Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Her needle is linked to the past . . .

Christine Miller became interested in early samplers through many years of collecting antiques with her husband Charles. After their four children were grown, Christine began collecting early homespun linen and antique picture frames. She turned her sewing skills to stitching samplers, creating her own unique designs utilizing the 18th. and 19th. century motifs she loves.

Christine's interest in antique hooked rugs led her to hook her own. Using burlap as a backing and wool strips cut by hand she works at a wooden frame designed and built by her husband.
Her rugs are primitive in design ~ meaning uncomplicated with naive houses, animals, flowers, birds & simple borders. Some of Christine's rugs are based on vintage examples while others are her own design.
Not one to stop at one or two interests, Christine also works in appliqué and sells lovely antique smalls which complement her beautiful needlework.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Connected to the past . . .

Leisa Kirtley of The Western Reserve Antique Shop has loved antiques 
for as long as she can remember. 
Maybe this is why early rag dolls and children's pieces speak quite loudly to her.
In addition to those items early, textiles and all things country tug at her heart.
Leisa feels very fortunate to have owned her antique shop for
10 years . . . She eagerly shares her love of antiques with like minded folk thru 
her shop and at various shows in the midwest.
Leisa and her husband Daryl are excited to be embarking on a new journey ~
Building an early 1800's log house.
This dream home, as a friend told her ~  is THE ultimate antique!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A life of fairytales . . .

Allen Cunningham's love of all things old and wonderful began at an early age.
As a school boy, his favorite books were those penned by Beatrix Potter. 
In adulthood, Allen assembled a collection of antique dolls, toys and doll houses.
These collections set the stage for his imaginative creations.
In 1995 while living in California, Allen began making his art dolls.
Over the years he established a name for himself and saw his work featured in 
magazines, catalogs and on HGTV.
Allen's thoughtful little creations are made with paperclay.
Each figure is dressed in tiny hand worked clothes and then set into a vignette
assembled with handmade and antique accessories. 
Allen now lives in Ohio. His lovingly detailed work can be found at shows,
in a few select shops, and through commission orders.  
Most recently his designs were featured in the Smithsonian gift galleries 
and on the cover of "Treasure: Antique to Modern" magazine.