Tip top

April 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

A lovely tin spinning top from Ohio Art. $5 at the thrift store. Excellent condition and just begging to be placed with others in a nursery mobile. I love all thing vintage tin toy-esque. They have both color and clang.

Left on the shelf- storage ottoman

April 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Very cute like new upholstered storage bench. Printed in French, $50

Mail fun

April 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

Mail is my favorite. Sending is the best, but receiving is pretty great too. I love old fashioned letters and hand wrapped goodies and postcards made of cereal boxes. I love the process of getting the mail from the box and sorting it and putting each bit in its place. I even love our grumpy and slow post office.

I thought this was a box of breath mints. But it was this little old tin…

…full of lovely old buttons! What a perfect surprise, thank you friend!

Real mail is completely wonderful; a way to send someone tangible love without having to buy a plane ticket. It is very personal to send and heartwarming to receive. Go drop a postcard in the mail and make someone’s day!

Pinterest project-the first of the bunting

April 25, 2012 § 3 Comments

My preferred party decor is strands of yard and strung felt beads, but I do love bunting too. Take a look at all the bunting inspiration on pinterest!

This set of banners was made from a thrifted quilted jacket. $6.

Unique, right? When I cut the lining out the construction was double sided quilted pieces stitched together with raw edges. I cut a template from a cracker box and sliced out my triangles. This coat yielded 43 pennants and over 9 yards of banner goodness. There are a lot of mattress ticking type patterns.

I made it to hang in the master bedroom but it is not quite a perfect fit so I’ve listed it in my etsy shop.

Ball gown

April 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

There is nothing more exciting to my daughter than a new dress-up. $6. Tip: always buy zippered dress-ups.

Tin tray

April 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Found: metal tray from England, necessity for the tea set. About 18″x12″. $3.

Flea market

April 21, 2012 § 1 Comment

We went to the Mile High Marketplace today north of Denver. It is large, it is well marketed, it is not at all chic, it is very fun. A great sunny spring activity. We found some sunburn, a mile or so of cheap and ugly plastic goods, kettle corn and turkey legs. I think I’d classify Mile High as more of a tourist trap than either the new vintage goods marketplaces or the old-fashioned junk tables of southern flea markets.

For thrifty buying, the most impressive selection is from the acres of tools available.

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I wish I had taken a photo of the 4 foot Cinderella pinata. I can just picture a bunch of kids bashing the princess with sticks.

Here is our small trove. Finger bananas $2. Bolo tie $1. Rake for a friend (see this project). Bags of roasted chilis $6. I think that is my favorite part of the market. The rolling barrels of roasting chili peppers and their smell wafting strongly. It is uniquely Colorado to me. Old fishing lures $4. Basket $20.

I’m delighted with the lures. I’ve considered so many times buying this perfect collection of lures from my pinterest “to buy” board. But hopefully I can build my own display at a lesser cost.

And the basket. Kind of steep for a flea market. But I’ve bought some of them full price and this was a deal. I love these guys. They are made in Ghana and sturdy and moldable and beautiful.

I really wanted to find old outdoor faucet knobs, but no luck. Here is my inspiration.

Pinterest project- birds on a wire

April 20, 2012 § 2 Comments

Birds have been in vogue for a few years now though they might be on their way out. I love the bird mobiles that various creatives have made; you can see some versions here and here. There is a simple and stylish FREE pattern for making these little fabric chirpies found here on my pinterest “to make” board via spool. Instead of a mobile I made a wall installation with three bamboo poles, found at Target on clearance, and a few brackets from the hardware store. The birds are great for using up scraps and are stuffed with thrifted stuffing, so they cost almost nothing. And my guest room has a large and cheerful flock of visitors. This gallery has 30 birds and they are adhered to the bamboo with hot glue, which is sturdy but removable.

Random bits

April 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

Thrift stores are one of the best places to find fiber-fil (the stuffing) for craft projects. It is very cheap and I always keep a few bags ahead, especially as it crams into stuffed projects faster than you expect and I frequently run out. Check back Friday for a fiber-filled pinterest project!

And a baby life-jacket for $2.50. for those infrequent times we rent a boat or go lake swimming. We won’t use it much but we have had several times we wanted one.

 

 

Pillowcases

April 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Found:  this vintage set of pillowcases in perfect condition. A very happy print. Find them here in my etsy shop.

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