Saturday, December 07, 2013

Holiday Hopping Today!

Thanks to everyone who stopped at the Gallery Hop Pop Up Shop or the North Market today! You can still purchase items and request custom orders through my Etsy Shop!

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Smith Farms Cap City #6

Our little cycling team sponsored Cap City Cross #6. It was a day full of sun/clouds/wind but everone had a blast and some bikes were raced!
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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

We put on a bike race!

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Despite the cold, everyone was scarfing down the Jeni's icecream.
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The Mikey's Late Night Slice Truck stopped by.
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candle prizes!
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Monday, December 02, 2013

Johnson Brothers Heritage Hall Collection.

Johnson Brothers China, founded by Alfred, Frederick and Henry Johnson, began in the late 1800s in Hanley, Stoke on the Trent, England. The company flourished and eventually had five manufacturing facilities. It became a division of Waterford Wedgwood of Josiah Wedgwood, Ltd in 1968.
Colonial Broken Dish Pendant

Having established a solid reputation producing basic “whiteware” the company developed a product known as "semi-porcelain", a range of earthenware that had the characteristics of fine china, but the durability of ironstone. This kind of tableware soon became very popular in the United States due to its durability and low cost. The Heritage Hall collection is one of the most elegant pieces of Johnson Brothers collection but also one of the most expensive collections. Yet, it is worth every penny. It looks richly designed and is very inviting to look at. It doesn’t look like it should be in a dining table, it should be on a glass cabinet perfect for tableware admirers.
I listed this and a few other items today on my etsy site.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

This can't be anything but amazing...
Detroit called me for a few days of work and I had time to stop at Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum. It was a store front in the same plaza as a Buffalo Wild Wings's but it didn't disappoint!
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It was stuffed to the gills with coin-operated animatronic dummies, mechanical games and other oddities. It was especially neat to see all the intricate wooden carving and inner workings of the one-of-a-kind machines.
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Passed on this
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Neat drawings of how some of the wooden items were made:
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You can see another of the wooden, handmade coin operated oddities here.
I went to the Henry Ford Museum in the same trip, and you can see the pic from that here...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Henry Ford Museum

I was in Detroit for a weeklong class on automotive maufacturing standards, so it was only appropriate that I stop at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. Named for its founder, the noted automobile industrialist Henry Ford, and based on his desire to preserve items of historical significance and portray the Industrial Revolution, the property houses a vast array of famous homes, machinery, exhibits, and Americana.
I was there only an hour before closing and didn't have much time to look around but had a Dymaxion house!!!!!!!!!!!!! (more here
I'm not one to get 'starstruck' about many things, but I was head-over-heels excited to see this house! I'm pretty into all things Buckminster in general though.
Somehow I didn't get any snaps of the house or surrounding exhibits, but here are a few of the rest of the museum:
Machines are so much cooler when you don't have to depend on them working... #rustbeltexplorations
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They had a large room of fancy cars, but I didn't have much time to see why these particular ones were choosen.
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All in all, aside from the Dymaxion house, I'm not sure the museum was worth the $25 entry, at least not for the hour that I was there. But it might be different looking at machines if you aren't surrounded by ancient machines on a daily basis that need to work properly- though rarely do-for your job...
You can see another fun place I stopped in Detroit here!

Invisible man and invisible Woman

One of the wooden coin operated motion machines in Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum
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After putting your coin in, the you could hear two people chattering and the tea set moving on the table. Could it be ghosts, possibly?
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It slowly spun around to reveal the couple in the floorboards...
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You can see more of the games from my trip here.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Craftin' Outlaws!

Craftin' Outlaws was great this year! Vendors and customers seemed pleased at the layout and I thought the vendor selection was amazing!  If you talked to me about custom order, please see my etsy sight for details- or feel free to bring your items to the North Market Holiday Extravaganza!
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I finally got a Flamestich bag and my first cash sale was had funny things written on the bills!
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Thursday, November 07, 2013