Sunday, August 24, 2008

Antique-ing, Sew-ing, & Art-ing

I know a couple posts ago I mentioned that my dollhouse was my latest obsession. Well, as is common with me, that's changed. Although I'm still very interested in the dollhouse and in trying to find furniture for it, I kind of want to just "find" the furniture while out thrifting, etc., and that hasn't happened yet, so I've moved onto something a little more tangible for now. I'm now obsessed with vintage porcelain figurines/planters.

You saw a few I found on my recent trip in my last post, and here are my newest acquisitions. I wasn't lucky enough to find these at cheap thrift shops, but I did find them pretty inexpensively at antique shops and on Ebay. However, I'm going to have to be careful, as they're pretty easy to accumulate! I'm already running out of room as it is!

I put them on this metal shelf because I've run out of room in my other good display shelf, as you can see in the below photo.

You may have seen some of this stuff when I showed photos of my studio at one time, but I've added some pieces since then. My late grandmother collected head vases, and I inherited four of them. They are all younger girls, so I've decided to begin collecting young girl vases myself as well. Here are some detail photos:

I love this little girl playing the piano. She's a recent purchase.

The little girl waving is also "new".

The cows I got for 50 cents at Goodwill!

Then, besides quick trips to antique malls when I'm fortunate enough for hubby to watch the kids, here's what else I've been doing. You saw the shoe caddy project a couple posts ago-well, I've expanded my reorganizing project in Noah's room.

I decided to make this much-needed pajama bag to hang off his crib. I usually have the kids wear pajamas two nights in a row, so I now have a bag in which to hold them until the next night (I keep both Riley's and Noah's in there). It's a project that I wish I had thought of sooner, since it is just so much nicer and neater, not to mention cuter! And, as with the shoe caddy, no pattern for this- I just made it up as I went along!

As well as sewing, I've also managed to do a couple pieces of art. First is the beginning of Noah's next book. I've kind of been putting it off, because I felt like this next book needed a change of some kind compared to all the other kids' books. I'm just getting a little bored of the same size, layout, etc. all the time. So I've decided to do this one vertically.

And so far, I like it! The first spread went really well, and definitely gives me different alternatives for layouts and placement. Maybe this will be a nice change of pace for me.

It's about a silly face Noah makes when he thinks he's being funny or clever- a little goofball! Here are some details, since the vertical spread is so tiny:

I don't know whether you can tell here or not, but I've extended the photo of him by painting the background to match the original.

And finally, here's a piece I did a couple days ago. I did it amidst Tropical Storm Fay, which thankfully didn't cause too much damage here where I live, although we definitely had our share of rain and winds. I've put rain in the background, and bowing trees from the wind. There are also umbrellas, which are a current favorite of the kids lately.

Also inside the house are images representing my two boys doing what they do probably at least three hours a day- climbing over and jumping on the couch. I swear Noah has no fear. The little boy's position in this illustration is not an exaggeration-upside-down and on his head! There's also a drawing of two puppies and pawprints. For those of you with kids, you probably know that those pawprints mean "Blue's Clues", which is a huge obsession around here right now. And lastly, the chimney has numbers written on it, because both kids LOVE counting, anything and everything!

Whew! That was a long post! Probably my longest in a while! By the way, my air conditioning did get fixed, for those of you who read my last post. Thank goodness!! I hope you're all having a good end of summer!


Anonymous said...

I'm glad you survived the storm alright! We got it last night--boy was it windy.

It's fun seeing Noah start to grow into his own self.

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Love all your cute collectibles!! I really like those new journal pages- so so fun! And your little man is so handsome!!

Tara Ross Studios said...

I thought about you when I heard about the storm, glad everyone's ok. Your boys are getting so big!

Cindy (JunqueArt) said...

Love all of your collections. I have a head vase from my grandmother too and I love her! Your new layouts are wonderful. I love the vertical orientation!

Sandy Michelle said...

OMG I love your collection. I collect vintage planters and head vases too but I don't have as many as you do! Oh and I love the pyjama bag idea!!! Your collages are just sweet as usual:)


Jenn said...

Love your pj bag! So cute! Great fabrics.

lindaharre said...

Corey.....As always, your whimsy and style are delightful! Love your little collections......especially the toys:D When my children were young, I had shelves built around the top of their walls where I displayed collections of antique toys and books....don't even know where all those things have gone:( I would stand at auctions for hours waiting to bid on that antique Fireman's hat or that vintage tin cash register:) You are enjoying your children as I did and you make me feel like I am back there when I view your blog.....THANK YOU!

Rosa said...

I love all your collectibles. And that bag is adorable! I think you need a girl. Boys just won't appreciate all your hard wonderful work. (I have two, so I know.)

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Dianna said...

Yippee~AC*!* Not fun down here when THAT goes out.

LOVE looking at all of your treasures and the new journal pages. I like how you worked in that paw print too~it's there but not jumping out at you.

Melony at Whimsy Daisy! said...

I am LOVING the head vases. I have four myself, and just picked up a Humpty Dumpty head vase at an antique store. The head vases are just SO sky high, unless there is a miracle type situation. I listed Humpty Dumpty on Etsy, just because I I go into another collection direction and I will have more stuff piled up than I need!!! Nevertheless, it has NOT sold, and I enjoy looking at Humpty Dumpty every day.