Last week I started Christine Kane’s Uplevel Your Life Mastery program. This is an expanded and updated version of her Great Big Dreams e-course that I took in December 2007-February 2008. One area of discussion in the class revolves around getting in touch with tiny delights; those small things that make us happy.
One of my small delights is perusing antique and consignment stores. I think of it as good practice for the workshop I’m taking this summer with Dayle Doroshow in France. One of our field trips during the workshop is to a local flea market. Won’t that be a fun experience!
Below are some of my recent finds.
The antique silverware drawer tray was found at Still Life Consignment in Hudson. The antique brushes and spool were found at Tables to Teapots in Acton. I envision the tray being used as a shadow box and the brushes and spool as forms for a body.
This old corner shelf (turned upside-down in this photo) is destined to be used in my Historical Interpretations exhibit entry. (Earlier blog entries on this exhibit can be found here and here.) This piece also comes from Still Life Consignment.
The washboard and quills were found last fall at Nestings in Concord. The washboard “spoke” to me the moment I saw it. It was near the floor and leaning against some furniture in a rear display room. As soon as I saw it, a picture came to mind of how it would look it its finished state. I could see a sculpted head and arms. It would either be on a base or hanging on a wall. My friend Judy was with me and in another part of the store. I found her, brought her back to see the washboard and described to her the picture in my head. She simply said “I just got chills as you were describing it. You have to buy it.” And so I did. (Aren’t those fun friends!) The washboard is about 18″ long. When it is finished it will be the largest piece I’ve created so far.
In this last picture are old candlesticks and curtain tie-backs. The antique white tie-backs reminded me of wings. Not sure how I’ll use them…yet. The tie-backs and assorted small goodies (not pictured and including watch parts, metal thimbles, and rhinestone buttons) were all found at Thoreauly Antiques in Concord.