Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cheers! 5 Years!

Hello Lovelies~

I hope this week finds you doing well out there! This is a milestone post for me. Why? Because with this post I have been blogging here at Stapelia for 5 years. That's a good long time for a blog to last and so many things have been shared with you loyal readers. During that time I: started an art print business, a photography business and a vintage men's goods business, I have had my work published in The Huffington Post and Laughing Squid, I have collaborated on over 200 conceptual photography projects, I got an actual photography studio and my work has grown by leaps and bounds! This is a perfect time to take stock in my progress and I am very proud of all I have accomplished with the help of some pretty amazing people. Most importantly, I still love doing it, so here's to 5 more!

Speaking of business, there's so much to share this week! I mentioned last week painting that parasol for that children's hospital out in Seattle. Well, that is done and is winging its way out to the West Coast and I am really pleased with how it came out. Take a look. Fun, huh? I hope it adds a bit of cheer to that space and helps them raise funds for such an amazing place.

And I mentioned last post that I had found an amazing piece that I would be offering very soon in STAG. Well, I finally had time to take some shots of it and here it is! This is a vintage Sportsman brand bird hunting coat in amazing condition. This coat weighs a ton and it is fashioned out of rubber and heavy suede with a liner. Those buckles in the front and the name, really give it some great touches. Why is the coat so heavy? No clue. But I suspect it's to protect the hunter from bird shot, which is amazing. Such a neat piece and it can be yours very, very soon.

I am all about neat old pieces this week. A friend recently gave me this amazing vintage doctor's bag that her father used for years as a veterinarian. So much history here and yet the bag still looks great. I cherish this piece, so I decided to restore the leather and brass fittings to make it into a neat shelf piece. I've gathered all the necessary tools to make it pretty again, now I'll get to work. I'll take a shot when it's done.

This past weekend, I went up north to a small town called Monmouth, to see a good friend perform in Doubt. The show was amazing, and I had wanted to see the inside of that theater for years. It is absolutely beautiful inside. Roughly 100 years old, this theater and library were built in literally the middle of nowhere for the people in Monmouth and neighboring towns. The craftsmanship and architectural details were astounding for a space in such a rural area. Wow. People really valued craftsmanship in everything they did back then no matter the location. One of the many reasons I adore old architecture. Take a look at some pics I took.

And speaking of beautiful, here are some pics I took of a beautiful sunset I saw when I was down at my studio in Saco the other evening and also some pretty, fresh flowers. Such a rarity this time of year. I love them.

And speaking of vintage beauty, I want to wrap up with an amazing company I recently discovered that makes gorgeous vintage-inspired signage of all kinds. I found the Sideshow Sign Co. via Pinterest and I was blown away. The website, the fonts, the construction by hand of all these beautiful signs, I was in heaven looking at it all. Some people really just get it. They get great aesthetic, they understand craftsmanship, they maintain a consistent level of quality. This company gets it. Take a look at some examples of their work. Amazing.

Until next time: unpleasant dreams...

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