Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Things I Keep Monday (on Tuesday!) . . .

Another theme you will see often in these posts are tobacco related items.  I have long loved the intricate detailing involved with tobacco marketing (box labels, cigar labels, tins and such).  Combine that with a folk art craft and I really get excited.  Below are two decoupage little bowls that I recently picked up.  This was an early craft that used a clear glass bowl as a base with old cigar labels collaged on the bottom, and then finished with a lightweight piece of felt.  I now have several of these and they have become one of my favorite collections that I am always looking to add to.



Happy Monday!
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Monday, September 15, 2014

It's time for some mid-month releases!


While we are traveling back from the Country Living Fair in Ohio today (thanks to all of you who came out to see us!), the shelves of the Flea Market are still being stocked with some great finds like this rare toy ambulance, complete with gurneys and two sets of opening doors. . .







adorable antique dovetailed boxes with slider tops. . .


a set of Victorian German die cut gift books. . .


a double office punch. . .


two new sets of vintage flower pins. . .


an awesome set of vintage scout goodies. . .


a cute early sewing tomato . . .


an antique drafting tool set in leather case (great for mixed media projects) . . .


a faux snakeskin paper covered trunk . . .


an extra small, glass key, travel Corona. . .


and so much more!!!

The Things I Keep Monday has been moved to Tuesday this week so check back tomorrow!
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Sunday, September 07, 2014

The Things I Keep Monday. . .

I have a confession to make.  I bought this sign for Jared several Christmas's ago.  While he did think it was very cool, it didn't end up in his office (because, well . . . I ultimately control the decor in there too and it just didn't make the cut).

So it ended up in my studio (where he would tell you it was destined to be from the minute he opened it).

It is such a cool piece of Nashville history, particularly since we are on the east side of town, just outside of Hermitage and Davidson Co.  It's probably on my top 10 list of things I own that I jokingly say won't make the auction should I ever be forced to have one!


Happy Monday!  We are off to the Country Living Fair in OH this week.  Come by and say hello!
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Monday, September 01, 2014

The Things I Keep Monday. . .

It's another "Things I Keep Monday" and I'm thinking you are going to start seeing a theme with my next few items as they all are American Indian related.  Photos, baskets, paintings and original folk art - Indian made or related,  have been making it into my studio for a few years now. This stamp set is complete and pristine, but it was the lovely ink pad that "had me at hello".


Happy Monday- enjoy the holiday!
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Check out our beautiful September Kits. . .


Coming tonight at midnight central to jbsmercantile.com  . . .

A Papercrafting Kit full of muted color and some great exclusives (like my new favorite wood veneer feathers and spotted stencil). . .





The Artisan Add On Kit has a mix of more embellishments and an extra stencil (this one is a small cross hatch that I think would be GREAT as a photo frame) . . .



The Antiquarian Add On has a special selection of muted vintage and antique Ephemera and some wonderful school and reader themed accessories. . .


And this month's Crafted Kit is a vision that has been in my head for a while!  I wanted to create a corkboard USA map where I could pin up little flags of all of our travels.  Here is the result!  You get the frame, cork, watercolor paper, stencil and more - everything you need to complete the project as shown (including instructions).  Make it your own by choosing to use only one color, or more muted colors entirely - you can really customize this one!



The Flea Market is JAM PACKED with some pretty cool stuff this month like these little (semi-full) boxes of Dennison products. . .


and antique pencil tin full of beautiful fountain tipped pens. . .


a great Brownie camera in the box with flash . . .

several beautiful Victorian era items this month like this huge blank postcard album . . .

and several autograph books (and don't miss the beautiful photo-packed celluloid covered photo album too)!

You will also find this lovely old stencil brush set (with one great stencil). . .

and this adorable stori-viewer.  And lots more!


And finally we have a great deal on chipboard this month.  My favorite white glossy coated chipboard pieces (easy cover for paper but so perfect for so many more mixed media options).  You get a mix of 12 different pieces for only $7.50!  String together for an instead banner. . .

Looking forward to September.  It's going to be a great month!!

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