Trend alert- chenille

July 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Seen at Home Goods. Chenille bedspreads. The old fashioned ones grandma had with textured designs.

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Great American road-trip 2012

May 14, 2012 § 2 Comments

Found in a weed-lot by a car-wash in Kansas. Was razor sharp.

Mother’s Day bouquet. Precious.

One man’s trash

May 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

One of my favorite finds in college. For some reason a friend and I were walking a rural road and saw a ramshackle shed. Which we explored to find all kinds of junk including a rusted lawnmower. I took this bit of it, a little lidded box with holes. I put a metal sheet in the bottom and sanded the rust off. And used a finishing spray. I’ve been using it for a jewelry box ever since.

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.

Trend alert

April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

It is fun to watch what people like and what people buy. So the whale is the new owl in kids decor. You should buy a stump to use as a chair or side table. And succulents and cacti are filling favorite retail establishments. I see new things to sew! Take a look at these fabric potted cacti. From Anthropologie.

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I am going to plant some. There are miles of plant pots at the thrift store.

Pod art

March 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is what I found on my doormat one day. Pods from our tree lined up so prettily by my children,

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So I picked them up and glued them on a piece of muslin and so we have enjoyed this bit of child craft for several weeks. Art can be easy!

Box of beauty

March 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Found in a box from Italy today, love from a friend I cherish.¬† Such richness! That’s a quote from Little Women. It is awesomeness colored green and the biggest thing I’ve ever picked up from the post office.

And to give you some sense of scale:

Its called a damigiana or demijohn.

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