Monday, October 13, 2014

Downsizing Advice For Older Adults: Label Plastic Storage Boxes With Color Coded Labels

Making Your Parent's Move More Colorful: Using Color Coded Labels For Plastic Storage Boxes


Help!!! I am addicted to clear
plastic storage boxes. In fact I think the obsession has spread to my entire family. Recently I joked that the family crest should be a Sterilite plastic container. Today I wanted to remind my readers that when they use plastic boxes for family moves, be sure to label your boxes, preferably with a color coded system to indicate where the boxes will be going once they reach their destination. For example, green=bedroom or yellow=kitchen. I found variety packs of labels in colors at Walmart.

Use Colored Masking Tape To Mark Boxes Fragile

You also should label which boxes have glass items. To mark fragile boxes, I found masking tape in colors also at Walmart. I suggest writing  GLASS GLASS GLASS across the tape and adding this tape (along with the label of contents) to each box both on the top and across the side. You can also cut up index cards in a variety of colors to usse as labels. In this case, you can use Scotch tape to fasten the labels to your boxes.

If you are moving an older adult to an Assisted Living or smaller apartment (or college kids), you may want to also use plastic boxes that can slide under a bed or easily fit into a closet to give you extra storage capacity.

Read more about this topc in my section Caring For Aging Parents: Vintage Mom and Dad

Also visit my site I Antique Online.com and check out Estate Mavens: Help With Estate Liquidation

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

Collecting Vintage Stenso Lettering Sets: The Modern Way To Stencil Letters In The 1950s


Remember Buying "Oak Tag" To Make School Posters Using Stencils?

The days of using stencils for making posters and signs are essentially over since our computers took over that function. I do remember buying "Oak Tag"  paper (poster weight paper) as a child and then laboring with pencils and stencils and then magic markers to create school projects. Truthfully, I'm   glad that part of the creative process has been replaced with more convenient and easier
methods.

Old school and office supplies however are very popular collectibles and this 1950's Stenso Lettering Set wa recently featured at Kelley Street Vintage on Etsy.com


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, October 10, 2014

Isn't Time We Revived The Decoupage Your Lunch Box Fad?

Who Remembers The Decoupage Lunch Box Craze?   

Remember these old lunch boxes? This one is from the 1960s and spotted at Pinky of Saratoga on Etsy. com  Isn't it time to revive that fad? Do they even sell the lunch pails anymore? Readers please let us know more about this subject. Did you decoupage your lunch box ? Whaat do you remember about this hobby? Spill the beans please.  Is it time for a revival?

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

Spooky Displays of Vintage Halloween Collectibles Featured At The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT

Halloween Collectibles Featured At The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT

Once again The Collinsville Antiques Company of  New Hartford, CT has an amazing selection of Vintage Halloween collectibles. Just thought you might want a sneak preview of some of the holiday displays now being showcased at Collinsnville. The best I can tell you is that this amazing booth is closer to one of the center aisles in this huge 22,000 square feet emporium.

Vintage Holiday Party Goods And More

I will let you in on a secret, one of the dealers is a designer of holiday novelty items and he has over the yearsamassed a huge collection of  original vintage Halloween decor, party goods, costumes, masks and more.
If you visit the Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford regularly you may know that this dealer changes his booth with each major holiday.  

While you will find a mix of some updated designs of novelty items,  there is still a treasure trove of  vintage and antique Halloween collectibles currently on display in this special booth and throughout the store.

Photos taken by C. Dianne Zweig

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

Collecting Vintage Holiday Gift Boxes

Delightful 1950s Christmas Gift Boxes Popular Among Collectors of Vintage Holiday Collectibles 

The best time to buy vintage Christmas collectibles is in July or as far away from "tis Season". I get all mushy for older holiday gift boxes, especially circa 1950s.  Perhaps it is simply a flashback to childhood joyful times pulling at my heartstrings.

This 1950s Christmas gift box was spotted at The collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, Ct and photographed by C. Dianne Zweig.

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

Old Style Hoosier Cabinets Popular In Smaller Homes For Added Storage And Working Space

 Smaller Hoosier Style Cabinets Provide Additional Storage And Work Space In Cramped Apartments and Homes

Hoosier cabinets or baking cupboards were popular in the early 1900's as an all in one baking station providing "counter space", storage for baking supplies such as flour, sugar etc and baking utensils. Often when you go out to shop for this type of cabinet today you will usually find them painted off white or white, "Depression era green or unpainted in an origianl wood finish. 
Every now and then I will come across an    artsy type who painted their Hoosier style cabinet   purple or lime green, but for the most part, Hoosier style cabinets are found in cozy grandma-ish paint decor. 

The name Hoosier name was derived from the Hoosier Manufacturing Company of New Castle, Indiana. Other companies made similar style cabinets but many people refer to all varietites of cupboard with pull out sliding countertops as "Hoosiers". 

Many young couples who are living in small apartments or homes find that the addtion of a petit hoosier cabinet provides them with much needed added storage and work space.  

This adorable cabinet shown was photographed by C. Dianne Zweig at The 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

Moving An Older Parent: Getting Through The Meltdown Phase

Emotional Fallout When Moving An Older Parent

If you thought moving your older parent(s) was going to be easy as 1, 2, 3, you are living in a cave! Besides the demands of the actual move....packing up decades of tschotskes, there is the emotional avalanche which comes with the whole process. Did I mention mood swings? Moving is a big deal for everyone...but for someone in their late eighties or beyond a move can shake the emotional tree like an unwanted storm. So be prepared for a bit of a roller coaster ride as you begin to help your older parent make a significant change.

When Older Adults change Their Mind About Moving

There will be somedays when your mom or dad announces that they have changed their mind and they are not moving. Or you may find that your loved one channels Gandhi and decides to advance a peaceful yet defiant protest, refusing to sign any importqant paperwork involved in a planned mood.

When Older Adults Are Ambibvalent About Moving

My advice would be to be gentle with mom and or dad and to let some of these storms pass. There will be a lot of ambivalence about moving and confused emotions. Leave some breathing time for an older adult to have their tantrums and meltdowns. Let the dust settle (no pun intended). Ask any adult child who has been through the moving ordeal with an older parent......it all works out and often for the better.

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, September 28, 2014

Vintage Steubenville Woodfield Leaf Pattern Snack Set Delights Mid Century Buyers

 Steubenville Pottery Tea and Toast Set

Some people call them "Tea and Toast Sets", others refer tho these colorful vintage pottery ensembles as "Snack sets". Made by the Steubenville Pottery Company of Ohio, these 1940's gems are finding their way back into today's kitchen. The style is called Woodfield. Photograph taken at Kitsch n Stuff, 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

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Creating a Kitschy Colorful Backdrop Usng Vintage Metal Trays When Displaying Antiques and Collectibles

Vintage Metal Snack Trays Make Fun Displays Behind Glassware

Vintage metal snack trays are wonderful backdrops when displaying antiques and collectibles. I especially like to add color and interest behind vintage glassware and find the older 1940s and 1950s snack trays to be just the right size and shape for a kitschy look in my shop "Kitsch n Stuff". Notice how the colors of the tray and the glassware compliment each other.

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, 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

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