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  • VINTAGE EYEWEAR
    Well, you can go get glasses at the local Lenscrafters, OR you can hunt down some spectacular vintage hand cut frames at your local antique shop and have them fitted with your prescription lenses. Or maybe---do both. I have some very normal, "don'-t-cause trouble" frames, and some "in-your-face" frames I like to wear when I am feeling "con cohones" and have had a drink or two. Better to buy "new old stock", if you are going to invest much in the lenses. It is not good to throw money into old frames in bad shape that will fall off your head or lose an arm and need that proverbial piece of masking tape to keep them together. Unless that is the look you crave--the look of half the boys in my nerdy seventh grade class circa 1965. If so, I have an old briefcase and a pocket pen holder I would like to sell you. I'll throw in the slide rule.
  • Lawn art and ashtrays
    Back when guys stayed home more, listened to the radio and do other things at the same time, they probably labored over homemade lawn art, standing ashtray holders, and door stops. Usually they were made out of plywood, then painted. Look for slightly crackled paint. Many of the best of these were old comic strip characters like Jiggs and Maggie, or the ocasional Disney character. Black cats are plentiful. Also Butlers. You do not have to smoke to appreciate them.
  • old silhouettes
    Many of these come from the 20's and 30's. You can often guess the age of the piece by the dress of the person whose portrait it is. Hung together on a wall, they have a wonderful impact.
  • Old cookbooks by local groups: i.e. Grange cookbooks, church cookbooks, college cookbooks, etc.
  • Tacky Souvenirs from old site seeing locales

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January 05, 2012

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Shelly Kennedy

what a wonderland!
thanks for sharing!
(love that CLARKS thread case - i always look at them at the shows..
my sons name is Clark!)

thanks!

Beth L

I am absolutely lost in your spaces and your goodies and I don't want to come out...what fun!

Phyllis Dobbs

The fintage pieces are really great. I especially love all the cubbyholes and storage pieces!

www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawnPcspkEtnFk92lxLF6ISWVnTmF7PbORh0

Barbara.. TRULY AMAZING space! And incredible art everywhere!!! Love little Bitty too!

Wendy Edelson

Wow Barbara.......I must admit to the sin of covetousness, bigtime.....I yearn for high ceilings, storage space....and especially large blank walls on which to put up the art for books in progress! How fabulous your space/s is/are!!!!!
oh...your work looks great , too! : )

Karen Embry

Barabara, You win! Your house and design spaces are wonderful! I love all of the vintage stuff and your mother and grandmother were so wise to live by the philosophy:“LESS IS NEVER MORE, AND MORE IS NEVER ENOUGH.” I am in total agreement with that! I am a "more is more" kinda person too!I just need MORE space ;-D

Elizabeth Dulemba

Gads that is so fun to see!! I especially love your globes. :) e

Brenda Pinnick

I want to come to your house! It's fantastical! One question - who does the dusting? ; ) I used to be a More is never enough kind of girl until we moved. Having to pack everything up made me change my mind on that! Thanks for showing us around, Barbara! Awesome!!

Barbara Johansen Newman

Brenda, you mean people dust????

Thank you all for stopping by my little tour! Nothing like a blog tour to get one to clean out a studio, or, more correctly, to get my husband to clean my studio. He does it, honestly, and he likes to do it! I promise!

D

Love your space and your art. What wonderful goodies!
Paula

sue  zipkin

Barbara, I really enjoyed reading about your studio, I was hoping you were able to get pictures of those ghost upstairs LOL. You are brilliant writer, I love how you are able to make all this stuff work together so well and look so organized. your studio reflects your artwork, which is so interesting and fun. Thanks!!

Joystudio.wordpress.com

Hi Barbara - Best for last! It was a full day so, got a late start on the studio tours. You are an artist after my own heart. The making spaces/seeing spaces, the sense of history, the collecting and the drawn from what was, I relate. This is wonderful and I'm only part of the way through. Amazing art as well and I'm going back for a closer lingering look at it all. Thank you Barbara for the fascinating visit. Well done.

Terri Conrad

Barbara, what a terrifically cool creative space. I love all the vintage storage pieces.
thanks for sharing!

Terri

Cherol Ockrassa

Love the Whimsy and care taken in every detail. Fodder for wonderful dreams. Thank you for sharing.
Prayers, Paint, and glitter,
Cherol

Barbara Johansen Newman

Thank you all for coming to visit and for the lovely comments. The best part about having studios is having other artists in them, if not for real, then for a virtual visit! And I will gladly take prayers, paint and glitter, any day!

Donna Perkins

Loved seeing all your collectibles and work spaces. You are an amazing artist!!

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Thanks for showing us your studio Barbara - it looks fantastic! I could spend hours in there looking at everything.

Diane Knott

Barbara, this is a wonderful space. I have to say, I love your collections and especially that adorable pink-cheeked lady in the photo beneath the glasses art! :-) She actually reminds me of someone I know! lol

Loved my visit!
Hugs, Diane

Cameronkellyrosenblum.wordpress.com

Barbara, I love this tour! I feel like I just got a big dose of inspiration without even leaving my living room chair. Your work space is incredible and so full of color. Very cool to see the variation among other artists' spaces-- I think all but one featured a cute pet muse as part of the studio! We love our little friends, don't we?!

Hope to see you at Whispering Pines this year. Thanks for the tour!

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