9” tall, including antique glass beads and tinsel pouf
You can’t get more one-of-a-kind than this one! A decorative paper heart from the 1920s with little shuttered windows captured my imagination. I selected nontraditional sweethearts (antique scrap songbirds dressed up for the opera), tucked a tiny valentine in the guy’s wing, and staged them in front of the valentine heart. I added three tiny antique scrap birds (curious on-lookers) and “tinted” the windows with yellow cellophane. After some searching through pretty much all of my glass inventory, I finally settled on this fun rainbow colored vintage glass bell and gussied it up with my own confetti garland made with antique crepe paper, vintage Dresden paper trim edged in gorgeous red chenille, and beautiful antique old-stock real silver tinsel (vertically wrapping the bell). After tucking all my elements of this diorama into the bell, a vintage free-blown glass pike with loop end provided the perfect solution for hanging; a butterfly playfully flutters on the back of the heart. This diorama is reminiscent of the elaborate pop-up valentines popular during the Victorian era.
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.