courtesy of brimfield

It was a glorious time at Brimfield yesterday- so many interesting things to see and I love the thrill of the hunt haha. You never know what you will come across and what deals you can wrangle out of the sellers. Some of the dealers are so nice too! I love hearing their stories. Here are the treasures that came home with me yesterday:

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First, I’ve been meaning to switch over to cloth napkins for quite awhile so I finally got that process started. I found these ones- all embroidered with our last name initial! They’re from the 30s or 40s and are in excellent condition.

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Next, this sweet little pale green apron. That second shot is a detail of the fabric- I love that print! The little berries are so cute.

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I found Ethan a funny deer tie and scored this little sewing supplies case made in Germany. Those scissors it came with are so tiny- like an inch long!

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A picnic basket! I was looking for one all day (I saw so many of them!) so I was waiting, pricing them out, comparing.. The waiting paid off because I found this one for the cheapest price, and it’s the only one I found that is lined and has spots to put flatware. I was quite happy about this find.

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I waited until the very end of the day to get this quirky painted tin document box and I’m so glad I ended up getting it because I’ve already filled it …

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Paid 2 dollars for this pretty little “tea” jar, which I knew I would use as a vase. I’m so happy the lilacs are all blooming. They smell wonderful.

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And perhaps my most interesting find were these two old wooden painters’ boxes, completely filled with oil paints and supplies! The dealer was so nice and gave me such an awesome price. He made me promise I would use them though. I will.

art in bloom

I can’t believe it is already mid-May
I have been neglecting this space on the over-crowded internet completely. But after much thought, I am returning, as this blog is (for me) a combination of the good of twitter (documentation) and Flickr (photography) – but with more artistic control over both. I struggle with why and what and what’s the point, but I guess those things will be answered as I go…
A couple weeks back, I visited “Art in Bloom” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Local florists are assigned a piece of art to represent with plants. The results were interesting and beautiful. Here are some of my favorites:

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I wish I had the proper credits for these works of art and their corresponding floral arrangement. What an awesome idea, I look forward to going to this again. I left the museum feeling so completely relaxed and utterly charged to create again. The feeling carried with me for a few days, until the stress of work squashed what was left of it. But that did impress upon me the value of spending time with art and creations of beauty; the need to recharge ourselves with inspiration every so often. The marked difference in my mood and state of mind- light, anxiety free, just plain relaxed- was clearly caused by taking time out to enjoy something beautiful. That lesson in refreshment resonates with me, and I plan to get back to this feeling more and more often.
Here are some other works I really enjoyed (and again, sorry I don’t have the artist credits!)

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