Ofrenda

My creative space

Posted in craft, etsy, meme by gwen on August 4, 2010

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]

Decor: desk storage

Posted in our new home by gwen on May 19, 2010

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.

Three Things Friday

Posted in Alameda, garden, our new home, photo, Three Things Friday by gwen on March 5, 2010

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.

Thriftariffic!

Posted in photo by gwen on February 17, 2010

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 in photo by gwen on January 22, 2010

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

Around the house

Posted in photo by gwen on January 5, 2010

Favorite pillow

10¢ from the Alameda Museum estate sale

Pee-Wee!

January 2: Bublets!

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At the Alameda Antiques Fair

Posted in photo by gwen on January 4, 2010

January 3: Dollhead floozy

Tim and Gary picked me up this morning and after coffee, we met up with Victoria and Dusty at the Alameda Antiques Fair. It took us 10 minutes just to walk across the parking lot to the main entrance, and the fair itself stretches out across the base just bout halfway across the bay to San Francisco. It is one serious swap meet. Two hours and I didn’t come anywhere close to seeing everything. I wish you had been there, you would have gone nuts.

Reds are hard to match
Self, mirror vaseInstant ancestors $1 each
Steampunk express
The one where she said, "You're not allowed to take pictures here!" and scowled at me.

I scored some Murano glass carrot beads and a tie pin with a G on it and some old watch faces that I think I’m going to put on a bracelet. The photo of the beads up there caused some lunatic vendor to scowl at me [“you’re not allowed to take pictures here!”]. Regret of the day: I wish I had bought the entire box of these doll charms but they were $1 each and I don’t really have a use for them. I would just like to have them to look at once in awhile.

Dollcharms

You can view more photos from the fair here.

Afterward we met Donna and D at La Piñata and gorged ourselves, sat comatose at the cafe, then came back and discussed politics with Chad for far too long. Tired now.