Saturday, April 18, 2015

Boots Ravens Designs ... NEW at Vintages

 
Kelly Matthews is the art and soul of Boots Ravens Designs. Her artistic journey began about eight years ago with a great yearning to create special things with her hands. The Boots Ravens style has morphed and evolved over the years, but the joy in creating has only grown deeper for Kelly. Her pieces are created using sustainable products, an array of metals, colorful beads and hypo-allergenic components. She says: “I find vast joy in the process of creation, envisioning each piece of jewelry as a piece of mini art.”

Boots Ravens creations are solely created by Kelly in her studio overlooking Butte Creek here in Northern California. Her “artistic endeavors are rewarded by the hawks that fly by, the sound of the creek, the ever changing colors and the continued support of my wonderful friends, family, and customers!”

Well, we love her creations too … and now have a selection of them available here at Vintages. Earrings and necklaces made with painted wood, metal encrusted with beautiful patinas and enamels.
 
Earrings range from from $39.95 to $49.95 each pair
The Blue Mustard earrings is a pairing of a brass triangle with a blue patina topped by a mustard glass bead ($49.95)
Pendants on 17" chain necklaces range from from $39.95 to $49.95 each
The Earth Patina pendant is two brass discs, one hammered with texture and the other finished in a blue patina, topped with a green glass bead. It has a brass cable chain with a hook and eye clasp ($49.95)
These Boots Ravens Designs jewelry are another of Vintages' crafts made by local artists with  products Made in America!

We have all of these in-stock at our shop in Los Gatos. Hopefully we will have them available online soon ... in the meantime, just call or email us if you want any of these items.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Bring PARIS Home ... Inspiration from Vintages


We love Paris ... and so do so many of our customers. Here at Vintages we have always had a nice selection of Paris themed and Francophile items ... both new and vintage. We are celebrating Paris this month. Come on in and check out our selection.

Set out a Paris inspired hors d'oeuvre spread with these French accessories.
Paris themed matches ... a Paris table clock ... even French music sheets!
We have a nice selection of French design decorative papers as well as French ribbons.
We like the Paris theme so much, we designed out own Paris notepads!

Our vintage ephemera and antiquarian book collections feature a number of French and Paris themes and titles. Old labels, journals, ledgers, documents and letters in French and guidebooks to France and Europe loaded with maps and photos.



Susan made these hand crafted flowers ... great for pins or barrettes.
More French accessories.
We have these paper covered storage boxes in a number of sizes.
Scarves are IN! We have many beautiful designs, including Paris, London and Bicycles.

... vous voir dans la boutique ...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Los Gatos Historic Homes and Gardens Tour This Weekend


Fruit trees are blooming and their scents are just plum wonderful, so visitors to the Los Gatos home of Mel and Gloria Basuini will be in for a real treat when the couple opens their gate for the 21st Annual Historic Homes and Gardens Tour on April 11 and 12. See this gorgeous home and several others on this Los Gatos tour. Vintages is proud to be one of the supporters of this annual event.


In addition to the treasure trove of character-filled historic homes, there will be displays of classic cars, Plein Air artists and musicians on every property. The tour goes to four historic areas of Los Gatos and is sponsored by NUMU (the New Museum Los Gatos), formerly known as the Museums of Los Gatos. Judy Peterson wrote this info piece about the upcoming tour.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rifle Packin' Mama!

 
Don't mess with this lady!
I just had to share this photo. She's ready for hunting ... with her shotgun, ammo sash and hunting dogs. This is probably early 1900s vintage. Great photo ... I'll share more from time-to-time.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Lon Simmons RIP and Opening Day at Candlestick 1960

Lon Simmons was an icon of Bay Area Sports. His voice has been missed since he retired in 2002 ... now HE will be missed. RIP
Legendary broadcaster for the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics and San Francisco 49ers
A close friend of ours, Shirlie Montgomery, who passed away in November 2012, was a huge Giants fan. She had numerous Giants mementos, bobble heads and stuff. She adored Barry Bonds! She had met little Barry when he was just a child, so she felt a connection to him. She attended Giants games from their very start in San Francisco when they played at Seals Stadium. She had met Simmons at some point and often commented about what a gentleman he was ... but she never forgave him for jumping over to announce the A's games ... obviously she was a Giants fan all the way.

The ever persistent photographer, Shirlie filmed this silent footage on the Giants' opening day at Candlestick Park, April 12, 1960, when the Giants beat the Cardinals 3-1. (I had planned on posting this on this year's opening day, Apr 13th, but the death of Simmons called for it.) Lon Simmons called that game ... I sure wish we had his voice over as part of this video. The film features footage of Shirlie and her friends arriving at the park, baseball fans all about, the opening ceremony, some of the 9th inning play and then fans exiting to the parking lot. Interesting that both Richard Nixon and San Francisco Mayor George Christopher are shown in this film, with Nixon signing autographs.



Hope you enjoy the video ... and Go Giants! ... ditto A's!

NOTE: 
We donated the 8mm film to History San Jose, who had it converted to a digital video. The video and title card are from the Bob and Susan Bortfeld, Shirlie Montgomery Collection at History San Jose. Used with permission.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

NEW ... DIY Paints from Vintages and Tattered Angels



Introducing two new products at Vintages. These are paints from Tattered Angels … their newest paint is a chalk or milk paint that is truly special, while the other is a wonderful highlighting paint. Both are new to us … and both are in stock.

With the crafters’ love of refinishing, remodeling, repairing, reusing, repurposing and redesigning on the rise, we felt there was a need for professional quality paints that do what they say it will do.


The Decor & DIY Paint is just what the DIY doctor ordered when it comes to a great chalk paint option that can be applied to just about any surface. This paint is available in a cup container that covers about 25 square feet of space depending on the number of coats. This durable paint goes on with a smooth, strong finish. Unlike other brands on the market, DIY paint is there to stay and is not easily scratched or rubbed off.

We have the DIY Paint available in eight amazing colors. These do not require pre-mixing, additional water, refrigeration or special preparation to be used, and do not require sanding, priming or a basecoat. Simply open the cap, stir and begin painting.
 
Decor & DIY Paint Cups (8 ounces) $13.95 each

Tips for using the Decor & DIY Paint:
- No mixing required, just open and paint.
- One or two coats of paint are recommended depending on the surface, but additional coats can create an even stronger surface.
- We recommend cleaning the surface prior to painting, but no sanding, priming or base coat is necessary.
- You can blend DIY Paints to create new colors or darken/lighten the paint. Adding water creates a "wash" look.
- If painting raw or vintage wood, consider sanding to remove splinters and rough spots.

The other collection we now have is the High Impact Paint, the perfect mixed media and DIY paint for highlights and small surfaces. This opaque paint offers full coverage on textured surfaces including burlap and barn wood and is terrific on all other surfaces as well. This paint is available from us in five colors.


We love the charm of the new milk and chalk paints on the market and High Impact is the perfect companion for painting details on your furniture pieces, adding words on a burlap panel, or creating a sign on vintage wood perfect for a wedding or front porch holiday décor. This odorless paint can be applied to furniture, craft surfaces, fabric, home accessories and other flea market finds. It is also a great solution when spray paint just won’t work, it will adhere to just about anything that can be spray painted and more.
 
High Impact Paint (1.35 ounces) $6.95 each
Tips for using the High Impact Paint:
- Shake paint well before use.
- Cover work surface. Paint adheres to just about all surfaces, so working on a non-stick mat or layers of paper is recommended.
- Apply with the brush of choice … any good artist brush works fine. Wash brushes immediately after application as this paint dries quickly.
- This paint has a thick consistency, which makes it perfect for painting on textured surfaces such as burlap, distressed wood, barn wood, canvas, dimensional metals and other finishes.
- High Impact is designed to paint on just about any surface. Full coverage is achieved in one or two coats, additional coats can be applied if needed.
- Perfect for finished and non-finished wood.
- Metallic High Impact Paints will dry with a faux metal finish. Pure Pigment High Impact Paints are rich in color and will dry very similar to the color you see on the bottle.
- You can blend High Impact Paints to create new colors across both Metallic and Pure Pigment paints.
- Other notes: No sanding or priming is required before painting. Brush stokes will disappear if paint is evenly applied. Test a small area to determine how the paint will adhere to each surface. Fabric surfaces will become more sturdy or rigid when dry. Paint is permanent when dry.

These paints are great for stenciling and both work well on a wide range of textured surfaces. Perfect for writing or flourishing freehand, highlighting textures and surfaces or decorating with stencils. Try painting metal hinges, knobs, lamps and other home décor accessories. These two paints work well together in projects where broad coverage is needed and highlights or decorations are included.

We have all of these in-stock at our shop in Los Gatos. Hopefully we will have them available online soon ... in the meantime, just call or email us if you want any of these items.

Friday, March 27, 2015

New Orleans Cooking Recipes by Mary Moore Bremer



There are cookbooks for cooking ... and cookbooks for just looking ... and then there are cookbooks that beg to be read! This is one of them. Mary Moore Bremer wrote this long-lived and much-loved New Orleans Recipes collection in 1932. It is filled with recipes from old New Orleans ... done the way "the Negro woman" did it. She reigned in the kitchen and rightly so.

I love the dedication …


Sounds like a wonderful "recipe" to live by!

Here is one of the recipes from Mary Moore Bremer’s New Orleans Recipes cookbook. (You may want to “modernize” it if you see fit.)

Saucisses aux Haricots (Red Beans and Sausage)

Soak two cups of red beans for five or six hours. Start them in cold water and salt. Cook for two hours and throw away almost all of the water. Add butter and keep beans going over a slow fire.

Now grill about ten little pork sausages till pretty and brown, and then put them into the saucepan on top of the beans.

Stir till the fat evaporates and the beans are crisp. Season well. A little mustard is good for them. Bon appetit!

Bremer adds colorful commentary to many of the recipes: When you eat them be sure to appreciate the one behind the scenes, who prepared them, and say, with the colored folk, “Ain’t dat sumpin’.” Bonne chance, mes amis!
  
Of course, New Orleans cuisine is famous for its sauces, so here is one of the pages of sauces from the book.

Mary Moore Bremer died in 1943 ... a decade before the copy of this book that we have was published (1952). She was just 68 years young.

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