Monday, May 28, 2012

February 2012 in Venice for Carnevale

I spent the month of February in Venice learning about Art History and the History of Italian Theater.  The college course and our teachers were fantastic - knowledgeable, enthusiastic,  interesting and energizing.  I had a wonderful time although it was the coldest February on record - some of the canals were even frozen.  I shared an apartment with 2 great friends Wanda & Mikie -   We cooked, danced, laughed, learned, travelled and just rejoiced in being there before, during and after Carnevale.  All photos were taken by Wanda's daughter Laura Domrose who visited from Istanbul.  Can't wait to return.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Busy at work.

Calgary Herald Photo

Flathead Beacon Photo

Lots going on and lots to do.  At the bronze foundry where I work we are coming to the end of a huge project for the Calgary Stampede - 15 Life Size + 1/4 Horses & 2 Riders - the final bronzes leave for Calgary shortly.  Top photo is of Artist Rich Roenisch standing next to part of his sculpture with an engineer checking on the structural support.  Rich created 7 of the horses and his cousin Artist Bob Spaith created 8.  Can't wait to see it in place in Calgary.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Tynemouth By The Sea

Tynemouth Castle and Priory founded in the 7th Century

The village of Tynemouth is a brilliant place, located at the mouth of the River Tyne on the N.E. coast of England, just 6 miles from Newcastle. In fact if you take the train (metro) from Newcastle you'll arrive at the.....

If we were in Northumberland right now, this is where we would be headed tomorrow. It's a great wee market that takes place every weekend in the Tynemouth Station which is a lovely old fashioned railway station.

There are stalls set up on the 2 platforms. When we were there in March, I picked up some fancy cutlery pieces, jewelry and some great tablecloths which were easy to bring back to Montana.

There's something for everyone here - collectibles, new stuff, vintage stuff, books & records and some fabulous food - fresh baked breads, cakes, meat pies and fruit pies and some scrumptious cakes too.


Well there's no Tynemouth Market on the horizon for me for some time to come - but we're off to Idaho tomorrow to buy some records so hopefully we'll find some more treasures along the way.

Tynemouth Priory Photo - Bob Percy. All others Official Tynemouth Market Site

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Fine Time Was Had By All ............ At The Farm Chicks Antiques Show 2011

I took these photos of my space at the Farm Chicks Antiques Show - an annual event held at the Spokane Fairgrounds in Spokane , Washington - a couple of minutes before the show opened. It was a great show - I met lots of lovely customers from all over the USA, Canada and even some ladies from the UK. I was busy all weekend and sold lots and lots of vintage knick knacks. Some of the booths were absolutely incredible - they looked like elaborate stage sets - you'll find some great photos here. I felt a bit intimidated when I saw some of the fabulous booth displays but once the show started I was too busy to fret and got lots of compliments on my bits and pieces (and in particular on my prices). I went home with a happy heart and a smile on my face.

Luckily I had brought more than I could display, so I was able to replenish on Sunday as my tables were looking pretty bare at the end of the day on Saturday.

My jewelry case in particular was a big hit. One lady from California bought about 10 pieces and then came back on Sunday for more. I'm going to an estate auction this's time to start hoarding for next year's show.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Dogs in Sutherland, Scotland


Sometimes things don't go after all,

from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel

faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don't fail,

sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes will step back from war;

elect an honest man; decide they care

enough, that they can't leave some stranger poor.

Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best efforts do not go

amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.

The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow

that seemed hard frozen: may it happen for you.

I came across this poem recently in Good Poems Selected By Garrison Keillor and loved it's message.

I follow a blog called Wilf the PON discovers France. Wilf was diagnosed with cancer 8 months ago and although blind now continues to enjoy his life in the idyllic French countryside with his kind caregivers Angus and his wife. I like to check in on Wilf (and Angus) as he teaches me a lesson in living.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

In Love with Vintage Luggage

Found in Montana at an estate sale this wonderful leather trunk........I plan to take it to The Farm Chicks Antiques Show in Spokane, Washington. It was made by The Henderson Ames Co. of Kalamazoo Michigan, producers of uniforms and regalia from 1893 to 1933.

It's so well made and sturdy.

The interior has this lovely bright floral image as a seperator.

Vintage Luggage on Railway Platform - I love this photo taken by Chris Lofty.

The above image was taken by Tara Bradford at North Yorkshire Moors Railway Station - love the hamper.

These cases have been painted by former graffiti artist Phil Frost and are showing at Prism Gallery, Los Angeles - the vibrant detail is fantastic.

And last but by no means least - Who couldn't resist this wonderful Vintage Luggage & Map Cake created by Pink Cake Box.

Monday, May 16, 2011

They lived and laughed and loved and left.

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

I have been laid low of late.

In March, we made a lovely trip to Scotland to visit my family and then on to fantastic Northumberland for a special birthday - my father in law John's 91st. We enjoyed a quiet celebration as he was not in the best of health and promised him that we would return in October for another visit. Alas, it was not to be. John died 2 weeks after we left him so then we made another, much sadder sojourn to our homeland. I miss John very much and for me the trips to beautiful Northumberland will never be the same.