Tuesday, September 27, 2011

House is a wreck . . . but my booth is tidy!

One downside of this business I so love, is that 

so much time is spent on ensuring my 

booths ( whether shop or show ) 

are   "company worthy"   at

all times--and, therefore,

my home is NOT!!!

With three important shows in October, I'm spread

pretty thin.  Today we had to collect a few

items from Pacific Galleries for these

events.  Please see my sidebar on

the left side for information,

dates, locations, etc.

It's so hard to decide what to take and what to leave,

ensuring my booth doesn't look pillaged.

I'm rather liking the curated look,

but wish I had taken a few

other things to fill in.

Oh well, no time for second-guessing now.

Will just hope for the best and 

move forward with show


And since all of the inventory and boxes for these 

big shows is  *staged* throughout our

home,  you  can only guess  (as I'd

never-ever show pics of that!)

just how really bad it looks.  

make "The Hoarders"

look good!!!!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Do we have the *guts* to be in Remnants of the Past Show?

When Judy Watkins first approached us to invite our participation 

in her highly respected show, Remnants of the Past, we were

thrilled!!  Then the reality of the whole endeavor

hit us after we came down from our

beautiful *Cloud 9* . . . .

Questions such as "Can we afford it?", "Do we have enough really

good stuff?", "Can we get the kids to help?", "How do

we price?", etc., kept me awake at night!

Fortunately, our friends Dawn & Jeff from Great Findz 

and Deb & Bob from  Retreat generously 

shared their recommendations and 

experiences from already having done this show.  

Please bear in mind that we are

all competitors . . . and it says a lot about

their character and kindness 

in helping us work our

way through the evaluation!

* * *

We can't thank them enough!!!!!

In addition, we owe a great debt of gratitude to our

newly-made friends at Atelier de Campaign,

for their encouragement and ongoing

advice . . . and a lot of laughs

in between to keep us

so cheerful and 


* * *

Thank you Trino, Johan and Martin--we 

simply can't wait to meet you in

person.  Everything still seems 

daunting . . . but we're

getting our *guts* 

up for ROTP!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

. . . Remnants of the Past Show is in Ormolulu's future . . .

Sometimes . . . even if you're not ready for it, an opportunity

of splendid proportions comes your way.

This is that moment--for us!

Remnants of the Past Show, San Luis Obispo, California.

*   *   * 

Named the Number One Flea Market by Romantic Homes

Magazine as well as top billing from Country 

Living . . . this show offers some of the

finest vendors in the vintage 

industry anywhere in

the U.S.A.!!!!

*   *   *

It doesn't seem real at this point . . . although the

preparation, designing, planning and

physical work are *clearly* real!

Please stay tuned for a few

sneek peeks in the 

coming days.

*  *  * 

Somebody pinch me . . . !!!!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Main Street Flea Market - Monroe, Washington

Here are a few *teaser* photos for the 

Saturday, from 9:00 a.m.

to 6:00 p.m.

This is a *rain or shine* flea market, people. 

Who knows what Mother Nature has in 

mind?  Bring your umbrella, just

in case!  I've got fall and a bit

of Halloween on my 

mind . . . and in

my booth! 

Lots of wire, metal and galvanized goodies!

GREAT enamelware . . . 

 . . . this FABULOUS, primitive, hanging cupboard . . . 

. . . this WONDERFUL, rolling garden table--perfect for an 

autumn display of pumpkins, etc.,  . . . 

. . . and, weather-permitting, this GLORIOUS antique tea cart!!

* * *

We're on the SOUTH side of Main Street.  

Y'all come see us, ya hear?!

Remember, THIS Saturday only in Monroe!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

"Sugar Birds" Diorama . . . and "The Mormon Bird Play"

I recently removed my beloved "Sugar Birds" Diorama from Pacific Galleries.

This old diorama was once part of the Lynden Pioneer

Museum in Lynden, Washington.  

But I received a call from Pacific Galleries, asking me if I still had it.

Evidently a gentleman named Roger Benington wanted to

acquire it for a play he wrote (with collaboration)

called "The Mormon Bird Play."

Here are some of Roger's comments to me via email:

I am a theatre director, playwright and designer. I wrote a play recently with six of my friends in New York called THE MORMON BIRD PLAY and as I often work in Seattle I decided to stick around here after my last production opened in April to see if I could get my play produced. Luck was on my side and I will be co-producing the show with my colleagues at Washington Ensemble Theatre with a cast of local actors. While looking for a taxidermy bird to use in our publicity photo-shoot I came across your diorama of sugar birds. I was so tempted to buy it then but at that stage I had not raised money for the production and had no clue what my budget would be.

When I first looked at the diorama it was obscured by other objects in your stall, and I had one of the folks at Pacific Galleries move them so I could get a clearer view of the entire diorama. It was only then that the title and description was visible. I could not believe my eyes when I read that it came from a pioneer museum: You should know that the pivotal scene in my play happens when the characters turn into birds that manifest themselves as Mormon Pioneer women. It was very hard for me to turn my back on the diorama that day. 

WELL, you can imagine my glee when I read those words . . . and OF COURSE

I returned the diorama to Pac Gal so it could be included in

Roger Benington's production of:

Here is some additional information about the play.  GOOD LUCK, Roger on this unique 

production to be held October 27 through November 21 in Seattle!!!

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Washington Ensemble Theatre curates the world premiere of director Roger Benington’s The Mormon Bird Play.
The Mormon Bird Play grew out of a seven month-long collaboration between writer-director Roger Benington and six New York actors. The script had it’s first public reading at New York Theatre Workshop, but Washington Ensemble Theatre will curate the play’s first fully-staged production, featuring an all-male cast of Seattle actors.
Six actors play little girls, who become birds, who manifest themselves as Mormon temple workers and pioneer women. This is the allegoric dream-world of The Mormon Bird Play, a darkly-twisted new comedy in which ten year-old Ivona--ugly and mute--comes to live with her Mormon cousins in Utah. When she finds an injured bird on the grounds of the LDS Temple, Ivona immediately becomes an object of suspicion, dangerously reflecting the ills of the culture that surrounds her. Can that society suffer a mirror of its own imperfection, or must that mirror be shattered? 
The play is directed and designed by Roger Benington recent Gregory Award nominee (Outstanding Director, Outstanding Scenic Design, Outstanding Production) for his work on “O Lovely Glowworm" with New Century Theatre Company. The production features Devin Bannon, Jeremy Behrens, Barry Cogswell, Ash Hyman, Noah Luce, and Parker Matthews. THE MORMON BIRD PLAY begins its run at Washington Ensemble’s Little Theatre on 608 E 19th Ave on Thursday October 27 and continues till November 21. Tickets are $10-$25 and are available at the door or in advance through Brown Paper Tickets. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com or call 800-838-3006. More information at www.mormonbirdplay.com