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Sunday, September 21

kindred spirits

I will always love a good tag sale, but sometimes you have to go where the kindred spirits are.  If you are lucky like me, you have such places close to home.  Loot has long been one of my favorite shops, and I was lucky enough to sneak in after a long morning at housing court last Friday.  But I truly cannot believe that I just today, for the first time, discovered Studio second Canal at the beautiful Paper City Studios along the canal in downtown Holyoke.  A friend alerted me to the Craigslist posting and I was intrigued.  I got there and I was astounded.  I ogled.  Then I bought, and chatted with fellow collector, reclaimer and repurposer Barb Hahn.  It's such a nice feeling when you can buy an entire box of test tubes without a sideways glance, and your vintage suitcase collection looks tiny in comparison to what's in front of you.

For your viewing pleasure, here's what I scored from 1 old and 1 new favorite shop.  

golf ball basket upside down
providing a hint about its reuse
right side up
...came with this
putting those test tubes to immediate use
According to IMDB, Marvin Digs is an animated short
Marvin, a teenage ball of fur, who gets the idea to paint the entire city in groovy, psychedelic colors.  You will
not be surprised to know it was released in 1967.

coolest lazy susan ever?
it's hard to say what's cooler - the film reel
or the MGM engraved box it came in
Do you see inkwells?
Because I see shammes.
these are apparently textile bobbins, but they
look like clown accoutrements
yes, crutch tips
Holyoke produced a lot more than paper
back in the day.

crutch molds

Wednesday, September 17

barn wood

I have a barn guy.  I love that I have a barn guy.  And this amazing barn guy, also know as Shaun Garvey, the owner of Berkshire Barns, brought me some barn wood.  I've never seen planks this wide - some of them 18"! - and they are going to make the most amazing studio flooring.  Ever.  The wide ones are hemlock from a Huntington barn from 1750 and the narrow ones are from an 1800's Hatfield tobacco barn.  They are even locally sourced!

Tomorrow's "day off" will include some power washing.

helper #1

helper #2, also tasked with sweeping (see below)

hinges, latches, true love

This is the hardware for the new studio.  It was all sourced by my husband.  He got excited.  About hinges and latches.  If that's not true love, I don't know what is.


Thursday, August 21

got paper scraps?

Ok, ok, there's nothing reused, recycled or vintage about this sweet project.  But can't we say the paper scraps were salvaged from the recycling bin?  Yes, yes we can.  Also, thank you notes are always a good thing.  Just ask my mom.  Plus pennants. PENNANTS.  With baker's twine.  

Tip of the day:  cut tiny slits on the edges, slide the baker's twine through, and tape it to the back.  

 If you thought you spied a slip and slide 
with double boogies in the background, 
you'd be right

completely gratuitous photo of Gus
serving as a target for mini marshmallows
being shot out of a (wait for it) 
mini marshmallow gun

Monday, August 18

Kid. Candy store.

I've had doors on my mind.  Workshop doors.  We scored a set of beautiful Queen Anne doors (pictures to come) at Architectural Salvage in Exeter, New Hampshire, but still needed a single for the side entrance.  We swung by New England Demolition and Salvage in New Bedford on the way to the Cape this weekend and scored this beauty:

It was not easy to find this spectacular door and it took the help of one of their super friendly staff to turn over door after door after door.  But in a true melding of my right and left brain careers, I summonsed the spirit of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart who famously said about porn, "I know it when I see it."  And I did.  About the door, that is.  Maybe 100 doors into our search, this beauty revealed itself.

Turns out it's from a now-defunct motorcycle shop in Wareham, MA, which was torn down to welcome in Water Wizz.  [Insert joke of choice here.]  I'm going to have to get really friendly with my electric sander, but it's going to be so worth it.