December 31, 2013
October 1, 2013
|Creative Chicks Café Club|
While the town of Afton Minnesota celebrated their 35th Annual Art in the Park Festival, the Old School Art School Studio had it's own party going on. By invitation only, our artisans put on the performance of a lifetime. We had arts, crafts, live music and free food sampling. Our missions is to find people with unique talents whom inspire others with their God given talents. Handmade all day, original, passionate and inspirational. The majority of us are entering the second half of our lives. The kids are gone and a spare bedroom becomes available, a corner in the basement opens up. Or even a darn shed in the back yard has been turned into a studio. For most of us, we work a full-time job and evenings and weekends are our time to create. To create with your hands and than "Wow" people with your talents is the greatest gift an artisan can give.
Join us on Facebook and send a LIKE our way. Take a moment to see our photos from our Fall festival held this past weekend.
September 21, 2013
August 9, 2013
June 2, 2013
Mark your calendar for June 22 & 23 for the Afton Strawberry Art and Craft Festival.
Visit Kate Sullivan at the Old School Art Studio and meet the Creative Chicks Café creators and Artisans.
April 29, 2013
Saturday, April 27th we had a 'Banner" of a day. Gloria Popowitz from Creative Canvas hosted our Welcome Door Banner painting class at The Old School Art Studio, home of Creative Chicks Café.
|(left to right) Jenny, Bonnie, Pam, Kate, Eileen, Patty|
We welcomed our first beautiful day of spring in Minnesota filled with inspiration and fun. We even created a video to honor Gloria on our Facebook pages for her instructional, teaching performance. Click on the link below.
|Gloria Popowitz, Creative Canvas Artist, Instructor|
|Jenny Edwards, Creative Chicks Cafe|
|Patty Sullivan, Creative Chicks Cafe|
|Bonnie Jo Rohow|
March 30, 2013
Easter did not always symbolize Christ's resurrection from the dead and the meaning of Easter was quite different than what Christians celebrate today. The feast day of Easter was originally a pagan celebration of renewal and rebirth. Celebrated in the early spring, it honored the pagan Saxon goddess Eastre.
|Goddess of Spring|
Today, the meaning of Easter, for million of Christians, is that of honoring and recognizing Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead, and His glorious promises of eternal life for all who believe in Him.
February 21, 2013
Treasure hunting in Nashville....
Last weekend, Feb. 13 – 16th, in Nashville I attended an awesome antique show near the Grand Ol Opry. The Fiddler Hotel was host to over 90 antique dealers. Each dealer was given a room on the first floor to open up shop.
My particular interest this weekend was to find vintage jewelry and religious medallions and rosaries to use in creating unique bohemian jewelry pieces.
In one of the shops I found a beautiful silver bowl filled with religious medallions. As I was sorting through this bowl I found a wonderful St. Christopher medal. It was a larger than a quarter and had a wonderful image and patina. I purchased this along with several other medallions. Yesterday while taking a closer look. I turned over the medal and there was an imprint on it that read “To FC From Bishop Choi.”
My first thought, who is Bishop Choi and who is FC and how did this medal come to play? So, I googled Bishop Choi and found that he was a Priest, Bishop and Archbishop in Pusan, South Korea, from 1962-1973, during the same time period of the Vietnam War. There are many stories circulating the internet about these Vietnam-era-medals issued by Bishop Choi. The St. Christopher medal was often attached to a rosary and had the initials of the serviceman hand-stamped on the back of them by the Bishop’s assistants. So cool, imagine my medal has already been stamped, especially for a certain serviceman.
Now the question is, ‘How much is my hand-stamped St. Christopher medal worth?” Through research, I have discovered that since the death of Bishop Choi in 2008 these St. Christopher Medals have become highly sought after collectables. The medals alone without the rosaries are worth anywhere from 15.00 to 65.00, some medals value in the hundreds. One particular medal is said to have been given to John F. Kennedy. Bishop Choi sent him one while he was President and unlike most of the medals, which only have the first and last initial stamped on it, President Kennedy’s had “JFK”.
Call it what you want, treasure hunting, dumpster diving, picking, or even being a modern archaeologist. I love it! Meeting the collectors and antique dealers on this memorabilia- seeking mission was truly a history lesson, providing a distance glimpse into the past.
But, this was not the only treasure I uncovered. Check back to see some of the other pieces I acquired…………