My New Antique Mall
For the past two weeks I have been packing, schlepping, unpacking and arranging merchandise at the New Fredericksburg Antique Mall. The old Fredericksburg Antique Mall and the Antique Gallery finally have merged together at one location. We are now in the old Ben Franklin building where River Run Antiques was located. But this mall is so much different from River Run. My cousin, who owns the mall, has put in super new lighting, made beautiful spaces for all the dealers and had the floors cleaned up and polished. It is now so light and bright!
Here is the new sign on the front.
Here are some pictures of Moss Cottage Vintage’s new booth!
Moss Cottage Vintage is only one of many shops in the Fredericksburg Antique Mall. The entire main floor and downstairs are filled with booths. This is one antique mall you do not want to miss if you are visiting old town Fredericksburg, Virginia. Our new address is 925 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. The mall will be open every day 10-5 and Sundays 12-5. And if you are familiar with the old River Run mall, come and see the wonderful transformation!!!
Drawing Whimsical Animals
Recently I had the opportunity to take a two-session class on drawing whimsical animals. Seeing as I can’t even draw a good stick figure, I felt a “whimsical” class would suit me better than taking a “realistic” animal drawing class. Besides, I feel whimsical animals are better suited to my mixed media pieces than realistic animals.
We worked on the basics like eye placement and how changing the eyes and eye brows can totally affect the mood portrayed by the animal.
After copying different animals the instructor provided, we worked on our first mixed media piece. The teacher asked that we include at least two animals and there be some kind of story between them. This is what I came up with.
Putting clothes on animals is a sure way to add whimsy. I even gave my rabbit red boots to wear with her flowered dress.
We had a week between classes so I practiced drawing all kinds of whimsical animals. Here are some of my practice pieces.
The second session had us copying one of the instructors pictures. The funny thing was, I thought her animal was a deer and my other classmate thought it was a rabbit. The teacher said it was actually a peacock. Since only the head was showing, we all saw it a different way. So our instruction was to copy her picture, but make the animal into what we wanted it to be. Here is just the head shot of my funny deer.
I had a lot of fun in that class and I am quickly filling up a journal with funny animal doodles. My goal is to create several animals in a style that is completely my own.
If you are in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area. You can find the drawing whimsical animals class at Lord and Lilly’s, 611 Caroline Street, 540-371-1333.
Drawing whimsical animals or people is an ideal outlet for those of us who are stick-figure challenged!
I have been very busy this year rearranging the shop and giving it a new look. I am doing this partly because I am carrying some different merchandise than before and partly to keep like merchandise together. I think the shop was somewhat “confused” before with retro and Shabby and industrial all mixed together. Now I have grouped similar items for more cohesiveness. I’m really starting to like the way it is coming together and enjoy going to the shop again instead of dreading it! Martin has come in twice to help me with bigger changes that I couldn’t do by myself. What a sweetheart. Anyway, here are some pictures I took today from the shop in Fredericksburg.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures. If you are ever in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area be sure to stop by. Thank you for looking and I’ll leave you with one last picture.
P.S. I did vacuum before I left!
Behind the Scenes
People love to attend flea markets, antiques shows, craft shows, art shows, etc.. But what many people miss as attendees of these shows only, is the glamour of what goes on behind the scenes. I am posting this quickie little blog to show you the glamorous day I had today setting up for this weekends Fredericksburg Big Flea. Before anything can be set up, it must be schlepped into the hall.
Here is Martin working so hard bringing me my goodies. Thank you sweetie!
Oooh, that looks like a lot of stuff!
First the “bones” need to be put in place.
And there’s Donna from Snow Creek Farm. Looking good girl!
The linens are hung and put in order.
Things are starting to come together.
Pretty glasses on a shiny tray.
And some retro fun!!! I’m sorry these pictures are so awful but my dad just gave me his old camera, which is still way better than mine, and I am not used to it yet.
As you can see though, it is pretty “rough” behind the scenes. Oh and did I mention cold? You cannot see from these pictures, however, all the huge loading doors on both sides of the hall were wide open, so we basically worked for 4 hours today in the freezing cold.
All that I had to do today was worth it so I can present a wonderful booth to my family, friends and friends to be. I hope to see you here this weekend!!!