Sunday, September 30, 2012

October Is Coming. . .

and so are the new Mercantile Kits (and so much more)!!!. . .
 
This month's Papercrafting Kit is full of fall colors, but with a brighter twist.  I love how the black and white photo in Megan's layout below "pops" against it's background. . .
 
 
 
To go along with last month's doily stencil, this month we have an exclusive doily stamp (and wait till you see this month's downloadable "cut" that comes with the Papercrafting Kit.  We have doily fever over here)! 
 
Details, details, details. . .

 
And speaking of "cuts" Lisa has designed 4 new ones that will be available for purchase this month and complement the kits well (love her patchwork leaves here)!. . .
This month I designed the Mini Album Kit - a general photo history album (mine will be an on going journal).  I recently purchased an Instax instant camera and plan to use only those photos here (I will do a separate blog post on that soon).  It is my new toy!. . .
 
 
 

This month's Artisian Add-On has more bright additions and some of the newest JBS products!. . .
 
 
 
 
And this month's Antiquarian Add-On is full of vintage-bright ephemera. . .
 
 
 You are also going to find more than 20 additions in the Flea Market including this large retro vintage Polaroid Land Camera with case and accessories. . .

 
The most unique and rare vintage Corona travel typewriter (the smallest yet!). . .
 
A hard to find 3 Tier Stamp Holder . . .
 

 
and several more Halloween-esque decor items including this vintage orange watchmakers case with several numbered plastic vials. . .

 
See you tonight at 12:00 midnight central time!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

This little piggy and a little rant . . .

Just sharing a few of my finds from the Flea Market this weekend - the items that are special enough that they make it up to my studio.  I loved the color of this vintage advertising glass piggy bank.  He will sit with me at my desk and keep me company.  Could you imagine smashing him??
 
 
I also brought home some new additions to my mourning pin and pinback collections.  The one with the gentleman is very unusual as it swivels and reveals a black onyx decorated backside.  The other was an old medal that someone added the photo to (so not a true mourning pin, but I can't resist little boy photos).
 
 
 
Off the subject of Flea Market Finds, I've been thinking alot about "passion" lately.  I was talking to Doris yesterday about Jaime Oliver and his Food Revolution and how much respect I have for him and what he is trying to do, particularly with school lunches.  I want to live my life that way - I want to be passionate about everything I do.  I feel like I was once.  I feel like everything I did with Mercantile and with JBS was driven by my passion.  That desire to share what's coming out of you creatively before you burst!
 
 (and that need to get it out there in the open because affirmation is an artists best fuel)
 
But then spreadsheets, bills, forecasts, and competition, creep in and you begin to scramble - trying to be everything to everyone and eventually you lose your way and don't even realize it.  You begin to say "yes" to everything and slowly you find yourself being pulled in too many directions, not feeling like your good at any one thing anymore.  Everyone gets a piece of you, but not all of you - not the passionate you.
 
So this summer I made a commitment to myself (and now publicly) that I'm going to only pursue those things that I can be passionate about and I'm going to begin to re-inject my passionate-self back into Mercantile - without worrying about what other's may be doing.  Afterall - I built Mercantile at a time when there were very few "clubs" to speak of and there was no "manual". 
 
So I have been back in my studio.  Cutting out some travel and learning to say no a bit.   I started this month with a round of Halloween projects and you will also find that I have designed the Mini Album Kit for October (yeah!) and will continue to do so 4 times a year.  We have more exclusives planned for next year as well as some other surprises and a change in the main kit price (but Membership Price will stay the same - so a bit more bang for your buck if your a member)!  You will be seeing more of a range of what I am loving now - mixed media, vintage re purposing, and creative record keeping that goes beyond a 12 x 12 page! 
 
One thing I have always been good at is surrounding myself with people who make me look good!  I have an awarding winning team of passionate, dedicated and loyal girls who do things I couldn't dream of each month with the kits and with JBS product.  I'm so thankful for each of them and very, very proud.
 
What a lucky girl I am! 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Back from the Fair. . .


and off to the Flea Market in Nashville this weekend!  We have never set up here, just shopped, but decided to grab a small booth by the Milking Parlor (across from the indoor eatery) to sell some of our liquidation products.  I will have a small table of some antique booth clearance, but for the most part it will just be some boxes full of great deals on JBS products.  So if your local, come on out and see us starting Friday.

Just a quick share of a too blurry photo of one of my new favorite finds that is keeping me company in my studio these days. . .


 
Kids have a half day today so I'm off to begin my chauffeur duties!

And read below for another new post - it's 2-for-Wednesday!
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Our first annual JBS Mercantile Halloween Open House!

AHHH- so sorry!  I set this post to go live on the 13th while I was out of town and for some reason it didn't post??  Most of you got the newsletter, but just in case I wanted to post it (jeez - it took me an hour to set up!ha!  And. . . the 3D house kit sold out but I will have another version for Christmas and will order more - promise)! 

Although we have headed to Ohio for the Country Living Fair, I left lots of goodies and projects to be loaded on the site for the 15th release - all with Halloween decorating and creating in mind!  It is our first ever, official "JBS Mercantile Halloween Open House"!

I have been busy, busy, busy in my studio creating some fresh projects that I'm sure will get you in the mood to start creating!  All 4 of the following kits will be available Saturday at 10:00 a.m.:

A Haunted House Mini Album made with some of my favorite JBS products and special vintage items . . .

Spooky 3-Dimensional Halloween Houses made from a super cool masonite board kit from Coffee Break Designs and lots of vintage items.  You will even get the set of scary trees with the kit . . .

Tiny Stand-Up Houses that include vintage details, JBS projects and your very own adopted relative (in the form of an antique gemtype - the rarest size of tintypes.  I have been collecting and hoarding all year!). . .

And finally I will also be offering a Old Photo Embellishment Kit that will include a couple of adoptive relatives to start and everything you need to "dress them up" for the holidays including masquerade masks, German foil glasses, wands, glass glitter (and more!) and a free banner printable with purchase!



And that's not all. . . we will also be decking the halls of our Flea Market with vintage/antique items that will lend themselves to Halloween decorating and crafting.  Old apothecary bottles, grungy clocks and so much more!





 
So set your clocks for Saturday the 15th at 10:00 a.m. central time!
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Saturday, September 08, 2012

Country Living Preparations. . .


I have been working my little fingers to the bone pricing, washing, polishing and organizing all of our goodies for the Fair next weekend!  All year long I stuff items away into their themed boxes where they sit in hiding until I pull them our for pricing and packaging.  It is always so much fun to lay everything out on my table as I inevitably had forgotten what I have.  Sometimes I am amazed by the treasures that have been unearthed throughout the course of the year!  This year for the Ohio Fair I will again have a large Halloween display, vintage toys such as tin globes and typewriters, farming themes that will include my favorite stand-up farm animals (I unearthed another full box this year), vintage industrial such as old fans, clocks, and cameras and tons of old general store and hardware store storage and signs.  Oh . . . and of course glassware and ironstone and hundreds of tiny "bits and baubles" that we have become known for.

So without further adieu, here are a few pictures (in the "rough"!) of my chaos as we try to get it all ready.  Enjoy!


(Waiting for their position in my old black metal cabinet). . .



 
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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Vintagefest Announcement!


Wanted to go ahead and get this info. out so you could mark your calendars!  We wanted to make it worth a one night stay this year for the non-locals so I will be doing two classes on Saturday and we will have cropping and early shopping this year.  Class sign-up and other details coming in October!
 
I'm busily preparing for the Country Living Fair in OH next week.  I will begin sharing some snapshots of my chaos later this week!  Oh - and we are going to have a BIG Halloween open house on the 15th at Mercantile.  More details on that this weekend as well!
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