish: Scrape up with a blunt knife. Use dry cleaning solvent followed by detergent/vinegar solution. Blot dry.

Soft Drinks: Blot up the surplus spillage. Use detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with ammonia solution. Blot dry.

Solids: Scrape up with blunt knife. Use dry cleaning solvent followed by detergent/vinegar solution. Blot dry.

Tar: Scrape up with a blunt knife. Use dry cleaning solvent followed by detergent/vinegar solution. Blot dry.

Tea: Blot up the surplus spillage. Use detergent/vinegar solution. Work form the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting up with dry cloths frequently.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Working in my Template

I was working in my template and messed things up for a while. I fixed it now. I know a little HTML. I have taught myself all my computer skills.  My store has been opened for two years on the internet. I have learned may things and I am still learning. 

My template was designed by Amy. I like the design but I figured out I cannot change it in any way. I  can add on the bottom of the template after all the writing language has been completed. I do love these darn computers!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Evolution of a night-cap





































ANTIQUE WOMEN BOBBIN LACE NIGHT HAT CAP DOLL BEAR  My Store





ANTIQUE WOMEN BOBBIN LACE NIGHT HAT CAP DOLL BEAR  My Store 









ANTIQUE WOMEN PINK CROCHET LACE NIGHT BED CAP 1900's   My Store 






I was trolling an auction, shopping for my Ebay store. I saw a group of old beautiful night-caps that intrigued my eyes. I thought WOW.  The fabric was soft and the fine feminine lace patterns I had never seen before.  My mind said women really wore these in the past. I impromptu won the action.  

The caps were beautiful and dirty. I clean old doll clothing and I thought I could clean the caps.  I cleaned them.  The caps feel silky and smell fresh. 

My research revealed night-caps were baggy and made of linen, adorned in lace. Some were of colored linen and threads. A body covering that seemed to be erotic for the era.  HE HE! The cap indeed kept women warm as they slept.

 I think bobbin lace is the lace adorning the caps. “Unlike needlepoint lace, which is made with a single-thread technique using embroidery stitches, bobbin lace is made with a variety of multiple-thread weaving techniques. Groups of threads are plaited, interwoven and twisted. This craft evolved naturally into the production of linen laces for decorative insertions and borders. Although evidence suggests that the first bobbin laces were made in Venice, the craft spread quickly to Milan, Genoa, Flanders and other parts of Europe. Bobbin laces were softer, lighter in weight, and more suitable than stiff needlepoint lace for the fashions of 18th century Europe, and so reached their peak at that time in Flanders and France.” bobbin lace

What can you do with these lovely night-caps? They would be ornate design in a home. You could frame them on your own or at a frame shop. Hang the multi-night-cap picture in your bedroom where you sleep.  A bear or a doll could wear the night-cap for display.  Use a cap in a victorian collage of various old items.  Any other ideas? Please leave them in my blog comments.


 

 

Sunday, November 16, 2008

E.S. Curtis

Framed Photoprint E.S. Curtis Coast Salish Women 1899


E.S Curtis was a pioneer anthropologist photographer of the American Indian from 1907 to 1930. His photos were significant to history. The photos were controversial representations of traditional American Indian culture ever produced. The library of Congress documents him as “American Memory.”   Library of Congress 


His full name was Edward Sheriff Curtis and he photographed Indians west of the Mississippi. The curtis collection has a wide collection of photogravures and extensive history of the photographer.   Curtis-Collection 


The Royal BC Museum is the current name for the British Columbia Provincial  Museum. Vicky's Place  vickys-place-collectible-art-curio  (Item number:40184060918) has a beautiful print of one of his pictures. A 1899 Salish Women Indian photo print framed by the museum in 1977. The program dedicated was expressive of the history pertaining to Curtis's life and photos.royalbcmuseum

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Decorative tip

To cover your lamp cord with fabric, cut a 4-inch-wide strip of fabric that's approximately three times the length of the cord. Fold the strip in half lengthwise, right sides together, and machine stitch 1/2 inch from edges. Turn strip right side out. At each end, turn 1/2 inch of fabric to the inside, and stitch by hand. Slip tube onto cord, and gather fabric evenly.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Please give a 5 paw vote for Daisy May!!

Howl-o-ween Pets
Daisy May needs your help in the Howl-o-ween Pets photo contest.  Vote Now!
Pets Name
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

POVERTY

































Poverty is a cry to take action to strike down poverty.  An individual must think, "What can I do?"  and  "Who can I help?"  There are so many ways one can make a difference.  I try to make my difference by being in-tune with God's universe.  Circumstances that happen to me during the days I live.  































I was at a second hand antique store. The owner said I am carrying a beautiful line of gem stone jewelry made by the women in Nepal. A 10% donation will apply  with every purchase of a jewelry piece. The donation goes to Nepal by a charity organization called Friends of Nepal. I bought a gorgeous rose amber brooch. Immediately, I went home and studied Nepal India.

"Mission"
Friends of Nepal provides a framework for our membership, predominantly Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, to stay connected to each other and to Nepal,while continuing to help in the development of Nepal in concret ways." Friends of Nepal (FoN)- FoN is an affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association. Through its membership and supporters FoN funds and promotes grass-roots projects throughout Nepal. Friends of Nepal was founded in 1980 by a group of returned Peace Corps Volunteers to Nepal. Our projects support local community priorities. FoN currently is working in partnership with Nepalese non-governmental organizations on projects in health care, rural income generation, education, and cultural preservation. Certified for eBay Giving Works since 2006. MissionFish nonprofit ID 15888.  Location: Wakefield, RI 02879
Web address: www.friendsofnepal.com

I decided to have ebay works manage my donations.  Ebay will send $5.00 per product sold to your charity of choice. I specifically purchased a line of jewelry made by the women of Nepal to help them live and then donate the money to FoN. I have signed up to provide the money for safe drinking water. Water is essential to life, even to the unborn.

I have 19 jewelry listings to support Nepal. The craftsmanship is well done.
  • Natural Gemstone Chip Bracelets From Nepal
  • YELLOW TOPAZ STERLING SILVER LOOP EARINGS NEPAL INDIA
  • TURQUOISE STERLING SILVER LOOP EARINGS NEPAL INDIA
  • CARNELIAN STERLING SILVER LOOP EARINGS NEPAL INDIA
  • CORAL TURQUIOSE STERLING SILVER PENDANT NEPAL INDIA
  • TURQUOISE, ONYX, CORAL STONES STERLING SILVER PENDANT
  • AMETHYST STAR STERLING SILVER PENDANT NEPAL INDIA
  • MOONSTONE & CARNELLIAN STERLING SILVER PENDANT
  • ONYX STERLING SILVER WIRE BACK EARINGS NEPAL INDIA
  • AMBER STERLING SILVER LEVER BACK EARINGS NEPAL INDIA
  • FACETED AMETHYST STERLING SILVER RING NEPAL INDIA
  • FACETED AMETHYST STERLING SILVER RING NEPAL INDIA
  • FACETED AMETHYST STERLING SILVER RING NEPAL INDIA
  • TIGERS EYE STERLING SILVER RING NEPAL INDIA
  • TIGERS EYE STERLING SILVER RING NEPAL INDIA
  • MOONSTONE STERLING SILVER RING NEPAL INDIA 
  • MOONSTONE STERLING SILVER RING NEPAL INDIA
  • LAPIS STERLING SILVER RING NEPAL INDIA





Thursday, October 9, 2008

Shopping in a Down Economy

Troll eBay For Bargains

In a bad economy, it can often be a buyer's market! If you combine the down market with an overabundance of sellers on eBay, you can find some real bargains right now. For example, you can easily find eBay sellers who start out auctions at way below market prices. If you combine that with eBay's crazy Best Match search system, sometimes these below-market gems just aren't seen by many buyers. So, if you do your eBay homework, you can find some fantastic items at below-market prices. You just have to be at the right place at the right time, and remember to bid! Or you can bargain with store prices with an offer to the seller. Sometimes, a seller will discount a product if you ask them to do so. When looking for bargains, bypass any auctions with reserves, but don't overlook below-market priced fixed price items in stores. A second hand store on Ebay is the way to shop in this down economy for yourself, for gifts and for Christmas.

http://stores.ebay.com/vickys-place-collectible-art-curio

Sunday, September 21, 2008

IT'S A GREAT TIME TO COLLECT "VINTAGE"







THE TERM "VINTAGE" IS PROPERLY USED TO DESCRIBE SOMETHING AS NEWER THAN "ANTIQUE. "  SINCE "ANTIQUE" HAS BEEN REDEFINED "FROM 100 YEARS OLD" IN RECENT YEARS TO BE " AT LEAST 50 YEARS OLD."  THAT LEAVES OBJECTS AND STYLES FROM THE YEARS 1958 FORWARD TO BE DESCRIBED AS VINTAGE. IN JUST TWO YEARS, ITEMS FROM THE 50'S WILL BE OFFICIAL CONSIDERED "ANTIQUES!"   "VINTAGE, RETRO AND STYLE"  THE 50'S="CHIC"; THE 60'S ="FUNKY"; THE 70'S ="MOD." 

NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO BE COLLECTING FROM THIS ERA. CONSTRUCTION OF THE ITEMS ARE GENERALLY FROM SOLID WOODS AND QUALITY VENEERS. WITH PRICES STILL REASONABLE. YOU CAN HAVE A LOT OF FUN PUTTING TOGETHER A GREAT-LOOKING AND FUNCTIONAL "PAD" FOR LESS THAN THE PRICE OF NEW, PERHAPS POORLY MADE FURNITURE. 

START WITH A ROOM AND, BEFORE LONG, YOU MAY GO FOR YOUR ENTIRE HOME DECORATED IN THIS DISTINCTIVE RETRO-STYLE! MANY YOUNG, STARTING OUT COUPLES ARE GOING FOR IT SINCE THE LOOK APPEALS TO THEIR SENSES AND THEIR BUDGET.  RETRO IS BEING IN. 

FOR HIGH-STYLE, KEEP IT FABULOUS DECORATING WITH VINTAGE GLASS OR CERAMIC VASES, VINTAGE LAMP , VINTAGE STONEWARE, VINTAGE CAPODIMONTE, SOPHISTICATED BRONZE NUDE LADY, ANTIQUE TELEPHONE AND DISTINCTIVE WALL HANGINGS. 

TO LIVE AUTHENTICALLY, LOOK FOR MUGS, PLATES, SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS, COFFEE AND TEAPOTS,  LINENS, BOOKS AND MINIATURE SHOES. SPARK A SENSE OF THOSE YEARS!


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Peignoir, Negligee, Awaken Men and Women To Spices Of Life*

A gorgeous vintage vanity fair negligee set, including a and robe. The robe is full with a wide sweep. The peignoir negligee set looks new, the tag looks new. I do not see any thing wrong with this lovely set. The color is one of kind. Pink underline with sheer blue material on top-magnificent! The pictures are good,but doesn't always capture the iridescent pearl coloring.

The set comes to you clean and fresh. Smoke free environment.



A gorgeous light blue and tan lace vintage movie star negligee set, including a negligee and robe. The robe is full with a wide sweep. The peignoir set is in good condition. The set has some small holes, but still wearable. Due to the flow of the gown and robe, the holes cannot be seen.



Nobly "peignoir" is a word describing feelings of a woman-man in the opening stanza of the poem "Sunday Morning" by Wallace Stevens. "Complacency's of the peignoir, and late Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair,--"

"Peignoir" is a long outer garment usually sheer and made of chiffon. "Peignoirs" are are often worn with no underwear. What feelings of sexuality does the word "Peignoir" birth into your minds? I think flirty, exotic, sexy, eccentric, pleasing to the eye, arousal, and spice of life.

"Negligees" are beautiful works of art made of sheer and semi-translucent fabrics and trimmed with lace or other fine material and bows. Multiple layers of fabric are often used. My favorite "negligees" are from the 1940s to the 1970s.

"Negligees" made from the 1940's to the 1970's are now collectible vintage items.‎ The "negligees" are hard to find, especially with a matching "peignoir." A vintage "peignoir" and "negligee" were worn once or twice, during a honeymoon or wedding night. The sets still can be worn many times.

"Negligee" is a garment intended for wear at night and in the bedroom. This is probably a Victorian definition and does not resonate to the now. Let's not overlook the fact, that a "negligee" can be worn anytime, day or night, and any where in the home. A "negligee" does improve sexuality and sleep.

I found an interesting fact that it was only after World War II nightwear changed from being primarily utilitarian to being primarily sensual or even erotic; the negligee emerged strongly as a form of lingerie.


The care of the "peignoir" sets are simple, because of the material they are made of. Wash the lingerie with mild soap and a softener. Either machine wash delicate, dry delicate, or hang dry or hand wash, wrap in a towel, and hang dry.

I have collected several peignoir sets and wear them occasionally. The sexy and elegant feelings are enjoyable to me. Collect one "peignoir" set in a different color each month. By 12 months, you will have a nice collection. A quality "peignoir" set will cost between $40.00 to $200.00. Buy what you like, cost doesn't matter. You can rotate your collection by selling them on eBay. By selling them on eBay, before long, you will have money to keep your collecting an active self-supported hobby.

Awake to a new spice in life. Think about your sexuality, and start wearing or collecting "peignoir" sets and or "negligees." It is stylish and sexy to wear them. The lingerie you choose is sure to be a wallah!


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