Saturday, July 26, 2014

Basket Lover

Pearl loves baskets as much as I do. I find her sitting in this vintage Native American black ash basket all of the time. It was probably made in the Great Lakes area and features double swing handles with a "pig tail" loop hinge.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pretty as a Picture

So I don't even like tomatoes (at least a raw tomato), but boy were these pretty at the Tower Grove farmers market.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

McCoy Icicle Planter

I have never seen one of these before. It is a McCoy planter in a pattern called "icicle" or "icicle drip". The icicle part of the planter is unglazed, so contrasts with the shiny blue base. I saw it at an antique shop and passed it by at first. I couldn't stop thinking about it, so had to go back the next day. Fortunately it was still there. I thought it was the perfect planter for a succulent, so it now resides on a shelf in my bathroom, where it looks great with the blue tile on the walls.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Wool Felting and Dying

As many of you may know, I love to search for thrift store wool blazers and sweaters. I felt the wool in my washing machine (careful, you can clog your drains with a wool hairball doing this) and then use it for various craft projects. I used to search and search to find cool colors, until one day the light bulb went off and I realized I could just dye light colors myself. Duh?
 Dying some chartreuse. Green is my favorite color.
 Here is the wool after dying and drying. I was sooooo happy with how the color turned out.
Besides green, I also dyed some purple, yellow and orange. Though the orange didn't work very well. I am not sure why as I used that same dye before with great results.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Gypsy Caravan

A t-shirt I saw at the Gypsy Caravan.
Every Memorial Day St. Louis hosts a huge flea market called the Gypsy Caravan. The location has changed over the years as has the size of the event. For the past quite a few years the flea market has been located on the campus of UMSL (University of Missouri-St. Louis). The vendors were spread over two parking lots and a parking garage. This year it moved way out to the Family Arena in St. Charles, MO. This was a horrible decision on the part of the organizers. There is only one narrow road coming into the venue and the parking was almost nonexistent. Fortunately for us we had purchased early bird wrist bands so we could shop two hours before the general public. Since we arrived at 6:30 in the morning we parked right up by the entrance.

In anticipation of some great shopping this year I purchased a collapsible wagon. This was a great move so that we could keep our hands free to dig for treasures. Unfortunately we didn't take into consideration that we would need to park the big ole wagon somewhere while we shopped. It wasn't a big deal while we were touring the outside vendors (though the isles were much narrower this year).

While a two hour head start sounds like a lot of time we usually are only able to make it through about 2/3rds of the outside vendors before the general public starts flooding in. By this time we already had our wagon full with a hanging tomato plant being held until we headed to the car.

Besides the outside vendors that are setup on the parking lot there are "inside" vendors that are, I guess, supposed to be the nicer vendors. Honestly I can't tell a whole to of difference, between the vendors in the two locations, but they they tend to be more of the glassware vendors and nicer antiques. We always do that section last since the thought is that these vendors are going to be a little more expensive. Well, this year the inside vendors were smushed onto the floor of the Family Arena. There was absolutely no room to move. We made it down the first isle with the wagon and I almost lost my mind. We just decided to park the wagon, but even without it we could barely make it down the rows. It was just a mess. I felt terrible for the inside vendors and shoppers just moved with the flow of the crowd and really weren't even looking at the wares.

We had fun and founds some treasures. The line of cars trying to get into the place as we left stretched all the way back to the interstate. The Gypsy Caravan Facebook page was blowing up with dissatisfied shoppers or people who gave up and went home before they even got in.

Here are some photos of my finds.
I didn't buy these, but there were a lot of them and they were cool looking.
Scored these cool splatterware lunch trays. I have no idea what I am going to do with them, but they were cheap. I normally only buy a couple of finds like this and kick myself later for not getting more. So this time I went ahead and picked up 10.
I have a thing for bottle brush trees, so jumped when I saw these. My favorites are the ones with fruit or other things decorating them. Of course I couldn't pass up a vintage plastic spaceman. I have this craft idea for small vintage ceramic planters/egg cups, so keep picking them up if they are cheap enough. Of course I have yet to do anything with them.
Ok, so I couldn't pass these up. They were only a buck a piece, so I bought all of them. They came with a free extra roll of tape, so that was an added bonus.
I always need more blending tool handles (it's a stamping/scrapbooking thing) and a whole bag of them for five bucks was too good to pass up.
OK, so I didn't buy this. It was just so freaky that I had to take a picture of it.