"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."

Friday, September 30, 2011


Luck be a lady tonight!

For weeks, I've been totally preoccupied with decluttering, donating, selling, and trading. Spaces cleared, more room to move, and then it happens.....I come across some of the neatest vintage goodies! What's a folk artist-vintage lover-holiday collector to do? And the prices...oh, the prices! I've hit some major deals. So, walk with me. Talk with me. Come to see my newest treasures.....

OK. I'm the first to say this elven-gnome-like dwarf is not the cutest thing going, but when I saw him, I turned away, and had to come back and get him and his friend. All that kept going through my mind was how much fun it'd be giving him a make-over.

Mary asked if I could make them Christmas elves, but to me, they look more like woodland elves, based on the colors they're wearing. The elf above actually moves when you plug him in. Looks like he used to hold something like a candle. This fellow doesn't move and his cord has been cut in half. Looking at their clothes and base, I'd date them to the 1960s or 70s. Anyone know?

For $9.00, I snatched up this metal haunted house. I use faux candles so there's no worrying about real fire, which is good because Nic has dubbed this his new toy.

How about these little guys? At first, I thought they were home-made, but now I believe they were made in Japan and were picks for a bouquet. I also found a skeleton, but darn if I can find it.

Originally, I was going to take the clock apart and create a diorama inside. But, it works and now I have a pretty unique clock in my art room!

One thing I love about my kids is that they're still "kids." Instead of running to the computer, they still love toys and have come to appreciate the old ones. They'll actually point things out to me and say, "Look mommy! It's vintage!" So, they're getting a good eye for it. Nic picked out this puppy and takes it with him everywhere now. It's big too, not like the little ones you typically see.

Yes! That's Caspar back there! And get this, he glows in the dark. The coincidence of finding him was amazing. I had just bought the kids 2 Caspar DVDs (never opened, $2 a pop, not bad!) and explained to them that I used to watch it all the time when I was little. Two days later, I find this Caspar squeeze toy. What's the word....serendipity?

Some pixies "Made in Japan" and a cute little gnome. Little rough around the edges, but still lovable, kind of like my Dad.

What's a vintage Christmas without some flocking?

This is one cooooool trio!

A cup of old bottle brush trees, which always come in handy when Christmas crafting.

Lots of pale pinks and aqua ornaments.

When I saw this Madonna, I knew I couldn't pass her by. When I found out she was only $1.00, that really sealed it. She needs some cleaning and has a few chips, but the paint job is beautiful. And why not? When I turned it over, I discovered she was a Lefton!

Do you remember the Little People toys?! These have proven to be the BEST toys I could get for my kids and I've been collecting them since Mary was a baby. These were always my favorites as a child and they have definitely proven themselves worthy. Well, we already have this particular garage, but for $3.00, I scarfed it up, knowing how collectible they are now. And Nic's having fun playing with 2 of these in the meantime.

Two Napco angels - a dollar for the set!! I mean really. Don't you just want to come over here and pinch me?!

I've been collecting these bunnies as I find them. This one has a broken ear that was glued back on. For $1, I don't have a problem with that. I believe the chick was made by the same company. It's got the same look and waxy-smooth finish.

Some pieces of an old Nativity set. The angel is from Italy and it looks like Joseph is from Germany. I have a soft spot for Nativities, rosary beads, Jesus on the Crucifix, and Noah's Arks.

Old appliques.

AND FINALLY.....drum roll please! Two of the biggest scores this year! A HUGE Latex, 1966 Lucy Halloween mask. Mary's my model.

AND......A Charlie Brown head! Mary's still my model as Nic refuses to put it on.

October starts tomorrow! Let's all get giddy!

Oh, good grief.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Suddenly, I heard a tapping

'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'

Hand-Carved pumpkin with real stem from my backyard and vintage leaves.

White picket fence turned black for that graveyard feel.

Orange moss and of course, the Raven!

Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'

Monday, September 26, 2011

Poor Little Bugger

Look who I found this morning in our living room?

Poor little thing. I thought Blue left me a little surprise and was ready to go do the whole, "Baaaaad Dog!" thing, when I saw it start to move! Teeny weeny little mouse. About 10 minutes later, Ted brought me his little brother. Mary quickly named them "Nimrod" and "Nibbles." As I write this, poor Nimrod has been buried out back by a tree. Poor little Nibbles just keeps hanging on. Too young to survive without mommy.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Something Wicked This Way Comes

So, what do you do when you've got a piece of wood all ready to be carved into a Santa Claus, but you just can't get into the Christmas spirit? Why, change Santa into the Grim Reaper of course!

It's been a long time since I picked up a carving knife, too long actually. So, I felt a bit rusty when trying to transform Santa into this Halloween ghoul.

Carving the skeleton's face was the most challenging, but I had a ball adding the eye sockets, and what should have been his nose and mouth! His skull is several shades of gray and white. Then I added a subtle hint of green glitter to give him a real deathly look.

I knew I wanted more than just a black robe and spider webs did the trick. A touch of Harvest Orange to his robe and the colors came together.

The whole piece is about 7 inches tall.

Distress ink is one of my favorite mediums for giving something an aged look.

Back to the Funny Farm!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Our Harvest Home

Some love the hot lazy days of summer. Others prefer the cold winter snow. Then there are those who love the freshness of Spring. As for me, nothing compares to the Fall.

Earthy colors, crispy air, crackling leaves underfoot....

Apple cider, pumpkin pie, Halloween and Thanksgiving...

Hustle and bustle of school activities, bonfires, and home-made soups and stews..

Comfortable jeans and cozy sweaters, laughing jack o'lanterns and eerie movies...

The smokey smell of a stoked fire and curling up in warms quilts.

What's NOT to love about Autumn?

We can make spooktacular crafts....

Even just filling glass jars with dried fruit and pieces from nature's bounty is so simple, yet beautiful.

Black ravens and pinecones spruce up a dimly lit corner.

Even the kitchen gets some vintage Fall going! And thanks to Elizabeth from Creative Breathing, and other crafters, I'm now the proud owner of a gorgeous Halloween banner.

Isn't this the most? To say the least?!

If anyone out there recognizes your art work, feel free to post about it. I love to give credit where credit is due!

Elizabeth had gotten a group of women together to make this. Each contributed one letter. She put them all into a banner. When "E" was cleaning out her artroom a few months back, she very generously gave this to me, knowing how much I admired it.

The fun I had transforming vintage paper dolls into Halloween witches and that Haunted House! As they say in Jersey, "fugetabowdit!" (I'm originally from Jersey so I can get away with that!)

But one of my FAVORITE parts of Fall? Seeing my little boy snuggling up on the chair with a big bowl of hot popcorn (well...it WAS a big bowl of popcorn!)....

And walking into my bedroom to see my little girl also with a bowl of popcorn, quietly reading on my bed.

Hands-down, Fall is the most Scrumptious time of year!