Monday, March 12, 2012

Flea Market Finds



These are some of the things I found in my thrifting adventures this week. There are a couple of lovely bootmakers stakes that I will clean up and use for forging metal bits and pieces. All this stuff is pretty grubby but underneath the grime lies potential - I mean just look at the great shape of those jars! Amongst this lot is also a small traveling clock and a whole stack of cogs and gears ...






On the other side of the thrifting spectrum, I came across a bunch of dainty treats ...



These bits all came from the one shop - I love finding nice pieces of embroidery ( I have ZERO skills in this area) and of course a new tin to cut up is always welcome! The fabric that everything is sitting on was also a good find - it is huge and has a bunch of interesting patterns - it is kind of a faux patchwork.


The ear-ring bobs are in good shape and I will incorporate them into a necklace I think.



Without doubt though the lace is my favourite thing - it is much more beautiful when you hold it in your hands than when you see it here. I have been reading about lace-makers and the history of lace recently and whilst I have no idea where or how this particular piece of lace was made, it seemed serendipitous that I should find it.


 As always, it is fun to join in with Sophie and the gang! I wanted to share this video from You Tube which is a mini-doco on lacemaking traditions in Cyprus and the difficulties the women face sustaining their craft in a modern world. It made me think about how many other traditional "womens" craft practices are dying out and how much more appreciative of the handmade I become with each passing year!

3 comments:

Ms Kath Pathwalker said...

You had a lovely time! All really well chosen and I can see you up-cycling them in to even more beautiful pieces of jewellery to be enjoyed all over again! Can't wait to see them then!

Rustic Tarts said...

I have a tiny piece of that same patchworky fabric - all in greens - it's gorgeous. Love the lace too

urbandon (Don Pezzano) said...

This is pure torture. Slim pickings 'round these parts. Sigh.