Sunday, March 3, 2013

A little inspiration

Hi Everyone,

So sorry for another absence, um, let's see, one ill parent, hopefully being discharged from a week at the hospital tomorrow, a crazy, funny bridal show and weird weather.

Yep, that's pretty much sums up the insanity level around here. Also known as normal.

It is very difficult to keep all the proverbial balls in the air or juggling as it is sometimes known as, when you physically make about 90% of everything you show by hand. So anytime away from your creativity area is always hard to get back. Heck, it's just gone.

The two bright spots this week started with a bridal show in Indiana. I knew it was going to be 'different' when a woman walked in the booth and looked at our table setting display, which by the way is really very pretty in real time,

and said, "Oh, you're a catering company".

Where do you go from there? (Hysterical laughing is not a politically correct choice I found out)

When all was said and done, it was a great show, albeit a humorous one at that.

While spending a whole lot of hours at the hospital this week, it did give me a chance to really catch up on some of my favorite blogs.

I follow blogs from all over the world, to get ideas and inspiration. One in particular sent me into a huge tail spin.

Songbird is from the Netherlands. She loves all things chippy, old, industrial, antiquey, quite the renaissance gal.

Recently, she visited what she called the "Salvage Store from Heaven".

I have already checked out the ticket cost to Holland.

It is just unbelievable. The place is located somewhere near the airport, their website is written in Dutch but the passion and beauty come through loud and clear. Thank goodness cuz' I do not speak or read a single word of Dutch.

Burbri International, also known as Burbri Antiek is a huge warehouse that houses architectural and industrial goodies. I am posting a couple of pictures from Marianne's blog but please take the time to go see all of them. It is so worth the time.

Oh my, these are ALL stained glass

every color imaginable of shutters

I was ready to pass out  . . .  and then saw this

Iron gates + European design + antiqued AHHHHHHH!

Then she showed this

So I am going to start making plans on a buying trip.

Step one - see how large of container I can secure and what freight is going to run

Step two - find at least two more places to shop while in Holland

Step three - learn enough Dutch to be able to say phrases like, "Really, that is your BEST price?" or "If I take all of them, won't you come down a bit more on the price?" " No, the Euro is not a better form of currency"

This might take a little time to work on, okay maybe a lot of time. But who's up for making the trip with me? Come on, it could be a hoot!

In the meantime, back to reality, we are shuffling down to Carmel IN for next Saturday's Indie Arts and Vintage Market. Have I told you how much I love going to Indy, as much as Allegan MI, almost!

I'll be back,

the Muze


  1. Holy moly- if you want some company on this trip just let me know! Maybe we could split the biggest container you can find. Bet we could get Annie to come too.
    Thanks for sharing this one Susan, I subscribed to her blog after the first picture :D
    Hope your Mom is home soon and life gets back to just normal crazy instead of hospital crazy

    1. Kathi
      You're on! Europe would never be the same if Annie and I were let loose anywhere and then you as well, God save the Queen would be the least of their worries!
      Marianne does such a beautiful job with her blog but this was just over the top.
      Doesn't still boggle your brain what the internet enables us to learn about?
      PS Fran is back home and I am out the door for day duty!