7 + 1 Ways to Use Paperweights

Did you know that the history of the paperweight dates back to an interest in writing letters during the Victorian period? Paperweights were as decorative back then as they are now. Using such techniques as lampwork, “cameo incrustation” and millefiori, glass makers created the paperweights in beautiful patterns.

In 1845, visitors to the “Exhibition of Austrian Industry,” which was held in Vienna, feasted their eyes upon breathtaking beauty and the popularity of the paperweight surged until it reached the American consumer in 1852. If you would like to read more about the history of the paperweight, read The History of Paperweights by the Illinois State Museum.

Paperweights not only hold down paper but they can also be used as:

  1. Garden Globes
  2. Centerpieces
  3. Doorstops
  4. Bookends
  5. A collective grouping
  6. A collection in a clear vase
  7. Art decoration on a shelf or bookcase

 

Shop: CyneburgsField

Mazurka No. Tree - Art Paperweight

Mazurka No. Tree - Art Paperweight...N/A

Listen closely or you might miss the songs flowing from the song tree to the Baby Grand Piano. Look closely you can see the notes on the tree. CyneburgFields of California created this beautiful glass paperweight with a cork bottom.

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Shop: Marbleheadglass

Handblown Cosmic swirl paperweight Retro modern hipness marblehead glassworks

Cosmic Swirl Paperweight...N/A

Ever imagine what the cosmic swirl might look like the closer you floated to the sun in your spaceship?  A beautiful hue of hot reds, oranges, and galaxy stars swirling together, just like this fiery paperweight. Handformed by Jeff Mentuck of Marbleheadglass, from Salem, this gorgeous paperweight is two-inches in diameter and signed and dated on the bottom.

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Shop: DomusModern also featured in Purple.

Vintage Dynasty Gallery Purple Paper Weight Art Glass  Domus Modern on Etsy

Vintage Dynasty Purple Paperweight...N/A

Domus Modern out of the midwestern part of the US presents a pretty deep purple paperweight from the Dynasty Gallery Heirloom Collection. Artistic glass bubbles formed within the paperweight will create a conversation about the universe. Set it upon a white shelf or bookcase to create a striking contrast.

Shop: Rwalsh111

Murano Flower Paperweight

Murano Flower Paperweight...$18.00

The Italian term for “thousands of flowers” is millefiori which is also a technique created by art glass makers in Murano, Italy in 1845. The glass makers twisted tubes of colorful glass into floral designs like the amazing and detailed pink flower in the paperweight presented above by Rwalsh111 out of Clearwater. If you look closely, you can see the clear bubble in the middle of the flower.

Shop: Auberrygirl

Fruity Swirl - Paperweight

Fruity Swirl Paperweight...$28.00

An artist is like a scientist as the artist Auberry of California demonstrates in her experimentation with dish soap, milk, and food coloring. A photo of a “New Earth” in its’ infancy. One day her technique will make history. Paperweight comes in a burlap pouch ready to give to your beloved or…keep for yourself.

Shop: Sterlingglassworks

Large Heart Paperweight

Large Heart Paperweight...N/A

According to Sterlingglassworks’s Etsy profile, he is a “water sign with a love for”…get this…fire! He doesn’t understand it himself, either. Nevertheless, he creates works of beauty from fire. The Heart of the Universe swirls you into a hypnotic trance. Use this paperweight for meditation.

And, just like that, I have discovered the 8th way to use a paperweight.

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Resources:  1. The History of Paperweights , 2. Illinois State Museum, 3. The History of Paperweights, 4. Wikipedia

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Lalunedesigns and Favorecare09

Shop: Lalunedesigns

Woodland Wine Bag

Woodland Wine Bag...SOLD!

So. Your girl is gushing at the hostess and holding onto the best wine bag the both of you have ever seen. Why is your girl gushing? Because she thinks it’s cute that she put a-something-different-hostess-gift into the cotton wine bag with a birch tree print made by Lalunedesigns out of Virginia. 

You know your girl would love to keep the wine bag, and hey, you want to keep it too, but, it’s a hostess gift. Besides, you think to yourself, if she wouldn’t let you stop and pick up a bottle of wine, then she shouldn’t get to keep the “adorable wine bag,” as she described the bag. You pry the wine bag out of her hands and hand it to the hostess who unties the satiny green bow.

Shop: Favorecare09

Olive Oil Shampoo/13 ounces

Olive Oil Shampoo...$13.00

The hostess pulls out a bottle of Herbal Hair Shampoo made with olive oil and wheat germ from the hands of Favorecare09 out of Indiana. 

“For after the party,” you hear your girl say. “I got it on Etsy. A handmade and vintage online gift store,” your girl grins, “and, it’s made with certified organic ingredients.”

“What a charming hostess gift, and something different,” you hear the hostess exclaim. “I’ll have to use it right away. Thank you.”

You stand there watching the two women and thinking about the food.

The Walking Dead Previews

Disclaimer: The following post contains events that happened in the final episode of The Walking Dead. If you haven’t yet seen your taped show, please discontinue reading.

Sunday I read a tweet by the tweeter called WalkingDead_AMC asking Walking Dead fans what we thought would happen in the final episode that night of the hit show, ‘The Walking Dead.”

In two tweets I answered that the main male characters would clash, how I wanted to find what happened to the character, Merle. How did Merle get passed the walkers on the staircase off the roof, and the mother of the daughter who died after becoming infected would sign on to be a guinea pig for a vaccine the scientist had discovered. Alright, I have expanded my tweets here.

Now, where did I get these ideas of what would happen in last night’s final episode? Answer: From watching the previews. Well, after watching the final episode, I realized that I was way off base in my assumptions directed by the previews. I detail my assumptions below.

Preview #1: Ric, the sherif, and Shawn, his police partner were fighting on the scientist’s computer work station.

My assumption: I thought they were fighting over the wife of Ric, whom Shawn had been having an affair with, since he told her that Ric had died in a previous episode.

Preview #1 Outcome: Shawn was out of control and shooting up the computer workstation. Why? Because he and everyone else found out that they were locked in with the scientist and were going to go through the decontamination process, which basically meant, they were going to die with all the organisms, bacteria and virulent viruses contained in the lab, in a huge explosion. Death would come in a second according to the scientist. It was not quite what the group wanted to hear.

Preview #2: The scientist gave the mother a shot in her arm.

My assumption: The mother had caught the virus by being doused in the blood of her dead daughter who had been chomped on by a walker and she volunteered to be a guinea pig after she learned she had tested positive for the virus.

Preview #2 Outcome: The scientist had taken a blood sample from her and everyone else in the group to test for the virus.

Preview #3: The mother was sitting in the shower, depressed.

My assumption: First of all, this character sitting in the shower was not the mother. She was the sister of the sister who had gotten chomped on by the walker during the previous episode before the final episode when the walkers were attacking their camp in the forest. Got it? I had missed one of the episodes. I thought it was odd that the mother had gone off to college and that their dad which I thought was her husband had taught the chomped on sister left how to bait a fishing line.

Continuing my assumption: She was sitting in the shower depressed over her sister’s death, and scared because she was afraid of testing positive for the virus.

Preview #3 Outcome: The sister was sitting in the shower depressed. Yay, I was partially right! She was not scared. Awww, I was again wrong.

As for the character, Merle. He was never discussed and never came back into the final episode. I suppose he will be back next season.

However, it’s amazing what the human brain-ahem-my human brain will fill in when it has just a few bits of information in which to draw a conclusion.

Holiday Swirls of Glitter

Tip: By clicking on the photo, you will go directly to the clothing piece on Etsy.

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Shop: Zwzzy

All That Glitters is Gold - Vintage NYE Holiday Party Dress

Holiday Party Dress…SOLD!

This fun and dynamic, velvet V-cut, dress has a golden sequined leaves design. Jessica McClintock, the original designer, added the tulle underneath the skirt to create the bell effect. Near the lower back of the dress are three large ruffled bows.  Made of nylon, rayon, and acetate, this stunning dress fits an extra small to small-sized woman.

Zwzzy out of California, who presents the vintage dress can not only be found on Etsy, but  can also be found on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and Tumblr.

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Shop: Saphoona

OOAK DIY Steampunk Pinup High Heel Platform Mary Jane Mary Janes Shoes w Antique Hardware Ornaments

Steampunk Mary Janes…SOLD!

Photography, sculpture/3-D, painting, assemblage, clothing and furniture reconstruction and design are just some of the versatile medias which Saphoona uses to create her works of art. In this wow pair of Mary Janes, she has reconstructed the toe box of the shoe by adding hinges and plates. The plates host images of a Victorian couple wearing goggles. Made from a velvet suede like fabric with flowers across the instep strap, the cost of these gorgeous size 9 shoes includes U.S. shipping. For more information on Saphoona, read her profile on Etsy.

Shop: VastlyVintage

Vintage Black Nylon 3/4 Gloves with Beading Detail

Vintage Black Nylon Gloves…SOLD!

Keep your hands warm, and stylish with these fun and fabulous gloves from VastlyVintage out of Florida. Made of nylon and fits a small hand, these  3/4 gloves have a pretty beaded flower design around the wrist.

Shop: SpAZooiE

BLACK FAUX FUR BRIDAL CAPE SHRUG STOLE WRAP SHAWL COAT (OSFM)

Black Faux Fur Wrap…SOLD!

Why cover up a pretty dress with a bulky coat when you can wear a gorgeous “SpAZooiE Signature” faux fur wrap? This beauty of a wrap, made for brides…and holidays, has a satin lining and fits most sizes, including plus size lengths. While SpAZooiE of North Richland Hills closes the wrap with the beautiful brooch shown in the photo, the brooch is not included. For more available styles, shop SpAZooiE.

Shop: WendyBethCreations

Vintage Golden Fern Brooch

Vintage Golden Fern Brooch…N/A

Walking while carrying a purse, holding your mate’s hand, and, making sure your wrap stays on your shoulders is cumbersome enough. Why not free your hands by closing the wrap with this pretty fern brooch? Challenge solved.

WendyBethCreations out of Michigan who presents the vintage brooch,  also creates jewelry, hair adornments, and other accessories.

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Shop: Orglamix

Horcrux Collection - Pure Organic Mineral Eye Color

The Set: Obsidian and Grape Hyacinth…SOLD!

Be kind to your eyes, apply mineral eye make-up. Made without chemicals, this elegant Horcrux Collection includes two individual colors: Obsidian and Grape Hyacinth. Orglamix uses 100% pure organic minerals and has a 100% Guarantee of, if you don’t love the color, you’ll get your money back. With that in place how could you not try out more colors!

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Missing the Mates

Every winter season, it never fails, I always end up losing the mate to my gloves. This year, I have a left-handed white glove and a right-handed red glove.

Amorebytinae and AWineTwist

Shop: Amorebytinae

Stripe Suspenders Kia Dress

Stripe Suspenders Kia Dress...N/A

Amorebytinae of Woodland Hills designed this super cute, black and mustard yellow striped suspenders dress for her Urban Romance Collection, and,  just in time for the festive season.  Attached in the back to a black waistband are “Y” designed suspenders. Wear it with a sheer top as shown or any other style top. Glam it up at a party or on a blind date…or listen to the whistles on the street whenever you wear this dress. Available sizes are XS – L.

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Shop: AWineTwist

Pina Colada Wine Crystals - Frozen Drink Mix

Pina Colada Wine Crystals - Frozen Drink Mix...$12.00

On your way to the party, but there isn’t any time to stop and grab a bottle of wine for the hostess gift because your girl is whining in your ear and asking you what took you so long to pick her up? Well, forget the trip to the grocers, buy this frozen wine mix drink and keep it on hand for those such times, or, for when you’re the host of your own party. Designed by AWineTwist of North Carolina. Other flavors available are: Strawberry Daiquiri and Peach Belini.

Starlight Magic

Shop: FindingCharm

Swarovski Crystal Necklace

Swarovski Crystal Necklace...$35.00

An enchanting and sparkling necklace to wear for the festive season.  FindingCharm creates an intriguing and contrasting double-stranded necklace using  a stunning mix of swarovski crystals, silver metals, faceted glass, and geometric twists. You’ll be at the top of everyone’s list of compliments.

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Shop: Ananya

Custom Bolero XS-L

Bolero...SOLD!

Made from Japanese cotton this bolero is sure to please not only the wearer but also the onlookers. Charming pleated ruffles grace an open front and bottom hemline of this pretty bolero. Short cup sleeves accentuate the overall design.  Ananya from Bangkok designed this charming bolero. Wear with the skirt below or a pair of jeans; you’ll never tire of its versatility.

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Shop: DirdyBirdy

Matte Onyx Trapezoid Earings

Trapezoid Earrings...SOLD!

DirdyBirdy of Wisconsin creates a pair of geometric inspired earrings. Tiny silver beads embellish the matte onyx trapezoid stones. Bring an extra bit of magic with you to the festivities when you wear these beautiful earrings.

Shop: TrimKo

80s SILVER SEQUINS TUBE TOP

Sequins Tube Top...SOLD!

With hundreds of sequins shining on this glimmering tube top, you will be the shining star of the evening. Be on the lookout, though, someone may want to make a wish come true. Starlight, star bright…

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Shop: MoonHalo

High-Waisted Mini Skirt  --Size Small/Medium Ready to Ship other sizes Made to Order--

High-Waisted Mini Skirt...SOLD!

What is super sexy and comfortable all-in-one? Why it’s the high-waisted and stretchy mini skirt made from two layers of blended cotton jersey, lycra, rayon and cotton.  Created by MoonHalo of Dubai. Available sizes are small and medium.

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Shop: Medusasmilk

Plain Black Pumps

Plain Black Pumps...N/A

The description may say “Plain Black Pumps,” but these pumps are anything but plain. Two moods in one create this stunning pair of shoes. On the one side is a straight classic edge, while the other side is an ultra-feminine open scalloped mood near the arch of the foot. A stylishly chic pair of plain pumps, I’d say.

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A Bit of Festive Magic