Our good friends (and my children's Honorary Grandparents), Randy and Lois, have been decluttering lately and lucky me - they just went through their piles of Christmas decorations!
After deciding what they wanted to keep, they told me to come over and take what I wanted before they donated it. Here's what I chose.
Lois told me most of these old glass ornaments were from her mother.
Aren't they pretty and so delicate?
When the kids are older, I'd like to decorate my entire tree in nothing but these vintage jewels and other Shiny Brites I have stored away.
Do you see the one on the bottom right? It's actually not old, but is painted to look like a rose. I thought it was bodacious.
These are HUGE! According to Lois, they're also very old.
Two Putz houses with the Japan label still on the bottoms! Some bottle brush wreaths and various newer ornaments. Being Irish, I couldn't resist the Celtic cross.
Wait! There's more! Lookie what I found the past few weeks at various thrift stores, all for a song.
These are the types of goodies Magpie Ethel always seems to score!
Ever since I converted my Dining Room into an Art Room, my mind and eyes (and mind's eye!) are constantly on the look-out for pieces I can work into my folk art.
Pieces I would have looked over before now become the focal point of an amazing idea I have in my head! Now, if only I could fill my studio with the actual finished pieces. But.....they're mostly all still in my head!
I figure at some point to also fill my Etsy Shop with tons of vintage goodies.
The ideas are endless!
I have a real love for miniatures. I especially like to use them as little toys peeking out of Santa's pack and for creating tiny dioramas.
When I found this little village, I figured to resell it on Etsy. But lately, I've been noticing that other artisans have been using each piece to make Christmas ornaments. Loved the idea! My only decision now is whether to break up the set (which is still in its original box and comes with trees and an ice-skating pond) or repurpose them. I think making the ornaments would be SOOOOO much fun and creative....but I hate to break apart a set that's been together for 30 years. Hmmmmm......I'll have to think some more.
I just LOVE the whole process!
The hunt for the old pieces.
Rummaging through thrift stores for unique finds (and super low prices).
Using the found materials as the focal points for my artwork.
Dreaming up ideas.
Choosing different mediums for the perfect combination.
Creating new and unique art.
Recyling something old into something completely fresh and new.
What was once just an idea in my head then becomes a solid, tangible piece of folk art to be enjoyed. Really, how cool is that?!!