Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Artist Spotlight: Moondog Cottage

One day last fall a woman visited our shop wearing the most darling vintage halloween postcard inspired pin. I complimented her on it and she shared that she was the artist. Fortunately for mom and I, when I contacted Sheri Harney this summer she was willing to consign her beautiful Moondog Cottage creations in our shop. I wanted to share her creations with all of you and she has graciously agreed to share a little bit about herself and her creations below. If you have a chance, be sure to visit her open house!

It's really amazing how I started designing jewelry. About 25 years ago I went to a small fair one summer with a friend. She bought me a small pin with a Jack-O-Lantern picture in it. (I love Halloween things!) It was glass on both sides and had a metal "frame" around it. I thought it was just the neatest little thing and tried to find out for years how it was made and finally just gave up. (I still have it!) About two years ago while browsing the internet I came upon some pins like that once again and found out it was actually soldered. So I read all I could on soldering and took a class at a local stained glass shop. After that I took a couple of classes on jewelry making and then started doing my own thing.

I turned a spare bedroom into my "Jewelry Room". Although the rest of my house is usually spotless, this room is always a mess! But somehow looking at piles of jewelry pieces inspires me. Sometimes two pieces will have accidentally landed beside each other and I'll think, "Hey, that looks good together!"

My mother has always been very creative. She has always encouraged me in whatever I've done and helped me in any way she could. I think I got my "creative gene" from her. I've dabbled in almost everything… painting, photography, working with clay, you name it! My husband is pretty encouraging too and sometimes will give me advice on a piece. I'm very lucky!

I love working with antique pieces and find them very inspirational. I always wonder who had them years ago and what that person was like. I've done quite a few pins and necklaces for people using their parent's and grandparent's old photographs. People usually give them as birthday and anniversary gifts. It's always very rewarding when they get back with me and tell me how much the person loved it and what a personal, one of a kind gift it was.

The most exciting thing I have going on right now is getting ready for my second "annual" Moondog Cottage Trunk Show which will be July 18th! The first one was a huge success and I'm really looking forward to this one. We'll have fabulous desserts for everyone while they browse my jewelry which will be displayed on glass cake stands and this year I'm also featuring Janniev's birdhouses and folk art pieces from Tole Mountain . It's advertised in the July and August issues of Romantic Homes and also on my website for anyone who's interested in coming!

Sheri's Bits of Bliss!

  • Curling up with a good Stephen King novel at night

  • My friend Sherrie's homemade white cake with white icing

  • Listening to Garrison Keillor tell a story

  • Kissing my husband goodnight

  • Sitting by a roaring fire in the fireplace & watching the snow fall outside

You can come see some of Sheri's Moondog Cottage creations at our shop, Trendy Bindi's Boutique in the Stetson House in Waynesville, OH or by visiting one of these sites below!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Carousel Organ Association of American Coming to Waynesville, Ohio!

I just wanted to share this press release with you because it looks like this is going to be a lot of fun!

American Band Organs, European Fairground Organs & Monkey Organs Coming
to Waynesville in August

The weekend of Friday, August 14 –Sunday, August 16 the Carousel Organ Association of American will be coming to Waynesville. On Friday and Saturday, vintage and new organs will be on the grounds of Der Dutchmen Restaurant. Free admission for all would like to attend. During the entire weekend the Monkey Organs and their grinders will be performing along historic Main Street in Waynesville. Shows start at 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Friday, 10-5 on Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday. Come out and see these wonderful old and new instruments as they were performed in the early part of the 1900’s in such places as ice rinks, dance halls or carousels. The Carousel Organ Association of American is dedicated to the preservation and demonstration of the American Carousel Organs, large European Fairground Organs and all types of Monkey Organs. For more information on Waynesville and their events visit www.waynesvilleohio.com or call 513-897-8855.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bits of Bliss: Come to a Garden Party!

From the sign across in this picture, we have Diana Knowlton, Marilyn Foskuhl, Nikki Taylor, Toni Bailey and Loretta Liesch giving you a preview of the hat show!

You're invited to a garden party!

Today we had wonderful lunch with some lovely ladies at the Hammel House here in Waynesville. These ladies are members of a women's group at the Greenmont-Oakpark Community Church in Kettering, OH called WINGS, short for Women in God's Service.

They have very graciously invited us to participate in their annual garden party, which will be held August 15, 2009. They will be having a fashion show with our vintage hats and their tables will be quite lovely covered in some of our vintage tablecloths.

If you attend this elegant affair, you will have the opportunity to purchase any of our items on display and 10% will go back to the ladies to help them raise money for their group. In addition to the fashion show, there will also be delicious food and drawings!

If you are interested in more information on this event please call Nikki Taylor at 1-937-427-1774.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Today's Bit of Bliss: Our First Blog Award!

StunningAnnaK (stop by her blog) has very sweetly awarded us the Lovely Blog Award, our very first award for our blog! We are terribly excited about this (thrilled really!) and will be passing this along to 10 other worthy bloggers! (These are in no particular order)

  1. Fairy Dust Dreams

  2. Anna's Trunk

  3. Sugar Cookie Dolls

  4. Vintage Roadside

  5. Moondog Cottage

  6. Black Feather Farm

  7. Counting Your Blessings

  8. A Field Journal

  9. Pink Butter Creme

  10. My So Called Junky Life

One Lovely Blog Award Rules of Blog Award Acceptance:

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.

2. Pass the award to 10 other blogs that you've newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.