Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Carnival of Toys at Piddlestixs!
Vintage Goodies at Piddlestixs!
The carnival has arrived at Piddlestixs, Lions, Tigers and Bears oh my....Piddlestixs now has a bevy of carnival/circus delights, toys, dolls, oddities, supplies, animals, circus animals, stuffed and plastic, all vintage and new, tons of items to fuel your imagination.Vintage Goodies at Piddlestixs! 2Vintage Goodies at Piddlestixs! 3Vintage Goodies at Piddlestixs! 4
If you do not live in the NJ area and can't reach Piddlestixs in person, but still want to shop, continue to look at the pictures I post, if there is something you want or looking for, just ask, we ship world wide.Vintage Goodies at Piddlestixs! 5The Dolls in the Curiosity Cabinet! 22The Dolls in the Curiosity Cabinet! 20The Dolls in the Curiosity Cabinet! 12The Dolls in the Curiosity Cabinet! 14
Many of you know I am a circus fanatic and love everything about it and I try to stock as much of this memorabilia as possible, even cookies, candies and treats. The front of the store has edible treats and sweets sure to fuel your shopping snack desires, lol.The Dolls in the Curiosity Cabinet! 27
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So come one, come all, to the Piddlestixs Carnival, where magic awaits your arrival.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Vignette Area in my Studio at Piddlestixs!
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Everyday I try to come up with enchanting ideas to enhance my store and my studio space at the store, which has become my creative sanctuary, the place where I create and get inspired in. My studio in case you didn't know yet is located on the former stage of a playhouse/theater from the turn of the century in a 150 year old building located in Historic Lafayette, NJ, in the back of my store at Piddlestixs.New Area in my Studio 12New Area in my Studio 14New Area in my Studio 16New Area in my Studio 10New Area in my Studio 17
I comb flea markets, auctions, rummage sales, yard/garage sales, salvage yards, and dumpsters (lol) to find pieces for my studio and the store, always on the hunt for a glass cabinet, shelving or prop to decorate my store with. I have a total obsession with vintage stamp trays, cigar boxes, old fruit crates and trunks. I love apothecary glass, rusty books and of course dolls, especially my beloved cupies, kewpies, celluloids and charlottes, with a love affair of anything circus, carnival or storybook.New Area in my Studio 5
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If its wizards, witches, fairies, mermaids or odd, I'm going to love it, the mystery behind these icons and folklore legends has always fascinated me from a young age, the works I do revolve around them and anything of magical enchantment. I'm always on a mission to find things which can bring me to a magical world and allow for my imagination to soar. The hardest part is doing this on a budget as furniture can be pricey, that is why I comb thrifty locations for furniture, and have wonderful friends and customers who bestow goodies onto me, lol.New Area in my Studio 4New Area in my StudioNew Area in my Studio 2
A few weeks ago I enjoyed the town clean up week, where I found a few amazing tables, shelves, hutch, stamper trays, cigar boxes and fun pieces to re-purpose in my store, plus a friend recently gave me a box of dolls, some broken parts and TLC dolls, which I fixed and added to my studio, especially loved my cupies I received, I see some new molds in the works, lol.New Area in my Studio 18New Area in my Studio 17New Area in my Studio 20
In this post today, I wanted to share with you some of the newest areas of my studio, hope it brings you some inspiration and some magic, it doesn't take a whole lot of money to create a magical workspace, just a bit of creativity and some imagination!

If you are in the area, come on my store for a visit!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Art Bar and Steampunk at Piddlestixs!

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I have been very busy at Piddlestixs, re-organzing and enhancing some of our latest sections such as the new Art Bar and Steampunk area's which are filled with the most unique artful oddities from supplies to vintage finds and handmade items.Art Bar at Piddlestixs! 13New Art Bar at Piddlestixs 4New Art Bar at Piddlestixs 5
In our steampunk area you will find handmade steampunk jewelry from Auroratique aka Joan Kettell, Top Hats, dress forms, journals, clock parts, vintage keys and everything steampunk.New Art Bar at Piddlestixs 7Steampunk at Piddlestixs!
The art bar section consists of everything from vintage keys, chess pieces, game boards and pieces, vintage sewing supplies such as zippers, patterns, buttons, notions, chandelier parts, hardware, ephemera, doll parts and supplies, glitter and more.Steampunk at Piddlestixs! 2Steampunk at Piddlestixs! 3
Search for vintage bottles, cigar boxes, crepe paper, craft kits, scrapbooking supplies and fabrics.Steampunk at Piddlestixs! 4Steampunk at Piddlestixs! 5

Piddlestixs is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, occasional Thursday's until middle of November. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Vintage Fun at Piddlestixs!
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Come on over to Piddlestixs and explore all the new vintage items we got in, from ballerina and fairy costumes, to dolls, toys and artsy goodness.
Vintage finds! 21Whether you are a collector or a crafter, we have tons of stuff to fill your needs, even grab a cookie or box of candy to enjoy while you shop, maybe relax for a bit on our Princess and the Pea bench or under our Big Top Umbrella on the porch, enjoying the sounds of the river stream. If action is your thing, sign up for one of our many art workshops or rent the space for a party with your friends.Vintage finds! 23Vintage finds! 24Piddlestixs is a place to let your imagination soar and have some fun, now un-happy faces please...Vintage finds! 25Vintage finds! 26Vintage finds! 27So come on down for a visit! Happy Friday!
Magic and Joy!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Curbside Find, Up-Cycled!
New area at Piddlestixs! 2I live to recycle/upcycle items to use in my works, my displays and my decor, Something always has a purpose no matter what. Recently it was clean up week in my area, and to my delight I came across some amazing pieces to re-finish and up-cycle to a new use. Here is one of those finds, a hutch top, that really only needed some sanding and paint.Curbside Pickup! 2After seeing this, I hauled it over to my store, carried it up the stairs and started sanding it. I then washed it off and began its first coat of paint in creamy dove followed by a sweet taffy blue color for the trim, here is the result!Curbside find re-finished!Curbside find re-finished! 2After the paint dried I placed it into my store in a new area designated for girly girl, pink, 50's kitch and pastel color items all vintage and new.New area at Piddlestixs!New area at Piddlestixs! 3Here are some close ups of the shelf vignettes!New area at Piddlestixs! 4New area at Piddlestixs! 5New area at Piddlestixs! 9Hope you enjoyed my newest upcycled design! Have a magic filled day!

P.S. Come on over and visit us at Piddlestixs!