Friday, January 13, 2006


Look what I got!!

The mailman brought this to me today! It was my latest ebay purchase. It is an old receipt holder from a country store. It actually has metal pages and weighs a good 10 pounds. I thought I could use it to store embellishments but its way too heavy to use on a daily basis. So, I am going to use it to display photos and keep it open like this (and use it as a prop for the website). This was a very cool find!
And. . . I took the photo below of all the things I found when I went to my favorite antique store on Wednesday. I literally ran in for 20 minutes and scored big time! The wire "basket" holding everything is actually an old casserole carrier (the zippered modern day Pyrex one's just don't have the same charm). It was $6 and will hold my mail. Otherwise, I brought home a couple cheap silver pieces, a very cool glass (for sugar?) cup with silver etching and an AWESOME find for a future project kit I have in mind (the spools of antique ribbon stacked along the bottom). I actually plan to do a page around this photo!

So I thought I would show all of this today in celebration of the fact that I decided to add a feature to the gallery each month: Studio Inspiration. Each month, along with all of the other monthly features (I have been promising to share that haven't I?) you will get one fun display or organizational idea direct from my place of inspiration. Have I ever told you how important I think this is? Really - it is a huge passion of mine! I am so fortunate to have the space that I do now, but I certainly did not always have that. It doesn't matter if you are in a closet, the corner of your bedroom, or in your own private loft. There are things you can do to creatively organize your space for both function and inspiration. More to come.

I'm so excited - have I said that yet?

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17 comments:

Renee Camacho said...

K - I must know which store you go to - I visit the ones in Goodlettesville - very good ones on Main Street there - Rare Bird Antiques is my fav - where do you visit? I'm assuming something more 'Lebanonish' way of town?

jamie said...

i am SO excited for you jenni. it will be awesome. :)

Dawn said...

Ok, that is way more than a cool find! I LOVE antique/flea market shopping...haven't done it in too long, must remedy that. Gonna have to check out that ebay stuff, too, cause that was just an AWESOME find!

Loni said...

oh man! i love that receipt holder! i want, i want!

can you believe i've never even BEEN on e-bay? i wouldn't even know what to do, lol.

Jeanette said...

What a great eBay find! Very unique. And I love the items you purchased from the antique store.

What a great idea to do a monthly feature on "studio inspiration". I wish it could be every day as your studio is very inspiring!

Keep the ideas and photos coming!

amber said...

Hi Jenni! (not sure if you remember me, I introduced myself to you at MT...friend of Sherri's...just moved here from Vegas...) anyway, I have the same question as Renee.... Which antique store is your favorite? I only just moved here to Mt. Juliet, so I could use some help pointing me in the right direction! ;)

Rach said...

Way cool finds! The reciept holder rocks! I dig you love of old things as I grew up in a household with a monther and stepfather that collect and buy and sell antiques. Still do. I love hitting the flea markets, too.
I will be gone at CHA and don't want to miss out on getting my grubby little paws on the first kit!
Thanks for all the inspiration today!

Susan said...

I love your ebay find!! Do you have any favorite sellers on ebay that you'd be willing to share for great finds like that? I love unique old things like that! Your style inspires me. Can't wait for Feb. for the full Jenni Bowlin experience!

cammy said...

love the receipt holder and all of your other little treasures. i am so looking forward to your Studio Inspiration!

CheryLOL said...

color me green with envy on the ebay find! I scour on a daily basis - this one is just too darn cool!

Amanda said...

Love the ebay find! Cannot wait to see more!

Sharyn (Torm) said...

okay...I've got to know. HOW in the world did you find that awesomely cool reciept holder on ebay? Did you bump into it? Were you searching for it specifically? I had no clue such a cool thing existed. I'm beyond jealous. ;) Very very very cool

tracyg said...

Wow, we are so excited to see it.

Anonymous said...

Girl,
You are the queen of fun finds! What a cool idea for photos.

Jen Gallacher :)

Cindy said...

LOVE the receipt holder!!! Yes please tell how you found it or if you do have any favorite sellers that have neat stuff.

I love the idea of the studio inspirations! I too use old unusual things to organize with and display in my studio and entire house. I just got done redoing my studio so I'm always on the lookout for "old" stuff that can be useful! Can't wait for your tips from your studio!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenni.
Cool stuff! That glass looks like a very nice soupbowl to me. But it looks perfect for sugar I must say. You make me want to go to the nearest antique-shop right now. ;)
Take care.

Jana said...

WOW! You definitely scored at the antique store, big time! LOVE your finds and look forward to seeing more pics of your gorgeous studio.