Sunday, December 26, 2010

Edwin Morgan's Trio A Christmas Poem

This black and white photo of Buchanan Street, Glasgow was taken on December 3rd this year by Andrew Kelly. I love this life affirming poem set in Buchanan Street, written by Edwin Morgan who died this year. When I read this poem it always takes me back to being a teenager in Glasgow. Bittersweet memories.

Coming up Buchanan Street, quickly, on a sharp winter evening

a young man and two girls, under the Christmas lights -

The young man carries a new guitar in his arms,

the girl on the inside carries a very young baby,

and the girl on the outside carries a chihuahua.

And the three of them are laughing, their breathe rises

in a cloud of happiness, and as they pass

the boy says, "Wait till he sees this but!"

The chihuahua has a tiny Royal Stewart tartan coat like a teapot-


the baby in its white shawl is all bright eyes and mouth like

favours in a fresh sweet cake,

the guitar swells out under its milky plastic cover, tied at the neck

with silver tinsel tape and a brisk sprig of mistletoe.

Orphean sprig! Melting Baby! Warm chihuahua!

The vale of tears is powerless before you.

Whether Christ is born, or is not born, you

put paid to fate, it abdicates

under the Christmas lights.

Monsters of the year

go blank, are scattered back,

can't bear this march of three.

And the three have passed, vanished in the crowd

(yet not vanished, for in their arms they wind

the life of men and beasts, and music,

laughter ringing them round like a guard)

at the end of this winter's day

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Joy to the World

"Christmas is the day that holds all time together" Alexander Smith
We woke to a beautiful, silver day here in the Flathead Valley. All was crisp and clear. This is the view from our deck which we have been enjoying all day. Wishing all who visit here the Best Christmas Ever Sealed with Warmth and Love....and May All Your Wishes Come True.

Rosie is enjoying the sunshine and hoping for some Christmas treats.

Henry likes to lie on the deck and survey his domain.

Henry and Rosie are wishing each other and you the very best of Christmas Cheer.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

New Fun Space

This is my new space and I'm so happy with it.

This is what the space looked like 2 weeks ago. This had been our catch-all room full of vintage stock, projects, and lots and lots of magazines (I will admit to being totally addicted to them).

From the sublime to the ridiculous.....1998 Taxes sitting on top of my icecream machine.

Some nice fairy lamps waiting to be re-wired

Now I'm starting to make progress...I took over 100 Foodie Magazines to the Thrift Store.

Finally a blank canvas.........we can begin again.

A lovely desk and chair from Station 8 Antiques - thanks for the screaming deal Colette - purchased in the summer for this room. I knew if I bought the desk & chair, I would have the impetus needed to sort it all out.

My desk is all ready for a laptop which should arrive any day now.

Some pottery sorted and priced waiting to go out at one of our vendor spaces.

And finally a great photo of Bob wouldn't be my fun room without Bob to watch over me.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Books of the year

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket" Chinese proverb
"Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own" William Hazlitt

I love to read and love book lists. Last week The Guardian posted a great list in their Culture Section just in time for the Holiday Gift Giving Season. I love this list as there are lots of books that I am not familiar with.
Here's another link - There's a wonderful blog called From the House of Edward
The November 16th post titled "Tickets" invites readers to recommend favourite books in the "comments" section - I now have a new book list garnered from the 2 links above to keep me going until 2012. If you have a recommendation I would love to add it to my future reading list.

Images: Clara Natoli

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bronze Monument Arrives in Saint John New Brunswick - A 3,000 Mile Journey from Kalispell Montana

Here's the monument which was cast at the foundry where I work - Kalispell Art Casting - being unloaded in Saint John New Brunswick. The artists Darren Byers (in the striped sweater) and Fred Harrison (in the brown leather jacket) who created this Homage To Workers are there awaiting it's arrival. They gave their final approval at the foundry then drove home from Kalispell to New Brunswick a few days before the monument shipped out. All of us at Kalispell Art Casting are very proud to have been a part of this endeavour.

The monument will be stored until the spring then transported to a park in Saint John for the Official Unveiling in April.

This is what the monument looked like a few short weeks ago when our crew was finishing off the metal work. The artists who created this piece in clay are Darren Byers and Fred Harrison from New Brunswick, Canada. Darren contacted us about 18 months ago looking for a bid and explained that they had entered a competition as the nearby City of Saint John wanted to erect a monument as a homage to workers. At this point they were just one of numerous contestants. Then he emailed and mentioned that they were in the top 5.....then a couple of weeks later they were in the top 3 and then - They had won .....Yippee.....I am happy to say that they chose our foundry over many others. We had never worked with them before but what a pleasure it was to work with these 2 Creative Spirits.

After some final adjustments it's time to load the piece (actually we shipped it in 4 separate pieces) onto the flat bed truck. We always hire the local Harmon Crane Company to move the large bronze statues from our dock onto the truck - as they do a great job.

Jon Olson and Jack Muir - the owners of Kalispell Art Casting - supervise the monument's departure. Jack & Jon have owned and operated the foundry for 31 years! Their combination of knowlege & experience is awesome.

This is the tricky part..... trying to manouevre a 3500 lb moving object is not for the faint of heart.

The monument is finally loaded and packed.

Now for the long haul to New Brunswick. Farewell. I will miss seeing this monument but it's wonderful to know that it's already home - safe and sound.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I'm Crackers about The Farm Chicks Christmas Book

Christmas Dinner just wouldn't be Christmas Dinner if there were no Christmas Crackers. Growing up in Scotland we always had these novelties.
They dress up the table and they're really fun - they're pulled apart and make a "snap" sound then out spill the contents - usually a tissue paper crown (which is worn through the meal), a trinket and a silly joke. I highly recommend them.
When I first moved here in the 1980s my sister would have to send them to me as they were hard to find here - but not anymore. I'm pleased to say that they are available at CostCo now - they just featured them in their November magazine - and over the years I've bought them on the internet and at Target. There are some cool hand made crackers on etsy
Fabulous Farm Chick Serena is hosting a Virtual Book Signing Party on Friday - Pop over to her site and see her latest book The Farm Chicks Christmas Book - It's full of Holiday recipes and super ideas for Christmas - it's on my Santa list - and would make a great gift for girlfriends and sisters . If you buy it on Friday she'll sign your copy. Serena's a lovely lady who organizes a great antiques show every June in Spokane. We had a space there in 2009 and really enjoyed the show - lots of enthusiastic customers and friendly fellow dealers. We would have loved to have returned this year but the dates coincided with our trip to the UK...........hopefully we'll make it to her Farm Chicks Antiques Show in 2011 - It's a really fun time - very creative and inspiring - just like Serena and her Christmas Book.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Southside Consignment

There's a fabulous store in Kalispell called Southside Consignment - it's a great mixture of old, new and very lightly used - you just never know what you're going to find - it's really a wonderful place to shop and Donna and her talented team of helpers sure know how to decorate. Everything always looks fresh and tip top. Here are some of their Halloween/Fall Ideas. These window boxes are fantastic.

Let's have a wander over to the outdoor area.

These signs are all hand painted.

Fun, Inspired Halloween Ideas

What a lovely Fall Tableau created inside the store.

Here's our space.

Lots of interesting bits and pieces to browse through and buy.

Thanks to Donna and her crew at Southside for creating such a fun store - it's the Best Consignment Store Ever!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Vintage Whites Market - The Last of the Season

We've had so much fun this summer selling our goods at The Vintage Whites Market in Somers.  Rebecca, Sandy and Jana have created a great market place - the ambience is just terrific and all of that is due to their friendly, relaxed attitude.  They've built up a great customer base - there's always an enthusiastic line waiting while we're setting up and the buyers are appreciative and eager to shop - what could be better!

You just never know what you'll find at the Vintage Whites Market.  There's always lots of chippy furniture, interesting bric-a-brac and lovely hand made stuff.  These scarecrows are fantastic - what a great idea.

Well there's Mr V.M. sorting out our goods - putting the finishing touches to our space.    

Now he's off for a browse around to see what he can find.

There's something for everyone here - vintage clothes, hand made goods, architectural items.
Thanks to the Vintage Whites Market for a great season.  We're already looking forward to next summer.  We just heard - maybe a Christmas Indoor Market - Let's Hope So.