Monday, September 19, 2011

My Backdoor Neighbor

Let  me  just  start  out  by  saying  that  I  am  a  lot  happier  this  Monday  then  I  was  last  Monday.   I  had  a  great  weekend  with  lots  of  sales  and  very  appreciative  customers,  and  the  perfect  weather  was  just  icing  on  the  cake.   Sometimes  when  you  get  back  from  these  depressing  shows  like  last  week--you  think---why  am  I  doing  these  shows??   And  then  after  this  weekend--you  say--oh  yeah...... that's  why!   I  have  some  stories  to  share  but  I'll  hold  off  until  next  week.  

I  want  to  tell  you  about  my  backdoor  neighbor  Lila,  and  I  mean  that  literally (our  booths  are  back  to  back).     Her  business  name  is  Lizone's,  and  she's  been  making  repurposed  jewelry  for  23  years--you  know,  the  vintage  style  jewelry,  with  some  steampunk  added  in.   She  was  making  this  type  of  jewelry  before  anyone  even  knew  what  it  was--way  ahead  of  her  time.









And  I  love  the  added  touches  she  uses  to  display  her  jewelry.


How  fun  is  this??!!

And  here's  her  very  fun  booth--



And  last  week,  I   told  everyone  about  the  special  piece  that  I  made  for  the  festival.....well,  here's  Lila's  piece--



She  found  this  knight  at  a  garage  sale  ( with  all  of  the  garage  sales  that  I  have  gone  to,  I  have  yet  to  find  anything  like  this!)   She  cleaned  it  up  and  adorned it  with  these  very  cool  embellishments--excellent!!

And  if  you're  wondering  if  she's  online--yes  she  is.   She  has  an  Etsy  shop  HERE,   and  in  her  shop  she  also  sells  vintage  supplies  for  all  of  you  jewelry  or  collage  artists.   And  since  I'm  not  the  greatest  photographer,  I  want  to  share  a  pair  of  earrings  from  her  Etsy  store--she's   much  better  at  taking  photos  than  I  am.



So  to  sum  it  up,  her  jewelry  is  a  bit  vintage,  eclectic,  fun,  and  one  of  a  kind,  which  pretty  much  describes  Lila,  except  for  the  vintage  part--she's  very  refreshing---I've  never  laughed  so  much  : )

You  know  backdoor  neighbors--they're  welcome  anytime  and  they  always  know---just  come  to  the  back  door.    Believe  me,  I've  been  to  shows  where  after  meeting  my  backdoor  neighbor,  I  wished  that  I  could  have  "moved"  from  the  neighborhood!

32 comments:

Buffy said...

I'm so happy to hear you did good,and that the weather was nice. Her jewerly is incredible,loved looking at all the pictures,I'm off to check out her etsy shop now. Thanks for sharing.

Clare said...

Ha ha - I had to laugh when you spoke about the ups and downs of shows. I only remember to well the elation of a good show - and then the downer of a bad one, where you question all that you are doing. I;m glad that you had a great show this weekend - it makes it all worth while. I love the funky jewelry - some folks are so talented. Thanks for sharing.

Theresa Plas said...

Great to hear this past weeks show was better! Lizone's pieces are wonderful as are the painted furniture and boxes just read about in your previous post!

Lesley said...

Oh wow what a talented lady. Beautiful jewellery!

I am so glad that you enjoyed your weekend, Diane, and you had more sales - as you say - it makes it all worthwhile.
x

Emelie said...

Good news from you and I am so glad that all was better with customers and sales.

love that Jewelry, love to see the finds and the put togethers.
Collage of hard bits it seems.

So you have stories and you know I want to hear them.

I don't think I told you how beautiful that last table is, the finish and the design are just perfect.

Becca said...

Wow, that's some pretty cool jewelry! I really like the crescent moon earrings! Glad you had a nice weekend. Will we get to see a photo of your booth too?

Dianne said...

Wonderful jewelry! Glad you had a good show!

Georgie Horn said...

Oh wow, I've never seen a booth that looks like that! How cool!

I'll be hosting a giveaway on my blog starting tomorrow. Come by for some puddin n pie:
http://georgie-hornpuddinnpie.blogspot.com/2011/09/monday-is-lame-way-to-spend-17-of-your.html

NatashaMay said...

I'm so glad you had a fun and successful show. :) thanks for introducing Lila to us. She sounds fun, too. :)

Diana said...

Same thing happens to me with creating art ...sometimes I create something that just doesn't work and I wonder what keeps me going and then I create a beauty and I get all fired up all over again. Now I know it's part of the process and just accept it. Love your table...I bet that sold! Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing your neighbor's work, too.

slothead said...

Well, little did I know that when a good friend of mine showed me her awesome purchase at Willoughby Arts Fest and I went to see this girl's schtuff and talked to her that day, that she would end up being MY Backdoor Neighbor at Yankee Peddler Festival! OMG, what fun we are having. And now the wonderful Diane has been so very kind enough to include me in her top notch blog! Thank you tons girl! My 'karma' must be intact to have lucked out this way..LOL..I am off to promote your blog Diane...it's the best! Love ya, Lila .. oh and TY all for the wonderful comments! :-))

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

Hurray for a great show! Sorry I haven't been by in awhile, been busy getting my kids back to school. I will have to check out Lila's shop!
Happy Week to you!
♥Jenny

wanda miller said...

YEAH YEAH RAH RAH...i just knew this would be a better show for you! on top of it all, it sounds like you had fun! to the BEST at always looking on the bright side. :0 :0 :) XO

BlueRidgeLady said...

I'm glad you had a good show and a good weekend! I adored her vintage jewelry and the way she displayed the pieces. That was some cool Knight she had! How clever! I imagine he would surely get noticed!

Cameron said...

Yay! I knew that if the weather was right...you would do great!! I'm so happy things went well!!

Thank you for sharing your neighbor's talent, too ;)

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

What a great story of your 'backdoor neighbor'. It's always nice to meet new ladies and this one seems particularily lovely. I LOVE that knight of armor she found - My son wants one for his bedroom! Her jewellery is so fun and wonderful. I will check out her shop too.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs and blessings
Kelly

Kathy said...

Glad to hear you had a good show!! A knight in shining armour from a garage sale - now that one is going to be hard to beat - loved the story!

Dorthe said...

Diane- such great news, that you did good this time- :)
Thanks for the link- I`m certainly going to have a look, this jewlery looks wonderful.
Hugs,Dorthe

Marilyn Rock said...

Happy to read your weekend show was good! Your art is so beautiful and I just know people want to buy it so they can have it in their home. I'm glad the weather was in your favor :)

Lovin' the funky jewelry and presentation. Thanks for sharing with us! xxoo

~Rasz~ said...

Glad you had such a good show and a good time too! Your backdoor neighbor is also a very talented lady. Maybe you and her could plan being neighbors at upcoming events!

sharon said...

Glad to hear you had a great show, the economy around here is really struggling. Doing good at a show is always such a positive reinforcement for our ego's , but your work is always top notch Diane!
Your neighbors work is great....fresh, and fun!

slothead said...

From LILA....Wow, thanks again to all "Diane's Ladies"!! Someone inquired about the Knight in Shining Armor...but he's gone to a new home. Last minute sale on Sunday and it was a good one...felt great! Now I have to make another "special" piece though, LOL....Thanks again for all Diane! See ya Saturday! Li

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Hi Diane! So very glad to hear that you did well. :) And thanks for introducing us to Lila - her work is so much fun!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

OH MY! I love that knight...and the steampunk earrings are wonderful! I'm off to window shop on Etsy! Hugs! ♥

JessiVille said...

So glad you had a great weekend with your show and sales! And you enjoyed your fun backyard nieghbor too! It makes it all worthwhile. Thanks for sharing her cool jewelry with us too!

Jessi xox

Manon said...

Thank you for the link Diane. It must be so hard to do these depressing shows so I am glad you had a good one this week anyway I like all your stuff I just wished I could pop over to see you on one of these shows!
ManonX

Healing Woman said...

Soooo glad you did well on the last weekend of the show! I am missing that show when I see your neighbors booth all set up. It must be fun to have a neighbor who is an artist and attends same shows. Her work is lovely. Anxious to hear more about the show.

Joanna said...

Congrats on your sales! You deserve all the goodness that comes your way, you're so talented! & your friends booth is simply charming...I'll be off to check out her shop, so thanks for sharing :) xo

Joanna said...

Congrats on your sales! You deserve all the goodness that comes your way, you're so talented! & your friends booth is simply charming...I'll be off to check out her shop, so thanks for sharing :) xo

Donna said...

Lila is totally awesome!!!!! She continues to amaze me with her unique artistic abilities. What a feast for the eye:)

Sunny Carvalho said...

Yay for you! I'm so happy you did well! I love those cigar boxes and the table you painted is just absolutely eye candy!! I couldn't believe the beautiful "booth" of your friend. Wow....my poor old tent looks nothing like that! I have to say...I've never found a cool old suit of armour at a yard sale either!

johnniebelinda said...

What an incredible artist her both is amazing too.

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