Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Villa Parker Wedding Inspiration

My stamps have just been featured in Style Me Pretty's Little Back Book Villa Parker Wedding Inspiration photo shoot.  Unfortunately, you can't really see the stamps in any of the stills featured on the site but you can catch a closer glimpse of them in this video.  The theme of the shoot was Tuscan, slightly rustic with some painted props.  The main color themes were gold and royal blue.  Another inspiration for the shoot was the movie "A Good Year", starring Russell Crowe.  At the request of the event planner, I provided them with a collection of vintage Italian postage stamps to match the wedding theme.  They made a collage of the stamps and framed them (look for a white frame with 3 openings in the video).  The framed collage was then nestled amongst the other rustic props in the reception area.  While normally my wedding customers use vintage stamps as decorations on their invitations and place settings, the idea of framing and displaying stamps that represent a place and/or time that is very special to them is a great idea!  This adds a great personal touch to any occasion and doubles as a fantastic gift!

Here's an example of some beautiful vintage Italian stamps I just added to my shop today.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Treasured Past

Yet another one of my delightful etsy customers has been hard at work creating some beautiful stamp pendants.  Tamara lives in a 1920s bungalow in a small country town in NSW, Australia.  Similar to me, she is collector and coveter of antique and vintage treasures.  She loves thrifting and crafting with her unique finds.  You can read more about her lovely adventures on her blog .  Here are some large round pendant rings that Tamara designed:

And here are some gorgeous "Scrabble tile"-sized square pendants created with Japanese stamps (& 1 set of Australian stamps).  The Japanese stamps are from the 1940s - 1960s and they are some of my favorite philatelic specimens.  I recently purchased a large Japanese stamp collection from a local collector who was stationed on "Slave Island" in Japan during WW2.  Since I acquired this collection, Japan has been my main philatelic focus.
Tamara hasn't started selling on etsy yet so if you're interested in her pendants, I suggest contacting her directly.  If you're down in Oz, it looks like she's an active vendor around the local craft show circuit.