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.

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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.

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