Friday, September 16, 2011

Time for a little Creativity!…Part Two

“An artist needn’t be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.” ~Vincent van Gogh

Fall is turning into a busy time for Nostalgic Summer. I just joined a wonderful “women in business” networking group, and I will be participating in my first art fair.

So I thought I would take a little time to catch you up on some new pieces I am currently working on, a bit on how they came about and information on the great Art Fair I will be participating in.

After my dad died my mom was cleaning out some of his things, and giving items to everyone. She gave me two small cardboard boxes and said they were dad’s “matchbook collection.” I put them in a closet and forgot about them. That was 17 years ago.

Fast forward to this year. I have been thinking about making vintage graphic pendants, but just couldn’t find the right vintage art. I love all the pendants I’ve seen with vintage type, French themes, and bits of vintage writings but the thing is I’ve seen them done already. I wanted something new. I tried many different options but nothing was working, until I ran across the little boxes I had stored away 17 years ago.

I had never actually looked inside them, but when I did I found a fantastic collection of advertising art from the 1920’s to 1930’s!

This photo shows only a tiny fraction of matchbook covers!

I scanned some of my favorites, worked with the size, and here they are in production,

This is a sample of what a finished piece will look like.

These pieces will be available for the first time at the Second Debut Art Fair on October 1st. This is a wonderful event with 10% of the proceeds going to The Good Will Easter Seals Organization.
Here’s the link:

I am also working on a collection of initial necklaces for the art fair.

And of course I will have a wonderful collection of Nostalgic Summers Re-purposed Vintage pieces.

If you are in the Minneapolis area on October 1st I hope you will come, support local artists and The Goodwill Easter Seals Organization.


  1. Renee I love the matchbook vintage advertising art for pendants! I always did love vintage advertising. I'm sure you will do very well with these!

  2. Looks great, Renee! I am looking forward to seeing your jewelry in person at the art fair. I will be showing my mixed media artwork. See you then!

  3. Now that's DEVINE INTENTION right there. Your dad lives on in your beautiful work. The blessings that reach out to us when we aren't even looking. Amazing. Will you list any online? I would love to peek & see! Hugs. Tammy

  4. I really do love your initial art necklaces and those matchbook pendants are soooo cute. Great job!

  5. I love them! The matchbook pendants are so great!

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  7. Thanks for all the great comments!
    Sheryl, I have an Advertising/Graphics background and I also love vintage advertising. I guess that's why my mom gave these to me.
    Karla, can't wait to see your work!
    Tammy, I think you're right. And I think I will list some on Etsy. They are fun to make!
    Kathy & Laura, thanks for the great encouragement.

  8. GREAT new pendants! What fun to come across your dad's matchbook collection...The new pendants look great. Fabulous job!
    Stopping by from Blogging Buddies team - and I'm your 100th follower via GFC!

  9. beautiful work!!! looks very nice!
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  10. What a wonderful idea to take something old and recreate it a hip and cool retro art pendant. i agree with Tammy, your dad's loves shine on through your art. He's there cheering you on, giving you love and support on your first art fair. They will do well on etsy and the art fair. Best wishes.

  11. Renee, I love your idea of the matchbook pendants. I do admire all the vintage graphic advertisements on the matchbooks. Your new pendants look great! I wish you much success with your new jewelry line.