How to shop for souvenirs

October 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Somehow I’m only just getting to a place in life where I want to get something from the spots to which we travel and bring it home. Which is a shame because I feel like I went to all the most thrilling places years ago. I guess I have associated souvenirs with kitsch and shot glasses. But now! What fun to bring home a little of the experience and a piece of memory in a tangible form. Squashed pennies are souvenirs we like. Penny machines in interesting locations flatten the pennies you provide and imprint them with a place and picture. The kids are gathering quite a pile. They used to be a luxury when I was a child, but now you can’t even get a candy bar for the 51 cents each costs.

On a recent trip to Tucson, AZ, we loved the landscape and the blooming dessert and the whole experience. I did look in some artisan shops. This basket is the only thing I purchased while in Tucson, and I just adore it. But after looking at what was for sale I thought I might have a better selection on-line and when I got home, I went shopping. Ebay and etsy have an abundance of items from all areas and I was soon immersed in prickly pear glasses and desert themes.

This water color print was $4 via etsy, and is an adorable snip of all the quail we saw skittering through the cactus while in Tucson.

The saguaro is a defining characteristic of the Tucson landscape and this tile is from etsy, and from an AZ artist. The Indian lady I found at the thrift store. There are all kinds of geometric and Native American themed things being donated that I never noticed before looking for them!

I loved the textiles I saw but they were steeply price in Arizona. I found this woven blanket for $8 thrifted. It is new and I love how the edge frays so delicately.

Bunting in the round

August 6, 2012 § 1 Comment

I added color to the teepee over the weekend. These pole caps make me happy!

This was a trial error sewing project. I started with a bunting template, made it larger and sewed a sample. Adjusted and fitted until I like the look. I used fabrics I had.

A tip-top topper!

See the teepees here and here.

 

 

Teepee take 2

August 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

A picture posted earlier this week showed a glimpse of a newly made project. The picture below is the first teepee completed this year. It took many months but I got a feel for the pattern and the kids really loved it and used it often. But I just couldn’t love the fabric. So I sold it and went to work on take two.

I reinforced some heavy wear areas, and used a neutral canvas cloth.

Now it seems like a blank piece of art and I’m working on adding the finishing touches of color. It is still a favorite with my children, and much more to my taste. I love it!

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