Friday, June 8, 2012

Flea Market Treasures & Pens

A couple of Saturdays ago I drove with Jayna to a flea market that is held one hour south of us. Flea markets are rare here in Utah - I envy those of you who have them available to you on a year round basis. This one is called Flea-o-logy and it's held three times each summer. This was our first time there and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. One of my favorite purchases of the day was a pendant made from a vintage silver fork - the artist twisted the metal into a pleasing shape and added some dangles taken from other pieces of silverware. I'm not sure if I like wearing it on a ball chain - might have to see what else I can find for it - but it's been fun to wear because it's so unusual - definitely not something you'd find in a jewelry store at the mall!

Jayna found LOTS of goodies. One of them was a small shallow wooden drawer that she used as a canvas for an art piece. Using letters of various sizes and made of different materials, she wrote out a favorite quote and has it hanging on her kitchen wall - so cute!

A group of friends were at my house Wednesday night and we worked on a fun project that Angela had shared with me a few months ago. Using Sculpey clay, we embellished and decorated lowly ballpoint pens and made them much more attractive. Even though we all used the same technique, it was fun to see how differently they turned out. You can find the tutorial here.
Yesterday was the first of a three day workshop our rug hooking guild is hosting with Ali Strebel as the teacher. I'm heading back there this morning, but wanted to do a quick post before I leave. Will share photos from the event soon.


jody said...

wow like what you found at the flea market and the different ideas that you come up with. im anxious to see pictures from your work shop! hope you are having a great time gayle. enjoy!

Janet O. said...

So many fun, creative things you have shared here, Gayle. I love the fork pendant and the "saying" and the pens! Wow--how do people come up with these clever ideas?

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gayle ~
LOVE that fork necklace! I wonder how they bent it. It's a lot harder to do than it looks.
Hugs :)

Mugwump Woolies said...

Great necklace! I know you will have a wonderful time at your hooking workshop...Ali is such a talented lady!
Have a great weekend,

antique quilter said...

love that fork necklace
Wow how I wish there were rug hooking classes here in NJ its something I have wanted to learn how to do for a long time

Lori said...

Crafty and creative!! Love the necklace.

Amy McPheeters said...

What fun!!! I wonder if the fork pendant would work with something like a black ribbon, or leather? I see something with a bit of width to it - more substantial than the ball chain. Really cool!

Lana Manis said...

I love the fork pendant! I'm in TN and really good regular flea markets are getting fewer and fewer. Most have cheap resale items but there are more barn sales and specialty flea markets popping up. They just aren't as often.