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Friday, August 18, 2017

Flow Blue Sugarbowl, Antique with Floral Arrangement

This beautiful, antique flow blue sugar bowl lost its lid, and so, I elected to make it into a permanent flower arrangement along with a lovely sepia toned photo of a little girl with her pet bird.

I used to create make-do pincushions from this sort of thing. It has been very gratifying for me to make them into little floral/picture arrangements for a change. My charge for one as a pincushion was very high, due to the work as well as the value of the antique piece. These days people do not feel they can afford such a thing, and the early dishes are also no longer much appreciated, hence they are practically given away. This one only cost my client $36.00. A few years ago, as a pincushion, I commanded and received sometimes up to $450.00!

When out and about shopping amongst antiques stores and estate sales or wherever, I cannot pass up these dear, rejected and gorgeous remnants of the past. Most of them I keep, but as space itself is a commodity, I must part with a few from time-to-time. I am so happy that this beauty is en route to beautiful New Mexico.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tillie in White and Sold to a Friend in Utah

This Tillie is on her way to her new home in Utah. For whatever reason, she has turned out to be one of my all time favorites. I suppose it's because I took no special details in order requests other than not to make a dress in robin's egg blue, as this friend already has a Tillie in that color of a dress. She decided that her existing Tillie needed a sister. Maybe this one will receive a new name. 

Also on the docket for the same friend was a Marie under her glass dome. I am so happy that the dolls are on their way. I am also glad that I will not accept special orders anymore. Alas, there are SO many art forms I long to try. I am fortunate in that every day is a new adventure for me to either design or just to play in my art room. Now that I have no more pending orders, I am on my way!