Sunday, December 2, 2018

Fine Jewelry Iconic DuetsFineJewelry Vintage Wedding Checklist Part Three

Jackie Kennedy Emerald Ring
Icons of the past:  Jackie Onassis Kennedy Loved Emeralds. 

Today we look at the iconic styles of vintage celebrities and their love for all things bling , aka, their jewelry choices.  Part of a three part wedding checklist series, we have to refocus on the jewelry. It's not only important for engagement, but for bridesmaids, the bride to be, and even after the wedding as a way to show how much you care.  Women and jewelry, well, they go together like peanut butter and jelly.  Not to mention, Fine Gold Jewelry was worn by the most famous celebrities, so if you could pick, which celebrity are you?  

The Emerald Queen : Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Emeralds, stand for the birthstone of the month of May, (sign of Taurus) as worn by Jackie Kennedy Onassis, above, her famous Diamond and Emerald engagement ring made heads turn. It was hard to catch a glimpse of the ring, as this former first lady always wore dainty gloves!   Funny fact is, Jackie O was a Leo, not a Taurus and born in July. Perhaps she (or John) just loved the pairing of diamonds and emeralds.....  Sadly, she passed in May, the birthstone month of the iconic ring. 

Emeralds are a wonderful way to continue to say "I love you" to your bride.  In lore, this stone opens the heart chakra and the ancients believed it opened and nurtured the heart. 

Emerald Diamond Ring at Duets Etsy Shop
Emerald Diamond Ring at Duets Fine Jewelry Etsy Shop, $850

Princess Diana Sapphire Ring
Iconic: Princess Diana and her Sapphire Ring.  Raw Sapphire by PNG Arts.

The Sapphire Princess Duo  : Diana / Kate 

This ring was made iconic by Princess Diana, then again in history when Kate Middleton wore it (and wears it to this day.)  Sapphires are usually thought of as blue, and have been made fashionable over time; but they can appear in most every color gray, black, colorless or even an orangey-pink (or pinkish orange, depending on your opinion.) It's the birthstone of September, and the sign of Virgo. Ironically Diana was born in July and Kate in January.  

Get the Look!

Sapphire Statement Earrings DuetsFineJewelry
Duets Fine Jewelry Etsy Sapphire Ring is Stunning
Sapphire and Diamond Ring by DuetsFineJewelry, on sale currently $891

Paired with or without the earrings, the ring is astonishing! I have always been a huge fan of sapphire, perhaps it's just so classy. When paired with diamonds there's nothing better! The earrings are also good for Bridesmaids or weddings, and are set in white gold.  In lore, the sapphire is highly prized, to bring good fortune and serves as a mental stabilizer. Nothing like that to keep a wife harmoniously happy.

Marilyn Monroe and Diamonds
Who doesn't love Diamonds?  They ARE a girls best friend...

After All, Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend: Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe, iconic legendary sultry sweetheart is still alive in our hearts when we think of diamonds. Gwen Stefani recently did a great Marilyn Monroe impression; but she's been impersonated by the best of them over the years by Madonna and some of the best icons along the way. 

Diamonds, are also the birthstone for April, (ironically Marilyn was born in June) and in lore known for balance, abundance and brings clarity to the wearer.  Diamond deposits were formed over 900 million years ago but weren't mined (found) until 4th century BC, where they were used as a form to "repel evil." Diamonds also come in other colors, such as black.  Vintage estate rings contain diamonds sometimes called "mining diamonds" which contain diamonds that are imperfectly cut, not as clear and not as brilliant due to the ways of cutting back in the late 1800's early 1900's but can be prizable possessions among antique jewelry collectors.  Once unheard of, today diamonds are fashionable in many other colors, browns, yellows, and even black!

Get the Look!

Gorgeous Monogram Bracelet Diamonds Duets Fine Jewelry on Ets
What a gorgeous idea! Above:  Monogrammed Diamond Bracelet on Etsy and below, a stunning ring at Duets Fine Jewelry

Half Eternity Band at Duets Fine Jewelry on Etsy
Duets Fine Jewelry on Etsy : Half Eternity Band. Stunning.

Buy Loose Diamonds!

Buying Loose Diamonds Cheap
You can buy your own diamond and have it set in a ring! Many colors at Duets Fine Jewelry on Etsy

It's now a fad to buy your own loose diamond, and have a local artisan set it in a ring for you. This way you can create your own setting and draw your own ring based on a pattern. If this is the case, Duets Fine Jewelry on Etsy above, has loose diamonds in many shapes and sizes.  If you don't see something , just ask!  Thanks to them for working with me for this article!

In Summary: 

So if this article has told you anything, it should be that you don't have to be born in the birth month of your favorite stone. Perhaps something draws a wearer to the particular ring, rock, or gemstone.  The Wedding Checklist is not complete without follow up after the wedding, continue to dress like a diva to make your husband happy, and husbands must continue to treat the wife like a cherished object!

Thanks for reading.

Links you May Enjoy / Sources: 

Duets Fine Jewelry on Etsy  (Links Above in Article)

Vintage Wedding Checklist Series

Wedding Checklist Part One
Wedding Checklist Part Two
Wedding Checklist Part Three 
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Witcher 3 Decorating Ideas Wine Carafe Part One

Loot This Witcher 3 Style Look
Decorate Witcher Style!  How to Get a Wine Carafe Like this!

 One of my favorite items is this blue ceramic wine Carafe, Decanter/ Jug.

How to Get the Vintage Look You See in Witcher 3 Wild Hunt 

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt game by CD Projekt Red, is set in a time of long ago.  Many who play (including myself) often long to get the minimalist look of primitive days gone by.  The game series concept was originally taken from a first miniseries) turned book character, Geralt of Rivia, from Polish book author (Andrzej Sapkowski.)

how to decorate witcher 3 style
Poslish Syle Home, reminiscent of real village of Zalipie . Screenshot where I'm currently at as Geralt of Rivia in Witcher 3 Location: Arette, Novigrad.

Primitive Culture Comes Alive

It's not hard to recognize is the overtones in this particular Wild Hunt game - players who aren't familiar with it's Polish roots may consider this world to be that of styles of Slavic - Russian (signs, scenery) - Norse (homes, shields) -  Scandinavian - Scottish  (pottery, furniture) culture. However, it is based on Poland and it's culture.

I suffice to say the Blood and Wine Expansion highlighting primitive France no doubt. I thought it would be nice to explore how to get a look like you see in these houses in Arette , Novigrad, and Oxenfurt.   Thatched roofs and old wooden homes, crates, barrels, and wooden furniture make for easy decorating.  Today I wanted to explore the shelves, in particular, the pottery.

Wine Carafe Witcher 3

The Search for the Same Carafe as in Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

I searched high and low to get the same look as in the photo.  I came up with 20 ideas that would suffice to make your home look " more Witchery. " These are of course, just my own opinions and you will need to see the Disclaimer at the bottom of the page as I encourage everyone to visit CD Projekt Red and get this game (with expansion packs of course).   Note:  I am calling this a wine carafe. Who knows, could have been a milk jug!   So without further adieu,  I bring you in no particular order my top 20.  Of course none look exactly like the one in the game, but the pottery styles will turn your home into something grand.

Swedish Jug Carafe on Etsy
Source:  Swedish Jug on Etsy  Shop NorthenDesignArt  $148.50

1. This stoneware jug / vase was made in a Swedish Porcelain Factory "Rörstrand" circa 30's-50's by Gunnar Nylund .  I like the overall shape of this item , it's sleek design and pale colors remind me of something right out of Novigrad!

witcher 3 style wine carafe
Source:  This wine vessel is natural hue and $11 here GallantTailor

2.  This wine jug is handmade in the Ukraine and will hold 2.5 Liters of wine, you can use it in your retro home and get the Witcher style by a quick paint of blue !             

wine decanter on Etsy CeramicsByPustovit

3.  Ceramics by Pustovit out of the Ukraine had a few decanters that really hit the nail on the head resembling the sleekness of old world shapes and styles. So Scandi!  Could pass for one of the ones on the shelves in Witcher Wild Hunt.  I wouldn't mind nabbing one of their many designs, they are all handmade.

vintage wine jug etsy shop Divio
Source:  Divio on Etsy features this ceramic jug for $53.97

4.  Divio has several handmade styles on Etsy of what they call "rustic" ceramic jugs and pitchers.  This would hold enough wine to make me happy.

Darshan Pottery Wine Pitcher
Source:  Darshan Pottery offers this pitcher , made in USA, $80.

5. Made in the USA, this Vermont artisan's shop is called Darshan Pottery.  This wine (or as they say, ice tea ) pitcher has a great feel of yesterday. I love the drip glaze!

ceramicsbypustovit, etsy

Source:  This Old world Pitcher is only $31.25 at CeramicsbyPustovit Etsy Shop.
6.   Ceramics by Pustovit again, in a different glaze, really has that old world style on Pitchers and Carafes. 

redstonegoods pottery pitcher
Source:  RedStoneGoods on Etsy pottery pitcher, $38

7. RedStoneGoods makes products from clay, in Belarus and many of their designs are sleek and remind me of the items on the shelves in Oxenfurt!
etsy wine decanter jackpot jen
 Source:  Wine Decanter , Fiesta, $32 Jackpot Jen

8.   Fiesta Decanters certainly have a bigger shape, but still reminiscent shape of the Witcher wine decanter, and these are more recently made.  Fiesta is manufactured by the Homer Laughlin China Company in Newell, West Virginia.

Source:  NoNameCatVintage  offers this Blue Mountain Pitcher for $62.33

9. Although not spouted per say the overall shape and feel reminds me of something you would see in an elf or halfling's home. This mid century modern vase is made by Blue Mountain Pottery and ships from Canada.

sleek blue ceramic vase eclecticdaffodil
Source:  Blue Ceramic Vase at eclecticdaffodil $16.00

10.   Although not a carafe, this blue ceramic vase would make a good staging prop, it's shape and design reminds of of Arette's shelves.  It ships from Eclectic Daffodil vintage shop on Etsy, in Indiana.

frankoma wine carafe
Source: Frankoma's stylistic lines carafe at  Beautalicious, $15

11.  Frankoma pottery is back!  The vintage factories closed after many years of production, is now back up and running. This however , is a true vintage style. Ships from USA from Etsy shop Beautalicious. 

van briggle ewer vase on etsy
Source:  Ewer Vase, Van Briggle, $98.50 WillowSophiaAntiques

12.  Van Briggle pottery has deliciously curvy lines, and a line of "Ewer" vases resembles that which is found on shelves of Novigrad.   This one, in blue fade, ships from USA. 

Carolina Crockery Hand Thrown Jug
Source: Carolina Crockery Hand-Thrown Ovoid Jug $85.00

13.  This Cider jug is hand thrown, and is simply lovely.  Made in the USA in North Carolina.  Bonus:  Many of the shop's oil and vinegar pottery cruets remind me of something you would see on the Wild Hunt's game shelves. What a way to modernize your home with the style of Witcher ! Make sure to check them out. 

LootByLouise pfaltzgraff pitcher
Source: LootByLouise Pfaltzgraff pitcher $24.95 

14.  From Iowa ships this great drippy glaze Pfaltzgraff pitcher, available at Etsy shop Loot By Louise. 
MCM Pottery Jug Monmouth Opportunity Store Etsy
Source: Monmouth Mid Century Modern $25 Opportunity Found

15.  This wonderful Mid Century Modern MCM vase made by Monmouth and still has the original lid.  It ships from the US and benefits the Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon - empowering people of Diverse Abilities.   

Royal Haegar vases
Source: Duo of Royal Haeger vases on Etsy, NeNeandSeSe visit for pricing.

16.  Although not the same overall form the style reminds me of the game style, simple, elegant. These are a duo by Royal Haeger, and offered as a set from California, on sale at the time of this post. 

bauer coffee carafe etsy
Source: Bauer Coffee Carafe $39.95 moniquevernon Etsy

17. The lines of this Bauer carafe would be spot on if it wasn't for the wooden handle.  I didn't even notice when I first saw the design, and maybe it would look great on the pottery shelves in Redania! 

Lilys Keepsakes Etsy Vintage Crockery Jug
Source: Only $10 , Whiskey Jug at Lilys Keepsakes on Etsy

18. Drink Up!  Believe it or not, this is a vintage whiskey jug, in crockery stoneware which makes it very reminiscent of the game. I really like this design. Make sure to visit the shop to see the really cool maker marking on the front side. 

stoneware jug at VintageByTiffinie
Source:  stoneware jug at VintageByTiffinie $12.99

19.  This little hand thrown pitcher would look cute on a shelf . I wonder if the artist knew way back when that this style would be so loved?  It ships from the USA from Texas!

Clay Water Jugs on Etsy
Source: Clay Water Jugs Etsy, $17.54 from Germany AmphoresCappadocia

20.  Here we have handmade German water jugs in clay. Oh so lovely!  They ship from Germany but a steal at this price.  Of course I like the spouted one best!


Some search terms I used to do my search were and that may help you find a similar item: 
Ceramic Wine Carafe
Pottery whiskey jugs
Stoneware Wine Jug
Clay Water Jug
Ewer Vase
Sleek Vase
Pottery Carafe
Wine Decanter
Ceramic Wine Decanter
Handmade Wine Decanter
Clay Wine Jug
Clay Wine Carafe
Clay Wine Pitcher
Ceramic Pitcher
Sleek Pitcher
Mid Century Modern Ceramic Pitcher

Decorate Like Witcher 3
Loot this Look!  Screenshot of Witcher 3, Wild Hunt by CD Projekt Red

Disclaimer:   This was an unpaid post, created due to the fact I love the Witcher 3 game and searched high and low to replicate the look, I'm a vintage seller on Etsy under the shop RetroChalet, but none of these items are my own! 

 The Witcher® is a trademark of CD PROJEKT S. A. The Witcher game © CD PROJEKT S. A. All rights reserved. The Witcher game is based on a novel by Andrzej Sapkowski. 

All users are Etsy shop owners and photos used with permission, their photo contains a link to their shop, unless their shop has closed which will then be removed. 

I hope to do more posts soon as I continue to strive to replicate this look for my home.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Romancing Vintage Books Soon to Be Extinct

Old Books: Why We Love Them Retro Chalet
Above:  Real Entries from a vintage diary.

The Glory of Vintage Books

Some of my favorite things when picking for antiques or decor treasures for my home, is carefully looking for forgotten paper items.  Even better, when this paper is in the form of an old book.  Some serious book collectors will examine the spines, the condition of the pages, and of course, if the book is a first print or not. They will also look at circulation. I'm about the romance of the item itself.

Vintage Diary RetroChalet
In My Collection:  Five Year Diary Circa 1930. They didn't leave much room to write!

Why We Love Them in Shabby Condition

The first reason is curiosity and love for a vintage item. The old diary above, has seen better days. With a spine missing and pages discolored, the previous owner wrote her one to three sentence updates in the 30's.  Maybe part of me feels a bit dramatic for saying the sheer curiosity of the item drew me to it. What was it like living in the 30's and what things did this person write about? Who was she? Is she now passed or still alive somewhere?  Suddenly I wanted to know.  I was stuck to the small diary much like someone stuck on a reality show.  The cover itself sucked me in with the adorable Victorian children and original shabby condition just makes it look more appropriate for my decor. A silk cord rope was put in the book by the previous owner to indicate just where she left off.   I fell right in love with the thing and it was under $10. I don't know what an item like this is worth, but perhaps to the right person it's worth whatever price they are willing to pay.  Note to self: shred my diary. 

Vintage Fairy Book
From my shelf:  This book just makes my heart skip a beat.

Ernest Endres wrote about many fairies and gnomes yet much is missing about the author. Could this be a pen name for the publisher Ernest Nister, a famous turn of the century book printer and book publisher?  The book above is a first print and falling apart, much love and stained, held together with masking tape. This I did spend about $50 for, only because I loved it so and it's rare and something that I won't part with.  For me this book is rare and adorable. Combine the two and it's love at first site.  But where do you find these in better shape? Only if they are digitized from a good version, but the fact of the matter is these prints show their stained and shabby age, and were lovingly created by the author. 

Vintage Gnomes Book Ernest Nister
Circa 1900 era the publisher may have been the author. I am not certain.

From decor and art standpoints, I like to display old books in my home. The ones on my fireplace mantle are for sale on Etsy.  I used the ones at the bottom of the page to create a free Etsy shop banner. I also use some of the old more common books that are falling apart, to decoupage old switch plate covers and in my collage art work.  I love old paper and old books.  Don't you?

Old Books For Purchase:

Vintage Blue Books Lot on Etsy
Vintage Blue Book Lot $18 in my Retro Chalet shop on Etsy here.

unbound books from A Literary Suprise etsy shop
ALiterarySurprise sells unbound books for interesting displays. Buy them here for $27.50 

from Etsy Green Attic Vintage lot of 3 1949 Books.
1949 Lot of three, only $20 from Green Attic Vintage on Etsy.

old books from Etsy from My Three Sons Vintage
Huge Lot of 1900s Old Books only $41 from MyThreeSonsVintage

vintage book lot from Etsy the painted trunk

The Painted Trunk offers a lot of 10 retro books, find them here.

Leave me a note and tell me what are your thoughts with old books.  Do you have a story of a book you loved so much?  My concerns are now, when we live in such a digital age, using cellphones for everything, I feel old books will old day be obselete.  Perhaps going green means using your iBooks and not your Library card......

Here's How to Get This Free Etsy Banner

Free Etsy Banner

I am putting this here just so you know it's my original work, from a stack of books in my home, edited with my photo editor program.  
©Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer



Now I'm giving YOU, the reader my permission to use it in your Etsy shop for the purpose of a shop banner or on your blog, etc.  This is free as long as you are not selling the banner (so technically for non commercial uses). I simply ask that you return the favor of kindness by sharing my blog on twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook, etc.  A simple share of this post would be great.  Thanks so much. 

How to use the Free Etsy Cover Photo Below: 

  1. Right Click Image
  2. Save to Your Computer and Name It
  3. Add Your Shop Name Overlay by Opening with any  Photo Editor (PicMonkey is free and I love them.)
  4. Save with Changes
  5. Upload to Etsy and your done!

Vintage Old Books

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Warren Lynn Art Vintage Apple IMac veridycus Office Art

Warren Lynn Barbecue Feast Digital Art
Barbecue Feast by Warren Lynn

Artist Warren Lynn creates digitally stunning works of art suitable for display in  malls, professional offices such as the doctor's or dentists's offices, and even for  home use.  He creates the artwork in high resolution for sizable wall art which, at 40" x 60" makes for interesting conversation pieces.  Today this brings me to writing a bit about vintage apple items mixed with modern day works of Warren's art. Above, gorgeous rainbow color combinations make for a deliciously vivid piece called "Barbecue Feast." Below, vintage apple products with the rainbow of colors in the apple commend high prices and are desired among collectors. It seems a whole new line of rainbow Apple products have appeared on the web, Etsy and Ebay. Beware that these are not "modern day remakes" when paying antique prices.

Vintage Apple Computer Coffee Mug
                       Vintage Apple Computer Mug @SunflowerGarlicFarm

When designing Apple computers, Steve Jobs was fond of not only functionality but superior design.  I would like to think that design and style was as important to him as being at the top of the innovation scale.  To this date Apple's design team thinks of everything from packaging to design.  When I look at Warren Lynn's work I see clear and distinct design lines that incorporate and beautify the streamlined ideas that flourish into his art.  
Warren Lynn IPhone Case Hancock Art  veridycus
Warren Lynn's gorgeous Hancock design  is also sold on tote bags, pillows, phone cases. Pictured here on an iPhone case, $25

Warren is a computer engineer from Los Angeles.  He creates from his Apple iMac computer and the items are available for purchase on online gallery veridycus .   Above, the Hancock design was inspired by a filming location in Los Angeles mixed with the views of the "Hollywood" sign. This is certainly one of my personal favorites, and the fact that any of his creations come on bags, pillows, tshirts or accessories on the website is even better.  Below, neutral colors were used by Apple in early computer production.  The greyish creamy neutral colors made the Apple I and II.

Vintage Apple Modulator
Vintage Apple Modulator - Way back when Apple II was connected to the TV!
found at :  StuffFromBackThen

Prehistoric Fish Warren Lynn
"Prehistoric Fish" is my favorite Warren Lynn work. It reminds me of Murano glass mixed with many colors. 

The Prehistoric Fish above shows how creative one can get on an iMac, mixing digital creativeness with stunning design.  Below, in 1983, you would have to read the Apple Works Tutorial book, which was included in the purchase of your Apple IIe or IIc Computer.  Today, ephemera and books like the one below are highly sought after among collectors.  Yet the market is slim for working Apple computers that are in use today. 

Vintage Apple Computer Book
Old Book, Apple Computer, 1983 Found at PengyPatterns

I myself have quite a collection of vintage Apple products, as now I look back to the past to the Apple Computer of the 80's and realize just how far we have come.  As for Warren Lynn, he's constantly creating and looking to the future with new designs.

If you know someone looking for great artwork, please share.  He even offers free monthly downloads (for non commercial use) on his website.

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