Sometimes I just sit around watching the grass grow and get entertained by Earl the Squirrel out in the backyard.
Now, as cute and riveting as that may be, sometimes ya just gotta get in the car and GO.
Explore new terrain.
Seek out the unseen and exotic.
So it began yesterday when a couple of my friends and I piled in the big red Durrango and headed north to St Petersburg to see the newest show at the Florida Craftsmen Gallery.
Threading the Needle is a show featuring the contemporary fiber works of Amy Vigilante, Duane Brant and Pip Brant. It runs from June 12- August 20, 2010. There are several reasons to take the time to see this show, in my humble opinion and the dome on wheels made from re-bar and covered with crocheted doilies is number one on the list. It was somewhat magical, to stand underneath the doilies and look around and see all the designs created by tiny cotton threads. I personally collect doilies, as you probably know, and love to repurpose them in my work. After learning to crochet I recognize the long hours of manual love labor that goes into creating each one. Was the artist making the statement that our current fast paced, ever growing society (represented by the shiny red painted re-bar) should take more time to view the world through our Grandmother's eyes? Were they putting a doily on modern times? Something to think about as you wander around through the outstanding examples of art by Florida Craftsmen and women.
Then we moved down Central St to the Gallery of Sebastian Thomas where he shares space with The Crafty Hag- Coralette Damme a very talented artist that I met last year when doing an Art Show in St Pete (it was so hot we almost melted right into the sidewalk!).
I picked up a couple of cards and a block print of a rose beetle. I own a small painting of a vampire that she painted on a found piece of wood and love the slightly dangerous look in his eyes.
After we found some lunch we hopped back in the car and turned south toward Bradenton to try to find a little vintage clothing shop we had heard about. I love a good adventure- especially when I don't know where I'm going or if I'll find something wonderful or unexpected and this was turning out to be a great day, even with the 96 degree heat and sudden rain showers. Fun is fun and we were having a large dish of it! My "art place" was filled up and soon my "Shabby Chic place" was going to get filled up too! (My friend asked me "where was my shabby chic place?" and I told her "it was way down deep in my heart".
Located at 817 Manatee Ave, East in Bradenton (call 941-708-0913 for directions) This is a must see to believe shop filled with incredible vintage clothing for men and women and decor from the past, sewing ephemera, barkcloth, bridal, and everything else you remember from your childhood.
Step inside and be prepared to be blown away by the shear volume of merchandise on display.
In the front parlor on the left is an area where you can try on vintage flowered hats and giggle and play while admiring gloves and handbags of all shapes and sizes, dripping with glamor and style from an era gone by. I was really impressed by the condition of everything I saw in the shop- it was all well taken care of- clean and almost as fresh as the day it was made. Usually time takes it toll on things this old and they are grubby and worn, but all the hats and bags I checked out were in fabulous condition. Like they had just been taken down from a shelf and unwrapped for me to see and fall in love with.
Waiting before you in the next room is a huge assortment of vintage clothing. The tulle skirts in the far corner catch my eye but I have to look everywhere at once and I soon feel a bit of happiness and joy start filling up that Shabby Chic place in my heart.
True Florida vintage wearables and decor.
Lingerie to the right
Be I dream of Jeannie for only $15 bucks!
Oh my heart!
You could stay here for 2 days and not see everything! The owner's Nancy Cobb and "Retro" Rosie Rosanne Dole were very nice and sweet and let us stay as long as we liked. I think I am going back on Tuesday. I think I need me some tulle.
Or maybe something red or aqua!
Don't forget to look up. There might be treasure up there.
Feeling overwhelmed yet? Salivating for more?
I know one of these tulle skirts would go great with my tiara and wings!
Remember saddle shoes?
Or maybe a killer Sinatra type hat?
Just one backward glance until the next visit...I can't wait to go back and find more treasure. Now, back to the real world where it's Father's Day and I have to go do something nice for my husband- like maybe iron some clothes or cook a great meal...mow the yard? I bought him a great Hawaiian shirt from Retro Rosie's and a chocolate shaped anatomical heart from a chocolate shop in St Pete. Just what he always wanted- my heart melting in his mouth!
until the next adventure- have a great day!