17 July 2012

welcome summer!

I hope you are keeping cool. It's been mighty hot and steamy here. 
Enjoy some summer blooms and stay cool!

happy wednesday!
xo, kim

05 July 2012

vintage shopping in New Bedford

I took another trip into New Bedford this Sunday for another round of vintage shopping. 

 Acushnet River Antiques, is a well hidden gem in a lovely old mill. 

 I'm pretty in love with the character of this building. Brick and iron fire escapes always steal my heart.

 Since I had been getting my fill of vintage clothes shopping as of late I set out to find new displays for my work.

Sometimes a girl needs to spruce up her craft fair table.

 I've only been to two of the four major antique shops in New Bedford so I wanted to explore while I found some useful and much needed items.

This place got more and more amazing as I explored.

 There was an old sign to one of the roller coasters which once was up and running at Lincoln Park. 
[unfortunately I couldn't get far enough away to take a picture]

 And how cool is this bowling game?

I tried my best to photograph this letter "O" but it was buried. I want to take a guess and say that was also a remnant from Lincoln Park. I so miss that place!

 It wasn't all fun and games. There were amazing housewares too. 

 I'm just dying to have one of the wall sconces or chandeliers. 

The camera collection was pretty great. Ironically my iPhone just didn't want to take a focused picture of these beauties, so this is the best I have.

 This sewing matching came in an amazing wooden case. I adored this machine, it was difficult not to bring home.

Off with his head!

 So, here's a new display. A whole three bucks for a drawer I have grand ideas for.
[i just love the details for the handle, which I look forward to fixing] 

I've needed some height in the back of my table for a while. Height with a wall to hide my water, phone, packaging, you know those things you don't want customers to see... I may need to do a mock set up of my booth to fine tune my idea and I may start with some paint first.

 I can't wait to test this out and see if it will work for one of my three machines. For $7 I decided it was worth it. And it came with a manual, that sealed the deal.

This is my final addition to my displays. I think it needs some paint. The piece it is replacing was painted a bright blue and I was forever receiving compliments on the color. Maybe just the outside gets some blue and I'll leave the inside natural. You know I will post a before and after at some point.

happy thursday!
xo, kim

04 July 2012

welcome summer!

Summer is blooming indoors, on the fire escape and on the side of the road. 
It's gorgeous all around.

tomato plant + oxalis
tomato plant + oxalis behind a curtain

my first morning glory!

gerbera daisies from my step-sister. they are loving the fire escape.

lilies! the true sign of July!

queen anne's lace on the side of the road.

i had a little fun switching back to my beloved shake it photo. what a fun app!

happy wednesday! 
xo, kim

03 July 2012

thrifted + handmade: what i wore

As I write this post for today I am wearing a thrifted skirt I bought when I was in high school. It's been with me for about 16 years and who knows how long it existed before I came across it. It seems that thrifting is a huge part of what makes me me, just like the handmade movement. 

 Thrifting started as a necessity. All I had to get clothes with were the dollars I saved from cleaning my grandmother's house every week. And, wasn't the best place to get a little skater girl her cargo shorts at the Army Navy Store? And Savers and Salvation Army were certainly good for corduroys and old school t-shirts. You know the ones, with flocked letters, don't you?

 Now I thrift because clothes are still expensive. There is also the element of the joyous find and knowing that you are likely not to match someone at a party. It's such a feeling of victory.
[by the way, isn't this shirt detail pretty? it's a converse thrifted find.]

 A converse thrifted top means chucks on the feet. 

 This handmade belt may be in hiding with this outfit, but it's there and I love it. Have you heard of Red Thread Belting? If not take a look at Sherry's work. Her belts are a must any day I wear jeans. As of today I have a healthy collection of five glitter belts. I did see her at a fair this weekend with a version of this black belt with silver sequins, I think that will take my count to six soon enough. What kind of respectful silversmith could turn down so much silver glitter?

 The jeans are new. New, I tell you! Target brand, good and cheap!

 My other handmade accent are these lovely earrings by Dahlia Kanner. I adore these earrings.

 And this ring by Stefan Witjes. I got it while in Amsterdam. Stefan had the most amazing shop full of handmade wonders. He is a silversmith and goldsmith who also work with steel. One day I will get back there and add to my meek collection. 

Here's my beloved belt. I needed to do it some justice and take a real photo of it so you could see just how lovely it is. I am head over heels in love with that red stitching. Aren't you?

happy tuesday!
xo, kim

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