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

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Antique Finds & Images For You Too!

*WHEW*!!! Spent Easter Break at Dane and Candy's farm. Since getting back, I've been playing catch-up with life and always seem to be two steps behind. Now I thought I'd take a breather and do some blogging because I miss you all so much!

Whenever Candy and I get together, it's a week's worth of antiquing and rummaging; she knows all the hot-spots. This time, I took it much easier on my pocketbook as I focused on two things: ideas for my Mid-Summer Night's Festival and Art Journaling. This leads to my first picture: an antique velvet photo album.

This thick album sold for $4.50. I thought it was dated 1920s-1930s, but the owner told me it was more towards late 1800s-early 1900s.

Right before taking these pictures, I went through the album, applying Modge Podge to all its rips and tears. Since I plan on using it as an art journal, most will be covered anyway.

The last pages have inserts for tiny photos. This will be a fun project!

Mary and Nicolai fought over this book in the car, until we had to take it away from them! Enjoy the next few images.

For $1.50, I had to have the images of this little boy and girl, dated 1910. Right now, there's got to be at least one person out there related to these kids. Wouldn't it be fun to find out?

I picked this book up. Put it down. Picked it up. Put it down. Finally, for $3.00, I figured it wouldn't hurt! The pages are very brittle and crispy so I won't feel bad chopping it up for ATCs and journaling.

Oh! A million ideas go through my head for using this old doll's dresser!

Nic wouldn't leave me alone for 2 seconds so I could take this shot.

One of the games I wanted to make for our festival is called, "Huckle Buck". The idea is to try to toss a wiffle ball into a tin can, which is grouped in a triangle along with 5 other tin cans. I thought it'd give more of a country feel if I used old milk bottles. But, they cost so much - the cheapest I saw was $6.50 each. Ask and it shall be given! Candy gave me not only 6 old milk bottles that she actually used, but the little metal basket to hold them as well. They were in bad shape when she brought them up from the basement, but with some elbow grease and black spray paint, they look good as new!

Did I ever tell you how much I LOOOOOVE old wood toys, especially if part of it is tin? I don't know what it is about wood and paint. I'm also using mostly those materials for the carnival games. Just something about the feel and look of it. So, I couldn't resist this game; it reminded me of a miniature version of the "Strong Man" game you see at carnivals where you swing a huge mallet and try to ring the bell.

You can never have too many oil lamps, especially when your neighborhood constantly loses power. Ted has a nice collection of them and for $4.50, we added this retro pink one to the lot.

Still so much to do. Have you ever needed a vacation from your vacation??

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Old-Fashioned Carnival Games

Hope you all had a great Easter! We spent ours at Dane and Candy's farm, which is always a good time. More on that when I have time to focus.

Last I wrote, I had created some carnival games for a Midsummer's Night Festival we're planning. I just finished another this morning that I wanted to share. This is a Disk Toss.

Originally a wood fence that Ted saved from a craft store's dumpster, it now serves as an old-fashioned carnival game!

After cutting down the fence to size, I painted the slats the colors of a carnival. While searching through my stash of wood, I found a bunch of dowels I had forgotten about. These make the perfect pegs to catch the disks. At a junk store in Ohio, I found 4 wooden legs (just $1.99 each) that I painted to match the fence.

Turning the fence over, I attached the legs with wood glue and nails (I prefer hammering nails than fussing with screws!) Then, I drilled holes for the dowels. Ted taught me to make the holes slightly smaller; that way, I can hammer the dowels in and the friction will hold them in place. No glue or attachments necessary.

The rings were purchased on-line at a circus supply store. Just couldn't find them anywhere!

I'd say this project $15 tops to make. Got to love recycling!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Peanuts & Popcorn & Crackerjacks!

Ted tells me, "You just can't help yourself." He's right. I don't know how he puts up with me and my ideas. Well, here's a new one - we're planning a "Mid-Summer's Festival" in a few months and my head's already bursting with ideas.

Yesterday, I finished painting this photo-op. Nic's my model in this picture.

Here's Mary posing for me. The "standee" still needs legs, but I'm debating on how I want to do it. I'm thinking of painting a clown on the other side for the girls who don't want to be seen as a male vendor.

It's only been about 3 weeks since I decided to make these vintage-like carnival games and I'm in the middle of creating 5 different ones at the same time! This Ring Toss was my first attempt at making them and it's completed, rings and all!

I LOVE the artwork from the 1930s-1940s and am basing all the decorating on this time period. These images came from old cards that I enlarged, attached to a piece of plywood and cut out.

Mary's demonstrating how the game is played. It's harder than it looks!

This Bean Bag Toss reminds me of "The Little Rascals." I got the idea from an old birthday card of a little boy looking into a fence hole that says, "Keep Out!" I changed it to him peeking through a fence at a Circus. Obviously, he can't afford circus tickets so can only fantasize from afar. Poor little bugger.

Mary painted the "Tickets" sign for me, which was tough for me to relinquish control! But, I thought, the whole point of me doing this is for the kids to have fun and how much more special it would be with Mary's hand in it. I actually prefer her childish penmanship to stencils which I would have used.

Ted's going to help me add the legs to the back so it will support itself.

Nic wanted to show Mary how it's done.

I loved the simplicity of "Tip-It." The object is to throw a beanbag or wiffle ball at each image and try to knock it over.

Originally, I was searching Ebay for vintage carnival games. They're either way too expensive or just cheap cardboard or plastic with missing pieces. Real wood is the way to go! My hope is to see these games played with and well loved for years to come.

What do you think, Nic?

I'll be taking a week or so off from blogging as we prepare for Easter and the kids go on Spring Break. Have a great Easter!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Little Lady!

You're sugar. You're spice.

You're everything nice.

And your Daddy's Little Girl!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Luck be a Lady Tonight!

If you've known me for a while, you know I love vintage items, especially toys and games. Lately, I've been looking for old game pieces to use for journaling and creating ATCs. Today luck was on my side.

This was a shocker. A 1961 Monopoly game - complete! I bought it for $2.00 totally expecting to finds bits and pieces. What a surprise to find this 50 year old game all there in great shape.

How about a 30 year old Bingo Game? For $2.00, I got it all!

Ironically, I just started looking at the prices for these Bingo games for future birthday parties for the kids.

I just have to be careful not to be tempted to use the cards for scrapbooking!

This was a fun find for the kids, who love doctor's kits. A 1977 complete kit for $5.00.

After washing it all down with Clorox wipes, Nic's already used it on his "Tom" (Tom and Jerry) stuffed cat.

Remember Parchessi? We played this a lot growing up. Again, this game has never been used - $2.00

I never saw this game before, but the picture of the man on the box looks like an actor from the 60s-70s. I opened it up and it's completely still in its original wrap. Never even opened after all these years $2.00

The rain's coming down, I'm fighting a lingering cold, and some idiot with a cellphone stuck to his face almost caused a head-on collision with me this morning. No exaggeration, he was on MY side of the road, right in front of me, coming right at me. I turned on my high beams, he kept coming. I completely stopped the car, he kept coming. I tried to veer off the side into the woods, and still he was coming right at me. At about 4 car lengths, I just laid on the horn until he swerved away from me. It was so bad, I thought it HAD to have been a man having a heart attack while driving. I looked over as he passed me, only to see him glaring at ME with this look of disgust, one hand on the wheel, one hand on the side of his face. You know what I would have liked to do with that phone.

People may tell you therapy shopping is bad. Don't you believe them! I was really shaken up and couldn't get it out of my head; I just kept replaying it over and over. Then I spotted these fun games, at super prices, and was able to get the memory of this creep out of my mind.

Friday, April 1, 2011