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"Happiness always looks small when you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and at once you learn how big and precious it is." Maxim Gorky
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
beauty in a box
In my last post I talked about how much I love the covers on old books and I wanted to talk about another collection I keep, that of old suitcases...I had this old thing I had found in the Sally Ann that I loved and when I started traveling to craft fairs I decided to show off the old beauty and bring her along as luggage...It never got confused with all the other black suitcases and once I started adding vintage travel stickers she became quite a character...I often wondered where else the old girl had been and what stories lay in her lining...On my 40th birthday a dear friend gave me his moms sturdy little cream number with kelly green trim which dates from the 40's...well I got hooked and have since adopted a few more. They sit in my studio containing art supplies and are ready and willing to come along on short trips...my first beauty is a bit too fragile in her elder years to go on any airplane trips but comes along camping in the van or on girly weekends...They definitely DON'T make these like they use to..
I am an artist trying to make a living doing what I love.Sometimes its photography, sometimes needle felting, sometimes painting. I live on a five acre hobby farm in a rural area 45 minutes from Victoria B.C. I was a letter carrier for Canada Post for 10 years and after too many commutes and a few successful craft fairs, I decided to take the plunge and quit to pursue a life in the "starving artist" category. The holistic success has been tremendous. Living and learning along the way about myself, the world, the business of selling your wares and how it all affects you. Its all good.To have the gift of living where I live, and being able to walk amongst the trees and moss is a joy in my life. You can view some of my creations through my etsy shop at www.farmlass.etsy.com