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Friday, September 22, 2017

Equinox

Rust, peach, mustard...I love the colour combinations of this season. This oil painting was thrifted for $3.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Vintage Floral Apron

This sweet Value Village find is from the 1930s or '40s. I love the cheery checkered floral on the airy cotton.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Canadian Feed Bag Book

I have some fascinating reading to do! Check out this awesome book I found at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. It is full of domestic history, photos of different feed bags and companies, photos of quilts and crafts made with the vintage fabrics, and the memories behind it all. What a heartwarming and insightful resource.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Feed Bags from Fibrefest

Behold my Fibrefest find! I found this lot of feed bags for $5 at one of the vendor booths. I've been hoping to come across a few of these for a long time, and am pleased because these are specifically for products that I like, clover and oats. I love the the bold logos, the typography, the faded ink, the hole clean through the clover seed bag, the name Gold Standard, and reading the Ontario place names. 

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Fibrefest 2017

The textile town of Almonte, Ontario, Canada, is decked out in buntings for this weekend's annual Fibrefest!
 Tomorrow the fibre fun continues from 10am to 4pm at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and the Almonte Arena with vendors, workshops, a raffle and more!
Here are a few snapshots of some of the unique vendor items.
This thrill has begun! I have stumbled across my surface pattern designs being used by creative people making neat products...retro-inspired products no less!
Glorious floral and a pun
Fluffy sheepies!

Monday, September 04, 2017

MATS Home Décor: Wood

This fifth and final week of Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor is about creating art for wood products. Feel free to check out the product designs I create here and the rest of my portfolio here!

Monday, August 28, 2017

MATS Home Décor: Ceramics

This fourth week of Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor is about creating art for ceramic products. Feel free to check out the product designs I create here and the rest of my portfolio here!

Monday, August 21, 2017

MATS Home Décor: Glass

This third week of Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor is about creating art for glass products. Feel free to check out the product designs I create here and the rest of my portfolio here!

Monday, August 14, 2017

MATS Home Décor: Fabric

This second week of Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor is about creating art for fabric products. Feel free to check out the product designs I create here and the rest of my portfolio here!

Monday, August 07, 2017

MATS Home Décor: Metal

For the next 5 weeks I am going to be delightfully preoccupied with taking the online course Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor! This first week is about creating art for metal products.

Monday, July 31, 2017

L.M. Montgomery Journals

I found these delightful diaries at a used book store for a total of $15. The first volume begins with entries from Mongomery at age 15, and chronicles her friendships, school adventures, career development, and maturing introspection. She certainly had plenty of men falling head over heels for her! The journal entries are charming, witty, honest, and absolutely enthralling, and I can't get my hands on the next 3 volumes fast enough!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Green Gables Tea Cup

I found this sweet teacup and saucer at a local thrift store for $1. It's the same house and garden illustration as on the dish in the post below, but this one is coloured in!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Golden Art Nouveau

I found this brass candle holder at a flea market for $6. I love its curvy asymmetry and lily of the valley details. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Those Hours With You

Oh what a dreamer's delight! I found this sweet illustrated poem at Value Village for $1.99, bundled with 3 other tiny frames--bonus! The 1700s themed illustration, gilded details, and reflective verses thrill my soul. It looks like framed Maurine Hathaway prints were a popular piece of 1920s décor.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Delft Tiles

I found these delightful hand-painted Delft Blauw tiles at Value Village for a total of $5. I love how the left-hand one features iconic architecture and scenery of various Dutch locales!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

With Sewing Hearts

I'm wearing a shirt made of fabric from my With Glowing Hearts collection for the day of festivities! 
Happy 150th to our glorious and free home and native land! Happy Canada Day!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

McCoy Strawberry Cookie Jar

I found this 1950s McCoy strawberry cookie jar #263 for $15 at a local thrift store! It is 9" wide by 11" tall of glossy red cheer! Guess what's going to be in my kitchen forever?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Florida Sunshine

How cheery is this can of sunshine?! In the '80s my mom's friend went to Florida for spring break and brought this back for her. The can contains "48 average sniffs of pure Florida air" and the label offers a "suggested dosage: for daily pick me up, take two large sniffs before breakfast." Quite the novelty souvenir. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bring Back the Flour Sack

This grandma's flower garden quilt was made by some of my female relatives in the 1930s. 
It was likely created using their old dresses and flour sacks, and the whole thing was pieced and sewed by hand, which is absolutely incredible! Some of the hexagons are torn off with wear. 
Now the cheery quilt hangs on the wall behind my computer and art desk, inspiring vintage style designs!
This is my new surface pattern design motto, and this is my start to the return of the calico!

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Store with a Smile

I snapped this photo of the original sign painted on the brick of Shaw's in Perth, Ontario. Sounds cheery!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Limited Edition

My friend Anni gave me this oh-so-appropriate plaque. It's literary wit, 1950s atomic style, and quirkiness in a pleasantly coloured decorative accessory! It shall forever be on my bookshelf.
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