Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Two New Necklaces

I made two new necklaces for sale on my My Etsy Shop. The first necklace is a large Crysanthemum jasper pendant stone.  I handwrought the copper findings and connected with copper wire findings. Seed pods and natural jasper stones make up the strand.

 The second one is green turquoise stones with sterling silver findings.  The pendant is spiral wrapped with sterling silver wire, to a handwrought (by me) and hammered copper connector.  The clasp is also handwrought with my custom design hook and eye mounted on the side. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Gathering Antique and Garden Show

My friend, Patty, and I spent last Thursday and Friday in Nashville selling our wares at The Gathering Show.  Patty is shown with her herbal potpourri and wreaths.  We combined our booths putting primitives, cottage and garden together.

 Our booth display front was created with old porch posts and railing which worked well with the items we had.  Little did we know, on opening day a customer wanted to buy our entire display setup.

 Patty's husband builds these awesome birdhouses which he mounts on these create old chippy porch posts.  They were a hit.

 I sold several primitives including the early pine meal bin on the right. 

 To our surprise, we arrived Friday morning to find we had won best of show for our display! 

Love, love, love the dried herbal and lavendar wreaths.

The potpourri had the entire area smelling so fresh and aromatic. 

Another great bench built by Patty's husband.

 I built four old beadboard display racks that worked nicely to hang things on.  My lavendar designed quilt looked nice with the lavendar arrangements.

 Several of these items were gone by the end of the first day.

 I love this primitive jelly cupboard.  I have used it in my studio for years to store art supplies, but it is time to let it go.  Really like the cut-out detail at the bottom skirt and the wide one-board doors.  Great early piece.

 I brought home my child's mission painted desk and bench.  This is such a unique piece with drop front desk and cubbys with a tiny drawer.  On each side of the desk is a built on sconce which is wire for tiny electric bulbs.  Great old green paint too!!

This vintage quilt worked well with my jewelry display.

 One of my first oil paintings in several years, these little lambs sold on Friday. 

 Sold several pieces of white ironstone, always a hit.

Jackie on the left, is the show manager and a very nice lady.  Enjoyed getting to know her a little, and also Elise, a fellow Country Living Show participant from Smiths Grove, KY.  She had a wonderful display with antiques and plants.  Their business has a full fledge nursery, and a spectacular barn, shop, and classes.  She is a very pleasant and interesting lady, and a pleasure to be with.
Elise's business, The Garden Patch, is a booth you want to take the entire thing home. 

 This old rocker would look great on my log cabin porch.

 Really enjoyed this screen door displaywith garden items and a door wreath. 

Some more great herbs and plants mixed with antiques and concrete items.

 This nice lady's husband prepared a home cooked dinner for all of the exhibitors.  He does this every year!  What a wonderful gesture of kindness appreciated by all!  They have very nice primitive furniture and glassware.
It was such a pleasure to meet this lovely lady, Holli Givens with Rain Dove Primitives and Folk Art.  Holli is such a delightful person, and her displays with primitives and yummy candles was so pleasant.  I went home with one of her candles, and it has my sunroom smelling yummy too.

Holli's decor around her great sign post, using live blooming bushes and flower was so apprealing, and drew your eye into her booth. 

She also made very nice vintage style jewelry,

 handmade folk art dolls,

 and this robins blue painted chair and milk can. 
This dress form with jewelry was from my booth.  I added these photos out of order, and I don't know how to insert photos once they are out of order.  (Maybe some of you can tell me how that is done!)

These last three photos of vintage style necklaces I made from old prisms, stones, sterling, coins and pins. 

I was happy to return home Saturday to my wisteria in full bloom on the arbor.  Love this stuff!  It was a great weekend.  The Gathering is held twice a year, the next show being their Christmas Show in November.