This diorama is reminiscent of the elaborate pop-up valentines popular during the Victorian era. I found the dancing cats on an antique postcard with “fond and true” script. This antique scrap floral arbor was the perfect size to frame our cat family! After painstakingly reinforcing all the die-cut edges with cardboard backing, I added cheerful aqua-blue vintage glass pikes (decorated with antique Dresden papers) for sides of the arbor. A vintage plaid icicle ornament caught my attention due to the red stripes. I added to the playful feel by decorating with antique rickrack over antique silver glitter, and unifying the elements with lots of gold crinkle-wire. Then the tricky part was piecing all 4 elements of the diorama together and on to the boat! Framing different pieces with antique garland also served as a hanger, and was the final perfect touch to add more sparkle and interest!
Lovingly handcrafted and signed by Gail Giaimo.
THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND ORNAMENT IS MADE ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY WITH ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE MATERIALS to include: glass ornaments from the 1890s to1950s, most of which were made in Germany; colorful Victorian embossed & die-cut paper “scraps” and chromolithographs from postcards and advertising trade cards, made in Europe between the 1870s and 1910; antique and vintage fabric to include chenille, lace, ribbon and metallic trims; antique and vintage tinsel from tree garlands and old-stock German-made Lametta tinsel; gold and silver old-stock Dresden paper trims, crepe paper, foil, gift wrap, spun glass, and other embellishments. Items described as “antique” are dated between 1870 and the early 1900s (prior to WWI). Items described as “vintage” are dated between 1915 (WWI) and the 1950s (mid-century). We also use Dresden trims (only on occasion) and crinkle wire (always used for durability) made more recently in Germany using techniques and equipment that have not changed over the past 150 years.