Bookcase Blues: Part I

My grandpa built me a couple bookcases this past summer, one of which I've place in my office, and the other sits in the living room - bare.

I'm not a huge fan of trinkets (clutter) which has kept me from stylizing the shelf. Finally a trip home over the holidays pushed me to start the foreign endeavor with a stop at Hog Creek Antiques. One side of the large building consists of antiques galore, while the other side houses hand-crafted home goods. Days upon days could be had in this building, but I'll show you a few of the pieces I managed to escape with:

Tiki Vase - Tiki symbolizes protection, so I found it only fitting my mamma pointed this little fella out. There are no legible markings to decipher who may have been the artist or manufacture and I'm ok with that because he looks awfully happy on my shelf.

Lantern - Not just any lantern but a Dietz Lantern originally made in the USA before closing its doors the year I was born and moving the company across seas. The lantern is part of their Little Wizard series with a blue frame and red glass, used on street barricades and railroads. A lantern is often used as a vehicle for intelligence, truth and illumination - also bringing clarity. It sits as a reminder that high or low, I'll make it through with a little precaution.

Tea Pot -  I don't drink hot tea but if I did it would be from this pot. The pot is made from real pewter by C Kurz and CO an art-medal manufacturer based in Tiel, Holland. It's shape seems so "proper" and I love the wrapped handle with a little studded accent. It's not a lamp but I feel like if I rub it a genie might appear and I'm all for well wishes.

Glass Dish - Small in size and eye-catching with its iridescent gleam I knew I had to have it. The dish has no markings on it so after some serious digging I found it to be a vintage Indiana Pressed Glass with a ruffled diamond pattern. The dish is considered carnival glass - a inexpensively made glassware treated to have an iridescent sheen. It was known to be considered the "Poor Man's Tiffany", as average housewives could decorate their home with "fancy" looking glassware. So as a budding entrepreneur it fit's perfect, and ties together the pieces collected thus far!

Spittoon - This particular spittoon was not pulled from any antique store, but from my grandmother's shelf.  She's a collector of what once was pretty disgusting in nature. Considered an advancement in public manners they were made available to those who used chewing tobacco in public places such as hotels, brothels, stores, railways, etc. Brass is most popular but they also are made of other materials and vary in shapes and size. This one has no markings on it as I'd like to treasure it coming directly from her shelf in remembrance of her and our adventures finding them to add to her collection (not the floor of some saloon).

I think that's what started me on this venture. I didn't want random trinkets, but I wanted a collection that represents me, my style and pays homage to some pretty meaningful people in my life. A range of items passed down to me as well as some treasures I find along the way. This is just the beginning of some serious hand-picking and if you've been following along you know I'm quite infamous for drawing my projects out, so be sure to check back to see what pieces have found me along the way. (: