Yesterday in Philadelphia

While on my way to Philadelphia, sick I first had to pick up this old painted sign. I purchased it this past Spring in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. I had planned on picking it up at a show in Old New Castle, Delaware, but because of the hurricane the show was canceled. A few months have passed and I was finally able to make arrangements with the seller for pick up. I love the shape. It looks like a tavern sign, it’s really heavy. Love the old grey paint too. I won’t change that. I am planning on painting something on it, but have not yet decided what. I’m pretty excited about doing it. I have always loved finding something old to paint, like the old 19th century shutter that I painted and blogged about last year.

I think it’s going to look really neat. When it’s done, I’ll have it for sale on my store website.

After I got the sign, I drove into Philadelphia to pick up some cement art. Susan Mackey Tunnicliffe is the talented artisan in my American Artisan Store. She makes those wonderful silhouettes, wooden items and cement art. This pair of eagles are one of her newer pieces. Susan always makes her own molds, and this made from the early pair of eagles she owns and displays in her home. I think they are beautiful, so Americana, and would look fabulous on a mantle, garden, how about bookends! What a nice gift too.

I always love visiting Susan. I blogged about Susan a few months ago with photos of her wonderful 18th century Philadelphia home. Susan lives in one of the oldest houses in Philadelphia. Her gardens are so charming. Tall early brick walls surround her lush plants, that grow out of and amongst her fabulous cement art. We walk down a narrow alley where she puts her creations out to dry. Another piece that I purchased is this boy holding a basket of fruit.

Susan owns the original 18th statue, a piece she purchased several years ago. She has it sitting on her mantle. It’s gorgeous. From this piece Susan makes her own mold. It’s labor intensive, as each one is handmade one at a time. All of Susan’s art comes from molds that she makes from the  originals that she owns and displays in her wonderful 18th century Philadelphia home. All will be for sale in my American Artisan Store soon. If you are looking for a unique gift for someone, you might want to take a peek.




4 Responses to “Yesterday in Philadelphia”

  1. Marilyn B. Says:

    Hi Carole: Great old “sign”….I see it as a cabinet door. Love the shape!

  2. carolemurals Says:

    Hi Marilyn B.
    That’s a wonderful idea. It’s very thick and heavy though, but if there’s a will, there’s a way.
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  3. Gladys Levié Says:

    about an interesting customer
    “Next, in the general area, we walked down a hillside below the strewn field. We discovered an old abandoned mine shaft that had partly caved in. I wanted to crawl in and explore, but we didn’t have a flash light with us”

    can you get me in tuch with this customer,because,i have pictures of that old mine around 1900,Edward Chapman Smith was the owner of it and The first husband of my Grand-mother (Gladys Ffoulke Smith (1) Levié (2)
    excuse my english; i am french…
    best regards,and thank-you for your Blog..

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