Love in a Mist

 

Love-in-a-mist,

It is truly hard to resist!

Perhaps Alys will remember, with pleasure, her stay,

And return again one fine day.

 

Gifted to Alys of  Gardening Nirvana

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe ephemera: original seed packet label for Nigelle aka Love in a Mist 1900; original airmail sticker, original vintage stamp, original blue denison label, original document from 1811; photograph of a peacock; original war ration stickers from 1944 France; vintage book cover.

 

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Fly fish, Fly

Fly little fish, fly. Registered, par avion, stamped and sealed, you are ready to go. Make haste, across the ocean,  Monsieur is waiting.

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The ephemera: high quality copy of natural history illustration of fish; original letter from 1855; original airmail stickers, registered mail labels and stamps; original atlas map of the California coast from 1921.

 

 

 

Like, likeable, likeableness.

It’s like…you know, I like you…you like me….we like the same stuff. Like I said, I’d like to hang out with you. Right, like, I get that! Let’s go for it, like maybe we could go for a bike ride. You’d like that right? Like, yah man! Cool, I like it!like

The ephemera: vintage time card, vintage number line, copy of vintage hotel sticker, vintage photo of the grand-parents in law, old dictionary snippet, vintage denison label, snippet from vintage envelope

size : 9 cm by 12 cm handmade greeting card

 

STICK MEN : assemblage bits

Boomdeadda came to play

On an island summer’s day.

She gave the gift of an old yard stick.

I chopped it into little bits…

And made stick people out of it.

I will pay to her hommage

When they show up in an assemblage.

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Sorry K…the poem is a little lame but I love the gift and I hope you like what I have done with it. Here they are in sets of threes. I already have a plan in mind for three of them…he he he.  And here it is : Gentlemen’s Club

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The ephemera: vintage photos, a vintage sticker, an image of an old door knob

The found objects: old typewriter keys, old game pieces, a spring, a watch face, a verdigris crown , a rusty key, a washer, a heart shaped charm, a red scrabble tile, a tiny drawer handle and of course a vintage yard stick from a Seattle paint company.

 

JAIL BIRDS: A COLLECTION part 4

Jailhouse Rock

The warden threw a party in the county jail.

The prison band was there and they began to wail.

The band was jumpin’ and the joint began to swing.

You should’ve heard those knocked out jailbirds sing.

 

Lyrics by A. Schroeder et. al.

 

 

Elvis Presley (The king) “Lay it on me daddy-O”

jail bird 16 clipped

jail bird 13 clipped

 

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The ephemera: Muybridge’s man with a hat, old mugshots, natural history owl, vintage tickets, old mail labels, ledger pages, a handwritten French letter from the 1800s, a vintage london hotel luggage sticker and an old undertakers calling card.

 

Here is the complete collection assembled in its frame. ( 20 inches by 20 inches square)  The blocks can be moved around as your fancy takes you. See blue collection and green collection for more about how the blocks can move in the frame.

jail bird collection done

 

 

 

 

 

JAIL BIRDS: A COLLECTION Part 3

Go directly to jail.

Do not pass go.

Do not collect 200 dollars.

Who will receive the get out of jail free card?

It’s up to you.

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The ephemera:  vintage mugshots, an old receipt, a vintage postcard from Amsterdam, airmail stickers, an old pharmacy label, an old photo of a water tower, muybridge’s dancing girl,  a natural history owl illustration, the cover from an old manuscript, vintage ticket stubs, natural history eggs, a nest and a scrap of old wall paper.

 

 

EPHEMERAL COLLECTIONS

The siren call of vintage paper ephemera. Some things are hard to resist: vintage bus tickets, old stamps, colourful vintage airmail stickers, stunning seed packets, beauteous antique pharmacy labels, handwritten letters, artful receipts, meticulous ledger pages… what will become of these snippets of the past.

A recent find …40 beautiful old French pharmacy labels in delicate lilac colour or soothing green. LOVE!.

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Stunning seed packet labels from 1900 in beautiful bright colours.

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My new favorite collection of vintage airmail stickers and other postal delights…stamps and postmarks are very high up on my ADORE list.

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And finally a rainbow of old French stamps gifted to me by a very supportive sister.

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NB background papers: include some of my most favorite items…old maps, vintage receipts, old postcards and handwritten manuscripts….SWOON!

PS I love using the drop shadow effect in Photo Shop Elements…so cool.

BIRD IDENTIFICATION: art tags

Looking for the Solution.

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Found it: X Y Z!  I guess two bird brains are better than one, when it comes to algebra.

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Ephemera: old book cover, handmade paper, leaf ribbon, an old metro ticket, vintage French pharmacy label, vintage French school book page and reproductions of Magasin Printemps card; Mississippi River Flood map; natural history birds images, vintage game board letters.

SOLD

X, Y, Z AND OTHER TREASURES

A selection of vintage treasures gleefully collected from various vintage summer sales. The bounty paid for from the sale of my work.  Hurray!

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Foot tall, industrial letters with lovely patina…. X Y Z  ….Y not?

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A bird cage, a vanity case and my new, old lunch box!

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A storage box for my hardware.

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A school atlas from 1878 discounted because it is grungy Bahaha!

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Plan of Paris with pull out maps , YES!

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A handful of labels…so lovely.

Sigh, time to go back to my other life of long hours at work and only stolen moments of art and junking…Sigh.

Vintage Tags: Oddities and Family

More Vintage Tags from my kitchen table pop-up  factory.

Daughter: What are you making now?

Me: Vintage art tags

Daughter: Why?

Me: Because the idea came to me and I just had to do it.

Daughter: But…what will you do with them?

Me: I don’t know … it doesn’t matter really .

Daughter: You are a strange little woman but I love you.

Family support….priceless.

SOLD

tag 10 copy

My mother and aunt as teenagers during the Second World War. The backing for the tag is my mothers old school copy book. The numbers below are from a food ration booklet from the same era. The photo has been layered with a receipt from a piano manufacturer.

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Mr. Poppins! Thanks to the Graphics  Fairy for the image. I layered the image with an old French receipt. More food ration tickets finish off the tag.

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Watering the cabbage patch. Just love this old post card. So quirky. The backing is the cover of a vintage book that was being discarded from the library. A French ticket under the grommet finishes it off.

ÉTIQUETTES BICYCLETTES : art tags

Un trio d’étiquettes bicyclettes… mais ou les mettre? En vedette sur une tablette?

SOLD

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Matériel: ancienne carte postale; ancienne facture; vieille photo; dos d’un livre; billet gare de l’est Paris.Image

Carnet de rations alimentaires de 1947; dos d’un livre; billet d’autobus; vieille photoImage

Matériel: épine du dictionnaire illustré Larousse; billet d’autobus; vieille photo, ancienne reçue.

Mixed media collage

OFF TO THE TROPICS! : vintage luggage tags

Luggage Tags/ Les étiquettes

Always artful even when packing for a tropical vacation….guess where I am off to!

valise numéro un: costume de bain, lunettes de soleil, crème solaireImage

valise numéro deux: passeport, billets d’avion, dictionnaire espagnol/ françaisImage

valise numéro trois: guide touristique, cartes routières, chapeau de pailleImage.

 

Exchanging rain, grey skies and low temperatures for sunshine, monkeys, snorkelling and palm trees. Bliss.

NOT FOR SALE

Artful crates for studio storage

Artful storage for the art studio. New cedar crates transformed with biodegradable weathering compound and pastels and vintage labels. Thank you to Michel for the crates and the Graphic Fairy for the labels. The transfer technique is so easy and involves printing  in reverse on parchment paper. Now all my vintage supplies will have a lovely home.