Saturday, June 28, 2008
Katie was trying to describe him to us after she saw we had a large tin can of donated Crown Royal bags in our ephemera area waiting to be used for something great. But she decided we needed to meet him in person. He really made us smile. Thanks, Katie! -- Lisa
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Here’s my new red bike. A contractor friend buys old houses to fix up, and saves treasures he unearths in them for me. The bike needs a spiffy basket. Maybe I should go back to Provence to find just the right one?! The red metal box holding the flags says arc welding and has a great dial on it. To keep the flags from flopping around, I put them in a flower vase and stuffed the small poles in place with a rag.
I like this shot because it also shows how I organize stuff in big clear glass jars inside the house in my studio.
Here’s a close up the red gear – a perfect red star for the 4th of July.
And my favorite acquisition of the moment – a red gumball machine now holding a croquet ball.
We’d love to see how you have junked up your porches. Please share your pictures with us, and we’ll post them on a future blog. -- Beth
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
This past Saturday, I held a workshop at the studio on making your own Garden Goddess. Two lovely sisters, Jennifer and Carolyn joined me as we puzzled our way to find the most pleasing and satisfying arrangement of parts for a final masterpiece. Here they are pictured with their final creations. Jennifer engineered an old fan blade to rotate on her goddess and embellished the blades with salvage bling attached with old earring clips. Carolyn suspended a large brass spring in the center of her goddess and spelled out the beginning of her favorite garden poem, “Inch by Inch” on the enamelware colander which was her base.
Want to try your hand at making these goddesses? Instructions for these Garden Goddesses (and 34 other salvage studio projects) are included in our book- The Salvage Studio – Sustainable Home Comforts to Organize, Entertain, and Inspire. Due out in October 2008, you can preorder your copy now at Amazon.com (see link at right) -- Amy
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Tuesday night found us at the Carnation Farmers’ Market in conjunction with the Carnation Library speaking on “Garden Art from Found Objects, Salvage and Really Good Junk”. We had a really fun group, a well behaved dog in the audience, and live music just feet away from us. It was our first presentation with background singers!
We love working with the King County Library system, and are looking forward to our next event at the Vashon Island Library on July 20 at 1 p.m. Driving directions are available at www.kcls.org. -- Beth & Lisa
Luscious pesticide-free tomatoes from Kittitas Valley Greenhouse in Ellensburg. Don't they look like summer? Check out their website for all the local Farmer's Markets where you can find these tomatoes at.
A fantastic chalk artist was decorating the sidewalk with some help from friends.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Enjoy your garden...and your friends! -- Lisa
Friday, June 13, 2008
I received some fun pictures from my friend Jill of LeTrip this morning. Vide grenier season in Provence is in full swing! (A vide grenier is a community garage sale.) During our March visit to France, we only had a chance to visit one, and it was a sorry one. These photos were taken in Aix en Provence – just a block from the hotel we stayed in. I’d like to look through that basket of white linens and bring that basket back here while I’m at it!
If it’s any consolation, Jill reports that “a lot of the sales have been happening in hurricane type rains, but once in a while it gets dry here.” Sounds familiar! -- Beth
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Of course, a moving dolly had to be borrowed to get the biggest finds to the car. Here’s Judy, Colleen, Jena' and Lisa with two beautiful chairs headed to Colleen’s house. Jena' owns Barfield’s, (206) 226-1962. Her perfect tag line on her business card is “If you’re looking for ‘pots and pans’ don’t come to me. I have what you want, not what you need.”
Next up, is Lisa, Colleen, Virginia, Judy and Beth with the addition of a pretty blue shelf (hiding), Lisa holding her new plant stand (that she is turning into a table base), and a box of pink Christmas decorations extraordinaire found in Virginia and Frank’s booth, Home Shop.
A picture of all my loot assembled on a modest tray. In the spirit of “less abundance”, I bonded with small items. May I also add I was able to carry said less abundance to the car in one hand!
A close up of some very swell drawer pulls. I’m keeping my fingers crossed they are Bakelite. To the right of them a nice pile of watch bands with a future as components in bracelets and necklaces.
Vintage millinery flowers, several handmade.
And splendid small photos for some future soldered charms with an assortment of leaves and stamens in their original packages.
The next Sand Point shows are August 24, Oct. 12 and Dec. 7th. -- Beth