In the midst of all the slow progress with bead embroidery projects, I did finish a bunch of earrings for the gallery and an upcoming show. Now I had better wrap up a tutorial for a class. Hey look…another shiny object!!!
I love thrift stores, flea markets and a good rummage sale. It’s fun to find something that you can use everyday at a super price and even more fun to indulge in something just for the heck of it. Best of all, I like finding a treasure that can either be incorporated into a jewelry design, used as a unique storage option, or a clever display.
I’ve got a couple of favorite haunts that constantly provide materials for my jewelry making endeavors. Thankfully, the little antique shop I love the most is a good 6 hours away. Thankfully you say, why yes, because if it were any closer I’d be broke. I get there about four times a year when I go to visit my place in the woods. The last visit was fruitful as usual.
I picked up this wonderful doll case. Not only will it work as a display piece but it can double as storage as well. I should add that there’s a childhood connection too, I had one just like it years (just a couple) ago. I’ll brighten up the inside and set it up for display but I don’t want to tinker with it’s excellent condition too much.
During the same trip to my mecca of treasures, I found a stash of old family photos. In other stores I’ve seen them labeled as “Instant Family”. I get a kick out of these old photos. They all tell stories and some are awfully silly. They got me to thinking about a fun project and if all they do is inspire me and put a smile of my face from time to time, they were worth the $2 price tag.
Last but no least from a separate trip to a more local store, I found this amazing case for only $3. It was perfect inside and out and didn’t have the very customary funky old aroma of a thousand different soaps and other assorted toiletries from days gone by. This little green gem holds all my stitching supplies and looks good doing it.
Now that I have places to display and put things, I had better get creating!