1.18.2013

Putting all my eggs in one basket...

Excuse the cliché...its neither a basket...







































nor all my eggs (though I do love my vintage blue teal egg darner...)




but it seemed appropriate to describe the marketing of my art this year.  In the past, I've done 3-4 events each year, a combination of art shows and vintage shows...but this year, I've decided to do one gig...The Farm Chicks Show.

Held in Spokane WA from June 1-2, The Farm Chicks Show is touted to be one of the best antique/vintage shows in the country.  I'm taking the approach that since there's such a vintage vibe to my artwork...and I have this knack with junk...that this would be a great venue for me.











So already I'm in high gear...and thought I would tempt you from now until June with periodic peeks at what I'm creating for the show...

Today's peek...vintage garden journals...





























Made from the covers of a damaged set of 1908 encyclopedias, I combined the collaged covers with recycled papers to create one of a kind journals...







The complete tutorial on how I constructed these journals can be found here...




























I like using the metal paper fasteners to bind them since you can easily add or remove papers at your whim...




















Inside I've added a few extra touches...like card pockets, a cover page cut from patterned wallpaper and a couple of wax envelopes to store seeds or pressed flowers...


















Each cover collage is different and combines vintage ephemera with garden inspired papers...often using pages from these encyclopedia volumes...






































Want to know more about the show...visit The Farm Chicks Show Facebook page for details...
people do travel from all over the country to attend...you could too...

and just to inspire you even more...linking up to Funky Junk Interiors SNS...

9 comments:

  1. I love your collaged covers and the details inside look really great. I'll enjoy watching you make and gather your material for the Farm Chicks Show.

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  2. Just beautiful - I am into eggs at the moment (http://wynvogel.com/iconsawomensjourney.html) so this is inspiration in itself - thanks!! Wonderful!!

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    1. thanks Wyn...and I did pop over to your link - love your artwork!

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  3. Impressive!!! Very inspiring!!! This may just be the year that I take the plunge and do a show or two myself!!

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  4. Oh this should be a wonderful venue for you, Amy! I would love to get there! Great creations!

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  5. Morning Amy, wonderful idea using old encyclopedias. And the 'real' nest! Thanks for sharing, and I'm sure you will have a success in Spokane.

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    1. thanks Emilou...and yes, a real nest...which you can only bring inside if you find it on the ground and abandoned...which I did many years ago...its inside of my ironstone bowl so it holds together...

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  6. I love your journals! I want to buy one for my sister who is buying a small farm! I will get with you on that..
    I would love to go the the farm chicks show! Maybe I can finagle my way up there! You will be a big success!
    xoxo
    Cindy

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  7. I love your journals and am envious that you are going to be a vendor at The Farm Chicks Show! I have some leather 3 ring binders in my basement that were new old stock I bought at a store clearing them out...just waiting for me to fill them. They really don't need much to add to the outside they feel so nice.

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