A Very Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
I'll be posting these things to my website soon......Christmas is coming.......
I'm trying my best in light of my computer crash!
My intention was to offer them on the website but then the unthinkable happened: my computer crashed in a very big and very bad way. I lost all photos I had taken of all the wonderful things I was going to post to my site. It totally ruined my calendar and schedule, and I've been trying to play catch-up ever since.
I am now trying to work on my Christmas mailing to customers which, by the way, should have gone out the last week in November. But, alas, my address book was "locked" in an application that could not be accessed. It has finally been retrieved!
I am still trying to work on the web update as well, but with Christmas just around the corner and so many things yet undone, I'm not sure when it will post.
I will let everyone know when it happens.....Thanks for your emails asking about it...I appreciate your loyalty.
Friday, November 6, 2009
I'll also be doing up a tree in red and, red and white, children's mittens and stockings....as well as some wonderful red doll and children's dresses. These are all recently acquired from an estate.
The Heartland Antiques Show is one not to be missed. It is held at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Richmond, Indiana. Show date is Saturday, November 21. Doors open at 9:00AM.
Do stop by and say hello!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I know I've been remiss in my job of posting, and for that I do apologize. Life has been so very hectic as of late.......Am just back from vacation on Cape Cod and am getting ready to leave for Manchester, New Hampshire and the exciting array of antiques shows that take place throughout the entire week.
I'll be doing Nan Gurley's Americana Celebration Show at the Deerfield, NH Fairgrounds. It opens on Tuesday morning, August 4 with "Early Buyers" at 8 AM. If you are planning to come to Antiques Week in New Hampshire, Nan's show is not one to be missed! I've been doing it for many years now, and I am always amazed at both the quality and affordability of antiques that are offered at this show. My booth is in the fourth or very last log cabin on the fairgrounds.
I'll be bringing several signed tow grain bags out of my personal collection as well as this fabulous Black Cat Hooked rug that was recently featured in Trish Herr's book on Southeastern PA hooked and sewn rugs. Notice the border of doves facing each other with the lone, large feline in the center surrounded by stars. What a graphic piece.
Shows Start on Monday with the famous "Pickers Market and continue throughout the week culminating in the original NADA Show on Thursday. It's a week filled with wonderful, quality antiques and is not to be missed. One can actually get "overload" if you can believe it so our plan has always been to do the shows in the morning and go to the beach or Portsmouth or the lower Maine coast in the late afternoons and evenings as a way to "wind down". It's sort of a win/win situation: antiques all week long with the beach and museums thrown in as extra perks. We work hard so therefore we play as hard, trying to jam as much as we can into this week that we usually come home exhausted.
Do stop in and say "hello" if you do attend. And for those of you who cannot, I'll try to report on the week when I get back.
I hope to see you in New Hampshire!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The album itself, is French in origin and simply beautiful to behold with an applied medallion of gilded and embossed flowers and vines surrounding the central figure on its very colorful calico paper front cover.
Inside, we are captivated by the family record contained within. On the first page, and continuing on to the second are (I would venture to guess) the locks that represent the maker's family for we have listed "Father, Mother, Walter, Emma, Abbie, Nellie, Georgie, John & Lizzie.
Continuing on we find the locks of Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, cousins and friends. There is even a white lock labeled "Mrs. Andrews, 100 years old", as well as a lock from a visiting friend from Germany.
The origin of preserving the hair of loved ones is centuries old, and was usually done as a way to honor and remember the dead. This was mostly done by placing it in a specially crafted piece of jewelry.
Such jewelry was also fashioned into love tokens given by the living to a paramour who may be going off to battle, on a long trip or just as a reminder to be kept close to the heart.
In the 19th C it became a form of fancy work that was done by schoolgirls and young women as keepsakes and mementos of friendship. The pieces that we find today are as varied as their makers: friendship albums filled with finely worked hair pieces as well as water-color art;single leaves of paper fashioned into hands holding hearts entwined with tresses; verse-filled albums;beautifully documented family pieces; as well as those simply filled with locks of hair.
They are a glimpse into the maker's life, a document of her family and friends to be passed through generations to give the viewer a small window into that life and, in that instant, she is as real to the world again as if she were standing beside them.
I've yet to decide what I will be doing this piece, although I am adding a new page to the website called "Ephemera, Books and Interesting Paper" so I just might save it for sale there.
In the meantime, if you have not already done so, I recommend that you read "On Women and Friendship: A Collection of Victorian Keepsakes and Traditions" by Starr Ockenga. Not only is it well written, but it contains beautiful photographs of all manner of charming keepsakes, including hair mementos.
Monday, April 27, 2009
As many of you know, I manage a small 25 dealer country antique show called The "Heart of the Valley" in Bethlehem, PA that benefits our local NPR affilliate, WDIY 88.1FM. We have put it to bed for this year, and I would like to thank those of you who made it a point to attend. For those who could not due to time and distance, I've posted these photos for your perusal...I wonder whose this booth might be......This show is a small but mighty show according to the reviews it gets from both its loyal customers, dealers and trade papers.....We have great volunteers who make it a pleasure to do and attend. My husband, Tom Kort, provides the soundtrack that keeps people's toes tapping all day long! It's hard to believe that next year will be our tenth anniversary!
Isn't the costume in this photo simply to die for! It was offered sale at the show and there are still pieces available. This is another photo of my booth, so just contact me if you are interested in finding out more about any of these pieces.
This is just a smattering of what was offered......I'm getting ready to leave to do a show in the Shenandoah Valley which opens on Friday, so I'll have more to post upon my return. But speaking of postings......I've posted a small update to my website www.TheCatLadyAntiques.com
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I'll be updating soon.
In the meantime, HAVE A GLORIOUS EASTER DAY!