Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello Spruce and Art Memory... THANK YOU~

I am surrounded virtually by talent galore and want to shout out some THANK YOU's to 2 artist/crafters/curators that have made this week extra special for me.

Martha, from HELLO SPRUCE, creates really sweet hand stitched banner for inside the home.


She included my old antique rustic hand mixer in this lovely "morning brew" treasury that ended up on the front page of ETSY. Lots of team mates were included here too and it looks so lovely. The mixer is now on it's way to California. Thank you Martha.

And Art Memory, from the Ukraine creates these really cool Wedding Guest Books, Magnets and New Baby items, that are all custom.

She curated this lovely springtime collection that included my robin's egg blue, vintage melmac cups.

Vintage Melmac Cups

Thank you both from MollyFinds

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

CanisPicta... The Painted Dog

Canis Picta ˈkānis-piktə: Latin meaning "the painted dog."

I know Canis Picta as a team mate and artist on Etsy. An artist that has a dog as muse and creates beautiful vibrantly colored home decor pieces.




She also curates beautiful treasuries on Etsy featuring other artists and vintage sellers.

She created this treasury for the FRONT PAGE of Etsy,
that featured a 1940s gold art decor piece I was selling.


Thank You Canis Picta for a lovely feature.
My gold art deco bowl sold but I do have other art deco pieces available.



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bunny Rabbit Style

Today I finished editing a still life photograph of a plush bunny rabbit. Even though it's my daughter's rabbit the finished piece looks great for a baby boy's nursery and I was inspired to see what other handmade items are available for a Bunny Rabbit style nursery.





I just love all of them.



Sunday, January 26, 2014

Themes 2014 January ... PHONE

Last year I participated in Eve Ricci's color challenge, this year the challenge is THEMES of 2014.
The theme for January was phone.
I wasn't sure what I was going to do until I found a phone the like one I had in high school. The original concept was, "morning, noon and night." Always on the phone, like I was back in the day.



It was like a flashback and a MINI flash forward all in the same photo shoot, having my 10 year old daughter model for me. A flashback to my days and a look ahead to a couple of years when I know she will have her own phone.

The shower scene ended up being the most fun andf my favorite because of her expressions, so it received a triptych of its own.


The expressions cracked me up and reminded me of Lucille Ball, but my friends and family all say it reminds them of me.

I am anxious to see what the theme for February is and how the Eve Ricci challenge helps me to grow this year.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Front Page Thank You's

It has been a while since I have gotten to say Thank You, to an Etsy friend, teammate or colleague for a front page. Today I am thanking two, Katie and Nikki.
Thank You~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Nikki from WiseApple created this lovely collection, featuring my Little Ballerina's print

I love this vintage Schwinn Bicycle key rack in her shop

And Katie from LaurelAndLime created this lovely piece that features my Enchanted Forest

I love these little Sterling Heart Earrings in her shop

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

RADIANT ORCHID Pantone Color of The Year

If you follow Pantone's color charts, you probably love hearing the different names that they choose for their colors. I know I do. 

They have released their "COLOR OF THE YEAR." The winner is Radiant Orchid.

I wanted to show you some work that features this lovely color.

In my own photography gallery, I have this image, which I used to call Purple Night Sky
But doesn't Radiant Night sound so much better?


This vintage purse is a nice way to add the color to your wardrobe.


And a pretty orchid vase is just the right touch for your office to show you are on trend.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Winter White Vintage

The snow is perfect and blanketed white outside today. And it has inspired me to show these all white vintage pieces.





Friday, December 6, 2013

Countdown To Christmas Buy Handmade or Vintage Jewelry and Clutches

It's the end of the first week of my buy handmade or vintage series and I am giving a little grand finale by featuring 2 shops. The first is Celine, from France who own Celine H2O. I just love her free spirited designs.
And the 2nd is Amaya, from Australia who owns Amaya Handmade. She makes designer clutches for an elegant celebration on the town and even small simple bags to travel with your cosmetics in a beautiful way.






Thursday, December 5, 2013

Buy Handmade or Vintage Countdown Bottlecaps Playful Jewelry

This is a fun post in my buy handmade or vintage countdown to Christmas.
I have had Terah from Creativity is Messy on the blog before. And I am a past customer.
She has 2 new lines this year that are just plain FUN and make perfect stocking stuffers.





Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Buy Handmade or Vintage 20 Days left to Christmas

Only 20 days left until Christmas and I want to introduce Kim, from Symbolic Interaction.
I always enjoy her jewelry and I think it makes great gifts for girls to give their BFF's.
Its fashion forward, fun and easy to wear. Handmade jewelry is so special and these unique pieces are affordable.

Kim Says, "At Symbolic Interaction Studio you will find jewelry inspired by clean modern lines, retro mod organic geometric shapes, and unique combinations of textures and materials."









Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Buy Handmade or Vintage Countdown to Christmas 21 days left

21 days left until Christmas and I thought I would introduce you to the handmade work of Meghan who owns and operates The Rakun Shop.
She makes amazing girlie things from toddler up to adult. A perfect shop to check out for Christmas.

For the tiny princesses in your life this toy castle with animals is adorable.


I love this little hedgehog ring for the little girls

What the fox said? This little necklace for tweens and young teens

After all that shopping..... How about some comfy shoes for you?



Monday, December 2, 2013

BUY Handmade or Vintage Countdown to Christmas

As an artist photographer and collector and seller of vintage items, it's important to me, to always try and give gifts that are from the people that create them or preserve something special from the past. I admit it does not always happen. Kids toys can be difficult and let's face it, we all want to give the people that we love, what they really want. But I always try to include something for everyone that is from this shopping experience.

I am going to do a little blog series between now and Christmas on some wonderful handmade and vintage shops that will leave you with ideas for everyone on your list.

I thought it would be neat to start with Leslie who runs a vintage shop called, "A Vintage Season"
Leslie says: "The textures, colors and feel of a piece that has been well loved, well used and has aged to a lovely patina speak to me on many levels. "

I couldn't resist this NATURAL vintage piece since today is the first day of BUCK season here in PA.

A lot of the pieces in Leslie's shop are perfect for artist who make assemblages and sculptures

And A Vintage Season is running a sale today 15% off with the coupon code HOLIDAY2013A




Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Interior Photography at the Hampton Inn

This week I had the opportunity to go and see a completed project that started over a year ago. The Hampton Inn located in Altoona, PA was being completely remodeled on the interior and the designer, Tammie Beer of HDB Design Group contacted me with the possibility of some local artwork. I was thrilled.
The hotel which was mauve's and pinks before has been transformed with an open floor plan and is decorated in rich reds and oranges and little pops of green. It now has a modern sleek interior with warmth and coziness that is both appealing for the traveling professional and inviting for the family taking a road trip that needs a place to relax.

It was a pleasure to work with HDB Design Group and I very much look forward to working with them in the future. Here are a few interior photographs of the artwork that is on display.






The business center features photography that I actually created right outside of Altoona.




I really enjoyed the computer space being out in the open and not in a dark secluded room.