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Saturday, June 03, 2006

all that glitters

after my visit with jean at her shop today, i went to the capital {aka "mad"} city to check out this vintage shop that i read about here... not too familiar with this part of town, i became increasingly mad driving around in circles because all the darn one-way streets drove me mad ... but i finally wound my way to the>>> & in the magazine article, the writer reported that this shop was full of vintage stuff as well as artsy-craftsy stuff...& i was intrigued by its name, the glitter workshop...sounded so sparkly! yes, there were vintage stuff as well as local artists' handiwork & even a florist shop! but i was somewhat let-down mainly because i had a different picture in my i thought, where's the glitter?!!!! & where's the vintage antiques that i was led to believe? i mean, there were vintage clothes & even repurposed vintage clothes, along with designer originals...but, the trip was not a total loss, because i discovered a few nifty things as you can see below... i really was taken by the fabulously clever creations of recycle artist, emily kirchner...this shop carried her products & they are wicked clever! i wonder if she's been featured on that hgtv show called, that's clever ... because she definitely fits the criteria for that show! i loved this pink knit pocketbook {aka purse} with a sweet felt flower...i was tempted to buy it, but i think i will hold off for now...but i did walk by it a few times to {sigh}... i did, though, get the kitty catnip toy & pin cushion...this gal is said to use everyday objects & turn it into a functional piece of art...just love to support local artists...speaking of which, next saturday the glitter workshop is sponsoring an art/craft fair, which i'm told will be in its sixth year...i'm gonna mark my calendar for this one as it's always so much fun to go to something like this>>>to see what artists are creating these days & not to mention, maybe get some ideas for the memory files... {smile}. Posted by Picasa


  • At 6/03/2006 11:04:00 AM, Blogger Judy Scott said…

    Fabulous finds there mary ann, I really love the poster/flyer fab colour and would make great collage. jx

  • At 6/04/2006 10:24:00 AM, Blogger melba said…

    I wish we lived closer and could go exploring to all these cool places together!

  • At 6/04/2006 12:54:00 PM, Blogger firstborn said…

    thanks judy! yeah, that's a great idea!

    & melba>>> i wish that too!!!!!!!! i know that you would so be into this!!!!! you know that i will be ready with my cam & snap away for the blog fodder! lol!

    xo, mary ann

  • At 6/04/2006 01:50:00 PM, Anonymous Emily said…

    Me again! I AM going to be on "That's Clever" on HGTV!!! Did you know that already or just psychic? If you go to HGTV and search for "Emily Kircher" you will find my project, a mosaic frame. Otherwise you and cut and paste this link for a direct route.,,HGTV_3258_4463529,00.html

    The airdate is JULY 16, so mark your calendar!

    I see you found out about the Craftacular! Come and introduce yourself, I'll be there!
    Thanks again!

  • At 6/04/2006 02:14:00 PM, Blogger Glitter Workshop said…

    Hi! I own The Glitter Workshop in Madison. Thank you so much for visiting us and for supporting a locally owned business.

    Sorry to dissapoint you with the antiques. We do carry some vintage items, but I'm not sure why we get listed under antiques.

    We do carry hand-crafted goodies from over 100 local and national artists though and are thrilled to be hosting the fourth High Noon Craftacular.

    Thanks again!
    xo Naomi

  • At 6/04/2006 03:53:00 PM, Blogger firstborn said…

    hi emily & naomi!

    so wicked cool to hear from you...never did i imagine in a million years that you gals would visit my little, ol' blog...

    yes, i definitely will stop by & say hello {& try to refrain from gushing too badly, lol!}...

    emily, after seeing your stuff at the tgw, "that's clever" shop immediately came to mind! & yes, i will look for it next month! how exciting for you!

    & naomi, i thought your shop was wicked's just that it wasn't what i expected, based on reading that article in the madison mag...i love that you showcase the fab work of wonderful artists as well as your own!

    so, i am always happy to support artists & local businesses...bec. one day {my dream} i hope to become one to!

    all the best & looking forward to meeting you at the craftacular!

    :) mary ann

  • At 6/05/2006 12:03:00 PM, Anonymous Miss Heather said…

    Hi Mary Ann!
    I'm so glad you liked our store. Please let people know we have an online store and on etsy
    It's great for people who can't shop in our store in person.

    Thanks agaig for the feedback!
    Heather Johnson- Co-Owner of The Glitterworkshop


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