Thursday, April 29, 2010

Season Opening

Well, Sunday was the season opening for the Aberfoyle Antique Market and despite the freezing cold rain and wind, my mom and I took my little Sam to his first of many Sundays there.
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He had it easy... being pushed around nice and warm under his inclement weather dome and asleep for the whole outing. While my mom and I froze our fingers off and questioned both our sanity and whether or not it was worth it.

I did come home with a few great finds though. Just snapped some pictures of my treasures today and thought I'd share them.
First find of the day...

Lovely little wooden ampersand typography block...just 3 dollars!, I love dictionaries, calligraphy, typography, basically anything to do with letters...so when I came across this guy I just had to have it.

My next fabulous find was this mint Samsonite goldenrod train case.


I found it at the start of the day and wasn't sure if I really needed it or not. I wanted it but I had to know what I was going to use it for before buying it. So I left it, and proceeded to worry about losing it all day. I finally remembered this and thought I could transform Mr. Samsonite into a carry all for my small hand sewing and embroidery projects.
And really, for $18 how could I not buy it?

I found this next...

Another lovely little hobnail piece for my collection. Cause that's what i need...more glassware. I could hear Mr. Snips in my head loud and clear...where are you going to put it, don't you have enough, we need a bigger house. Five dollars people! There was no way I was letting this one go.

My last purchase of the day was the camera in the middle.
 
    
A nice Brownie Reflex for my collection. Fantastically dirty on the inside for lots of character in the photos and at only fifteen dollars I snatched it right up. Now I just need to make a new contraption for it and find my tripod...hmmm.






Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Procrastination at it’s Best

I had planned on starting this blog last year.
I was going to use it to chronicle my first pregnancy and all my craftiness. But I thought I should have the perfect header designed first, so I waited until I had the time to design one. Then I thought, maybe I should have a few posts written. But what if I didn’t have anything funny or interesting to say, so I waited for something interesting to happen. Then when something interesting did happen I would wonder if it was only interesting to me, so I wouldn’t write about it.

Then Christmas crept up on me, and for someone who makes all her gifts (and is a born procrastinator) there was no time for my little blog. “January” I said, I will start my blog in the New Year. It will be my resolution...
...January 6th my water broke, two and a half months early. There goes the blog again. I spent the next month on bed rest in a hospital in another city. So now I had interesting things to write about and all the time to do it and no internet access. Crap.

So my little Sam came February 4th.


      A month and a half  early. We spent the next week in the NICU then he was sent home to our hospital here for another week or so. We’ve been home for a while now and we’re slowly getting into a routine where I think I may be able to carve out some time to blog. I make no promises though. I would like to be able to post everyday but I’ll leave that up to Sam.

Now, I have a half hour free, do I write another post or have a nap?...maybe I should shower?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

hello!!

I'm Nicole...aka snips 
I’m an artist
I’m self taught
I love D.I.Y.
I reduce, reuse, recycle and re appropriate
I love thrift shops
I prefer handmade and homemade
I love painting
I like old buildings
I like architecture
I’m generally reclusive
I’d rather be sweating it out in my studio then at some social event
that being said I’m trying to be less socially inadequate
I love flourishes, scrollwork and cartouche
I like calligraphy
I like typography
I love letters
I like dictionaries
I want peace
I laugh at my own mistakes
I sometimes laugh at others mistakes, (I know, I’m trying to stop)
I want people to be happy
I want to make people happy
I love my new baby boy
I love my family
I love my dog
I imagine a lot
I experiment
I love to stencil
I am sometimes too ambitious
I take on more projects than I probably should
I do silly things
I modify my belongings
I try to be constructive with my time...I’m not always successful
I like old school video games
I like robots
I think the tv shows and toys of my youth are way better than what kids have now
I’m addicted to gummy bears...nom, nom, nom
I love my spirograph
I love paint drips and splatters
I love graffiti
I love anything that sparkles, glitters, glints or shines
I love spray paint...it has become an expensive addiction
I love swings and playgrounds
I hate the thought of growing old
I don't like to ask for help
I like to leave art analysis to others...
the only thing that matters is the art
I paint things that I think are cool, 
if other people think they're cool, that's cool