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The 20 Year Reunion Part 2 – and into the night we danced

While everyone in attendance likely has a different opinion of how the St. Malachy’s High School 1991 Graduating Class 20 Year Reunion went and of what they remember, made them laugh, made them uncomfortable or even made them think twice of another person, the following is from my point of view only.

A few days before the reunion an old acquaintance that I see once or twice per year facebooked asking if I’d like to get together with a few others for supper and a drink before hand. I immediately agreed as up until then I had many horrid day dreams of walking into and having to face the reunion alone.

I showered and dawned the special $3.00 second hand dress and 10 year old sandals and waited for Lisa to pick me up. We met up with Cynthia, whom I’ve been great acquaintances with since age four and Brian whom I don’t quite remember from high school, but was impressed that he is as geeky and nerdy as I am. We met at the Ale House, a popular local restaurant and enjoyed some great food and conversation together.

My stomach had been hurting and turning for days and as we left the restaurant and began walking to The White Room, a high end licensed venue a few short blocks away, it really picked up in the knot factor. Continue reading

Saint John Gallery Hop is tonight!

Tonight, I’ll be heading out to the first Gallery Hop of the Year here in Saint John, NB. It was supposed to be held last weekend but due to a severe Winter storm it was postponed until today. There are 11 Galleries in total taking part.

Hope to see all out there in the bitter cold! At least it’s sunny outside.

Image of Flyer courtesy of Artist, Sara Jones!

An instant collection of vintage Canadian cigar boxes and a little Doyle family history

collection of vintage cigar boxes tucketts, benson hedges, rob burns, invincibles, pandora cigars

All these cigar boxes had belonged to my great uncle George Doyle and date from the 1920’s to the 1940’s. I come from a long line of collector’s, skilled tradespeople, homesteaders, artists, thinkers and tinkerers. While each of us currently collects things that mean something to us, many of the items we have are simply not something we need or want to keep but may be something you would enjoy owning.

With that said, My Dad and I recently began stocking the Doyle family vintage shop again, last week. We will continue to stock it with knicks knacks, collectables, paper ephemera, period advertisements, tins, houewares, supplies, Saint John NB historical items, WWII themed things and many more wonderful pieces of history!

I do all the online work, photographing, listing and packaging. While my Dad, cleans the items and together we date them. His living memory goes back 65 years, so this certainly is more advantageous than my 37 years. Together, we expect to have hundreds of listings added to the shop during the next few months. I’ll be blogging about select items here on the blog as I did in the past too. There is a vintage category.

This is my hobby folks, while art creation is my job. And if you have a hobby and haven’t been practicing that hobby for a while, then you are all to aware with what happens when you neglect your hobby for months or years…

So, today I’m happy to share with you a collection of five vintage cigar boxes.

Pictured Cigar Boxes

  1. Tucketts Marguerite Cigar Box
  2. Rare – Rob Burns – Invincibles – For Auld Lang Syne Cigar Box
  3. Pandora Cigars – Aged in Cedar, Patented – Panetela – Cigar Box
  4. Rob T. Burns – General Cigar Co. Limited – Invincibles Cigar Box
  5. Benson & Hedges – Number 7 Cigar Box

collection of vintage cigar boxes tucketts margueritte, benson hedges, rob burns, invincibles, pandora cigars

This collection of vintage cigar boxes can be purchased in the Doyle Family Vintage Shop, OLDisNEW.

What are your hobbies? Do you get cranky and become unfocused when you can’t or choose to not to practice your hobby and procrastinate instead? I hadn’t practiced my hobby since late 2009! It’s been far too long.

Which road to walk down?

I find myself at a crossroads at the moment and unsure of what road to travel down.

Do I pack up, sell the house and move into a smaller home or into an apartment? I did the cost crunching and it would basically cost about the same as where I’m living right now. So, I am staying put. One decision made.

Do I continue to find people to rent rooms to? This is the nagging question that’s been spiralling in my head as of late. I had many problems last Fall with the people I was renting to; missing tenants, unpaid rent and excessive use of scented products which in the case of the latter I’m severely allergic to.

The missing tenant was thankfully found after I was featured on the local news and is coming clean on the money he owes me while another tenant will likely be served legal papers and taken to court for the monies he owes to me. Oddly enough the third tenant who wears excessive cologne wants to move back in and when I received the email I spat out a mouthful of water onto my desk in shock. What did he not understand? Even the money he paid his rent with reeked of cologne and made my finger tips swell when handling it and I had to encase it in plastic before travelling to deposit it at the bank. This same person vehemently hated cats and hissed and shoed Missy repeatedly telling me to keep her out of his room. I said you’ll have to accept that she lives here and this is her home and that if you don’t want her in your room you’ll have to gently pick her up and place her outside of your room. Continue reading

2nd Annual Open Studio and Art Sale

Poster for open studio and art sale at Jessica Doyle's house!

From 5:00PM to 9:00PM on Thursday, December 9th, I’ll be opening the doors to my home and studio. And as I’m holding this event later this year than I did last year I’ll also be offering 25% OFF your purchase on the day of the sale.

Items for sale include:

Please have a look through my online shops to see many of the items I’ve created by hand over this last year.

My personal shop HandmadeCloud
My Etsy Shop

If you can not make it, because you live far away but would enjoy receiving or giving a piece of art as a gift this year I’ve created a special 25% OFF coupon code to use in one of my shops listed above. This coupon code will expire on midnight, December 9th, 2010.

Oh, and the coupon code is 2010STUDIOSALE and it’s good for 25% OFF your entire purchase. You can also order online and choose to pick your order up in person on the evening of the sale by ordering on HandmadeCloud.

Happy Holidays!
sincerely,
Jessica Doyle and Missy Two Shoes the cat!

Saint Johnh Gallery Hop – Friday October 15th

Gallery Hop, Saint John, NB, ACEO, Sale, Miniature Art, Klausen Gallery, Jessica Doyle

The last gallery hop of the year is happening this Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM in Uptown Saint John, New Brunswick. There will be art cards from several well-known local artists such as Cliff Turner, Colin Smith, David Hayward, John Johnson, Ed Coleman, ,Mary Young, Patricia Tingley, Pat Trecartin, Herzl Kashetsky and many more including myself.

There will also be a silent auction of a very special piece of art by Fred Ross. The proceeds will be donated to a charity of Fred’s choice.

I’ll be at the Klausen Gallery located at 106 Prince William Street that evening. Hope to see you there.