Out&About- Vintage Pickin’, Spring 2020

Talk about fun! I had a delightful time shopping at this year’s Vintage Pickin’ held in the historic Southern Bleachery and Print Works. There were lots of creative displays and some very good antique furniture. I came home with a wire birdcage (more on that later) and a handful of old utility brushes.

Note– Next event is in Alabama on May 1 & 2.

(Photos– Martha Browne)

Merry Christmas!

Dear Nibs Readers,

This is to let you know I’ll be taking a nice long break from my blog to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Be sure to be back here on Monday, January 13, 2020 as I start some projects I’m really excited about.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Warmest regards, (Photos of our farmhouse decorated for Christmas- Martha Browne)


Christmas Craft #34- Flexible Wooden Artist’s Models

Here’s a fun holiday project to work on.

  1. Check art stores, eBay or Ikea for these flexible wooden artist’s models.
  2. Hats are made from red fabric. On the wrong side of the fabric, cut and create cone shapes to fit head models. Sew each one shut leaving the opening for the head. Turn right side out.
  3. Secure strips of white felt and pompoms with a glue gun.
  4. Candy canes are plastic ornaments.
  5. Display on a bookshelf, tabletop or fireplace mantel.

(Photo- Martha Browne)

Country Mouse

This idea is from my friend Laurie. Begin by searching for an old empty clock case at an antique market or online. Since the mechanics have been removed the case shouldn’t be more than $20. You can cut and glue in tiny shelves (use wood pieces from Hobby Lobby) or leave as is. Paint the whole thing black. The final touch- Laurie selected three antique photos to place inside.

(Photo- Martha Browne)