Month: May 2011


Art Tour: A Paris Street Market | Elysian Studios

Art Tour: A Paris Street Market

Categories: Art Tours, Colorado, Denver, shopping


It’s that time of year again when I slather on the sunscreen, break out my favorite hat & sunglasses, and pack my squeaky folding shopping cart to browse the exciting finds at A Paris Street Market at the Aspen Grove Mall in Littleton, Colorado.  The market is held the first Saturday of each month from May- October, rain or shine.

Over the years I have collected some cherished pieces from this market, and I am continually amazed at the wide variety of unique vintage and handcrafted items that are available.  The prices can be high, but I have found most vendors to be willing to negotiate, especially as the season continues.  Though many of the vendors do take credit cards, be sure to bring cash– it never fails that the one time you find a cute little item, that vendor only takes cash!

Usually I am on the hunt for some decorative pieces for my home, but this year I am focused on finding interesting props and tools for Elysian Studios.  You will find me avidly digging through boxes and jars of junk for my purchases this season, however, I had to share a few things I would have bought if money and space weren’t an object… 5707535465_9964661da3_b-5342663

I feel quite at home in a place where the more rust an object has, the better, and once discarded items are given a new life….

5708075578_6b357fa7ac_z-3729506 This year a lot of vendors are going all out to set up elaborate displays that help you envision a shabby chic decor…



I have a vintage typewriter that was my grandmother’s, which I adore, and is displayed on it’s very own shelf.  This sweet little “Paymaster” register would have been a nice addition to my arrangement…


How utterly beautiful are these shoe forms? The red and orange are a perfect complement to the wood, and I love the black type.  They remind me of paintings by Jasper Johns …

This bulldog would have been totally at home in my garden or on the front porch.  I love these cheery yellow balls on their rusty pedestals too! 


You may not know this, but I am a total library nerd!  My family still laughs at the fact that I started “Erin’s Lending Library” with my childhood book collection.  I created removable cards with pockets and added Dewey Decimal numbers to almost every book.  I would still love to have a vintage library card file in my studio!


Is is me or does this tractor look like he has a face?  He’s such a brilliant color! But where would you put something like this?

So what did I buy?  It wasn’t much, but I am very excited about these items!

Keys, Keys, Keys!!! I have lots of ideas for these, both in jewelry and original art pieces.
5707512225_138f8a1f4a_z-9223302 A big, thick book of sheet music with gloriously aged pages!  I honestly can’t wait to tear them out and use them for all types of collage work!  I found some funky, random pieces of hardware and broken tools that I will be using to create textures in paint and clay.  I also picked up two enamelware pieces (the platter above with the keys, and the basin below).  They both are beautifully speckled with rust and chipped paint and will be used as display props.

Do you like antiquing and thrifting too? Markets like this are a blast, and I can’t wait to go to more! I hope it’s a successful season of scavenging for you!

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Grammar Doesn't Count on Vacation! | Elysian Studios

Grammar Doesn’t Count on Vacation!

Categories: vacation

Image by tylerdurden1 via Flickr


My family and I are about to embark on an old-fashioned American road trip to Indiana to celebrate a family wedding.  Oh, gone are the days when you can just shlep some flip-flops, shorts and tees in a suitcase and hop in the car to start driving. 

Not only are two children involved, who need to be kept busy with activities other than movies and video games (remember when that wasn’t even an option?!), but I am leaving my studio behind! Agh! Hours sitting in the car can’t be wasted just staring out the window (though I love some wide-open Kansas countryside).  No, these hands are way too active to sit idly for 16 hours (each direction!)

Image by hey azi via Flickr

So while my husband is focused on the road, and when I’m not reffing a WWF match in the backseat, you’ll find me painting, stitching, writing and reading the long highway hours away!  I am looking forward to taking my creativity on the road, but planning for it has been a nightmare! Finding car-appropriate activities and making sure all of my supplies are organized and handy is quite the task!

I am looking forward to clearing my thoughts and allowing myself some time to just relax and play with my materials.  I kid you not, these grain silos you see in the middle of vast open fields are incredibly inspiring to me.  My family is also very inspiring to me, and getting to catch up with distant relatives will be food for my soul.  I’ll also be visiting some local bead shops and museums, and sharing those adventures with you when I return!

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I’ll be back blogging after Memorial Day (can you believe how soon that actually is?!)  I’ll miss all of my friends dearly, but we’ll have lots of fun this summer!  Until then….

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….and grammar doesn’t count on vacation!

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