Sunday, August 28, 2016

What I've been up to lately

School has started and my life has become a whirlwind. I find in times like these I need to decompress by creating so I got my paintbrushes and tools out. 

I've been busy lately making things for the shop at The Mill. Below is an old tin ceiling tile I painted and stenciled yesterday. I have a couple of bales of hay I want to spread under a tree and they made the perfect backdrop. I'm taking this item in today. 

Several weeks ago I took an old window frame and, using a variety of mediums, created wings and the text "Gypsy Soul." The backdrop in this case is an old iron bed planted in my ferns. This item sold shortly after going to the shop. 

Below is a bottle I found on the side of the road. I wrapped wire around the neck and created wire and button flowers. I wish I'd gotten more photos but it sold immediately when I took it into the shop. This photo was taken with an old rusty wheel barrow serving as a riser. 

Today I'm going by the shop to deliver and fluff. Follow me on Instagram to keep up. 

Hope to see you soon,


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Little Gift That Means So Much

I recently lost my sweet cat Nikka due to health issues. She was a rescue who was very slow to warm up to us but when she did she melted our hearts. I took her to the vet thinking maybe she had kidney disease, common in cats, but generally they can live with it for a long time.  Unfortunately, she had a condition that wasn't survivable and she was humanely euthanized.

Nikka waiting for the vet
My friend Lisa of Daylily NeedleArt knew that losing her was hard on me. She gave me a card and a special gift in remembrance of Nikka instead of flowers. Don't you just love it? It's completely handmade and is filled with French Lavender so it smells wonderful. Every time I look at it (or take a whiff of the heavenly scent) I'll remember Nikka and Lisa as well. 

My lovely handmade heart

I am grateful for good friends like Lisa. 

Until next time,


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Updated: How to participate in a Facebook share party

This is a short little tutorial on how to participate in a FB share party.

1. Go to the share
The share post is usually connected to a photo

 2. Introduce yourself and your page.

You can also post a photo in your comment

 3. You'll  want to hotlink (make a direct connection to another page) your
     page name to make  it easy for others to find you. Notice how holding
     the mouse over the hotlinked page (Wirewood Vintage and Antiques)
     brings up a preview the page and gives the view the opportunity to like
     your page or to visit your page.

    When you hotlink your page, it makes it easy for others to find you.

I got the preview by hovering over the hotlink 

4. To make a hotlink your page, type an @ sign and then your page name
    name of your page with spacing the same way you named it when you set
    up your account.. The text will be blue after you post it indicating to the
    reader that it's hotlinked.

   Example: @heart vintage design.  The spacing needs to be the same as
   the way you set up your page.

   It will look like this when it posts.   Heart Vintage Design

5. Hit the return key to post. You're done.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

Are There Any Original Ideas Under The Sun?

I was at Renningers Antique Extravaganza this weekend and asked a vendor if I could take a photo of a stunning chandelier and share it on my page. When possible I always ask for permission and it usually ends up with a nice conversation and discussion of vintage treasures. 

Well, I didn't get the photo because the vendor was afraid of her ideas being copied and "where I'm from that's called stealing." I promise I didn't get the photo but I have thinking about the conversation we had. It was uncomfortable. I had no plans to copy it. 

I have a few thoughts on this issue. Let me say I have been inspired by others. I have also been copied, which I was unhappy about but I don't own the world of ideas. I put my personality and vision into what I make so no one else can do what I do.  

So where is the line drawn in the sand? In this case the design inspiration is available online. The vendor created a light fixture that used elements of these designs in a beautiful combination. 

Via Shades of Light

Found on Etsy

Via Pottery Barn

My question is this: If someone combines three readily available design inspirations in a charming way is it actually so original that copying it is stealing? Are there any new ideas under the sun?