Sunday, February 28, 2010

A picture is worth

a thousand words.
Did you know that Napoleon Bonaparte started that idea? Actually, he said, "Un bon croquis vaut mieux qu'un long discours," or "A good sketch is better than a long speech." Wonder how he would characterize Twitter!

I am twisting his quote even more: a good spring is better than a long winter! And so my "elf" and I started the 'out with winter, in with spring' white...we are so over white...we want green...we want color...we want spring!

In that spirit, we started to rearrange...Greenleaf has a new scent...Garden Breeze...those of us in the east are so ready for that
We also are blending pretty prims with traditional vintage...the magazines are blending based on color not period anymore. Now I now there may be purists, but the eclectic is so much more versatile. So, out came the old worn bottles, the new paper florals, and old planters and decorative accents.

Also, in the displays are some new soaps for spring, French ribbon roses, and tags for gifts or just decorative.
On the wall went some new prints...these are amazing...the tops of the frames have cast iron rose edges.

I love old prints. Granted you can get wall art at TJs or Marshalls for $9.95, but the old prints are more than xerox mass produced copies. Most reproductions of old prints produced have a flat appearance. The older printing techniques were far more labor intensive. A lithograph, like the strawberry girl above, was produced by drawing the image on finely grained limestone or on a metal plate with a greasy pencil, crayon or ink. The stone is treated with a chemical solution, dampened, and then inked. The ink is attracted to the greasy crayon marks but repelled by the dampened areas. When paper is placed on the stone and both run through a press, the image is transferred, from a flat surface.

If you look at a print under a magnifier, you can see an irregular granular pattern. Engravings are linear.

Think Spring! We are!


Just a bed of roses said...

And your pictures are worth a thousand words...and should be worth a thousand bucks coming soon your way!
Your CEO is giving me the evil I , seriously! Deuteronomy I wish I could pet you.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Susan ~
Your pictures are so pretty ! I would love to come visit your shop ~

Patricia said...

The shop is looking lovely. I will be making a trip down to see you very soon, can't wait to meet you in person!
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

gail said...

Hi Susan,, I love the tour of your pretty shop and seeing all of your new spring inspired products. It looks like a beautiful selection. I hope you have a fantastic week.
(()) gail

anything shabby chic said...

I am also a nj resident and we visit wildwood and capemay every summer, and I can't beleive I have never been in your shop. When we visit in june I am for sure visiting your shop!! Maybe I can get a visit in before that. You have a beautiful store!

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