Seasons’ Blessings!

The holidays are here!

Open your presents.  Pop a cork.  Eat too much. 

Laugh.  Sing.  Enjoy a good book.  Rest.

Elite Repeat is closed until 10 am on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. 

We’ll see you then! 

 

 

Worn with use and bearing the patina of time. Old books are available in the craft section of Elite Repeat.

Kings of England

Steel engraving is a means of printing by etching and engraving on a steel plate.  Introduced in the late 1700s, it was used for book illustrations and banknotes.  Examine US paper currency and you’ll see fine illustrations of this art.  These two small portraits–of King Edward IV and King Henry VII–are very early examples of steel engravingThe portraits and their frames are estimated to be about 200 years old.   Because these engravings are protected within their glass frames, it is impossible to see, in these scans, the clarity of the printing and the near-photographic detail captured by the unknown artist.  If you would like to visit our royal guests, you’ll find them for sale in the jewelry display case.

SOLD - Portrait of King Edward IV framed and covered with glass. This steel engraving, circa 1800, is in an ornate copper frame of the same vintage. The frame measures 3 1/4" x 2 3/4".

SOLD - Portrait of King Henry VII framed and covered with glass. This steel engraving, circa 1800, is in a brass frame of the same vintage. The frame is signed "Chase" and measures 3 1/4" x. 2 3/4".

Deck Your Halls!

50% off all Christmas decor

Sale starts 10 am on Saturday, Dec. 10.  Thousands of items to decorate your home.  Expect to be thrilled!

Elite Repeat is open from 10 am until 5 pm Monday through Saturday.  On Dec. 21 we will close at 5 pm and reopen at 10 am on Jan. 2, 2012.

Happy Holidays!

 

SOLD - December 1938 issue of House Beautiful. We have several vintage magazines available in the craft area.


Creature Comforts

Everyone should have a place of one’s own–a place to read, write and ponder.  The mouse who lives in this house is especially creative.  Look closely.  Everything in the house, even the orange crate that it’s made of, was originally used for something else.  Mice have to use the materials at hand (or paw, as the case may be), and this mouse house is a perfect example of recycling, repurposing and reusing cast-offs.  It’s as comfy-cozy as they come, from the glowing coals in the fireplace to the abundance of fancy foods in the kitchen.  Two mice babies snooze in a walnut shell near the wood stove and the exterior of the house features a Celtic mosaic chimney.

Created by one of Elite Repeat’s artists-in-residence, all the materials that went into making this lovely, little house were either found or donated to our shop in bits and pieces then carefully, imaginatively assembled into this fairy tale cottage.  It’s on display this week in our storefront window.  Do come by for a look!  It will be available on Monday, Dec. 5, at 10 am for $125.

Pricing Update:  As of May 1, 2012, this miniature mouse house is still available.  It’s been marked down to $100.  It’s waiting for you to take it home!

A writing desk in the upstairs living room of the mouse house.

Upstairs, downstairs...the elegant, relaxed atmosphere of this bookish mouse's living room contrasts with the busy, work-a-day kitchen.

Who else would you expect in a mouse's garden but a meditative St. Francis! The back of the house is decorated with a tall stone chimney and a bit of landscaping.