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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sharing a Talented Friend...


One part of blogging I really enjoy is the way we share other blogs we enjoy and talented artisans!  My friend Brenda Weber of Autumn Place Arts is an talented artist and antique dealer.  I've had the pleasure of being a dealer with her at Haupt Antiek Market and Junk Bonanza.  She makes wonderful jewelry from recycled objects and is also well known for her typewriter jewelry~ which was featured in a Country Living Magazine article about Haupt 


look at these fun pendants...


She also makes wonderful pieces with recycled items that she collects...


 

This one was in a Country Living feature on Silhouettes


She loves to do custom "Junk Drawer Heirlooms" where she creates special pieces made from a customer's sentimental pieces~ rings, watches, etc...She has created many wonderful custom keepsakes!



She also is working with Bachman's (you may remember my series on their  Ideas House  ) creating wonderful silverware plant stakes for their new vintage home line...these are herb stakes, but she makes them with many different words and sayings...


Brenda also is a fun re-use designer!  She and her husband, Tom, made 15-20 pieces for HGTV's Decorating Cents, Trash to Treasure segments in the 2006-2007 season.  Remember this cute dog bed?



 Right now, she has a wonderful feature in the August 2010 Romantic Homes Magazine!  You can find it on pages 18-19!


I hope you'll check out the article!  You can visit Brenda on her website at http://www.autumnplacearts.com/
and can contact her about jewelry and plant stakes by email  or by phone at  (952) 221-1746.   She'd love to hear from you!

Unless noted from magazines, photos by Brenda Weber

Until next time...
Linda

Friday, June 25, 2010

More Fun Finds and Garden Pretties...


I have a few fun finds to share this week...look at the two great vintage picnic metal baskets I found at an antique sale!


  I love when you see a group of these stacked and they are useful storage, too!  If you want to see the most wonderful group of these ever, check out junkinjulie's post - it will make you want to start a collection!  I never knew there were some many colors!  Julie is the best junker~ she finds the most fabulous stuff and she's having a great GIVEAWAY too!!
I have a few more finds from our picking day~ I love the look of this antique Singer sewing machine leg!  It's heavy iron  and I love the ornate logo and the little wood wheels...




Another fun find was this little set of tiny glasses~ they are only 3-1/2" high~ and this large shaker for glitter...


Thought I'd share this week's new garden happenings, too!  My yellow lilies opened...


the herbs are starting to grow...


the spirea bushes are in full blossom...


I've been picking cherries (made a cherry-peach crisp one day)...


the apples are getting big...


Remember my twig planter?  It is growing like crazy~ look at the blue lobelia ...



We had storms this week and some of my lilies were snapped over, but I thought they were lovely in this aqua
jar...


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

I am linking to Debbiedoos Garage Salen Party

Until next time...
Linda

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Guest Dealer Fun At Haupt Antiek Market...


My daughter and I are guest dealers this week at Haupt Antiek Market in Apple Valley, Minnesota.  This is a wonderful monthly sale shop~ this month's sale is Freedom Rings!  I love a June sale~ Fourth of July, beach cottage, summer fun and brights...thought I'd share with you some of the items we have in the sale this week!


















We always have a great time seeing old friends and shopping the sale ourselves!
Until next time...
Linda

Monday, June 21, 2010

A Simple Project Day...


This is a simple project that I have waited a long time to do!  I love artwork that is whimsical!  About two years ago I found an old mantel clock at a garage sale.  It was unusable with the interior in pieces, and I decide to part it out for projects.  I took the old case and painted it black with a distressed finish...


I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, but was unable to find the graphics I was looking for!  Enter The Graphics Fairy with this wonderful man in the moon graphic !  It was exactly what I had been searching for- he had real personality!  I printed it out on heavy cardstock, cut it out , and glued it onto a black mat board circle cut to fit the inside rim.


I used black mat board as I knew the moon face would be a little smaller than the opening, and would look more seamless with a black surround.    I pushed the completed moon face through the back door of the clock case and pressed it up to the front edge...


That's it!  I just love this guy...look at him on a mantel...


or a cabinet...


or on the table with candlesticks...


Imagine him at Halloween...


He was worth waiting for...


Thank you Karen at  The Graphics Fairy !

I am linking up with  The Graphics Fairy Brag Monday
and   The Boardwalk Bragfest
Until next time...
Linda