Monday, October 8, 2018

Building a Better Wall

The artwork on the Friends of the Linebaugh Library bookstore wall began in 2010 when we convinced James Owen that we really needed one of his Amazing Dragons to spruce up the joint.

We bring in authors and illustrators to our schools and some of them arrange a stop at our Wall!
 At first, they were intimidated by that dragon! 
The bat doesn't want to be eaten by the dragon, but he's managed to survive since 2013.
So, he'll be okay. N. D. cupboard is storing all the information since 2016.
Brian Pinkney wasn't worried. The drummer boy and the dragon became friends.
Shannon Messenger is unaware how close that Chris Rylander's shark nears.  
However, it will be posed forever in time as never being eaten.

2018 Artists at the Wall - Shannon Messenger

 We thank all those Best-selling Authors and Illustrators for making our little hole-in-the-wall bookstore a fun place to visit. And were sorry we missed a few along the way due to scheduling restraints. Well, y'all will just have to visit again.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Christmas Closet

We love old keys and door locks. Often, we have to barter at Restoration Station to get more parts, as well as being on the hunt for good old junk.
It all starts with a bit of work. We cut apart old leather coats and purses and upcycle them into one-of-kind journals. Most of us, have the claws for it. Kind of amazing that one old coat could make each journal turn out unique.
Some are big, some are medium and some are small. Some are colorful and some of the
best ones are moody dark Time Lord looking stuff.
So much glue, so little time.
We rather like the ones that turn out odd. This one is a postcard journal sketchbook with Christmas stamps and a hint of a Fossil purse. If it doesn't sell in the closet  (no one understanding our vision) then we are just as happy, because then we will take it back home and turn it into our own art journal and fill it with sketches, and glue ephemera galore.
We throw in other cool junk in the closet.
Oh, if you don't know, we sell our journals
at Re-Invintage, the coolest shop in Murfreesboro. 
 Right now, we are going with a whole lot of red and green to get in the Holiday mood.
Every journal should have the right festive attire.
Miss Mimi Management tells "the grey panther" what to do.
And, guess what -  he does it!
 For he is the Time Master.
 Meanwhile, these ladies, Terry and Sherry are working on new projects
to add to the rest of the store.

But, we think the Closet is the best bit.
 Vintage printer blocks, upcycled journals, cat art and bookist chairs and toys.

Have a Great Holiday. And keep Art Journaling. It's good for the soul.
And, it might get you through the Holidays with the Rellies.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Calling Country Living Magazine Pages

There's no secret that I LOVE magazines! My dream job was once working at Petersen Publishing in Los Angeles. But now, I live in the country, well it used to be country until all these people moved here. They say Nashville gets 100 new residents a day! shsssh.  
Country Living Magazine hosted their annual Country Living fair in
Lebanon, Tennessee, just twenty minutes from our house. I've missed it in the past, so bound and determined to make it there this year. 
There was an awesome demonstration on how to make an old-fashioned looking library cabinet inexpensively. Then they sang and played guitar afterward (only in Tennessee).
A library cabinet display in a booth that costs more, but it's an antique that's been nicely painted.
Throughout the fair grounds are great displays.
White paint everywhere is popular.
Cute names of all the shops and booths.
Great bookish displays to inspire my next display at the
Re-Invintage closet where I sell some of our art.
It's nice to see that Country Living is a place where Cat Art is Popular!
Cat Art is more prevalent than you might think.
Mimi didn't care for the bird art, but I loved it. This one was sooo cute.
If I had more money, I would have bought it.
Great displays give us new inspiration.
A good sign to STOP for lunch.
One single portion of chicken and cheese nachos can feed three people.
It's nice to see bingo cards and other ephemera.
With inspiration from the Country Living fair, Mimi and I
get busy making some new art and other projects for the closet.
Zaney gets busy on some more vintage looking journals.
There is bike parking outside Re-Invintage, how country is that.
Mimi Cat Art looks good there in the closet.
Self portrait in an antique mirror of one of the other vendors.
The other vendors at Re-Invintage are Country Living outstanding!
I really, really want those hands!
Shadow of cool ephemera.
Terry Lea fixes an outside display, hoping that some day her and Sherry Brown's shop
make it onto the pages of Country Living Magazine.
Terry and Sherry, maybe some day y'all can make it -  as for me, I've already made the cover!
But, what is that horse doing in my living room?