Friday, July 31, 2009

Art in the Family

I'd like to share a needle work scene that my grandma Lois did when she was a girl in 1929. My mother thinks it was a Better Homes and Gardens pattern. It is something that I'd seen all my life, but did not fully appreciated until recently.

Signed here by my Grandmother. On the right side is written 1929.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Little Technical Humor

Found this in an old Sunset book about designing children's rooms and thought it was quite humorous. This apparently was considered high tech for teens in the 80's

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Kids are away and I had chance to arrange some things. The cabinet is in transition as I am still in the process of painting over a damaged dark veneer Mid Century hutch purchased for $30 from the Salvation Army. I still have some touch ups as I ran out of paint and am thinking of re-covering the drawer fronts with a woven wall paper instead of painting. I stumbled upon an educational book from 1971 at the school that had pages of these large green letters on thick card stock. It's a little yellowed with age and becomes a bold art edition in the black frame I already had.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Vintage Painting of San Francisco

I picked up this sweet painting of a cable car overlooking the golden gate bridge at a thrift store in my town just a few days ago. The frame was not in good condition, but the painting itself is perfectly fine so removed it from the frame. Judging by the frame and the style of the painting I'm going to guess that it was done in the 70's, possibly a little earlier or later by a street vendor like the ones that were typically lining the streets around Fisherman's Wharf and just below Ghirardelli Square. Of course it's only a guess as to its exact origins because there is no signature, but this is much like what I remember during the early 70's.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Finds from the Renegade Craft Fair

Here are some of the items I found at the fair.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Second Annual Renegade Craft Fair, San Francisco

Fort Mason Festival Pavilion overlooking Alcatraz

This weekend I attended the Second Annual Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco with my sister. There were soooo many artists and crafters. It was a nice morning when we arrived at the Fort Mason Center on the bay. Arriving early we ensured a parking spot and had time for a nice walk over the hill to Fisherman's Wharf for coffee and croissant at Peet's. It was mostly sunny in that part of the bay, but fog still covered the Golden Gate.

Entering the Fair just minutes after its opening it was already in full swing. At the entrance was the Renegade Craft Welcome Station. We spoke with artist Mat Daly, husband of fair organizer Sue Daly, who created the poster for the event. We had to have one. I had planned on stopping to see Mati Rose Mcdonough and there she was with friend Caitlin at the front as well. I love her lucky elephant series and picked up one in blue. My sister bought one of her colorful print of a mixed media piece.

Enjoyed meeting Lisa Price of ArtGoodies and bought one of her cute hand printed (pink deer) stuffies. I'm using mine on my bed as an accent pillow.

Also met Amy from Garbella and purchased a green bird bag to carry the rest of my finds.

Other purchases included posters for our teens from We Make Posters, a pretty greeting card set from Lisa Congdon, note cards from Dutch Door Press and InvitaPaper Studio and vintage typewriter key jewelery from The Weekend Store.
We even found the Etsy booth and picked up some fun promotional goodies.