Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Linens Unleashed

Remember in my last post I mentioned I got a display piece from our local ReStore?  Well, today my sister & I took it in to the antique mall and placed it in our booth - and we're totally pleased with the outcome!  Until now, our rack of vintage linens was overstuffed, which made it hard to even see what we had to offer.  But now, we have two racks, and room to bring in more linens!

Here's the rack we got from ReStore:
And here it is after today's styling in our booth space:
Here's what the original rack looks like now that its load has been lightened (it's two-sided, see photos below): 
We left the more formal linens in the two-sided original rack, and put the casual cottons in the cage rack.  The best part of it all - we didn't need to take anything out of the booth to make room for this!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Gone Junkin'....

Gone Junkin'....

My sister and I took a little junkin' trip just north of our town this past Saturday....can you guess where?

This is the Mothman, an urban legend created from an event that occurred in 1966, in Pt. Pleasant, WV.  I think the memorial creates more of a legend than the actual event did.  Wouldn't you love having this thing in your entryway?? Me either.


On another side trip this past week, this time to my local ReStore, I came across this sweet find!
Probably originally used in some sort of merchandising display, we're planning on doing something similar - cleaning it up and storing linens in our antique mall booth display.  It's super sturdy, has five graduated baskets (removeable) on a chrome frame, AND it has wheels!  Wouldn't it look great in a kitchen, or laundry room, bathroom?  I can think of several repurposing ideas.  What would you do with it?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

"A Panoply of Purses" - 1st Edition, 2013

It's one month till Spring (thank goodness!) and, apart from going to the antique mall each week to restyle one section at a time, I haven't gotten into much personal decluttering or organizing at home since putting away Christmas decor.

One thing I did manage to do, however, is create a virtual organization of my purse collection - no small feat! I've been collecting for years and, though I've had the forethought of detailing the purchase records, listing each one on an Excel spreadsheet, and taking photographs of every purse in my collection, only now was I inspired to organize it all. And I did it with a Shutterfly book!

Shutterfly has a feature that lets me link my project book within my blog here (below).  The actual bound book size is 8" x 11", and Shutterfly does a nice job with professional-quality binding (many options to choose from). So, I hope you enjoy my project, appropriately titled "A Panoply of Purses". There are options for viewing, as noted below, and I would recommend the full screen view. The detail on these antique and vintage bags is incredible, a lost art for certain.

I hope to help my sister (M) put one of these books together for her collection of antique and reproduction dolls sometime in the near future. Enjoy!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Jane! Stop this Crazy Thing!

Man, oh man!

Last night I could NOT get to sleep...found myself actually praying for a mind at rest.  My mind was racing.....

Seems like each time we go to the antique mall to restage something, anything, my mind goes into overdrive at the end of that day, and sometimes spills into the next one, or more.  That's the case this week.  After restaging and snapping photos of our work, I come home anxious to organize the photojournaling.  It's a fun thing to do, memorializing the displays and inventory, and it helps in planning future changes we'll make.

If planning ahead and organizing's not enough for my brain, while on the computer, I first jump into Excel to reconcile the January sales reports from the mall.  Then, I jump over to catch up on Facebook and Pinterest posts.  Not such a good idea.  Bing! Boom!  First I need to finish mentally filing all that I've done and still want to do, let alone process all the new things that may inspire me or divert my attention.  So I take a break from the computer to join my husband for some talk time.  And food.

We're sitting in the TV area, catching up on news, and suddenly I find myself really getting into watching a great, competitive college basketball game - a team I've never even cared about before! My daughter then texts me, asking me if I'd looked over her tax papers yet, anxious to know if she qualifies for a new vehicle state tax credit.  No, but I start googling on my smartphone any information I can find from our state's legislation, and I find myself then jumping into tax preparation mode.  "Jane!  Stop this crazy thing!"  George Jetson would scream, as he's walking the dog on the treadmill in the sky.  That's how I feel sometimes!  Actually, that's how I feel most of the time.  My brain is constantly in overdrive. 

I've come to a point of filling my daily routine with 'to do' lists of all these self-imposed tasks, and I create new lists daily (love that ColorNote app on my phone!).  Sometimes I find myself feeling just a little like the gerbel on the spinning wheel (or like George Jetson).  I need a careful balance of mental and physical activity to help myself rest well at night, but sometimes the energy in this Universe is just way too strong for me.  And I feel caught up in it.  Most of the time I like it, but sometimes I just want to unplug.  Rest my mind.

It's as if our world is so FULL of so much technology, so much information processing simultaneously, so much visual stimulation...and we've all learned to increase our capacity in just trying to survive it by multi-tasking, working longer, working smarter.  They say the brain's capacity is only tapped, what, 10-20% in our lifetime?  Holy moly!  I think there'd actually be flames coming out of my head sometimes if it were charged any higher!

How do you let it all go?  Inspire me, please!