Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sacred Stones

I've mentioned my fascination with graveyards before on this blog- Well, what a more fitting season than now to revisit this infatuation?

After work today, I decided to make a little trip to a local cemetery- Won't you come along with me?

Welcome to a place where rest is found - Both for the living and the deceased. A little off color but indeed a fascinating topic. I found a number of early 19th century tombstones that would make lovely rubbings- So worn were the inscriptions that the naked eye had a hard time deciphering the text.Walking among the stones, I was overwhelmed by a sense of calm- With the leaves falling like light snow, I felt showered with peace and tranquility. Kneeling down to touch the worn surfaces, I was struck by how fragile life really is.
The graveyard was quiet yet all around us traffic flew by, each passenger reaching for that next goal. Yet all to soon those goals are met and life slows down... Hauntingly beautiful, life is a journey that often ends with an outward sigh of perhaps and what could have been.
With such melancholy thoughts, what could fit the mood better than the cult classic Interview with a Vampire?I was hoping to read amongst the stones ... A somewhat dark atmosphere for this tale of seduction and night by Anne Rice. Alas, this cemetery was not designed with the Victorian aesthetic in mind. No wandering pathways or delightful benches on which to contemplate. So, I took my snapshots of "past lives" and went home to devour more of a tale of horror.

Be prepared for more graveyards and ghosts- My husband and I are taking a trip to New Orleans for our 5th anniversary! 5 splendid years of laughter and friendship... How time does fly! Part of our vacation will be touring the fabulous graveyards of New Orleans, the city where Anne Rice based much of her work.

So, good morrow to you and happy haunting!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Halloween Ball: Fanciful Twist Style

Litany for Halloween

From ghoulies and ghosties,
Long-leggety beasties,
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Time to Share

Just thought I would share these lovely faces with you to brighten up your crafty projects. I soon hope to have some more pictures of my booth to show you -- But for now, these little ladies will have to do - Enjoy!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Stepping Back in Time: Antique Crossroads

Welcome to Antique Crossroads, a place where time stops. Just walking through these aisles is taking a step back to simpler moments. Whatever era and/or object your heart desires, this Hagerstown, MD mall can provide. Take for instance kitschy Elvis memorabilia or funky scarves- No where else can offer such sublime pieces of history!
Just look at these vintage hair caps- Used for keeping one's hair dry during a dip in the pool.
Remember the Elvis comment- Well, here's the King in 3-D! He's definitely in THIS building!
Can we talk about how awesome this orange crinoline skirt is? I think I've got to have it just for the color - It would look FABULOUS on my vintage dress form.
So, here's the first installment regarding Antique Crossroads. Expect to hear and see a lot more about this fantastic locale- It is my newest booth location and absolutely wonderful!

**All you swap partners out there: Don't forget to share your Halloween/Fall loot with everyone on October 30th! We will have our little "masked ball" that day to celebrate this wonderful time of year!**

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

What's A Girl To Do?

Yep, here's my booth. It's deathly bare! What am I going to do??? I must find furniture and soon! I have so many wonderful, little things. But all those darling curiosities need to be displayed properly. Therefore, once again I say- I MUST FIND FURNITURE! (notice capitalization and exclamation point)...

On the bright side, I was still able to create some sweet vignettes with the fabulous smalls I have. Don't you just love these tiny Asian slippers?
This doll chest is filled with old lace and buttons- Two of my favorite things!
My locked case was filled to the brim with glorious little bibelots from my jaunts to various sundry places. What about the Kewpie teapot and saucer? Pure cuteness!
I love miniatures and have always tried to buy them up when they're available. This shot shows a lovely Empire style brass mirror perfect for a little girl's dollhouse.
Art Nouveau is one of my favorite styles- From my own collection you will see the small vase decorated with a Sarah Bernhardt type figure. This piece was probably a give-away at a fair or party. Last but not least is my collection of vintage Halloween items purchased last year. These plates, napkins, and nut cups are both rare and desirable in the antiques realm. I can't wait to see what people think of them at the new booth.Well, that's it for now. Hopefully I'll find some appropriate furniture over the next week or so. I'll be sure to take more pictures as the evolution of my booth takes place. Wish me luck!