Thursday, December 30, 2010


This 1950's vintage paper Christmas card holder sits on our diningroom table. My partner Eric's mother Polly would have loved seeing it there.

Monday, December 13, 2010


Christmas Tree #3 is up and decorated in the livingroom with vintage beaded/sequined fruit adorning the mantel. I love Christmas!

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Here's nice addition to my collection - a vintage (1940-50) Fenton peach crest hand vase! Unlike the reproduction crest vases Fenton is now making, the exterior white glass is not iridescent.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tree #2

   Here's Christmas tree #2 - the small one in the library. It features Old World Christmas ornaments (yes another one of my collections), many which I purchased from Putti on Yonge Street north of Roxborough Street - one of my favourite decorating shops in Toronto.

Even in the Bathroom!

Yes, I even have hand vases in the bathroom! These fine Victorian hand vases are hand painted circa 1885 and were acquired several years ago from Cynthia Findlay Antiques here in Toronto. If you are familiar with Cynthia's shop, you know these did not come at a bargain price. But then, neither did this elegant bathroom - one of my favourite rooms in our home.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


           Yellow is not a common colour of hand vases. I sure wouldn't mind more to add to these eight!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

More Than Just Vases...

The hand motif is not just limited to vases. Here's an unusual Victorian oil lamp (circa 1885) that we bought at an Antique Show quite a few years ago. The hand holding a pinecone (very Canadian) appears to be made from metal and was hand painted. It is still in terrific condition considering its age and fragility.