Sunday, January 21, 2018

Flea Market Sunday

I haven't been to the flea market in a while but today went to the Long Beach Antique Market in Long Beach, California ( As usual, I saw lots of wonderful things (and even purchased a few).

Japanese Kokeshi dolls
A Cat in a Hat
Robot love
Wire chairs
Olive Oil
Chinese bobble heads
A Halloween figure - evil or just grumpy?
Sambo dart game with great graphics.
African fabric in shades of blue
Old dolls and heads (always slightly creepy)
A dapper Easter duck
A valentine basket with red glitter Christmas trees?
What looked like fabric turned out to be beads. Great to look at, hard to sit on.
A stack of vintage suitcases
Colorful Bakelite

Sunday, January 14, 2018


I collect lots of stuff. Mid-century birds, vintage tins, and crocheted rocks to name a few. Sometimes the clutter drives me crazy. But I can't imagine empty walls and shelves. Each item is special for a different reason and anytime I need a little inspiration, I just have to turn my head and there is something to discover. I also collect things to display my collections - a peeling spice rack, old wood drawers turned sideways and hung on the wall, and vintage cutlery boxes are some of my favorites.

Hornsea birds and salt shaker (holding an old key) and a bakelite bird napkin ring
lots of birds
Scandinavian bird dish and vintage letterpress type
everyone needs a chippy blue vintage truck
vintage tins and Japanese cat
funny wood egg cups, Japanese kokeshi and vintage French match boxes
pottery and wood
lace and crochet decorated rocks

Sunday, December 31, 2017

52 Weeks of Collage Part 2 Week 52

Wow- my last collage of the year! 
Sparkly stars, handmade papers and a fortune for the coming year. 
Good-bye 2017, hello 2018!
collage week 52

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas 2017 (and 1953!)

Some favorite vintage Christmas illustrations from the book
Favorite Christmas Songs and Stories The Big Treasure Book of Christmas
Illustrated by Dellwyn Cunningham
Published 1953 by Wonder Books, NY. (a division of Grossest & Dunlap, Inc.)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

52 Weeks of Collage Part 2 Week 51

A little red bird, vintage music, stars and Japanese washi paper scraps.

collage week 51

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

52 Weeks of Collage Part 2 Week 49

I really enjoy doing the 3-D collages on a cube - there's something about turning the cube and having the design flow from side to side. It definitely takes more planning. This week I used hand made Japanese papers, Japanese calligraphy and images of a geisha and a butterfly.

Collage week 49 - Sides 1 and 2
Collage week 49 - Sides 2 and 3
Collage week 49 - Sides 3 and 4
Collage week 49 - Sides 4 and 1
Collage week 49 - Top
Collage cube week 49

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