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My love of all things with history began as a child on my Grandmothers ranch in Atascadero California in the 1960’s. Word on the street was that Opal was a bit “odd”. She was very much the gypsy, colorful, eccentric, a talented storyteller and very, very beautiful.
At this time she was married to her 4th husband and they shared a common love of collecting treasures from trash heaps, second hand shops and such. She didn’t sell anything so some would consider her hoarder and, perhaps, she might have been but I thought her magical.
While visiting her with my family, I would spend hour upon hour in her barn which seemed to me to be a city block long and wide, searching through boxes and drawers and cupboards filled with everything imaginable. Jewelry, furniture, dishes, glass bowls, silverware, furs, shoes, dresses, paintings, books, frames, you name it, she had it. I would find myself in a dream…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 26
  • Joined January 29, 2012

Favorite materials

wood, paint, paper, buttons, found items, metal, fabric, wire, rust

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About

My love of all things with history began as a child on my Grandmothers ranch in Atascadero California in the 1960’s. Word on the street was that Opal was a bit “odd”. She was very much the gypsy, colorful, eccentric, a talented storyteller and very, very beautiful.
At this time she was married to her 4th husband and they shared a common love of collecting treasures from trash heaps, second hand shops and such. She didn’t sell anything so some would consider her hoarder and, perhaps, she might have been but I thought her magical.
While visiting her with my family, I would spend hour upon hour in her barn which seemed to me to be a city block long and wide, searching through boxes and drawers and cupboards filled with everything imaginable. Jewelry, furniture, dishes, glass bowls, silverware, furs, shoes, dresses, paintings, books, frames, you name it, she had it. I would find myself in a dream like state using my imagination to create the stories behind these treasures. The shoes became Cinderella’s shoes and royalty in a land far away wore the jewels. And so it began.
Today I am very much like my Grandmother Opal. I love to hunt for the unique history and the textural stories behind well loved and discarded items of all kinds. I can’t keep them all like Opal. I don’t have a barn. Yet the hunt draws me like a bee to the hive so a few months ago I opened my first and sister Etsy shop Objectsbyechoest to share with others who, like me find themselves lost in the history of the of the odd and the tossed aside and to the stories behind them.
Repurposebyechoes is the offspring of Objectsbyechoes. This shop will feature the crafty side of my interior design business Echoes of Opal and will feature furniture and re-purposed items that I have resurrected from the trash or otherwise re-purposed in some unique fun way. I hope you enjoy what you see here in my Repurpose shop and that you will take a minute to check out my sister shop Objectsbyechoes

http://www.etsy.com/shop/repurposebyechoes
http://www.etsy.com/shop/objectsbyechoes
http://echoesofopal.com
http://twitter.com/echoesofopal
http://facebook.com/opalsgrandaughet

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