What would you find if you happen to see a flea market on the side of the road? You would stop right away with such curiosity. Your anticipation builds up, perhaps you would find what you’ve been searching for a long time. So many things to see and admire. So many things to touch and examine. You pick up a thing or two, because you can’t believe you’d found it. It does exist! Old china, bottles, lightbulbs, wooden boxes, a sword (yes, a sword), vinyl records, lovely jugs, door knobs, antique chairs, raggedy toys, your favorite comics, and hey, diecast cars! All in one place and you’d feel like you’re in paradise. Then comes the part when you have to haggle with the seller. With such confidence and wit, you try to outsmart the man. At last, you’ve finally got what you wanted, that your heart had fell in love with, and your big smile was the proof. So that’s the story when one day you accidentally passing by and saw a flea market. You wish one day you’ll meet another one with more things to view (and maybe collect).
In the spirit of the Earth Day, I created a hanging scrapbook box with recycle materials. The idea has been on my mind for a long time, but just recently that I created it waiting for the perfect moment. Our younger daughter’s birthday is approaching and I wanted to make her something special, not just a regular birthday card. I used the photo of her that I took last year on her birthday. She’s into Harry Potter story, so she put on the get-up pretending to be one of the accepted student of Hogwarts. I used a used-snack box for the main material and several pages from an old book. The base to place the photo is from a piece of cardboard. I also used some vintage buttons for decoration and a bird feather (that I found during my morning walk). I chose a vintage-look style to match the idea of the magic world of Harry Potter, with my daughter’s favorite colors in mind too.
- Used snack box (make sure it’s clean-no oily or sticky spot);
- Pages from an old book;
- A piece of cardboard;
- Some scrap papers;
- Vintage/old buttons;
- Hole paper punch;
- Ribbon or string;
- Some ink stamps;
- Other decorations (bird feather, paper flowers, piece of doily).
HOW TO MAKE IT:
- Prepare the snack box, cut off the small flaps at the opening.
- Adhere the old pages unto the box, layer by layer covering up the whole box (not the top part.
- Make two holes on the sides of the box, and insert the ribbon/string into the holes and make some knots.
- Crumple some old pages and stuff them into the box. Close the box and glue it. Cover the top part of the box with the old page.
- Color the covered-box with green ink stamp, dabbing it like so to create a vintage look.
- Prepare the used-cardboard piece by stripping one part of it. Color it with vintage photo ink stamp. Adhere the photo unto the cardboard piece.
- Decorate the box with vintage buttons, a bird feather, some paper flowers and the sentiment.
- Cut some paper scraps into 4 parts and cover all the box corners with them.
- Hang the scrapbook box in your favorite area of the wall. Make sure not to hang it near a damp area.
I love vintage and antique stuffs. However, I’m not the one who especially travel far to search for certain items. But when I went somewhere and on my journey I happened to see an antique or special store for vintage and antiques, I would visit, though not necessarily to every store I saw. I’ve been to several vintage and antique stores in our state, Connecticut, also some in New England. But one store located in the heart of the city of New Haven, took my breath away every time I visited here. The store called English Building Market owned by Carol Orr, whom I know during a lovely meeting through friend. She has flair of an exquisite atmosphere through out her store. A lot of choices of vintage and antique goods, from B/W photographs to pots and pans, from fabrics and lace to furniture. The collections in this store are always adding and the decorations are always changing. I’m not advertising here, just want to share things that interest me, because some vintage and antique stores sometime look more like piles of clutter for sale. Whenever I came to English Building Market at the lower level of one of the old buildings in New Haven that was built-in 1800’s, my mind was filled with ideas. I would come home burst with notions to create something. If I felt like stuck in my hectic days, I would just go there and stay for a while, examining and admiring the many things that to me always have special values.
We got a surprise last weekend, some snow! There I was still thinking about going to the woods to see some autumn’s colors, to take some pictures of New England’s autumn scenery, but then had to come face to face with our first snow storm. It wasn’t that bad in our neck of the woods, but we felt dumbfounded anyway. We have “A White Halloween” today and to mark this unique phenomenon, I post some pictures I took of a cemetery. The cemetery looked peaceful, solemn and mysterious blanketed with the first snow. The storm just started and I braved my self under heavy snow taking these pictures, while every once in a while some passing cars would splash me with icy water from the street.