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Calling all Weirdos!!!! Wait, I need to specify this… let’s reduce that down a bit and get a little more clear on the term weirdo. I might get what I’m not looking for around these parts.
I am a quirky, kitschy crafter. There, I said it. I admit it. And I embrace it.
My vintage loving, thrift store hunting, estate sale rummaging, and unashamed dumpster diving lifestyle is fun, exciting and thrilling to me. But rarely are those around me who get it.
I recently reached out to Magpie Ethel, who’s crazy collections, and frivolous creations are the stuff of my dreams. Her crafting studio is up there with Amanda Hayslip in my eyes. These women are my role models. I asked her how she gets people to “get” her work. She told me she was lucky that her community was very accepting and vintage loving.
They make their art, carefree and unashamed of these odd ball and unique creations, that exist only to bring joy and whimsy into the world. I’ve struggled to find my artistic voice, but when coming across these Instagram feeds and blogs finally proclaim in my heart and mind, “Yes, there ARE others out there!” Safety in numbers, I suppose.
So this is a plea, for weirdos like me…..(that sounds a lot like a punk rock lyric) who love to craft with vintage found trinkets, and ephemera. The ones who want to collect boatloads of “good junk” as mom would call it. Yacht sized collections of nothing but vintage gumball and cracker jack charms, costume jewelry including earrings with screws on the back that may or not be missing their mates, and other trinkets that once graced the shelves of a vintage dimestore for only 10 cents. Like those items, I am getting more valuable with age.
I’ve been trying to make this surprise ball… or Nicolyndime Prize Puffs (my husband thought up that name) thing work out for some time. But in reality, I haven’t REALLY been trying. I’ve done little to get it out there, and it’s not for giving up or failure of the idea. In fact, soon I’ll be posting about why I’ve had to back burner this idea for a while.
But like a dog with a bone, I’m not going to give up this idea. I’ve got some new plans in my mind. I’ve got some new paths to pursue, and I’ve gotta figure out to work it into my crazy busy schedule! (Trust me, it’s a very good crazy busy.)
Back to the plea…. If you are like me… I want you to “make thyself known” (another hocus pocus reference). If you collect, or sell these vintage trinkets, Hong Kong dimestore stuff, vintage craft supplies, vintage cake decorating supplies, love going to estate sales, or ogling images of vintage collections on instagram and pinterest, or relate in anyway to what I’m talkin about here, please leave me a comment to see your blog, IG account, shop, etc. Introduce yourself please, as I’m looking for a community of like minded individuals!