I am fascinated by the primitive. The old and weathered. The patina of life’s wear and tear. The functional side of folk art. Dave and I have designed and made several pull toys together, but this one is an altogether new undertaking. Three dimensional, fiber art, and salvage combined all in one piece. I am just thrilled with the results. While the piece functions spectacularly as a pull toy, due to governmental oversight, I need to tell you it is not a toy. It is for decorative purposes only. Nonetheless, our Primitive Hooked Giraffe Pull Toy has won over our hearts.
More designs to come…
We had an adventurous winter and early spring searching out intriguing things to make other things out of. At one stop, we came across a cache of antique bed frames that we couldn’t resist. The multitude of ideas we have for these will keep us busy for months. This Four Poster Bench is first out of the blocks, and we’re just getting started…
Well, this is a first for us. We never thought we’d be at Brimfield, but The Vintage Bazaar invited us, and how could we say no? Yesterday, dogs walked and trailer loaded, we hit the road. Traffic is never anyone’s friend on Rte 128, so it was a two hour drive. I can’t complain, though. Dave was driving (I don’t do trailers), and I was knitting, so I couldn’t have been more content. The day was hot and humid, Dave was under the weather, and we were short on time, but the people are wonderful, our little corner of Brimfield is beautiful, and back on the road again we go. Dave driving. Me knitting. Life is good.
Find us at Central Park in The Vintage Bazaar Tent, booths 112-114. Tues through Sat, May 12th-16th.
Dave just finished remaking this great vintage store display counter by the F.O. Bailey Company of Portland, Me. We were lucky enough to find it pulled from a little store in Woolwich, Me. Repainted the color of vanilla bean ice-cream and paired with a rustic wide pine top and floor, this piece is more than ready to serve as your kitchen island, display case, or crafting center.
We seem to have a trend going on in our finds lately. Hmmm. All are available at The Barn at Todd Farm, 275 Main St, Rowley, MA.
It’s impossible to say how much fun we had if only because we are so tired it is difficult to see straight. But these are exciting times, and we are barreling towards our next adventure! To stay on point, though, this past weekend at The Vintage Bazaar’s Holiday Jubilee was like none other. We were thrilled with the results of our labors in our booth layout, the crowds were fantastic, and the VB crew and our fellow vendors are SUCH a delight to work with. Creativity, generosity, and kindness converge for one heck of a feel good atmosphere.
As I was saying—-For the record, my husband is crazy. But it is the best kind of crazy you could ever hope for. At the moment, he is intent on saving us from being washed away in some very heavy rains. Noah doesn’t need to be called in for a consult by any means, but it is charming to see his sweet intensity to divert rain and gutter run-off as if Satan himself had come calling. It is late, dark and (obviously) raining. I will prep warm clothing, get dinner to the brink of serving, and ready a hardy hug. Tomorrow will hopefully be drier and his attentions will once again be directed to the true craft at which he excels: turning old salvaged discards into useful and beautiful treasures.
As you know, we are always on the lookout for great vintage finds at yard sales and flea markets. The thrill of the search never diminishes for us. This year was our first visit to the annual Grand and Glorious Yard Sale and it is sure to become a lasting tradition for us. We left the hall with many a treasure, but most triumphantly we tucked this oversized wooden train engine with two towed cars securely under our arms. I have visions of an extensive display at our shows, this choo choo set up on a rustic antique workbench next to the 1930s hoosier. Stuffed toys, yarns, kits, and vintage laces, baubles, and other vintage oddities in tow, each car overflowing with goodies.