Flea Market


I finally made it to the Long Beach Flea Market last week.
I adore these markets, though I don’t let myself go too often for fear of buying in excess. A book here, a vase there, and before I know it, I could very well be a hoarder. Thank goodness A&E’s Hoarders alerted me to this phenomena; I never knew knickknacks could morph into a health hazard.

ANYWAY, since I am not typing this post from under a mound of collectible Tupperware and porcelain cats, I declare myself unscathed from this flea market trip.

There were so many charming, and sometimes odd (i.e. random top hat head, below), things to see that even though I wasn’t buying, I had a blast walking around and finding inspiration in the quirky, beautiful wares. I left with a few small trinkets and a lot great DIY ideas. A lovely way to pass a sunny Sunday morning.

How great is this collection of thermoses? Perfect for stylish school work lunches or as kitchen decoration.

Fire King Jadeite dishes

A table with a metal bin inserted in the middle for cold drinks- genius! I could also imagine using the metal insert as a planter for herbs or succulents.

Salt and pepper shakers. The baby bok choy (at least, that’s what I am imagining it to be) in the lower right hand corner is one of my favs.

An antique baby bathtub and stand. Again, the possibilities are endless! Fill with ice and drinks for a party, use as linen or towel storage, wash your delicates… or small dog in it. A true multi-tasker.

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Wantist: the answer to your gift giving SOS


Not that I’m trying to add to the angst of ALREADY seeing Christmas cards and decorations on store shelves… but, ahem… the holidays are only a short 2 months away.
For those of you who just broke out in anxiety based hives, and can’t possibly think of the stresses of the holiday season yet, please think of this as a helpful post for all those October and November birthdays/anniversaries you have coming up.

Each year, I attempt to craft, bake, or sew my Christmas gifts but never quite get it together in time. A lowly Martha Stewart wanna be. But this season, I’m determined to make it work, and have begun digging around the web for early inspiration.

That’s when I stumbled on Wantist. It’s a brilliant site that offers a curated collection of gift ideas depending on the type of gift, and style of the person, you’re shopping for. I’ve been using it mostly as inspiration for my homemade gifts-to-be, but everything listed is just so cool that I can easily imagine getting all my shopping done from there should my DIY plans fall through (once again.)

My personal favorites:

Does anyone else out there make their gifts? If so, please share! I’d love to hear what far more craftier people then I are up to.