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17 June 2010

Treasure Hunting


One of my favorite things to do on the planet - coming across that certain something - you know the things I mean - those treasures whose value is intrinsic and for some reason make your heart pound - the "I have to have that!" sort of treasure.... They come in all shapes and sizes from houses to furniture, to those little"something-somethings". I found quite a few fun little something-somethings recently that all possess a common theme - small - old, fabulously textured and have a story... a history.

Like this wonderful embossed Victorian collar box of navy leather with two of the original collars inside -- I love this box - I have no idea what I'm going to do with it yet, but I just had to have it.




...and this dreamy blue mason jars from the middle of last century with the most amazing wavy glass - a perfect holder for my hydrangea blooms from last summer. I have plans for some of them at Greyfreth, too!




I found a stack of tiny green leather books - Dante's Inferno, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - timeworn and faded...




An art deco brass finial caught my eye in the antique shop in the village - it now lives on my desk. For now.




And then there are those buried at sea sorts of treasures - so full of mystery and intrigue to me! This Newel post was part of sunken ship interior - now any and all of its secrets are buried beneath a thick layer of sea salt and barnacles - I think it's gorgeous as it is now. ... I also snatched up a door, 2 windows and 4 huge corbels all hundreds of years old - one of the corbels is keeping the Newel post company in this photo and another has befriended the man in the moon finial above - everyone needs friends.




Speaking of friends... I may not have any around Museville if I start playing this little brass baby I found... The neighbors love hearing music of the cello, the violin or even the guitar wafting on the sea breeze from our courtyard - but I'm not so sure what they will think of brass...




Sure is pretty, though. Still a little shiny under its patina of age.
Yes, indeed.
It's been a good hunt for the little treasures.

xo Isa
photo credit: 1. Elizabeth of Two Art Directors, photos 2 - 6 are by me.

13 comments:

Deborah said...

All of it is Beeeeeeeutiful! I especially LoVe the collar box. How amazing is that!!! You are a fantastic set designer. Gorgeous photos, Isa. **kisses** Deb

donna baker said...

Isn't it funny what we love and/or why we love it?

sharon said...

These small and highly individual treasures are really something special. Especially love the collars.
Thank you for visiting my blog, pleased to have rediscovered yours.
Sharon

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Oh Isa
I just love your finds.. the collar box and the books!!! and Dante's Inferno.. what a find.. and the little brass thingymagig... fabulous!!!

Thanks for your kind thoughtful words.. you know I am one lucky girl and have found something already!!! woo hoo... Have a great weekend.. xxx Julie

The Antiques Diva™ said...

I have complete envy over the collar box!!! And adore all the other treasures... it's true that my most memorable treasures are the ones collected on walks on the beach, or on travels in faraway places and I stumble upon something so tiny - a rock that catches my eye, or I pick a flower and dry it in a book. These are the treasures that have me returning with a smile to a certain time and place!

Yours, Toma

Trouvais said...

I have the very same collar box! I was lucky that it was still quite full. Stephen Shubel found a framed set of collars at a Paris flea which he's moved about from home to home. Love black, white, gold script combination. Classic. Merry weekend! Trish

Emom said...

I agree!~love those treasures....smiles

Vicki Archer said...

I adore treasure too Isa and in particular the hunt...Hope you are enjoying a treasure filled weekend, xv.

Chrissy said...

So lovely...like stepping back in time,the second photo is my favorite!! Hope you are well,Chrissy

Velvet and Linen said...

The collar box is such a unique find. I can't wait to see what you do with it!
We definitely share the same loves. The hydrangeas look wonderful in the blue bottle!
Happy Sunday, Isa!

xo
Brooke

La Petite Gallery said...

Very interesting items and treasures. Neet Collar box. Please let me know if you recieve this comment. I am wondering if my computer is broken. No one seems to answer. Thanks Yvonne

Helen said...

Dear, Dear Isa ...
Hope you see my comment ... I had no idea you were sick .. glad to know you are feeling better.

Greyfreth is calling ...........

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"Enchanting"... I LOVE your world and have signed on to follow.
Donna