Sunday, October 28, 2012

New and Exciting!

Hello Friends!
It's been a while since I've updated my blog but I promise you I haven't been lounging about.
 
The Vintage Sister Studio has been busy making new art and planning new exciting classes....and maybe a little bit of lounging about;)  
 
I've tons to share, but for now I want to let you know about my new and exciting workshop I will be offering in December, 2012. Here is the what, when , where and how....
 
 
What?
 
 
In this fun workshop, you will be painting a hand sewn and stuffed muslin doll form and then creating beautiful wings from wire and vintage bible pages.  You will learn to give your angel an antique wash to give her some age and then a sprinkling of glitter to give her some magic! No artistic ability needed, just the desire to be creative and have fun.
 
 
When?
 
December 8th, 2012
11:00 to 2:30
 
 
Where?
 
 
Home Fine Art Gallery

 
 
in the historic Mill Race Village. Mt. Holly, NJ
 
How?
 
Click on the "Classes and Workshops" tab under the blog banner for all of the workshop details. Then click on the BUY NOW button over on the right side of this blog to pay for your course. 
After receiving payment, I will contact you with a confirmation!
 
Please feel free to contact me with any and all questions at 
 
 
Have a great day!   
 
  
 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Going Junkin!

Hello Friends,
Tomorrow I leave for my annual Sister's Weekend in Adamstown, PA. If you have been reading my blog for a few years, you know how much I look forward to this trip. Usually it's just my sister and myself but this year we are bringing our honorary sister, Marie!  

We LOVE to hit the outdoor flea markets like Shupp's Grove and Renningers in Kutztown.




At night we visit a lot of the indoor antique malls. Our favorite is Mad Hatter Antiques.



It doesn't look like much from the outside but the inside is FABULOUS!
Filled with tons and tons of booths.

Me.
My Sis.

Silly pictures of us at Mad Hatter last fall.


I usually try to buy for my vintage shop and a few things for my garden but this year I have a project in mind....



The shed looks a little sad in this pic. In season it's surrounded by pink and red roses.

I want to fix up my garden shed. I was thinking of painting it a pretty periwinkle blue with the white trim and maybe cherry red doors. I had the brilliant idea of decorating the front with vintage dishes in pinks, whites and reds, but I have boys who repeatedly hit the shed with baseballs so that's not going to work. Plan B may be hanging vintage garden hand tools. Or maybe I'll just wait and see what inspires me while I'm away.

My wish list includes:

*1 old window to cover the ugly shed window
*small shutters or something to give the appearance of shutters
*fabric to make outdoor pillows for the patio furniture
*wash basin or large container to replace my fountain (which has a hole in it)

My garden is finally starting to grow into itself. Many of the things I have planted are in their third and fourth year. The vines and roses are finally climbing the trellis and you can see less and less of the mulch in the flower beds.

I will share pictures when I return! 



Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Fishy Fun

Hello Friends,
I hope it is as beautiful where you are as it is here!

I've been spending a lot of time outdoors getting the gardens in shape but I managed to finish a couple of paper fish this week. Even with the boy's home for spring break!

Here is the first one...


I picked up this tray a Goodwill for a few dollars.
I love the idea of doing my paintings on recycled items.
It just makes it more fun and interesting to me.


Here is a pic of the detail in the fish.






This is a fun one that I did on a piece of scrap wood.
I also added some gold thumb tacks for a little "bling."
I"m thinking of doing a few more fish and then I'll add them to my shop.
It's been a long time since I have added anything new to the poor old Etsy shop.
Hopefully that will change!

Enjoy your day:)




Sunday, April 1, 2012

May Workshop Announcement!

Hello Friends,
I wanted to stop by and announce a fun new mixed media workshop that I will be teaching on Saturday,May 5th, 2012.
11:00 - 2:00


In this exciting class you will learn the versatile technique of decoupage as well as a few other mixed media techniques. Decoupage is a medium where glue is used to attach colored paper and small objects to another object. In this project we will be covering and decorating a large 25” dress form/jewelry mannequin. You will also learn to use an antique wash and how to incorporate found objects in your project.

Here is a close-up showing some of the detail we will be adding with vintage lace and text.

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This is a 3 hour workshop that will be held at Home Fine Art Gallery in Mt. Holly NJ. The workshop fee is $55 and that includes all supplies needed to make this project.

Snacks and beverages will be provided but feel free to pack a lunch to eat during our break!

Click on the Classes and Workshops tab above for more information and registration details.

Any questions, feel free to email me (Tracy)at

I hope to see you there!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

New Goodies!

Hello Friends,
I added a few new goodies to my shop.

First, I made a new brooches.
I had a few of these for sale at the art gallery I belong to and decided to do some for the shop.
The face is made from polymer clay that was baked, sanded and then painted with acrylics.
I attached the face to a round of felt and added some hand stitched detail.
 The pin on the back is also hand sewn.
Each brooch is signed and dated on a little tag in the back.
Pefect for Mother's Day!




I also did a couple of vintage bathing suit paintings.
They are 5x7 on wood blocks.
I painted the sides with white stripes and then gave them a good
sanding for a distressed look.




They are available in my Etsy shop right this very, very minute!!

That's it for today....I'm pooped.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Dinner

Hello Friends,
An early happy Valentine's Day to you!


For the last few years we have celebrated Valentine's Day with a special family dinner.
I decorate the table with our "fancy " dishes and silverware and we drink sparkling cider from champagne glasses. This was especially thrilling for Alex who, to my mortification, walked around telling everyone how he got drunk on champagne. 
It's a wonder CPS hasn't come knocking on our door.
The other day at a Dr.'s visit the Dr. asked him what kind of things he likes to do, to which he promptly answered, "Watch T.V."
Ugh!

Anyway....


Placecards with a special little message inside.





Last year I let everyone choose one thing they would like to have.
We had fried shrimp, baked macaroni and cheese, (this is the best recipe EVER!) and I think we had red velvet cupcakes for dessert. Alex doesn't like shrimp so I made him a heart shaped pizza.
My boys are creatures of habit so when I asked them what they wanted this year it was no surprise that they requested the exact same menu from last year. 
The only exception would be chocolate covered strawberries for Alex.  

What do you do for Valentine's Day?


In art news, I just finished a rather large painting.
18"x 24"



This isn't the best picture.
It's entirely too cold to be standing outside taking pictures today!!

The text says "A heart that loves is always young."
I will have matted prints of this piece available later this week.

Well, I'm off to have lunch with my sister.
Enjoy your day!!