Hello Dear Friends! Last night I had a hard time sleeping... one of those nights that my mind was wandering endlessly. One of the things I was thinking about... "When did I first get interested in Primitives?" Well, the answer to that is obvious ~ it was when I first met (had the delightful pleasure to meet!) Maggie Bonanomi. It was about 1993. She lived in Junction City, KS at that time & often did local (well, between her home and KC anyway) craft shows. Craft shows were a really BIG thing then. (Remember those days?) I was just getting into crafting myself after finishing college & trying to find my 'way' of life. I so admired Maggie and her works. My Mom and I would be sure to visit Maggie's booth first off! She always had TONS of people packing her display & her items were always quickly out of stock! Maggie was always so gracious with her customers and always a treat to chat with... just a smiley chatter girl she is! I've heard she is now in Lexington, MO... and would LOVE to attend one of the many classes she offers at different locations. Maybe one of these days I can work it into the schedule. Until then... I'll keep buying up her books & patterns... because she is still one of my very favorite primitive artists!
This is the only 'Maggie original' that I have. I've had her for so many years... carried her from home to home as I moved from here to there so many times. She is one of my favorite possessions.
I just hung her on the front door today. Now I'm REALLY thinking our front door needs painted! It is very worn from years of forgetting to close the screen when rain was coming. Hmmmmm... maybe I should get more Uniform Blue like I painted my bench the other day?
~~~back to the angel... sorry~~~
Seeing Maggie's works several years ago... was the first time I had seen RUST on crafts... and STAINS too for that matter! Plus, I was intrigued then (as I still am now) to see how she uses vintage, often discarded fabrics... notice the ticking & lace. Another thing that was new and interesting ~ how she used dried herbs on her crafts. WOW! I had never heard of any of this prior to Maggie!
So simple & sweet!
Rust! Who woulda' thought? Maggie of course!
Her arms & legs have shortened over the years (remember I bought this doll around 1993 and have moved way too many times since then)... but WOW! Long cinnamon sticks hot glued at the body openings. Very cool! They use to hang down past the hem of her dress. Maybe I can re~attach/repair her?
Well... thanks for letting me take a stroll down memory lane. :) So... when did you first get into Primitives?
Warm smiles to you...
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