We spent the entire day yesterday down in Amish country. I love going there. The landscape, the people, the whole feel of the area is different than where we live. It is only about an hour and a half to two hours to drive down there. The difference seems to be the traffic.
There are a number of Antique Malls in a very small area and each one often yields treasures. We always end up talking to the people behind the counter. One mall is owned by a really nice couple who told us that they often came down for the day and finally just moved there and opened their shop. Most of the time the people who are behind the counter are Amish men and women or Mennonites who are more liberal about electricity and other things. All of them are friendly, smiley and so helpful. Everything is always so clean and organized. We really enjoy our long day(s) in Amish country. We always come home with something that pleases us.
I have often shown you my things, but today you get to see some of John's stash in his workroom.
He is currently amassing gages of all kinds. He has plans to use them in upcoming art projects but in the meantime, I love how they look on his shelf. There is something very pleasing about all these round shapes with numbers on them. We don't see very many gages that are affordable enough to use in projects. This collection has taken a long time to get this size which is pretty small.
Doorknobs. He is making racks with these doorknobs as the "hooks". They are really handsome.
John and I have come across a number of these wonderful old oak toolboxes in various states of disrepair and hugely varying prices. John cleans them up, puts new felt in the drawers and uses them in his workroom. I have hinted broadly to have one in my art room, but he seems not to hear me or perhaps I have been too subtle. No. That can't be it. I am never very subtle.
Hmmm...what's this? A five? It better be for me. I don't think there is enough room in this marriage for two collections of fives.
Keep the Small Studio Workshop Series in mind for great classes this year. Info here.