Thursday, October 20, 2011

Remnants of the Past Vintage Show ~ Oct. 2011 (recipe below for chocolate pastries)

Glitter and glam, white and withered, rusty and rustic, faded and flowery, polished and patina .......

More Remnants Photos on October 16 Blog Post

Ah!  It feels good to be home again.  I am inspired and ready to get my shop up and running.  It has taken me a few days to bounce back ~ I do suffer from a wee bit of sadness when I leave my home state of California.  But I am thankful for my visits and the chance to bring a little bit of my trip home with me.  Sea glass from Mendocino, vintage wine glasses and sterling silver spoons from my mother, Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture cotton sheets from Target (we have no Target on Maui) and a few treasures purchased at the Remnants of the Past Vintage show.

A silver plated hinged shell dish and a small silver tray ~ just a few of my purchases at Remnants of the Past

Living in Hawaii, where most decor is tropical, a shabby charm gal like me is a fish out of water (pardon the pun).  I love old books, rust, faded velvets, layers of flaking paint, patinas, rhinestones, lace, white linens ...... not anything conducive to Hawaii, with the exception of the Iolani Palace.  I am sure you get the "picture".  So, speaking of "pictures"  ~ here are some more photos and final posting from the Remnant Vintage Show, October 2011.  

Wish I could say this was our motel room, but alas, one of the many lovely displays at the vintage show

Grouping old books with similar colors, makes for an engaging display

Below all that marvelous pottery is a beautiful rustic farm table

A show stopper use of old metal lettering above a vendor's booth

I purchased a box similar to these several years ago.  If you are interested,  refer to the blog piece about vintage souvenirs.  There is a photo of my box in that posting.  Anyway,  I had to ask the vendor if she could provide any information.  Other than my box, I had never seen them before.  Obviously,  they are French ~ jewelry boxes with scenes of famous sites.  This style with the thick glass is from the early 1900's and hard to find.  Just look at that $155 sticker price.

Lots of burlap and sack cloth sold at this vendor's booth ~ clever lamp shade ....don't you think?

Pretty cut glass,  elegant porcelain pottery and regal furniture fit for a Queen

I coveted this bottle! Isn't it beautiful? The $79 price tag was hard to justify.  Even on the last day, the last hour of the show, the vendor would not come down on the price.  

Bling-bling starfish with lots of silver and cut glass

Vintage books for displaying a statement piece

Everything BIG with this vendor who sold in and outdoor decor ~ I love those bottles ... 

Who doesn't adore a stack of vintage suitcases

Rusty French charm 

More glammed-up starfish sitting pretty in a vintage suitcase

A grand old chandelier ..... and just look at that sweet typewriter

A unusual pairing but it works!  FYI ~ you will never find a stuffed deer head in my house  

Lots and lots of silver and pewters.  This tray is exquisite. 

Za Za Gabor framed painting and a very old dress dummy.  See the metal sign in the background?  Those letters were HUGE!

An eclectic grouping ~ from a print of a Madonna to a wooden pelican? 

Ironstone pottery, SO French, SO country!

A pop of green and violet  from the plant pulls this display together

Religious icons 

Velvet Handmade Pumpkins and lamps dripping with crystals....  posh mirror  

A Heavenly Good-bye to Remnants, until next year

............I have to tell you about the "Man Cave".  Walking around the Remnants show, amongst the hoards of ladies armed with shopping bags and carts, reading glasses and wallets ..... very serious stuff.... men were hard to find.  But the men were there, yes, they could be found.  In an isolated room, in an obscure corner of the event hall, you could find these wayward men lounging in the "Man Cave" ~ drinking coffee (probably mocha's), eating pastries (probably chocolate croissants) and watching reruns of Andy Griffith and Raw Hide (this is Manly).  What a great ideal!  To provide the men an excuse and refuge from shopping... not that men don't like to shop.  My man does!  But, who do you think told me about "Man Cave"?  You got it! My man.


A Recipe from THE TASTE OF HOME....

Chocolate Pastries

 Instant Chocolate Pastries

“My sister and I became addicted to Nutella while traveling in Europe. Now, we’re always thinking of ways to incorporate the chocolate hazelnut spread into recipes. This one came about after making puff pastries with apple filling. We thought, ‘Why not try chocolate?’” —Dee Wolf, Syracuse, Utah

6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.


  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 6 tablespoons Nutella
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • Unfold puff pastry; cut into six rectangles. Place on a greased
  • baking sheet. Spread 1 tablespoon Nutella over half of a rectangle;
  • fold dough over filling. Press edges with a fork to seal. Repeat for
  • remaining pastries. Brush with egg; prick tops with a fork.
  • Bake at 400° for 10-14 minutes or until puffy and golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar if desired. Serve warm. Yield: 6
  • servings.
Editor’s Note: Look for Nutella in the peanut butter section.
Nutrition Facts: 1 pastry equals 304 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 154 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein.
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  1. The Remnants of the Past Show looks like it was full of so much inspiration! I would definately love to go sometime! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I think there is going to be another show in June, 2012 :) You should try to attend as it is "inspirational". Blessings to you!