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?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Re-Invintaging A Closet

In a great log house across from Old Tyme Pottery on River Rock in Murfreesboro, some talented artists Sherri Brown  and Terry Lea opened a new store creatively named Re-Invintage. They love painting and re-inventing cool vintage furniture and finds.

Sherri asked us (Me, Mimi and Zaney) if we wanted to get involved. Maybe sell some of our cool leather journals in one of the unique spaces still available - a closet. It seemed perfect and not as much pressure in trying to fill too big of a spot for our particularly unique vision.

The gals got to working on sprucing up the closet.
They also repainted two floors of space.
A much needed lunch break.

In the meantime, we got busy making unusual sparkly stuff,

more amazing leather journals,

funky bits with game pieces and Dean Martin photos.

Who wouldn't want to buy a vintage re-purposed Brownie Camera Pencil Holder with Jerry and Sam in the first Selfie taken?

They got the name out there.

Made some more improvements.

Friends and customers came and shopped!

Zaney designed some new items.

The closet will have new stuff every couple of weeks. So, if you see it now, better grab it, because it will be gone. Vintage coat, cat art, giant pencil, wind chime.

Zaney says there will always be a Zaney Fan! But what about that YKNOT?

The rest of the store is AMAZING!

and we love our closet.

So come to Rutherford County and check out Re-Invintage, especially the closet. I'll be there usually on Wednesday afternoons if you want to chat about upcycled leather journals or art journaling or cats.

Don't think Zane gets all the credit. Mimi on a Shelf is available too.