At my house

November 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week we put away the hunting garb, freshly washed. No elk this year. But the boys are all still practicing their elk calls. Even the baby.

Christmas is coming. It all fits in one box for us. Mostly beloved books. I own 6 ornaments.

This is my favorite Christmas bit. I got this nativity in Kenya, Dec ’05. All the pieces fit in the beautiful banana leaf box.

The stack of scarves for gift wrap is growing. The presents are going to be so pretty! I’m going to sew ribbon on some of them. I’ll be thrilled to not have a bag of paper waste on Christmas!

I finished this crown and dress for a little birthday girl today. I do so hope they fit. It is my most favorite thing in the whole world to give good gifts. The postman is my constant conspirator.

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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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