Monday, May 11, 2015

Street Chic Art & Fashion June 4th, 2015 Bodytalk Boutique

Street Chic Art & Fashion June 4th, 2015
Bodytalk Boutique

Channel your inner whimsy and join us for an evening of quirky, edgy, spontaneous original art along with a playful and stylish summer collection of contemporary fashion. 

Opening Wine & Cheese Reception   
at Bodytalk Boutique
Thursday, June 4, 2015
5:30-8:00 PM

Featuring original abstract Mixed Media, Surreal paintings, assemblage art, woodcuts, found object art.
Bill Healy 
DAVID Holzman
C.DIANNE Zweig

Artwork will be on exhibit at Bodytalk June 4 through June 20th, 2015  


STREET CHIC IS  TOTALLY COOL !  What do Bill Healy, David Holzman and C. Dianne Zweig have in common? They are three area artists who are bringing their offbeat art to Bodytalk Boutique for a sizzling summer show  which features an evening of quirky, edgy, spontaneous original art along with a playful and stylish summer collection of contemporary fashion. This exciting and off the wall  indoor and outdoor event takes place at Bodytalk Boutique, 21 East Main St., Avon 860-678-7855 on 
on June 4th, 2015, 5:30-8:00.

Bodytalk Boutique has just celebrated 30 years of  featuring fashion forward apparel and is pleased to showcase three unique artists who work very differently but yet share a common passion for offbeat style, bold color and spontaniety. C. Dianne Zweig, who  organized this Street Chic art show, is an Avon artist specializing in Abstract Mixed Media inspired by Mid Century designs. She has a full time studio (9B) at The Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT.  Bill Healy, a lover of pop
culture and nostalgia  is widely known for his Metal Men robots created out of vintage advertising tins and old metal appliance parts. His robots can be found in many museum collections. Bill is also a oainter cranking out  bold figurative graffiti style paintings which remind you of a combo of Folk Art and Outsider Art. David Holzman, an art educator at Simbury Public Schools and Central Connecticut State University leaves the real world each day to escape into his home art studio where he creates paintings described as surreal and suggestive of spontaneous expression. His carved wood reliefs and paintings are edgy,quirky and exciting.  

Street art is thought of as art created in public places. True to the objective of involving the community in the art experience, Bodytalk is planning some outdoor art experiences such as a giant mural which visitors will be encouraged to paint, draw and add their marks to. There will also be other artsy surprises, music and refreshments.-- 


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, March 27, 2015

Storing Art Studio Paint Brushes in Vintage Pottery Vases

Using Vintage Pottery As Storage Containers For Art Studio Paint Brushes 

I like to use either vintage pottery vases or handmade studio pottery as containers in my Mixed Media art studio. Other artists may use empty glass jars or old coffee tins. Some artists seem to pay attention to the overall look of their studio, while others could care less and focus only on their work. I guess I fall into the category of wanting to "stage" even the supplies and storage containers I use.

Buying Vintage Vases In Junk Stores

My favorite place to shop for "stuff" for my art studio is in junk shops or at flea markets. I usually spend under ten dollars for most of my pottery or ceramic vases. I picked up the vase shown because I adored the design pattern which mimics my own artwork which is inspired by Mid Century design.

BTW, the white sculptural head shown as well, also came from a junk shop!

Photo 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

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Adding A Red Accent To Your Antique Booth Displays

Creating Exciting Antique Booth Displays With The Right Color Combinations

If you have been out shopping in Antique stores or browsing through Home magazines, you will note that Blue and White antiques are back in favor once again. Some people would argue that blue and white is always in style, but I have noticed a renewed interest in these popular collectibles after a dormant period.

When displaying lots of blue and white antiques and collectibles, consider using a touch of red or orange in your display to add interest and break up the monotony of  similar colors.

Photo taken by C. Dianne Zweig at Coffee Trade Antiques, 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

Stacking Antiques and Collectibles To Save Space In Your Antique Both


Tips When Displaying and Stacking Kitchen Collectibles 

If you rent space in an Antique Mall, you probably have more stuff than room for all your stuff. So it is important to find ways to neatly and safely display your kitchenwares and treasures.

You might consider stacking collectibles, by turning a bowl upside down to form a pedestal for another object such as the pitcher shown in the photo. Lots of different items can be stacked on top of upside down bowls. Consider, another (smaller)bowl, pitchers, beverage glasses, tea cups and more.

Make sure the assemblage is quite stable and not on a shelf that is too cluttered. Always test the arrangement to make sure a buyer will have any easy time putting the top piece back.

Photo taken by C. Dianne Zweig at Coffee Trade Antiques, 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

Six Tips About Buying Vintage Tin Kitchen Canister Sets


What You Need To Know When Buying Older Metal Kitchen Canisters 

When you buy and sell kitchen collectibles for a long time you get smarter and smarter about the purchases that you make. Here are some tips about metal buying kitchen canisters.

1. Almost all sets have four containers.
2. Check metal canisters for dings and dents.
3.Take the lid off the canisters and look inside for rust.
4. Look at the colors and designs on the canisters, checking for brightness, fading, peeling.
5. Be sure you have a real set of  matching canisters with the same background color etc.
6. Make sure the lids of the canisters really fit.


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, March 16, 2015

Longing For A Vintage Pink Princess Phone

When Your "Device" Was A Princess Telephone By Western Electric

I never thought I would say this, but I think I am longing for the days before iPhones. I just returned from a trip to the Mall to buy a new phone. Yikes, it took over two hours and that is not counting the time I put in yesterday researching the so called "device" which is now a common household word.

Pink Vintage Princess Phone

Be honest don't you long for the days when you owned your very own Princess telephone? Remember the color palette of Princess phones, pink, blue, beige, white and turquoise? Having your very own Princess phone was a very big deal in the sixties.

Remember Phones With Night Lights?

Remember how the phone was also a night light? I really miss the days of simple phones. I'm even feeling a bit nostalgic today about pay phones. I'll tell you what's got into me. I actually just returned from the Apple store and I'm simply unglued at the moment. The process took hours. And all I could think about was that I'd lose my Word With Friends App when I handed in my old phone. What if my games in progress were lost in some "cloud "somewhere and gone forever? I have over ten games going on....my fans will be distraught if our games our vaporized.

Get A Grip Girl: There Is More To Worry About Than iPhones

A tropical cyclone devastates the island of Vanuatu, Russia is amping up it's Northern Fleet, UCONN Men's basketball lost last night and I am fretting over my iPhone apps? "Get a grip girl", I told myself. I promised myself I would go home, make a cup of tea and pretend I could handle the fact that the new iPhone no longer has my old ring tone. I'm in shock right now, forgive me ....I need to a Princess Phone and my favorite doll to cuddle with.

Top image courtesy of http://socutethings.tumblr.com/post/1457650068/telephone 

Old Advertisement courtesy http://farmgirlpink.blogspot.com/2014/03/bell-telephone-pretty-pink-princess.html 

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, March 5, 2015

Candy Collectibles: Learning About The History Of Popular Candy Brands On Candy Favorites.com


 Photo from my collection on Retro Candy
 Pinterest.com
Where To Find Information About Your Favorite Nostalgic Candy And Collectibles

Candy related collectibles are very popular and favorites among many different types of collectors including buyers of vintage advertising, candy store collectibles, old drugstore, Soda Fountain, Emphemera, Pop Culture, Nostalgia, molds, machinery and more.




What Do Candy Collectors Buy ?

Collectors like to find products in original packaging, old candy racks, candy advertisements and signage, candy cartons, jars, candy containers, tins, display cabinets, candy premiums, candy molds and equipment etc.
Photo from my collection on Retro Candy
 Pinterest.com

Introducing Candy Favorites.com

Candy Favorites.com is an interesting website with early roots as McKeesport Candy Company established in 1927. Their company motto is that "the future of candy is rooted in the past".


Candy Nostalgia and History Across The Decades

While the  primary purpose of Candy Favorites.com is to sell candy, this company clearly loves
the stories that go with their brands. Candy Favorites.com devotes many pages on their site on the education of candy with sections discussing "Candy Timeline", "History of Candy", "Nostalgia Ads" "Candy in Pop Culture" and so much more.

I really had a ball reading the articles about Candy in Pop Culture.

Visit http://www.candyfavorites.com/
Have you seen my Retro Candy Board on  Pinterest.com  

References To Explore
Candy Containers http://www.kovels.com/price-guide/candy-containers.html

Pez Collectors http://www.pez.com/collectors/

Candy Wrapper Archive http://www.candywrapperarchive.com/ 

Collecting Candy.com

Candy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candy

National Confectioneers Association http://www.candyusa.com/

I Antique online.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.comDianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists 

Creating A Brick Wall On Canvas For Your Antique Mall Booth Or Shop


How To Paint A Faux Brick Wall For Your Antique Mall Booth

Strolling down the aisles of The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, I spotted a new dealer who had just completed the decorating phase of her new booth. She created a Faux brick wall (which really looked like the real thing) using canvas tarp which can be purchased at large household stores such as Home Depot or Lowes.

Sponging On The "Bricks"

This talented dealer mixed up brick color paint and with the use of a rectangular sponge dipped into the paint she applied the "brick shape" to the canvas. By sponging on the paint with random pressure, you get the look of bricks with white and brick red uneven combinations.

Adding Brackets To The Brick Wall

To fully get use out of the "brick wall" metal brackets were mounted to the canvas cloth with rods to hang antiques and collectbles. What a great idea and I have to be honest, it's a very simple one....even I could do this LOL.
 
Photos 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

Where to Find And Learn About Vintage Kitchen Collectibles Online?

Learning About Vintage 
Kitchen Collectibles   
Author Barbara E. Mauzey on 
I Antique online.com Moderates Group Forums

If you love vintage kitchen collectibles, Barbara E. Mauzey, author and kitchen collectibles maven (besides me) moderates many exciting group forums on my site I Antique Online. com
Collectors of kitchen collectibles enjoy these group forums as a place to learn more about their collections, to share photos of their finds and to hunt for more kitchen collectibles to buy.
Barbara Mauzey Group Forums On I Antique Online. com
CLICK ON LINKS BELOW

Collecting Vintage Pyrex Glassware

Collectible Glass Kitchen Shakers

Collectible Glasbake Ovenware

Collecting Peanut Butter Glasses and Swanky Swigs 

Anchor Hocking's Fire-King And More

Black Americana

Collecting Gay and Gifty Potholders

Bakelite in the Kitchen

Depression Glass Collectors

Image featured on I Antique Online.com http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/group/collectibleglasskitchenshakers

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, February 17, 2015

Retro Pottery Net: A Website Featuring Retro, Vintage and Mid Century Pottery


Introducing Retro Pottery Net: A Worldwide Website For Mid-Century Ceramics   

I was poking around the internet this morning and I landed on a site which I think I might  stay on the entire day...it is called "Retro Pottery Net".  If you love Modernist designs you will be in heaven with what you will find on Retro Pottery Net. The site is the home of Ray Garrod, an Australian, former art educator with a passion for ceramics. He taught Art & Design, Ceramics and Art History to adults and secondary school students. In 2009 he started his blog as a reference site for Mid-20th-Century ceramics. You will find an extensive photo gallery of all the major designers worldwide and superb editorial content including fact files and reference blog posts. When I visited the site I was visitor number 1,101,322. Now that's a lot of interest in Mid Century pottery!
Image courtesy of http://www.retropottery.net/ 

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, February 16, 2015

Something Retro Fishy On My Pinterest Board


1950s Fish Images Featured On My Pinterst Board  

There is Something Fishy going on one of my Pinterest Boards. That is because I love Retro Fish designs and I added a board to collect patterns and images with fish designs.  Fish motif was a common design element during the 1950s influenced by Scandinavian designers who liked minimalism, functionality and simplicity. The importance of fishing communities in Scandinavian countries also played a role in the popularity of fish related designs.

 1950s Fish: Simplicity in Design

You will find textiles, ceramics, wall hanging, functional kitchenware and more with lots of Fishy fun. A simple fish image is a fairly easy shape to reproduce and when you repeat fish shapes you can then create interesting patterns. This may one of the reasons why you will see so many objects using a common fish shape. Visit Something fishy at
https://www.pinterest.com/kitschnstuff/somethings-retro-fishy/

The kitchen towel shown is typical pink and aqua colors. It was originally posted on https://www.etsy.com/shop/fuzzandfu
   
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, January 19, 2015

Getting Into The Shark Tank Mentality: Who Wants To Make An Easy To Seal Dog Poop Bag?

Binge Watching Shark Tank: Incubating Creative Ideas


I have been binge watching "Shark Tank" on television the show where budding entrepreneurs go up in front of the "Sharks" to pitch their business ideas. I've been catching past shows right on You Tube. After watching episode after episode of this business themed reality show you find yourself getting into the Shark Tank mentality......thinking about how you too can invent something or create a better mouse trap which will make a lot of money.

What's On My Drawing Board For Shark Tank

Sometimes your mind wanders to silly ideas like how to make a better dog poop bag that is easy to seal when you are trying to pick up doggie stuff when you are wearing thick winter gloves. Or how to improve on dental floss so it doesn't stick to your fingers when you try to throw it out in the gargage pail.


Who Wants To Seal The Deal On A New Dog Poop Bag?

The Shark Tank show is very engaging and entertaining and I wonder why I'm first getting into it now.  Hey, I'm not a T.V. person.....I'm always behind on shows. But I am an idea person and a very creative thinker. Anyone want to partner on a better way to pick up dog poop and seal the bag with thick winter gloves on?

Bottom image courtesy of


http://antiques.lovetoknow.com/image/128299~Vintage-valentine.jpg

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, January 18, 2015

Group Forum Moderators Needed to Lead Antique and Collectibles Groups on I Antique Online.com

Antique and Collectible Groups Need Moderators on I Antique Online.com  

Did you know that we are looking for group forum moderators for many of our group forums on I Antique I Antique Online.com ? Take a look at our grand list and let me know if you would like to moderate one of these groups or help out in some way. You can send me an email at Dianne@cdiannezweig.com telling me more about your interest in being a moderator. These are volunteer postitions. Even if you visit one of these groups and see that there is a moderator, you may still be able to lead or help out that group. We are making changes for
2015.

Featured Groups

Collector Groups
China-Pottery-Ceramics

Kitchen - Dining  

Furniture

Home, Style, Decor

Decades

Ethnic-Global
Linens & Textiles

Sewing-Buttons

Doll Related


Toy Related Groups
Hobbies-Sports

Movie-Records
Camera-Photography


Kitsch-Pop Culture

Paper, Ephemera, Postcards, Books Advertising

Party, Holiday, Celebration

Soda Fountain & Soda Pop

Not Just For Guy Stuff

Medical-Pharmacy

Vintage Clothing

Art-Craft Related

Business And Social Media Related Groups

Educational

On The Lighter Side

State/Regional

  



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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