Thursday, November 29, 2012

its more fun!

hi y’all!  i will be on and off in the next few weeks because i am off today to spend a month long holiday with my family back in the Philippines.  


i will see you when i see you! have a wonderful christmas, stay warm and think of this:

Saturday, November 24, 2012

handbags and gladrags

what fun i had when i went with a friend to a swap meet and got myself a cute top and met some new friends!  this is actually my first time to go to a swap meet and i loved it!  the organizers were the gorgeous wives of the NAAFI (Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes) personnel  stationed here in Gib and they held it in the Lion bar in Europa.


we got there a bit late so a lot of beautiful clothes have already disappeared from the racks but there were plenty more left!  i found a nice silk top for myself and the rest of the time was spent chatting with a couple of friends that i saw there.

see those busy ladies moving in and out of the racks with an armful of dresses, tops, jeans, handbags, belts, shoes, etc?  its the Gib version of Black Friday, i guess :)


see that nice, cute black clutch in the middle?  i fell in love with it but had to let it go because i know i wont be able to use it :(


there were a lot of big name brands at ridiculously low prices but the problem for me in the shoe department is that i have small feet (size 4 UK or 37-38 US)!


there was a stall for heady, sweet-smelling Yankee candles


and another stall selling beautiful silver jewelry.  they were sooo pretty!


after paying for my top, we sat down in one of the chairs for a glass of tinto de verano.  ahhhh!  just what i needed to get warm on a cold night ;)



Thursday, November 22, 2012

flea market finds: souvenirs and then some

first up is this cute Danish dish shaped like a leaf with a picture of the famous little mermaid statue

then next is this Thai wooden musical frog (when you stroke the ridged back it makes a percussive noise (deee-e-e-et!) this is a bit nostalgic for me because i remember i had one a long time ago.

i also found this Wisteria stencil which will be helpful one day… one day…

this Casio label-maker was not from the shops but i bought this for a song from a local Facebook page selling second hand items.  i’ve always wanted one :)


*linking to Thrifty Love @ Cap Creations :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

flea market finds: corally yours

due to the fact that its been raining buckets sporadically the last few days, i haven’t been out much.  i finally went to the shops one day when the weather was fine enough for me to go outside (i lost 2 umbrellas the last time i attempted to brave the spearing rain and angry wind).
except for the usual stuff, i didn’t see anything i liked particularly.  i picked up this beautiful powdery blue coral a few times wondering if i should buy him or not.  he was alone in a dark corner and as you can see he is missing a few “fingers”.

and then instantly it clicked in my head!  i am perfectly fine with “imperfect”!  i love his soft blue color, i love his little polka dots, i love that he is so delicate and totally reminds me of my island from far way!  so i told him to pack up his things because he is coming home with me :)IMG_0813

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

the rainbow connection

it was as if there was a giant leak in a giant faucet in a tiny bathtub in our tiny apartment… and the incessant drip-drip-dripping is annoying the heck out of me!

oh no, it wasn’t at all like a broken fire hydrant gushing water and everybody comes out to play, oh nonononono!

i am talking about the rainy week we’ve had last week and how it kinda put a little bit of gloom in my boom.  

it was only the other day that the clouds parted to let in the sun.  so everybody was out and about.  i saw mothers came out pushing babies with clear symptoms of cabin fever.  i saw fathers came out with grocery lists in one hand and mobile phones in the other. 

and then i saw this…
can you spot the Lighthouse?

and this!

worked up a sweat hiking up to the Upper Rock Nature Reserve with the mister and got rewarded with spectacular views and when we came down… oh hello there most vivid, most intense double rainbow!  

its been a while since i have seen one of these.  powerful magic!

Friday, November 9, 2012

credenza influenza

shy as a gelding, i saw you high up a parking building.  quiet and unassuming and full of secrets. you were with your friend, the wardrobe who had an affair… possibly with the squeaky secretary.

“pssst!”, you said. and just like that, i am under your spell.

i so wanted to take you home with me.  apprehensive and embarassed i am,  because you see, my home is mouldy and mildew-y.

but i could never forget you.  so i took a memento.  oh, i wish… i wish… i can only wish…
(Mid-Century Modern credenza and her friend, the wardrobe)

Friday, November 2, 2012

flea market finds: three scoops of ephemera

my heart goes out to the people affected by hurricane Sandy in the East Coast.  i know the feeling since my hometown in the Philippines got a really big blow from typhoon Sendong last year. 

as is customary here in Gib, we’ve started to feel all of the four seasons in one day and the clock has moved back an hour so its officially “otoƱo” or autumn.

despite the steady downpour and feisty wind, i visited my favorite shop and found these:IMG_0775
three copper ladles for a pound is not bad.  i have just the perfect repurposing idea for them ;)
three vintage Italian postcards of 2 famous comedies (La Dolce Vita and Signore Si Nasce) and one opera (Madama Butterfly) from long ago for .25p each.

ohhhh the sun just came out ;)

*linking to Thrifty Love @ Cap Creations :)