I know I’m not the only one out there that has a suitcase collection. This is just part of it…… I love all the contrasting finishes & materials- Metal, wood, leather & fiberglass. Shiny, dull, colorful & plaid.
I’d like to introduce you to my new yellow addition. My friends at High Street Market were open 2 windy weekends ago & I was invited to come & set up a small display of goods at there monthly pop-up antique shop. They always have the best finds hidden away in their storage garage so of course I poked around & found this beauty which was calling my name. The owner found a little leather purse of her liking out of my stash so we made an old fashion trade & both of us walked away happy!
Below are some pictures of the set up at the High Street Shoppe.
Over the years I’ve collected many types of winter hats. The one’s above are my favorite. There are wool plaid bucket hats, cashmere caps & shearling with ear flaps. One of my favorite is the title green one that I got for my son when he was just 4 with the fantastic oversized pom pom ….. I make it fit…..
This week I took a lot of time to try & organize myself. I had little pieces & baubles rolling around my work table & it created a space of minor chaos. Instead of heading to the Container Store, which I’m sure could have solved my problems, I hit the local antique stores. I found some old metal tool/fishing boxes that are just perfect for both storage & display. I also cut strips of very heavy paper to create bracelet storage in my old leather briefcase. The muffin tin was a genius idea from a friend. It’s amazing that when your space is tidy a person can think so much clearer… at least that’s the case for me.
I am definitely going through an affair with the color yellow. Over the weekend we had friends for dinner & our guests brought me this amazing yellow antique bucket. My jaw dropped! I couldn’t believe what an absolutely perfect gift it was! I have squirreled it away into my office where I can use it & look at it every day! Thanks Kris!! Saying that, I’ve put together a collage of all the yellow things that I’ve taken pictures of recently.
I started sewing the silk screen scraps into functional items & so far, this is what I’ve come up with. I’m thinking of putting together just 4 “Ultimate Kitchen Gift Bags” for the holiday Firefly show. Each gift bundle would include a shopping tote, cafe apron, linen dish towel, pot holder & perhaps a selection of different salts…. Any other ideas? Each item has a hand screened picture & the bags were made with the natural vegetan leather straps with the contrast signature painted tips, The dish towels have a linen ribbon attached to the top corner with an antique button for hanging on a hook. Being that repetition is not my strong point, each package will be different & unique.
Oh, I know what you’re thinking. Brass posts? What the? But when you see these pictures you will be jealous of my little treasure find! I was in a local antique store & they had these just loose in a little box along with buttons & other odd & ends. These are the real deal my friends! Solid brass with mother of pearl backings on some of them. I can’t wait to use them for a bag closure or maybe on a bracelet?
Ok, it’s time to swap out the summer type pillows for the warm, cozy winter ones. I don’t know about any of you out there but here in Colorado we have had the most amazing warm weather this fall so far. The leaves are starting to change but it still reaches the balmy 80′s during the day. Saying that, I have covered my couches with warm wooly pillows anyway. Most of these are made out of 1960-70 wool ski sweaters. I think they add a lot of color, texture interest & they are definitely a conversation piece. The big chunky one on my couch is from a vintage hand knit, honest to goodness fisherman sweater. I actually have 2 but I only took a picture of 1. The yellow striped one on the green chair is one of my favorites. It is an old Meister Knit from the 50′s. I made a bunch of these for the recent craft markets & no one reacted. Go figure. I love them!