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Monday, October 26, 2015

Shows and pillows

Hi guys! Still here plodding away.. I have been busy doing shows the last couple weeks. One was quite good and one was..well the people there bought great..just not a lot of people there! The joys of doing shows! Above is a mushroom I painted for Ed's shop. I really like the red and white polka dotted mushrooms..just cheerful to me. Maybe all that Mario Bros. I played with the kids back in the day..


I've been working on a couple mixed media pieces. These are angels. I made them with shabby vintage dolls. I like the grungy cloth bodies. This one has no legs but that is OK. Her wings are a large rusty hinge. I made her crown too. She has a stamped copper heart that says Blessed ..a fitting word for me after my cancer journey this year.

This is a small one. Again the rusty hinge wings. Her skirt is some antique quilt backing scraps in palest blue. I made the brave medallion from stamped and painted paperclay.

Some pics from one of the shows.  architectural pieces, cast iron "wheels", windows and door crowns.

Vintage typewriters...........

Shutters and ornate vintage mirrors. I only had $22 on the takers!

More vintage dolls and large frames...

I think these 2 danish modern chairs are going to end up in my takers on them either.

Lots of vintage rusty keys....I like these old muffin pans.

I did sell some glitter trees..

I made some new chicken wire cloches. Some have glass knobs and some have ironstone insulator knobs.

More  shots of "the girls"...

Hearts I made with vintage wallpaper, French text,vintage millinery flowers and some have handmade stamped medallions..they are in my shop now.

I made pillows to take and spent the day trying to keep them off the (unexpected) dirt floor..yay!

Vintage sugar sacks I stamped with antique letter stamps and some have French style graphics transfers

There is a chair under there someplace (I think I sold that).

I may offer custom ones of these later after the Christmas craziness settles down. Johannes Becker was my 3X great grandpa (maybe 4) Ennetbuhls was/is in Switzerland. I picked names and places from my family tree and added numbers and dates I liked. All you need is a family name to make it meaningful.

I made some crown pillows. All these were made on vintage grain feed seed sacks. Someone had removed the graphics, but I still like the old textiles.

This one is actually a vintage cranberry bean seed bag.

Ornate chair..

Large starch bag...

Seed corn..

Another (German) ancestor. I have been selling things and trying to make enough to have things ready for (hopefully) the Christmas rush. This will be my first Halloween in about 30 years that I haven't had a child to take trick or treating. Jack has decided he is too old *Sigh* I may have to buy myself a bag of mini Snickers and call it a night! Happy Halloween to one and all! Til next time! Julia

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Upcycled projects collaged faux pumpkins and vintage tinsel wreaths

 Hi guys! A few more things made it out of my studio. I love to make things..I am not so keen on getting them listed in my Etsy shop! I made these collaged pumpkins with styro faux pumpkins and vintage sheet music ( Bach) and vintage French dictionary pages. I added handmade black glittered leaves and copper wire tendrils. I think they would look great with other autumnal items..leaves, pinecones, mini white pumpkins..mercury glass..even a fake raven and some apothecary bottles!

 I also finished up a bunch of small silvery tinsel wreaths last night. The base is made of vintage tinsel wired wands that I bent into shape. On this one I added a vintage foil Christmas light reflector and vintage pink mercury glass beads. I added leaves made of vintage French Dictionary pages. I love bling.

 My gramma loved silvery things and pink..I think these would have been approved!

 One these I added  rolled felt roses backed with melted organza petals..and French text leaves..

 All these wreaths can hang any which way or even lay flat..they are a petite 6 inches across..perfect to circle a jar candle.

 This one has a papered 3D French text star.

 More foil flowers I think these are vintage with a modern twist!Simple but POW.

 The last 2 have vintage millinery flowers and the French-y aqua..

And this one in pale pink with sage touches with more pink mercury glass beads..yummy. I am like Gramma..hard to beat silver and pink! Hope you are all having a great week. I have another show this Saturday..the Clinch River festival in Clinton, TN. I am praying for a dry weekend! I'll take pix.'Til next time! Julia

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Upcycled tart tin ornaments

 Hi guys! These are a few of the ornaments I have been working on lately.

 This one has a vintage rhinestone jewelry center.

 A vintage earring...

 Some have vintage and antique prayer card images..this one with vintage mercury glass beads

 These started a few years ago with ornaments I made with a stash of vintage tincan lids I ran across at an estate sale. I ran out of the old tin so I started using vintage tin and aluminum tart tins.

 This one has a head I molded from paperclay..I used on old doll head to make a mold.

 I just snip and hammer and fold and snip some more and layer until it is something I like. This one has an added vintage chandelier prism.

 I also use vintage brass lighting pieces, but my supply of those is waning..I will have to find a "new" vintage supply.

 The rhinestone accents are new... everything else is vintage.

I am inspired by Catholic altar pieces and antique South west tin. I'm getting ready for an antique show this weekend and getting ready to paint walls, ceiling and trim and refloor our living room, dining room..hall..and kitchen. I am tired already and haven't started yet!When I get going I will have some pix.Stop again! Til next time! Julia