July 29, 2011

Bowling With Dad

Patrick took Lizzie bowling a few days ago. He documented their game via his Instagram feed and I just had to share his images 'n captions. And...don't you just love his mis-matched laces?

Bowling time.

Not very busy.

The granny bowl. A rare sighting.

Anxiously waiting.

Anxiously waiting (part II).

Have a happy weekend!

July 27, 2011

A Few Characters

Thought I'd show you a few characters I've collected recently. These wooden fellows stand about 4 inches tall and have a pleasant 'chippyness' (new word folks!) about them. As for the old playing cards--they arrived in the mail a few days after the wooden men--a surprise gift from Bird Nests & Papers from whom I'd purchased these lovelies. From what I can find the cards are from a 1930's Snap game by the British toy company, Chad Valley. Anyhow, the figures and playing cards paired up so nicely, I did an impromptu photo session of all these good lookers together.

July 26, 2011

I Love You Like...

"I Love You Like..." is a treasury I put together of my current Etsy favorites. The chippy pink phone is just one of many great vintage objects over at Sara Kate Studios. Enjoy!

July 25, 2011

Fair Weather

We did not venture out to the Riley County Fairgrounds on Friday or Saturday due to the extremely hot temperatures. So...last night we decided we'd better take a chance 'cuz of course we could not miss the carnival. We hadn't been there 25 minutes and a nasty thunderstorm rolled in towards the fairgrounds. A bit disappointing but it made for a great Instagram image.

July 22, 2011


Another great set of design blocks from the Embossing Company of Albany, New York. First time I've come across a set of these Kolor-Blox as the Color Cube sets are a bit more common. Enjoy!

July 19, 2011

Mother Goose Circus

Back in the 1930's Kellogg's did promotions through a children's radio program with The Singing Lady. Children could redeem their cereal box tops for The Singing Lady's songbooks or fun items such this fantastic Singing Lady's Mother Goose Circus paper-craft diorama. If I could redeem boxtops for treasures like these today I'd be eating cereal three meals a day! I've been holding onto these for years but am thinkin' I may do something with them soon. Even after the Circus Wagon and Animal Crackers assemblage pieces I'm still in the mood for some circus-y fun and the carnival is coming to town this weekend. How can I resist?

July 15, 2011

Vintage Hand Puppet

Earlier this week I made an spontaneous thrift shop stop and look what I spied on the counter as I was being rung out--this darling old hand puppet! Of course I had to add it to my pile of goodies. You know it's hard for me to pass up a clown--especially one with a paisley collar and a pointy red hat too. Happy weekend!

July 13, 2011

Little ABC Book

My heart melted when I found this endearing Little ABC Book! From its jewel-toned cover to each brilliant red letter of the alphabet, I knew this was a treasure. After a bit of sleuthing, I've discovered that it was published by the McLoughlin Brothers of New York in the early 1880's. What sweet child turned the pages of this linen primer while learning their letters? It's tattered edges tell the tale of true love in its past for sure!

July 12, 2011

New Collage Blocks

A small grouping of six collage blocks have been listed in the shop this evening. Enjoy!

July 11, 2011

Mushrooms & More

Several new Prickly Plaques were created over the weekend and are now in the shop. Images this time 'round include mushrooms, a spine, muscles of man, a skeleton (Halloween anyone?) and a dissected hand. I'm looking forward to a new week in the studio. How about you?

July 8, 2011

1950's Grocery Blocks

I raided our stash of wood scraps and a pile of magazines from the 1950's to create these miscellaneous shaped grocery blocks. It was a fun project and they may be kinda hard to part with--you can take a closer peek at them here. Happy Friday!


Portal, original collage on book cover


Lady, original collage on book cover

Three Meals

Three Meals, original collage on old box lid