The Creative Touch

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Am I partial, absolutely, but its for good reason. Changing Thymes, located in Grandville, Michigan, recently welcomed a new booth into their store. It’s called The Creative Touch. It’s a special booth because not only are there sweet knick knacks and collectibles, but there’s a variety of handcrafted and hand painted items. Who is the painter, you ask? Her name is Cindy Overbeek. She is my mother, and I’m proud of that.

My mother has been painting for over thirty years and has traveled both in and out of state doing arts and craft shows. Her paintings cover a wide range: still-lifes, signage, realism, florals, chic, and more. The pieces also vary in size and style. Within my home, I have many of my mother’s painted pictures and furnishings.

Cindy is a gifted artist and has a sharp eye for detail. Below are current pictures from her booth. I encourage you to check out The Creative Touch today! (Located in the left wing of the building)
2900 Wilson, Grandville, Michigan 49418

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I Smolder for Older

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The door opens, and my heart pumps faster. A sheen of sweat forms upon my palms as I gaze at the beautiful bounty before me. My eyes narrow, ready for the hunt.

Flaring once, my nostrils recognize the scent. Ah yes…this is the place. They’ve got…

Antiques.

The joyous search is full of surprise and unknown. What you might see, you’ll never know. But boy, it’s bound to be good. This how I feel each time I enter a vintage shop or antique store.

Given the choice between new and modern or used with character…I’ll take the old. Give me history. Give me rusty gold. Give me something that doesn’t fit the trendy mold.

I don’t need a match, just one to snatch. Faded can be fabulous and rusted oh so sheik, when the objects are priceless antiques.

Fifty-year-old spoons cause my spine to tingle with joy.

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A primitive oilcan is love at first glance.

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And oh, don’t get me started on the hats. Bonnets with a veil…mama mia.

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Wooden storage trunk, yes please.

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An old chair with dead mice? Hmmm, no problem. I’ll make it nice. A pair of rubber gloves and some antiseptic spray. Pull out the nests, scrub, polish and fix the bottom. Boom. Bang. It’s a winner.  And it looks great in my bedroom.

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I haven’t got qualms when a piece needs some work. I can roll up my sleeves, I ain’t scared of dirt.

There’s something cozy about country and collectibles. I use them everyone. Tins. Teapots. Canisters. Trinkets. Umm. Umm. Good.

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My heart is for the things that have a story, as a writer, it makes things have much more meaning. And beauty too.

What about you? Do you share my  love of old?

The Beauty of a Ball…Jar

My new favorite is turquoise ball jars.

Not only are they pretty, but they are also practical.

There are so many ways you can use a Ball…

STORAGE CONTAINERS

They look great on a shelf.
Perfect for Utensils

TABLE CENTERPIECE

Lights up Our Living Room

CANDLE HOLDER

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SOAP DISPENSER

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LANTERNS

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CHRISTMAS TREE BASE

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ORGANIZERS

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It’s fun to explore and be creative. Go ahead. Buy yourself some Balls today!