Friday, May 30, 2008
A Piece of Americana!
Advanced technology may provide beautiful, realistic images....surround sound....and delicious catered food....but, the Moonlight Theatre
provided family time....picnicing....and enjoyment of the outdoors. It was outstanding!
From the moment we stepped back in time by passing the neon entry sign above...the evening was filled with popcorn smells and entertainment. The owner of the theatre announced every detail about the history of its humble beginnings... all the way down to the fact the light bulb that projected the film had to cool off 12-14 minutes in between movies or it would "bust". He also formerly worked with Elvis, and serenaded the crowd prior to the movie trailers with "Love Me Tender". What better piece of Americana to celebrate on Memorial Day!
Thank you to everyone that sent wonderful comments and the glorious emails. You never really know who is reading until occasions such as this. Thanks for marking my 100th post with such sweet sentiments! It has been fun! Below are the winners. All the names from comments and emails were put into a hat and drawn out at random. All five of you need to send me an email with your mailing address and off the prize will go to your front door! Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The winner of the art is: Karen B. of Recycled Rita. Just drop me an email with your mailing address and your walls receive a little garnish.
The fabulous papers go to Arlene! Just drop me an email with your mailing address for quick delivery!
The beautiful book goes to Kay! Just send me an email with your mailing address to receive this lovely literature.
The Domino Necklace goes to Karen Greenfield. Just drop me an email with your mailing address and I will quickly deliver this funky little piece of jewelry!
Friday, May 23, 2008
The 100th Post!
The second treat is one of my favorites. Being a guru of all things old...a purest about ephemera...this little bag of paper goodies is packed with originality. It includes: an original grocers receipt of 1908, a page of trading stamps, Quabaug Spring Water labels, original tobacco auction tags (from my Dads warehouse that closed about 10 years ago), vintage playing cards, Monopoly money dated 1936, Octagon soap labels, vintage slide cells, original cigar labels, and the most adorable foil bride and groom. Wonderful art adorned with any of these goodies can only be inspiring!
The third treat is a fabulous book! One of my little treasures from the church. Notice the embossed birds at the top of the cover, and of all wonderful ko-ink-a-dinks...it is titled..."Artzybasheff". The original was dated 1937, (this is a reprint) and the illustrations are absolutely yummy! To add a little artistic goodness it is wrapped in nine yards of delicious ribbon, paper flowers and a string of buttons.
Illustrations from inside....
The fourth treat is one of my funky little domino people necklaces. This is the same type art necklace represented in the Art-O-Mat cigarette machines at http://www.artomat.org/. If you have not read about this awesome art project...go to this site and enjoy!
The fifth treat is a funky one...a vintage necklace made from other vintage stuff. My salute to recycling via your personal garnish. Perfect for that person who does not want to see her necklace coming back at her on the neck of a friend or stranger. You will not find two of these....which could be a good thing....or it most certainly confirms your uniqueness.
No doubt this is my longest post...but, it certainly is my personal favorite. An accomplishment to be diligent with a task for myself...and the most incredible byproduct has been new and creative friends from all over the world. What a gift and wonder!
This page will be up for a few days and the winners drawn on Wednesday! Thank you for such a fabulous creative experience. A new goal has been set...200 Posts before the end of the year! Woo hoo!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
See the rich beauty of each bead and crucifix...the colors and symbolism were moving to me. I found these buried in a basket at a yard sale. Just a little thought...
Questions raised in my head:
1. Why did someone have so many?
2. Were they deeply religious?
3. Did they just see beauty in things?
4. How did they end up in a yard sale?
My opinion of the answers:
1. A true kindred spirit collector always believes "more is always more".
2. Perhaps they were Catholic...but, perhaps they had deep respect for all religions.
3. There is no doubt rich beauty was appreciated.
4. There comes a time when "things" are not always that important.
When you stumble upon interesting items, so vicariously slung into a yard sale...I always have to stop and ponder their history prior to this moment as I hold it in my hand. Every day is a miracle.
TOMORROW is the 100th POST!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Beauty and the Beast!
Do you ever wonder why some things happen? Why would such stunning color decide it's time to make the Lett household look better? Why would lillies need to flourish, but not require my aid? How could anything be this pretty today, after a monster hail storm yesterday? Why is "determination" so important?
“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate,
Monday, May 19, 2008
Structure and Arrangement...
Beauty can be found in all things....the oddity of the images....the texture...and most certainly...the structure and arrangement!
POST NUMBER 97!!!
Only two days until the 100th post!
Check in for fun giveaways!!!!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
New Favorite Quote!
My husband even finds it respectable. My philosophy has always been..."I don't care who does the job, as long as someone does. If you can figure out a way to hire, barter, convince, live without...to get any type of job done, it doesn't matter to me...just as long as it gets done." Nothing more appropriate than the old cliche' "When there is a will...there is a way!"
Most everything on this piece of art is significant to domesticity. But the cap, gown and diploma are the most significant!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Strike Up The Band...
Sometimes it takes a little "live with it" time to figure out what to do with certain obscure things purchased. This 12" x 4" printers stamp of a Drum Majorette was one of those such items. It certainly spoke to me from the bottom of a stamp box at a flea market, yet an immediate purpose was not calling out to me. A negotiated price was determined and we marched home. Now, after about eleven months, it has finally found a home.
The outline of the image was painted with a mixture of about four different colors....all layered and painted until you feel the "YES" moment. Then I added the fun little quote about music...added a chain and bow...and strike up the band...musical art!
Monday, May 12, 2008
The "Art-ograph" Book!
The depth of different artistic talent was amazing. I had stumbled on to a treasure!!!!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Sing Because You Have A Song!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Seize Good Fortune!
Needless to say, my car was in drive in minimal time. In under 11 minutes the above pile of books was in my trunk. Some dated back to the early 50's. The illustrations and linen covers were awesome!
THE MORAL TO THE STORY: People do listen to what you say...your passion for the "whatever" is remembered by others, and there is always the possibility that this held knowledge by others will result in your good fortune!