Monday, April 25, 2011

Charm Bracelet Workshop at JB Knacker

some of Sarah's rings in a cute display at the shop
anagrams & keys and so much more can work as creative!
We would love to see a full room at the shop this coming Friday night (April 29th).  JB Knacker will be hosting a great charm bracelet workshop from 6pm 'til 8ish pm.  Sarah Dorn from Mama Peacock will be leading the workshop and I will be assisting.  If you've never met Sarah before, this will be a treat.  She has a wealth of knowledge in creating fabulous pieces of jewelry, and lights up a room w/ her positive uplifting outlook!  You will learn joinery techniques in putting your one-of-a-kind charms onto your bracelet as well as a few new techniques in altering charms such as stamping metal, inking and collage.  I have been squirreling away fun little trinkets in preparation for this workshop, and Sarah has a wonderful stash of new and old lovelies to choose.  The cost is only $35.00 for the evening and all supplies are included.  And you go home w/ a beautiful charm bracelet that you created.  This is a fantastic price for this workshop as I usually see these bracelets sell for upwards of $50.00 at shows and shops!  We will also be stuffing our faces w/ angel food cake, whip (as my kids call it) and strawberries...tea and wine will also be served.  How do you sign up?  The old fashioned way...just call the shop at 233-2600 and we'll reserve a spot for you!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Record Breaking and Dangerous

March was a record-breaking month for JB Knacker!  Thanks to all of you who had a part in that in a big way or even some small way...I appreciate all of you!  The last 2 weeks of March saw all sorts of cool vintage come into the shop and then fly out as soon as I placed 'em.  But one can revel in success only so long or it's back to "square one."  So...

The shop will be getting another overhaul in the next 2 days to gear up for April.  Wire and metal and old glass...a plethora of vintage science models that would make the most talked about art...big sturdy functional lockers in the best color...darn good ephemera...lots and lots of sturdy metal lab stools...old thick bubbly glass science bell jars/cloches (one on a funky metal pedestal)...and gym locker baskets, yeah we got'em!

You'd think we dismantled a high school...well, we did play a part .  It was bittersweet to walk through this once majestic 4 story school in NW Iowa...and it wasn't even my alma mater.  Listening to alumnus talk about the good old days and which room was Mr. Hinkle's...who, by the way, had a science room to die for! For the life of me, why wouldn't you take this stuff to the new building...wasteful...but I guess that's how the junk cycles.

I am not a normal junker when it comes to auctions...hate 'em and try to avoid them at all costs.  Well, my husband thought better on this one and dragged me along.  It was an all day deal (who has all day to spend at one of these?) and crowded (at my age, funny things are happening to my hormones making me unnecessarily panicky in a crowd)!  So I would wander off away from the crowd to let my husband bid on the skeleton in the to a quiet part of the building...say, the music room (deep breath...Hail Mary, Full of Grace...this prayer has helped me through a few panic attacks in my day)...lucky for me, I spy a gaggle of wire gym baskets under the stairwell.  The rest is history (or dare I say, Physical Ed) was a good day.  But with the good, you gotta take the bad and downright driving home w/ a box full of hydrogen tanks and glass vials of neon, mercury and the element that kills superman in the back of your vehicle (didn't know what was in that box when we loaded it...should they even have auctioned that off?).

Well, lucky for us when we arrived home w/ our van of vintage goodness, poison and explosives, our sweet girls had baked their little hearts out...rhubarb strawberry tarts and chocolate cherry cookies...yummm!  Here's to a fun, adventurous and downright "dangerous" April!

                                                                                                              ~ Brenda