Thursday, September 20, 2007

Completely Mad for Ephemera!!!!!

Tonight in the town where I work it was Ladies Night, so the stores were open late. Jane and I zipped over to the antique shop. It was a slight bust except for this picture!!!!!! This is one of the most unique wedding pictures I have seen. (Click on this picture to see it up close!!!!!)
Over the past few weeks I have been going insane with ephemera collecting. Here are some of the things I have recently acquired. Above is a darling card, and so a new category is born, greeting cards from the 1940's through 1970's with cute children images!
There there was the above, a whole deck of playing cards with little Miss Apple on them!!! Isn't she just a dear?
I am usually not one for little baby stuff, but this was too cute to pass up!!! (Karen I am saving one for you. I got a pack of these!)

All of sudden today, the need for vintage Christmas ephemera has struck!!!! Above is a darling card we found tonight. Now, I am on the hunt for more kids Christmas cards and vintage Christmas wrapping paper. What a fun hunt.

You know what I really want to do tomorrow???? Drive around Indiana and go to lots of antique shops!!!! Alas, I will be going to work.....hopefully this weekend I will start using some of this ephemera in some sort of artistic expression. Stay tuned.

Lastly, is anyone else in the same boat with me? You know, the boat where you could look at this kind of stuff all day, dream about, plan trips to antique shops, and just generally go insane for this?? Please tell me I am not the only one!


Trixie said...

I too am completely mad for ephemera. I want to quit my "day job" and just be an art junkie. Then I will open up our store were we will invite guest artists to teach and inspire us. Or maybe, no store, just trips to buy stuff BUT we have to save time to create as well. I absolutley LOVE the wedding shot!

Donna Layton said...

Oh yes, my dear, I am not only on that boat, but I am the navigator! I cannot possibly fill up my need for old stuff. I've been particularly enamored of images from the 40s and 50s lately. Even some from the 60s. I can't get enough and my every thought revolves around it. I guess we've found our passion!

Karen said...

Oh no, you are not alone in that boat my dear..........I am right there with you! I could sit and stare at those baby images all day long!!! I am so drawn to them. They remind me of simpler time of life. So innocent and sweet. And I love that wedding photo. How precious is that??!!
Have fun creating this weekend. I look forward to seeing what you all you make with these great finds.
Love, Karen

Beth said...

Are you kidding me ??? You know you don't have to ask me that question.
When people ask me what I do, I'm stumped for a minute, not sure if I should answer with, "I live for antique shops" or "you can find me at any estate sale" or "did you know that flea market in my middle name ?"
I'd like to use the word "ephemera" in describing myself, but some people might confuse that with something that has to do with a mental hospital and their only response would be, "uh, okay".....and then they'd move on.
So my builder who is a wonderful man has told me to try this....when someone says, "so what do you do?" we should all answer with, "anything I want to!"

Laura said...

Trish, Donna, Beth, and Karen: I know you guys are in the same boat with me!!!!!! I love that Donna says that she is the navigator of the boat!!!! I am so happy that we are able to collect this stuff!

Mrs.E said...

You are not alone :) I love using ephemera in shadow boxes and adding little trinkets here and there. Also I paste them to framed painting canvas and glue ribbon and lace and all kinds of things. Wouldn't it be great if visiting antique shops for fun was an actual job in itself? Where can I apply for that job? Wishful thinking I know.

Been enjoying your blog very much. Will visit often :)