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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.

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A Mid-Century Modern, Rockabilly Dream World…

Kickin' it old school with my retro fifties chair and table, back in the early eighties.
Kickin’ it old school with my retro fifties chair and table, back in the early eighties.

Some of my earliest childhood memories are the insides of antiques shops. I really have grown up with it, I guess. Garages too (aren’t junk yards just the antiques shops of motor-heads?)
Everything old. Everything rusty, dusty, and buried. Hidden treasures, things to be refurbished, and things to leave as-is for that wonderful “old timey” feeling.

My family decorates with antiques and hand-me-downs or, I like to say, “heirlooms”. It’s a big time personality thing. I love Ikea, I do, I do, I do, but mostly, when I look around my humble abode, I want my eyes to rest on things that have history and say something about my personality. Things that tell a story (okay, maybe that’s the illustrator in me). Things that educate (how many things I have that no longer have a use or function in 21st century life that I can teach my wee one about!)

The coolest thing about the vintage lifestyle is that there is absolutely no need for it to be an elitist one. Unique finds and repurposed goods become the loveliest and most telling home decor, without breaking the bank.


 

The dressing room is her, "house."
The dressing room is her, “house.”

As I said, I grew up in it. I grew up surrounded by these ghosts of the past, and I would imagine I was there. Wherever there may be. These material goods had the power to transport a young girl to other eras and build an interest in history. So, now I see my daughter doing the same thing. Most recently at the coolest hidden gem in Lancaster County, Black Kat Kollectibles. She’s imagining her own world there, just like I used to many moons ago in similar shops.

In case you don’t know, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, well, most of the Central PA region, is highly renowned for it’s “antiquing” accessibility.  People travel quite a distance to  shop here. There’s a lot of other wonderful reasons to visit Lancaster County, but I’ll leave that to another website.


 

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Black Kat Kollectibles is a mecca for the rockabilly-inspired shopper. Owned and operated by Rose and AJ Nutter, the shop is a breath of fresh air, being operated by the new generation of “antiquers” and “pickers.” It’s very cool to see that other “young folks” are interested, and it’s even cooler to see a shop dedicated to the “scene” as it were.

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Some of our products, for sale at Black Kat Kollectibles.

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In her words: 
The best part about being a vintage shop owner is sharing vintage with others. It’s not about the money, or even about the thing someone is buying. It’s about the history and culture it once brought to our world. It’s also about the joy and happiness it brings someone. Best job on the planet.

From their website:
Black Kat Kollectibles carries various vintage and retro items with rockabilly and midcentury modern influences. When you visit, expect to see vintage books, retro kitchen items, vinyl records, glassware, vintage Halloween/Christmas, tin signs, 1950’s-60’s barware, vintage men and women’s clothing/shoes/accessories, pyrex, kitschy collectibles, vintage toys, ephemera, artwork and much more. 

 Unique vintage finds comes from all over the East coast, handpicked by the owner. 

 The shop is also a co-operative so there are a large variety of items available from different vintage dealers.
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We at Grease and Grace proudly have our handmade retro-inspired art at Black Kat Kollectibles. We really encourage you to check out BKK. If you are local to the area, you may have missed it in your normal hustle and bustle of daily life. It’s well worth the trip.
And if you’re not local, then even more reason to plan a trip and head in. It’s gorgeous out here, and there’s hidden treasures right under your nose.

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Red Heads are More Fun

Red Heads Do it Better
Red Heads Do it Better


Well, in follow up to the sketch post for Saint Patrick’s day (long overdue!) here is how the final image came out for the Lady and Leprechaun print.

A tongue in cheek, bawdy Irish pin-up. You are invited to laugh and celebrate your inner Irish. Who’s the lucky one? The girl with the newfound gold or the leprechaun himself?

This piece is titled, “Devil Take the Women” after the old Irish tune, Whiskey in the Jar.

“I counted out his money and it made a pretty penny
I put it in me pocket and I took it home to Jenny
She sighed and she swore that she never would deceive me
But the devil take the women for they never can be easy”

A fun addition to the home gallery. Chic / Fashion / Retro / Rockabilly / Prehistoric
Prints of this original watercolor are available at the Etsy store in our Vintage Style Prints section.

-8×10″
-Art prints are packaged in clear wrap and fortified twice within a cushion mailer.
-Printed on Domtar Cougar paper:
High 98 brightness for striking contrast
white, super smooth
FSC® certified
Rainforest Alliance Certified™
SFI® Certified Sourcing
10% post-consumer recycled content
100lb
Acid-free for archival quality

Here are some shots of the piece in progress:

sketches
Original sketches and ideas. I definitely liked the leprechaun from the get go.
The pencil drawing. Pretty fleshed out and ready for ink.
ink and watercolor
The inked piece with water brushed over – ready for watercolor wash on the background.

early watercolor
Early stages of watercolor wash.
A little more detail, more layers of color added.

And some close ups of the detail. Watercolor and pen & ink. 

 

 

 

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