Monday, November 30, 2009

Turkey Weekend Thrifting, Japanese Plates & Jackson 5 Records

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My surreal Thanksgiving weekend is already over, it was the first four days I've had off from work in a row in a year and two months. I don't know when I'll have another long weekend, so I'll savor my favorite pictures and dream of another some day in the future.



I found this awesome Horizon Otagiri hand crafted Japanese plate set at Goodwill for about $15.00 total.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Odd Thrift Store Finds

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The Goodwill yielded some interesting finds this Friday. I only took home a 1940s era book and an orange planter shaped like a vintage phone, but these large "Greek Urns" were very interesting.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The New Project: Meet My Brown Chair

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My quarry, sitting, waiting- just for me.

I hesitated at first, but 5 minutes before closing time last night I purchased two chairs from "The Thrift Center". They'll need some cleaning up, but I think I love them already.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Make Your Own Twitter Beer Koozie

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Social Network nerds rejoice, now you can protect your hands from the condensation of a cold beer while being reminded of the Glory of Twitter. Cut up those old, itchy sweaters and make a Twitter Beer Koozie.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thrify Magic City: St. Augustine the Twilight Town

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Approximately 41.1 miles south of my home is a little piece of ancient Europe. (The nation's oldest city.) St. Augustine is my playground, and a rather thrifty destination for weekend fun and exploration.




The Lightner Museum, St. Augustine. Wonderful Destination for Thrifters & Crafters, various collections of buttons & yarn within, among other things...



St. Augustine reminds me of my childhood in Naples, Italy. I really miss Italy, European design, street artists, texture, and culture. St. Augustine fills the void.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

An Inspirational Installation

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This past Friday I wrote about a book, American Junk. I took thoughts of junking with me to the opening a friend's bar/art gallery, Underbelly.

I knew Underbelly would feature art, but I didn't expect to see this interesting Installation entitled “Strategies for Making Time Stand Still”.



The vignettes are beautiful.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Hello Again. I'm Van. This is my Office.

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Name: Vanessa Alvarado, Alias Van
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Occupation: Marketing Writer full time, Part Time Freelance Writer and Artist

Portfolio: http://www.vanwrites.com/
Blog: You're Here

Inspired by this inspirational website, I decided to write about a few key items I love in my office. I've written about my office (and its various forms) three times before, which is excessive. The thing is, clocking in at 50 hours per week- I practically live here. My office walls are lined with colorful fabric to prevent insanity.



Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Book for a True Thrifter: American Junk

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I apologize for the mediocre photography composition in all photos
Mary Randolph Carter's book of eclectic treasures American Junk was a lucky find from a local antique store, Fans And Stoves.

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