Below is a fun little plastic box I found at a junk store. I filled it with old wooden clothes pins. Very similar to the cute little clothes pin stamp (1454-N) available at 100 Proof Press!
I have an antique booth that I LOVE...LOVE to stock and merchandise, plus, I am the constant gatherer! Through the years I have learned many merchandising tips. The first and foremost important tip is packaging! I feel certain a box of old clothes pins packaged in this cute little box will garner more dollars than a baggy full of pins. Sure a little more time and effort...but, a lot more visual fun and money!
There is something about the basic cleaning tools we've all grown up to see...watch our elders use...and can even be recognized by many generations. The typical dust pan has not changed its shape and use for years. Colors may change...how it attaches to the broom has been enhanced....but a dust pan is a dust pan! I love having a little loyalty in a product! The day someone hands me an electronic device that when hovering over a pile of trash/dust approximately 7-10 inches the electrodes will disintegrate the particles magically into the atmosphere within 2.4 seconds....I might freak.
Let the dust pan be a tool that many, many generations will recognize and use the very same way for years. Call me old fashioned.
I have a friend that loves to sweep! Not one of my favorite items on the "to do list"...but, this little dust pan was perfect to create her some fun note cards. Running down the side of the card stock was little scraps of paper sewn by machine....perhaps scraps and trash that you might sweep into a dust pan.
Finally, I have finished my first piece of art using one of the many outstanding stamps from 100 Proof Press. I do believe the best part about being a member of such a gaggle of creative sorts is the diversity in how we see...use...and create with stamps. My creative process has always been quite organic. I begin...let the piles of stuff guide me...glue, stitch, embellish and now stamp to form a unique piece of me.
This piece was done while on vacation at Rosemary Beach! To say "sit a spell" is an understatement of what I have had thrashing through my brain for the last few days. Which came first the need or the stamp? ....hmmm?
Once again, the canvas is layers of old linen book covers and a bingo card adorned with a tiny stitched piece on old bark cloth....then simply, but ever so sweetly, this precious chair stamp (2601-Q). I feel certain I sat in an old oak chair just like this at my Grandmother's house.
My first piece of art for 100 Proof Press.....so, just "Sit a Spell".......