Saturday, February 27, 2010

Vintage for Sale

Here are a few vintage dresses that I like to say are "Mad Men" era dresses. Also, a couple of the really costumish items are from the early 1900's and are oddfellow lodge garb. They all will go on ebay as soon as I find the time. I have more, but chose to put just these on. Soon I am going to start listing items for sale from my blog. Stay tuned. Thanks.

Snow in Texas...who wudda thought!

Friend Angela Burk's Creative Studio

Friday I made a little visit to my friend Angela's house. We spent some time in her studio where she creates. I took a few pictures. They do not do the space justice. We had a sweet time and did some planning for the Spring Fling and our workshops that she will be helping with.

Busy Busy Busy

Well here it is February 27 and where goes the time? I am busy getting my creations ready for the Funky Finds Spring Fling on March 13. I have made collage, jewelry and more jewelry to sell, plus I am getting the info together to present the workshops I will be offering in May. I am also pondering what I am going to take to the big south Texas show in Round Top/Warrenton, Texas. I will have a 20'x40' canopy down there and I must fill it. I will be down there for at least three weeks. It really is a long show, but very worth it. There is never a boring moment. Fun, friendly, people from all over the U.S. Lots of live entertainment on the weekends and always some late nite shopping to attend after hours. I will be blogging from down there again, as I did last show in the fall, so watch the blog. It will be very informative and lively!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Great Old Finds

Take a look at this sweet little German Child's Paint Set. I gauge it to be from the 1930's. I love the illustration on the outside of the wooden box kit. I don't know who the illustrator was, but I thought it very typical of 1930's French illustrations. I was so happy and delighted when I found this! This little artist's kit measures 9"x13". I believe this child was so thrilled to get this little kit.

These are some of the old tube paints and crayons that were in the kit itself. The tube paints were labeled in four languages. This kit had many sheets of drawings that the child had sketched and painted, including one that was a picture of his/her house labeled "Our House -the finest".

This is the top tray of the paint kit with all of the brushes, oil paints, water colors, crayons, and instructions book. This tray lifts out and the sketches were kept underneath.

Another Little Orphan

Here is a sweet kangaroo I picked up at a recent estate sale. As you can see, he is fabricated of felt. He was well loved and cherished, you can tell, by the way they took the time to patch his neck, foot, and several patches on his tail. I don't know why, but I am attracted to, and must take in all little orphans of his type and give them a home in my studio. I have other pictures on the blog of my sweet little orphans. He is about 14" tall.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Welcome to February

Hello and welcome to February. This month is ushering in many new things and I am so glad. Last year went out with a sad sigh.

Today I decided on colors for my workshop area. I am living in a house that started out as an investment flip house, but as it goes, it is becoming quite homey and comfy. It is a mid-century modern that the original builder added Frank Lloyd Wright features to. My whole neighborhood is like that. Some have more FLW features than others. Well, anyway, my garage is being converted to a workshop/garage. I still need to park my little Miata convertible somewhere. But is is going to work out quite nicely. I picked out the paint today and it will probably be painted tomorrow.

Next, I have been playing with some new images I found on Etsy from a girl in Italy. I want to have a new business card by the time the Funky Finds Spring Fling comes up on March 13 and I am trying to design it myself. By the way, it doesn't work to click on the link above. I don't know why. I have also been designing an ad for their colorful, beautifully glossy magazine that is available for free at the venue. The Spring Fling has me sooo excited! I am trying to get some unique jewelry made, workshop examples put together, flyers, display ideas, and so on. You can click on the little Funky Finds doggy at the top and see what they are all about. Joe and Jessica Dougherty are very talented promoters, not to mention great illustrators and blog/web savy. I don't think there is anything they can't do. I am going to ask Joe how to add to my blog so I can start offering free images.

I vended at Canton First Monday this past week. Boy was it cold, but I still sold alot of stuff. A wide variety, some old frames, small pieces of furniture, two old military bags with eastern writing on them, books, jewelry, toys, and just a wide variety in general. I even parted with a few of my old cabinet cards. Sold them to a lady that uses them in making her custom jewelry. I may go back next month. Maybe it will be warmer!

Now you know what has been going on here. I can't wait until the workshops start again. Get to see my artsy fartsy, old and new, workshop leaders. Swell people that have really added color to my world.

Whoever is out there reading this, give me a shout and let me know your interests and ideas. I would love to see some of your art. If you are local to Ft. Worth, Texas and offer workshops, let me hear from you. If you have a workshop idea, let me hear about it.

Take care and I am as near as my little netbook. Isn't that comforting? :)

Peace and Love.