My birthday gifts

IMG_9072.JPGMy birthday was almost three weeks ago, but these days seems very difficult to do things just for fun, so I kept postponing taking photos of all my gifts this year. But I really wanted to have a post about my birthday haul, because I enjoy looking back at these sort of things and I always like reading about other people’s gifts, too. So, finally I post about my gifts, even if most of the photos are blurry phone pictures.

For one year already, I have a closet for my art and embroidery supplies and other such things where I had only one shelf. The rest of the closet was one huge pile of stuff, of boxes built on top of each other. I was ok with it for a while, but lately it was driving me crazy. When I needed something in a box below, I had to take out the whole pile of things and then put everything back. So, one of my birthday gifts this year was shelves for my closet. I don’t have a before photo, but this is how my closet looks like now (even with the shelves it looks kind of cluttered, but now I know where everything is and I have easy access to all my things.)

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And here it is my friend Maria installing the shelves for me.

She also gave me a nice, vegan and organic hand cream (that I didn’t take a photo of) and this great black Dala horse for my collection!

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And tiny succulents. ­čÖé

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The fluorescent nail polish is from Oana, who also gave me this bunny watch that I am wearing these days.

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Rodica made me this beautiful pencil wrap, were I keep my Policromos pencils. Souris likes it, too.

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I also got a lot of clothes this year (from Rodica and Alina).

Oti gave me this nice notebook, with drawings of flowers inside.

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I kept watching online this Edwardian bangle for a few year now. It is hallmarked for 1911 and it’s really beautiful. I bought it with birthday money from my mother. I think it belonged to the same person as my other bangle from the same period (I bought it from the same seller).

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And finally, my uncle bought me these very expensive watercolors. I already started using them a bit, but I hope to find time in the second half if November to really paint with them. The colors are so beautiful and vibrant. The pocket brush was included and I was relieved to see the hairs are synthetic.

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I was got chocolates from my friend at work, but those are long gone before taking a photo of them :).

 

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After a long break

… I have finally visited the flea market again this weekend. We usually have training with our dog on Saturday lately and Sundays are the only days I can stay at home, so there didn’t seem to be a time for the flea market. I kind of missed it, even if I do have enough stuff and a break from collecting more is very useful. But this Saturday we didn’t have dog training and as winter is approaching, we thought it would be nice to have a look at the market. I have found a few very cheap things for my collections.

I have no idea what this Avios brand used to be (a quick search online shows only some flight points), but this watch keeps correct time, even if it is so scratched and seems to have been used a lot. Maybe it is from the seventies? Anyway, I really like its small size and old fashioned design, so this is the watch I’m using these days.

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Two more snake pieces of jewelry. Snakes are my favorite motif, so I was glad to find these. Both are silver and old, I think. dscn9681dscn9684DSCN9666.JPG

A new piece for my brass Art nouveau pendants and brooches collection. This is a very tiny pendant/charm.

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I don’t think this bracelet is vintage, but it is nice. I gave it to my friend.

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Linking up with Vintage Bliss Tuesdays.

Teeth

These are the findings of today’s flea market visit. There were also other stuff there that I liked (a very nice metal toy sewing machine, in working condition, some antique photos, etc), but I am much more selective with what I bring home lately and I try to resist buying things that I already have or I don’t use often. So, I only bought a few very cheap things.

A┬ásilver cicada charm (I don’t think it’s old, but it’s nice and detailed).

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Two funny carved rings (they are quite a big size, especially the snake, so they were not intended for kids). I think they are made from sea shells.

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A small tin from the fifties (my mother had the whole set as a kid and she still has one or two of the tins, but in a much worst condition). They were kitchen toys for storing different ingredients, such as flour or sugar. This one says “semolina”.

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And a bead necklace from the fifties or sixties. The string was really old, so it broke in my hand at the flea market. Fortunately, I managed to find most of the beads and I have re-stringed it at home. It has the perfect size for me to wear it as a bracelet. The beads have a texture and shine very similar to teeth. Kind of strange, but I like them.

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Colors of today

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A chipped glass and silver pendant that is pretty to me exactly because is not perfectly round, my vintage silver and enamel ring and a bracelet I have string some years ago from different stones such as chalcedony, blue sunstone, amethyst and turquoise. (I forgot what the magenta and orange ones are).

Imperfect

This was a very cheap second hand store find. A gold plated old bracelet beautifully constructed and with an interesting clasp. It has a hallmark on the clasp, but I couldn’t decipher it yet, so I’m not sure how old it is, but I would guess it’s from the forties. It’s broken in several places, but still wearable for me. I like imperfect things.

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Damascene style jewelry

I always see this kind of jewelry at the flea market. These are not really damascene jewelry, made in Toledo with 24 karat gold, they are copies made in the seventies, I think. I remember buying the bracelet, because I liked the birds and flowers on it and it is in such a good shape. I payed for it maybe around 2 or 3 euros, but I have seen similar ones sold for much more on Romanian websites. Looking for the bracelet in my boxes these days, I realized I also ┬áhave a pendant and a brooch. I don’t think I bought them, most certainly they were gifts that I received at the flea market when I bought some other stuff (my favorite vendor always gives me a gift).

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I wear the bracelet these days, instead of┬áthe beautiful and much older Aesthetic period bracelet that I have worn every day since receiving it. I don’t want to risque loosing it with all the layers of winter cloths and this damascene one, besides being easier to replace, has also a safety chain.

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1 year and some celluloid

My blog had its 1 year anniversary yesterday. Writing here is still one of my favorite pastimes.

Last weekend, in a great flea market visit, I have found some celluloid things. A new elephant for my charm collection, two heart charms, a rose clip, a string of rose beads and a beautiful old silver and celluloid nameplate bracelet. I like to wear Nina’s bracelet, whoever she was.

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