Mother Earth’s Children

The Frolics of the Fruits and Vegetables…This beautiful book, written by Elizabeth Gordon and published in 1914, is the source of these wonderful pages.  Alas, they are a book no more, but Mother Earth’s Children still delights.  In addition to the three illustrations shown here, we also have Pomegranate, Little Miss Sugar Cane, the Mustard children, Cauliflower, Mrs. Quince, Mother Pear and her twins, Banana, Cashew, Watermelon, Olive, the Popcorn children, Herr und Frau Cabbage, Apple, Fig and the little Rice ladies.  Each page has a different illustration on each side.  They are displayed for sale in the arts and crafts section of the store along with a selection of vintage books for your browsing pleasure.  So frolic!

Miss Parsley graces one side of this page and Miss Cucumber (not pictured) is on the other.

Genial Mrs. Wheat. On the reverse is baby Citron.

The sweet and juicy Currant ladies on the front and Brussels Sprout and Horseradish on the back.

Seasons’ Blessings!

The holidays are here!

Open your presents.  Pop a cork.  Eat too much. 

Laugh.  Sing.  Enjoy a good book.  Rest.

Elite Repeat is closed until 10 am on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. 

We’ll see you then! 

 

 

Worn with use and bearing the patina of time. Old books are available in the craft section of Elite Repeat.

Creature Comforts

Everyone should have a place of one’s own–a place to read, write and ponder.  The mouse who lives in this house is especially creative.  Look closely.  Everything in the house, even the orange crate that it’s made of, was originally used for something else.  Mice have to use the materials at hand (or paw, as the case may be), and this mouse house is a perfect example of recycling, repurposing and reusing cast-offs.  It’s as comfy-cozy as they come, from the glowing coals in the fireplace to the abundance of fancy foods in the kitchen.  Two mice babies snooze in a walnut shell near the wood stove and the exterior of the house features a Celtic mosaic chimney.

Created by one of Elite Repeat’s artists-in-residence, all the materials that went into making this lovely, little house were either found or donated to our shop in bits and pieces then carefully, imaginatively assembled into this fairy tale cottage.  It’s on display this week in our storefront window.  Do come by for a look!  It will be available on Monday, Dec. 5, at 10 am for $125.

Pricing Update:  As of May 1, 2012, this miniature mouse house is still available.  It’s been marked down to $100.  It’s waiting for you to take it home!

A writing desk in the upstairs living room of the mouse house.

Upstairs, downstairs...the elegant, relaxed atmosphere of this bookish mouse's living room contrasts with the busy, work-a-day kitchen.

Who else would you expect in a mouse's garden but a meditative St. Francis! The back of the house is decorated with a tall stone chimney and a bit of landscaping.

Wallflowers

If you’re in the habit of shopping Elite Repeat for art and craft supplies, you know that we have a very small exhibit space–about one square foot–atop the shelving unit where the supplies are displayed.  In this space we show off some of the artwork our staff creates using materials available at our shop.  These items are for display purposes.  They’re not for sale, but we’re sure once you see some of their ideas for using “found” art supplies, you’ll be inspired to create your own great works!  This week we’re experimenting with turning wallpaper into art paper.  We’re selling gorgeous wallpapers in lengths of 18″ to 36″ for  $2 to $3 each.  We hope you’ll visit our micro-gallery and take note of the possibility!

Wallpaper accordion book using 3 different wallpapers, stamping on the plain side and accents of gold stencil paint. (Display only. Not for sale.)

Wreath made by folding wallpaper into accordion pleats. (Display only. Not for sale.)

Wallpaper gift bag with brads for side closures and ribbon. (For display only. Not for sale.)

Wallpaper gift bag with machine sewn sides and string closure. (Display only. Not for sale.)

Once Upon a Zebra

Too good to pass up!  So many times we are given furniture that needs some tender, loving care in order to give it new life.  Sandy, one of our Elite Repeat artists, recognized the potential in this chair which had seen better days.  She made repairs and gave it a make-over.  In the process, she turned it into a treasure…again!  Sandy also created the first art chair we posted on this blog, which is now sold.

SOLD - Restoration complete!

Art & Soul

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.  

So said Pablo Picasso, and we couldn’t agree more!  It’s in this spirit that we have recently (yesterday, in fact) reorganized our art and craft supply area.  You’ll find it easier to sort through the goods, and you’ll also see the occasional display sample of what can be made with treasures from our craft stash.   We carry the usual and the unusual, including plenty of found art supplies.  So for all you artists who are Elite Repeat regulars (we know who you are!)–this is for you!

SOLD - Cardboard spools of vintage, rayon seam binding. These little darlings are gone. They sold fast, but the art & craft supplies are restocked several times per week with all kinds of weird and wonderful Art Parts.

Art Chair

Talent runs rampant among Elite Repeat’s volunteers, and this chair is an excellent example.  One of our gifted artists took an old chair and gave it new life.  It’s the only one of its kind, and it’s waiting for you–the accent piece you’ve been looking for.

SOLD - Hand-painted, reupholstered and voila! Transformation!

Art Parts

We have art parts beyond the ordinary. 

There are loads of stores that sell found art–that is, original artwork created with things the artist just happened to stumble upon.  And there are a great many stores that sell art supplies.  We are one of only a very few stores in the known universe that sells found art supplies.

Most resale stores don’t deal with ephemera, found objects, dinged-up vintagey bobbles or other marvelous tidbits that can be used to create original artwork.  Ephemera, by the way, are bits and pieces, things that have outlived their purpose but retain a certain appeal because they’re interesting, pretty, memorable or nostalgic.  Ephemera can be printed or written, paper or pot metal or any number of materials that are not intended to be long-lived.

Bottle caps, match books, glass glitter, frozen Charlottes, slightly used tubes of paint, tinsel, beads, old lace, fur trim, buttons, mannequins, photographs, bits of string, rusty things, shiny things and the occasional stuffed peacock–at Elite Repeat, we consider this good junk, and we save it up for artists like you!  (Because, let’s face it, who else would know what to do with it?)

SOLD - Ephemera at Elite Repeat: This is a detail of a photograph of a painting entitled Land of Nod by the British illustrator Susan Beatrice Pearse. We don't know where the original painting is, but in 1927 it was reproduced as a black and white lithograph by the Curtis Publishing Co., courtsey of the Edward Gross Co. of NYC, as an illustration for a children's story. This photo is printed on Kodak Royal Paper and measures 14" x 11".