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Rhonda from Spanky Luvs Vintage Interview

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Photo above: Marvella Vintage Brooch and Earring Set

Today’s interview is with Rhonda from Spanky Luvs Vintage 2 Zibbet Shop. I met her through one of the many Craft Star threads on the Etsy forums. She conducted a great experiment about how easy it is to buy Facebook fans, and we’ve been chatting ever since. Her shops are full of a great mix of eclectic vintage and handmade items, and her descriptions are very entertaining. As you’ll soon see, she has a fun personality!

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
I try to offer a variety of things at different price points and would call it an “eclectic mix” of items. I have been collecting for over 40 years and have a wide variety of stuff but have listed mostly vintage costume jewelry and recycled vintage pieces.

Where do you find all your great vintage finds?
I am always looking everywhere because you never know where you might find the next item . Everytime we go to a new town, I am searching for the junque and antique shops because they are my favorite places to browse.

How long have you had an interest in vintage/antique items?
I think that since a very young age I have always felt a “connection” with things from the past. History was always my favorite subject in school. When I was 10, I started a “dog” collection of figurines and used to enter the collection each year at the local Fair. I have the collection stored in my garage and plan on giving it to my Grand babies, Chloe and Lexie, when they get older.


Photo above: Lord and Taylor “Onyx” Hosiery 1907 original antique ad

Are there any particular vintage items that are your favorites?
Costume jewelry is the item that I have tubs and tubs full of so I guess that would obviously be my top of the list fave. But I really enjoy things like old paper dolls and imagining all of the little tiny hands that have held them and played with them and the smiles they have created. Also digging through an old can of buttons is my favorite way to “chill-ax.”

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love reading, gardening, cooking, fishing, and mostly hanging out with the Grand kids. I have also become some what of a Pinterest addict. LOL!

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :) How did you meet Tracy?
I met her in the Etsy Forums and can’t thank her enough for the time she spends helping promote others. Thanks luv….you are a real treasure and I consider myself lucky that we crossed each others’ path :)


Photo above: Wood Boho Beads Long Vintage Necklace in Earthtones

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).
#1.Thinks that ” Jolly Ranchers” Rock and loves to pucker up with garlic pickles

#2 My T.V. is often tuned to the “Food Network” and I am okay with “Chopped” re-runs because I can seldom remember who won anyway :)

#3 I once won a hog calling contest

#4 My mom once had a poodle that she named “Rocket” but I thought he should have been called “Harold” and I used to tease her about it that the poor dog had a complex because he knew he was really a “Harold”……imagine her surprise when she took him to the groomers one day and the lady said “Uhm Maaam…I’m afraid someone has been writing on your dog.” I had taken a black sharpie and written “Hi ! My name is Harold” with a winking smiley face on his little pink belly. Moms was pretty embarrassed about that one :)

#5 I used to have a mosaic in my kitchen that I made out of pasta, beans, rice, etc. and when we did a re-model and had to knock that wall down…I almost cried. My son used to make fun of me and say that when I ran out of room I would start gluing stuff to the ceiling…but regarding the “food” mosaic, I used to tell him that it was kind of like having our own “food shelter” on the wall in case of a nuclear attack :)

#6 I used to race go-karts and actually set a track record for fast time, but these days I am usually on time yet never in a hurry to get anywhere and travel at a slow and steady pace.

#7 One of my weiner dogs loves to have me cradle him in my arms and sing “Rock a bye Brownie” sung to the tune of “Rock a bye baby,” and he gloats and always looks around for our other dogs to make sure they know he is getting all of my attention.

#8 Last December I was a “Featured Zibbeter” on Zibbet

#9 Huge “Sons’ Of Anarchy” fan

#10 When I was in my teens my family had a grocery and tackle store, and my favorite pet at the time was “Wally the Waterdog”. At that time the salamanders were great for bass fishing but I thought they made even better pets.

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Spanky Luvs Vintage Etsy Shop
The Eclectic Kinetric Etsy Shop
Spanky Luvs Vintage 2 Zibbet Shop
Hanky Spanky on Pinterest
Spanky Luvs Vintage on Facebook
Spanky Luvs Vintage Blog


Photo above: Seafoam Serendipity Necklace with Vintage buttons mixed with glass beads and polished stones

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September 24th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Interview with Kim of Vintage Paige

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Photo above: Large Vintage Aurora Borealis Rhinestone Brooch Floral 1950s

Today’s interview is with Kim of Vintage Paige Etsy Shop, a shop full of affordable vintage items, including pretty vintage jewelry!

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
My store is vintage jewelry and accessories. I offer a wide variety of costume, and vintage pieces. Really anything that catches my eye!

Where do you find all your great vintage finds?
I find them everywhere! I love to hunt at flea markets, garage sales, and antique malls. I have also purchased from friends.

How long have you had an interest in vintage/antique items?
I started collecting in high school. My mother had some fabulous things from her career as a singer, and that made me interested. I started with hats, scarves, and some jewelry. Later I became interested in boxes and compacts.

Are there any particular vintage items that are your favorites?
I will always have an attraction to vintage handbags. I carry one whenever I attend an event. It magically completes an outfit. The other thing that I adore are vintage bracelets. I always have one on.


Photo above: Vintage Silver Tone Bracelet with Faux Turquoise Rose Quartz Cabochons

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I practice yoga, and I love the beach! When I am not busy with my family I love to go to yard sales.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
Do you do this for full or part time? The answer is part time, but I wish it was my full time employment!


Photo above: Vintage Park Lane Pink Enamel Floral Demi Set

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).
1. My favorite color is green
2. I’ve lived in 6 states.
3. I have a rescue dog
4. I couldn’t do a handstand until I was in my forties
5. I studied drawing in Italy
6. I love to watch the AMC series Breaking Bad.
7. I have a nine year old daughter
8. My secret love is oil painting
9. I love to travel
10. I could eat Pizza til the cows come home.

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Vintage Paige Etsy Shop
Vintage Paige on Twitter
Vintage Paige on Facebook


Photo above: Small Vintage Beaded Sequin White Purse Wedding

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September 17th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Artisan Interview with Jennifer of Crochet by Jennifer

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Photo above: Crochet Pattern for Katrina Cloche Hat – 5 sizes, baby to adult

Today’s interview is with Jennifer of Crochet by Jennifer Etsy Shop. Her shop is filled with some of the cutest crochet patterns you’ll ever see. I love how the patterns for the hats also include sizes up to adult.

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
I offer crochet patterns exclusively. I try to design with a unique style, more modern and not what some people consider to be “grandma’s crochet”.

How long have you had an interest in crochet and offering patterns for sale?
I’ve had an interest in crocheting since I was a little girl but I didn’t start writing patterns until the beginning of 2011. I was working from home and had a lot more free time on my hands.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
My grandmothers both had a hand in teaching me to crochet when I was a young girl, but with both of them far away, I never attempted anything other than afghans until November of 2010. Then I discovered all the online help and started trying different patterns. At first I was hesitant to buy any patterns so I tried the free patterns that were available online. Then I bought a couple of patterns and almost immediately I found that I was modifying them to my own taste. It was only a few months later that I started writing my own patterns.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
I have a strong preference for cotton yarn. I don’t like acrylic yarn generally, I associate it with the cheap scratchy stuff that I used many years ago. I was so excited when I discovered cotton yarn; I’ve stuck with it ever since!


Photo above: Crochet Pattern for Puppy Dog Hat – 5 Sizes, baby to adult

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
There are some more complicated stitches that I have tried and enjoy…however it’s another story trying to write a pattern using those stitches that other people can understand. I would like to be able to master writing patterns for more difficult patterns.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
To be honest….crochet! ;)

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
What is your pet peeve when it comes to crochet patterns?
I absolutely despise patterns written in just plain stitches, like a hat made entirely in double crochet. To me it looks amateur and certainly not worth buying as a pattern. I strive to use interesting stitch combinations that create unique textures…something that is worth buying! I also always try to include all sizes in my patterns. I hate when designers sell each size separately; I think that’s a rip-off.


Photo above: Crochet Pattern for Berrylicious Strawberry Cocoon – 5 sizes, preemie to 12 months

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).

1. I used to breed and show Siamese cats. I traveled all over the United States to cat shows and sold kittens all over the world. (My kittens were spayed/neutered before they went to their new homes.)

2. Two years ago I fulfilled a lifelong dream of traveling to Italy. I hope to go back someday.

3. I have two daughters that are 18 years apart. My older daughter is like a sister to me, and I love being an “older mom” the second time around.

4. I also design websites as a hobby.

5. I used to manage a pet store and at one time had just about every animal you could think of as a pet…my house was like a zoo! Now I just have one dog and one cat.

6. I love to read. I enjoy authors like Dan Brown, John Grisham, and Steven King.

7. I’m sort of a hermit….I love interacting with people online but I rarely go anywhere.

8. I’m 11 years older than my husband…yes, you can say it, I’m a cougar! (He actually looks older than I do though…)

9. I am an only child. I never minded this, but I love having a sister and brother-in-law now that I’m married.

10. I love New York City. The first time I went, I traveled all over BY MYSELF, even taking the subway. It’s incredible!

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Crochet by Jennifer website
Created by Jennifer Blog
Crochet by Jennifer Etsy Shop
Crochet by Jennifer on Ravelry
Crochet by Jennifer on Facebook


Photo above: Crochet Pattern for Unisex Stars and Stripes Diaper Cover – size newborn and 0-6 months

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September 10th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Artisan Interview with Jen of Jenni’s Crochet

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Photo above: Two Purple and Green Ripple/Zig Zag/Chevron Crochet Pillow Covers

Today’s interview is with Jen of Jenni’s Crochet Etsy Shop, a shop full of beautiful high quality crochet pillow covers, scarves, beautiful blankets, and more!

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
I opened my shop in February, 2012, and it is full of items I have crocheted. I have afghans, pillow covers, and some infinity scarves too!! I love to try different stitches, and I LOVE to experiment with color.

How long have you had an interest in crocheting?
I have been crocheting for about 10 years now. But I have always needed to be creative and first started out doing a lot of cross stitch, then kinda moved into paper arts and even a little jewelry making!! But crochet for me is where my heart and soul live.


Photo above: Blue, Green, and Cream Crochet Afghan

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
I can remember watching my great grandma and my grandma both crocheting a lot when I was a kid, and I still have the afghans they crocheted for me!! It wasn’t until after my third baby that I asked my grandma to teach me to knit actually, and I couldn’t get the hang of the needles so she said I should crochet and, like they say, THE REST IS HISTORY!

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
I love working with yarn, of course, there is something magical that happens when I see all those colorful balls, and I know I can turn them into something that I love and hope other people love too!

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
I know a little about sewing but I would love to learn more so I can incorporate it into my crocheting.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I love to hang out with my husband, our three kids, our two cats, and our dog!! I love to go for walks and bike rides. I like to read and watch movies and listen to music.


Photo above: 18″ Brown Blue and Yellow Crochet Flower Pillow Cover

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)

That’s a tough one cause this is my FIRST interview!! But here goes…What new crochet projects would you like to add to your shop? I would love to add more crochet fashion accessories like handbags and jewelry.

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.
1. I love science fiction tv shows and movies.
2. I love to experiment with food
3. My pantry has to be full….all the time!
4. I love to play Assassins Creed!
5. I love to catch snow on my tongue
6. I love thunderstorms..even when they scare me ;-)
7. I love spicy food
8. I love to be near water..oceans and lakes..I find it very peaceful and calming
9. I am a coffee-aholic
10. I don’t like to dust

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Jenni’s Crochet Etsy Shop
Jenni’s Crochet on Facebook
Jenni’s Crochet on Twitter


Photo above: Purple Popcorn Diamonds with Teal Stripes Crochet Afghan/Blanket

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September 3rd, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Interview with Chere from Mindful Resource Vintage Shop

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Photo above: Vintage September 1950 Good Housekeeping Fashion and Home Magazine

Today’s interview is with Chere, who has two shops on Etsy: Mindful Resource and Chere Hughes. Mindful Resource offers beautiful vintage items, and Chere Hughes is filled with her fine art photography!

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?

Mindful Resource offers unique vintage jewelry and collectibles: earrings, necklaces, bracelets, milk glass, prints and more. I also have vintage pictures as digital downloadable ephemera. Most recently, I have added my handmade cute little charm vials.

Where do you find all your great vintage finds?

Most of my vintage comes from my favorite little stores and contacts. The vintage imagery comes from my own collection. I have thousands of old pictures that I’ve been collecting since I was a child. I want to share my vast library with others. It’s just a matter of getting them grouped and scanned.. a big task!

How long have you had an interest in vintage/antique items?

Items from the past have always been a part of my life. I cannot recall how young I was when I began collecting and researching vintage.

To me, antiques tell stories. They are remnants from days gone by, sharing a culture, an era. Often, you can actually see that a bracelet has been worn or a vase shows wear from time. I see these imperfections as imprints carrying tales.

Also, I find vintage jewelry so pretty! The detail, sparkling gems, and even the clasps are so well crafted. Past forms, designs and workings are interesting in that they have integrity, often a lasting-ness we do not see as much today. It’s fun to discover!


Photo above: Vintage Mesh Rhinstone Purse 1920s

Are there any particular vintage items that are your favorites?

Yes! The vintage umbrellas are so beautiful. I see many cool people sporting vintage umbrellas as parasols. They look great!

The rhinestone vintage bracelets, earrings and necklaces always catch my eye. The way they move and feel when you wear them. They can make a simple dress an elegant ensemble.

Additionally, my recent acquisitions of vintage purses are fabulous. The glitter, the beading, the lace, Deco… I find them lovely and fun at the same time. They’re perfect for costume and of course, quite collectible.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I draw and quilt more than anything. I’m always working with my hands. I’m motivated by color and textures. My surroundings and experiences bring ideas to my drawings. I tend to express myself with visual arts. Drawing and quilting are meditative for me.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)

Do you work in handmade?

Yes! Recently, I began a handmade store on Etsy. I’ve posted some original photography. You’ll see from the photos that I absolutely love vintage! I will be adding original drawings and prints soon.

I’m looking forward to posting more artisan craft on Mindful Resource as well as continually adding to my handmade site.


Vintage Mazel Tov Ring

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).

1: I love Great Danes
2: I have a fine art degree from ASU
3: I French press my coffee
4: I teach part-time at a small University
5: I’ve been sewing since I was in 5th grade
6: I eat dessert most of the time…tasty
7: Handmade gifts are my favorite
8: Rainy days lift my spirits
9: I prefer to purchase handmade & vintage clothes
10: The Haunted House is my favorite Disneyland ride

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.

Mindful Resource Etsy Shop
Chere Hughes Etsy Shop
Mindful Resource on Pinterest
Mindful Resource on Twitter
Mindful Resource on Stumble Upon


Photo above: Original Fine Art Photograph Vintage Red Purse, Vintage Polka Dot Gloves, Headband, and Candelabra

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August 27th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Artisan Interview with Karyn Ruby

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Photo above: Primitive Vintage Style Bear made of Faux Fur & 1950s Vintage Velvet

Today’s interview is with Karyn of Karyn Ruby and Jeffrey Etsy Shop. She and her husband are multi-talented artisans who create a wide range of items.

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
We offer for the adult collector vintage style dolls, bears,cardboard sculpture art. We also have unique gift tags, featuring prints of our artwork. We do special orders as well. On occasion we make Beatle dolls.

How long have you had an interest in sculpture, bear making, doll making, painting, etc.?
Over 30 years for the both of us. Karyn was especially inspired after meeting Franco Mirabelli in 1993, a world renowned fashion designer. After seeing one of her dolls, he had insisted on meeting her and told her that he had been all over the world and seen many different designers. He said he had never seen the way she had incorporated the choices of fabric textures and colors the way she had, and he encouraged her to continue her work. Karyn had put her dolls on the back burner for a few years until recently she was inspired by the works of Kim Kohler and Handcrafted Teddy Bears by Michelle. (Thank you, ladies!)

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
Neither one of us have had any formal training. We are constantly challenging ourselves to try new things.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
Jeff likes cardboard and never draws out a pattern; they come straight from his imagination. Karyn prefers to draw up her own patterns and is inspired by vintage style toys; her favorites to work with are vintage fabric and mohair.


Photo above: Whimsical Primitive Grungy Round Head “Valentine Doll” Soft Sculpture

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
One thing Karyn has on her list of to do things is to print her doll and bear patterns and put them on the market for sale. For the most part we never know what we’re going to be into; it changes all the time.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
We like to write and record music in our home studio. We have a catalogue of songs yet to be recorded.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
Do we like sardines? Well no. When Jeff went on the road with another band; he took 5 cans of sardines along with other food items. When he came back a week later, he had eaten everything except 4 cans of sardines. Karyn opened up the cooler and asked “How come there’s nothing left except 4 cans of sardines? I thought you said you loved sardines?” Jeff replied: “You know, I thought I did, but I don’t. After I opened the first can I went to throw them out the window onto the roof of the hotel because they were stinking up the room. I opened the window and saw about 10 old empty cans of sardines from previous bands.” Ha! As for Karyn, she likes the Screaming Sardine Blog with a side of Tracy’s “special input”. [Tracy: Aww, shucks, you guys. :) ]


Primitive Vintage Style Bunny Rabbit for Easter or Everyday

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).
1. We’ve written and recorded 2 albums for our band, The English Biddys.

2.We have 3 young grandsons ages 5, 3, and 2 months; the 2 older ones spend every Saturday night with us, and we encourage them to be artistic. Our weekends are always fun filled with creative activity.

3. Karyn loves to cook and owns over 500 cookbooks and has 5 vintage sewing machines.

4. Jeff plays guitar, bass, drums, piano, banjo and harmonica.

5.Jeff does a killer Johnny Cash and other impersonations.

6.We both love to collect vintage stuff, especially toys!

7. Our home was built in 1905…we call it the painted lady.

8.We love cats and have 4, all of them are rescued.

9.Jeff owns over 20 vintage guitars and has about 4000 LP records….and a serious hoarding problem!

10. We own and operate a tree trimming business, so creating after work is a nice distraction.

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Karyn Ruby and Jeffrey on Facebook
Karyn Ruby And Jeffrey Etsy Shop
Karyn Ruby and Jeffrey on Pfatt Marketplace


Vintage Style Doll Baby Buggy… Baby Carriage ..Made to order

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August 20th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Lynn of Lynns Beads and Things Vintage Shop Interview

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Photo above: Vintage Lin-Bren Floral Design Compact

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
First of all, thanks for this opportunity to have my shop promoted!!
I sell Mostly Vintage Jewelry but also other vintage treasures that I find interesting. I also sell jewelry that I make using semi precious gemstones, freshwater pearls, and have started making flowers out of leather that I incorporate into my jewelry with sterling silver chain & findings. I have sold one and have one for sale in my Etsy shop now in the “Jewelry Made by Me” section. I have also started dabbling in assemblage jewelry using vintage components.

Where do you find all your great vintage finds?
Mostly at garage or estate sales. Some things on Etsy I can’t resist.

How long have you had an interest in vintage/antique items?
About two or three years now. I went to the estate sale of a former Avon lady who had 3 long tables of Avon Jewelry. After I left I thought maybe they would like to get rid of whatever was left over so I went back and got a box full for a song! That got me started with selling vintage in my shop!

Are there any particular vintage items that are your favorites?
I love vintage Rhinestone Brooches. I try not to keep them all for myself!


Photo above: Vintage Beige Beaded Gloves – like on Mad Men

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Well I’m retired now so all my time is spare! We spend 6 months in California and 6 months in Idaho. When in Idaho I enjoy the great outdoors and watching the wild life (except for the skunks!) Lots of pictures to take & list of my vintage finds. I like to read. I make jewelry for Etsy and a local gallery I sell in down in California. My Fridays and Saturdays are saved for “saleing”

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
What inspires me?
Life inspires me! It sure beats the alternative!! I recently saw a video of a 90 year old woman who dresses outrageously and wears big gaudy jewelry all the time. She exudes life! I wish I had the chutzpa to be like her!


Photo above: Vintage Amber Navette and Pale Green Rhinestone Necklace and Earrings

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).
1. I am a jewelry junkie
2. I am a dark chocolate addict (but dark chocolate is good for you, right?)
3. I have been married to the same man for 39 years
4. I have 3 cats & we feed 2 strays Actually all of the cats in the neighborhood seem to know we put food out, but it is meant for just the 2 brothers.
5. I have one married daughter and one angel in heaven
6. I like American Idol and Do You Think You Can Dance
7. I have 4 brothers
8. I retired from Auto Club of Southern California after 10 years as Office Administrator.
9. We did a lot of tent trailer camping when my girls were kids and now my idea of camping is a 3 star hotel!
10. I was a tomboy when I was a kid

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Lynn’s Beads n Things Etsy Shop


Photo above: Rainbow Dyed Howlite With Crosses and Sterling Silver Beads

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August 13th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Interview with Barbara from A Vintage Journey

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Photo above: Antique 10K Gold and Cultured Pearl Ring

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
I opened my first shop A Vintage Jewel on Etsy in November, 2011. I offer vintage and antique jewelry and collectibles.

Where do you find all your great vintage finds?
I find them from yard sales, flea markets, bazaars, estate sales, thrift stores, friends and family.
I rarely buy from auctions or online stores for the purpose of resale; these purchases are for my own collection or bought to give as gifts.

How long have you had an interest in vintage/antique items?
My love for vintage jewelry and clothing actually started as a child playing dress up with my mother’s jewelry, clothes and accessories. I also did this with my older sister’s things, unbeknownst to her (unless she reads this post). Thanks, Nancy! Although, these were not vintage (at that time), the seed had been planted.

When I left the nest as a young adult and moved to Chicago, the collecting started in earnest. I didn’t have a lot of money, so I would frequent the local thrift stores and yard sales. I marveled at all the treasures that I could find in these places!

It wasn’t until I moved to Pennsylvania in the 70s that I started buying items for the purpose of reselling them, and it was at this time that my real education started on the value of vintage and antique items. I hunted during the week and sold what I bought all weekend long at flea markets, yard sales and church bazaars for myself and for my Mother-In-Law, Daisy. Daisy had two antique stores, one in Chicago when she lived there, and one in Pennsylvania. By the time I moved here with her son, she had already closed the shop to regain her private living space. She still collected and gifted, but she rarely sold after that. She was an immeasurable source of information and encouragement for me. I have inherited much of Daisy’s collection along with her books and notes that I utilize constantly and I will always treasure.


Photo above: Vintage Mother Of Pearl powder compact

Are there any particular vintage items that are your favorites?
I would have to say that I love whimsical designs in jewelry and collectibles the best! It just tickles me to see the humorous side of gifted designers. Ah! to wear a piece of jewelry that is not only well crafted, but can also makes you and others laugh is indeed wonderful!

What do you like to do in your spare time?
What is spare time??? I have a day job, 3 online stores, 1 blog, and numerous networking sites I try to maintain. I do still make time to read books. It’s so exciting to be reading a book and see a piece listed in it that you own. This just happened to me the other day when I was out shopping and stopped for lunch. I was pursuing an new book I purchased, and right there in the second chapter was a brooch that I had in my hand just the night before. I was so excited I was actually making enough noise that the server asked me if everything was alright. I told her what I had discovered and tried unsuccessfully to explain it to her, but she was just too young to appreciate it. I wanted to ask her if the other, older server could come over, but managed to get control of myself.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
What do I think people will be collecting and listing as vintage in 30+ years? Good Question! Wish I had the answer. ;-), but as with any collecting it’s wise to focus on what you like or love, that way you don’t mind if it doesn’t sell, because it already gave you pleasure just to own it!


Photo above: Vintage Tradition Maltese Cross Brooch

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).
I wish I was more interesting and fun, but here goes.
1. I have lived in 9 different states and 21 homes. (yes that’s twenty one).
2. I have 4 sisters and 1 brother. When we moved, which was often, I was never lonely.
3. I write stories and poems, but never keep them.
4. I was very competitive as a child, and once jumped into the pool before my teammate actually touched the side of the pool which would signal my turn, and had the team disqualified. Lesson learned!
5. I daydream all the time.
6. Whenever I was asked “What’s your favorite color?” I would panic and say whatever color I saw, because I could never pick just one, but felt I should have an answer. I still don’t have a favorite!
7. I love dogs better than cats, although I have had both and have loved both.
8. I sometimes get so caught up in admiring and playing with the jewelry that I don’t have time to photograph and list them.
9. I try to eat and use organic products, but have recently acquired a taste for chocolate candy bars…who knew.
10. I’m addicted to the tv show “Dance Moms”. I can’t wait to see what drama will transpire on the next show, and the talent and choreography are phenomenal!

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Shops:
A Vintage Jewel Etsy Shop
A Vintage Journey on Ruby Lane
A Vintage Journey Artfire Shop
A Vintage Jewel on Facebook
A Vintage Jewel 1 on Twitter
A Vintage Jewel on Pinterest
On Google Plus

Email address: Barbara Ocheltree – agelessvintagejewelry ~ at ~ gmail ~dot~ com


Photo above: Vintage Pill Organizer

Written by Screaming Sardine

August 6th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Artisan Interview with Kate of ESArt

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Photo above: Black Labrador Charcoal Drawing

Today’s interview is with Kate of ESArt. As you can see, she’s an amazingly talented portrait artist!

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
My mainstays are custom charcoal and pastel portraits of people and pets drawn from my client’s favorite pictures. I love many kinds of art. I also offer watercolor paintings and photographic prints on canvas. I’m looking to soon expand into oil painting.

How long have you had an interest in drawing?
I guess every kid loves to draw. As a child, I did love art class and projects. But I don’t think I discovered that I had a particular talent for it until high school. Once I realized that I could paint and draw well, then I really started devoting more and more time to it. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
I got my start professionally when a few acquaintances asked me to draw their children and pets because they had seen my work. A month or two after I had completed these commissions, the recession hit and I was laid off of my job in banking when my position was eliminated. With the feeling of joy I had received from completing those drawings fresh in mind, I thought I would use my severance to take the time to start a small business doing what I loved – art. It has been a lot of hard work, but I enjoy it very much.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
Drawing in charcoal is my favorite medium, hands down! In fact, I want to make charcoal become better known as a gold standard medium like oil is in portraiture. I love the deep black contrast in provides. I love the techniques you can use shading with it to create both incredible tonal depth and precise detail. When I started drawing, it was with pencil. But the day I picked up a charcoal stick, drawing in pencil was blown out of the water. Now I use pencil only to lay out my compositions before creating the bulk of the image in charcoal. The only downside: you can’t truly erase it. So you have to go slow and get it right.


Photo above: Custom Charcoal Portrait

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
Yes, oil painting. Although I love charcoal portraiture, I feel like I need to branch out into oils as well to offer my clients more variety. Sometimes black and white just doesn’t do it for you and you need a little color, you know? I have been hesitating because I want to invest in the best quality oils, and they are pricey. It is also going to be a challenge to accurately capture my subjects well in color when I generally work off of photographs emailed to me from all over the world and rarely get the luxury of meeting them in person and painting from life. But then, I love a good challenge.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to run, though I’m not very good. I start off slow and taper off. I live in a remote area so the activities around here are mostly outdoorsy. No shopping and few restaurants, but if you like to hike, kayak, raft or boat, this is the place to be. I like all of those things.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
What is your favorite quote? “Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.” Henri-Frederic Amiel


Photo above: Watercolor of Old Man

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).
-I don’t have any kids except for my two Italian Greyhounds.
-I can eat an entire watermelon by myself in one sitting.
-I volunteer my time taking photographs of homeless animals for my local animal adoption agency.
-I was lucky enough to photograph Antelope Canyon in my high school photography class, which is a destination that has since exploded in popularity among professional photographers.
-I have two sisters, one in Colorado and one in Washington.
-Another quote I love: “Getting fired is nature’s way to telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place”. – Hal Lancaster
-I had all but quit art when an old high school art teacher tracked me down, gave me supplies, and made me promise to paint again. I’ve never forgotten that, and I’ve never been able to find him to thank him and tell him I am now a professional artist. If anyone knows Dan Shaw, who taught art at Page, AZ High School in the late 90’s, please let me know. I want to thank him for that.
-I am allergic to one of my dogs and not the other.
-My favorite complement is I have moved the recipient of one of my portraits to tears by capturing their loved one.
-I am only 5’1″

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
ESArt on Artfire
ESArt on Etsy
K Sumners on Twitter
Endless Sumners Art on Facebook
Endless Sumners Art on Zazzle
Encless Sumners Art Blog
Kate Sumners on Pinterest


Photo above: Colorado River Artwork 26×40

Written by Screaming Sardine

July 30th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Interview with Donna of Got Milk Glass And More Vintage

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Photo above: Vintage Colony Indiana Milk Glass Pitcher and Eight Glasses

Today’s interview is with Donna of Got Milk Glass and More Etsy Shop. Her shop is full of some of the most awesome milk glass – and in such a wide variety – that you’ve ever seen! Plus, as the name implies, she also offers other lovely vintage items.

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
Got Milk Glass and More is an eclectic mix of vintage items for home and fashion.

Where do you find all your great vintage finds?
I shop at flea markets and tag sales.

How long have you had an interest in vintage/antique items?
I’ve been collecting antiques and vintage items for my home since 1985. Vintage jewelry is a passion I’ve only recently been drawn into – oohh bright sparkly things . . .

Are there any particular vintage items that are your favorites?
I love milk glass and especially love anything from Fenton Glass crest line.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love running in the woods, either just on trails or doing a sport called orienteering. Orienteering is the navigation part of adventure races where you run through the woods with a map and compass looking for check points.


Photo above: Vintage Bayel France Crystal Art Bowl Green

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
What’s your favorite item in your shop right now and why?
I love odd things so this hot dog griller is my favorite at the moment.


Photo above: Peacock Rhinestones Goldtone Vintage Brooch

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.

I eat a chocolate bar every day.
I love running in the woods.
I collect Wade Whimsies.
Everyday, 6pm is happy hour.
I have a gold tooth – way in the back.
I publish the national orienteering magazine, Orienteering North America.
I am a retired high school English and journalism teacher.
I would eat bacon every day if given the opportunity.
I love chef Paula Dean. – “I would not want to live in a world without fried pork chops.”

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.

Got Milk Glass and More Etsy Shop
Got Milk Glass on Ebay
Got Milk Glass on Stumble Upon
Got Milk Glass on Twitter
Got Milk Glass and More Blog
Got Milk Glass on Pinterest
Got Milk Glass and More on Rebel Mouse


Photo above: Black Beaded Purse Satin Garay Vintage Clutch

Written by Screaming Sardine

July 23rd, 2012 at 12:00 pm