Thursday, January 5, 2012

"Everything's SUCH a PROJECT," plus Grayslake Preview and Coupon

Another blogging resolution for the new year is to share more about the projects we love to create. We are planning to make "It's Always SUCH a PROJECT" a regular feature. I'm not sure how the creative process works for you, but would love it if you'd share a comment and tell me. For me, it generally starts with an awesome group of parts, like those pictured below.

We bought this box of partially dismantled vintage store displays at Allegan last summer. I already used some of the parts this fall, but wanted to come up with a project for some of what remained.

Problem was, we were missing some critical pieces to actually get the parts to work together again -- some things needed bases, others needed dowels or connectors. It was Joe, Argos Hardware and our scrap metal pile to the rescue, with the happy result pictured below. Our vintage stands are now ready for photos, memos or some other little lovely.

Be sure to come see them in person this weekend at the Grayslake Antique Market. We've got a great load planned with lots of new furniture and smalls, plus tons of containers -- seems like everyone is all for getting reorganized this time of year! Be sure to print out the coupon below for half-off your regular admission too! Many thanks to Zurko Promotions for continuing this popular blogging perk. If you need more information, click the link on our show sidebar.

Yet another blogging resolution was to include more book titles, as we always get lost of feedback on what we're reading. I don't think I used this one last year, but it was my favorite book for 2011:

It's the story of researcher from Minnesota's journey to find a lost colleague. While that might not sound very compelling, all I can say is READ IT for yourself! It is beautifully written. Totally convincing. So what's on your night stand? Do tell. xo


amy of studio four corners said...

love the stands - especially because they are such a mixture of materials - a passion of mine! thanks for visiting my blog -would never have found you otherwise!
amy of four corners design

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

It all sounds great Sandy!
Plan to be there either Saturday or Sunday. See you then!

Happy new year to you and Joe!

The VanderArks said...

Thanks for the behind-the-scenes peek at your creative process, Sandy! I am glad that you will be making this a regular feature of your blog. You folks are inspirational!

Here's some eye candy for you: *The Art of Steampunk* by Art Donovan. The book is a beautiful visual tribute to leading artists of this movement. Maybe you'll find the inspiration for a future project in this book!

See you in the spring! Melissa