I did a little wandering on Monday. Me and my iPhone. Amazing color inspirations kept popping up in front of me. I didn't expect that. Perhaps I need to have a camera, not just a phone with me at all times.
Ovarian cancer took our mother in 1976. We were all devastated, especially my Dad. Then this redhead drove a California Cadillac into our Montana Dad's broken heart. Ah, Nana. That was 1978.
Fast forward to the fall of 2012. Dad had headed for heaven several years past. At the age of nearly 99, Nana left this life for the same destination. Even though we were prepared, her absence hit me like a ton of bricks.
One of her (most favored) material possessions that she left behind is her "Mr. and Mrs.", a lovely French Provincial chest. Even though I often admired it and imagined what it would look like with a different dress, I would never in all the world make any changes to it. Some things just need to be left as they are. Then, after her passing we realized that the finish on the top was terribly water damaged. New dress for Mr. and Mrs., here you come!
I find it serendipitous that Mr. and Mrs. now sports a Coral Reef dress. While the repaint brought this pretty chest into the new millennia, and the colors were chosen on beauty alone, it seems to me now that the finished project honors the years of marriage that she and Dad shared, Nana's once very (naturally) red hair and the neutral Rushmore top, well maybe those "neutral" hairs that appear on a way too regular basis on all of our heads. Please enjoy.
It's Echo Red 2 Red XC MTB Race week! The population of tiny
town Echo is about to at least double for the weekend. Race organizers, especially
Shane and Stephanie Meyers have been putting their all into making this race
the best ever. Echo Bike & Board is my down the hall shop neighbor. This
business & the bike and board enthusiasts that frequent it are great
neighbors and more importantly Shane, Stephanie & James are good folks. Even
if James has not forgiven me for taking away the beans. Long story. Ask his
To celebrate Bike Race Weekend, we are going to expand the inventory of our our
artisans and showcase a couple of new ones.
is in the house! Not just her art, but Brandi herself. It's going to be loud,
folks. When Brandi and I get together it's always loud. And FUN!
We're also showcasing the ceramic art of Corrine Vegter, Dusty Dog Studio.
It's vintage travel trailer inspired, some wearable, some display on the
tableable, some drink your coffee outofable and all extremely cool. Corrine will be riding in the race while
Brandi and enjoy and introduce you to her art.
Last week a local fellow walked through my door with some
pretty awesome metal candle stands. Jason of MacGowan Metals is going to share
a few of his creations in the shop for the weekend. He'll be back with more in
June. One never knows who is going to walk through the door and what cool stuff
they might have tucked under their arms.
Just who are the usual suspects whose creations brighten
Gathered Over Time?
There's Marcee, homeschooling
mom who brings us the best beeswax based (from Echo bees) lip balm, lotion bars
and green tea soap.
Maria, the paper artist who creates truly one of a kind greeting cards using
Jennifer, the soap maker aka Score Soap. Her cold processed soaps are little
works of art that seem too beautiful to use, but once you do you won't be able
to keep your hands off of them or take a shower without one.
Tina, 2 Cool Creations. Creating jewelry is her passion. Her pieces include
carefully chosen specimens, many that she, her husband and daughter have rock
hounded and faceted themselves. Looking for a statement piece? 2 Cool!
Shelley, a jewelry artist who punches circles from brightly patterned tin
boxes, reimagines vintage beads and baubles connected into perfection for your
neck, ears and wrist. Really.
Bonnie and Sally, a mom and daughter in Montana. Their finds are quirky,
lovely, arty. Ones of their kinds. My favorite picking partners. Next time I
get to go home to Montana I'll bring even more of their finds to Oregon.
Purple Ridge Lavender ~ Some may think of Jim and Sheri as lavender farmers. If
you've visited their farm, you know that they are artists and their acreage
their canvas. Visit GOT for an introduction to local lavender products. How is
it that the scent of lavender can both calm and keep me awake at the same time?
Deanna, Wooly I. Infinity
scarves, fingerless gloves in beautiful colors. Her creations from her very own
sheep! That pretty much blows me away.
Misty, the paint guru. That girl knows how to turn castaway furniture into
drool worthy loveliness. With any luck at all she will have found time to bring
us something wonderful this weekend. OR you might just have to keep revisiting
until she does.
And me. I'm Dottie. I find
things. Wonderful old, nearly old and fun things. I bring them to the shop for you. I change some of them up and leave some of them the same. Jim helps me. He helps me a LOT.
I'm a hunter and re-homer of treasures. I operate an very cute but not cutesy vintage shop in Echo, Oregon and love living with my husband on the dry and windy side of the state. My shop opens at 11 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and some other days when I'm there. We are proud retailers of FUSION Mineral Paint, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, and Junk Gypsy Clay & Chalk Paint (Talk to me about workshops!)
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Come visit us on Main Street in Echo. (Sno Road Winery is right across the street.)When we're not open, I'll be hunting treasures. Contact me if you have requests.