Thursday, February 24, 2011

Decoupage At The Pink Pig

I must say i do have a case of cabin fever here in the Adirondack's as we are expecting another major snowstorm this Friday.  To keep things moving along here at the shops we have been busy working on a few pieces of cottage furniture for Spring.  I thought i would share with you a few clever ways we gave our antique furniture a new look with our new Decoupage Design.

Decoupage became popular in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries.  Many were found on small decorative boxes, trays and tables cleverly pasted by a skilled artist.

Cottage Table
Here at the Pink Pig we have given a selection of antique furniture a new look with our Decoupage finish using vintage music sheets.
Antique Serpentine Dresser

Painted Accent Table

These decoupage projects have been fun and challenging for sure but produces delightful results that i am now searching for more interesting ways to use decoupage.

Let me know what you think and please share your ideas with me!

Thanks so much for stopping by

Debbie - Pink Pig

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Penny For Your Thoughts

I recently had the pleasure of meeting the creator of this fabulous jewelry line Studio Pennylane while at the NY Gift Show in January.

Founder Laurie Libman-Wilson developed Project Pennylane to promote a global educational movement fostering Mindful Awareness for children.  Her passion is to educate youth by supporting Mindful Awareness Education Programs.  Her goal is to empower sides by thinking positively and creating a change within themselves that can impact their environment, the world, and our future.

Studio Pennylane is a jewelry line that is focused around the simplicity of the penny and offers fashionable pieces of wearable art and specialty items. The symbolism of a penny is a reminder that life is full of surprises and good things happen all the time.  Giving a penny to someone you know carries hopes for a new life of endless possibilities and a brighter tomorrow.

We are thrilled at the Pink Pig to have this collection in our shops.  Good things do come in small packages as this jewelry collection offers budget friendly, chic gift ideas that are perfect for anybody on your gift-list.

Penny From My Heart

Penny From Heaven

Penny Necklace

Penny Wrap Bracelet

Penny Journal

A penny for your thoughts on this fabulous collection cultivating Mindful Change one penny, one thought, one child at a time!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hi-Tech Gadgets by Native Union

We fell in love with these sleek new phone handsets from Native Union which have just arrived at the shop.  The retro-design Pop Phone handsets, designed by French designer David Turpin, bring back memories of those black handsets from the 1950's.  If your old enough to remember rotary-dial phones with those metal bells, you will feel right at home.

These Moshi Moshi Pop Phones can be used with iPods, iPhones or any cell phone with a 3.5mm headset socket.  When plugged into an Apple iPad  or computer with Skype, the handset turns the iPad into a desk phone.  The handset includes noise reduction technology, and as an answer/hang up button in the middle.  Great gifts for anyone on your list.

Check out these great colors this new chic phone handset is available in......

Check out this stylish contemporary handset -  MM03i is a contemporary styled Bluetooth handset, finished in a luxurious black gloss texture, it has an integrated iPhone charging dock. Manufactured with a high quality speaker and microphone, it supports Bluetooth 2.1 multipoint technology, which lets you pair and answer calls on two different Bluetooth devices. This means that you can quickly and easily connect the Moshi Moshi 03i to charge and synch your iPhone and a Smartphone or any other Bluetooth-enabled device, such as a laptop for use with VOIP Internet calls such as Skype. The iPhone charger built into the base will allow you to enjoy the privilege of having your iPhone constantly in charge and the design of the handset itself will help you to enjoy the easeof use of your iPhone during communication calls.  

Sleek new ways to add some High-Tech style to your office or workspace... Now We Are Talking!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Favorite Finds for the Dog Lover!

Hello all you dog lovers out there..... I thought in honor of the Westminster Dog Show in Manhattan, I would share a few of my favorite dog themed items in the shop.  Some old and some new but all guaranteed to inspire the love for your favorite canine.

Collage Art by Denise Fiedler                               

I'm a big fan of any vintage dog collectibles and here are a few of my favorites...

Alabaster Terrier Ashtray

Vintage Fabric Pillow
Scottie Waste Basket


Barkology's goods are handsome, yet a bit quirky. With a dash of wit. And, they never stray from our beloved muse: the dog. Whether you're an impassioned dog lover or just fancy our aesthetic, we invite you to browse our collection now available at the Pink Pig!

Can you tell we are dog lovers here at the shop?  I hope you enjoyed viewing our special collection and you will leave us a comment about your favorite find.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Farmhouse Furniture - What's Your Country Style

Just back from a shopping trip with some new Farmhouse furniture for your country home.  What's Country now you asked... Here are a few fresh picks straight from the farmhouse.

A farmhouse kitchen cupboard with plenty of worn patina from the 1800's.

An early primitive drop leaf pine table in a fabulous shade of gray...

A French Louis XVI settee finished with a pretty gray linen fabric... yes I'm the real deal!

A tall vintage wire basket with a hint of blue perfect for all your storage needs

A antique wicker chair by Heywood Bros. in a natural finish

We are all about Country Style here at the Pink Pig and i hope you enjoy this fresh new collection now available at our shops.  Our decorating approach is mixing old with new and this collection would be a great way to incorporate some country style into your home decorating theme.  All these pieces were found here in the Adirondack's - all original antique pieces with a story to tell.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Winter Carnival In The Adirondack's

It's carnival time here in the Adirondack's.  I saw this photo today taken by Mark Kurtz who is a free lance photographer here in the North Country and thought i would share with you.

Saranac Lake is a historial, cultural and artistic hub of the Adirondack's nestled between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid.  A host to a variety of fantastic events, the week-long Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the oldest winter carnival in the United States.  Now celebrating its 114th anniversary, the Carnival began as a one-day event to break the monotony of the long Adirondack winter and has now grown into a 10-day festival.

Winter Carnival - photo credit Mark Kurtz

In 1898, members of the Pontiac Club, a winter sports club founded by several men (one of whom was Dr. Edward L. Trudeau) supported the idea of building an ice palace.  As the goal of this club was to encourage good health practices and take advantage of the rugged climate, a winter carnival and the building of an ice palace clearly helped meet these objectives. 

Each year, the Palace rises proudly by the shore of Lake Flower.  End of Carnival is marked by a slide show of the many events which take place during this great winter celebration. 

If you would like to see more of this fantastic event - please visit Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

Who says snow has to be boring?  Come visit us in the Adirondack's and see this amazing little piece of what i call heaven that i am proud to be a part of!

(Article abstracted from Adirondack Ice, a Cultural and Natural History, by Caperton Tissot)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cherubs Anyone?

Chalkware Statue

I love cherubs... i really do. They make me smile, make me happy and i always have a hard time saying no when i am out searching for antique treasures for the shops.

With Valentine's Day approaching, I decided to pull out a few from my collection to admire - and thought i would share a few with you. So here it goes.... The Pink Pig's Collection of tiny darling cherubs..........

German Porcelain Clock

Chippy Candleholders
Cherub Shell Statue
Cherub Oil Painting
Metal Plaque
Cherub Lamp

Brass Towel Holder

Tea Towel

Oh my treasures go one and on and i hate to part with them... but these pretty cherubs are all for sale at my shops. So if you are looking to add one to your collection then visit the Pink Pig and my Etsy and have a look as they are a perfect way to add some Old Word charm to your home decor.

Oh and if you would love to share your collection with me.... then please do as I love collecting Cherubs!