Friday, 28 June 2013

"Found" today

Today I took the prints that I bought over the weekend to get them framed;  the place I use for framing just happens to be at my local antiques/collectables/junk place so it was rude not to wander around while there!!
As I wandered it set me thinking about using "found" objects in my work.......I love to do that and I think I'd rather search for a year for just the right thing than buy a piece of, for example, ideology that I know everyone can just go out and buy.....where's the fun in that:)
FOR ME.....and I'm only talking about what I like to do and how I feel about these things here and not saying it's right for everyone.....but FOR ME I'd rather someone saw something I made with a "found" thing and think I wonder if I could do something SIMILAR.....or not....but just take the spark of the idea and run with it to make their own something rather than thinking I can go and buy that exact thing and make the exact same piece
FOR ME there is no fun in that!
OK, so rant over (though I'd love to hear what others think)......what did I find today.....well I took some pics of what was available, not that I bought all of it of course!

 There were doorknobs and globes.....I wanted a globe but couldn't think what I'd do with it......not that that means much:)
  tons of books....always tons of books

 and postcards

 and instant or faux relatives!

 Cutlery to feed an army

 old lace

 and poison bottles?

 I was very tempted by these 3 bottles....if they are still there when I go to pick up my pics they might come home with me
anyone for antlers?????
toy cars......

and of course dolls......though I have to say most were pretty expensive

So, what DID I buy? 
Well, I bought 3 Alice in Wonderland books......2 for the illustrations and will be added to my collection, the 3rd as a prop....maybe to sit a doll on......and also a copy of The Water Babies that I have been looking for for AGES!

 this little doll.....who I have now undressed and she is very sweet so she might not even get altered, might just keep her:)....and this clock

 and then..........from the same stand that had the antlers..........this HUGE haul of clock parts!!!! 
I was so surprised to see them.....there are loads of springs and some great clock faces......all pretty dirty but that will come off!!!


Helen said...

I wish I had places like that round here. I do know what you mean about the idea-ology, I love it, do buy it but it's so expensive then I feel reluctant to use it, which is just daft all round, lol! If I had a place like you do near me though, I'd be happy to support them, not Tim or rather Ranger!!!

Suzi B said...

A great haul Sue and yes the doll is just so lovely I can see why you might not want to "alter" her.
I'd forgotten about the Water Babies I used to love it as a girl... happy memories

Julia S-W said...

Hi. Your post caught my eye and I must agree with you about Ideaology. It drives me mad to see pristine metal ware everywhere. I don't buy it because I would rather find things. If I did, it would have to be greatly reduced and then 'altered' to suit my taste! Rant over here too and your haul looks fab. I couldn't break up the doll but that's just me. Talking about dolls, my pet hate are those fractured dolls . . . . . !! I'll go now but enjoyed your post.

Sid said...

You certainly found some fab stuff there Sue !

Renee said...

OMG! What a wonderful haul of good stuff!! Enjoy.

funkycrafter said...

I totally agree with you. I wish I could do it that way. My circumstances don't allow me time to go out searching for items. There are no places nearby with reasonably priced items. I do buy some items, but usually beat up and/or paint them when I use them. I also take apart everything that is being thrown out. Have built up a bit of a collection of odd items that way. Also visit the local hardware store. Much cheaper than similar items sold for mixed media.