Design Harvest is a brand-spanking new festival here in Chicago, taking place October 2 & 3. This fest will feature furniture and home accessory makers, vintage and antique collectors, and retailers of the home design industry all from Chicago. Beer, wine, music all on Grand Avenue, between Damen & Wood. Best part: free admission
Vintage-Twisted furniture will be featured in the Renegade Handmade tent! Yes, I’ll be visiting the festival, but my furniture will be there for the duration, in the care of the capable & fabulous Renegade Handmade team. (Thanks, Danny!)
If you’re heading down, let me know & maybe we can meet up. Good chance I’ll be hanging around the amazing Kim Chapman at the Urban Environments environment.
I had such a good time at the Renegade Craft Show this past weekend and met so many great people. Beer, dancing, music, sunshiney days- perfect! Hope you all had fun.
The 2 most popular pieces at the show were this much coveted sugar skull nightstand:
and this sweet little pink & green paisley bookshelf- two items that couldn’t be more different.
Thanks to Albert & Jim, the amazing guys of The Found, in the booth next to me. Not only were they so supportive to the newbie next door, but they also carry unique cards, coasters, buttons, magnets & lots more that I couldn’t live without. I’m still laughing at this card & hope to one day receive it from one of my beloved, evil friends…
Etsy is an amazing on-line community of all handmade and/or vintage shops. The creative artists have provided me with beautiful, eclectic and one-of-a-kind gifts for many different occasions. Watch out, though. Once you visit you might never be satisfied with mass produced gifts again.
Click here to see some of my favorite items on Etsy.
Ooooo! Look at this beautiful Treasury the Cream & Black Bench is in on Etsy!
This chocolate & pink table is finished.
Found in the basement of an estate sale in rough condition, just the way I like ’em. I retained the history of this table by giving it an undercoat of pink that highlights scratches, gouges & divets through the chocolate brown topcoat. The pink designs are my own & hand painted, as always, without stencils.
Want more details? Check it out in my etsy shop or on my website …
Can’t wait to get back in the studio…
I’m so excited about the black nightstand! It’s an old, beat up, Haywood Wakefield that I’m reworking. Studs, skulls & bones- my goth 7-year-old has called dibs. I’m dreaming of sugar skulls and jolly rogers.
The little brown table with the pink medallion is almost finished- just working on the final polyurethane coat. That will be showing up on my website & in my Etsy shop soon.
Vintage-Twisted started in my dining room, while my middle guy, Kyle was recuperating from his second big eyelid reconstruction surgery. We were going to be home for a whole month, yes, that’s right, 30 days, with no one outside of our immediate family coming in and Kyle and I weren’t going out. There were two issues: high risk of infection and ripped stitches from a rambunctious six-year-old’s daily living. So we had to stay close, isolated and quiet.
What would keep Kyle interested for hours at a time, and me, too?
Here’s our solution:
I love the name I chose- Vintage for the salvaged wooden pieces I collect, & Twisted for the changes I make to them.
On hearing the name of my new venture, a friend laughed, “Perfect- you’re kinda vintage, and kinda twisted, just perfect.”
Now, what kind of friend is that?