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I've made a shift this year away from all the shows I was doing and focusing more on online sales. In our new home, I have an independent building to run my business in with ample storage, good light for photographing, and access to 24/7. I have my own computer and packing stations, small tv in the corner for company and mini kitchen. The only drawback is that it also serves as a guest cottage when we have company, but who gets any work done when they have company anyway?
I did a lot of flea marketing and picking this past summer and I'm really excited about the things I've found.
I've had a love for vintage printing blocks ever since I saw this framed collection years ago at a friend's home.
They make such an eclectic grouping and the more you have, the better they look!
I try to always have a good selection of vintage bottles in my etsy shop. I have a farmer on the Georgia border who dug them years ago on his property and keeps me supplied. He usually brings along a bag of okra or sweet potatoes when we meet up. Nice perk!
I remember as a girl in New Hampshire when we found an old bottle dump in the field behind our house. I would go there with my brother and sister and dig for hours. Oh, the thrill of bringing them home to show my mother what we had found! Those dirty bottles were treasures to me! I also remember going to the dump with my mom and bringing home furniture that she would refinish.... but I digress.
Keys are something I am always on the hunt for. Great for so many different projects and nice to have on hand.
Cameras are also a staple I have in the shop.
These are fun to collect because they are fairly reasonable in price. If you pick one up here or there; or tell family that you are starting a collection, before long you will have a whole shelf full. People really love giving something personalized and unique as a gift and you know, Christmas is right around the corner!
Speaking of unique gifts, how about these for the special guy in your life?
Ski Trooper goggles from WWII
Sometimes I get odd looks when I tell people that my idea of fun is poking through the junk at a salvage yard. I'll either get eye rolls or blank stares. But some people get it and that's when I know I've found a kindred junkin'spirit! I saw rusty gold when I discovered these 4 antique buggy wheels. Hang them on a wall and create a cool industrial sculpture.
I keep thinking the globe craze is coming to an end, but I can't seem to pass them up when I find them; especially the old ones. They are a nightmare to pack and ship, but I guess I will continue buying them as long as there's a demand.
Have you seen the old video about globe making? It's been everywhere, but still fascinating to watch! Google "vintage globe video" to find it.
I have tons of books in stock and I'm slowly picking out some of my best to list. I just adore these antique spellers!
And last, but not least. I've set up a sale section in my shop where everything is 50% off. I'm selling most items at cost, just to move them out. I have some great deals and I'm adding new things all the time.
A quick word about shipping: Etsy calculates shipping automatically based on size, weight and location. Sometimes it gets crazy high and it may scare you off if you have several items in your cart. Please, get in touch with me if you think it's too much. I will be happy to double check it for you. It's generally very accurate, but every once in awhile it goes wrong. I don't mind questions about that or anything else and usually will get back to you quickly.
Have a wonderful day and I think
I have a new passion in my life that I want to share with you. For about a month now (roughly, because I went on vacation a few weeks ago) I've been doing Bikram yoga. During the 90 minute workout, you stretch every muscle in your body and some you didn't know you had. The class is done in a 102-105 degree room, so you are so warmed up that you seldom feel sore afterwards. You sweat like crazy, but it's set up that way to purge the toxins from your body.
After I signed up for it, it took me a week to work up the nerve to go to a class. I read all the scary stuff about it online; about trying to just stay inside the room for the session, about feeling dizzy and nauseous from the heat, etc. etc. I went to the first class, got a place by the door (for a quick exit if needed) and made it through. I couldn't believe how much everyone was sweating; literally buckets! But I went back the next day and did it again.
I found this photo online and I loved the fact that it shows all levels of expertise. It can take years of practice to perfect the 26 poses we do. Personally, just when I think I am beginning to get it kind of right, the instructor comes by and quietly makes adjustments to my form. I am not very limber or flexible, but I can already feel my body changing.
Yeah, a big part of the series works on balancing, which takes practice....so much practice. The part that I love about the class is that there's no pressure. It is the opposite of competitive and everyone does the best that they can. They emphasize that, "this is your class and it's never too late to begin." We have some super yogis in class that must have been doing this all their lives. They are amazing and it's mind boggling to see how the human body can be contorted.
So, this is something good that's happening to me right now and I feel it spilling over into other areas of my life. I'm a little more patient, more focused and less stressed. I thought I would drop a ton of weight when I first began, but surprisingly that's not happening. Maybe it's the whole thing about "muscle weighs more than fat," or it could be because I am usually starving after class, so I'm eating more than usual. Anyway, I am hoping it all comes together, healthy body, healthy mind is the goal. Have a blessed day- Namaste
As some of you know, I've taken up a new hobby...rug hooking. I've always LOVED the look of hooked rugs and wall hangings. When classes were offered with a nearby fiber group, I knew that now was the time to begin. I soon learned that this is not a cheap hobby. The price of wool averages about $26 a yard. Wow, there's gotta be a better way, I thought. Goodwill to the rescue! After carefully looking through the racks and reading labels, I found I could buy 100% wool skirts and coats for $3-$5 a piece. Of course, it takes a bit of time and effort to take them apart, but it's worth it!
The colors and patterns are bright, but a bit boring as is. It's easy to dye wool with water, vinegar and heat. You don't even need acid dyes. The color leeches out of the fabric and can create some beautiful tie-dye effects.
First, I layered the fabric and then rolled, twisted and tied it.
Those bundles went into a pot to cook, cook and cook some more. I added vinegar at the end to set the colors...and voila:
Gorgeous multi-colored wool fabric which will really give my hooked pieces dimension. I am having so much fun dying, I am not even sure what kinds of patterns I will be hooking. Right now, I'm going to work on building my fabric stash....I've got time to figure the rest out later!
Who would have thought? I started my vintage supply shop on etsy 7+ years ago as a way to sell off some of my excess flea marketing loot. I was going strong as a mixed media artist at that time and making regular trips to the flea markets, junk stores and auctions for supplies to use in my work. Being an antique and vintage lover at heart, I had a hard time passing by so many lovelies and filled the car up every time. I soon realized that I was running out of room to store everything, not to mention my concern for all the $$ I was spending on stuff that was basically just sitting around. So, I decided to open my 2nd etsy store and sell some of the treasures that I knew I wasn't going to use. I started listing items and found out "yes!" people really do need and want this stuff. So, I've just kept it up and the years have rolled by. I love doing this 90% of the time. How many people can say that about their job? There's some days when my eyes are tired and my back is aching because I've been sitting in front of the computer all day listing items. There's an occasional customer that seems to have it in for me (for whatever reason), but for the most part, this is like play, not work.
So, to celebrate my 10,000th sale on etsy, I am having a giveaway. I will pick 3 winners who will receive the lots shown on Monday, February 8th.
You can enter in any or all of these ways:
1. Leave a message here.
2. Like and leave a message on my facebook page. HERE
3. Share on your facebook page.
2016 is here and it couldn't be more welcomed. I don't ever want to go through a year like 2015 again. I can't blame anyone but myself, though....I am completely responsible for my situation. Here's what happened....in November 2014 after one of my many trips to the mountains of NC, I decided that I really, really loved the area and it was time to downsize and move. Life is too short not to take chances and make changes. I hate nothing more than being stuck in a rut. After the initial excitement, it was time to face reality. My husband was all on board and my mom (who lived next door) was ready to go, too. To put it in a tidy little package, this is what I was faced with as the months rolled by: clearing and cleaning out clutter in 2 households (plus a work space I was renting), listing and selling 2 houses, searching and finally finding a new area and home, (for ourselves as well as my mom), saying goodbye to good friends and neighbors, physically making the move and finally getting settled. Whew, there were many ups and downs and sleepless nights along the way, but we made it. I have to say, it was all worth it! I wouldn't wish a year like that on anyone, but I love my new home and and I can't believe how blessed I am to live in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
We went from a 3,000 square foot historic home on a busy street in the city limits to a much smaller, rustic home in a very wooded community. You climb steep roads when you live on the side of a mountain and that took some getting used to. I see deer everyday and feel in my heart that this is where I belong at this stage of my life. Of course, one of the drawbacks is inclement weather. We are completely snowbound at the moment, but most of the east coast is in the same boat. I can't wait to see how the seasons unfold. It's isolated, but that's something I don't mind. I have a studio right here at home to work out of and I am pretty well settled now.
The view over my worktable can be distracting, but I keep myself focused...most of the time. I have been listing new items in my etsy shop for the past few weeks. Many things are from my personal collections. I was delusional when I thought I was really going to have room for everything I packed and brought with me. I am being forced to let go of things I have cherished for years. Oh well....they're only THINGS, right? So, check out my etsy store, as I will continue to list items.
And one more thing...I have a big landmark coming up. I am getting close to having 10,000 sales in my etsy shop. (10,000! Who would have ever thought that was possible??) I am so thankful and humbled and it still blows my mind. I am going to have one big time giveaway when I reach that goal. I am not sure how it will be structured yet (I am thinking multiple winners) but I will keep you posted when it happens.
Be well, Happy 2016 and thanks for hanging in there with me!
I really have to laugh when I look at my last post. The show in downtown Asheville got rained out. I don't mean clouds and scattered showers; I mean torrential continuous rain ALL DAY LONG. It officially qualified as my worse show ever. The only people we saw were the ones huddled under umbrellas while they dashed from their cars to nearby restaurants. Hey, I made my show fee back plus a little bit, so I guess it could have been worse. I never thought I would be one of those vendors who say, "I've made my show fee" and be happy about it. That day I was.
Anyway, on a brighter note....I have an INDOOR show coming up in a few weeks. The Holiday Fair at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC. I did this one last year and really enjoyed it.
I haven't been doing too many shows this fall because we have been busy packing to relocate. If I even hear a whisper about a move in the future, I'll scream. I have so much stuff to sort through and pack. We are trying to cut back so the moving company can bring one truck instead of two. It's a big price difference and you have to look long and hard at your possessions and decide what you can live with and without.
This is my garage which is just downright ridiculous.
I plan on getting the show behind me and then moving shortly afterwards. It's going to be an interesting December. I know I've been rambling a little here, but my brain has been in overload mode for about 6 weeks now.
Hope you are having a good Fall season. Wish me luck on the move and come see me at my show if you are in the area!
Hard to believe it's already October, but I guess Fall is officially here.
This photo is one I took last year...I'm not sure there will be any leaves left on the trees to change color this time around. We've gotten so much rain these past 2 weeks that the trees will be bare soon.
Luckily, it was clear and gorgeous during my last show, Farm Fresh at The Farm at Rabon Creek.
As you can see, the swags I wrote about in my last post added just the right touch to my booth.
I found this little green dresser the week before at a flea market. Worked perfectly as an accent-display piece.
The booth was busy all day long. My tireless helper (I've got a great husband!) stayed at one end helping people and I watched the other side. Couldn't have done it without him.
I don't always get to sell vintage at my shows, but this was one where it all fit together so well. It was fun decorating my booth with something besides just jewelry.
I got lots of compliments on my swags!
If you weren't able to visit this show, my next one will be Art in the Park in Asheville, NC. October 10th.
This is a fun show right in the downtown area. If you are nearby, make a day of it in Asheville. There's lots to do there and they have tons of great restaurants and breweries. Sounds like the perfect way to refuel and relax after a day of shopping.
Wishing you a great weekend!
I wanted to add something new to my display for the upcoming Fall shows, so I decided to make a few rag banners. These can be draped across the front of a table, along a side panel or just wherever you can find 2 hooks. Once I got into it, I realized it can be very addicting and I could imagine myself squirreled away in the house making these things for weeks at a time!
I started out by picking up sheets from Goodwill. King flat sheets are going to give you the most fabric. I got about 5 neutral patterns that worked together.
I measured off the fabric and started cutting strips.
...and cutting, and cutting and cutting. I turned Netflix on and just kept cutting away while half watching a movie. I won't lie to you, it seemed like I would never get done.
The fabric was looking a little too whitey-white for my taste, so I decided to tea stain it.
So much better! I hung them on the laundry bar until they dried.
Then I tied them around a 4 ft. string of twine, alternating the different styled fabric.
It helped to weigh down the ends so the twine stayed tight.
Here's the finished project. I made (6) 4 foot banners. That should be enough to add a little vintage charm to my booth.
And last, but not least- before starting a project like this, remember to lock up any little rascals you have around the house that impede your progress.