Monday, June 30, 2008

For the Birds

Last Thursday we studied birds for art camp. One of my favorite things to paint personally! We made this Mommy and baby painting.
A Toucan is always a fun bird to paint. And they all turned out so adorable!
This was a new clay for me, air dry. We made little nest bowls and a birdie for it. Adding the feathers made these little fellas too cute as Mommies! The day was full again and Abby and I were tired, yet super excited by the end of the day. So if you were wanting to get into any of the last 4 classes available, call now and place you name on the waiting lists. The rest of the summer classes are now FULL! Wow! Thanks for such a great response this summer!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

These are a few of Our Favorite Things

We've had a very busy couple of weeks for the summer here at the Flea. Last week the store was looking a bit sad, so we turned to and have re-arranged again. We even had people come in on Monday and say, you've got a ton of new stuff. We just giggle knowing that it's mostly the same, just in a different location and different light it makes it seem new! Come take a peek for yourself!

News From France

Valerie and her family are off to France for a lovely vacation with Albert's family. She's been sending me tons of pictures, but none with her in them until I just had to post this one! She is with her Mom Kay

Circus Fun and ART!

This past Thursday's art camp featured animals you'd find in a circus. I LOVE the circus so it was particularly fun for me! These elephants were inspired by Jennifer Murphy and her adorable pom-pom characters. Did you know that chenilles and pom-poms don't come in gray? Nope. These babies are hand dyed by me. But it was very worth it. Look at how cute they are!At the last Ringling Brother's Circus we attended they had tons of dogs, in costumes, doing super tricks. Drawing a dog is much easier than a horse, so we did these. Oh my goodness did they do well with this project. Max, a 6 year old made this one. Don't you love his ruffly collar and party hat?

Monday, June 23, 2008

Spotted it!

Valerie and I love to look at magazines. We have piles and piles in our homes and at the store. While flipping through Country Home this month I found this page on a Lake Burton home. And look what's on the wall! Our forks! We have those beauties in our store for $45. What a steal! And hung like this they make a fabulous wall statement.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

We've got your flag!

With the 4th of July around the corner, I am sure you are digging out your old faithful flags to wave high. If you want to replace your old one, or need a new one, we've got a great selection here at the Flea! We have new flags that look old, crisp new brightly colored ones, and a fabulous banner size. It's like the one's they hang on our courthouse on the 4th. We have some bunting too. So come on down. I just found another box of fun 4th decorations in the attic too....we'll see what we can whip up with those!

On Safari this Week!

This past Thursday we went on a wild animal safari. Again, 19 kiddos, Abby and I explored the great animals you'd see while on an animal safari. We did a ton of painting, and a little with collage(I forgot to take pictures of our roaring lion paper sculptures!) Here are a few shots of the final products and a few zebras too! What a time we had. See you next week as we head to the circus.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

We Went to the Zoo!

This past Thursday was our first art camp adventure and we went to the zoo! We had 19 kiddos, yes 19. And you would not believe how well behaved these little artists were! Abby and I kept them very busy making collage monkeys, watercolor flamingos and acrylic painting pandas. Above is a great collage of images from the day Valerie put together for me. And no, I did not do any of the drawing for these kids, who are ages 4 and up! They were just very good listeners and fabulous artists! I can't wait to go on Safari next week!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Chaise est fini....

The chair is done! Yipee. My favorite part was learning about cording and making the box pillow for the seat. I will definitely be using those skills later on when making pillows for the store with gorgeous fabrics I plan on getting in France this summer. Thank you Lisa for the thousands of laughs we shared together. I look forward to taking another class with you soon. If you would like more information on upholstery classes, pillow making classes, or sewing classes... please contact Lisa or Cindy at 34 Madison. Now come by The Vintage-Flea and have a seat!