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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Thursday, July 31, 2014

August is here. . .

and we have a great line-up of kits this month, with lots of exclusives and lots of vintage!

This month's Papercrafting Kit has beautiful muted color and includes one of my favorite most recent finds - two strips of original cigar box side labels with amazing color and graphics.  I am also in love with the exclusive wood veneer frame, reminiscent of an old style photo frame . . .



The Artisian Add-On this month is so full of little details, you won't know where to start (but the gallery will be full of ideas to get you started)!!! . . .


The Historian Add On is full of the great items you're used to like journaling cards and extra alphas, but you will also swoon over the little zipper bag from freckled fawn - perfect for holding all of your extra goodies!! . . .


I'm in LOVE with the Antiquarian kit this month.  While it has many items that will blend with the Papercrafting Kit perfectly, I designed it with a naturalist theme in mind and have included so many lovely vintage and natural items including vintage paperback French novels, beautiful sequin trim, tiny vials, handmade pressed ferns and so much more. . .


I have longed loved to collect Sailor's Valentines.  In the Victorian era (and beyond), sailors collected shells and glued them to boxes and frames to bring home to their sweethearts.  This month's Crafted Kit is my interpretation!  You get two boxes and plenty of seashells, some tacky glue, antique ledger paper and an antique calling card. . .




This month's Flea Market is off to a great start with some truly unique items including . . .

vintage French glass beaded trim . . .


a rare billows camera with hexagon face. . .


A great Buddy L Kennels collectable truck with adorable dog graphics. . .


a truly wonderful small leather menswear catalog with fabric samples, a catalog and order forms . . .


a cute little Ruby industrial camera. . .


and one of the most amazing stamp sets we have ever had, complete with phrase stamps that politely (and not so politely!) tell a customer that their account is past due. . .


And don't miss our JBS Flag Banner Chipboard pieces at only $.99 this month - a great deal!

Happy August!  I'm headed to the 127 Sale next week (also know as the world's longest yard sale) and promise to post some updates on my finds here (will try to be better at posting in August).  Follow my adventures on Instagram too - jbowlin7.

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