My mom and I hit one of my favorite local antique shops last week in hopes of finding a few furniture pieces for the rooms we were working on while she was visiting. As I shared earlier this week, we found a new art cabinet for my studio, which was on the list…
…but we also found a few smalls. (“Smalls” are just little things, accessories, that you find at an antique/retail store.)
One thing I miss about having my studio, selling online, getting ready for an antique fair, etc. is shopping for smalls. I really don’t need much for my current house, since I already have years of collected smalls. I could probably stand to sell some, even! So, I try to stay focused and not buy things just because I like them. I try to think of how I’ll use them to make sure it’s not another thing that will end up in a cabinet or drawer. (Remember how I like empty drawers and cabinets?)
But, I did find a few things I thought I would get some use out of.
First, these paper letters were $6.00 for the lot. Aren’t they cute?! They look like flash cards, but they are just individual letters and a whole mess of them.
I might do a few projects with them and/or use them for photo shoots.
The second thing I got was a little metal tin to turn into a mini-palette for oils. I’ve seen these little “travel palettes” made in Altoid tins and the like and thought it would be fun to make one. My mom pointed out that I could just get an Altoid tin.
“Yes, but then it wouldn’t be blue and it wouldn’t say ‘Nail Box’ and ‘American Steel & Wire Co.’ on it!”
Come on, mom! Don’t you know me?!
I’m planning to just clean it up and cut pieces of palette paper to fit inside.
One thing I would like to work on is integrating art into my daily life. Currently, most “art” and design work happens in my studio at set times. I’m not one who would pull out a sketch book to do a quick study or practice. I take sketch books waaaaaay too seriously! Even as I’m sketching, I think about the embarrassment of someone finding my horrible drawings. Anyway, all of that to say that I want to be ready to create on a small scale, wherever and whenever!
I also bought this beautiful, small wood box ($9). It has the prettiest patina…
…and brass details.
I’ve been looking for a shallow box, also to use for art. I can set up pastels or oils or whatever inside and it’s a great size to act as a palette and easel on the go. It even has a little removable tray. I’ll have a small piece of glass cut to fit inside and remove the velvet and it’ll be good to go!
Lastly, I bought this crayon box ($20). I just bought it for general art supply storage, which is fitting, since it’s a crayon box! Can you see the box/art supply theme going on, here?
I have a lot more to share about my mom’s visit. Our productivity included making drapes for my bedroom, living room, and kitchen eating area. We made the tie-up linen shades for three of the windows in the studio (we ran out of fabric or we would’ve done all six.) We painted the playroom walls a dark gray and did tons of organizing in that room, the garage, and some in my studio. We also, finally, painted the last wood studio wall. I’m sure I’m forgetting some things, but I still have all of that to photograph and share.
Oh, and before I go, tomorrow, February 2, at 11:00 CST, I’ll be teaching a MMS Milk Paint live demo on the MMSMP Facebook page. Hop over and join me, if you can!