The Sale Is On!




Well, folks, the weather report is for sun tomorrow, so all systems are go.  This is going to be a huge sale, so come visit us and join in the fun.  If you’re a seller, please post an ad on Craigslist.  You can put it in the garage sale section or the arts and crafts section.  The more advertising we have, the more people show up!


Sticker Dresser 2

Remember I told you about the umpteen million rolls of adhesive vinyl I’ll be selling tomorrow?  Well, I was perusing a DIY book from the library and found the above project.  It’s a dresser decorated with circles punches from this vinyl.  See, stickers are not just for kids.


Austin Kleon

One of my customers turned me on to Austin Kleon’s weekly newsletters.  They’re fantastic.  Every week he sends out a list of 10 things he thinks are worth sharing.  I think his newsletter is definitely worth sharing!



A couple great sites I found on Reddit:

Free Documentaries:  Documentary Heaven

Looking for a good movie to watch?  Well, where else would you look except at A Good Movie to Watch dot com?  You can’t view the movies here, but they recommend highly rated movies that are not well-known.



The annual Toronto Offsite Design Festival has put out their call for submissions.  The final date is October 2 and there is no cost to submit a proposal.  So, go for it all you artsy fartsy people!


Louisa Boyd

Pamela Zagarenski‘s lovely illustrations

Collage and Mixed Media by Roberta Marks

Louisa Boyd‘s amazing book art and gorgeous watercolours


See You On Sunday?




Hey, kids.  Just reminding you about the garage sale on Sunday.  All the info is here:

Facebook Event or RubyDog Blog 

At this time, I know of 8 people, besides myself, who are vending for sure.  You’re all welcome to join us and sell your art and art supplies.  As I mentioned earlier, the last sale was a HUGE success.

If you’re a seller, do post some pictures of the Facebook Event page.  And, watch your email on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  If it’s raining, I’ll probably cancel.


Dilly image

The other day I was on Commercial Street and was so pleased to see that Dilly Dally is still open.  It is really hard to keep a small retail business going in this increasingly expensive city, so I was very happy to see them succeeding.  If you’ve never been to this enchanting store you should pay them a visit.  I suppose it’s really a kids toy store, but I sure have a lot of fun in there.  :o)

They have beautiful, handmade, wooden toys from Switzerland, children’s books with pictures by some of my favourite illustrators and fabulous tin toy cars from The Czech Republic, to name just a few of their many goodies.  Go check them out!


letterpress garage

Diane Gillespie is one of our sellers on Sunday.  I don’t know what art supplies she’s bringing, but I do know what she is NOT bringing – her letterpress printing shop.  It’s way too heavy to haul out to our sale, but she is selling everything.  If you’ve ever been interested in getting into letterpress printing, this is your chance.  You can see her ad on Craigslist.


Emily Payne

I try to stay off Pinterest because there is so much amazing art on it I can end up spending hours and HOURS looking at everything.  In her most recent newsletter Shary Bartlett included a link to her Pinterest boards and, there I was again, using up my afternoon perusing all the fabulous pictures and following the links to them.  Sigh.  Very enjoyable, though.  LOL  Click here and see what I mean.


eszter 2

And, if indulging in Pinterest is not enough for you, here is some more glorious art:

Adriana Katz’s geometric collages
Patrick Porter‘s outsider art
Amy Lighthall‘s patterns and abstract art
Eszter Bornemisza‘s fibre art and mixed media






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Well, I’m sorry about this folks, but the weather report is for rain tonight and tomorrow morning, so I have to change the date of the garage sale.  Here’s the new info:

Sunday, August 16
10:00 – 3:00
Corner of 11th and Quebec St., Vancouver

All reports are for sun next weekend, so let’s hope that’s true.



Hey, what are you doing on Tuesday night?  The rain should be over by then, so why not go see Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone?  Take a blanket and laze around at Second Beach in Stanley Park and enjoy the movie.  Gratis!


natalie 2

I know you’re sad about the garage sale rescheduling.  Here are a few things that might cheer you up:

Alyn Carlson‘s Flickr page

Natalie Pudalov‘s fantastical illustrations

– You’ll love Janet Nechama Miller‘s encaustic and mixed media pieces.  I know I do.

Jeremy May creates incredible jewellery from old books


Okay, that’s it.  Hopefully, I’ll see you NEXT Sunday!


Garage Sale Treasures


Cabinet Card

Okay, I have to say it.  I have cool stuff!!!!

On Monday I spent the day in my locker going through boxes to find goodies for Sunday’s garage sale.  Even I was amazed at some of the stuff there.  Sorry, I couldn’t part with a lot of it, but I did find tons of items I am willing to sell:

A whole bag of skeleton keys

Seriously cute, 1957 Date Book (see above image).  I love mid-century illustrations.

A huge, and I mean HUGE, ledger from the 1950’s.  It’s at least 10 inches thick.  It obviously comes apart, but I have not yet figured out how to do that.  If I can, I’ll be selling pages from it.

A box of cabinet cards.  I want to scan these for future collage sheets and will try do get that done before Sunday so you, too, can share in the bounty.

A large box of plastic pipettes from a science laboratory.  These are great for sucking up paint you can then dribble over art projects.  Kids love doing this.

An incredible, little, 1884 catalogue.

Tons of tiny, souvenir postcard packs from Idaho and Colorado.

Hhhmmmm.  That’s all I can remember, for the moment.  There is one other thing, though.  I forgot to mention this in the last post.  I have rolls and rolls and rolls of adhesive, sign-making vinyl.  Everything from 1 foot to 30 foot lengths in colours ranging from neon green to bright yellow to red to black to grey to greens to blues to gold to ………..  There are a few reflective colours, some clear vinyl and some with glitter, as well.  Think giant stickers!

STickersIf you’re a teacher, this is a treasure trove of art material.  I’m selling it off cheap, cheap, cheap!  Seriously.  And, after 2:00 it’s going for 1/2 price.


If you’re going to selling at the Artsy Fartsy Garage sale, how about putting up an ad on Craigslist and Kijiji?  I’ve done both, including a paid ad on Kijiji so it stays at the top of the list, but the more times it’s posted, the better.  Besides, I’ve only described the goodies I’ll be selling, not yours.

Don’t forget to post on your own Facebook page, your blog, on Twitter and in your newsletter.

As well, I have flyers I can email to you, if you have somewhere you can post them.  Just contact me at rubydogart at shaw or through this blog.  Send me your email address and I’ll send you the flyer.

If you’re thinking of setting up shop on Sunday, but are not yet sure, don’t worry about it.  Just show up.  There’s room for everybody.  So far, I know of 7 people coming.


Hey, kids, check out the Facebook Event page.  People are posting pics of what they’ll be selling.

My dear friend Claudia Segovia, who will be joining us on Sunday, has done so.  What I want to tell you, though, is about her daughter Triana.


Triana is only 17 years old and had the great, good fortune to spend 6 weeks this summer exploring Europe.  She’s an amazing young woman who’s done a fair amount of travelling for her age.  While on a train in Spain she had some time for self reflection and wrote about it here:  Writes of Passage.


Fun for you:

–  The Dance Hall video of African dance styles, A-Z
–  Wonderful little art dolls from The Pale Rook
–  Madeleine Boulesteix‘s amazing chandeliers
–  What to do with all those privacy envelopes you’ve been saving?  The ones with the fabulous patterns inside?  Stephen Sollins makes paper quilts.

And, that’s it.  See you on Sunday!