Wednesday, July 18, 2012

We Did It!

Happy Hump Day, everyone!  I have exciting news....

We reached the "600" mark on our Facebook page!  You know what that means - it's GIVEAWAY TIME!

Here's what you'll get:


Our good friend Trina over at The Paper Flea Market has agreed to give 60% off your order.  That's right - SIXTY PERCENT.  So if you buy $10 worth of stuff (and that'll buy you a LOT), you only pay $4.  Sounds like a fantastic deal to me!  




You will also receive a very lovely goody bag from yours truly, full of the things I feature on the blog! Newspapers, stamps, general ephemera paper, checks, trading stamps, school stuff, coloring book stuff, paper doll stuff, decorative paper, and other assorted goodies - expect to find it in the package.  :)




And as an added bonus, you'll get something from my very own Web site, melkolstad.com!  I don't know what it'll be yet, as I don't know who will win!  If you like my art work, then it is my hope that you like your prize.  :)


Here's what you have to do:  In the comments below (or on the Facebook link to this blog post), tell us what  you would do with your ephemera collection if money and space were no object.  Would you buy a ton of one item and create a large art installation?  Would you take your cherished uncirculated currency collection, frame each one individually, and create a "Bank Note Palace"?  Or would you buy beautiful leather-bound books to lovingly hold your prize ephemera?  These are just some ideas I came up with off the top of my head, but I want to hear what YOU would do!  Get creative!


You have until 5 p.m. CDT on Monday night, July 23, so get commenting!  :D


Lastly, but not leastly (tee hee), I would like to thank you all for your constant support.  I have the BEST readers in the world, and it gets me every time one of you says (or writes) to me, "I really liked your post today."  WOW.  I never considered myself a 'writer', so the fact that I'm stringing coherent sentences together well enough for you to read my posts is still mind-boggling.  I just started this blog because I love ephemera, so to find so many of you like-minded souls, in EVERY corner of the globe, is just fascinating and humbling.  Thank you all again so very much.  I truly appreciate every page view I receive here.  :)















28 comments:

  1. I would rent a huge winnebago to spend a few months touring the southern states. I would go to swap meets, barn sales, estate sales well any sale. I would then take my haul home...and my haul is huge! because the funds are unlimited. I would strip my studio clean to paint the walls white, stain the floor dark walnut and accent with heritage creamy yellow. I would hang the glass front metal medicine cabinets that are filled with old glass jars holding my bead collection. The library catalog card cabinets would line the south wall. next I move in the printers desk and the apothecary tables. Various metal, glass and clay containers will hold brushes, pens, markers and other supplies. I would go buy a chair and a half with an ottoman to relax in. The chair would have vintage inspired fabric but be new and extra plushy. That's what I would do

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    1. What a fantastic idea, Suzanne! I love it! :D

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  2. I would love to create some special collages for my two girls for their bedrooms or something really awesome for their playroom. I feel so inspired by you and haven't yet created anything but really, really want to! If I won this giveaway I think it would be a jump start for me to get creative! I have always been into art and wished I could make more time for it!

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    1. Oh, I love that you would do that for your smooshers, Michelle! :D And thank you for the very lovely compliment. :)

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  3. If money and space were no object, I would hire someone to come in and do all the cleaning and moving of furniture and 'stuff' and spend my time playing with my treasures. Maybe I could transform what others might see as a box of junk into something they would also consider to be a treasure.

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    1. I am SO with you on the cleaning! That would be HEAVEN. Happy creating! :D

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  4. I would create a art studio / art library where I had huge walls to display items and tons of shelves with beautiful handmade books to look at all my creations. Oh to dream!

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  5. Some I would use in collages, and some I might use in family history projects: a photo of someone's ancestor, along with ephemera from their life, of things they might have used. And I'd invite a bunch of other artsy ladies over for a weekend of creativity.

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  6. aww..Suzanne K stole my idea almost verbatum! LOL..we must be long lost ephemera twins.I've fantasized about renting a Uhaul and hitting the Longest Yard Sale(spanning from Georgia to Ohio I believe?). I also would like to do a "picking" trip. I would then take my 1400 square foot unfinished basement and turn it into the most tricked out studio ever. I'd like to paper the walls with various ephemera Ive found.Mmmm...wheels are turning now....

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    1. you drive I'll read the map...we are twins because I thought of the yardsale too!!! So after we each do our studio we can collaborate on a huge supply/working studio for the others to visit...

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  7. Ohh, the possibilities...lol! I would go to rummage sales and flea markets and find small furniture items such as shelves or tables...then I would buy a big vat of Modge Podge and glue stuff on the furniture. I'd also buy gi-normous canvases (or make my own) and glue stuff onto it, making big ole mixed-media collages :)

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  8. Ah, Karen . . . and I would go with you! :D if space and money were no object, I would love to start going to ephemera and paper shows around the country and buy what I want, versus just sticking to the cheap bits and hoping I score something great at a yard sale. I'd then decoupage EVERYTHING.

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  9. Hmm...if money and space were no object....oh, the dream! Well, first of all, I would hire a builder to build a new room onto our house so I could have my very own room for an art studio, and not have to share the den/office/computer room with the rest of my family! I would probably still have to share my studio with the cat, since he's the boss and goes wherever he wants to! I would have my CD player in there to listen to beautiful music while I'm creating...wait, money is no object, so lets make that an iPod with an excellent speaker system! My studio would be so organized, since I would have plenty of space - all kinds of shelves and cubbyholes - to keep all my wonderful ephemera in! I would be stocked up on plenty of canvases and wooden plaques and boxes to create all kinds of fabulous collages and decoupage boxes! I would have a nice desk and my very own computer so I wouldn't have to wait for hubby to get off of Farmville in order to blog or go on Etsy! I would even have a space just for packaging and shipping out my Etsy orders, which, of course would come pouring in due to my art's awesomeness!
    P.S. Mel, your blog is amazing and you are amazing! Thank you for inspiring us!!

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  10. Money and time are no object? Oh well then I would hire someone to take care of all the wife/mom duties that fill my days and evenings. Then I would hire someone to work in the studio and wait on customers and do all the jewelry repair orders and such. THEN I would use my time designing beautiful one of a kind jewelry. And when my hands got tired of that I would create collages using my secret stash of wonderful ephemera that I have been saving for a special occassion. Then I would go look for more stuff to use. And travel to places like India and Egypt and other exotic places to collect my own ephemera. I would of course share the treasures I collect with others. yeah....dream big right?

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  11. I would finally get off my duff and actually get creative again. Just lookinv at your stuff has inspired me to get busy making things for all those beautiful grandchildren my children keep giving me and quite possibly make some cool decore for my own home

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  12. Hmmmmm... so many possibilities, so little time... I'd love to make a huge mosaic using the colors of the ephemera for the design. I'd like the piece to be interesting up close as one looks at the individual components and also from afar as the components blend as part of a large picture.

    You are an inspiration, Mel!!

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  13. If money and time were no object...I would have someone build me a rustic looking outdoor studio out of barn boards and have it well insulated so I could use it year round to spend my days making collages combining the ephemera with my photographs instead of job searching, cleaning, etc.

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  14. If money and time were no object, I'd have a traveling Artmobile. I'd go from school to school, from retirement home to retirement home. I'd stop at hospitals. I'd make up collage art kits and distribute them and teach little workshops everywhere I went.

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  15. Well..if money and space were not problem, I'd first have someone help me create a huge studio with all kinds of drawers and spaces for storing my stuff in a more organized fashion. Then I would just drive around New England stopping at all the antique shops, flea markets, thrift stores, etc. to search out wonderful treasures to add to my collection. In the winter I'd shop online for tons of cool ephemera that right now I just covet. In between, I'd spend hours creating collages and artwork from my treasure trove so that I'd have to shop for more! Mel, thanks for letting me know I'm not the only person with this need to collect paper "stuff"!

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  16. I have always dreamed of having a warehouse space. It would have various creating stations and lots of big tables to work on. Lots of windows and good lighting. Also, a comfy area, to lounge and look at all the books. Or have a nap. And a kitchen area, so all friendly folks can come and create and cook and eat and hang out. And they will all want to make something artful , before they leave, even if they don't think they can. And there will be no clocks.

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  17. Wow! Congrats on your 600! If money and space were no object, first, I'd have a whole lot more ephemera (thank you for so kindly sharing yours!) But, given what I do have, I would like to create pieces of art to showcase as many individual pieces as humanly possible that would allow people to experience history through art. Ephemera is, after all, a form of history :) sparemarbles at gmail dot com

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  18. If money and space were no object I would have a shed for all my ephemera so I could create large pieces of art. Congrats on 600, you are an inspiration and i love your blog.

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  19. If time and money were no object I would take off to travel the world to collect even more ephemera. I would love to share my collection with the artists I would hope to meet on my journey. And exchange of ideas always sparks my imagination.

    I would also like to do more collaborative work with Chris Ludke, the other "sister" in our Sisterhood of the Muse. Ever since our Art school days, Chris' work has always been an inspiration to me.

    Congratualtions on your 600! Here's to 600 more!

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  20. If money and space were no object I'd have a dedicated HUGE studio with beautifully organised drawers and shelves, and wallspace galore to hang my finished works (perhaps gallery space that could be opened to the public), a discreet ENORMOUS workspace with tables, easels, etc. This is in total opposition to my current work area... small, cluttered, no wallspace. Wouldn't it be BLISS.

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  21. It’s very simple really if money and space were no object I would pay for all my new crafty friends that live so very far away from me :( to visit and we could craft till our hearts were content and then I would be a winner because I would get to see everyone to learn lots of new things but to tell the truth I think I am very blessed anyway because I have the internet and all my new friends and their crafty ideas live in there so my computer is my lifeline to the many beautiful friends that I have had the pleasure to meet and swap crafts with so really I desire no money or big flash rooms just my little old computer xoxo.Rosie McKeough

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  22. Congratulations to sparemarbles, who is the winner of the contest! WOO HOO!!! :D

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  23. Absolutely thrilled! Thanks so much! Have replied to your e-mail with info. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!! Happy dance :)

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