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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Polaroid Art Giveaway

Last month I introduced you to Tracey Ayton Photography and today she's back here again with a very fun contest and giveaway.

First we'll start with the giveaway.  This lovely piece was photographed using a polaroid camera and is 20"x20" printed onto watercolour paper held up by bulldog clips and wire.  There are 2 pieces of dowel on the back of the picture to support it at the bottom and top and the piece is numbered.

Want a chance to win this piece?  You need to read about Tracey's dilemma below and help her by suggesting ways to overcome the problem.

My dilemma is ........... I have started this very strange hobby of salvaging corbels off of homes that are getting torn down.  I just hate to see such beautiful pieces of architecture getting destroyed, yet alone filling up the landfills.   When the season of "tear down" is upon us, I start noticing red fencing around homes that are slated for demolition.  After much prying and tugging, the corbels come off in relatively great condition!  Now this is where my problem starts...... I get home, my hubby sees my prizes and he flips out.  "Where are those going?"  "We have no room!!!"  "Nooooo!!!, they are not going into the garage ......THEY TAKE UP TOO MUCH ROOM!!!!"  Fair enough, yes my corbels can run over 100 pounds.  They are about 2-3 feet in height and approximately 1 foot in width.  They come in all shapes and sizes.  As weeks went by I ignored my husband's rants and continued to store my corbies in the garage until the long awaited Fieldstone Vintage Flea Market in which I sold all 12 pairs of corbels to my hubby's relief.  However, here is my dilemma ....... I want to start another year of collecting corbels and we have a brand new garage so I mentioned that I want some room to store my goodies. ....... the battle begins!  Tell me, what is the best reason hubby should allow me to take up some space in the garage for my corbels?  Any storage ideas would be welcomed too.
Here's Tracey at the Fieldstone Vintage Flea Market selling her corbels.

Contest is open to all followers of The Design Pages.  Here's what to do.

1.  Visit Tracey's blog here and subscribe to it.  Come back here and tell us what Tracey can do to convince her husband to allow the growing corbel collection to stay in the garage.

2.  Follow her on Facebook here and give us your second suggestion.

3.  Follow her on Twitter here and qualify for a third opportunity to suggest the winning solution.

Contest will close at noon on Sunday, November 27.  Tracey will select the winner based on her favourite solution to her dilemma.  Check back on Monday, November 28 for the winner.

28 comments:

  1. Just subscribed to Tracy's blog....can't wait to start reading it! First of all, did you make a decent profit from selling them? Seeing as how you sold all 12 pairs you may even be able to charge a little more next year. I think this sounds like a great hobby! Its something you enjoy doing and maybe with the profits you and your husband can do something fun together. Depending on how much you make, a nice night out, a day, or even weekend trip somewhere. That should convince him! :)

    Laura
    www.happyroost.blogspot.com

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  2. Just liked the facebook page....guess I need to think of another suggestion. This one is for storage. I would consolidate all of them to one wall of the garage, if possible. Take 2 of the medium sized ones and mount them on 2 different studs about 6' apart. Then set a large board on them running between the two to create a shelf. The shelf on the wall will provide more storage for the other small/medium sized ones. Depending on how many you have you can just add more "shelves". The really large ones can sit on the floor underneath...they're probably too heavy to worry about trying to hang them up! Good luck!

    Laura
    www.happyroost.blogspot.com

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  3. Great Photographer...wonderful corbels!......Her photography picture of the birds on the wire is wonderful!

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  4. I subscribed to Tracy's blog - cute blog btw! Seeing that she sold all 12 pairs easily, that should be a no-brainer! Unlike the rest of us who hoard bits and pieces for future projects, Tracy is actually selling them and at the same time preserving history by saving them. And heck, bribing with the promise of something her guy might want always works! :)

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  5. Tracy is such a talented gal, love all her varied work, love her, love her corbels!! That polaroid art would look amazing in my entryway:-)
    Tracey

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  6. I already "like" the girl everywhere! As far as the corbels are concerned I usually respond to my husband by telling him I'll take his opinion under advisement and hope he forgets about it:)

    Love the polaroid!!

    Andrea xoxo

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  7. Love the polaroid art. Love the suggestions that the others offered. With a profit from her hobby, maybe they can find a way they can both enjoy the profits. Subscribed to her blog.

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  8. Tracy, your husband should let you keep the corbels in the garage, simply because it brings you such joy! I saw those beautiful corbels at the Fieldstone market, and I wanted them bad, but my car wasn't big enough to carry them home. Now I'm so happy to know where they're coming from!!!!!

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  9. Carol, I already "like" her on Facebook. Here's my second suggestion:

    Tracy, your husband should allow you to store them in the garage, because they're prettier than any crap he can put in there. LOL!!!!

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  10. I'm having technical difficulties trying to subscribe to Tracy's blog, but by the time you read this, I'll probably have it nailed. So here's my third suggestion:

    There's a third reason, which possibly should be my first reason. How should I put this? Here goes. If he doesn't allow it...tell him you're not going to allow something else...eh hem...wink wink.

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  11. I just "liked" her on Facebook... how did I not know that you had a Facebook page Tracey!!?

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  12. Already tweeting along with Tracey!

    Oh, and to answer the questions... I think the money that Tracey probably made from selling those babies would be a good reason! ;)

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  14. you need to collect and store them so that we can come and buy them from you in a warm weather sale....

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  15. OK I am an avid follower of Tracey - read her blog, follow her on Twitter and Facebook, heck I even go for lunch with her! Well, I can relate to the whole husband balking at "items" coming into the home. I fortunately have a crawl space that I can hide my stash until the appropriate moment. Unfortunately Tracey has no such hiding spot. So she should get part of the garage - why? Well her hubby has set up an exercise facility in the space, chin up bar and all! So her corbels should have a home there as well. Also, does his chin-up bar make him any $$, nooooo....but her corbels do, they are hot items at the local vintage markets AND she is upcycling, saving historical artifacts and keeping them from the landfill :)

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  16. I am a Tracey follower already... yup, on all 3! And a Design Pages follower too :-)

    Seriously, a good reason beyond the 'green' of making money on the corbies? Is there one? Hubbies love to see thi$ green coming in the door!

    I think you need to go up with your storage. You know those hangers for garages that suspend from the ceiling? He won't be tripping on the corbies, won't have to shuffle them around... and I bet he'll try to take over the space one the second round of corbels are $OLD!

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  17. I'm Tracey's newest facebook follower and since I didn't know what corbels were before reading this post, Tracey can tell her husband that she's not only "educating the people" but serving a niche market.

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  18. Thanks for sharing Tracey's blog! Since the garage belongs to both of them, it's only fair that they each have part of the space to do as they please. Plus, Tracey is salvaging important historic artifacts and giving people an opportunity to add character to their homes that they wouldn't have otherwise! And then there's the extra money that comes in as she sells them. How is his use of the garage bringing in money and serving the community? ;)

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  19. You just need to tell your hubby this: Since it's not costing you anything to get these corbels and your selling them any money that you make is profit in both your pockets. Which in return can help with any plans you guys may make for your home, trips, needing to buy things etc. Once my hubby told me this to me when i was getting for coffee sacks and selling them off it was true. It didn't cost us anything to get them and we made a little profit which helped reno our condo and purchase things that needed to be replaced but wasn't a priority at the time. It helps you save more and not take anything out of your own pocket. It's like getting free money. Plus as long as your not holding onto them for a long period of time and you have the space whats the big deal in the long wrong.

    By the way thank you for saving them from a vancouverite because i love those homes and hate that they get torn down :( I wish i could afford them when you had small ones at fieldstone but i didn't have enough money on me at the time. I hope to see you there again soon.
    tonya

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  20. I'm also now following her through fb and pinterest and her blog = )
    tonya

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  21. Ok I'm Tracey's newest subscriber. Now on to the storage issue. I would install some large heavy duty shelves at the back of the garage that can handle the weight of the corbels. They will be out of the way and hey you sold all 12 pairs didn't you, that should be enough to convince hubby it's a worthwhile hobby.

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  22. I just became a subscriber.
    Tracey, perhaps you can find a way to use some of the corbels in your own home so that you can enjoy them too. As faux support for kitchen or bookshelves for example.

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  23. I just followed on Twitter as well.
    Also, perhaps the hubs would be more willing to give up some garage space if you promise to use the money earned from selling the corbels towards something you both want?

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  24. I am already a full fledged blog follower, twitter follower and fb fan...so here are my three bits in favour of corbel storage...1. happy wife, happy life. 2. they are money makers. 3. tracey is saving precious history from destruction.

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  25. a profitable hobby... you can't beat that. I would suggest to hubby some ways to reorganize the garage so it can fit more corbels without a problem. I've seen some really amazing storage ideas on Pinterest, check this out: http://pinterest.com/pin/343181172/
    Are the corbels profitable enough to consider a storage unit for them if you start collecting above and beyond what will fit in your garage? Maybe you can think BIG and make this an entrepreneurial venture.

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  26. Hey! In your (Darryl's) photo, Tracey is holding the corbels I purchased from her! LOVE my corbels!! :-)
    Victoria

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