Since you asked:

"Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp, to guard a title that was rich before, to gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
to throw a perfume on the violet, to smooth the ice, or add another hue unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
to seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, is wasteful and ridiculous excess."

~William Shakespeare,
ca. 1595

Yup, that's us.

January 20, 2009

G is for Gilded...

I love this dress, and although you can only see a little bit of it, it is the most wonderful silk organza confection, trimmed in venise lace, and in a little bit of 'gilding the lily' trimmed with a vintage beaded letter in bronze...

The shop is brimming with antique Valentines...it is that time of year, when love is expressed with fans and folds of delicate tissue, antique paper lace, and amorati hovering in the air above the heads of lovers...

Also unleashed, are many of the flowers from the box I always say I'm never going to put out, but have finally steeled myself to start parting with some of them. Even if you only come to look and hold them for a moment, it's worth it to stop by and see some of these rare old beauties, including a bouquet of old Czechoslovkian hand-painted velvet pansies the size of a dinner plate. Many are displayed in vintage style corsage boxes...it quite makes one pine for a prom to attend...

I do love doing up a little vignette on the desk, since I sit there quite often and can spy it out of the corner of my eye. This is the latest bit of loveliness under the lamp light there on the corner: Antique bolts of ribbon in peach and pale rust, French jacquards and lustrous satins; a bolt of incredible old peach silk chenille trim, a Fournier demi-tasse, and a beautiful deep peach silk rose surrounded by white linen blossoms...

All right, there's your 'truth and beauty' for the week...

4 comments:

Kathy2eggs said...

such Gorgeous flowers.....I just love them, and that dress....
sigh....love your "truth and Beauty"...xoxoxo

The Pink Bird House said...

Oh, it breaks my heart to think of you parting with these gorgous lovelies of yours! I know how much you love them so. But what little delights out for display, and lucky is the one that will take them home with her! And those Valentine's, I wish my Gerhard would send me one of them on Feb.14! What a great post, as always.

Sherry Goodloe said...

Truth and Beauty . . . awwww, I always love reading your posts Nancy! Lovely eye candy this morning :)

a-bohemian-market said...

Hi Keeper of the Gilded Lily : )
I hope to get by this afternoon to inhale the vintage loveliness you allow us to see and buy!!!
Peace
carole