Thursday, September 20, 2012

Brimfield Purchases

As promised, here are photos of my Brimfield purchases.

This is a vintage beaded necklace from Afghanistan.  Isn't it amazing!  It is a foot wide at it's widest point.  It's going to make a white v-neck and jeans look stellar.  I can't wait to wear it.  I just need to add some type of clasp and I'll be styling.  This is my favorite purchase of the day.

This necklace, although not old, is also from out of the country.  It's from Tibet (or the country formally known as Tibet).  This necklace is large too.  The carved bone area is 3" tall.  I was hesitant to buy something made from bone.  The Tibetan salesman assured me that the yak that supplied the bone fed 200 people the day it perished and out of respect no part of the animal was discarded.  The bones were made into jewelry instead of thrown away.  I hope that is true Mr. Yak.
 This little paper engineered gem was the most interesting greeting card I saw at the show.  The engineering is quite clever.  It's all one piece that is die-cut and folded back on itself.
 Here's the paisley I mentioned in my previous post.  It's carved wood and from Pakistan.  The antiques from out of the U.S. fascinated me.  I have plans of stamping something with it or maybe just admiring how cool it is.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Big E

I spent yesterday at The Big E.  It's my favorite state fair.  Although, it's really not a fair contest because The Big E doesn't just represent one state, it represents all the states in New England.  The main event is every state showing off their best food and wares in each of the six state themed houses (think Epcot for New England).  I ate a fruits de mer salad (RI), pickled egg (MA), maple syrup soda (MA), lobster roll (ME), hot wiener (RI), and empanada (regular fair vendor).  If my stomach was larger I also would have had a pumpkin slushy (CT), clear clam chowder (RI), corn on the cob (NH), blueberry juice (ME), maple syrup cotton candy (VT), smoked salmon (ME) and cider slushy (MA).  Oh man, now I'm hungry.

There are a lot of great sights at the fair.  My two favorites were both in the CT house.  Pez had some great new dispenser packs.

Lego had a clever booth where children were making works of art on small square white lego boards and then displaying them on custom easels.

And there is lots of shopping.  I bought two kinds of soap (VT), a funny cat frame (better living building) and some amazing glue that can glue anything non-porous with a flat surface together including glass, rubber, metal, vinyl, plastic, acrylic, coins, etc. (better living building).  I made some really cute post earrings today.  If you see me around town check out my ears.  I might be wearing my new penny earrings, or scrabble chip earrings, or glass bead earrings, or button earrings.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Weird things from Brimfield Sept. 2012

I always love seeing everyone's "weird things we saw at Brimfield" photos.  I FINALLY went for the first time and I have my own photos to share.  It was everything I dreamed it would be.  For those of you who don't live in New England, the Brimfield Antique show happens 3 times a year (a week long each time).  It is supposedly the "largest outdoor antiques show in the world, with over 6,000 dealers and 130,000+ visitors during the course of the week."  according to the shows website.  And I'm lucky enough to live 40 minutes away.  I already can't wait until next year!

This is only a fraction of the weird and wonderful things we saw:

I'm not sure what these are but it's so funny that there is a right and left.

If you grew up in the 80s I bet you want to wrestle these right now.  Ugh, I do.  I should have bought one.

 These are wooden textile printing blocks from Pakistan, used to mark textiles before they are embroidered.  I bought a paisley.

 So mid-century modern cool!

 Milk bottle caps, it's kinda weird that I like these because I'm severely lactose intolerant.
Advertising print blocks, or something like that.
I've died and gone to vintage fabric Heaven!

I bought two cool necklaces, the paisley I mentioned above, and a pretty little pop-up card.  In other words two fashion items, a surface pattern item, and a paper engineered item.  Could I be more predictable?  I'll try to take photos soon to show you the goodies.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Providence Stylweek: What the models wore

Oh, you wanted to see what was on the runway too?  Okay, here are my highlights.  These are in no particular order. 

Can you believe Hope Macdonald only just graduated from RISD in the spring?

Nicole Lebreux was amazing as always pairing vintage fabrics.

Maria Del Carmen Mercado wowed Providence with her beautiful hand died fabrics.

Jess Abernethy delighted with clever chevrons and bright colors.

 Jonathan Joseph Peters finished off the week in clothes that make you want to party.

Gee, can you tell I love color and prints?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Styleweek: What I wore

Styleweek has come and gone.  It was a fantastic event.  Half of the fun is dressing up in designer duds.  This is what I wore:

Rotten Bananas (with Jessica)