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

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Not Sure I'm Doing This Right


I keep reading that as of tonight, Google Reader will no longer be active, so I took the advice of many other bloggers and imported this blog to bloglovin'.  I thought I did it all right, but nothing seems to have changed with my blog.

Anyone else going through the same thing?

I'm pretty much a technophobe and hate trying to figure out this kind of stuff so if you have any answers, I'm all ears.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Taking a REAL Art Class

 Yesterday, Mary had a taste for a "real" art class. 
 By "real" I mean it's being taught in a little studio
 by a husband and wife team,
 both of whom have taught art classes for over 30 years. 

Their first lesson was to draw human characteristics
onto inanimate objects, this is known as anthropomorphism.
The California Raisins and the talking M&M guys are
good examples of this.

After gathering the students around a table to
demonstrate how to create these caricatures,
the students then brainstormed
5 different ideas of their own.

Mary drew a half-used eraser who
was upset because he was being rubbed out!

Her favorite idea was a starfish holding a microphone
in his hand singing up on a stage to a crowded audience. 
The caption: "I'm a star!"
Meanwhile, Nicolai, not interested in drawing
but more mechanically-inclined,
happily sat quietly playing a game on his Nook.
Later that night I returned for MY first art class. 
Instead of drawing fun caricatures, my time was spent drawing
cones, circles, cylinders, and boxes. 
And you know what?  I still LOVED it!
Not that drawing those things are fun, but I
learned a completely new way to hold a pencil while drawing.
I felt like Danny in the "Karate Kid", learning by doing it over
and over.  But instead of "Wax-on, Wax-off", it was more,
"Slow down and move your entire hand, not just your fingers."

Sunday, June 23, 2013

While Strolling Thru the Park One Day......

Fun way to get the kids out of the house on a hot summer day? 
Take them for a walk in the woods with the promise of icecream.

And relive the experiences of your own childhood
as you watch the wonder in their eyes. 
 What did you find?  Get a little closer. 
Go on, Nic, don't be scared.
 Fat fella blended right in.  
He looks BIG and plump doesn't he? 
But looks can be deceiving.
 Look how tiny he is even in a child's hand!
 But there's more to explore.
 If we dare walk through this opening,
will we find little Hobbits?
 No, it just lead to an old, unused train track. 
So, let's follow it a bit.
 Down a large embankment and we wound up here. 
Not quite as exciting as finding a hobbit hole,
but a little adventure nonetheless!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Treasure Hunting for Vintage Goodies

It was just that kind of morning.   We needed to get out.   We hit a few large yard sales and nothing was turning up, until we were just about to leave.
The very last table I hit had a chest full of old Christmas decorations at 10 cents apiece.  
I grabbed mostly just the figurines.
 Since Ted and the kids were waiting for me, I went through quickly, barely even noticing exactly what I was grabbing.
It wasn't until I got in the car and peeked at them that I saw I had grabbed a Little Miss Muffet - complete with spider!
 There weren't any knee-hugger elves, but plenty of cuteness.
 And this is how collections begin.  Start out with one or two, then grab another when you see it. 
 Or is that how hoarding begins?

 I think this was my favorite!
 Also scored 6 vintage Christmas trees.
 Old salt and pepper shakers.  I like the tops.

 OK.  I've GOT to stop feeling the need to "save" these statues. 
But, he was in such good shape, better than most I find.

 This was fun because it was in a little baggie and I didn't know what it was until I opened it.  Old wedding couple with stagecoach and clockface.

 They're much too small to be cake toppers at only about 2 inches tall.  Maybe cupcake toppers?
Too cute.  
 Did I tell you I'm taking an Art class?!!   Yes!  And I'm so excited.  I start in 2 weeks - a drawing class.  I haven't taken an actual drawing class in 25 years.  We'll be using charcoal so buying these brand new charcoal sticks for $2, which ordinarily would be $12 was a score.
 The most dangerous things to buy - crafting supplies - because the possibilities are endless!  I clean out my stash and turn around and buy more.

 Exciting find!   This old blow-mold that sits in the window and lights up. 
 And neither Ted nor I could pass up these two boxes of old Christmas lights. 
 Wouldn't these be great to use for Halloween? 
 And these could be used for Fourth of July.

 Pretty and pink! 
But the one we had to keep thinking about and going back to?   This old bubble gum machine.  Still works.  Ted thought it would be a lot of fun for the kids.  I envision filling it with seasonal goodies like old glass Christmas balls.
 But, first things first.  My tinker husband needs to do a little lock-picking!

Considering we thought we were walking home with nothing, it turned out to be a good day afterall!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

HUGE Magazine and Craft Book Destash and Sale
at my Etsy Shop:

 You want to learn it?  It's all right here!
 Unique and refreshing ideas.  Lots of new techniques using altered art and mixed media techniques.
Scrumptious books with irresistible eye candy!
Most are in excellent condition.  Magazines are $4-$5 while the big heavy books are $10.
Want to learn to needle-felt?  Quilt?  Make books/journals/ATCs?  How about sewing?  Altered Art?  Mixed media?  Collages?  Circuses?  Dolls?   It's just endless.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Newest Antique Store Finds

Found a few pretties.....
 Second old Jack O'Lantern I found this week.  This one is a Relpo, I think from the 1960s.

 Silly pink cat.

Mrs. Sophisticated with her black poodle. 

 And some orange satin Christmas balls.  I never saw them before with the leaves attached.

Hoping you all have a great day!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Mad Hatter Antiquing Adventure

Yesterday morning my whole day was planned out.  Clean, clean, and oh yeah, iron too. 
It was a gorgeous day and I was ready to tackle it all on. 
But therein lies the problem.  It's a gorgeous day. 
 The cleaning will always be there tomorrow.
Plus, my Etsy shop is looking sparse.  I should really find new things to add to my shop. 
That's it.  Everybody get ready - road trip!
We drove down to Adamstown, PA.  Antique shops line Rt. 222. 
Since we left so late and it took over an hour to get there, we only had a few hours before everything closed.   We knew we had to hit The Mad Hatter Antique Mall. 
 And this is my favorite corner of the building - everything retro!

Mary and Nicolai loved all the funky colors and old kitchen gadgets.  "Mommy!  Take a picture of this over here!" was all I kept hearing.  
This old cake tin was so cute in its pale pink color, but at $85, I had to pass.  
And if you're going to hate standing on a scale anyway, at least make it a little less painful by having one of these fabby pink ones! 
 Unfortunately, this was the only shop I actually took pictures.  The other shops we went into didn't want ladies bringing in big handbags, so I had to leave mine in the car and with it, went the camera.

 They didn't really have these on the phones did they? 
I figured someone just did a little "repurposing".

 Now, if anyone ever wants to visit Adamstown, let me forewarn you.  This is not where you want to go to find thrift store prices.  Having already gone here with my parents a few months back, I already knew that.  But, it's still a fun experience.

 Nic entertaining himself with a bag of plastic toys.  Such a good boy.

And if you're looking for retro bowls, you'll find it here!
 Such pretty and delicate details.  This reminds me of something my Mom would have worn.

 OK.  If I ever go back, I just may have to have Ted buy this for me (it would take the guilt away from me buying it for myself!)  I've never seen a tree like this one.

 Instead of green with colored lights, it's white with silver glitter and light blue birds.  I saw it last time I was there and fell in love with its simplicity. 
But, it's hard to justify buying stuff for yourself when you're on one income.

Even tissue paper had cute graphics back then!  Oh, send me back in time!

 Funky, funky, funky!

 I did wind up finding a few things to put in my Etsy shop and will post later.  With the amount of gas and tolls it took to get there, and if I sell everything, I might break even.  But, it was a day out with Ted and the kids.  And I'm already done most of the cleaning I would have done yesterday too.  
--- and I just heard the dryer buzz!  Time to go fold more laundry!