by gwen harlow

Posts Tagged "thrift"

Day 8: Date with a bead friend

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in craft | 0 comments

Jill doesn’t actually bead but she is a friend and I was looking for beads and we had a date hitting up the local swap meets Saturday. I found a couple old bits and bobs but it was more of an experience than a treasure trove. We did see some good stuff, though.

Little trucker friends

Like this truck we spotted on the way over. Pretty flippin’ awesome, huh.

Strawberry babies

And saw lots of horrible little dolls and clowns.

Oopsy mannequin

And one lady who lost her clothing. OOPSY.

Fusion Beads 30 Day Bead Challenge

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Day 2: Use up some leftover beads

Posted by on Mar 3, 2012 in craft | 1 comment

Day 2 Use up some bead leftovers

Amy’s jade drops came in fours so she said I should use the extras for day 2.

Fusion Beads 30 Day Bead Challenge

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Necklace a Day 7-29

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in photo | 0 comments

Here it is, the end of February, and I totally failed at the Necklace a Day challenge. I even got an extra day. If you want to see a real winner, go check out Katherine’s results on per:cent blog — she kept up and made a month’s worth of fantastic pieces.

I’m not going to be too hard on myself because I did get quite a lot done — I actually have a whole nother week’s worth of necklaces that I photographed but never got around to editing/etsying/blogging — and have had a non-necklace productive month. I’ve been working for the first time in a year, and working full-time on-site for the first time since I started blogging (which was waaaaaay back when I still worked at dotcoms, if you kids remember those). It’s been a big adjustment but a great experience, the company is impressive, everyone is nice and super talented, my work is engaging.

I went to an amazing Wonderland-themed birthday party — decor by the birthday boy’s set-designer girlfriend and WOW. I wish I’d taken pictures before the sun set because it was a craftopia of bunting and garlands and flowers and teacups everywhere. I made my first apron for the party, here’s a very flattering photo where I am wearing it while shoving Hotwing Dip (which looks like vomit but is delicious) into my mouth:

me and Jill

Jill wanted to go thrifting to find tea cups for the party — you’ll notice she’s glued hers to the saucer in the photo, how ingenious is she? and I came home with these this lovely vintage Made in England pastoral:

Wonderland teacup

and a Dutch Garden bowl:

Dutch Garden bowl

Unfortunately, I forgot to bring them to the party.

I built the site for Lucky Ladies, the local small business owners group I’m part of, shopluckyladies.com, and we’re putting together a big launch party on Saturday, April 28, which you should definitely attend if you’re in the Bay Area. We have several etsy members who make fantastic things and the others offer all kinds of useful services, there’s going to be a dress-making-athon to send clothes to girls in Africa, yoga and health classes, free food, and a pop-up shop/craft fair. The Facebook event page has more info.

AND I was mere feet from Tony Bennett after his 50th-anniversary “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” event at San Francisco City Hall on Valentine’s Day. He’s been on my bucket list since I was a kid and we didn’t quite meet but close enough.

I’m going to try another challenge for March: Fusion Beads is having a 30-day because apparently it’s National Craft Month. Theirs is more structured, and maybe it will be easier for me to keep up, though I expect I will pop in and out and do the projects I want. Or start off gung-ho then peter out. But you never know.

March National Craft Month 30-Day Challenge

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End of spring pinks

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in garden, photo | 2 comments

From the farmer’s market

Ranunculus

and the garden

May 2: Dining room

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Pink and green

Posted by on Jun 8, 2011 in garden, our new home, photo | 0 comments

End of camellia season over at Heather’s house

Heather's camellias

and a little coffee at home

May 5: With coffee and cream

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Breakfast!

Posted by on Jun 2, 2011 in photo, recipe | 1 comment

Fresh eggs provided by Julia of the wonderful Modern Muse‘s chickens.

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My creative space

Posted by on Aug 4, 2010 in craft, meme | 1 comment

I made a couple of these vintage button necklaces awhile back and am just getting around to photographing them…the warm summery gold and cream of this one is my favorite so far.
Available at gwen.etsy.com

Golden button necklace #3

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a nest but I recently sold my favorite nest necklace and it seemed like time to make another.

Little wire nest

I scored some antique chandelier crystals at an estate sale recently. They will be added to pretty, sparkly accessories soon!

Estate sale score

And here are some of the necklaces I’ve made but haven’t had the time to list yet. One of these days…

Some of the crap I need to photograph and sell

[my creative space]

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Decor: desk storage

Posted by on May 19, 2010 in our new home | 0 comments

I’ve been self-employed as a web designer for 10 years and mostly work at home — my desk is my entire office, and I’ve had a hard time figuring out what to do with everything because it has to go with the rest of the room so the office-purposed furniture I’ve looked at just doesn’t work. So mostly it’s been a hodgepodge of little fixes to meet my needs and usually, a giant pile of papers and bits that have nowhere to go. A terrible, chaotic mess.

A few weeks ago we were at the thrift and I spotted this headboard — you remember the white and gold girls’ bedroom set you or your BFF or that girl you were just SO envious of had? From that set. It had shelves and little cupboards and high enough up to put my printer under and was exactly the thing I’ve been looking for for years.

I’ve been working a lot so the headboard’s been sitting in the middle of the living room for several weeks waiting for me to chip off the ancient D.A.R.E. stickers [these things are so weird, little piglets and ducklets with slogans like “FRIENDS DON’T SLING DOPE” — really! this is the language they use with kids?] but I finally had a few hours free the other day to take care of that and completely clean everything off the desk and get it set up and it is even better than I expected.

May I present: my new desk shelving unit!

New desk shelves

It works perfectly. One cupboard is for my craft/stationery boxes, the other — I’m still deciding.

Cigar boxes stash

And there’s a nice space for my souvenir architectural minis collection, which have been looking for a real home forever.

Most of my minis

Next up is the craft cupboard.

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Three Things Friday

Posted by on Mar 5, 2010 in Alameda, garden, our new home, photo | 1 comment

Three things I am in love with right now:

#1: my BLINGtastic camera necklace

#1: my BLINGtastic camera necklace

I’ve been forgetting to take a shot of this for ages, I bought it at the cutest little shop here in Alameda (To Herb With Love at Oak and Encinal) back before Christmas and I wear it almost every day. harpy owns a similar one, her lovely polaroid reminded me.

#2: surprise flowers

#2: surprise flowers

My friend brought her son over to pick some lemons [still going strong, give me a holler if you want to come pick some up] last week and surprised me with this enormous, gorgeous bouquet of birds of paradise from her garden.

#3: daffodils from TJs

#3: daffodils from TJs

You know it is spring when these babies show up. $1.29 for a bunch of ten, which is just enough to surprise my daughter and make myself happy, too.

Vintage milk bottle scored for practically nothing from Muse Reuse on Webster almost immediately after I decided I really need a vase that isn’t meant to hold an enormous birthday bouquet.

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Thriftariffic!

Posted by on Feb 17, 2010 in photo | 2 comments

Hope you all had a good weekend. We spent Valentine’s Day at the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa and some quality time at the thrift store yesterday. Things I acquired at the half-off Presidents’ Day sale*:

The sweetest little espresso cup there ever was. Look at that hand lettering — it just kills me! 69¢

Espresso cup with silk Pierre Cardin scarf

Two vintage silk scarves *MINT* for 99¢. TOTAL. One’s Pierre Cardin and I am not real big on navy but I love the orange/tan/cream stripes. The other says both aboriginal designs and “designed by Neil” and I am not sure who to believe. But again with the earth tones.

Silk scarf with aboriginal Australian designs, "designed by Neil"

A most excellent round-handled 70s-80s handbag. It’s got the oldschool industrial zipper so you know it’ll hold up for awhile. I totally splurged on this, it was $2.99!

I am in love with this purseMilk glass sugar bowl / vase / storage space / earring hanger

Faux milk glass-y vase/jar/sugar bowl/King Cake baby earring display, 99¢.

Espresso cup #2 with Neil's scarf

Look, it’s the other side of the demitasse and more of Neil’s aboriginal scarf.

I also bought a pale yellow threadbare knit top with vintage-y beads sewn around the neckline but cannot take a good photo of it. I will wear it when it warms up.

And I finally got around to making a thrifting set on flickr of our many finds and sights – check it out!

*** This post inspired by IS*LY’S Thrifty & Chic and someone else [I’m blanking here] who went to the Rose Bowl swap meet over the weekend.

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Our new home: Retro Cookware

Posted by on Jan 22, 2010 in photo | 1 comment

New commenter Michael [check out his awesome baking blog] has a post about Retro Cookware and I thought I’d share mine.

1. Club vintage aluminum pots in turquoise
We got this at a neighbor’s yard sale a couple years ago. She made me promise I was going to use and love them and not eBay them — they belonged to her mother — then gave me the whole set for less than the cost of a cheap pan. I am not sure if they are barely used or if mom was a scrubaholic 1950s housewife, the bottoms are pristine but there are a couple discolorations inside. We use the dutch oven all the time, the other pots and pans when there’s some kind of big dinner thing going on.

Club vintage aluminum pots in turquoise

2. Juice-O-Mat juicer
My friend Donna gave me this ages ago. It belonged to her mother and she made me promise I would never, ever, ever get rid of it, if I was tired of it, I’d return it to her because they used it for fresh orange juice ever morning during her childhood in Long Beach. We use it practically every day, it is by far my favorite kitchen gadget and if you can score one [there are a few on eBay, make sure it’s one with the cup], I guarantee you will not regret it.

Juice-O-Mat juicer from Rival + lemon saltshaker

3. General Electric hand mixer
My old roommate gave me this when she upgraded to a spanglier retro mixer. She did not make me promise anything. Sometimes I wish we had one of those big stand mixers but this takes up almost no space and it’s adorable. Plus the little lever there says BEATER EJECTOR which cracks me up because I am eternally nine years old.

General Electric hand mixer

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Around the house

Posted by on Jan 5, 2010 in photo | 0 comments

Favorite pillow

10¢ from the Alameda Museum estate sale

Pee-Wee!

January 2: Bublets!

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