Sunday, December 20, 2009
hello folks in Shabby land...been kinda off the radar for a bit what with trying to keep a store goin' in this recession, but now i'm back and bad!
well , good, really.
I am currently addicted to www.junkmarketstyle.com...
i cannnnnnot get enuf. Check it out if you love to make stuff with junk.
that's what i'm doin for christmas!
hope my relatives like stuff made of cool junk.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
well, folks, it's that time again to do something completely different at the Shabby Attic. So, preparation for the Vintage Vanity Faire Days at the Shabby are under way. We're going to have live music, a local winery doing wine tastings, and local gourmet food on display. Sights, smells, sounds, and sales will be on the menu. THERE WILL BE A $200 RAFFLE, plus, don't let me forget to say, demos on holiday decorating. I'm scared about getting everything done in time, but excited to do something extravagant to launch into the holiday season.
VINTAGE VANITY FAIRE DAYS: SAT, NOV. 7TH AND SUN, NOV. 8TH!
VINTAGE VANITY FAIRE DAYS: SAT, NOV. 7TH AND SUN, NOV. 8TH!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Well, it's been another busy couple of weeks at the store, and here we are on the precipice of Autumn. Already. So I was starting to think about holiday time already (after just one day of crisp cool Fall air) and was on Etsy.com, admiring the handiwork of so many wonderful artisans. I'm amazed daily at the talent that people have. I myself don't consider myself that talented. I get by, I admit, as someone who knows how to do a thing or two with paint and furniture. But sometimes i click on someone's site, and their work blows me away. "Now THAT is talent", is what I say to myself.
I met a woman today who makes clothing accessories out of tooled wool and recycled sweaters. Her work was so creative it made me want to cry. I felt pitifully inept in her presence. I said to myself, "SHE thought outside of the box. SHE invented something original. SHE has a point of view in her work". Have you heard this phrase before? (You have if you are a fan of Project Runway). "POINT OF VIEW". What that means is that your work has a style all it's own, one that reflects who you are as an artist. And if you are lucky, it is a body of work that no one else on the planet has ever thought of or created until now.
And then I remembered, that though this woman had a "point of view" that was individual, so did I. My work DOES stand apart from what others have done. Even when I know that others have done what I have done, and maybe even have done it better, it is still MY individuality, MY sense of personal style, that makes my work unique. And in seeing my work, maybe, just maybe, someone sees what I have done and says, "Now THAT'S talent".
Monday, September 14, 2009
Hi there shabby followers...here's a submission for our blog from a wonderful woman named Wheezy who helps me at my shop in West Point, Pa. She has a wealth of knowledge and is an invaluable asset to my store! So...shout out to Wheezy! Here's what she wrote...
Old is New or New is Old?
Okay newbies...if you are reading this blurb on the blog you must be the proud owner of a computer...I will assume the bulk of you are under the age of forty. In the "antiques" business over the past twenty five years there have been major changes. I am one of those "dinosaurs" that have been in the business for the past thirty years and I am embracing the new movement, therefore my message to you.
A little history. Thirty years ago people "collected" items...be it beer steings, mesh purses, hummels, Shelly, chintz, whatever. It was a quest to find another item to add and complete the collection. Young people today don't wish to possess the same things that grandma had-and very often those same items would not be practical in today's society. People today don't mind a flavor of the past-but wish it done in an up-to-date-fashion.
Makes me laugh...antique dealers were one of the original RECYCLERS...be it restaining, recaning, etc. With today's fashion it is usually recycled, refurbished in a "pop" color or in a shade of white with a little distressing...for us today, eye candy. As with everything over time, different is acceptable. Twenty years ago if the paint was peeling or missing the furniture was not saleable...today it is the "hot" fashion.
Twenty-five years ago I was in the quaint town of Red Bank, NJ shopping for that "vintage" piece. This piece of furniture had an original 1930's shade of green paint with a lot of "blemishes". The tag quoted the price and in it's description said "shabby chic"--this was long before Rachael...my point being "shabby chic" has been around a very long time. In fact, time for the length of skirts to go down again, no? Let me have your thoughts what direction you think home decor is leaning towards--and how the "Shabby Attic" can help you on this journey.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Well, it's been another busy week, and I find myself stuck in the grind like everyone else, of running here and there and everywhere, running errands and doing the things to maintain my daily family life. How is it possible that I get to the end of the day and I still have a list of things to do? Talk about burning up daylight. I just sat down to take a break after making what seems to be 3 gallons of salsa from a batch of garden fresh tomatoes. Why don't I just buy the ready-made jarred stuff?? I guess it's for the same reason that I just can't bring myself to buy a factory finished piece of furniture from a furniture store. There's no challenge in it for me. I just love finding that piece of furniture, at a thrift store or auction, or CSI (curbside item) that everyone else has looked at and passed over, except me. I see the architecture of the piece, the good bones of it's make, the unusual hardware, and the solid wood casing with dovetailed drawers. I can see past the chipped veneer and the scratched initials on the top, left on it from two owners ago. And darnit, it's only $30.00...what a steal! Then I get a rush. I feel the tremble in my fingers, the hair up on the back of the neck....creativity is stirring in me and I can't wait to get the piece home and figure out how i'm going to reinvent, redesign, and recycle. And what a sense of satisfaction when it's all done. I did it. I did this. I just gave this piece another 30yrs of life. They just don't sell that in a jar.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I usually sit here at my computer with my four month old son on my knee, never knowing what i'm going to write about. But today, when i asked him for any suggestions, he said, "Aahhh oooh ah ooh ooh ooh." Right. Thanks AJ. That was helpful. And then I looked at the picture on the upper right corner of my blog, and admired the Periwinkle vanity with the trifold mirror. I just love this piece. I love it because it's rustic and vintage, but the color is so so fresh and different. I got this piece at auction and couldn't decide how to paint it. And then I came across some "oops" paint at the local Home Depot. These are the cast off paints that either people don't want, or the sales people make mistakes with when mixing. Oops paints are super cheap, so if you find a gallon of a color that strikes your fancy, you only spend $5 on it, rather than the expensive $15-$25 per gallon. So, I grabbed what looked like two different tones of blue and took them home where they collected dust in my garage for about 3 months. When I carted the vanity home, i couldn't bear to paint another piece in shabby white ( i do a lot of white for my store). Rummaging through my cluttered work room i saw two paint cans peaking out at me, looking abandoned and neglected. Light Bulb moment! With feverish energy I pried those cans open and started painting in the heat of the summer afternoon. Whoosh and swish, I had that piece primed and painted in an hour. and I was in love with Periwinkle. Swooning, sweeping, heavenly periwinkle. It looked so fresh and nothing like i've seen before on a piece of furniture. And I thought, this is a way to be a trendsetter. Playing around with ideas, color, objects, going out on a limb and trying anything with playfulness...never knowing what good things could come of it. I could just worship the home decor mags and copy what's in there (and sometimes I do! I have to admit it!). But I'd rather be a trendsetter, and go out there on the edge and try to get others to come with me...let's have some fun with paint today!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
funny thing today...I was taking a break in the shop, with AJ doing a balancing act on my left knee, when i began thumbing through a rachel ashwell book that I hadn't looked at in quite some time. Off of the page popped a photo of stacks of vintage linens. And i felt the warm fuzzy glow of how much i love them. Do people not realize that in the dark corners of their closets lay a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind pieces of art? Time worn and stained, they still stand the test of time, with their woven handiwork giving a history of a time in our country before texting, internet, and bluetooth. A simpler time when we sat in the quiet of the home and tatted, knitted, and cross stitched to pass the hours away. And what was left behind after the maker of these items had long since passed, was a legacy of the work of careful hands, the sentiment of a monogram or a stitched rose, the beauty of a woven damask table cloth, the value and sturdiness of a good piece of woven cotton. These remaining works will not be replaced once they are gone. So pull them out and show them off! In a room in our store, we have stacks of these wonderful pieces (doilies, runners, table cloths and quilts!) that are brought in by my wonderful vendor, Judy Serrao. She is the finder of these desirable items, and carefully soaks, cleans, and presses each item from hankies and doilies, to large quilts. What a treasure! Looking for a particular kind of linen? She probably has it...so contact us if you want to know about our vintage linens and how to care for them.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Well Hi out there to you all! Just back from a mini vaca here, and i'm feeling refreshed and ready to roll. If you're like me, you're wondering where this summer has gone. I can't get over that i'm seeing back-to-school commercials already! it's insane. I used to laugh when my folks said that the older you get the faster time flies. Don't you just hate it when you grow up and find out they're right???
But I did take some time this summer to go to the movies with my stepdaughter. Escaping from the heat and the perpetual rain, i guess. But we went to see "Julie and Julia" and I just loved it. I'm not much of a cook, but I could relate to the theme of finding your passion in life. and I think I have found that. My passion is taking old furniture, and turning it into a thing of beauty. It does something to my soul. It's like rescuing something that has been abandoned...something that was once loved, but now is not, and has been thoughtlessly discarded. It's a thing of beauty to give new life to things with just a little hard work, love, and TLC. it's a thing worth doing. It's good to the earth, to the soul, to our recession, to our community...it's all good. Let me know...don't you just love it too??
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Hi all of you out there..this is my new blog and i'm excited about my new adventure! I have a great shabby vintage furniture store in West Point, Pa and i'm looking forward to blogging about our passion for vintage, salvage, refurbished furniture, and all of us creative folks in the shabby world.
Keep your eyes posted for our stories!