Self-taught Artist Painting

I scour thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets for my treasures. It’s an addiction. I get a lot of gratification. Particularly when I come across paintings. Paintings that somebody lovingly, carefully painted. They’re thought out and coming from a place of passion and energy. If they’re good. I enjoy them more than slick reproduced art bought at a big store. Now, if I was loaded I’d be buying myself Picasso’s or Basquiat’s, but sadly I am not, so these are lovely acceptable substitutes. Check out my store to see what I have for sale right now. More will be coming in the near future.

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Book pages

An affordable way to get great art is to frame a great illustration from a beloved book. I do it in my home and some pictures I have had up for years.

My store was started as a way to recycle, reuse beautiful old book illustrations from books that were damaged and unusable.

I had been framing them myself, but haven’t found a way to make that pay for itself, so now I mostly offer up the page, from a beautiful, damaged book, that you can frame yourself. It’s inexpensive and you can customize it.

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While the world is going to hell in a hand basket, and my kids are old enough that they just need me for money, it’s time to tackle the piles and piles of treasures all over my house. I am planning on traveling the world – when I win the lottery – so until then I need to get rid of my sacred possessions to only what will fit in a suitcase. Or a motorhome. One or the other.

I offer them up for sale, for only true love will swing someone to buy an item like an old book, or some obscure art. Hey, they make great gifts!

I am also featuring my husbands art work. He is a commercial artist, and he is doing this for fun, and he is a fun loving funny guy, as you will witness with his giant bunny vs. lucha libre wrestler picture, among others. Yes, there’s also an Old Fashioned drinking Wisconsin Badger up for sale. We are experimenting with digital downloads, so they are cheap and you can put them on whatever you want. Oh, and t-shirts, you can get some t-shirts and a onesie.

Please talk back if you want, it would be great to hear if people are out there. You can tell me what you think of my shop and what you’d like to see.

Vintage Books for Sale at GotchaChaCha on Etsy

_DSC0012 _DSC0013This book is for sale on my Etsy site. It is titled “Young Years Library, Best Loved Stories and Poems” Book 4, edited by Augusta Baker, Children’s Coordinator at the NYC Public Library, 1965. I found an article about Augusta Baker by Barbara Bader in The Horn Book Magazine.

Bader writes, “In the children’s library world and beyond, Augusta Baker was known for two big things — transforming the image of blacks in children’s books and enlarging the reach of storytelling.” She also tells of the encounter with the poet Audre Lorde, who at 4 years old met Baker and credits her with instilling the love of literature and reading.

So you can see for yourself, in this delightful compilation, with sharp illustrations, and classic stories. The inside is in great condition, the edges of the cover are a bit beaten up, see the pictures at my listing.

Something New, But it is Old

Hello, I hope you are enjoying the pictures of my cat. Cat blogging.

But back to business. I have decided to start selling some of the books from my vintage book collection. These are books that I have found over the years that I loved for their design, their colors, their time capsule of earlier times. I am selling them to share the love, but also, as my kids get older, so my taste is changing, and the little kid stuff is so awesome, but doesn’t fit in our house anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I still have plenty of stuff I am holding onto (I’ll have to take pictures to show you), these are the extra’s, the duplicates, or I just don’t have room for them.

Listed today at my GotchaChaCha store at etsy: _DSC0005 _DSC0012 _DSC0009Please email, comment.