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.

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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!

Paisley printer

April 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

This wasn’t thrifted. It was my only purchase during a remarkably calm trip with the kids to the antique store. Kids and antique stores don’t mix. but with Starburst and a mini Boggle game and Angry birds we can power through!

It’s a wallpaper print block, or a sari stamp. I just love the paisley and can’t wait to messily print some stationery! Such an item makes beauty and is beautiful itself. It has a big handle on the back and the wood is all black and smooth and lovely. And I’ve been looking at such stamps online, but this one is more reasonable than I could find there.

Sucker for ties

April 4, 2012 § 3 Comments

The fat, textured, bright, delicious ties of several decades ago. I just can’t say no to them. They are jammy and these 5 are the latest in the collection. I’ve collected them for years and have lined my staircase with them.

Happy up-the-stairs:

Kitchen kitsch

March 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

I loved this at first sight. Happy and foody and a little bit chippy. The scallops are perfect. It will be great hung on a wall and I’ve added it to my etsy shop.

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.

Considered

March 1, 2012 § 1 Comment

I am loving all the hand embroidery pieces at the thrift store. But there are only so many ways to use them. This blowing aspen was nice!

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