Last weekend I didn't have to sing "Rain, Rain, Go Away" again as I have been singing for the last 3 months. The Alameda Antique Fair in the San Francisco bay area, which takes place the first Sunday of every month, has been rained out for 3 months. What's a girl going to do when you just HAVE to go antiquing. Well, when I received word that it was being rescheduled to last weekend, my bags were packed even before I finished reading the announcement.
One of my favorite finds....the bronze shoes above.....simply love them! There are two different shoes. Did the parents who had this made have two children??? or are they shoes from one child at different ages??? I'll never know but the charm of these sweet antique shoes, preserved for me to enjoy and speculate upon will hold a special place in my studio.
Even with the reduced number of vendors in attendance, I was able to find some pieces that will hopefully find their way into my designs......bits of lace, watch cases, watches, compasses, hardware, buttons, doll heads, and more.
Just had to buy these antique baby dresses to use in my doll creations.
I just had to share with you my latest addition to my JoAnna Pierotti doll collection. JoAnna painted this sweet face on fabric and adorned her with lushous bits of antique, tea dyed fabric. She is now my favorite. I am so looking forward to taking two classes from JoAnna at Art-Is-You in Petaluma, California this September. Have you discovered Art -Is-You yet??? If not, hop on over to the site and check out the great line up of classes. There is also an Art-Is-You on the east coast.
Have you ever been so touched by a stranger's thoughtfulness that it brought tears to your eyes? Well this handmade IPad case was made by the loving hands of Niki Weippert. Niki contacted me and when she saw that I replied to her inquiry via my IPad she offered to design a case for me from antique quilt fabric she purchased in France. She included some of my favorite things...lace, Madonna, and rhinestones. The Madonna pocket is perfect for holding my earphones. Thank you Niki, I so appreciate your gift!!
On my design bench now...my Charlotte is sleeping as the resin I used to attach her to the antique carving cures. She will soon find her place dangling from an antique brass chain and hopefully around someone's neck who will love her.