Sunday, August 31, 2014

Check out our beautiful September Kits. . .


Coming tonight at midnight central to jbsmercantile.com  . . .

A Papercrafting Kit full of muted color and some great exclusives (like my new favorite wood veneer feathers and spotted stencil). . .





The Artisan Add On Kit has a mix of more embellishments and an extra stencil (this one is a small cross hatch that I think would be GREAT as a photo frame) . . .



The Antiquarian Add On has a special selection of muted vintage and antique Ephemera and some wonderful school and reader themed accessories. . .


And this month's Crafted Kit is a vision that has been in my head for a while!  I wanted to create a corkboard USA map where I could pin up little flags of all of our travels.  Here is the result!  You get the frame, cork, watercolor paper, stencil and more - everything you need to complete the project as shown (including instructions).  Make it your own by choosing to use only one color, or more muted colors entirely - you can really customize this one!



The Flea Market is JAM PACKED with some pretty cool stuff this month like these little (semi-full) boxes of Dennison products. . .


and antique pencil tin full of beautiful fountain tipped pens. . .


a great Brownie camera in the box with flash . . .

several beautiful Victorian era items this month like this huge blank postcard album . . .

and several autograph books (and don't miss the beautiful photo-packed celluloid covered photo album too)!

You will also find this lovely old stencil brush set (with one great stencil). . .

and this adorable stori-viewer.  And lots more!


And finally we have a great deal on chipboard this month.  My favorite white glossy coated chipboard pieces (easy cover for paper but so perfect for so many more mixed media options).  You get a mix of 12 different pieces for only $7.50!  String together for an instead banner. . .

Looking forward to September.  It's going to be a great month!!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Things I Keep Monday. . .

Likely one of my biggest collections (and one I can't seem to ever trim down) is my photo collection.  From antique celluloid albums full of cabinet cards, tiny gem-type albums, photo folders and paper albums full of black and white photos - I just can't seem to shake my urge to adopt someone else's memories.  I flip through the pages and always wonder how these items could have made it to the estate sale or auction - of all things, right??

So I continue to collect.  Adding another album or photo on almost every trip out.  This was one such photo below.  It's tiny size, the hand coloring and her adorable smile, glasses and hat all "had me at hello".  She now sits in my studio as one of my muses, pushing me along through my daily tasks.



Happy Monday!!
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Monday, August 18, 2014

The Things I Keep Monday -

This installment is also brought to you by my friend Kathe - I picked these beautiful French apothecary tins and boxes up from her at the Fair in New York this past June (or should I say she brought them directly to me to see because she knows me so well).  I have a huge apothecary, medical and pharmaceutical collection and these were a lovely addition (an instant collection)!


Happy Monday!
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Some really cool finds. . .

coming to the Flea Market tomorrow morning, many from my recent World's Longest Yard Sale trip!  Here are some of my favorites. . .

 The first I have ever seen  - a mini travel typewriter with colored glass keys!  The key strikers themselves are a bit sticky and the letter "l" on the striker (not the key) is missing, but it is an AWESOME display piece. . .


I have several boxes available of these original Dennison labels. . .
 

A great mantel clock frame (perfect for adding a photo to) . . .
 

this beautiful little baby collection of leather booties, bisque doll and photos . . .
 

A great Robert Louis Stevenson book with wonderful silhouettes . . .
 

a set of 8 tiny watch vials . . .

another wonderful antique wood cigar box. . .


And lot's more!  Have a great weekend.  Our awesome County Fair starts tomorrow so think of me eating corn-on-a-stick watching the pigs race!
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Monday, August 11, 2014

I'm going to give this a try . . .

I keep avoiding a blog schedule because I get overwhelmed with the thought of maintaining and committing to something every day, week to week.  Instead I end up not posting at all.  So, I've decided to take a baby step, and commit to "The Things I Keep Monday" - a day each week where I can share with you something that I have chosen to keep from the all of the items I buy to sell.  These are the items that call out to me a little stronger than everything else, and therefore find their way up to my studio for an extended stay.

So here we go with week 1!

This is a wonderful framed 3-dimensional paper cutting that I bought from my friend Kathe at the Country Living Fair in New York this past June.  I am always drawn to anything handmade AND always impressed when something like this survives decades.  It will fill a blank wall nicely in my studio (once I can manage to sift through the garage and find a nail). 


Happy Monday!
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