I thought I would share with you some photos of the goodies I picked up on my trip.
I found this dial/scale in a thrift shop on the way to Texas. To be honest, I'm not sure what it is, but I love the black and white combination with numbers. It looks small hanging on the wall, but it's really very bulky and heavy. I'm counting on that nail holding it up, I'm pretty sure I hit a stud. It can be scary hanging something like this over a doorway.
Of course, I am not hanging onto everything I bought. I have started listing items in Vintage Supply and still have so much more to add.
An old paint brush with tons of character!
Adorable white leather baby shoes.
A vintage ornate tin.
Old sheet music for collage or scrapbooking
and a sweet pin cushion.
One more item I wanted to mention. I have been helping our local art co-op set up an etsy shop online. You can find it here. All of the items are handmade by local artists. Please stop by and take a peek. Here's a little preview.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
It looks like spring has finally arrived!
I am home now, unpacking, doing laundry and settling in. A trip to the grocery store is a must this afternoon. When I think back now on our trip, I remember the feelings and emotions of the past 10 days.
Happiness and Love for my family.
Wonder at seeing my nieces and nephews grow up and mature before my eyes.
Sadness at saying goodbye and knowing I will miss so much before the next time I see them.
Stress from being confined in the car for so, so many hours.
Fear of busy roads around big cities. Atlanta, Dallas, Houston.....I'm a white knuckle driver when traffic gets heavy. Thank goodness I was not behind the wheel.
Self loathing for eating junk on the road out of sheer boredom.
Anticipation before I walk into a newly found junk store.
Disappointment when I discover they have antique shop prices.
Relief when I meet the owner who is so very nice and is willing to negotiate on prices!
Frustration at my husband for rushing me through. He is ready to get back on the road and I have only begun to dig through.
A quick hello this morning from San Antonio! I arrived yesterday after taking my time to get here from Missouri. I got off the interstate alot so I could stop at the antique and junk shops en-route. I am so excited about the things I've found. Lots of interesting rusty metal parts, copper...braided and soldered on the ends. They are actually bracelets half done, but they are perfect for mixed media art just the way they are. I've also found 5 typewriters, very old music sheets, some cool books and more. I can't wait 'til I get home so I can start listing some of it.
I've also had some bumps along the way. Checking into a hotel yesterday that was beyond gross. A Knights Inn that was recommended so I had reserved it. I ended up getting stuck paying for one night, but there was no way I was staying there. I found a cleaner, more modern room, but the internet connection is not great and I am unable to upload photos again. It's Spring break here as well, so the town is full of college kids.
I have some fun activities planned, though. If anyone knows of any good antique or junk shops here, I'd love to hear from you!
I figured out how to upload my photos and wanted to share a few photos with you of the place I mentioned in my last post. I could have spent the whole day here, but I was limited on time so I breezed through and tried to take everything in quickly. I did find a few goodies....some I will be keeping and some that will probably end up in the supply shop. This place was like eye candy for me....so many colors and textures. Every piece seemed to tell its own story.
I'm saying "hello" from Missouri tonight. After a few long days on the road, I have finally arrived. I stopped at several very cool flea market type stores on my way through Tennessee and Arkansas today. One was a hodge-podge of buildings pushed together and covered with signs and license plates on the outside. It was like a maze inside...room after room with steps and stuff everywhere. It looked like it had been there forever. The purveyor was a grey haired man with a long white beard. I also found a typewriter in an antique shop...somewhere. That owner told me he has a friend that did typewriter repair and has lots of odds and end keys left. I have his number and will follow up on that, but won't be surprised if it turns into a dead end.
I know posting without pictures is boring, but those will come later since my camera disc is not compatible with my computer. Bye!
By the way, my etsy stores are open for orders. I will be shipping as soon as I arrive home.
The last few days have been busy preparing for my trip. I'm heading out to visit my sister and her family soon. We were all JJ's when I was growing up. My mom is Joanna, I'm Jeanette and my sister is Jennifer. My sister and I are close in age, but definitely have different lifestyles right now. All of her children are young and mine are grown up and on their own. She is a very hands on mother and I greatly admire the job she is doing raising her kids. I can't wait to see them all : )
I did manage to squeeze in time to make a new necklace this past weekend.
And in detail where you can see it a little better. I made this during an art outing at my friend Barbara's house. A group of us met for a day of creating and fellowship. It was a great time and so inspiring to see her studio! It was truly a dream.
I guess that's about it....ta ta for now.
Isn't etsy just the best place? Whenever I am taking a break (usually procrastinating) I will peruse the items on etsy. I'm still amazed at the people who don't know about it. Everyone knows ebay, but I still get blank looks when I mention etsy. I made my own treasury since it's practically impossible to create one these days.
In a few weeks I am going to be setting up an etsy shop for our local artist co-op. Sales have been a little sluggish and I think they would really benefit by having the artwork online. More info and a link coming soon. And of course, my new website....talk about procrastinating. Have you ever had so many things on your plate that you freeze up and don't get anything done? That's how I feel these days, jumping haphazardly from one project to the next, multi-tasking so many things that I never feel a sense of accomplishment from doing one thing really well. Maybe it's the end of the winter blahs or maybe it's just me over extending myself, as usual. I don't know, but it always seems to work out in the end.
I arrived home last night after a great weekend visiting family and friends. I was going non-stop, trying to fit everything into the span of 3 short days. I was finally able to connect with my dear friends Linda, Terry and Barbara, some of the most talented artists that I know. It was such a treat to see them again : )
And of course, it is always heart warming to spend time with family. My mom's house is full of the treasures she has made and collected over the years.
Glass fused Christmas tree ornaments that she fires in the kiln.
Suncatcher drops she makes from recycled glass.
Besides this, she knits, felts, wire wraps and enamels. In the past she was a silversmith, made stained glass, mosaics...whew. She never got into pottery, but there's still time!!!
She has a beautiful collection of copper luster pitchers that I drool over when I'm there. I bet if I picked one up every time I left she would never notice (wink, wink)
So... I have lots to do today. Wrapping and packing, answering emails, laundry. If you ordered something from me, I promise it will be in the mail by this afternoon. Thank you for your patience.
Have a great day!