Christmas in May!

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What I'm working on...clay faces, mohair dogs, little wool crazy quilt hearts for a new project and trying to stay off a fractured ankle!

What I’m working on these days…clay faces, sweet mohair dogs, little wool crazy quilt hearts for a new project and trying to stay off a fractured ankle!

New in 2013 18" standing santa.

New in 2013 18″ standing santa. Antique beaver fur coat and arm fulls of vintage toys!

Close up of new 18" standing santa.

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Back view, more vintage goodness!

Back view, more vintage goodness!

Santa in vintage garden cart.

Santa in vintage garden cart.

Sweet old santa delivering gifts in an antique wicker buggy. Sold at 3rd Sunday market.

Sweet old santa delivering gifts in an antique wicker buggy. Sold at 3rd Sunday market.

10" santa built in a reproduction (but a good one) lantern.

10″ santa built in a reproduction (but a good one) lantern.

Booth at Santa's North Pole Show in Ankeny, Ia.

Booth at Santa’s North Pole Show in Ankeny, Ia.

Hee-haw! Wee santa on old wind up bucking donkey.

Hee-haw! Wee santa on old wind up bucking donkey.

New in 2013. 18" standing santa. Antique cream mohair coat and vintage accessories.

New in 2013. 18″ standing santa. Antique cream mohair coat and vintage accessories.

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In the midst of show-mania we took a quick road trip to Colorado.

In the midst of show-mania we took a quick road trip to Colorado.

Estes Park.

Estes Park.

 A selfie on the road in the Rockies.

A selfie on the road in the Rockies.

Look who rode shot-gun to Junk Bonanza in Shakopee, MN!

Look who rode shot-gun to Junk Bonanza in Shakopee, MN!

Booth at Junk Bonanza, Shakopee, MN. There is some Christmas in the back!

Booth at Junk Bonanza, Shakopee, MN. There is some Christmas in the back!

Close up of new booth sign I painted on an old wooden ironing board. Beats using it to iron!

Close up of new booth sign I painted on an old wooden ironing board. Beats using it to iron!

Christmas at our house.

Christmas at our house.

Love.

Love.

At 3rd Sunday Market. Sold.

At 3rd Sunday Market. Sold.

Santa with gift laden railroad car. Sold at 3rd Sunday Market.

Santa with gift laden railroad car. Sold at 3rd Sunday Market.

Antique oak clock case.

Antique oak clock case.

How'd he get in here??! Oh well, Merry Christmas Charlie!

How’d he get in here??! Oh well, Merry Christmas Charlie!

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Loved this fellow. 18" standing snowman, new design in 2013, wonderful antique mohair coat and a fur collar to keep him warm.

Loved this fellow. 18″ standing snowman, new design in 2013, wonderful antique mohair coat and a fur collar to keep him warm.

Wee little santa (5") bringing it to town in a vintage child's shoemobile.

Wee little santa (5″) bringing it to town in a vintage child’s shoemobile.

Old time santa hauling delivering his goods.

Old time santa delivering his goods.

One-of-a-kind! Vintage leather reindeer pulling 2 wheeled cart loaded with vintage goodies. Hand made santa riding Prancer. Sold at Santa's North Pole Show, Ankeny, IA.

One-of-a-kind! Vintage leather reindeer (stands 14″ tall) pulling 2 wheeled cart loaded with vintage goodies. Hand made santa riding Prancer. Sold at Santa’s North Pole Show, Ankeny, IA.

10" santa with white mohair coat, fur hat & vintage polar bear.

10″ santa with white mohair coat, fur hat & vintage polar bear.

Booth front at Junk Jubilee Jingles, Des Moines.

Booth front at Junk Jubilee Jingles, Des Moines.

18" standing santa, antique mohair coat & great vintage accessories. Sold at Junk Jubilee.

18″ standing santa, antique mohair coat & great vintage accessories. Sold at Junk Jubilee.

Sweet little snowman with white mohair coat on a one-of-a-kind architectural piece. Sold at Yes, Virginia's!

Sweet little snowman with white mohair coat on a one-of-a-kind architectural piece. Sold at Yes, Virginia’s!

Santa Claus is "Jetting" to town!

Santa Claus is “Jetting” to town!

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New old looking snowman in clock case.

New in 2013, old looking snowman in clock case.

Close up. Great antique mohair lap blanket for coat.

Close up. Great antique mohair lap blanket for coat.

On vintage corbel. Special order.

On vintage corbel. Special order.

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Vintage cigar box.

Vintage cigar box.

God Bless America. Vintage cheese box on child's shoe ski.

God Bless America. Vintage cheese box on child’s shoe ski.

This has been the fall/winter of 2013 in a nutshell. We’re looking forward to the 2014 Show Schedule and I’m already working on creating new ideas and some of the same!

 

 

At Long Last……

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Me, the “non-blogger”, am finally posting after 10 months! This is just a fraction of the pieces I created, the fun that was had and the shows we attended. Not a lot of blogging but plenty of pictures! ENJOY!

wee witchy

wee witchy

Junk Bonanza Booth IMG_0013 metal drawer turned hearse

Vintage metal drawer turned hearse. Wheels added, hand made driver & hand painted trade sign.

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Bisque witches stewing in a pot

Bisque witches stewing in a pot

 

Friend & customer Lynn with wee witchy

Friend & customer Lynn with wee witchy

 

“Crazy” & “Spooky” dancing on a vintage columnade base.

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"and Co" at 3rd Sunday Market

“and Co” at 3rd Sunday Market

It’s taken me ALL DAY to create this post, thus my status is still “non-blogger”! I’ll try to get more images on later if the sight will allow. Thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

God Bless America!

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A few patriotic images of my place before we get into what I’m working on…

My dress form "Rosie" all decked out in vintage red, white & blue.

My dress form “Rosie” all decked out in vintage red, white & blue.

A close up of Rosie...a tribute to my dad with his army photo and dog tags.

A close up of Rosie…a tribute to my dad with his army photo and dog tags.

One more image of the top of my tv cabinet. Lots of Old Glory and a vintage paper umbrella.

One more image of the top of my tv cabinet. Lots of Old Glory and a vintage paper umbrella.

Now on to some of the new things I’ve been working on for shows this year…

Uncle Sam on a vintage Union Cut Plug Tin that I created for an Illinois customer. More Uncle Sam's will be available!

Uncle Sam on a vintage Union Cut Plug Tin that I created for an Illinois customer. More Uncle Sam’s will be available!

I’m excited about this new Halloween scaredy cat!

After researching antique mohair cats and much trial & error, I've created this "Steiff" looking, 10" black mohair cat with arched back and hand-dyed silk ribbon. He'll be available at shows this year.

After researching antique mohair cats and much trial & error, I’ve created this “Steiff” looking, 10″ black mohair cat with arched back and hand-dyed silk ribbon. He’ll be available at shows this year.

Side view. 10 inches from toe to tip of tail.

Side view. 10 inches from toe to tip of tail.

Another thing I’ve been working on is a mohair polar bear…

Polar bear is hand-made (by me!) of ivory mohair and from a vintage pattern. He is 7 1/2" tall by 12" long. This is an unfinished piece but the bear will have a santa on his back along with goodies and a leather harness...I think.

Polar bear is hand-made (by me!) of ivory mohair and from a vintage pattern. He is 7 1/2″ tall by 12″ long. This is an unfinished piece but the bear will have a santa on his back along with goodies and a leather harness…I think.

Another view.

Another view.

Have some other projects/creations on the table, so hope to post those as they are completed!

 

 

Santa Claus is coming to town!

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Some santas came to town…and left town, and some came to town …and are still here! The last 3 months have been a whirlwind of shows. From Ankeny to Bloomington and Des Moines to Morning Sun, I appreciate each and every one of my customers! Thank you for your business, nice compliments and friendship! Here are pics of santas that have come and gone over the last show season.

Hudson Bay blanket santa on wood dog sled, sold.

Hudson Bay blanket santa on vintage wood dog sled. Sold.

The next 3 santas were special order and were picked up this morning.

Another customer order.

This next sweet little guy is in a child’s red go-go boot! I’ll never find another pair of those. Found a new home in Des Moines.

This vintage wood sled was the perfect match for this red santa and bag of toys. A little hand lettering and some added snow changed the whole look of the sled. And as “and Co.”  (my husband) says…”You just can’t beat a good red santa!

New tree toppers I came up with well into the season…all sold.

Another red santa in a handsome antique oak clock case. Sold.

Many vintage postcard images soldered in between glass to create 1 inch and 1 & 1/2 inch charms. Some still available.

An Americana santa in a very vintage handmade sleigh. All vintage toys, flag and a hand painted sign. Still available!

A new direction I went late in the season, and will continue creating in the next year. More the look of the old German santas. Not so colorful – but wonderful mohair and velvet fabrics, some hand dyed by me. The pull toy in his lap I made using an old celluloid animal. Also has a bisque “pudding” doll and a Cracker Jack horse on the side of his sled. I’m lovin’ this look!     Sold.

Have to throw in a snowman for good measure! This fellow sold, but I’m hoping to come up with some new snowman designs in 2013.

This Santa on the vintage shoe ski with his wonderful leather bag of vintage goodies is mounted on an old shutter. I hand lettered “SANTA CLAUS: Dealer in Good Things.”   Sold.

This woodsie fellow lives in a vintage child’s doll trunk. Everything about him is old from his tree to the leather holster he packs his goodies in.  Sold.

Last but not least…another old looking santa. One that I couldn’t part with…at least not yet. He’ll have a special place in my home this year.

Again, I thank you all for a wonderful year and look forward to seeing you all in the coming year!                 “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will  be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

4 September shows came and went!!

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Being the great blogger I am – NOT – I posted no pictures before these 4 shows of the creations I was finishing to take. So I’ll post pics of some of the things that went to these shows.

Let’s get the ball rollin’!

 

TWISTED SISTERS

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Witch on vintage cast iron kids stove. Have sold several!

This was a fast seller at Sandwich.

New Cat Boys. Meow!

2 Santas in “Hy-Speed” vintage wagons sold.

This santa and his vintage wooden folding chair sold at Junk Bonanza

I’ve been sitting at each show painting baby shoes as fast as I can! Oo-oo went the wind and out went the light and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight! Could paint that in my sleep!

This is one of the more organized areas in my studio. :-)

That’s what’s been going on around here… Next show will be October 12 & 13 up at Yes, Virginia’s in Morning Sun, IA. 10 am – 5 pm each day. Check our the show page for other upcoming shows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s on my Work Table

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A watercolor I was commissioned to paint…back in May 2011. Getting there, but still on the table.

 

Cute little mohair bunnies and bears. An assortment of bunnies are for sale at Yes, Virginia’s! gift shop in Morning Sun, IA.

 

Also on the table are place cards I hand lettered for a friends’ son’s wedding rehearsal supper.

 

Most important on my table! I’ve been making charms to benefit the Kayla Atkins family. Kayla is fighting cancer in Atlanta, GA right now and her sister, Kara has taken orders for 45 necklaces!…and counting! The necklaces are $15 and ALL proceeds go towards Kayla’s expenses. FAITH FOR KAYLA!

 

 

 

 

How Sweet it is to be Loved by You!

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Just a few St. Valentine’s Day pics from around my place.

Vintage red items...sweet red shoes.

My Grandma Wright made me (& her other grandchildren) these miniature sock monkeys 30+ years ago. They're about 5" tall & have clothes with interfacing, patches & lace! And people wonder where I get my creative talent...God & Grandma!

Valentine Cubby with cute stuff!

Tiny vintage purses--most would only hold a nickel or quarter!

Unfinished Valentine Ladies....maybe next year.