When I finally set aside my camera, I reached for my wallet and started shopping! As you know, I flew in to this event so everything that I purchased
needed to be packed into my suitcase. And I had to be mindful of weight.
Just so you know, there is an area where you can take your things to be
shipped home but I didn't want to do that this time. Frugal me!
So, sit back and see what few items tickled my fancy!
I didn't go overboard but carefully selected items to use in mixed media.
Always photos.... always old books for their paper and text ... pieces of
vintage fabric .... rusted tins (I especially loved these! Graphics will be
placed on them finding label images from Graphics Fairy and using water
slides) ... love the old stamp whose rubber is still in good working
condition .... and I guess my favorite is the four torn covers from books
dating from the late 1800's. Still with their original book plates on them.
I quickly snatched these up and asked the vendor what she was asking for them. Quizzically, she looked at me and came up with a number. Obviously,
for her, they were there just to lend ambiance to her booth. But for me,
they were a simple pleasure. I was delighted to have them in my possession!
I also want to show you this! This beautifully painted and distressed blanket chest!
I have this very one in a storage unit, not having known what to do with it. It has always been ingrained in my head that you never change an original finish as that would ruin its value. But the truth of the matter is, it's not doing a bit of good being locked away and not enjoyed!
So, with some Annie Sloan paint and lots of elbow grease I will retrieve it
and create some magic! I can't wait! And, as a lovely woman (whom I shared
a table with when taking a much needed break from the morning rush) said~ "Im here to get ideas. There is so much to take in and utilize when I get back home." Truer words could not have been said!!!!