I have a huge bulletin board that I bought last summer at a garage sale for a couple of dollars that I plan to paint and use in my studio for an inspiration board, but in the meantime I put a bunch of inspiring stuff up on the wall. It's been really cloudy lately so the lighting is off on these pictures... (Although, now it looks like the sun is finally coming out again!)
I keep adding to the wall as I find inspiring ephemera and junk around here while I'm getting organized. It's making me so happy to get all of this stuff put together -- I can't even tell you! I'm just getting giddy to start creating again.
In spite of the state of my house these past several years, and the fact that it's taking me this long to settle in (due to the fact that it's unfinished still... and because of stress), I'm a total neat freak and I can't create and work on stuff unless everything is right there in front of me and easy to find. So, this is long overdue!
Every day lately, I've been pulling more and more treasures up from the basement to clean up and put to use around here. (Above: Today's junk, a locker my sister, Sara, found for me one year, an old wooden folding chair, a yellow wastebasket, a laundry basket, a metal filing box, and two vintage school chairs. -- and a peak at my entry way tile that I've been meaning to photograph for weeks.) It's been keeping me busy and it feels great to have a focus now that Mark has started his job. He's been working 12 hour days and I feel like I don't get to talk to him as much as I'd like to (but no complaints -- I'm just feeling grateful).
I forgot all about this cute suitcase (above) until I found it in a bag today! I was super excited. I have tons of vintage suitcases but only about three other floral ones, and they're my favorites. I usually score them for anywhere from 0.50¢ to $2.00 from garage and estate sales. I haven't had to pay more than $2.00 yet. Prices are pretty good where I live. I treasure the more colorful ones like this one.
One of my favorite finds last year, was this little French travel trailer (above) I found at an estate sale. I think I paid a dollar for it and it's in great condition. I have a major weakness for vintage cars (big and small -- I want an antique pick up truck to drive someday). I always grab the little toy ones whenever I come across them and have a huge collection all waiting to be cleaned up and displayed. Last summer, I scored a HUGE pile of them. I need a cabinet for them. I collect vintage toys in general (especially Fisher Price) and am hoping to find a big glass medical cabinet someday to display them all in.
Lest you mistakenly think things are looking really great around here...
...a lttle dose of reality! But, to me when it's a bunch of junk and art supplies, it's the best kind of mess there is. :)