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.

August 04, 2009

Trunk Show and Open House!

We finally made it to Friday night, just barely getting the last of everything in place before people were coming in the door. Here are some of my favorite things in the show, these old hand cut crystal drops, and antique tokens and key fobs...


The rosaries, of course, were a big part of the show, most of which came from France, and had the beautiful profiles of Mary on the connectors that are so distinctively French. Here are some of the marvelous colored glass rosaries....


Another favorite, these little bundles of antique glass flowers and leaves, which were a big hit with everyone. The subtle colors were so beautiful...


These hand-stitched detentes dating from the 1800s forward were so beautiful, and we were lucky to have such a large collection of them available for the show. The one on the left, inscribed, "Mi Dios, Mi Todo" (My Lord, my all) was one of my personal favorites, and it went home with someone who delighted in it as much as I did...


Among the other religious treasures were tiny shrines, reliquaries and rosary boxes from Czechslovakia, as well as tiny brooches with doves dangling little medals from their beaks...

We all succumbed to the magic of the mother of pearl, which included this lovely perfume pendant from Boulogne, carved religious medallions, old brooches, prayer beads, and of course, many rosaries....


A portrait painted on celluloid rests on a tiny bag composed entirely of prong-set rhinestones...


The huge rosary with the secret knife went home with someone, but for a time it rested on this wonderful gated album covered on old red velvet, which appropriately, went home with Judy Wilkenfeld, an homage to Red Velvet Creations...


The lovely Holly Stinnett graced us with her presence, and some of you will meet her soon in her class at Gilding....


Here is the sweetest girl, Ruth, with the wonderful and talented Judy Wilkenfeld, who joined us that evening after arriving from Australia to teach In the Artists Studio...


It was a mite bit crowded, but all faces were were wreathed in smiles...


My friend Mary and her best friend Barbara...


I love the twilight time when the lights are just coming on outside...


The store, starting to fill up rapidly, and ladies entering into the fray....

We hope you will be able to join us for our next party...stay tuned for another date coming up later this year!

10 comments:

Kelly Snelling_Soulhumming.typepad.com said...

i was so sorry not to be able to come down! you know pip got sick and i was already backing out on my family (we had a previous engagement that i wiggled out of to come). so when she couldn't make it i took it as a sign to be with my people. but i surely did miss you and seeing all all the beautiful things and folks.

Judy said...

Hi Nancy
You have an amazing shop and wonderful taste - I love everything I bought from you. Thanks for hosting such a wonderful evening.
xo

FrenchGardenHouse said...

ack...make me jealous, why don't you? Any event at Lily is special, this one looks just as fun as the rest of them.
xoxo Lidy
ps. I'm having a give away, please stop in and join the fun.

Maija said...

I heard the event was wonderful- some of my favorite peeps were there!

dogfaeriex5 said...

why arent these goodies in your store for those who dont live near???
~kim

Kelli said...

I love your blog! Do you happen to have any online classes? BTW-- Do you mind if I add your blog to my list of favorites on my blog?

kecia said...

nancy, what a fun event! so many familar faces and treasures galore! can't wait til i get to walk into the store again next feb. looking forward to it!
kecia

Pamela Holderman said...

I wish I could have been there too...I wanted you to know that I used one of your crosses in a painting -on my August 13 blog. I even got the link to work to go to your site. yay! I may need more crosses..
thanks,
Pam

Tami Hichman: said...

What a beautiful event! You are amazing Nancy.
xo
Tami Hichman

Leslie said...

Oh, what a night! Thank you for hosting this wonderful trunk show. It was a great way to begin the workshop!