Sunday, April 17, 2011

The rest of my Chicago purchases and some other stuff

OK, before I even begin this post, can I just say how hard it can be to come up with something cute and playful for a post title?  As I'm sure you can tell, I'm losing that battle. HAHA

Now, on to more fun stuff.

Victoria was really hoping I could get a picture of the witches cave that was put into that large encyclopedia I discussed on my last post.  Well, you are in luck. I was able to clean up the picture and even though it is hard to see what all is in it (You looked down into it like you were looking down through the roof), I think you'll get an idea of what the artist was trying to do. 

I promised I would finally post pics of my purchases from Sunday and here they are.  As you can tell, I didn't go crazy buying things. That isn't what this trip was about, besides, I'm poor right now. :-)  I saw a lot of things I wished I had been able to purchase, and there were many promises to the vendors that if I won the lottery that Saturday night, I would be back.  Of course, not a single number matched on our lottery tickets, but we still had a great time.  Now, should that lottery win every come through, there will be much purchasing. HAHA

This is just a group shot of Sunday's purchases.  I purchased the Palm kit from Jan Van den Doel of Holland.  I can't wait to put this kit together. Madam Aspen needs some green in her roombox and this is one of three flower kits I purchased.  I've never done a flower kit before so I'm sure I'll be posting about my progress on it when I put it together.  The four small resin lion heads I thought were just really cute and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them yet. I think they are going to end up in the next roombox.  Details to come when I'm done planning it. 

From Grapevine ( had some great bottles.  They are the same people I purchased the nice basket and two grapevine wreaths from on Saturday.  Every good metaphysical shop needs lots of fun bottles.  The tall one on the back will need a stand and the hook in the cork will have to go as well, but could be really fun sitting on a counter filled with something.

Bear Limvere of Standing People Designs ( does some of the most amazing wood turnings I have ever seen and they really specialize in some unique and rare woods.  His wife does great burning and art on some the vases as well. The vase below is made from White Ebony is hollow, just as a vase should be.  It stands just at an inch tall.  I'm going to be doing a dried hydrangea arrangement in it. This will be used in the back "hall" of my roombox and should look great through the doorway.  I love the play of wood tones in the piece. You can ask Bear and his wife Alisa about how long it took me to finally pick this piece. There were quite a few that I was pondering, but I went back to this one a few times. The shape was just perfect and the colors work really well in that hall. I think some "dried" flowers will look great in it.

The little guy below isn't anything super special, but I LOVED the pose and attitude he is giving. I'm going to repaint and flock him.  I have plans for this little guy.  I'm not going to tell you what they are now because I want it to be a surprise. 

Hope you enjoy the rest of my purchases.  Nothing too terribly exciting, but they sure are to me. I can't wait to actually start accessorizing The Mystic Path. 

I mentioned my next roombox and you have no idea how hard it is for someone like me to not get started on it already. I have to FORCE myself to stick with one project. I just don't have the space to start something else before I complete the current one.  I already have an unfinished dollhouse sitting in my spare room begging for me to work on it. 

Oh so many projects, oh so little time. HAHA!  I laugh, but I'm sure you can all sympathize with me.  I know how y'all are in the same boat as me.

Till later!


  1. Love the glass bottles!!! Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for the cute little kitty cat!!!


  2. Thank you for posting the cave Dale, I would have loved to see it in person. The White Ebony vase is outstanding and the bottles are great!

    I can't wait to see the cat flocking, I did 3 black cats for Vulture's Roost and what a mess. I should have done a Youtube comedy video of it.

    Victoria ❤

  3. Nice purchases - I fear I would have surrendered to that vase, too. The structure is wonderful. Now I'll wait patiently for the flocking results of the cat... ;O)


  4. In case anyone wants to know the Witch's cave was made by Shannon Moore and she is a member of NAME. I saw that build at a local show in Florida and actually got to talk with her for a while, she is really nice and didn't mind taking the time to answer all my little noob to mini questions.

  5. I love the cat and the bottles... what a great buy

    Marisa :)

  6. Victoria, you are too funny. Surely it wasn't that bad.

    Birgit, I don't promise that the cat will be the next project, but I promise to show you something. If nothing else, I'm unpredictible.

    Jenny, thank you so much for refreshing my memory. I tried so hard to get details and info on everyone that I spoke with, but I guess I was a bit overwhelmed. Shannon Moore is a great person and super talented.

    Thanks Marisa! I can't wait to use them in the room box.

  7. Hey Dale!
    So nice to see you in Blogland! Love the bottles! But I'm a bottle freak! I saw mini bongs on Ebay and had to buy 1 in each color! I have no clue what kind of roombox they will go in! LOL!
    We miss you in Posse! Please come back!
    Dancing my way back to the studio LOL!

  8. Ok...sounds like the beginnings of a miniature hippy pad. :-) Lots of tie-dye, beads and cushions on the floor. LOL