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Plan Ahead Events: The Farm Chicks Show or Bust! June 6th & 7th 2009

It is almost here, and if you are lucky enough to attend, make plans for The Farm Chicks Antique Show!

Saturday, June 6 (10am-6pm)

Sunday, June 7 (10am-4pm)


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If I could get on a plane and head to The Farm Chicks Antique Show, I surely would next weekend. If you are lucky enough to do it for me, please take lots of pictures to show us here at Vintage Indie. You may recall our guest reporter Timi from last years show or our business series on The Farm Chicks or even their latest book review The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen. Teri Edwards and Serena Thompson pour warmth and thoughtfulness into everything they do it is surely an event that shouldn't be missed.

I've said this several times here at Vintage Indie but now more than ever, this is the time to support the local small businesses, vendors and independent companies that work so hard to keep themselves alive in this economy. The Farm Chicks show is set up beautifully with vendors caring about every single detail in their products and display. Take advantage of one on one customer service and get to know the person behind that website that you've visited so often.

Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo Gabreial

The Daily Swank - Summery Shirts

Today's Daily Swank features tunics, tanks and blouses from indie clothing shop The Machine Stops.

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Each top is handmade and most pictured above feature vintage fabrics. I love the Sakura Blouse top left featuring all vintage fabrics.   Head over to The Machine Stops to see more of their collection and their vintage shop Kahiko for vintage clothing.

VI Headliner: Photo Jewelry Making

Vintage Indie would like to welcome Photo Jewelry Making back this month as one of our fabulous sponsors.

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Photo Jewelery Making offers many opportunities for you including starting a new hobby, starting your own business and making gifts for family and friends. Pictured above is the Home Business Kit Necklaces and Bracelets.  Everything you need to make Photo Necklaces or Photo Bracelets. Keep in mind the sky is the limit and you don't have to use just photos. Vintage Ephemera also makes for great images! Head over to Photo Jewelry Making to support a small independent business and one of our wonderful sponsors.

Thanks again Photo Jewelry Making!

ART STORIES: Lloyd Behrendt - The Lost Art of Photo Oils

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We're talking with the artist, designer & creator themselves about their chosen medium. Get to know the artist behind the items featured and find inspiration in their personal stories of creativity. Today I would like to welcome Lloyd Behrendt to Vintage Indie. Today's Art Story is a little different from our usual feature as Lloyd is currently practicing a form of art that seems to have been lost throughout the years. He takes a lot of pride in his work and keeping the traditions of photo oil art alive.

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What is your preferred medium?  photo oils -- I call them (using the rocket scientist part of my brain :)  oils on gelatin silverprint.  the technique was developed in the 1800's shortly after the invention of b & w photography, often used to create portraits.  the pigments are applied directly to film (or much more commonly, the silverprint itself) and are the same ones used by traditional oil artists.  the difference is that they are absent the titanium white pigment that is used to obscure the charcoal sketch that is the basis for the finished oil on canvas (or other substrate).  I have been using Marshall transparent Oils since 1961, when I learned at the tutelage of Sheldon Kamilar, who had mastered the technique at the New York Institute of Technology in the 1950's.  He was teaching shop at Southwest (Melbourne, Florida) Junior High School and had convinced the administration to let him teach a Graphic Arts class.  We used a 4X5 Speed Graphic Camera, learned to develop and print that format, and then to 'hand-color" the resulting prints.

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Artist as a young man


How did you get started?   At the same time I serendipitously learned the oil technique (we were space babies -- it was 1960 and our folks literally were building America's space program -- my family had been here since 1949 and in 1950 my dad was the Weather Officer who forecast the 1st US launch from Cape Canaveral, I was 18 mos. old and saw it from the beach at Patrick Air Force Base) because my poor math skills, or phobia thereof, made it necessary to take a different elective from the rest of my classmates and the Graphic Arts class just happened to fit my schedule -- I did not take it because I wanted to, it just happened)

I discovered a tiny, beat up enlarger my folks had bought and used during WWII when they met in Alaska, my dad in the Army Air Corps (asked him why he joined in 1939, and he said that was the only way he could get a square meal, but I'm guessing he saw the war coming) and my Mom a Civil Service telephone operator (she was from a large Italian family that settled in Buffalo, my grandparents having come over from southern Italy thru Ellis Island around 1920, she was quite the adventurer, and apparently once dated Pappy Boyington of Black Sheep Squadron fame while he was a test pilot at the Bell facilities in Niagara Falls) . 
I had an Agfa box camera that shot 2 1/4 negatives, purchased at the BX while we were stationed at Ramstein AFB in Germany in 1958, and that was my first venture into the world of b & w photography, my interest having been piqued in the GA class.  I recently discovered a few of those negatives -- pics I took of our Gordon Setter, Rebel.  My Mom had learned how to paint in oils while we were stationed in the Philippines in the mid-50's and was quite good, so she was formative in my need to become an artist tho I did not realize it at the time.  

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Who or what inspires you?  In addition to all the talented artists I interact with here on the Space Coast, and the Western Masters from the 1500's forward, I am particularly inspired by my patron saint, Francis of Assisi (one of my accidents of birth, another being born into an Air Force family just after WWII ).  I read up on him and discovered that he had his epiphany during a disease/starvation induced vision in which God commanded him to 'go and do only good works'.  That caused him to renounce his wealth and debauched lifestyle, and become the ascetic that still moves more people than I can imagine to follow in his footsteps. 

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 With my art, and all else that I do, I try and reflect the good and beautiful things in the world, and share my observations, especially across time.  I have come to find that my art has a very large historical component, obviously with the space launch series.  But even my wildlife work is done as an homage to William Bartram's (our part of Florida in 1776, the St Johns river , ) and John James Audubon's (our part of Florida in 1823, the St Johns river) wildlife paintings.

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Male Pileated Woodpecker in Longleaf Pine


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On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Young: Antique Village Mechanicsville, VA

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The Antique Village located in historic Hanover County just north of Richmond, Virginia offers 10,000 square feet filled with booths, showcases and independent shops.  Approximately 50 dealers provide a spectacular variety of paper ephemera, glassware, jewelry, primitives, Civil War memorabilia, advertising items, old store stock, toys, vintage clothing, furniture and more.

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The mall originally opened in November 1971 and will be celebrating its 38th anniversary this year.  It was the first multi dealer antique mall in Central Virginia.  Three dealers have been with the mall since 1977 including John Whiting of Whiting's Old Paper.  The original owner sold the mall in 1980 to a couple who now lease the mall to Joe Lipscombe, a dealer and the mall's manager.  The building is well lit and offers a rest area for weary shoppers complete with vending machines, a water cooler and hot coffee.


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My personal favorite shop within the mall is Whiting's Old Paper.  Packed full of everything paper related, Whiting's is known as "the oldest, largest and most complete paper memorabilia store in Central Virginia."  It definitely lives up to that title.  Whiting originally taught college level history when he started collecting picture postcards but the seeds were planted in early childhood.  His sister Suzanne says, "Your shop is like a giant version of your bedroom from when you were a child."  In 1976, Whiting opened his paper business originally setting up at shows.  After awhile, he realized he needed a more permanent location and opened his shop in the Antique Village.

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  Shoppers will be amazed at the variety he stocks.  Vintage magazines, post cards, posters, catalogues, trade cards, newspapers, advertising, labels, books, photographs and greeting cards are just a few of the many items overflowing his shelves.  Set decorators have often called Whiting's in search of old letters, receipts and magazines for regional as well as Hollywood movies.  Several 1950s magazines and scientific journals were purchased by a set decorator for the movie A Beautiful Mind.  Whiting states that he is "as eclectic as his shop and once a collector always a collector."


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Two other dealers offer an extensive collection of vintage post cards.  Another dealer, Sylvia Regelson, has the best African arts collection in the area as well as collectible art pottery.
 
Location:  10203 Chamberlayne Rd., Mechanicsville, VA  23116 (U.S. Rte. 301- 4 mi North of I-295)
 
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Hours of Operation:  Monday - Friday 9-5, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-6, Closed Wednesday
 

Special Events:  Antique Village has an annual anniversary weekend sale every November including a pancake brunch and visiting dealers set up outside the building.  The mall also hosts a Patrick Henry Birthday weekend in May with sales, a pancake breakfast, outdoor vendors and a band. Several dealers have also conducted Antiques Appraisal Fairs to benefit local non-profit groups.


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Elizabeth Young is a wife and cat mom who spends many an hour hunting for vintage goodies at her favorite  thrift stores, antique shops and monthly flea markets!  A collector of vintage toys, holiday decor and general store items, many of the found treasures end up on display in her Victorian home.  She also looks for vintage ephemera, fun supplies and kitschy decor for her Etsy shop Grandmother's Attic !  When not doing this, she works two part time jobs, wearing different hats at each! 


The Daily Swank: Sweet Tooth Vintage

Vintage Indie reader Veronika writes, " I've been following Vintage Indie since my senior year of college (it was the only thing that got me through my boring internship), and thought I'd send you a line about my vintage shop based out of Philadelphia called Sweet Tooth Vintage. We like to emphasize the remarkable impact you can have by purchasing recycled clothing— this means less new textiles, an industry that has a massive impact on the environment—but also when you buy vintage, you are buying a one-of-a-kind piece of the past." I couldn't agree more and this is why I promote vintage so heavily.

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Check out Sweet Tooth Vintage for a great selection of summery dresses & more.

In Honor

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In Honor of those who have served and who are serving.
Thank you for your many sacrifices.
God Bless You.

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I'd like to introduce you to my friend Starr Keller of Starr Strung Jewels. Starr has an amazing talent for combining vintage components into beautiful jewelry. I know she pours her heart into each piece she creates, and truly cares about you her customer.

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Starr is also an amazing writer, be prepared to be inspired over at her blog.

Have a great weekend everyone, I'm taking an extra day off for the long weekend!

See you on Tuesday!
Gabreial



 

 
 

Vintage Retro Signage


I've you've never been to Jack's Cosmic Dogs in South Carolina North of Charleston and you are in the area you MUST go, do it right now!   When you visit, please mail me a Cosmic Dog or two. I've been craving Jacks since we left last summer. This place was full of retro ephemera and fun, including the best dog I've ever eaten. Oh and the blue cheese slaw paired with the sweet potato mustard is oh so good. Anyway, back to why I brought up Jack's Cosmic Dogs, they have this great retro sign out in front. For some reason I'm drawn to the signs, that nostalgic feeling that they bring and the excitable mystery of of what's in  store once you enter.

Jaimi of FriendlyMade took me back in time to those delicious dogs with her vintage signage photography.


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Visit FriendlyMade to bring a little of that nostalgia into your home. Oh and please let me know when I can expect my dogs!


ART STORIES: Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter™

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We're talking with the artist, designer & creator themselves about their chosen medium. Get to know the artist behind the items featured and find inspiration in their personal stories of creativity. Today I would like to welcome Margot Potter to Vintage Indie.

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The studio shot was turned into a collage using vintage ephemera and a painted background I made.  I thought it was kind of fun to show the two juxtaposed, plus you can see the studio behind me!"


Hi Margot, welcome to Vintage Indie. Could you tell us what your preferred medium is?

For lack of a better term I call myself a mixed media artist, which means I work with anything that tickles my creative fancy at any given moment.  My ‘gateway craft’ is jewelry making (I’ve written five books on the topic.)  I’m a restless creative type and easily bored.  You never know what new toys I might have dragged back to my studio at any given moment.  I’m a bit like a crow in that sense!
 
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How did you get started?

My mother is a gifted fine artist and graphic artist and my father was also incredibly crafty.  I was introduced to art at a very young age.  There are artists going back for generations on both sides of my family tree.  My great aunt was a painter who spent 30 years in Europe with the salon crowds befriending people like Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein.  My great grandfather’s hand tinted photographs are in the private collection of The Philadelphia Museum of Art.  My mother’s mother was a master seamstress and she never met a piece of furniture she didn’t want to paint black.  I come by my creativity honestly!  I’ve been expressing myself creatively for most of my life in a wide variety of ways.  I sing, act, dance, write books, poetry and lyrics, sketch, craft, decorate, cook...
 

Who or what inspires you?

That is a very, very long list.  Some of the ‘who’s in terms of art and design would include Georgia O’Keefe, Vincent Van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Miriam Haskell, Elsa Schiaparelli, Tamara de Lempicka, 30s-50s era Pin-up Artists, The Romantic Painters, The Impressionists and Coco Chanel, but that’s the tip of the iceberg for sure!  As far as what inspires me, I’m being absolutely truthful when I say everything.  I find creative inspiration everywhere I go.  My brain is constantly turning and ideas are lining up at every moment waiting to be birthed.  The more you really ‘see’ the world around you, the more inspired you become.  I’m particularly enamored of vintage illustrations and fabrics, because I love the unusual motifs and the surprising use of color.  



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What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into this medium?


If you are a relentlessly focused personality, mixed media isn’t for you.  But if you’re a dabbler who loves the pu pu platter approach to creativity, you will thrive in mixed media.  Basically it means taking something from column a and something else from columns b and c and putting them together to see what you get.  You have to love making glorious messes and spectacular mistakes if you want to enjoy mixed media design.  It’s not for the faint of heart.  There are many, many great books on the topic; might I suggest my latest book Beyond the Bead for the neophyte mixed media jewelry maker or the paper crafter who longs to make jewelry?
 
Does vintage play a role in your art or life? If so, how?

I have been trolling thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and yard sales for over 25 years.  I love vintage everything!  I’ve moved often, so many of my prize possessions have been sold along the way, but I am always on the prowl for interesting items to add to my collection.  Lately I’ve been hoarding ephemera and old games. I live in a 128-year old former Union Hall and Amish School House, so even my home is antique.  As you can imagine though, storage is a precious commodity.  I find paper fairly easy to stack in bins in my studio.  I use copyright free images in my work regularly, cut up old books and magazines for use in my collages (I realize some might find this blasphemous and I do apologize) as well as glean inspiration from vintage items for my designs.

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What is important for your customer to know about your work?

I’m here to inspire you to invite your inner artist out to play.  I don’t currently sell finished pieces, I sell ideas.  Forget thinking outside of the box, I encourage you to tear up the box, turn it into something fabulous and reach for the stars.  I want it to be fun, fast and easy and I want you to feel empowered to use my ideas as jumping off points for your own creative exploration.  You can see my work in my books, in our YouTube videos, on my blog , on my website and in the pieces I design for manufacturers like Beadalon and for the Create Your Style with CRYSTALLIZED™-Swarovski Elements segment of the Swarovski group

All Photos ©Copyright Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter™

A special thank you to Margot for sharing her inspirations with us.

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Have a great day everyone, we'll see you back here tomorrow!
xoxo Gabreial


Vintage Indie Market News: Featured Vendor & More!

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The Vintage Indie Market Spring & Summer Edition is well on its way. If you haven't had a chance to stop by, please take a moment to do so. Shopping in your jammies, what could be better? With the early success of the market, we have decided that vendor changes will take place on Mondays. Be sure to check in each Monday as these independent businesses update their page with vintage, handmade goods and more.


Today, I invite you to head over to see our Featured Vendor Katie Jean. Adorable baby, children and vintage items are in store!

Have a great day & see you at the market!

Tales From the Flea Market: Episode 4 – Fab Chairs, Striking Architectural Elements & Accordions, Too.


With each Tales from the Flea Market episodes, I have focused on something - jewels, textiles and general finds. This episode its seriously time to head to the ends of the Alameda and start with Row Z.  This required a lot of discipline and full support from my daughter Kathryn and her beau Will because I always get sidetracked.  I can’t help myself – it’s as if finds leap from the rows into my line of sight. Not this time!  

I put the blinders on and push ahead down the main aisle with Kathryn arm-pinching me if I even began to slightly veer off course – I have a bruise btw.  I arrive at Row Z!  Yeah. An accomplishment I feel proud of.   

On this particular day, Will was looking for an accordion to add to his growing collection.  I would bet we saw 20 accordions, and concertinas, and trumpets, and fiddles, a saxophone and a mini-Steinway upright. Oh and the most fabulous tuba with a case lined in magnificent crushed red velvet.  It’s as if Alameda is where old musical instruments go to be adopted.  I want to take them all home and I seriously contemplated creating a wall full of vintage, beautifully worn and loved musical instruments.   

Will breaks off to play each of the accordions he finds and Kathryn and I roam the lesser known aisles.  The outskirts are a great place to find the finds that spark childhood memories like peddle cars, a Schwin bike with a gold sparkle banana seat, collectibles you thought you’d never see again - think big glass amber-colored coffee table grapes and those items you wanted for one reason or another but never got - can you say Knit Magic!

Realizing I don’t really have a foraging theme for this Alameda visit, I decide to let the Flea speak and soon find myself focusing in on chairs and architectural elements.

 


On the corner of Row K, I see laid out before me a sea of cornices and columns and ornate ceiling moldings. I stand and I stare and I take a picture. Many pieces, such as these, come from Bay Area Victorians. What a statement and how perfect for adding an air of raw sophistication to a loft or commanding stateliness to a room in your home.

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Continuing with the whole molding theme but not on purpose,  I spot Paul and Elizabeth Foster’s Alameda offering – Antique Ceiling Tins on the corner of Row R. This couple in from, Ashland, Oregon, have textured and some highly decorated antique tin ceiling tiles, made into mantels, cornices, ceiling moldings, chalk boards, mirrors and even a cabinet buffet. Their prices are very reasonable and their approach clever and I’m figuring out where I can put a new slate chalkboard trimmed in red ceiling tiles. Shoot em an e-mail to if you would like to know more about their creations or check them out on Flickr.

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I love chairs and in fact every room of my home has too many. A blatant and obvious fetish.   Alameda is a chair-filled paradise – all shapes, all sizes, all colors.

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Then, out of nowhere on the edge of Row L , classic Parisian influences that makes my heart sing. Reupholstered chairs in burlaps, linens and grain sack. These pretty vintage chairs and sumptuous settee trimmed in sweet green velvet are delicately strong.   I couldn't even begin to decide which one to add to my chair family.  Love the printed french detail and that black and white piping is out of this world. Notice also in the background the two black and white Damask patterned chairs.

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A few rows over I spot the oil cloth upholstered outdoor white iron two-seater with table.  I’m on full tilt and later saw this delicacy leave for a new home.

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A stop by the India Clay Oven food booth for a naan chicken wrap (Thank you Rita for introducing me) and I am just about finished.  I’ve seen so much and in the words of Kathryn – “There really is something here for everyone.”   

Stay Tuned – Tales from the Flea Market is headed to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena. I’ve never been and am dragging along Kathryn and Will again and my Mom.  All diverse tastes.  May be interesting to see what each of us uncovers.

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About the Flea Market - Alameda

The Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire or simply “Alameda” if you are in the know, offers a stunning array of vintage finds from jewels to furniture to collectibles and everything and I do mean everything in between.  

I’ve been foraging Alameda for about eight years with stunning success and much happiness.  I love everything about this monthly event -  the wares, the people, the typically cold weather and the view of San Francisco Bay Bridge and skyline. This market is second only to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena! Fabulous.

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Vintage Indie is happy to welcome Cindy Cooper as our newest Guest Contributor. She'll be joining us for "Tales From the Flea Market" a new series sharing real life stories of trips to the flea market. Cindy Cooper is also a vintage jewelry aficionado and would love to help answer your vintage jewelry questions.


My Vintage Pad Home Tour: Emily Kumler of Prep Cosmetics

Welcome to another home tour here at Vintage Indie. Today, we have the pleasure of touring the personal home and style of  Ms. Emily Kumler who is currently at helm of Prep Cosmetics .

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Hi Emily, welcome to Vintage Indie. Could you please tell us where you are from?

      I grew up in Lincoln, MA but my home is in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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      How would you describe your decorating style?

      Clean and classic, blending high-end 21st century, French country, colorful Italian inspiration and ghosts of family-past (luckily they had good taste!). I’m a born entertainer, hence my kitchen, and adore hosting dinner parties with a group of best friends, showing off my style with chic, home-spun elegance. 

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      Where do you find inspiration for decorating your home?

      A lot of my inspiration comes from my mother who has an exceptional eye and a terrific way of teaching design and decorating. She's always said “Your home should be a place filled with colors and objects you love.” Her trick is to copy the artists' works you enjoy staring at, so for me it was the Fauve painters, which is why i have a lot of bright contrasting colors. I hope this make people feel like they're sitting in a Matisse portrait. The time I spent in Italy as a high school student has also been a huge influence on my decor choices. No one has mastered the use of color better than the Italians -- ok maybe the Moroccans, those Moors have color combinations that are to die for--but my time in Italy was formative in so many ways and my design ideas are a tangible result of months spent wandering the streets of Rome and Venice. 

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      How do vintage things play a role in your room/home?

      I'm a firm believer that mixing vintage with new is the only way to truly personalize your space. There isn't a room in my apt that doesn't have vintage items. In my kitchen I have vintage William Morris curtains. I searched and searched for them and finally on the British Ebay i found a pair and they were the perfect size -- I immediately felt so satisfied, like they were meant for my kitchen! You don't get that same feeling of satisfaction when you simply order something new – where’s the fun in that? I also have a fabulous orange couch which belonged to my grandmother. It is my favorite piece in the living room. She died before I was born, so it's incredible special to have something of hers in my apt as I never knew her. It also helps that it is a perfect match to my color scheme. My mother obviously got some of her design inspiration from my grandmother; all three of us enjoy the color orange in our homes, which is a wonderful generational link. 

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      Other vintage items I adore are the blue shutters in my bedroom, which also happen to fit perfectly although I had no idea if they would work when purchasing them from a local antique shop. I have a huge armoire that looks like something out of C.S. Lewis's imagination, which is a favorite. There are also small items, like old Soviet Union cigarette cases I've collected and Henriot Quimper candlesticks that I cherish. These smaller items add subtle character to rooms, and to activities. I could go on and on...

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      Do you have a favorite vintage or antique item?

      The couch would probably be my favorite. It has so much personality which only adds to the intense emotional attachment I feel because it was my grandmothers, it is definitely my favorite. However, I also have some original vintage posters that were given to me that I adore and that bring me a lot of joy.  

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      Any advice on creating your look?

      Don't be scared. Play with paint. Unlike wallpaper or major construction, paint is cheap. You can mess around with colors and see what you like and what doesn't work. Also, I would warn, never pass a barn sale or antique store in rural areas without giving them a try. If you're driving to a friend’s house in Maine and the drive normally takes 2 hours, plan on 5! You don't want to miss the old magazines, rustic farm signs, funky fixtures and who knows what else you'll find along the way. 

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      I know a lot of people who plan out their entire space from light fixtures to tablecloths before buying anything…this is crazy to me! The best part about personalizing your space is that you are forced to find a creative way to bring all your tastes and individual pieces together. Unless you're a really boring person (and I’m a firm believer that everyone has uniqueness and creativity) you can't plan every detail without getting out there and looking in a lot of unlikely places as well as thinking about what you already have. My biggest piece of advice is to shelve the fear or anxiety most people attach to designing their interiors, and be bold! (even if it is in your own subtle ways)

Thank you again Emily for inviting us in your amazing home. Visit Prep Cosmetics where they offer designer cosmetics including Paraben Free & Organic! Also, visit Manners101 where Emily also serves as a regular contributor.





VI Headliner: Purple Toes Jewelry by DRyan327

I would like to welcome Donna Ryan to Vintage Indie as one of our lovely sponsors. She joins us this month with her jewelry store Purple Toes Jewelery.

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Donna has a personal approach to making her jewelry, her goal above all is to make you her customer happy. She specializes in custom jewelry, vintage glass beads, pearls and charms. Her current line features the popular "steampunk" look.  Head over to Purple Toes Jewelry to see more.

A special thank you to Donna Ryan for supporting Vintage Indie, I appreciate it!

VivaLaModa: Fashion & Handmade

Today I would like to introduce you to a new on-line fashion and handmade magazine called VivaLaModa. I'm happy to be a contributor this month. Please visit my article Spring Jewels and the Art of Filigree on page 41.


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You may also notice Vintage Indie & the Vintage Indie Market (just launched) there. Don't forget you can shop Vintage Indie's on-line market until July 15th!

Making the Most of Monday: Summer Break Life

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If you are new to the magazine, Making the Most of Monday is a regular part of our features. Mondays  signify one important thing, a fresh start. It's like a new years resolution at the start of every week.

Hopefully by Monday you've taken some off time during the weekend to rejuvenate, spend quality time with loved ones and friends, which makes Monday your chance to really get to work and make the most of your week.

This week: Summer Break Life

Many of you may have children getting ready to end the school year for their summer break, me included. For some of us, well most of us it means re-evaluating our time. For me, I want to spend the most time with my children as I can for the summer so I'm re-evaluating how I organize my time here at Vintage Indie. I'm considering a couple of options and making sure I do what's best for my family. Are you having to make arrangements for your children this summer? Did you decide on camp, grandma's, daycare? Summer break can be wonderful in its flexibility, but are you being flexible with it?  I hoping this is just a reminder to make plans to spend more time with your kids when you can.

Did you know that the average recess time in public schools is between 24–30 minutes per day? That was actually an old number taken from a survey in 2006 from The Center for Public Education, it could be even less where you are at.  I remember when recess was well over 25 minutes sometimes 45-60 minutes and children were given more time to release the energy that that needed to burn off lunch and more. To me this is alarming and even another important reason why we need to get out doors this summer. I'm thinking with only 25 minutes to burn off energy, I can see where it would be rather difficult to sit in a chair all day especially when PE is only once a week.

Anyway, let's get back to Summer Break Life. I'll be taking some time to organize our summer break assuring we are getting plenty of exercise and less TV.

What about you? What are some of the things that you like to do during summer break with your kids/grand-kids?


Announcing the Vintage Indie Spring & Summer Market!

Hey everyone!

I'm thrilled to announce the Vintage Indie Market Spring & Summer edition has launched today! The Vintage Indie Market is your source for shopping vintage, handmade and independent businesses.

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I would love it if you would head over and check out our awesome vendors!

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ART STORIES: Bethany Smith

Art Stories

We're talking with the artist, designer & creator themselves about their chosen medium. Get to know the artist behind the items featured and find inspiration in their personal stories of creativity. Today I would like to welcome Bethany Smith  to Vintage Indie.

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Bethany Smith

After studying fashion in Winchester School of Art and graduating with a BA  in Fashion Design from Winchester School of Art in 2007, Bethany Smith is diving into the world of fashion with her own collection of handbags and accessories. 

Hi Bethany, welcome to Vintage Indie. Can you tell us what your preferred medium is?

Vintage silks. The underlying issue behind my work is sustainability. So I use a lot of reclaimed and vintage fabrics, sourced from eBay, antique markets and charity shops. I get a lot of silks from my friend who helps run a church group in India. She brings me back a lot of sari silk, mainly seconds that wouldn’t make it into the final cut of saris. 

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Fox scarf 

I am currently designing my autumn/winter collection which will include a lot of vintage tweed and suiting.

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Bethany's Studio

How did you get started?

I studied fashion at university. In my final year I really focused on the sustainability issues in fashion. My final collection was made from deconstructed menswear transformed into elegant forties inspired women's evening wear. My materials were widely sourced; including a WW2 silk parachute

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As far as a family influence - I've always been a student of history (at school and for general interest). I loved talking to my great grandmother who traveled extensively and had so many beautiful photos of Chinese geisha's and exotic artifacts. I have to thank my Great Aunties who are both creative and are always sending beautiful fabrics; such as vintage suiting from the 1930s, or tie silk from the silk mills near Cambridge.

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Who or What inspires you?

 

English eccentricity – I love the bizarre and unexpected.

 

Designers: Paul Smith for traditional tailoring. I worked briefly for Hardy Amies and loved the traditions of Saville Row and tailoring details.

 

Japanese designers: Comme des Garcons and Junya Watanbe for their amazing construction skills and eye for quirky details.

 

Elsa Schiaparelli and Surrealism – I love to keep undertones of the surreal in my work

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Does Vintage play a role in your art or life?

 

I know have an addiction to antique markets/ charity shops/ car boot sales/ eBay looking for fabric and interesting objects to transform into handbags and accessories. I recently turned some antique toy planes into fascinators. My own wardrobe has doubled in size since I found Kingston antiques market. I feel that Vintage adds something special to your work, as its unique and should be treasured.


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What is important for your customer to know about your work?

 

Every piece is unique. Its all hand made and sourced from vintage or recycled fabrics.

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Find out more about Bethany at her website Bee Smith 


All Photos ©Copyright Bethany Smith Bee Smith Accessories

A special thank you to Bethany for sharing her beautiful work with us.

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Have a great day everyone, we'll see you back here tomorrow for a short post, a launch and then I'm off for the weekend to cater and throw a anniversary party!