Monday, June 30, 2014

BURIED TREASURE Summer Finds

When the warm weather hits, I have to get my fix of going to fleas and yard sales. A few weekends ago I hit the road with my step dad in search of the odd, creepy and beautiful. 



One of the last yards sales we hit before going to the Newport flea market was at this yellow house. Before finding the house, we saw some street signs but then drove around the blocks a finds times before we saw this little old vintage suitcase that welcomed you up the drive way. A petite old woman and her grown son were selling many of their belongings which looked like they each had a story of their own. There were many old shoes from the 50s, that looked like they cut the rug at one point. There were a few handbags, one in particular caught my eye, it was a 1960s Wearwell bag with a flower power vibe in light oranges, tans and greens. With a small handle and click button, I knew I had to have it for my collection and to hopefully bring back some life into it.



After that, we hit a small flea market in the small town of Newport. I found a few treasures there which I might add had a fabulous price. Below are some of my finds.
Stunning Moroccan style necklace with hand bent metal work strung with glass blue beads
LEFT: a lovely vintage Moroccan style metal piece with small bells that was hanging from a thin black cord in an old garage on the grounds of the flea market. RIGHT: a vintage metal oxidized pendant featuring what looks to be the Greek god Hermes
LEFT: a rare pin with medal of the Ladies of the Golden Eagle, which was a female auxiliary formed from the Knights of the Golden Eagle, a fraternal organization created in 1872 in Baltimore. RIGHT: petite brass locket with art nouveau detailing
Inside the locket was a photograph of an older woman; I love finding vintage photographs, as it gives me some detail as to where an object has traveled through time
Sunday, I traveled up to Blue Santa Beads in Media, PA for a little treat. About once a year I visit this bead store which has alot of variety compared to general craft stores. Its def worth the trek if you are within the 30 to 50 mile radius. 
Pictured are: rough and smooth turquoise beads, blue goldstone, carved feather beads, handcrafted leaf pendants and vintage brass pendants featuring an Art Nouveau floral design

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The House Up On the Hill

Since I was a child, every week I visit my pop's house up in West Grove, PA. The Lamborn's built the house and to this day it still belongs in the family. My great grand parents on my father's side built the house in the 1930's once when it was just flat land before all the hovering green trees, my nana lived there raising my father, and my father and mother raised me there for part of my life. I adore that house, much of my art is inspired by this enchanting place. 

Its up on the hill with stone walls that welcome you up the lane, with many flowering bushes that are like comfy guards in pales pinks and whites. The house is brick with white siding and stone stairs in two areas with an open porch with the front doors in an unusual spot. 

Up the lane behind the house you are welcomed by a pebble lane, a blooming garden and a wooden elevated deck which once was my set of my cooking show as a child. It slowly has decayed over the years with a weeping cherry tree folding over. Up in the bank behind the house are numerous wood piles and what I like to call the graveyard which is the home of three dead skeletons of Broncos. 

Sometimes I like to sneak over to the neighbors yard which has a little vine hut that I do photoshoots under, goats and a mountain that I used to climb as a child. 

With the seasons always changing, nothing is the same and I find myself taking so many photos there. Below are photos from the past few months welcoming spring and summer.