Friday, April 18, 2014

ANNOUNCING THE WINNER OF MY GIVEAWAY FOR 'OUR WORLD OUR ART' EVENT! ! !

AND THE WINNER WHOM I CHOSE OUT OF MY BROWN STRAW HAT HELD WAY UP HIGH WITH ALL OF THE PARTICIPANTS NAMES, IS.....OH! I CAN'T STAND THE EXCITEMENT! ! !

VANESSA VALENCIA OF 'A FANCIFUL TWIST'! ! !

CONGRATULATIONS! DEAR VANESSA...I WILL BE SENDING YOU AN EMAIL SHORTLY.

HERE IS THE GIVEAWAY GIFT IF SOME OF YOU MISSED SEEING IT HERE ON MY BLOG FOR THE 'OUR WORLD OUR ART' EVENT

'METAMORPHOSIS' IS THE TITLE OF THIS MIXED MEDIA 8" X 10" CANVAS CREATED BY ME, WITH LOTS OF EMBELLISHMENTS USING BUTTONS, LACE, STAMPED IMAGES, A STEAMPUNK LADY PRINTED FROM THE GRAPHICS FAIRY BLOG, DISTRESSED BITS OF JEWELRY, JUST A VERY FUN PIECE! WITH A STAMPED VERSE FROM TIM HOLTZ WHICH SAYS: 'EXPERIENCE IS NOT WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU IT'S WHAT YOU DO WITH WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU.'
PLEASE COME BACK TO MY BLOG SOON, AS I WILL BE CELEBRATING MY THIRD YEAR IN BLOGGING AND WILL HOST ANOTHER GIVEAWAY AT THAT TIME!

MANY THANKS TO LISA AT HER 'A WHIMSICAL BOHEMIAN' BLOG FOR HOSTING THE 'OUR WORLD OUR ART' EVENT AND TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.  I ENJOYED VISITING ALL OF THE BLOGGERS WHO JOINED IN WITH THE KINDRED SPIRIT CONNECTION WORLD WIDE.

POSTED by Teresa

Sunday, April 6, 2014

WELCOME!!! TO 'OUR WORLD, OUR ART' HOSTED BY LISA SWIFKA ON HER 'A WHIMSICAL BOHEMIAN' BLOG.

THIS EVENT RUNS FROM APRIL 7TH UNTIL APRIL 18TH...

FOR MORE BLOGGER PARTICIPANTS PLEASE CLICK ON THE 'OUR WORLD, OUR ART' EVENT BADGE ON MY LEFT SIDEBAR WHICH WILL TAKE YOU DIRECTLY TO LISA SWIFKA'S BLOG. CLICK ON HER 'HOME' ICON TO VIEW THE ACTUAL EVENT POST.

THANK YOU! AND ENJOY YOURSELF!

I WILL BE POSTING THE WINNER OF MY GIVEAWAY ON APRIL 19TH.

AND NOW...ON WITH THE EVENT.

I AM PLEASED TO MEET YOU!

 WELCOME TO LISA SWIFKA'S "OUR WORLD OUR ART' BLOG EVENT.

THIS IS A VERY LOVELY WAY TO MEET OTHER KINDRED SPIRIT ARTISTS THE WORLD OVER.

LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF:

I HAVE BEEN CREATING CRAFT ITEMS AS FAR BACK AS I CAN REMEMBER.  THE FIRST CREATIVE ITEM I REMEMBER MAKING WAS A FABRIC YO-YO FOR A QUILT MY  FRIEND'S MOTHER WAS MAKING.  I WAS ONLY FIVE YEARS OLD AT THE TIME, AND MY FRIEND DIANE'S MOTHER SHOWED US HOW TO GATHER THE EDGES OF A SMALL, ROUND CIRCLE OF FABRIC AND PULL UP THE THREADS MAKING A PUFFED FABRIC CIRCLE.  THOSE WERE THE DAYS OF SIMPLICITY....AND THAT WAS THE DAY MY CREATIVE MUSE CAME INTO BEING.

AT 11 YEARS OLD, I LEARNED HOW TO CROCHET FROM ONE OF MY GRANDMOTHERS.  SO LATER IN LIFE, I MADE MANY DOILIES, AFGHANS, HATS, AND SCARVES.

PLEASE FOLLOW MY BLOG, IF YOU WISH, ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDEBAR A WAYS DOWN.  THANK YOU!

MY BLOG IS DEDICATED TO THE ARTS.  I HAVE MANY LINKS TO ART MAKING SITES, INCLUDING CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS, DOLL MAKING LINKS, MIXED MEDIA NING SITES, AND MANY WONDERFUL BLOGS WHERE I HAVE MET EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. I SUPPORT THE ARTIST COMMUNITY AT LARGE, ESPECIALLY THE HAND-MADE PORTION.

WHEN DOLL MAKING NINGS BEGAN TO SHOW UP ON THE INTERNET, I WAS HIGHLY INTERESTED IN THAT VENUE OF SCULPTING DOLLS.  I AM STILL IN THREE DIFFERENT NING SITES WHICH HIGHLIGHT DOLL MAKING.

THIS IS ONE OF THE TECHNIQUES I LEARNED FOR MAKING ALTERED DOLLS ABOUT SIX YEARS AGO IN MOSS HILL STUDIO (WHICH IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE). I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED LEARNING THIS TECHNIQUE AS I WAS ABLE TO USE VINTAGE EMBELLISHMENTS OF MY CHOICE.
HERE IS ANOTHER DOLL I MADE IN A CLOTH AND CLAY DOLL NING SITE IN THE FALL OF 2008.  THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME I HAD WORKED IN CREATIVE PAPER CLAY AND I WAS HOOKED!  THE BODY WAS SEWN FROM AN ONLINE NING PATTERN, AND PAPER CLAY WAS USED TO COVER AND CREATE THE HEAD, TORSO, AND THE LOWER ARMS AND FEET AND SHOES.  THIS DOLL WAS SO MUCH FUN TO MAKE!  I MADE THE DOLL OVER A THREE-DAY WEEKEND WHEN MY HUSBAND WAS GONE ON A BUSINESS TRIP.  I ENJOYED THE UNINTERRUPTED TIME AND STAYED UP LATE WAITING FOR THE CLAY TO DRY ON THE DOLL SO I COULD GO ON TO THE NEXT STEP. 

I AM ALSO ON A NING SITE WHICH HAS MANY VARIOUS ARTISTIC VENUES FROM WHICH TO LEARN.  I TOOK AN ONLINE WORKSHOP LAST JUNE WHERE I LEARNED VARIOUS LAYERING TECHNIQUES FOR MAKING MIXED MEDIA ART.
LATELY, I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON MIXED MEDIA CANVASES, OF WHICH I WILL SHOW HERE.

THIS IS A 12 X 12 INCH CANVAS WHICH I HAVE ADDED IMAGES FROM THE GRAPHICS FAIRY BLOG WHICH ARE FREE TO DOWNLOAD.  I ENJOY COLLECTING VINTAGE LACE AND HAVE USED ROUND, WOODEN PIECES FOR EMBELLISHMENTS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PIECE.  THE LACE IS AT THE TOP, AND ON THE SIDES.  THIS PIECE IS TITLED 'MIDNIGHT CIRCUS'.  I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED CREATING THIS PIECE.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR A LARGER VIEW.
WHAT I HAVE ENJOYED ONLINE, IS THE FACT THAT I CAN TAKE ART WORKSHOPS AND LEARN AT MY OWN LEISURE.  MOST WORKSHOPS HAVE AT LEAST A YEAR FROM THE TIME OF SIGN UP FOR AN ARTIST TO ACCESS VIDEOS.  THERE ARE MANY WELL KNOWN ARTISTS WHO HAVE WORKED HARD TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN THEIR WEBSITES TO PASS ON THEIR ARTISTIC STYLES AND FORMATS.

I AM A SELF-TAUGHT MIXED MEDIA ARTIST AS FAR AS CHOOSING MY OWN STYLE.  I DID NOT PLAN THIS MIXED MEDIA PIECE, ABOVE,  AS FAR AS REALLY KNOWING WHAT I WAS GOING TO USE IN THE WAY OF EMBELLISHMENTS.  I KNEW I WANTED TO DO A CIRCUS THEME AND BEGAN FINDING THINGS I HAD ON HAND IN MY STUDIO WHICH FIT THE THEME. I ADDED EMBELLISHMENTS AS I WENT ALONG CREATING THE PIECE UNTIL IT WAS PLEASING TO THE EYE.  I DID USE A PAINT BRUSH TO LIGHTLY SPLATTER BLACK PAINT ON THE PIECE FOR A GRUNGY LOOK.  I USED DERWENT COLORED ART BLOCKS FOR THE RED BACKGROUND, AND I ALWAYS USE GESSO TO LAY DOWN BEFORE I BEGIN TO PAINT ANYTHING ON THE CANVAS.


THIS IS ONE OF MY MOST RECENT MIXED MEDIA PIECES WHICH I BASED ON A 'WIZARD OF OZ' PHOTO.  I EMBELLISHED IT WITH BUTTONS, AND WATCH PARTS, MAKING IT HAVE A STEAM-PUNK LOOK.  I ALSO USED A POPPY STAMP AND THEN HAND-PAINTED OVER THE POPPIES.   I HAD PARTICIPATED IN 'HUES OF OZ' BLOG EVENT JUST RECENTLY AND THIS WAS MY GIVEAWAY FOR THAT EVENT.  I ALSO USED VIBRANT TRIM, AND SHIMMERING DARK AQUA PUFF PAINT FOR THE DOTS ON THE EMERALD CITY'S SPIRES. PLEASE CLICK ON THE PICTURE FOR A LARGER VIEW.
THIS NEXT MIXED MEDIA PIECE BELOW, IS MY GIVEAWAY.

  PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING MY GIVEAWAY.  IT IS REQUIRED THAT YOU INCLUDED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS ON YOUR COMMENT IN ORDER TO BE IN THE GIVEAWAY.                                     

                                                    
THIS PIECE IS MY GIVEAWAY.  IT IS AN 8 X 10 INCH CANVAS WHICH HAS BEEN EMBELLISHED USING FREE GRAPHICS FROM THE GRAPHICS FAIRY, BUTTONS, FOUND PIECES OF JEWELRY AND THE SAYING SAYS: 'EXPERIENCE IS NOT WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU, IT'S WHAT YOU DO WITH WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU.'  THE SAYING IS FROM A TIM HOLTZ STAMP. PLEASE CLICK ON THE PICTURE FOR A LARGER VIEW.
THIS CANVAS IS TITLED 'METAMORPHOSIS' WITH THE STEAMPUNK LADY ON THE CANVAS.  THIS IS THE GIVEAWAY ITEM.

                                                   

I DO HAVE SOME REQUIREMENTS FOR MY GIVEAWAY.  YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS ON MY COMMENT SECTION OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE DRAWING.  WE EXPECT MYRIADS OF PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS "OUR WORLD OUR ART" EVENT AND IT IS EXPEDIENT THAT YOU PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO ADD YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WHEN YOU LEAVE A COMMENT.  OTHERWISE, I CANNOT TRACK DOWN WHO YOU ARE IN ORDER TO GET A MAILING ADDRESS FROM YOU IF YOU ARE THE ONE WHO I DRAW FOR THE GIVEAWAY.  THANK YOU FOR THIS CONSIDERATION.  ALL OTHERS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.  I KNOW LISA SWIFKA IS ALSO MAKING THAT DEFINITE REQUEST AND QUALIFICATION ON HER OWN BLOG, BEING SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.  IT IS ONLY FAIR THAT YOU ALSO BE A BLOGGER AS THIS IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT.  NO ANONYMOUS COMMENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR THOUGHTFULNESS.

ON TO MORE OF WHAT I HAVE ENJOYED MAKING....
THIS IS ANOTHER ART FORM I HAVE ENJOYED CREATING. I HAVE ALSO MADE FANCY PILLOWS USING VINTAGE LACE, AND FABRIC PORTRAITS OF MARIE ANTOINETTE, ALSO USING VINTAGE BUTTONS, TRIMS, AND RIBBON.  THESE ARE ALSO OF MY OWN DESIGN AND CREATION.  I HAVE USED THESE AS GIFTS TO MY FRIENDS OR ON SOME OF MY OWN GIVEAWAYS.   PLEASE CLICK ON THE PICTURE FOR A CLOSER LOOK.

AS YOU CAN TELL, I HAVE HAD THE JOY TO BE ABLE TO CREATE WORKS OF ART IN MANY MEDIUMS. IF THERE ARE ONLINE CLASSES WHICH I AM INTERESTED IN, I DEFINITELY TRY TO MAKE TIME TO LEARN NEW ART TECHNIQUES.

IT IS VERY NICE TO MEET EVERYONE!  THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY MY BLOG.
I DO NOT HAVE AN ETSY SHOP AT THIS TIME.  I AM AN ARTIST WHO ENJOYS THE ART COMMUNITY AND HAVE ENJOYED MEETING MANY LOVELY ONLINE ARTISTS, AS THIS IS WHAT THIS EVENT IS ALL ABOUT.

THE LINK TO THE HOST BLOG IS ABOVE ON MY LEFT SIDEBAR WHERE THE 'OUR WORLD OUR ART' BADGE IS.

MANY, MANY HEART-FELT THANKS TO LISA AT 'A WHIMSICAL BOHEMIAN' FOR HOSTING YET ANOTHER AMAZING ART BLOGGING EVENT.  THIS EVENT LASTS UNTIL APRIL 18TH.

THANK YOU ONE AND ALL FOR JOINING IN THIS VERY SPECIAL WORLD-WIDE BLOGGING EVENT!

POSTED BY Teresa
tscat@sbcglobal.net


"OUR WORLD, OUR ART" ALMOST HERE...



PLEASE CLICK ON MY LEFT SIDE BAR TO ACCESS INFORMATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE "OUR WORLD OUR ART" EVENT FOR BLOGGERS ONLY.

I KNOW THIS IS ALMOST AT THE LAST MINUTE, BUT IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN LISA SWIFKA'S "OUR WORLD OUR ART" EVENT, YOU MUST DO IT SOON!  THE EVENT BEGINS TOMORROW, APRIL 7TH AND RUNS THROUGH APRIL 18TH.

YOU MUST HAVE A FUNCTIONING BLOG TO PARTICIPATE AND YOU MUST READ ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS IN ORDER TO QUALIFY, AS LISA HAS MADE SOME DEFINITE STIPULATIONS TO PARTICIPATE.   PLEASE CLICK ON THE "OUR WORLD, OUR ART" EVENT BADGE ON MY LEFT SIDEBAR FOR INFORMATION.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING PLEASE CLICK THE "OUR WORLD OUR ART" LINK ON MY LEFT SIDEBAR FOR THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT SO YOU CAN GET THE BADGE AND LINK BACK TO LISA'S BLOG IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE.  THE SIDEBAR LINK WILL TAKE YOU DIRECTLY TO LISA'S BLOG,  'A WHIMSICAL BOHEMIAN' FOR ALL INFORMATION YOU WILL NEED. THANK YOU!  AND SEE YOU SOON! AS I AM DEFINITELY PARTICIPATING IN THIS WORLD WIDE BLOGGING EVENT.  THIS EVENT IS FOR BLOGGERS WHO ARE ESTABLISHED. IT DOES NOT INCLUDE FACEBOOK, NOR IS IT FOR ADVERTISING PURPOSES, ONLY IF YOU HAVE AN ESTABLISHED ETSY SHOP AND YOU WANT TO TOOT YOUR HORN ABOUT IT, LISA WILL ACCEPT THAT VENUE. READ ALL OF HER INSTRUCTIONS AND YOU WILL FIND OUT WHAT IS ACCEPTED AND NOT ACCEPTED.  THIS IS NOT A 'FLY-BY-NIGHT' EVENT, BUT IS DEDICATED TO UNITE BLOGGERS AROUND THE GLOBE TO MEET EACH OTHER IN THIS AMAZING BLOG EVENT.

POSTED by Teresa

Friday, March 28, 2014

AND THE 'HUES OF OZ' GIVEAWAY WINNER IS???

THE 'HUES OF OZ' GIVEAWAY MIXED MEDIA PIECE IS SHOWN BELOW.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR A CLEARER VIEW.  THANK YOU!

HERE IS THE FULL VIEW OF THE 'HUES OF OZ' MIXED MEDIA PIECE I CREATED FOR THE GIVEAWAY. I DID NOT PLAN THE PIECE EXCEPT FOR THE OZ CHARACTER IMAGES.  THE REST OF THE ARTWORK AND EMBELLISHMENTS 'CAME TOGETHER' WITH AN ARTISTIC MUSE SPUR-OF-THE-MOMENT FLAIR.  I LOVE IT WHEN MY ART COMES TOGETHER WITHOUT HAVING TO FUSS OR WORRY OVER IT.   AND I STOPPED ADDING THINGS WHEN IT TOLD ME IT WAS FINISHED.  THE MUNCHKINS WERE AT WORK FOR SURE WHISPERING IN MY EAR!
I USED A STEAM PUNK STYLE BY ADDING WATCH PARTS, AND RED BUTTONS ON SOME OF THE LARGER FLOWERS.  I HAD SOME RANDOM TRIM WHICH ADDED TO THE UNIQUENESS FOR THE LAND OF OZ STYLE. I HAD TO USE A DISPOSABLE CAMERA WHICH DID NOT HAVE A ZOOM LENS.  BUT THE PHOTO LOOKS LARGER WHEN YOU CLICK ON THE PHOTO.



MAY WE HAVE THE OZ DRUM ROLL PLEASE........TA! DA!

REBECCA OF '4 GOLDEN EGGS' BLOG IS THE WINNER OF THE GIVEAWAY.  YAY!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

I WILL BE NOTIFYING REBECCA OF HER WIN.

THANK YOU ONE AND ALL FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS WONDERFUL 'HUES OF OZ' BLOG HOP.

OMA LINDA DESERVES A HUGE 'THANK YOU'!!! FOR HOSTING THIS AMAZING, MAGICAL EVENT.

EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED HAD SUCH EXCELLENT BLOG POSTS ALL ABOUT THE LAND OF OZ.

I ENJOYED MEETING NEW BLOGGERS WHOM I SHALL BE FOLLOWING AND VIEWING THEIR AWESOME BLOGS.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS LOVELY EVENT!!!

I WISH I HAD PRIZES FOR EVERYONE!!!

KEEP AN EYE ON MY BLOG AS I WILL BE HAVING ANOTHER GIVEAWAY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF MY THIRD YEAR OF BLOGGING VERY SOON!!!

AND MAYBE I WILL HAVE MORE THAN ONE GIVEAWAY GIFT TO MAKE IT THAT MUCH MORE FUN AND EXCITING FOR EVERYONE!!!

POSTED by Teresa

Thursday, March 20, 2014

'HUES OF OZ' BLOG HOP... MARCH 21ST,2014

IT'S HERE!
 OMA'S 'HUES OF OZ' BLOG HOP PARTY!
  PLEASE JOIN OMA ON HER BLOG FOR MORE PARTICIPANTS!
  CLICK ON THE BLOG PARTY LINK ON MY RIGHT SIDE BAR FOR MORE EXCITEMENT!

The giveaway will end March 28th at which time I shall announce the winner on Friday!  Thank you!

I'M BEGINNING MY BLOG POST WITH THE BRIGHT COLOR GREEN OF OZ AND WITH A THOUGHT DOROTHY GALE WOULD HAVE QUOTED BEFORE AND AFTER HER ADVENTURE IN THE LAND OF OZ.
DOROTHY GALE HAD TO EXPERIENCE LIFE ITSELF IN ORDER TO FIND OUT WHO SHE REALLY WAS. EVEN THOUGH SHE WENT TO A LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE, AFTER SHE CAME BACK SHE WAS ABLE TO RECOGNIZE THE PEOPLE IN HER LIFE WHO MEANT SO VERY MUCH TO HER.  WE CAN ALL BE IN OUR OWN WONDERLAND OF OZ, AND WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF LIFE WE CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT OURSELVES AND ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE.

I DO LOVE THE COLORS OF OZ...ESPECIALLY THE REDS, GREENS, AND YELLOWS WHICH SEEM TO BE IN ABUNDANCE IN THE MOVIE.  MY FAVORITE SCENE IN THE MOVIE IS WHEN THE EMERALD CITY IS FINALLY SEEN BY DOROTHY, THE TIN-WOODSMAN, THE SCARE-CROW, AND THE COWARDLY LION.

AH! THE EMERALD CITY OF OZ! WHERE THERE WAS AN ABUNDANCE OF RED POPPIES ON THE ROAD TO OZ, ALONG WITH THE BRIGHT YELLOW BRICK ROAD AND THE BRILLIANT GREEN CITY OF OZ.

 I AM HAVING A GIVEAWAY WITH THIS BLOG HOP.  I HAVE USED PARTS OF THE ABOVE IMAGE OF OZ ON A 12 X 12 CANVAS AND HAVE CREATED A MIXED MEDIA SCENE SIMILAR TO THIS BUT WITH MORE EMBELLISHMENTS USING BUTTONS, LACE AND ACRYLIC PAINTS. MY CAMERA IS NOT DOWNLOADING PHOTOS PROPERLY SO I WAS UNABLE TO ADD THE REAL PHOTO OF THE MIXED MEDIA CANVAS HERE.  BUT THIS IS A GOOD REPRESENTATION OF WHAT TO EXPECT. 

YOU MUST LEAVE A COMMENT ALONG WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE COMMENT SECTION IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE GIVEAWAY SO I CAN PERSONALLY CONTACT YOU.  THANK YOU!

OF COURSE, I LOVE THE GREEN WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST.  HER GREEN COLORED SKIN IS PERFECT FOR HER HIDEOUS LEER AT DOROTHY.


HERE IS ANOTHER ILLUSTRATION OF THE EMERALD CITY WHICH WOULD BE PERFECT FOR DOROTHY TO SING SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW IN A SCENE SUCH AS THIS.
AND THE FOUR-SOME WAITING TO GET INTO THE EMERALD CITY.





DOROTHY WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST WITHOUT HER MAGICAL RED SHOES.


AND DOROTHY'S FAMOUS RUBY RED SLIPPERS WHICH TOOK HER BACK TO HER HOME SWEET HOME.

HERE IS A FREE BIRD ON A BRIGHT GREEN BACKGROUND THE COLOR OF THE GREEN OF OZ.  THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO YOU FROM THE GRAPHICS FAIRY.


I HOPE YOU LIKED THE PHOTOS FROM THE FAVORITE SCENES I LIKED IN THE MOVIE,  WITH THE FAVORITE COLORS OF RED, GREEN, AND YELLOW.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT IF YOU WISH TO BE ENTERED INTO THE GIVEAWAY.

THANK YOU!
BE SURE AND VISIT THE OTHER BLOG IN THE 'HUES OF OZ' BLOG HOP!

AND MANY THANKS TO OMA FOR HOSTING THIS DELIGHTFUL BLOG PARTY!

posted by Teresa

Thursday, March 13, 2014

ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET IN PASADENA, CALIFORNIA and THE LAST BOOKSTORE in LOS ANGELES

SINCE ONE OF OUR SONS IS GOING TO COLLEGE IN LOS ANGELES, IT GIVES US EXTRA OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT LOVELY, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

IF YOU WANT THE THRILL OF A LIFETIME IN FLEA MARKETS, THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH IS A MIND BOGGLING EXPERIENCE.

THE ENTRANCE TO THE ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET
THE ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET IS HELD IN THE HUGE PARKING LOT OF THE ROSE BOWL.

THE FLEA MARKET OPENS AT 5:30 A.M. FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO PAY THE PREMIUM PRICE OF $20 TO ENTER, AND YOU DO BEAT SOME OF THE CROWDS AND YOU MAY FIND THAT PERFECT ITEM AT THAT EARLY HOUR.

THEN, THERE IS THE NEXT FEE, WHICH BEGINS AT 7:30 A.M. FOR $12, AND AT 8:30 A.M. IT IS $10, AND FROM 9 A.M. UNTIL 3 P.M. IT IS $8 PER PERSON TO ENTER THE FLEA MARKET.  YOU MAY ALSO HAVE YOUR HAND STAMPED FOR REENTRY ALL DURING THE FLEA MARKET.

THERE IS A FOOD COURT ON THE PREMISES WITH A VARIETY OF FOODS.  WE ACTUALLY BROUGHT OUR COOLER AND PACKED OUR OWN SANDWICHES AND HAD OUR HANDS STAMPED AND WENT BACK TO OUR CAR TO EACH OUR LUNCH TAIL-GATE STYLE.

VINTAGE TOYS, VINTAGE GLASSWARE, AND GOODIES ARE  IN ABUNDANCE
THERE ARE LITERALLY ROWS UPON ROWS, AND AISLES UPON AISLES OF WARES.



UNIQUE ITEMS ARE FOR SALE ALONG WITH THE MOST POPULAR COLORS OF FURNITURE AND WARES


A CUSTOMER ENJOYS LOOKING THROUGH AN ABUNDANCE OF CLOTHING OF WHICH THERE SEEMS TO BE NO END
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR VINTAGE LINENS, THIS FLEA MARKET IS THE PLACE TO COME
WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?   YOU KNOW THE SONG!  ACTUALLY I SLIPPED IN A HANDMADE FOX  PHOTO, ON ACCIDENT, WHICH SOMEONE IS SELLING ON ETSY.  IT IS SO CUTE!
MORE FOXES
SHABBY CHIC WAS FOUND ON EVERY ISLE
THERE WERE LITERALLY ROWS AND ROWS OF CLOTHING FROM $20, $10, AND $5
AND....AFTER YOU HAVE WALKED FOR ABOUT TWO HOURS AMONG ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES...THERE IS A FOOT BRIDGE YOU CROSS OVER INTO EVEN MORE COLLECTIBLES, ART SUPPLIES, VINTAGE CLOTHING AND GENERAL MECHANDISE
YES, DO REMEMBER TO WEAR A COMFORTABLE PAIR OF SHOES, AND A HAT AS IT DOES GET QUITE SUNNY AND WARM, EXCEPT FOR IN THE MORNING HOURS WHERE YOU WILL NEED TO WEAR A SWEATER.


FUN IDEAS FOR YOUR VINTAGE LACES
MIXED MEDIA EMBELLISHMENTS
VINTAGE JEWELRY IS EVERYWHERE TOO!
AS YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE AISLES AND AISLES OF THINGS TO SEE AND YOU MAY JUST FIND THAT UNIQUE ILLUSIVE ITEM YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR.
THERE ARE FRENCH STYLE COTTON LINENS AND GARDENING DECOR
EVERY STYLE OF HAT YOU CAN THINK OF!
MANY ORIENTALS VISIT THE ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET AS IT IS ONE OF THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AS IT IS WORLD FAMOUS AND IS ONE OF THE LARGEST FLEA MARKETS IN THE WORLD.
I ENJOYED FINDING AND BUYING SOME PURPLE AND AQUA VINTAGE BOTTLES (IN THE LOWER LEFT PHOTO) AND ALSO FABRICS AND TRIMS (IN THE RIGHT TOP PORTION OF THE PHOTO)
MORE SHABBY CHIC DECOR
VINTAGE LIGHTING FIXTURES OF ALL DESCRIPTIONS
VINTAGE BOOKS...SOME OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS!
AH! YES! AND LET'S NOT FORGET THE FOOD COURT NEAR THE FRONT OF THE ROSE BOWL STADIUM.  HISPANIC, ASIAN, AND AMERICAN FOOD.
MORE FRENCH STYLE FURNISHINGS AND LINENS
YOU CAN SERIOUSLY FIND JUST ABOUT ANYTHING YOU ARE LOOKING FOR



THERE IS EVERYTHING IMAGINABLE AT THE ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET.  REMEMBER, IT IS ALWAYS THE SECOND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH. YEARLY. RAIN OR SHINE.

VINTAGE FURNITURE, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, TYPEWRITERS, PAINTINGS, YOU NAME IT....IT WILL BE THERE!
AND THAT'S ABOUT ALL FOLKS!

I TOOK MY TIME GOING THROUGH THE FLEA MARKET AND STILL COULD HAVE WALKED ANOTHER HOUR AND A HALF LOOKING AT EVERYTHING.  MY HUSBAND AND SON WERE ABLE TO GO THROUGH THE ENTIRE FLEA MARKET.  (WOMEN ALWAYS HAVE TO LOOK AT EVERYTHING, YOU KNOW!!!).  BUT I HAD MY FUN AND MY FEET WERE GETTING TIRED. 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET IN PASADENA, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WHICH IS VERY NEAR TO DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES WHICH IS WHERE WE WENT NEXT TO SEE 'THE LAST BOOKSTORE'.

THE LAST BOOKSTORE: PHOTOS

THE NEXT PHOTOS ARE OF: THE LAST BOOKSTORE WHICH OPENED IN 2011 AND IS ON THE CORNER OF SPRING STREET AND FIFTH AVENUE.  THERE IS CURBSIDE METERED PARKING AVAILABLE.


THE LAST BOOKSTORE IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.  THIS PHOTO DOES NOT DO THE ENTRANCE JUSTICE AS THE STORE IS TWO STORIES TALL.
THIS PHOTO DEFINITELY DOES THE STORE JUSTICE AS THERE IS ANOTHER PORTION TO THE STORE UPSTAIRS.
THIS IS THE ENTRANCE TO THE UPSTAIRS PORTION WHICH IS CALLED 'THE LABYRINTH' AS THERE ARE TWISTS AND TURNS OF BOOK CASES WHICH LEAD YOU ON A MERRY TWIST BACK TO THE STAIRWAY.
A TUNNEL OF VINTAGE BOOKS WHICH LEADS THROUGH THE LABYRINTH.  MANY LIBRARIES HAD TO DESTROY OLD BOOKS AS THEY CONTAINED LEAD IN THEM, SO THESE VINTAGE BOOKS WERE NOT DESTROYED BUT WERE PUT TO A UNIQUE USE.
THIS WAS ACTUALLY THE LANDING BEFORE ENTERING UPSTAIRS TO THE LABYRINTH.
A YOUNG MAN IN THE STORE STANDING BY THE COUNTER WHERE YOU MAKE YOUR PURCHASE.  THE COUNTER IS HELD UP BY HUNDREDS OF VINTAGE BOOKS.
THIS WAS A UNIQUE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE FOR OUR FAMILY AS WE DO LOVE READING BOOKS!

IT WAS QUITE AN ENJOYABLE TIME HAD BY ALL.

POSTED BY  Teresa

Sunday, March 2, 2014

VANESSA VALENCIA OF 'A FANCIFUL TWIST' BLOG




IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH 'A FANCIFUL TWIST' YOU WILL AGREE WITH ME WHEN I SAY VANESSA VALENCIA'S BLOG IS SO FILLED WITH FAIRY DUST, AND MOON BEAMS THAT YOU HAVE TO COME BACK AGAIN AND AGAIN FOR ANOTHER PLUNGE INTO HER MAGICAL REALM.

VANESSA HAS A WAY WITH WORDS, AND TAKES YOU DEEP INTO HER WORLD OF WHIMSY WHERE SHE CREATES DOLLS, CREATURES, MAGICALLY DESIGNED CARDS WHICH MANY ARE REPRINTS OF HER FABULOUSLY, GORGEOUSLY PAINTED CANVASES WHICH DEPICT PAPER DOLL DRESS GIRLS, GYPSY SCENES, MAGICAL FOREST SCENES AND THE VARIOUS HOLIDAY CANVASES SHE SO WHIMSICALLY CREATES. 

HER ART CANVASES ARE OF DREAM SCAPES FULL OF WHIMSICAL CREATURES, PASTRY GIRLS, HEAVENLY GOWNED PAPER DOLL GIRLS WHICH GLOW WITH AN INNER WARMTH WHICH FILLS THE MIND WITH FARAWAY PLACES.

SHE CONTINUES TO FILL HER ETSY SHOP WITH MORE OF HER CREATIVITY AS THE SEASONS GO BY.  SHE IS CONSTANTLY WORKING ON HER CREATIONS AS SHE ALSO CREATES OVER-THE-TOP JEWELRY WHICH SHE HAS BEEN ADEPT AT CREATING  FABULOUS PIECES FOR MANY YEARS. WHICH SHE ALSO HAS A SEPARATE ETSY SHOP FOR.

NOT ONLY DOES VANESSA SELL HER WARES, BUT SHE MAINTAINS THE MOST IMAGINATIVE AND DOWN-TO-EARTH BLOG WITH THE MOST AMAZING STORIES OF HER DOGS, HER SURROUNDING HOME INSIDE AND OUTSIDE, HER GARDENING SAVVY, HER LOVE OF COOKING POSTING THE RECIPES AND PHOTOS AS SHE TELLS HER STORIES.  HER STORY TELLING INCLUDES TALES OF THE SEASONS ON THE FAIRY TALE ACREAGE SHE LIVES ON.   

VANESSA WILL RANDOMLY HAVE LITTLE GIVEAWAYS, WHICH IS WHY YOU NEED TO VISIT HER OFTEN. SHE ALSO CREATES SWEET PAPER GOODIES WHICH KEEP IN TUNE WITH THE HOLIDAYS AND SHE PROVIDES PHOTOS AND TUTORIALS FOR SOME OF THE MOST MAGICAL EMBELLISHMENTS FOR YOU TO CREATE FOR YOUR OWN WONDERFUL ENJOYMENT.

TO VIEW HER BLOG AND TO ACCESS HER ETSY SHOPS, PLEASE CLICK ON THE 'A FANCIFUL TWIST' ICON PROFILE ON MY LEFT SIDE BAR. WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT HER BLOG, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO PERUSE HER SITE AND HER LINKS ON HER SIDEBAR.

YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN SHE WILL BE POSTING ABOUT MORE GOODIES IN HER ETSY SHOP, SO YOU ALMOST HAVE TO VISIT HER EVERYDAY!  WHICH MAKES VISITING HER BLOG MOST EXCITING INDEED! 

I KNOW YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH VANESSA'S BLOG ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN THERE YOU WILL WANT TO RETURN AGAIN AND AGAIN!

JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF THE WHIMSICAL DOLLS VANESSA CREATES


ENJOY!

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