Thursday, April 17, 2014

"THE FANCY FLEA" Vintage Home & Garden Market, Plant City FL

So glad to be heading to Florida again---these are just a few of the things (wire sculpture, wood and metal assemblage) that I'll be bringing to the show April 25th and 26th at the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds in Plant City (see HERE for details and HERE for Facebook page)---the show is sold out as approx 300 vendors will be attending---my booth is #162.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter centerpiece assemblage

Using a decorative metal lamp base, funnel, lamp center rod, round wire rack, piece of chicken wire and small glass bottles--



I assembled and adhered all securely, formed the chicken wire cloche, wired the bottles for hanging, and added some white berry sprigs, my mercury glass pearl-edged nest, and a pearl cross to complete this Easter centerpiece....which can be changed out per season or occasion by adding different elements.


Easter Blessings to you!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Repurposed vintage automobilia salvage mirrors

Here is the finished project---I love the muted orange and rusty patina---and the overall industrial look.



These old truck/auto/bus (?)  light bezels just shouted 'mirror'!


So with just a few materials (an old electronics cable, epoxy and  some 8" mirrors from the craft store) and several days of patience waiting for different stages of glue to dry-- it was a fairly easy project.
The rubber cable was cut and adhered around the opening to provide a gasket cushion and also a better surface to then glue in the mirror (I like the reliability and strength of epoxy for most projects).
Some of the seemingly easiest projects can turn into lengthy, small detail challenges....but luckily not this one!

Monday, March 31, 2014

New assemblage art ~ using architectural salvage, vintage hardware, and wire

 Ramping up for my first show of the year ~ "The Fancy Flea" vintage home and garden market which is coming up the last weekend in April!
Since I've been coming across so many vintage roller skates lately, I was delighted to find how well they work as an  assemblage base.
The possibilities for old wood molding pieces are endless, and they highlight bits of rusty metal salvage and hardware perfectly.

Oh so F-U-N-K-Y !!!  These are great for hanging long necklaces and other stuff.
I LoVe this chippy white vintage ceiling light which offers the perfect stand for multiple display ideas--it would be great with a glass cloche but I couldn't resist adding a wire cage and nest.



Thursday, March 27, 2014

New antique shops in Hoschton GA


Located in NE Georgia, as you head up I-85 where St Rd 53 intersects, you'll find a day's worth of great antiquing in the twin towns of Braselton/Hoschton (also home to the semi-annual "Braselton Antique Festival" April/Oct).

Tim Cash, long-time dealer pal from Flowery Branch Antiques Market has just opened a totally cool *NEW* shop....



......filled with everything needed to decorate in the latest cutting edge styles.....
.....including large architectural pieces, folk art, cool lighting, primitives, antique furniture, industrial--and a multitude of fabulously unique finds!

Tim brings in new things daily and his range of vintage treasures can accommodate any taste or decorating style.



So much coolness packed into every square inch!




I LOVE this industrial coffee table.

Several artists who are also displaying in Tim's shop include:  water colorist Linda Griffiths.....

.....and Jane Taylor (metal artist and painter of these cool vintage stretcher boards).

Next door to Tim is another fellow dealer Lourdes Green (also from Flowery Branch Antiques Market) who's shop is  filled with everything from iron and wood salvage....


....to fabulous vintage architectural finds....


....and everything in-between. I never leave her shop without buying something to use for my latest projects.

In addition to these are more than a half dozen more shops including:  Countryside Antiques.... Braselton Antique Mall....A Flea Antique....Jarfly Station....Raintree Antiques....Kristy's Country Store....House of Clay....
                                                           ......and the wonderful Braselton Gallery!                                                                            Also nearby is Cracker Barrel and several other restaurants.    (Tim's shop is located at 4164 Hgwy 53  Hoschton, GA 30548 and his hours are 10-5 on Fri, Sat and Sunday.....706-983-2447)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

2 new projects: vintage roller skate photo holder and wired-up aqua beadboard frame

Simple and fun.

With just a few vintage treasures, wood, upholstery tacks and plastic---a totally unique picture holder can be assembled in short order.

This project started out as a mistake--I was working on an order for a long wall vine and made it un-symetrical by accident (errors are obvious when stretched across a white wall), so to salvage all that work, I wrapped it around a wobbly aqua beadboard frame I had sitting around, and added rusty hinges for even more stability.

The little glass knob holds a pretty vase, and wire leaves can hold jewelry, keys, and all sorts of fun things.