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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Going Vintage

I have been stockpiling many treasures from my adventure shopping trips and wanted to add them to the store. Here are a few I just put up. Nothing here is worth a million dollars, but I’m not selling them for very much. These items are things that can help personalize a room. They have character and style and are unique. I love Target and Ikea and the other big stores, but you also need to inject something personal and distinctive. The puzzle has great graphics, and is in a sealed box. That would look cool in a bookcase. For the scissor fanatic collectors here are a pair, almost mint, in box. The globe looks distinguished in an office, and this puzzle would look super cute in a kids room. As would the tea set. I don’t think anything is listed over $10. More things to come, so check out my store if you are interested:

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When do you think this was made?

Hello, I just listed this lovely picture on my Etsy store:_DSC0020The question is, when do you think it was made?

I was attracted to it because of it’s 1940s feel, southwestern imagery. I have a line of Homer Laughlin tableware from the late 30s that is called “Hacienda” which has similiar colors, similar subject matter:homer_laughlin_hacienda_bread_butter_plate_P0000037793S0008T2It’s pretty, isn’t it?

Anyway, I bought this needlepoint because it looked kinda 1940’s, but then I focused on the mat board which has a 1980’s quality to it. The frame is very nondescript, it doesn’t shout any particular time to me. It is wood, and very narrow. It is a little dirty, dirty that light cleaning could not clean up, but not banged up.

So what do you think? When was this made?_DSC0021 _DSC0022

New in store: more journals of the recycled variety

I am having so much fun making these! It has been a process, and the process shall probably continue to be tweaked, but I found something nice to do with these old books. I take the useful parts, and make something practical and functional, and I love utilitarianism. I use these books now all the time. The are happy, unique, and fun. Here are my latest two, up on my Etsy site GotchaChaCha:

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