Friday, February 26, 2010

Paper Wings Jewelry

Paper Wings jewelry is the creation of Portland artist Jen Goff. Each piece is hand-hammered and hand-made, reflecting the never ending variety found in nature, the inspiration for Jen's work.

We were introduced to her work last year and instantly knew we had to have it here.

Her unique style is lacy and delicate yet substantial and a little edgy all at once.
Available in sterling silver and gold-filled.

Swing by to have a look, or write to us here and we can send you more pictures of what's available. Thanks again for supporting local business!

Monday, February 22, 2010

An Exercise in Subjectivity and Perspective

Pierce Brosnan engaged in a little guerilla style photoshoot in front of our store last December.

The picture I took on my phone through our shop window: (Really, it's him.)

And the image published in March issue of GQ:

See him running all over Silverlake here.

And the next time someone yells, "HEY - THAT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENED!", you'll know better.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Would You Like that Gift Wrapped?

So I noticed this Wolfman doing a little window shopping out front the day before Valentine's Day. He was accompanied by a human, and he was pointing at something in our window display. They nodded at each other and turned toward the front door. I repeated to myself, "Please don't come in. Please don't come in." over and over because I was sure the only reason a wolfman would have to come in was to feast on my heart and make a new pair of shoes out of my kidneys. Alas, my mantra had no effect over this creature of the night and his hulking form soon darkened our doorway.

Wolfman wanted two porcelain rose tealight holders, just like the ones in the window. Yes, Wolfman would like those gift-wrapped. Separately. Wolfman had two birthday parties to attend that evening.

Wolfman left with a smile on his face. Which exposed the bloody flesh hanging from his razor sharp canines. But that's not the point.

The point is that Uncle Jer's customer service and free gift-wrapping are powerful forces, a weapon we wield to combat supernatural surliness and transform it into contentment.

Actually, our visitor was just Victor, the manager at the Vista movie theater across the street. The Vista's one of the best theaters in the city, an Egyptian-themed temple to filmgoing. They removed every other row of seats during a major renovation so that you don't get fanny-raged every time someone gets up for more Twizzlers. And whenever Victor has the chance, he dresses up as a character from the film they're showing. Be sure to see your next movie at the Vista and pay us a visit while you're in the neighborhood!

Wolfman came back today for two more candle holders because the first two were such big hits!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Novelas de Amor

I've been meaning to get these vintage Mexican novela covers up on our blog for a while now and since there's no time like the present, here we have it. These are the original, handmade and mostly anonymous collages using ads and other printed materials of the time (50's and 60's) highlighted and transformed by the artists painting. One of them even blatantly uses an old movie poster featuring Gina Lollobrigida in Solomon and Sheba. On the back of many of them is the information that would be printed on the cover of the small format books, such as the title, series number, and price.

We think they make great Valentine's Day presents - they're one of a kind and all seem to capture a moment right before someone's life changes forever: sideways glances, a confession wrapped up in a joke, one hand gently landing on another all delivered in the unintentionally hilarious language of mid-century advertisements.

These are just a few samples, it was hard to choose which ones to feature here and everyone finds a different favorite. And I realize now I didn't even scan Gina, guess you'll have to come in and see for yourself. Or email us if you can't make it here and we'll be glad to provide more images for you.

What does that cat know?

Girl has Valentine's Day locked down...

Girl with anime eyes...

A toast to us...

Monday, February 1, 2010

Wool Socks

Here's a great photo of Cassandra looking luminous and radiant as she sits on a bus in New York City on her way to the Javits Center for the New York Gift Show.

She tells us in New York there is a phenomenon known as "cold weather" and it is not possible to wear open toe shoes when this occurs. She has purchased wool socks (wool! socks!) as a means of coping and loves them, though wishes they were a little longer so she could pull them up to her chin.

Back to business. Cassandra is a Libra, and thus her taste is impeccable (as the man she chose to marry, I love to point this out) so we're in good hands as she wades her way through the endless miles of offerings.

The range of products on display truly runs the gamut. Think of the last yard sale you stopped at - the dolphin sculptures, the blacklight accoutrements, the unidentifiable mound of itchy looking fake fur with blinking lights attached. All that stuff probably started out at the NY gift show where it was purchased in earnest.

BUT. There is also true beauty and craftsmanship to be discovered and Cassandra is excited about many of the new things she's seen - especially some new jewelry lines she's picked up. Check back here soon where we'll be revealing these treasures.