Living Graciously, Artfully, Frugally.

Consciously taking notice of the gifts each day places in our path.

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” R. W. Emerson

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mixed Media Collage

I am on a Halloween collage roll.
Crow costumed trick or treater and his giant pumpkin.
But wait!
Why does he have little bat ears?
Guess I got carried away with the paints.

Crow boy, like I said in the first place, hee heee!

Off to play some more.

Yours in preparing for October, P.
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Halloween Collage

Inspired by Christy Thomlinson's online workshop
I played for a few hours today.
Painting, drawing, collage and messiness.

I had a blast creating these two little canvases.
I totally went off track of the class projects.
I was just so inspired to get my hands into something gooey.

I have been sketching and brainstorming like mad since I watched the first workshop video.
Sometimes a nudge in the right direction is all it takes to get the craftiness flowing.

I have a stack of blank canvases waiting for some Halloween fun.
Craft shows here I come!

I may be tied up in a web of paint and markers and paper
for a bit.
I will pop in when I get my hands clean...

Yours in the joy of crafting, P.
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday Treat

Some Mondays you just need an extra boost.
That home brewed coffee just won't open those eyes.
The world seems black and white.

Occasionally a treat is called for.

Something to get the week off to a bright beginning.
A trip down the road for something a little more special.

Hot and creamy and pumpkin spicey please.

Now that is what I'm talking about!

Even better when shared with someone you love.

Here's to making the week delightful.


Your's in a bright beginning, P.
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Favorites

Peaceful Sunday.
I wanted to share a few favorite things.
A few lines of a beloved hymn and my hometown, Cincinnati.
We sang this hymn at Mass this morning and have been singing it all day since. 
It is lovely in it's simplicity and one of those that speaks to me.
You all know I love my city too and these are a few shots of Fountain Square
from the anniversary weekend.
Hope you enjoy them.

 Lord, when you came to the seashore
you weren't seeking the wise or the wealthy,

But only asking that I might follow.

Oh Lord, In my eyes you were gazing,
Kindly smiling,

 My name you were saying;

 All I treasured, I have left on the sand there;

Close to you, I will find other seas.

Yours in peace, P.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fall Decorating Step One

I am noticing lots of fall and Halloween decorating appearing.
A change in the weather can really inspire a new look.

I adore Halloween and all the colors and fun and spookiness.
Just not quite yet.
I am going to take it slow this year.
Ease into the haunting of the house.
Savor the beginnings of autumn first.

Owls and bittersweet.
Turkey feathers found in the field.

The change in light calls for warmer colors.

Simple and natural.
A good base to add to at leisure.

How about you?
Spookifying or fallifying?
I love them both.

Yours in golden days, P.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Do I Need a New Camera?

Emphasis on NEED.
I have been pondering the pros and cons of upgrading my Canon point and shoot for several years.
I covet those lovely, fancy, oh so pro looking, digital SLR's.
But do I need one?
I have seen the fantastic blog shots of interiors and closeups and I want to have the ability to do that.
Will an SLR give me that?
I am looking for advice.
What will I gain for the big cash outlay.
All of my blog photos have been taken with my little Canon on auto.
I haven't really even explored manual.
Maybe I'm not ready?

Last weekend...anniversary of the Carew Tower in Cincinnati.
See the area of homes just to the right of the smaller Licking River intersecting with the Ohio?

Now a bit closer.

Closer still.
My little camera has a decent lens.
I don't have to lug anything else.

Great stop motion.
I do have a tripod but did not use it in any of these photos.
Just my hot little shaky hands.

Fairly good close up.
Really good with a tripod.

Mostly I use it for plain old landscape shots.
So, I am weighing want verses need.
I think I know my answer.
Do you find yourself wanting things that you know you do not need and probably will never use often enough to warrant the purchase?
Still they dance around in your little desirous heart.
I have held off for three years now.
I think I can wait.

Oh and Springfield was great.
Left there with much less than I brought.
That's the whole idea right?
I didn't get many pictures but what I have I will post later in the week on Facebook.

Yours in being sensible, P.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Vintage Marketplace Bound

Yes, the anniversary weekend was fabulous.
Now I am refreshed and riveted on getting things priced and packed for the 
Springfield Ohio Vintage Marketplace.
See the awesome schedule here.

I am packing up vintage grater candle sconces, 
and croquet mallet towel bars and jewelry holders.

Scales and metal lunch boxes for storage and display.
Player piano music rolls for altered art and just plain fun.

Chalk board pumpkins and 
a line of new "vintage style" jewelry and scarves
to complete your look.
Just in time for fall.

Loads of other goodness too.
Times a wasting.
See you this weekend.

Yours up to my eyeballs in junk, P.
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

Happy 27th Anniversary to my Hubby.

He supports every idea and whim,
backs me up on everything I try,
has spoiled me rotten over the years,
never complains when I take him for granted,
loves me always,
is cute as can be,
makes me laugh everyday,
is thoughtful, 
a wonderful involved father,
a great cook, 
and he is taking me away from all of this for a few days.

Away from...

Crafting with a deadline, yuck...

Learning to build a website, blah...

Pricing multitudes of goodies for the Vintage Marketplace next weekend, bleh...

Did I mention he will also be helping me finish, haul and sell my stuff next weekend?
So if you stop by, make sure to say hi to Joe.
He will be the man wearing the Frippery apron...
without complaint...
and laughing.

Love you "Beast".
Now let's get out of here.

Yours in knowing when to take a break, P.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Work and Life, Finding Balance

Been painting, and shopping and making for the Vintage Marketplace.
I am in the zone.
Turning into a whirling mass of chalk paint, price tags and hot glue.
How dare my husband try to do something sweet to surprise me in the midst of my organized chaos!
Our anniversary is tomorrow...
 and the Vintage Marketplace is a week away.
One week!
Today hubs tells me that he has booked a hotel for us.
From tomorrow through Sunday. 
An anniversary get away downtown.

Of course I reacted as any wife blessed with a caring husband would.
I said "Are you kidding me?"
I am way too busy for any fun.
Then I cried because now I am the bad guy saying cancel the surprise.
Then I stopped and thought...
Man what a B&*^%!
My darling husband would like to spend a few days away from the loony bin with me
knowing that I really need a break.
We both could use one.
Time spent together with loved ones cannot be measured. 
Time itself is of the essence each day.
None of us knows how much of it we actually may have.
Treat it as a gift.
One more painted lamp base or mirror frame for an upcoming show can wait.
I already have more than I will be able to haul as is.

I parked my broom in the corner and took off my pointy black hat and said "Sorry.
Of course I would rather spend time with you."
I have until 2 pm tomorrow to finish what I need to finish.
Then I am outta here until Sunday.
Packing my camera and my walking shoes and a dinner dress.
Planning on some relaxing time alone together.

Do you think he would mind if a also brought a glue gun and some zippers to make more flowers...
oh, and price tags...
maybe a stamp pad?

Yours in knowing when to quit, P.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Couple of Thoughts on Business and Creativity

Yes I will get to the Dressing Room/Office/Guest Room but other things are getting in the way.

I have been thinking hard about how to make a living lately.
Reduced circumstances over a long period will do that.

 I love all things vintage.
Always will.
I am working hard to prepare for the Vintage Marketplace 
as I have for many other big shows.
Painting and cleaning and hauling.
Then crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.
Because at a show you just can never predict what will sell.

Pieces you might think are fabulous end up having to be lugged home once again.
I am not sure I am cut out for this gypsy life.
Or for the unpredictable income. 
I have a great time at the shows and I love the set up.
Even the tear down isn't completely hateful because if a piece is coming back with me
 I may find a spot for it at home. 
I always have my Ohio Valley Antique Mall space to fall back on.

That said, I seem to always make some money at Ohio Valley.
But I have found myself neglecting my space for the shows.
Just not enough time.
But that is a sure bet.
What is wrong with this business plan?
I think I need to work hard at making my antique mall space fabulous.
Forgo signing up for more shows.
I am afraid to feel I am missing out.
Somehow I want to run with the cool girls.
But to what end if my bottom line is making money doing what I love?

I have some choices to make.
1.Keep the antique mall space and up the game there.
2.Do a few craft shows in the fall and really work hard on production.
3. Get my etsy shop up and running and most importantly, stocked.
4. This is the one I have struggled with, but in the end, it is my biggest money maker.
I hand pick accessories from a few wholesale sources 
to sell at ladies nights locally during the holiday season.
Girly girl stuff.
Scarves, jewelry, occasional repro home deco...
imports mind you...
and I sell them at a very affordable price.
Now, these are not vintage, they are not handmade, they are chosen by me for their adorableness.
I am afraid someone will feel I am not "authentic", not "genuine", not "made in America".
However, I am a local business.
I need to make a profit.
I like the idea of selling fun things that I hand choose.
My own handmade jewelry has to be sold at a premium, not always affordable.
Many women do not have the extra cash for pricey jewelry and accessories.
I don't...
I am hashing out these ideas here in blogland because I appreciate your thoughts.
How are you finding ways to make money, stay true to your ideals, and enjoy the creative life?

That said, I do intend to enlarge this part of my business.
It works.
See a little preview in Springfield.
Among my handmade and vintage wares.
Fluff and Nonsense at Frippery.

Just me putting it out there.
Comments and insights are welcome.
I need to grow Frippery
into a lifestyle business.
Handmade, vintage and yes...
 a little new and fun thrown into the mix.

Yours in what comes next, P.
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