Added this to our garden this weekend. Happily purchased at the Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction. I think Claire, Holly and Leah will enjoy it for the next couple of years.
Month: June 2014
Art Show at ChocMo in Poulsbo
Along with opening my first ever Vintage Renew booth at Red Plantation in Poulsbo, I hung a rather large Art Show at ChocMo in Poulsbo the next morning.
Please stop by for coffee, lunch or dinner and of course Chocolate and enjoy the show. I have were abstracts and some older Impressionistic work with a few pencil drawings there. It made me think I need to get back to my easel.
D~zine is now open at Red Plantation in Poulsbo
Stop and see my new and first ever booth #Red Plantation in Poulsbo. My dresses and a lot of fun “renewed” furniture projects will be featured there. My focus is mostly for children (and parents and grandparents). It has been a lot of fun getting everything ready. Hope you can stop by and leave a note.
Five Little Dresses all in a Row
The other day, I was on a roll and made all these little dresses in one day. Getting close to being ready to have my booth at the Vintage Fair.
As we go through life we invest time and energy into different things and some of them work and/or you just enjoy them and others hopefully can be a bit profitable. When I first retired after teaching for eight years for The Art Institute I painted furiously, and joined a cooperative art gallery. I sold a few pieces and actually sold another this week; but found I was giving more to local auctions than actually selling. Hummm…. What next?
Wrote a Slug Wars book, self-printed and took to several shops. It sells a little and people seem to like it. I went to class to learn how to collage on boxes, made a few and sold several of my Paris design, but still wasn’t satisfied.
Started sewing for my beautiful granddaughter Claire and I think after forty years of not sewing I might have found my new passion. I love putting together fabric for little girls dresses and will see where this adventure takes me. The artist in me loves seeing what different combinations I can put together. The ones featured here are fun everyday dresses made quickly with T-shirts and a yard of fabric.
Painted this Armoire screen to use in my display at a Vintage Market
Trying to pull together an interesting and fun booth that is a little out of the ordinary for my new booth and first booth at a Vintage Market at #Red Plantation in Poulsbo opening July 1st. Painted this and another one with big white Polka Dots on a black background today. Will show photos of my central backdrop when it is totally done, but think it will be fun. Then I just have to hope that people like what I put in it and buy, buy buy!!
Grandpa probably made this special little rocker for his favorite Grandchild
It was looking sad and the original red was fading, so I gave it a new lease on life with a little aqua and a little Fleur de Lis. I think it looks happier now and will be a great gift for a new mother.
Another piece comes back to life.
Bet you never thought this little chest/stand could look so good. A little paint, a little fabric and a little more time. Please come see me when I open my booth at Red Plantation in Poulsbo. Going to selling all my renews and my children’s handmade clothing.
Another adventure in Renewing
Found these two children’s pieces that looked like they did not go together, but I thought if I painted them a more up to date color, they would look great together.
Jazzing Up a little chest
Bought this chest about 25 years ago, and for the last ten years it has been in my closet, just sitting there empty. Yesterday I decided a new interior would give it a lift. Hoping to use this for display in my new little Vintage Space.
Does anyone know the history of the Polka Dot? I found this history online and would like to share:
America’s love affair with the polka dot began, perhaps, in 1926, when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot swimsuit. Shortly after, in 1928, Disney introduced its cartoon darling Minnie Mouse wearing a red polka dot dress and matching bow. Throughout the 1930s, polka dot dresses appeared in stores, the fabric suddenly subversive, nipped in by ribbons and accentuated with bows. In 1940, the woozy melody of Frank Sinatra’s ballad “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” captured the height of America’s polka dot mania—that spring, the Los Angeles Times assured its readers, “You can sign your fashion life away on the polka-dotted line, and you’ll never regret it.”
Later in the decade, the polka dot accrued a highbrow style currency when Christian Dior released his “New Look” collection of hourglass dresses, many styles bedecked with dots. After a wartime period of shifting gender roles, Dior told Vogue that his collection sought “to make women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female” again. (Dior: not a fan of the polka dots on Rosie the Riveter’s headband.) Hollywood followed feminine suit, and the newly-ladylike print fast became popular with actresses: Elizabeth Taylor, Lucille Ball, and Marilyn Monroe were some of the polka dot’s chief exponents.
In 1951, Monroe was famously photographed wearing a polka dot bikini. Nine years later, the release of Brian Hyland’s hit song, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” brought polka dots back into vogue. Throughout the ‘60s, the artist–and walking medley of polka dots–Yayoi Kusama became known for the busy dotted swarms that covered her paintings. “Our earth is only one polka dot among millions of others,” she once said. Kusama also believed–before she checked herself into a mental hospital in 2006–that when painted with polka dots, the body became “part of the unity of the universe.” Now released, the artist still sports the print.
Once upon a time, spotted prints went by a host of other names. Slate’s Jude Stewart provides an overview: in the 19th century, “Dotted-Swiss referred to raised dots on transparent tulle,” and in France, “quinconce described the diagonal arrangement of dots seen on the 5-side of dice.” Meanwhile, “[t]he large coin-sized dots on fabric, called Thalertupfen in German, got their name from Thaler, the currency of German-speaking Europe until the late 1800s.”
But then came the polka, the dance so popular that mid-19th century Europe came up with the word “polkamania” to describe its own excitement. As the polka craze swept west across the continent, enthusiasts claimed the polka jacket, then the polka hat (neither of them spotted), and finally, the polka dot. There is only a tenuous connection between dot and dance, yet surely the two are linked—it’s possible that polka dots reflect the same regulated, short bursts of energy that inflect the polka itself. Regardless, we know that the American women’s magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book was the first to print the term, in an 1857 description of a “scarf of muslin, for light summer wear, surrounded by a scalloped edge, embroidered in rows of round polka dots.”
The word “polka” itself derives from the Polish for “Polish woman”—in Czech, it translates to “little woman or girl.” Polka dots are inherently diminutive, automatically feminine. Today, when we wear them, we inherit their complicated legacy from the women that have worn them before us—women who have negotiated the shifting realm of trying to rock a dot and be taken seriously at the same time. As Elle Woods’ college counselor famously said, “Harvard won’t be impressed that you aced History of Polka Dots.”
Side by side
It is fun to get an idea, collect what you need and have it come together in a satisfactory manner. Sometimes, I think that brings more joy in life than many other things. Maybe that is why as humans we like doing things that bring us satisfaction. Cooking, painting and sewing are things I do that don’t involve anyone else and bring me satisfaction. My new passion and finding and renewing older furniture does the same. What brings you satisfaction?