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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Green Gables Tea Cup

I found this sweet teacup and saucer at a local thrift store for $1. It's the same house and garden illustration as on the dish in the post below, but this one is coloured in!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Golden Art Nouveau

I found this brass candle holder at a flea market for $6. I love its curvy asymmetry and lily of the valley details. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Those Hours With You

Oh what a dreamer's delight! I found this sweet illustrated poem at Value Village for $1.99, bundled with 3 other tiny frames--bonus! The 1700s themed illustration, gilded details, and reflective verses thrill my soul. It looks like framed Maurine Hathaway prints were a popular piece of 1920s d├ęcor.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Delft Tiles

I found these delightful hand-painted Delft Blauw tiles at Value Village for a total of $5. I love how the left-hand one features iconic architecture and scenery of various Dutch locales!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

With Sewing Hearts

I'm wearing a shirt made of fabric from my With Glowing Hearts collection for the day of festivities! 
Happy 150th to our glorious and free home and native land! Happy Canada Day!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

McCoy Strawberry Cookie Jar

I found this 1950s McCoy strawberry cookie jar #263 for $15 at a local thrift store! It is 9" wide by 11" tall of glossy red cheer! Guess what's going to be in my kitchen forever?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Florida Sunshine

How cheery is this can of sunshine?! In the '80s my mom's friend went to Florida for spring break and brought this back for her. The can contains "48 average sniffs of pure Florida air" and the label offers a "suggested dosage: for daily pick me up, take two large sniffs before breakfast." Quite the novelty souvenir. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bring Back the Flour Sack

This grandma's flower garden quilt was made by some of my female relatives in the 1930s. 
It was likely created using their old dresses and flour sacks, and the whole thing was pieced and sewed by hand, which is absolutely incredible! Some of the hexagons are torn off with wear. 
Now the cheery quilt hangs on the wall behind my computer and art desk, inspiring vintage style designs!
This is my new surface pattern design motto, and this is my start to the return of the calico!

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Store with a Smile

I snapped this photo of the original sign painted on the brick of Shaw's in Perth, Ontario. Sounds cheery!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Limited Edition

My friend Anni gave me this oh-so-appropriate plaque. It's literary wit, 1950s atomic style, and quirkiness in a pleasantly coloured decorative accessory! It shall forever be on my bookshelf.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Grandma's Ship

 My grandma painted this delightfully nautical scene when she was a teenager.
 The sunlit sails and the texture of the waves and clouds are so summery.
Best of all--here's a snapshot my grandpa took of it as a brand new creation!

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Watercolour Paradise

These framed vintage Nicolas Markovitch, a.k.a. Marc watercolour prints are likely from the 1920s to 1940s. They left their Value Village lodgings and now radiate summery paradise sitting on my shelf!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Idea Extravaganza

As a collector of magazine clippings I am prone to collaging surfaces, such as my sketchbook. Looking at layers of inspiration makes me want to get busy drawing and painting! 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Victoria

Queen Victoria was one incredible lady. Aside from ruling a country for nearly 64 years, she was a mother of 9, a visual artist, and a prolific journal writer. Her passionate, determined nature is clear in reading her diaries. I've been loving the series Victoria, which brings aspects of her younger life to light...plus the costumes and sets are stunning and lavishly inspiring. Happy Victoria Day!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dutch Spring

 I found this vintage embroidered linen canvas at Value Village and love its textures and cheery colours!
Look at those little pink tulips!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Saturday, May 06, 2017

1930s Felt Brooch

This is my great-grandma's floral brooch from the 1930s. It reminds me of Vogue covers of that decade.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Green Thumb

I was inspired by Ron Isaacs' Sprout, and created this shadow box with linen, cardstock, and a vintage glove.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Robin's Egg Necklace

These beads are leftovers from a ceramics experiment with minty glaze...now reborn as a robin's egg necklace!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Rose Needlepoint

I found this rose needlepoint at Value Village for a few dollars. The palette and distressed frame are so sweet.  
My goal is to gather a whole gallery wall of rescued floral oil paintings, watercolours, and needlepoints!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Enlightened Hearts

"...that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might that He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come."
Ephesians 1: 17-21
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