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Custom Mermaid Necklace

mermaid, necklace, art nouveau, ooak, custom, unique, necklace, jewelry, pinup, burlesqueThis is a one of a kind, hand painted mermaid necklace. The photo above is just a sample. Please specify when placing order what colors you’d like. Hair, tail, etc.
Or, you can leave it up to me and I’ll just have fun with it and surprise you!
Exquisite detail, all hand painted. Each is one of a kind. Fantastic gift idea.


Measures:
Chain is approximately 20″, split on either side of the mermaid.
Pine mermaid cutout is approximately 4″
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Definitely a conversation starter and complete one of a kind!
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Sled Fest Rockabilly Car Show 2015

Better late than never, a few images from our time at Sled Fest in Duncannon, PA.

Special custom job on the Radio Flyer we found at Old Sled Works. If you are local, we can customize something for you too. Just use our contact form!
Special custom job on the Radio Flyer we found at Old Sled Works. If you are local, we can customize something for you too. Just use our contact form!

Sled Fest is a rockabilly themed, pre ’72 car show held at the Old Sled Works antiques shop. If you’ve never been to Old Sled Works it’s definitely worth the trip. The place is huge and it’s jam packed full of collectables. We didn’t have a lot of time to peruse with running our stand, but what we did see was awesome. We nabbed a Radio Flyer trike for the wee one (which is now pin-striped!) Definitely planning a trip back.

Along with the show and the antiques, the good folks from Retro Lovely magazine were there. They were shooting pin-up photography at the soda fountain inside.

There was a car show (the event is put on by the Hooligan’s Car Club) and also a pin-up contest. A lot of great folks were there including the owners of Atomic Cheesecake pin-up photography (Baltimore).

We made a lot of great connections and had an all around great time. The pre-party the night before at the River City Blues Club (Harrisburg, PA) was great, with awesome bands including Trio Agave, a surf rock band hailing from Lancaster, PA.


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The family crew! Dean, Cindy, Chris & Deanna. Dean is Deanna’s dad and Cindy’s husband. Chris is Deanna’s husband.
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Chris and Dean, up to no good. Hoodlums!
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Some sights around Sled Fest.

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Some sights around Sled Fest.
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Some sights around Sled Fest.
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Despite their faces at Dean’s antics, we made great friends with our neighbors!
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The soda fountain where pin-up photography was set up.
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Some sights around Sled Fest.
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The crew looking good with the stand.

See you next year!
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New Horseshoe Rockabilly Wall Art & the Origins of Horseshoe Lore

Horseshoes have a lot of lore and superstition surrounding them. Maybe one of the reasons we at Grease and Grace love them so much. Our pin-striper, Dean, believes that, “One can never have too much luck”, and he thinks the shoes ought to be positioned upwards, with  the points to the sky.

No matter how you choose to display them or why, there’s no doubt that they make excellent home decor. We have a slew of new horseshoe designs for sale at Black Kat Kollectibles in Lancaster, Pa. Also, as always, we have our custom order option. These are especially nice for birth announcements, memorials and family name placards.

With the business of Sled Fest in April, and the recent collaboration with Black Kat Kollectibles, we were slacking a bit in the photography department here. So here, we include some of the newest designs. These are made by Cindy and Dean, husband and wife team!

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Though it says, “coming soon”, these are available now at Black Kat Kollectibles, Lancaster, PA.

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Here’s a bit of lore as well, from superstionsonline.com.
“It is believed that the good luck powers of the horseshoe originate with the story of a blacksmith named Dunstan. The Devil came to Dunstan and requested that he fit him with new horseshoes. Dunstan recognized the devil and nailed a horseshoe onto his hoof. This caused the Devil great pain. While he was in agony, Dunstan chained him and only released him after the devil promised never to enter a place that had a horseshoe hung over the door. Dunstan became the Archbishop of Canterbury in 959 AD and is known as St. Dunstan.

Some believe that if guests come to a house where a horseshoe is above the door, they must leave by the same door through which they entered or they will take the luck from the horseshoe with them from the house.

To assure good luck for the New Year, one should sleep with a horseshoe under his pillow onNew Year’s Eve.

The crescent shape of the horseshoe can ward off the evil eye.

Suspected witches who were tried and buried upon their deaths had horseshoes nailed to their coffins to prevent them from returning to life or resurrecting again as witches.

Finding a horseshoe is very lucky if the open space is facing toward you.

If you dream of finding a horseshoe, good luck will come to you.

Toss the horseshoe over the left shoulder and spit after it to increase the good luck that will soon arrive.

Sailors used to nail a horseshoe to the foremast of their vessels to keep witches and wizards from cursing the voyage or damaging the ship.

Should the Horseshoe Opening Face Up or Down?

Almost everyone who attributes power to a horseshoe will say that nailing a horseshoe to the threshold of one’s home helps to bring good fortune to the family. The best position and direction varies from one telling to another. Some say the horseshoe, tacked in place with three nails and the open end down, wards off evil.

Some believe that hanging the horseshoe with the opening pointing upward like a “U” holds in all the good luck and the powers it brings. Hanging it upside down would allow the powers to spill out. Others think that hanging it with the opening pointing down allows all of the good luck, protective powers and good fortune to shower upon you and surround the home.

A common belief says a horseshoe hung in the bedroom will keep nightmares away. If the horseshoe is hung with the opening pointing up, the sleeper’s masculine powers will be increased. If the sleeper is female, her latent powers will be awakened if the opening points down.

Nails in the Horseshoe

If you find a horseshoe, look to see how many nails still remain in the holes. The number of remaining empty holes determines how many weeks, months, or years (this varies) it will be before they will become rich or will be married.

Another variation states that the number of nails remaining determine the length of time before good luck arrives.

Another says the number of nails left in the horseshoe equals the number of years of good luck you will receive.

Some say not to bother with a found horseshoe unless it still has some nails left in it.

Horseshoes were originally made from iron, which may also account for the superstitions that are associated with this object. Iron was considered magical because it was able to withstand fire and was much stronger than other metals. The superstitions for iron are thought to originate in prehistoric times. It was used as a charm to ward off evil spirits.

Another aspect of the horseshoe that added to it’s good luck was the fact that it was commonly held in place by seven iron nails. Since ancient times, the number seven was considered very important.”

 

 

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Creating a Custom Sketchbook

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I began a new sketchbook recently, starting by creating a custom fabric cover for it. I found a really great set of visual instructions on  creating fabric book covers here on this awesome guy’s youtube page (The Post Apoc).

The instructions say it better than I can, but if you’re too lazy to watch the video then I’ll say it’s much like wrapping a gift, where you lay your shirt out, cutting it into a rectangle, leaving a few extra inches on each side to fold in.

For my cover, I went a bit of a different route, using a thicker t-shirt than the one in the video (this definitely adds a challenge). I used an old favorite, a Cramps t-shirt that sadly didn’t fit anymore. I loved The Post Apoc’s suggestion to use a ribbon to create a book-marker. This is especially handy for anyone using their covered book as a sketchbook or writing journal. In addition I decided to add a little flair with a piece of scrap leather I had lying around. I used this to cover the spine. Pieces of leather can be found at a craft store like Michael’s or AC Moore or probably a fabric store like JoAnn’s or maybe your local mom and pop shop.

I also included some studs I had in my stash as well (it pays to never throw anything out) these are the very same as the kind you buy for leather jackets and such. If you don’t have a local source I recommend this store, I have history there, Angry, Young and Poor.  The studs were a real mess and a half to get in, but if you’re careful it’s do-able. Use a hammer, a steady hand and some patience. And something to hold your book in place, I used my legs but a vice may have worked too however I didn’t want to risk compromise  to the book in any way.

Mine isn’t perfect by any means. It’s a bit crooked in spaces (because I’m impatient and do things in a rush) and the corners were pretty tough to tuck in and glue in place. That’s what happens when you use a thick, cotton shirt – but I wouldn’t let that deter you. I wound up just making a few slits and cutting the extra material out. Honestly, if you use the first page of your book and the last page of your book to create ‘end papers‘ by gluing them to the inside front cover and inside back cover, you won’t see any corner folding imperfections anyway.
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The end papers are a great place to get really creative. I decided to draw on mine – ’cause I’m an artist. But you could decoupage on yours, scrapbook, or write messages. On my back end papers I pasted in some funky fortunes I’ve collected from Chinese cookies over the years.
Have fun and enjoy your own project!

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