Like tomato pin cushions...
Like tomato pin cushions...
The Old Summit Antique Show that I sold at yesterday was fantastic.
"Are antiques going out of style?"
"Has Ikea made furniture from antique stores obsolete?"
"Have so many shows like Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Storage Wars etc saturated the air waves to the point that no one is interested anymore?"
"Is it just me, maybe it's just my stuff that is passe?"
...and if it is, what will I do because I still want to buy this weird old stuff, but if no one wants to buy it, will I just become like the Collyer Brothers?
(I have a tendency towards catastrophic thinking. When I was five and starting kindergarten, I was so paralyzed with fear that I might not remember my locker number that I almost couldn't go. When I start to overthink a situation, my mother can shake me out of it by asking "What was your locker number in kindergarten?" I'll answer "eight", and she'll say "this will probably be ok, too")
My booth looks kind of messy in pictures- partially because it is messy, and partially because its picked over. My hope is that in person when people see it, they think, "There has to be something good for me in that mess".
The scissors I showed in my last post were very popular- I think I was left with only three pair- I had no idea how many scissor collectors there are. And some ladies wanted to buy smaller scissors that they could take along on a plane.
Of course, even though I sold a lot, I have a lot left- and it's my hope to get some listed in my Etsy shops- I have listed a few things in SugarPinkMoon.
One more post about Paper Cowgirls- I have to show you all the crafty goodness that was going on- that's the whole basis of art events like this- even though just like school- you remember as much about what happened outside of class as in class.
I signed up for the Altered Apron swap. My partner was the Queen of Crepe Paper Ann Denise Anderson. Not only did she make me a beautiful apron, but she use over the top packaging. The apron was packed in a cute vintage sewing box with these two pretties on top. One is a paper clay doll with bendable arm and legs and the other is a corsage.
One thing I noticed in Texas is how many women have clothes made from crocheted pieces- vests, sweaters and wraps that look like they were pieced from vintage runners or doilies. It's a really romantic look.
My birthday was the Monday after Paper Cowgirls, and Lisa gifted me with this wonderful collage. She had shown it on her blog, and I noticed that it had a woven background like the kind she taught in her Bird Song class.
The first class I took was Jennifer Stewart's Once Upon Season. The basis of the project was garden edging- each piece decorated for a season. The class kit was packaged so cleverly. Inside, besides color pictures and instructions, were five paper bags, and each bag had the pieces that fit on that season's panel.
My other class was Lisa Pace's Pieces of Time project. The shadow box was from Maya Road, and the background was pieces of an old quilt. Once again, I went with the neutral colors and added a Frozen Charlotte that Karla had given me.
One of the great things about taking a class like this is that you have all the materials right in front of you. I know when I create at home, I can spend more time looking for the tiny flower, right sized button or perfect trim than I actually do crafting.
Not having to spend time looking for materials allows you to just relax and enjoy the creative process.
If you're on the fence about going to an art event or taking a class, I'd really recommend you just go for it- the boost of creativity you get from crafting with other like minded people is priceless.
The shopping, duh. It's really all about the shopping. I also kind of like arranging my booth at the mall or at an antique show, and I really like when I can sell something for more than I paid for it, but mostly....it's the buying.
Pricing really isn't one of my favorite things- it wouldn't be so bad if I could just slap some masking tape on things and write a price on with a Sharpie, but no one else does that, and I'm really more of a follower than a leader.
I was lucky enough to find an awesome estate sale on Sat- it was the fourth day of the sale, but the house was still packed. I spent two hours at the sale- that has to be a record for me- I'm usually a fast shopper- gotta get on to the next sale, you know.
Most of these are for clipping threads, and are made in the US or Germany.
Well, back to pricing, because I have to price to sell, and I have to sell to keeping buying....and like I said... buying is what I really like to do.
In looking at my blog for the past two weeks, I realized I have five posts in a row that start with "Paper Cowgirls". I guess that let's you know how much fun I had.
I still have another Paper Cowgirl's post in me, but I thought I'd take a break to show you a book that some Bird Song girls put together.
I hosted a Nature Journal swap for the Birdsong event. The journals turned out great- nice and chunky with a lot of different styles. Karla said she wished she had joined the swap.
Laurie had the idea to get everyone in the swap to make a page for Karla, so she could have her own journal. Laurie did all the organizing, and had everyone mail their page to me. I made a cover and put the book together.
I gave the book to Karla right before we left for Paper Cowgirls- she wasn't having a very good day- frustrating computer problems and too much time spent with the Geek Squad.
Great idea, Laurie and thanks to everyone who made a page.
Here's part of my vendor table- pictured borrowed from head cowgirl Cindy.
Crepe paper ruffles from Ann Denise's Whim and Fancy Designs.
Mendy's Pink Suitcase.
I haven't been able to figure out how to tell the "Paper Cowgirls Chronicles" in an organized way- should it be divided by category- crafts, parties, sightseeing, antiquing etc? Or should it be chronological? I don't know, so I just picked some random pictures I thought were fun.
First, I had to show one of the MOST amazing creations I've ever seen- Ann Denise Anderson's luscious frothy concoction of crepe paper, coffee filters, tissue paper, butcher paper and a lot of time. Several times during Paper Cowgirls, I found myself just staring at it in amazement.
Karla dressed up for the Paper Cowgirl's Prom.
Lisa, not dressed up for prom. ( I didn't dress up either, we both dressed for shopping.) In the background you can see other Paper Cowgirls shopping the streets of Waxahachie- what a darling town- and a lot of the stores stayed open late for so the Paper Cowgirls could shop.
(I hope that pictures doesn't put me on the banned for life roommate list.)
More pictures to come- of classes, crafts, swaps and the vendor night. Can you tell I had fun?
The Paper Cowgirls art retreat was great. I swear, people in Texas are the friendliest people on earth. Cindy, Jennifer and Ann Denise did an incredible job of putting together the event and making everyone feel so welcome.
I've got a lot more pictures and stories from Paper Cowgirls, but first I thought I'd show you some of the great vignettes from antique stores in McKinney- it seems like Texas antique dealers are born with a green thumb for great displays.
Of course, the badges will have our names on them- these are pictures I borrowed from Cindy.
The idea is that everyone that wants to will bring a little something to the meet & greet to add to everyone else's badges- a ribbon, a sticker, a charm.
The idea kind of reminds me of the movie where Jennifer Aniston is a waitress at TGIFridays. The wait staff are supposed to personalize there uniforms by adding "flair"- pins and buttons... and Jennifer gets in trouble for not meeting the minumum "flair" requirements.
After I sprayed the sheet with Workable Fixit to keep the ink from smearing, I cut the images to fit my game tiles, pulled off the backing paper, stuck them on the tile and burnished them down.
...glued on a pinback, and SHAZAM I'm ready for Paper Cowgirls... other than hemming my skirt for prom, pricing stuff to sell at vendor night, packing my craft supplies...you know, all the little last minute minor details.
Next Thu, I'm headed to the Paper Cowgirls art event in Waxahachie TX. I'm a newbie to the event, but I remember after reading about it last year on blogs, I thought that it sounded like fun. The event organizer, Cindy of Yapping Cat Studio was one of my first blog friends. I'm going with Karla, meeting up with Lisa and will have a chance to see new friends I met at Karla's Bird Song event.
One thing that I'm always a little "iffy" about at art events is swaps. I always hesitate before I sign up because I'm not sure what I make will be good enough, or what if I don't have time, or what if I don't know what to make...the excuse list could go on and on- but once I get to an art event, I'm always glad that I signed up because a) it's fun to feel like a part of something; b) getting your swap is just like getting a present.
I signed up for the vintage apron swap. After emailing my swap partner Ann Denise and finding out that she likes pink, lace & ruffles, I decided to use my niece's prom dress as my inspiration. My niece, Claire, is on the right. I thought she was pretty brave to pick a short dress for prom.
My Dad (her Grandpa) and my brother (her Dad) both asked her where the rest of her dress was---isn't that typical?
After looking at pictures of her dress and my apron side by side, I bet you can guess who went to the Mall of America to get their garment and who went to basement to scavenge up a hostess apron, a piece of a table cloth, a sheer drapery panel and some Fabri-Tac.
On the subject of apparel, Friday night is Cowgirl Prom. I was going to pass on up dressing up for it, but I found a great skirt at an estate sale this morning that'll go with my estate sale cowboy boots from last summer. You know what they say- never wear a silk skirt unless you've got boots to go with it; and never miss a chance to wear your red cowboy boots.
( I don't think anyone says that, I just made it up.)