The Pepperell Girls--Kris Vogelsang (Cricket Acres), Tera O'Hora, and myself--had our first Fall show in collaboration with the Spaulding Cooperage and it was a HUGE success! Thank you to all our faithful customers for standing by us as we branch out and explore new opportunities! It was fun to see everyone and have a day of "retail therapy" from the other side of the counter! Here are a few preview photos from my booth:
Here are pics of some of my favorite fall projects:
Thankful Tree: I left extras of my "I'm thankful for..." cards for guests to fill out and add to the tree. I'll take an after photo tomorrow when I'm at the Cooperage to bring in new inventory. I love this idea and was thrilled how many guests planned to incorporate it into their own Thanksgiving traditions!
Vintage paper-covered napkin rings: I love the contrast of the shiny silver and the aged sheet music. I only adhered paper-to-paper so these could be changed out for any event.
I call these "re-corks" as they are wine stoppers made from vintage knobs and hardware. I'll post instructions at a later date!
Here is a candelabra I constructed from the top of an old wooden box, a bit of chain, an inexpensive set of glassware, some votives, and a roll of vintage player-piano paper--happy!
Finally, my burlap wreath. I adapted this wreath from one I found on the DIY Showoff (http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2010/09/diy-burlap-starfish-wreath.html). Got some tips from the I. Design blog (http://theidesignbox.com/2010/10/25/diy-burlap-fall-wreath/) and came up with this version. I kind of wish it didn't sell...looks like I'll be making more! Not a difficult project, just very messy. I recommend using ecoglue rather than Gorilla Glue and a medium nail-set rather than a screwdriver. Let me know if you try it!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Infusion NH is one of my absolute favorite spaces in the antiques world. Housed in the downstairs of From Out of the Woods Antiques, this space is filled with inspiration and some of the most fantastic pieces you could ever design a room around! I was in to pick up an old shoe rack I purchased and shop owner Donna gave me carte blanche to take photos of the space before they took it apart to get ready for a mercantile-themed reopening in 2 weeks. Enjoy!
Posted by Michelle Graham at 7:01 AM
Kris and I had a great time at the Art and Antiques Show this past weekend at Seasons at Calmore. I do so few shows, I always forget how much fun they are! We made a lot of new friends under a gorgeous sunny sky while listening to great live music. What's happier than that? Here are a few photos of our booth:-)
Posted by Michelle Graham at 6:53 AM
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I spent today creating in my new studio! I haven't spent time in my creative space since I started moving--over three months ago. I still have a lot of work to do to make my new (and much smaller) studio really workable, but I had a fun day digging through boxes and drawers and finding new inspiration in each one!
As I prepare for my business-image redesign (by Sadie Olive--so excited!), I'm trying to define my authentic style. I confess that I am guilty of dabbling--Victorian, rustic, French, Italian, industrial, even modern. To this end, I've been keeping a journal of the finds, experiences, places, people, vignettes...that touch my spirit. I hope to share this fun journey with all of you! For now, here are a few photos of today's creations:
I came across this lot of beautifully illustrated sheet music in a storage box. I remember finding it at the flea market, but had never actually looked through page-by-page. I am always amazed by the detail in such works--I so wish beauty were as valued today as it was in 1864!
I framed a selection of the pages:
I scanned many and used one selection in the decoration of this "inside-out" journal:
The covers of this journal are recycled from an old book with lovely endpapers. I simply reversed the covers so that the endpapers were on the outside and filled the book with 70 pages of ivory, text-weight, recycled paper. I bound the journal with ivory linen ribbon. Can't wait to list it on etsy!
I'm working on a design for "nests" made from strips of old papers. Here is a prototype...not quite ready for sale, but a good representation of my idea:
Lastly, I stamped some organic cotton twill ribbon with French text and wound it in 1-yard segments on old wooden spools. I've found that VersaMark ink pads work best on ribbon--heat-set with an iron on medium heat if you want to launder the ribbon.
Happy creating! Please create responsibly!
Posted by Michelle Graham at 10:39 AM
Friday, August 6, 2010
Today, my celebration is bittersweet. The process of selling my home has been less-than-pleasant. As anyone out there selling a house in this market knows, selling a home (especially an antique) is a less-than-fruitful venture. Yet, I'm incredibly relieved to be able to turn the page on this stage of life and open up a new chapter. In other words, I've never been so happy to lose so much money! C'est la vie! Life will go on and I pray God will bless my family in the midst of (and through) this mess!
Today, my semi-happy is the sale of my house. Off to new ventures, new opportunities, a new life. Scarey? Yes. Exciting? Yes. Blessed? I sure pray so.
Posted by Michelle Graham at 3:58 PM
Saturday, July 31, 2010
I helped my friend Kris move into her space at the Spaulding Cooperage today! While I was there, I snapped a few photos of my space and a couple of finished projects I brought with me.
Finished projects from post, "Project Day."
The history of the Cooperage is very fun (Lunenburg Post). The building was built back in the 18th century and was long-owned by Jonas Spaulding, who used the building as a cooperage, producing wood barrels. The property was later donated to the local Historical Society by the Spaulding family and was recently converted into a multi-dealer antique shop by Laura Bradley, who is related to the Spauldings. Laura is a talented antique dealer and floral designer and clearly has a gift for being a proprietress! I'm thrilled to be one of her first dealers!
image courtesy of Townsend Historical Society
Congratulations to Kris for taking this leap! You have a gift and will surely be blessed! Your space looks tres magnifique!
Posted by Michelle Graham at 8:09 PM
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
It's been a busy, but fun week! My dad and stepmother are visiting from Florida and we always have a week filled with activities when they are here. Yesterday's event was a whale watch out of Rye, NH. I put the emphasis on the word watch, as we didn't actually see a single whale. There were rumors of a dolphin sighting, but I think that may have been an artifact of 4 hours in the sun and major waves.
Despite the lack of sightings, it was a beautiful day for a boat ride. Windy, yes, but that made for some really fun swells--it was like riding a mini rollercoaster over, and over, and over..... So glad I don't get seasick!
I'm still busy at work on projects, life, business, etc. Hope to get to the flea market this weekend, but family takes priority, so we'll see. Having family close is a happy blessing--one I appreciate every day!
Posted by Michelle Graham at 7:18 PM
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I had a great time at the flea market this morning! The only problem is, I want to keep nearly everything I bought!!! The metal cabinet is awesome--I can't wait to see how well it cleans up! The green table and white plant stand are off to the Cooperage on Wednesday. I'm thinking of stripping the stools down to bare metal... The galvanized drawers will be great for displaying little treasures at the Cooperage. If they weren't so heavy, I'd put them on etsy--they are perfect for an artist studio!
I also finished getting the last of my "stuff" out of the Brookline Street farmhouse. I put out a huge "free" pile with some awesome stuff--I think it was the happy of the day for all the kind people who stopped. One nice lady even left me $10 and a note of thanks!
It's so strange to see the house empty. It looks so filled with promise, like the day I first saw it. I pray it will bless its new family.
Posted by Michelle Graham at 2:30 PM