Monday, July 21, 2014

Trash to Treasure - Pump Organ to Desk

 I just wanted to share the desk that my husband and I made from an old organ I got at a local thrift store recently.
 Here is the good man unscrewing dozens of screws, I actually pitched in and unscrewed a few myself.
 At this point the main guts were out, and he is working on taking out the bellows, just above the pedals.  Then last of all the pedals off came the pedals!
 He built in a desk top made from antique oak table leaves, and the doors below are also made from an antique table leaf.  The drawers and cubbies are new wood.  We loved the idea of using a few of the organ stops for the handels on the drawers and doors, just as a nod to its heritage. Then I, of course, did the painting.

... and here it if for sale at Treasure's Antique Mall.  

The good man told me not to bring home another organ for at least a year, he said he needs time to forgot.  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Farm Chicks Dealer does flea.o.logy Too!

 Brandon and Tonya of Two Pitts of a Pear,  got their Trailer all gussied up for Farm Chicks, pretty cute, eh?

 Here they are with my friend Kelly and me on set up day at the flea market I run at my home four times a year, flea.o.logy.

Here are some random shots of their space ...

 ... and more shots inside the trailer ...

 So much amazing style, I love these people!!  Besides being super talented, they are also amazingly down to earth, kind and generous!

 I loved hearing the stories about their first trip to sell at Farm Chicks in Spokane, Washington.  They took along four helpers thinking they would take turns selling and shopping the show.  NOT, all six of them were kept busy all the first day selling!!

Brandon said that edgy stuff, like his doll head sculptures were much more popular there.

... and one last parting shot .... I love these assemblages, with the antlers on top ... such talented, talented people.  Come and see them at our last flea.o.logy of the year too, they have opted not to return to Swiss days, but to join us for flea.o.logy, much to our delight, August 30th at 8 A.M.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Liz (es) at Flea.o.logy

 So here is the promised post about Liz, and her compatriots...  Here we see Liz doing some of her amazing face painting.  She is absolutely the best face painter I have ever seen, so its always fun to see her creations when she comes to flea.o.logy, this is her third year!

Liz has always been the only Liz on staff here at flea.o.logy, so when I was signing up ten new dealers this year, and it appeared that three of them were named Liz, I was sure I had double booked someone.  I checked over all my info about them, including multiple emails, texts and fb messages, and found what I thought was the duplication.  Two of them had some common element, not sure what it was, but it was enough for me to meld them all into just two Lizes on our dealer map ... I was thus very surprised when dealer Liz number three showed up.

Fortunately we had not sold all our spaces, and I was able to show her to a space for set up.

 With 38 dealers at this show, you can see we literally fill my entire yard with dealers spots, and the fact that we have never had a dealer named Liz, in the nine years we have been doing this is interesting, but not as interesting as the fact that the first time we do have a Liz, we had three ...

... and with our face painter extraordinaire, it was fun to get them all together for a photo op, at this Lizzie's booth.  She makes baby moccasins, that are adorable, in fact I have a pair winging their way to Texas for my grandson Liam, even as we speak ... well, even as I write. The other two Lizes are straight up vintage dealers like me.

It was fun to talk about all the Elizabeth nick names there are out there.  Here are the ones I remember,
Liz, Lizzie, Beth, Betsy, Betty, Liz-Bet (What Queen Elizabeth's father called her growing up) Liza and Eliza.  Have you heard of others?  Since Jane Austen is my favorite author, and her favorite character was Elizabeth Bennett, its sort of surprising that I never named one of my daughter Elizabeth ... but it looks like plenty of other mothers did.

So mother's of Elizabeth's where did you find the name?