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i have been loving my neighborhood lately.  we have a couple of new vintage shops, lots of “old” ones i already adored and a sunday flea market which is often filled with bliss and divinity (like taxidermy birds, old medical equipment, tiny wooden chests and drawers, vintage photos, antique doll bits, etc.).

my mother’s day finds…

a victorian era replica wooden bird cage (a lone doll lives inside currently but i’m going to put our taxidermy bird inside, or the articulated pigeon skeleton… or maybe more dolls.

lovely, eh!?  it’s about 3 feet tall, i’m guessing.

victorian replica bird cage

i haven’t decided if i’m going to keep or sell it, though it’s pretty much grown on me already.

i also found a whole lot of vintage/antique medical and veterinarian tools.  love it!  i’m selling some of these but keeping some.  just have to get the new site up first.

antique medical tools, vintage vet tools

the big, long skinny thing is a bovine piller.  i keep forgetting to look that up.  when you remove the metal sheath, it looks quite menacing indeed.

who wants to go antiquing and flea marketing at the end of june?  let’s make it a party.  🙂

over the next week or three, i’m also going to be painting my studio.  woohoooo!  this is going to be an insane project though (probably renting a POD to keep my stuff in), and i’ll have no art supplies (well, SOME), no computer, nothin’ for a few days as the whole room needs to be emptied.  this is going to get me so organized though!  so, if you email me and i don’t respond, i’m probably suited up in a respirator and gloves to aid against my evil latex allergies and painting away.  all i have to do is pick which color(s) i’ll be using.

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i have so been wonder woman this week!  started back to the home school “thing” (just part time — wednesday will be full time again), completed projects for four web design clients, shipped out heaps of orders, got orders for three commissioned pieces, sold more art than i ever have in one week, got five pieces off to the gallery (including the previously posted crow girl painting) for next month’s show, invented the best gluten free blackberry cinnamon biscuits on earth, started two new books, went away for a couple of days and scored a crap load of divine things at the flea market.  phew!  i need a nap.  i’ve been shite at communication and such though and haven’t even gotten to read miss katie’s follow-up to “the creativity condom” though am doing that NOW (okay, just read it and you must too!  she is a wealth of knowledge on copyright and protecting your art, etc.).  check it out here if interested (there are even alicia-bits in the post!) >>

here is the whole pile, sans the two turn of the century boats i got for my husby (one postcard, one original drawing):

first, three fabulous tintypes (maybe so i don’t scare you off too fast).  i love all of their rosy cheeks:

antique tintype photo of man

antique tintype of baby

antique tintype of two ladies, sisters
the most fantastical antique medical tools (click to enlarge, if desired):

vintage speculum, vaginal speculum, antique medial tool

antique medical tools, surgery, vintage

six GORGEOUS vintage bathing suit photos (if you found these and i didn’t, i would be so very envious!  i think i’ll keep half and sell the other half to share the happiness):

vintage bathing beauties, 1920s erotica, bathing suit photos, antique
some other random photos and goodies (love the key!):

vintage carte de viste, antique key

antique baby cabinet card, post mortem(she looks a bit like a post-mortem photo)

antique photo of girl dancing
and as if the medical tools were not the jackpot, i found this gorgeous taxidermy piece — a lovely pheasant.  he seems to have a great personality.  love that cocky look in his eye…

taxidermy pheasant(nope, we haven’t painted yet — we’re slow!)

taxidermy pheasant

of course i REALLY want to keep all of it, but i’m trying not to be like that anymore, else i shall end up on the hoarders show.  (OH, i forgot to photograph the 3 poison bottles i got too.  whoops!!  will add those next time!)

speculum, anyone?   (i actually found a home for it on a shelf, but am going to try to force myself to part with it)

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