Get a load of this photo! It was taken fifty years ago. Can you guess which one is me?
Back then, my parent had close friends who lived in Detroit. They came to visit with their two daughters, one of which was kind enough to recently post this picture on my Facebook timeline. I had never seen this relic before. Isn't it a hoot?
Wearing our Sunday best in the bright spring sunshine, we are posing in front of the fountain at the Cleveland Museum of Art. My sister, who had just turned nine, is the second one in on the right. So... which one is me?
Give up? I'm the little one! This shot was taken one month before my fourth birthday. Hmmm, I see that I still part my hair on the same side. But what an attitude I appear to have! I seem quite self confident as I stand a bit away from everyone else. I love my crispy party dress and saddle shoes. And how about that necklace? Even then, I made sure to accessorize. ;)
I made steady progress on my Studios magazine project: 250 sticks are painted, drilled, and strung with baker's twine. This week, I'll fashion them into a wooden valence, hang them in a studio window, and photograph the result for my article.
I also sewed this little pennant banner to dress up my sign at the SoNo MarketPlace. I put it up with vintage curtain tie-back pins in the shape of flowers. Doesn't it look cute?
I even had time to begin another decoupaged altered art globe. This one will have the same "We Are Neighbors" theme as my first one, but with different images from a charming 1940s reader.
And finally, yesterday afternoon I took a break from working on all of these projects to take a bike ride with John and Hannah. We stopped at the community dock down the road from our house where I captured this lovely view.
See? I told you it was busy! And it's looking like a busy week ahead.
We're expecting lots of rain here, making it the perfect day to hunker down in my studio and work on my next Studios magazine article. I'm putting together a version of Trohv's window display that I blogged about last month, only on a smaller scale so it is suitable for a creative work space's window.
While it rains buckets outside today, I'll be blasting my iTunes and drilling, painting and stringing hundreds of wooden tongue depressors. This artsy craftsy project reminds me of summer camp when we'd use Popsicle sticks to make picture frames, bowls, trivets and boxes.
When the weather is better next week, I'll hang these painted sticks from a rod in a sunny studio window creating a valence of sorts. Then I will take lots of photos and write my article so that I can hit my end-of-month deadline. Once the piece is published in the spring issue of Studios (which comes out in late winter), I'll be sure to share it with you.
Have a peek at these wonderful vintage postcards, part of my new paper ephemera lot.
These 1930s and 1940s travel postcards are classics with block letters showing a different landmark in each letter. I especially like that they have messages, postmarks and stamps on the back.
Short and sweet, these postcards provided a quick form of contact, kind of like what texting does today. They also celebrate the lost art of penmanship.
With computers and smart phones, I'll bet kids today rarely write a handwritten note. Do they ever get an opportunity to write in script?
Many of these souvenir postcards were addressed to a "WAVE" named Mary. The WAVES were a World War II division of the U.S. Navy consisting entirely of women. WAVES was an acronym for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.
Yesterday morning, I stopped by a tag sale loaded with vintage goodness. It was a truly amazing sale, providing one-stop shopping for the collector.
Here's what came home with me . . .
This sale had four huge cartons filled with metalware items. I rooted around in them and curated an "instant collection" of English toffee tins. The large serving tray and talcum powder tin appealed to me, too.
These tin items will be offered for sale next month in my new SoNo MarketPlace stall. However, if you aren't local and there is something here you can't live without, let me know and I'll be happy to list it on Etsy just for you.
The items below will also be joining me at the MarketPlace. Although they were threatening to take over my dining room, now they're all priced, packed in boxes, and ready to go to SoNo.
In my booth, I'll be perched on this vintage kitchen stool behind my little wrap desk. Isn't it cute? This week, I sewed a cushion for it out of the leftover apple fabric I used for the desk's skirt and swatch portraits.
And I made yet another pennant banner. This one has a scalloped shape to match the graphic on my website, blog and business cards. I may use it in some way in my stall, just not sure how yet.
Here's a peek at next week's projects . . .
Yesterday I found this oval, gold painted wooden frame for $3 at a local thrift shop. It will become another of my bark cloth tack boards.
Before this vintage globe heads to my booth at SoNo, I'm going to transform it into another decoupaged altered art globe.
And finally, I'll round out the week by heading to a couple of estate sales tomorrow morning. Wish you could join me!
Yesterday, I put up my sign, making my presence at this new undertaking official. As you can see, I have brought in all sorts of furniture pieces that will be used to display the whimsical, eclectic mix of vintage items that T-Party Antiques is known for.
I found the narrow wooden ladder at an estate sale last weekend. It will hold vintage linens, and more tablecloths will be featured along the window on a folding screen that John and I refurbished. The little green desk will display fun children's items.
A Victorian crib will be filled with my handmade bark cloth pillows. They turned out well; I'll share a photo of them with you next time. And the Hoosier cabinet in the corner will eventually have its doors wide open revealing an array of vintage kitchenware.
I'm looking forward to bringing in the variety of "smalls" that will bring my booth to life. I also plan to fill the walls with vintage prints, my handmade pennant banners, and lots more.
I can't wait to merchandise my stall. But with construction still underway on the various food vendor's spaces, there is a lot of sawdust in the air. Once the kitchen build-outs are complete and the dust settles, I'll bring in the rest of my items.
At this time, the SoNo Marketplace is running about one month behind schedule, so it looks like opening day will be in early November. I'll keep you posted. But rest assured, it will be worth the wait!
At the end of August, I noticed signs posted all over town advertising a "Giant Tag Sale." While out doing errands, I decided to stop by and check it out. The sale, which was quite giant indeed, was in a warehouse not far from where I live. I walked inside to find a huge space chock full of all of the props, fixtures and furniture from a movie that had just been released called Hope Springsstarring Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep and Steve Carell.
Filmed in Norwalk about a year ago, the sale was being held in the location where a portion of the movie was shot. Pretty cool! As I browsed around, one particular item caught my eye — a brand new vanity complete with a counter top and faucet.
We've been in need of a new vanity in our master bath for some time. Ours was from 1989 and had a very low height, peeling paint and ugly brass fixtures. So I wrote down the movie vanity's dimensions and headed home to measure if it would fit. Luckily, it did! Later that day, I went back and purchased it — for a mere $125!
Last week, our carpenter installed the vanity. How nice to have more storage and a higher counter height. Doesn't it look nice?
On Saturday night, we thought it would be fun to go see Hope Springs, which is about a middle-aged couple trying to re-ignite the spark in their marriage. We'd heard the movie is good, but mostly, we were hoping to catch a glimpse of our new vanity. It looked as though any footage of the sink had ended up on the cutting room floor — until near the end of the film. There was a brief shot of Kay, Meryl Streep's character, coming out of her bathroom. Sure enough, there was our vanity!