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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Life in Silhouette

What's It Wednesday #134
I've always had a fascination with silhouettes. It's as if you've captured a shadow, like in Peter Pan. Recently I found this lovely pair. They are not cut outs, but are hand-painted onto the glass. At just the right angle, they really do cast a shadow.

Notice the fine details. Why you can even see the brush strokes! Her hair and his lace collar are amazing.

They are my absolute favorites!

This one is from the 50's. I love the convex glass with the colored scene behind. The only thing better than having this one...

is having a pair!

The images are applied to the glass and set in their vintage frames.

The last pair is a dapper lady and gent I've had for years. I've seen people fill whole walls with them. I've not been that lucky, but I'm happy with what I have, and I'm keeping my eyes peeled.
Big Hugs & 
Happy Hunting!

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Nancy's Daily Dish said...

I love your silhouettes! I almost bought a pair of framed silhouettes last week…have wanted some for a long time. They are timeless!

Thanks for hosting!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

You have an amazing collection. I don't think I have ever seen one repainted on glass... One more thing to look for when thrifting!

Unknown said...

I don't think I've ever known ONE person to have as many collections as you do Patty- and they're all gorgeous - this one in particular - just beautiful!!!
Thanks so much for the party -
Have a great week

Karen said...

Those are the most beautiful silhouettes I've ever seen. I had no idea they were sometimes painted onto glass. I learn something everytime I visit your blog. Thanks so much for hosting.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Patti. I just love the silhouettes too. I have the same two in the middle that you have (I think they might be a little bit older than from the 50's as I was in high school then and I had mine when I was a little girl. The only thing is for some reason I don't have the photos behind them. I remember they were there when I was little..Happy Wednesday and thanks for hosting..Judy

Poppy said...

An beautifully intriguing pair they are! Thanks so much for hosting, Patti! Have a lovely week!


Muscetta said...

Your silhouettes are really wonderful. Thanks for the party. Have a great day. Tina

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hi Patti, a treat to see your silhouettes. Thank you for hosting today. Love joining in.


Thank you so so much for the feature ! It's so nice of you to love my French clothes !
I always thought that I was a great collector, but you are the one ! I love your silhouettes (very French eighteenth century)
xoxo from PARIS


Deanies Stash said...

Love your silhouettes. My daughter collects them, too. Thanks for the party!

Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Morning Patti, You have such a wonderful selection of silhouettes and it was such a treat to see them.
I have a couple of silhouettes which I have had for many years and I love them.
Have a lovely day today.
Best Wishes

Shannon said...

Those are great Patti. Subtle but dramatic. Thanks for hosting.

Shannon ~

Robyn said...

Oh my gosh, Patti, every time I visit here you take me on a fabulous journey with your beautiful images and storytelling! I absolutely love these and I remember my great-grandmother having beautiful silhouettes in her bedroom that I used to stare at for hours - convinced I could see them moving.
You are a treasure! Always such a treat to be here :)

Christina Paul said...

What a great post! Your painted silhouettes are so unique! Would love to try that someday said...

Thanks so much for the lovely Wednesday party! Your silhouettes are incredible~

ileana-carmen said...

Beautiful silhouettes.
Thank you for hosting us.

southern seazons said...

Thank you so much for featuring me. I love your silhouette collection. Have a great day.

Junkchiccottage said...

Love the Silhouettes. Thanks for hosting your fun party.

A Joyful Cottage said...

Nice silhouette collection. My friend had the set from the 50's. It's very fragile, as I recall. Thanks for hosting the party. ~ Nancy

bj said...

The silhouettes are so wonderful.
My brother and I had one made back in the middle 50's and I think they are in my olden cedar chest...gotta look.
Thank you for the party.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Patty! The silhouettes are lovely! A wonderful thing to collect. Yours are all from the 1920-1930s and are getting very hard to find. Little works of art and nostalgia too! Thanks so much for hosting and happy Autumn!

Curtains in My Tree said...

OHHHHHH I love your silhouettes pictures especially the little convex glass ones. I remember back in the late 80's they were so pricey to collect .
I agree with Susan I have never seen one person have so many collections of fabulous items.
I would love to spend the day at your house going through all your treasures

Rita C at Panoply said...

I only have one pair of framed silhouettes (George & Martha), very nice, and I am debating selling them in the upcoming barn sale I'm getting ready for. Oh yes! I also have silhouette cutouts of my daughters that were done in grade school - treasures (though not framed). I only rediscovered the 2nd of my 2 daughters' cutouts when I purged my basement!
Thank you for hosting, and have a great week ending!

One More Time Events said...

Thank you so much for the feature Patti!!! Love the silhouette

Jeannie Marie said...

I've been collecting silhouettes for years. I actually have silhouettes from my family two generations back and two generations forward!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Patti,
Pretty collection. I like your bird dome, I have made a newer one as well. They are so hard to find and so expensive when you do find them.
Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love your new vignette! Silhouettes are so charming! Thanks so much for hosting!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Oh how I love silhouettes Patti! Yours are so lovely!! The three dimensional type are the most special but all of them are such treasures. I have plans to re-do my master bedroom in gray tones and use silhouettes of my Dad & siblings that I'm very blessed to have and I also have one from a dear friend of "days gone by" that will be the centerpiece of them. I hope I can do them justice.

Please stop by to take a peek at my studio re-do. All budget, yard sale & dumpster treasures!! LOL

Blessings, Edie Marie

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I remember sitting for a silhouette at Disney World decades ago. I wish I knew what happened to it. Love your silhouettes and the party!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Just beautiful!! Thanks so much for the party!!


Lou Lou Girls said...

Hello cute ladies! I love stopping by your party each week. Thank you! I hope you get a chance to stop by our party. We would love to have you!
Happy Wednesday! Lou Lou Girls

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Gorgeous silhouettes...there are so amazing and you have peaked my interest. Such a lovely collection for you to view everyday. Thanks for hosting another fun party. Love your features....xo

Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...

Your silhouettes are just lovely Patti. I have been looking for a pair for my dining room but haven't come across any yet. I debated on trying to create silhouettes myself but now after seeing yours I will continue my search. Thank you so much for featuring my entry...we are really enjoying the new look. Wishing you a wonderful week and happy Autumn!
XO Barbara

Susan Freeman said...

Thank you so much for featuring my post from last week! Your silhouettes are so lovely. I only have one, but would love to start collecting them. Have a lovely week.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Alessandra said...

Oh, Patti, your silhouettes are marvellous. You always show us wonderful collections!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

You have such lovely collections and the knowledge that goes with having them. Always a treat to see what you have to share!
Thank you for the sweet gathering,

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Thank you for the feature! You have a wonderful collection of silhouettes-. My mother had these done for each of us when we were kids at the state fair! Thank you for hosting this party!

Linda said...

The silhouettes are so pretty. Love them, elegance without revealing all. Back down memory lane I recall a biography series in elementary school that had silhouettes for illustrations leaving rom for my imagination to go crazy! Linda

Audrey said...

Your silhouettes are amazing. I have a few that are packed away ... should get them out to enjoy. Thanks for sharing your pretty things and for the fun party.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Unknown said...

Hi Pattie,
You have a beautiful collection of silhouettes. I have never ran across not one since I started thrifting. Thanks so much for hosting this lovely party.

Mari said...

Patti, I love your silhouette's beautiful collection ;-)
Thanks for your visit and sweet comment ;-)


sweetvintageofmine said...

It amazes me the beautiful work and creativity that went into such pieces of art! You have so many beautiful collections....things with purpose and meaning~~~LOVE and enjoy seeing them~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

eileeninmd said...

Hello Patti, I love your pretty silhouettes and vignette. Have a happy day! Thanks for the visit!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


Good morning dear Patti! What great treasures you've found! I just discovered a new antique shop that just moved in not far from my home. It is by far the BEST one in the Twin Cities, and we have some good ones, but this one has more French antiques and silhouettes, chandelier, EVERYTHING FRENCH!

So you too my friend, are in full-swing at school! YES, I am back, but not as a sub. Last year I got back into the district as a part-time traveling teacher. I am doing the same this year but with .77 hrs a week. I teach one 8th grade French class at the middle school on B days only, then teach three higher level French courses at the neighboring high school. It's GREAT.

This job (as you know!) is keeping me busy so the creative summer I experienced has changed, but I try to make time to write when I can. Our jobs however, as educators do give us opportunity to be creative, and that's what I love.

Wishing you FUN and joy at school and happy hunting! Anita

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I've always loved these! You're so lucky to have such a nice collection and you sure know how to display them! Love them all! Thanks so much for sharing them at the Vintage Inspiration Party.


Beautiful silhouttes, I always wanted to do that and have in my house!
Thanks for hosting lovely lady, I'm sorry I'm late but I'm not home.
Big hugs,

The Charm of Home said...

I love silhouettes! Thanks for hosting!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Yes, I have occasionally seen the portraits on glass but not often, I love them. Great features, I love my Shabby French life and have followed her for a long time!


Burlap Luxe said...

Silhouettes, oh yes! Love them as well and have a couple boxed up have not used them as of yet in this home.
The ones from the 50's my grandmother had several on her walls, I remember as a little girl just sitting at the dinning table and starring a the wall that displayed them so gently in wonderment as to the delicately blackened paintings making up stories as to what they were talking about and what they were doing as entertainment in the scene.

It seems every touching post of beauty you post, you touch my heart in fond memories of times lost yet memories stored away.
Beautiful walls filled with silhouettes frames I also love this look and can see this done in your home beautifully. Can't wait to see your collection grow on down the line.

Thank you love for always taking the time to visit me, spreading your love with comments that add some of your grace and beauty to my post.


Teresa said...

Saw this on Pinterest and made me think of you and this post:

I'll be back soon as this is a AWEsome post. I love silhouettes too.

Enjoy the weekend,

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

Patti, such detail on your silhouettes! I was only familiar with those cut from paper; you have taken your collection to another level with the painting on glass. Another great party -- thank you for hosting.


Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Patti, you have a wonderful collection of silhouettes! I'm working on a reverse painted project right now, so I can certainly appreciate the patience it takes to paint one! Great features again this week!

Leovi said...

Very interesting and wonderful compositions, I really like these silhouettes, beautiful!

Villrose said...

When I was a little girl i loved to cut silhouettes.

Julie Marie said...

Oooh Patti, those are just stunning!... how cute you are, "the only thing better is having a pair"... hee hee hee... your collection is fabulous!... love your little birdie tree too... your home must be the most exquisite place on earth... much love to you, xoxo Julie Marie

Kim said...

Lovely, Patti...I like silhouettes, too, your collection is gorgeous! I liked up for the first time, some many pretty posts! Can't wait to peek around!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Patti, your silhouettes are beautiful and I love them too.
You have such a nice collection and I really like the painted styles. I was lucky enough to find a set while antiquing recently. You are right, having a pair is special.
Lovely post my friend and I am always inspired by your decor and displays.

Have a blessed week.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Patti, I love silhouettes also. I have a large and a small pair of the ones with the convex glass hanging in my basement bathroom. You have a lovely collection! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Lou Lou Girls said...

Everything looks so amazing!Pinned. Thank you for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We love partying with you!
Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

What beautiful silhouettes, and I love the way you arranged them. I've never seen anything like them! So unique. You have a great eye. xoxoox

Leslie said...

I love the silhouettes. They are so classy and elegant. Thanks for sharing with What You Wish Wednesday. Please link-up again tomorrow!

Revi said...

Love your silhouettes, and haven't seen ones like them before! I have one, and wish I had more...thanks for sharing at Revisionary Life!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful collection of silhouettes you have Patti. I don't come across them often myself. Thanks for another great party and blessings to you dear lady.

Kathy said...

These are absolutely charming, Patti - I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

Anonymous said...

Hi Patti! Oh, I love these darling little silhouettes and especially the ones with the painted backgrounds. You do have the prettiest things. It was so nice to hear from you and hopefully soon I'll have something to share at your part! Take care, sweet friend.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Tina said...

What lovely silhouettes you have and so unusual, I have never seen the glass painted ones before.
Thank you for hosting.

The Charm of Home said...

I love these! Thanks for linking to HSH!

Lou Lou Girls said...

Hello cute lady! It is always a pleasure to stop and party with you. I hope you get a chance to swing by our party. We love having you!
Happy Wednesday! Lou Lou Girls

June said...

Patti, you have absolutely the best collections I've seen. These beautiful silhouettes are no exception. They are lovely!!!!
hugs from me...

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful silhouettes at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend! ~Deborah

Brandi said...

Wow, you have so many pretty silhouettes. I've always wanted to make one of my children. They're probably a little too old now, but I thought they would be fun to have around when they were little. I've seen a lot of easy tutorials on Pinterest.

Lou Lou Girls said...

Everything looks so good!Pinned. We had so much fun partying with you at our last party. We hope to see you tonight’s party at 7 pm. We love to see what you have been working on!
Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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