Saturday, August 2, 2008

Pulling it together

I went out today to the salvage yard in Berkeley to pick up some old doors, a mint green sink, two windows, and some rusty metal things. It seems this is the beginning of Tangerine. I know it sounds odd but I think it is going to be beautiful.

The space is industrial. I laid a faux wood floor and painted the walls but the rest of the space needs a little character. I could have gone over to Ikea and bought some new things but they just seemed so slick and plastic.

I want texture, color and curiosity. The trick is to not make it look like a yard sale or make it too shabby-chic cute.

The sink is an antique pedestal with original hardware. I am going to clean it up and display handmade soaps and bath salts in it.

The old doors will become tables. I love them they are all different sizes and colors and worn perfectly. Steve will have to build legs for them that I will paint a terrible blue. I will wash and seal them tomorrow.

I can not wait to see beautiful things arranged on these big solid tables. I love the idea of pretty glass and ceramic mixed with chipped paint and rusty hinges.

I have the most beautiful drawings that Stevie did several years ago that I am going to burn into a screen and print onto kids t-shirts, they are called "Pick Me" I know they will fly out of the store.

There are many artists that keep sending me work to look at, I wish I had the budget to buy it all, and there will be a time when I can.

So far we have hand blown glass earrings, the sweetest t-shirts, hand-made soap, vintage baby quilts, vinyl bracelets, toys, paper crowns, big jars of bubble gum, paper clay figurines, pins, buttons, cards and cupcakes.

I love this job, I can't wait to open!!!



CCs Whimsies said...

Wow Gina!!! How exciting and wonderfully ambitious! It will be a beautiful experience in a dreamy space... enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Hi Gina- I followed a link which showed your wonderful work shop from this past Saturday and heard wonderful things about it, as well. I'm looking forward to meeting you at the show (I can't believe our paths have yet to cross!!)
Donna O.

Sabii Wabii said...

It was so great getting to meet you at the show! what great work you do as well as the rest of the gals. If your ever coming up to Napa let me know. It would be fun to get togther with Sue and show you the sites! Wishing you the best with your store. I'll keep watching. It would be fun to head over and see it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Gina,

We met at the ZNE vendor show. I'm Karla, we spoke for a while during the end of the show.

Your adventure to Berkeley sounds fun. Love your ideas too.

Just stopped by to say hello.

Have a good day,
Warmly with Hugs,