Saturday, September 13, 2014

McDonald's Collectors Club A Fun Organization For Foodie Collectors

Collecting McDonalds Toys And Memorabilia Is A Grown Up Hobby

McDonalds collectors might like poking around a site called McDonald's Collector's Club, an unofficial but fun website for members who enjoy Happy Meal toys, souvenirs, memorabilia, ephemera related to the fast food empire.  When you visit this club's website you will find sections titled "The 1st Happy Meal", "Special McDonalds Glasses", "McDonalds Convention Items" , "Some Interesting and Unusal McDonalds Items and More", "McDonalds Collectibles 1940s,50s,60s. For background and history on McDonalds read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_McDonald's.

I recently added a Group Forum to I Antique Online.com called "Foodie Collectibles" . A young group which is just rooting this is a place for al of you who like restaurant, roadside, fast food collectibles.

Photo shown taken by C. Dianne Zweig at Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT
 
C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Friday, September 5, 2014

Decorating Your Vintage Kitchen With An Adorable Memorandum Holder


Collecting Charming Vintage Notepad Holders

Vintage memorandum holders make charming additions to today's kitchen styled in collectibles and decor from the colorful era of the 1930s-1950s. Popular patterns and themes include dutch couples. Scottie dogs, chefs, fruit, Aunt Jemina, cats, owls,  etc.

In the 1950s, many of these cute products were made in plastic and had other accessories that went with them such as spoon rests, wall decor etc. These sweet accessories were also common advertising giveaways.

Photo courtesy of  https://www.etsy.com/listing/199108222/fine-art-photograph-vintage-look-w?ref=shop_home_active_20

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Downsizing: What To Do With Old Computers and Electronics

Recycling Old Computers And Electronics When You Are  Cleaning Up

Finally, the decision was made to unload the growing mound of old computers and stereos that were taking up a great deal of space in our basement. The "tower" of electronics had to go but where and how? There was a flurry of hope for discarding all this clunky stuff when a Super Goodwill store openedup in our town this summer. But Goodwill is picky and they said nah!  I got a few "no's" from others as well and then learned about the Electronic Recyle Program at Best Buy  and with the help of my son and his friend our stash of outdated computers etc. found a new home.

First Step Before You Trash A Computer Is Destroying The Hard Drive 

In the pile were computer towers, monitors, keyboards, old speakers, broken stereos and outdated electronics of all kinds. My son alerted me that before anyone handed over any
computers, that the hard drives needed to be destroyed. You got to be kidding, ....I had no clue we needed to do that. Nor do I have any idea where to find the hard drives. He did and along with a couple of hammers, my son, his friend and my husband they went outside and smashed the hard drives.

After the whacking party,  my son and his friend loaded years and years of saved electronics to the back of my car and drove it to Best Buy. It was a fabulous feeling....all this plastic and metal junk gone...finally.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Monday, September 1, 2014

Another Whopper Tag Sale At The Farmington Valley Arts Center, 9:00-2:00, September 20th, 2014

Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon, CT Artist Boardwalk Tag Sale: September 20th, 2014



If you missed the Artist Boardwalk Sale at The Farmington Valley Arts Center earlier this summer, you will get another chance to shop on September 20th, 2014, Visitors to this non-profit Art Center Fall Tag Sale,  will find fantastic treasures including brand new art supplies, creative materials, paint, supports, art tools, artwork, decorative items, jewelry and more at amazing bargains.

The last sale attracted a HUGE crowd.  There are over twenty artists in residence who will  open their studios for this special sale. Save the date, Saturday, September 20th, Farmington Valley Arts Center, two floor of great stuff!

Be sure to also visit the fabulous Fisher Artisan Gallery for gifts and functional art and the Drezner gallery, both on the first floor of The Farmington Valley Arts Center. 

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Retro Geometric Patterns Are Popular In Women's Apparel Today

Flashback: Colorful And Hip Geometric Abstract Designs Are Attracting Younger Buyers

Hyannis, Mass has a downtown area which is hopping with cafes, pubs, fine dining and lots of young visitors. Retro designs are back in women's clothing and attracting many younger buyers.  


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Making Handmade Pin Cushions Using Vintage Orphaned Odds And Ends

Lovely Vintage Pin Cushions Made From Odds And Ends

I came across this cute idea while shopping at the Sandwich Mass Flea Market over the summer. This gal takes orphaned "bottoms" of vanity dishes, kitchenwares and odds and ends and uses them as a base for handmade pin cushions. This idea serves as a reminder to think twice about discarded vintage items that may not be in intact. There is a buyer for everything!


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Moving Older Parents: Get All Your Duct Tape In A Row:Tips On Using Boxes To Move Elderly Parents

Tips About Boxes When Moving Mom And Dad 

I didn't start out being an expert on the topic of moving seniors, but I confess, I have become the go to person on this topic.  Not only do I have personal experience on the matter of moving, but  as editor of I Antique Online.com, I manage many group forums on this topic.

Helping Older Adults Downsize: Tips On Moving

If you follow my blogs (or rambles) you have probably already read some of my tales on older adults downsizing. Today I want to discuss BOXES.
When you get ready for the big day (it will come)...transitioning to a smaller apartment or to a Assisted Living facility or other type of residence, you almost always are going to be
taking belongings in both suitcases and boxes.

If you follow my blogs you know I adore     plastic boxes for moves in an assortment of sizes to use both for the move and to keep later for additional storage under a bed, in a closet or in a storage space. Another favorite type of box of mine are FREE empty cardboard boxes from a nearby Liquor store. These boxes which held bottles are very sturdy and small enough to be easy to handle. These can get dumped later!

Cardboard Liquor Boxes

Liquor boxes usually come with cardboard partitions inside. You want to have some with the partitions and some boxes without. The boxes with compartments are great for packing glassware, vases and other items that need a "cushion". The empty boxes work great for books, cleaning supplies and other odds and ends.

Tips On Marking And Securing Boxes When Moving

Now on the subject of TAPE and MARKING BOXES Do not be a fool, use good packing tape to fortify the bottoms of boxes and to seal when the boxes are packed. But my most important tip is to mark the box both on the top of the box and on one or more sides. Since
most movers stack boxes, it is so much easier to figure out what is inside when you can read your labels on one or more sides of the box!


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Campers At The Farmingnton Valley Arts Center Create Jackson Pollock Inspired Abstract Paintings

"Action Painting" At Farmington Valley Arts Center's Summer Camp 

Campers attending the "Summer Arts Adventure For Kids Program" at The Farmington Valley Arts Center  (FVAC) in Avon, CT have created some rather amazing Jackson Pollock inspired abstract paintings. Pollock, was a major influence in the abstract expressionist movement.  In the late 1940s, Pollock developed the "drip and splash" style of applying paint.  Many of his pieces were set on the floor or on a wall where he used unconventional objects instead of paint brushes to drip paint and create what is known as "action paintings" .

About The Farmington Valley Arts Center 

Take a look at these exciting paintings which were made by school age children last week at The Farmington Valley Arts Center, a non-profit center which is home to twenty artist studios, year rounds classes and workshops, a summer  arts program for children and adolescents, two galleries and a artisan gift shop.  For more information visit: http://artsfvac.org/

Readers, what do you think....are these amaizing for young children? BTW....this is not as easy as it looks.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Using Mixed Media Mid Century Inspired Collages To Display Vintage Costume Jewelry


Retro Displays For Old And Artist Made Jewelry

I'm always trying to think of neat ways to display jewelry in my shop Kitsch n Stuff in my booth at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT
 Over the weekend, I came up with yet another kitschy way to bring some life back to old costume or artisan made jewelry.


Cutting Up Old Collages For Jewelry Display

I went to my art studio and cut up pieces of my old Mid Century inspired abstract collages into small sections to use as cardboard backings for vintage brooches and earrings. Besides having a lot of fun with this project, I really think I created some eye catching presentation of vintage jewelry.

Readers, please share ideas that you have used to display old jewelry.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Monday, July 14, 2014

Artist Boardwalk Tag Sale: Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon, CT Saturday July 19th, 9:00-1:00pm

 Announcing 
BIG ARTIST TAG SALE at THE FARMINGTON VALLEY ARTS CENTER , AVON, CT 

I love going to tag sales and I love doing artwork so I'm excited to tell you about the

"Artist Boardwalk Sale" at the Farmington Valley Arts Center (FVAC)  in Avon CT this Saturday, July 19th, 2014.

Original Artwort, Art Supplies, Studio Furnishings, Frames, Crafts, Jewelry, Books and More 

You will find everything and the kitchen sink at this sale. Artists are notorious collectors of creative treasures so you can imagine how much ART STUFF  the twenty plus artists who have studios at the Farmington Valley Arts Center have accumulated over the years. This is the BIG one...the Center, which is celebrating it's 40th

While at FVAC, be sure to visit The Fisher Gallery Artisan Gallery and Gift shop and The Drezner Gallery for the "Words and Birds" Summer Exhibit.   
year is boasting a great indoor and outside sale. Be sure to get there early..hours are 9:00-1:00 at 25 Arts Center Lane in Avon, CT

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Patriotic Collectibles and Vintage Holiday Decor at Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT

Collectible Holiday Treasures at Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT 

If you like collecting fun and colorful holiday themed collectibles, be sure to visit The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT where you will find an exciting collection of vintage and vintage style patriotic inspired treasures in Bruce's booth #65.

This time of year he has the booth decorated with Americana, red, white and blue collectibles, flags, vintage party decorations, old advertising and colledctible novelty items. Bruce changes his display several times a year so it is always a treat to see what hot in holiday collectibles and decor!


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Off To The Beach With A Retro Canvas Mid Century Folding Chair


RETRO BEACH: Take Along Your Retro Folding Chairs

Retro folding beach chairs and picnic gear are very popular collectibles. That is why I always urge people who are out at a tag sale or estate sale to check out the garage, basement or storage shed of a home. Aluminum and webbed chairs from the 1950s as well as wooden armed and canvas beach chairs sell nicely if they are in good condition. Many people have these items tucked away in their homes in surprisingly good condition.

Sizing Up Condition of Old Beach Folding Chairs

 When sizing up condition, check out the wood frame...is it splintering? rotted?  Is the canvas tightly stretched on the frame? Is the canvas faded? Are their any holes in the canvas. Does the chair smell from mildew? Is the canvas original or replaced?

I should add that I have even seen sellers taking off the canvas from a chair frame in poor condition and selling the colorful
canvas!

Question...if you came across the chair pictured, would you buy it and sell it or buy it and use it?

Top photo taken by C. Dianne Zweig at The collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT.
Bottom photo courtesy of http://www.bluecarrotshop.com/?p=482

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Vintage and Collectible Wedding Gifts On Display at Blue House Antiques in Canton, CT

Visiting The Wedding Window at Blue House: Nice Old Things in Canton, CT

When I stopped into "The Blue House: Nice Old Things" in Canton, CT over the weekend, Kim, the owner,  asked me to see her "Wedding window".   Kim created a display of lovely vintage and collectible glasswares, dishes, serving pieces that a new bride would enjoy. As June is a popuar wedding month, I thought the "Wedding window" was a terrific idea for an Antique booth in a mall or for a store. If you were setting up a similar dispslay in your shop.....what would you add to your display?

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

What Would You Do With An Old Rusty Bed Frame: Garden Art or Junk ?

Garden Junk Art Has Lots of Possibilities

While visiting The Blue House Antiques in Canton, CT, I noticed this rusty old metal bed frame sitting in their front garden. I couldn't decide if it looked like an object that needed to be discarded or   a potential piece of garden art which had a lot of possibilities. Junk art in the garden always seems to be acceptable when there are lots of other similar pieces in the same garden area and when the object is used as a plant stand or is surrounded by colorful flowers .

Readers, what would you do with this old rusty bed frame?

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Monday, June 16, 2014

Collecting Vintage Japanese Basket Suitcases


Decorating With Old Rattan Suitcases

When you visit Queen Anne Antiques in Canton, CT, you will find stacks of vintage Japanese basket suitcases displayed in all sizes, in several spots in the shop on route 44 in Canton, CT. April is a collector of these unique carfrying cases which are from the 1940s and beyond. Used for many purposes, these basket weaved suitcases appear to be made from either Bamboo or Wicker Rattan tropical grasses. She has them priced from $35-65.00.

Bamboo Versus Wicker Rattan Basket Suitcases 

If you are wondering what the difference is between Bamboo and Wicker Rattan, Wicker is made from rattan cane and Bamboo is a woody tropical grass which is hollow.

I asked April, what exactly she does with these suitcases which she has collected for years and now has brought into her shop. April said she likes to create vignettes with them and even stores some of her favortite collectibles inside. Many people alsothe larger carriers as luggage and the smaller ones for picnics.

If you know more about this topic, please leave a comment. We would love to learn more.

Photos taken by C. Dianne Zweig at Queen Anne Antiques in Canton, CT

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Autumn Light Studio and Gallery Moves To Canton, CT: A Popular Town For Artisans

Chris and Jerry of Autumn Light Studio and Gallery Host Grand Re-Opening in New Canton, CT Location

Chris and Jerry, (not to be confused with Ben and Jerry), have moved their ARTSY store Autumn Light Glass and Art Gallery from Avon to Canton, CT.  As an exhibitor in this wonderful gallery specializing in handcrafted gifts and artwork, I was a little worried about the move since the orginal location across from Marshalls on Route 44 in Avon was a glorious location for this exceptional artisan gallery. But their building was sold and it was time to make a change. Chris and Jerry made a lot of friends in the area, so they are confident that their followers will joyfully join them in their new location, just a few minutes further on Route 44.
   
Art In Canton, CT


Canton is a very art centered town, so the move while inconvenient... may actually yield more art savvy visitors who enjoy nearby Collinsville and the exciting art, music and   special events which have characterized this picturesque region. The nearby Canton Gallery on The Green hosts ongoing exhibits and events in several galleries on two levels. A new art gallery is opening in Collinsville on Main Street, the vision of photographer Tom Kutz.


Move Phase is Now Design Phase

The new Autumn Light Studio and Galleryis shaping up beautifully as Chris and Jerry have recovered from the "move phase" and are now focused on the "design phase".  Chris has sent Jerry off to work in the Canton Post Office system (where he is now has a fan club) so that Chris can concentrate on creating the elaborate displays he is known for.

Grand Re-Opening Brings Loyal Clients To Autumn Light Studio and Gallery

This past weekend was the grand re-opening of this popular art gallery. A sizable client base came to visit Autumn Light's fabulous collection of hand blown glassware, stained glass, textiles, assemblage art, weawrable art, wood, wire, sculpture, paintings, gifts and more. Chris has once again set up a full service stained glass department as well as ongoing classes and workshops in stained glass art and other areas.

Where to find Autumn Light Studio and Gallery

Autumn Light Studio and Gallery

Chris Hayes and Jerry Scelza
250 Albany  Turnpike (Route 44)
Canton, CT

Closed Sun & Mon. Tues-Fri 10-6 , Sat 10-5

860-674-9869

 (Next door to Allstate insurance in the business plaza).


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

I Antique With My ipad And A Bowl of Vanilla Almond Bark Tofutti

My Pinterest.com Boards Are on Fire!







My I Antique Online.com Facebook page is really started to root. My Pinterest.com boards are on fire! And of course my site I Antique Online.com continues to grow with now over 15, 500 members. So welcome to the world of Social Networking.  You might say that when CNN tanked....my social networking time increased.


On The Couch Antiquing  

Oh I do pause to watch an occasional HBO series or  taped shows of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, but for the most part it is me, my ipad, a bowl of Vanilla Almond Bark Tofutti and my social networks. I love looking at all the photos posted of kitchen collectibles, retro, nostalgia  which come through on the many news feeds I explore.

Isn't It Fun Antiquing Online?

I'm wondering about my readers..... are you spending more and more time on social networks?  Are you  having as much fun as me watching your networks grow and seeing so many antiques and collectibles in such a short period of time. Isn't it fun to go antiquing online?


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Decorating Your Garden With A Chippy Child's Chair


Using An Old Child's Chair As An Outdoor Plant Pedestal

A few years back,  I bought a really banged up, splintered, chippyawfully looking pale yellow vintage children's chair for two bucks at a tag sale. This was a pretty unusual purchase for me, because even though I have written a book about Cottage collectibles and Cottage style decorating, I was never one for buying beat up chairs.


But I thought, hey, let me try to sit this chair on my porch and use it as a plant stand. The chair has been with me now for several summer seasons. The chair has been host to a variety of colorful plants and has even weathered lots of rain and wetness. The chair just seems to survive and gets better and better looking each year!

So after my first experiment with splintered old chairs, I started to pay attention to floral displays at antique shows. Here are some lovely displays I came across last week at The Harwinton Antique Show in Harwinton, C t.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Saturday, June 14, 2014

When Black and White Is All You Need For An Engaging Antique Display


Artsy Antique Displays Which Convey Minimalist Style  

Some people like to stuff their antique booth displays with a lot of collectibles believeing that you need to use up as much expensive space as you can. Other dealers prefer a more artsy look and spend time displaying their objects with just the right balance of interest, shapes, graphic appeal.
I was immediatley draw to the minimalist look of this black and white display at The Harwinton Antiques Show. What do you think...is it too sparse or did it capture your attention and why?


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Industrial Antiques And Collectibles Need Color: Add Flowers To Your Antique Booth Displays

Metal Factory Wash Basin With Colorful Flowers Is A Great Accent To Your Antique Booth

Dealers who sell metal industrial antiques and collectibles know that their booth will look a bit drab unless they add some color. One of the best ways to perk up a booth filled with Factory antiques is too decorate with some live flowers. It seems like such a simple concept, yet many dealers plop their metal  pans, basins, tubs down on a field or in their booth and wonder why sales are slow. Customers need to get ideas....add flowers...and watch your inventory move.


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

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