Monday, June 14, 2010

Sundays are my favorite days

I pulled into the parking lot at 7am. Checking out the outside vendors first. Where's Gino? There he is. I'm happy. He always has neat, interesting and weird things for sale. Hidden behind something, I found an old Atlas with great old maps USA and World. "$1.00 please," he said. Then inside because Ed found me outside and said he had some new antique linens I should look at. Sure enough, he had some dandies. My favorite was a tablecloth and napkins with the tinest cross stitch designs in multi colors. It's beautiful and in perfect condition. It will go on ebay this week. But then, hallelujah. There was two boxes of antique lace that has been sitting in a booth (closed - no one knew where the guy was!) And I've been admiring this lace, from a distance for at least 3 months. Well, today I was in a booth and off to the side was .... two boxes of antique lace. It looked like the same 2 boxes that I've been looking lusting over. IT WAS! I bought them. I spent all day yesterday soaking, washing by hand, ironing and admiring all the pieces of lace. Mid 1800's I would guess. Outstanding. pure heaven.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lunch with a Friend in Paradise

Yesterday I was invited to Mina's home in North Amherst. When I pulled into her driveway I knew that it was going to be a special day. Gardens everywhere. Flowers, vegetables, bird feeders, fountains. The view was spectacular. The weather was perfect. 68 degrees with a cool breeze. We drank some wine, enjoyed crab cakes, sliced tomatoes with fresh basil, shrimp, and olives. Chips and dip from Whole Foods. Yummy! We talked. Laughed. The afternoon flew by. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon. The photo was inspired by the white glass vase and fresh flowers from her garden. I added my antique MOP buttons, a red bird, some bird eggs, music and a hand-written envelope. It was my thank you card to Mina.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Another exciting collage project!

Sometimes my flea market finds end up on my drawing table in my studio. They lay among the paint, rubber stamps, sheet music, old photos and other stuff. This beautiful mother of pearl cake server was one of those finds. It kept popping up. I didn't know why it was there among my art stuff. But then, a light bulb moment....I'll collage it! And now it's hanging on my kitchen wall. Hope you like it!