Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Gallery

My dad was in the Army and stationed in Korea from 1956 through 1959.  During that time he did some shppping and sent some of his purchases home as gifts to family.  He sent a silk embroidery piece and two tapestry pieces home to my grandmother.  Those pieces were placed safely in storage for all of these years, and recently ended up in my possession.

So, to Framestyles they went for framing. I picked them up last week and hung them in my dining room this afternoon. I really like that shop.  I can walk in with an idea in my head of what I want.  I tell them and they immediately understand and start pulling samples.

I put the new-to-me pictures on either side of the farmer painting I hauled back from a trip to China.  I love them.

(Sorry for the annoying logo, but I have been discovering my photos on a number of other blogs.  Good grief, like it is their house.)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Look Up

I've introduced you to my hallway before.  Actually, I've introduced you to the doors of my hallway.  There are a lot of them.  But, what I haven't mentioned before is there is also a lot of wall space.  Albeit above the doors.

I have also talked about my collection of vintage Minneapolis postcards.

One day I found myself staring up at all the empty wall space and it dawned on me.  That would be the perfect spot to display my collection of postcards.  So, I've started moving the postcards I have framed, up there.  And as I add frames, up they go.

The doors are looking good too, aren't they?

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Doll School

I just picked up this newly framed print.  It will hang in one of my guest bedrooms.

I saw this print many years ago in a catalog.  Of course, I lost the catalog and never saw the print again.  One day when I had too much time on my hands I decided to do an internet search.

Lo and behold I was able to track down The Doll School by Walter Osborne to the National Gallery of Ireland. And as luck would have it they sold copies of the print....and would mail to the U.S.  My print arrived under a week after I placed my order online.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Tappan Deluxe Advertising

Just nabbed this off of Ebay. It will go in my kitchen.

That's the end of the Tappan fun stuff. Now I'm limiting myself to only stove restoration items. Really.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Postcards Home

I have a collection of vintage postcards.  I started collecting them when I lived at my old condo near one of the local lakes.  Now I live on the other side of town near a river and a very cool waterfall.  Both of these parts of the city have been tourist destinations forever, so there are some great postcards to be found.

I get my postcards framed as I have funds and time available.  Eventually, all of the framed postcards will cover a wall going up my stairs.  I recently added a few more to my collection.  All of these new additions date from the very early 1900's.  Sometimes the back of the cards is as entertaining as the front.

Trivia - For any of you that followed the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis back in the summer of 2007, the bridges that appear in these postcards are just south of that bridge.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Beijing, Then & Now

I'm not sure what it is about the Olympics. Before they start, I could not care less about them and have even less interest in watching them. Then one night when nothing else is on, I get sucked in. Pretty soon I'm up at 2 am cheering for a team from a country I can't even find on a map, competing in a sport that I didn't know existed. There's no explanation.

It was fun to see the coverage on China though. 15 or 16 years ago, I spent 2 months backpacking through China. I'm pretty much of a purist when it comes to my house. But, this doesn't extend to the art decorating my walls (and floor & shelves). All of the art was hauled home from trips I have taken. A large chunk of it is from China. The art & craftmanship (and price) was unbelievable. With the exception of the rug & the terracotta soldier, I met the Chinese artist that created each item and in the case of the reverse painted bottle, watched him do it.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Crown Point Framed

I was sorting through some older photos and ran across this pic of the second print I picked up on my last trip to Portland....framed.

I think I forgot to post this one when it came back from the framers.

Same artist, obviously, as the first. Very bungalowish, I think. One of these days I may actually get them on my office wall.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Travel Prints

This afternoon I picked up from my framer a print I bought while in Oregon. I dropped the print off before Christmas, and I spent a long time finding the perfect frame. I think it turned out well. I have a second print that I dropped off today to be framed using the same frame.

These travel prints are created by a commercial illustrator named Paul Lanquist. He fashioned them after illustrators' work from the 1920's, 30's & 40's.

The prints remind me of Works Progress Administration (WPA) art of Depression era projects, and I think they fit well in my bungalow. He also has prints of the Timberline Lodge (I visited it, but I vow to stay in the lodge sometime before I die) and the Oregon Coast that I may add to my collection at some point.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Melting Goodness

I ran across this vintage poster at a local antique store. They had a pile of similar small posters that were once used as advertising for a commercial Betty Crocker, I think.

I spotted this one because it has a design in the same colors & style as my kitchen will have when it (finally) is done.

One of these days I'll get it framed to hang on the kitchen wall. I have a sneaky feeling that I'll develop a craving for eclairs shortly thereafter.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Vintage Postcards

In my last post I mentioned that I had purchased a couple of vintage postcards at the antique store, Pines-n-tiques.

I've collected postcards for 15 yrs or so. I choose a couple well known tourist attractions near my house and focus on finding postcards with images of those places. I have maybe 10 postcard with the image of a lake that was close to my old house. So far I've collected 5 or 6 postcards with the image of a waterfall that is in the general area of my current house.

I'm pretty picky. The postcard has to be in excellent shape, have writing on the back, have a date stamp, and be under $3.00. Having "rules" makes collecting a bit more of a challenge.

Every few months, I have another postcard framed.
Eventually, the entire collection will be hung on my stairway wall.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Paint By Numbers

I ran across this idea months ago and just never got around to it.

Tomorrow I am sending in my order form for a paint by numbers kit of my house. You send this company a photo of your house (or whatever) and they create a paint by numbers kit for you to complete.

I use to love those kits when I was young, so I figured it would be fun now. Ok, I admit it. I'm a geek. They aren't cheap at $60 for a 11/14 canvas, but it will keep me out of trouble for a while and that's worth something. The kit includes the numbered & outlined canvas, 42 paints, and brushes.

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