Glitter, Sparkles

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head boop en mode with yuna

 

A little thought tonight, lately I’ve just been drawn to glitter and all these pink and frilly things.  Purchased a set of five tubes of glitter yesterday under the guise of a gift wrapping idea for a little girl turning 5.  Spring gets in to us New Englanders in all the silliest of ways.  It’s all just so warm and welcome.

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birthday glitter

 

Circle Game: K Turns 6

I’m a doting aunt.  She’s the only little one around on the big side of my family, this generation is mostly just in betweenies for starting their own families.  Last weekend was sunny and her birthday.  Love how that landmark means Spring every year.  We spent the day giggling in the dark tunnels at the fort at Fort Williams, flying kites, eating and learning how to juggle.  She’s our little string bean.  Happy Birthday, K.

first birthday party with a little friend, they are so sweet together

first birthday party with a little friend, they are so sweet together

completely and totally attached

completely and totally attached

fresh strawberries and cream cheese frosting

fresh strawberries and cream cheese frosting, her daddy’s got mechanic’s hands

waiting for the cake

waiting for the cake, i can tell she’s peeking

Freshly Foraged: 4-5-15

Handmade edition.  We’ve been posting vintage costume jewelry in the shop from an estate of a dear friend’s aunt-in-law, but this week I thought I’d highlight a little bit from the hands of the Maine Forager team.  Hand knits for cool Spring weather and upcoming beach trips, greeting cards and onesies are the name of the game.  If you’d like to stretch your dollars a little enter coupon code “MAINEMADE” at checkout for a whopping 20% off your order.

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harbor seal onesie, sizes newborn through 18 months

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airstream trailer greeting card, single $3 or set of 5 for $12

seed stitch headband in mustard yellow

seed stitch headband in mustard yellow

harbor seal greeting cards - set of 5 $12 or a single card for $3

harbor seal greeting cards – set of 5 $12 or a single card for $3

100% cotton headband - beach turban for soaking up that saltwater in a couple of months :)

100% cotton headband – beach turban for soaking up that saltwater in a couple of months 🙂

Freshly Foraged: 3-6-15

Look what we’ve foraged this week:  a chance to get a last sip of winter in before little bits of the yard start peeking through the tundra.  The wood stove is cranking even though the mercury is climbing, slowly but surely.  We will not miss you, winter, at least not until the dog days of summer, but it certainly has been cozy.

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how about a little golden Bennington Pottery tumbler to pour your tea into? $12.95

this oversized sweater will keep us warm in cool teen style, $25.00

this oversized sweater will keep us warm in cool teen style, $25.00

Statement beneath a wool blazer - 1950s McGregor Sportswear vest, such beautiful construction.  $44.95

Statement beneath a wool blazer – 1950s McGregor Sportswear vest, such beautiful construction. $44.95

Cribbage by the fire, only made better with these commemorative playing cards from the Portland, Maine Masonic temple.  $14.95

Cribbage by the fire, only made better with these commemorative playing cards from the Portland, Maine Masonic temple. $14.95

Planning a trip for after the world thaws?  Let them know you're coming with these airstream trailer party greeting cards, set of 5, $12.00

Planning a trip for after the world thaws? Let them know you’re coming with these airstream trailer party greeting cards, set of 5, $12.00

Beautiful, blue lambswool sweater from MacNeil sportswear, made in New Zealand.  Keep you warm on those early Spring nights, $44.95

Beautiful, blue lambswool sweater from MacNeil sportswear, made in New Zealand. Keep you warm on those early Spring nights, $44.95

Freshly Foraged: 2-21-15

This batch of freshly foraged goods is a little telling, some warm, wintry accessories mixed in with cotton knits and lighter-than-air handkerchiefs.  It’s a little bit like late February in Maine – still cold, still biting and dark, but the sun stays out later and sometimes, sometimes we go just above 40°.  Little victories.  For 20% off in the shop, enter coupon “LITTLEVICTORIES” at checkout.  Code valid through February 28th.

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one half of a very old salt and pepper shaking pair, little american hobo $19.95

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cherry candy hand knit mittens, children’s size ages 5-7, $17.00

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two horseshoes, for extra luck $12.95

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Portland Pride: vintage Levinsky’s wool plaid tie, $14.95

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think i’m in love: antique painted ammo crate, Russian Cold War military ephemera made pretty. $165.00

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spring sweater: vintage LL Bean cotton sweater for chilly April afternoons. $24.95

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April daydreams: sunshine and forget-me-nots handkerchief. We just can’t wait, $9.95

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Wish Time cowl, keep your muzzle covered for just a few more weeks, $20.00

Hide and Seek: A Love Story with Time

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We are foragers, that is clear.  We go to places where forgotten, rejected things wait to be found again.  Sometimes one of those things is so different, so terrifically unique, layered with telltale signs of age (buckles, clasps, hinges, worn off paint and rusted nails) from all these  decades that you just know one or two or twelve people have loved it before you.

It was sitting on a table of “Spring Things” right by the door.  I looked at it – touched it – then walked on.  I spent a good twenty minutes looking at sweaters and dresses,  my two favorite charity shop searches, all the while glancing over the rack:  flirting, pondering, wondering if someone was going to come along and whisk it away before I did.

There’s thrill in letting something one-of-a-kind and beautiful just sit there.  The longer you wait the better and then, when you’re finally ready, you go get it.  It’s a little bit, just a little bit, like falling in love.

I’m smitten especially with these artifacts that ask more questions than I’m prepared for.  Some things you find and you say “Ah-ha!  Bennington pottery, and this marking dates it at 1967.  Perfect.”  But other things, they are not so clear.

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What do I know about this blue box?

I know it is old, something precious came in it sometime between 1920 and 1950, looking at the hinges, rope and box joint construction.

I know someone painted it blue, all of it, all the metal and rope sometime between the fifties and seventies.  I know someone painted this vase and flower motif.  I wonder if it was the same person.  Who is HHC?  These initials are signed at the bottom of the design.box02

I know it was used, lovingly, but the locks need to be hammered back in to place.  That will be my contribution.

It asks and asks even more:  like who put this shelf paper in here and why didn’t the painter paint the inside and is there some kind of marking beneath that blue paint?

About foraging:  it is certainly the mystery and how clues sometimes leads to discovery.  Other times they just stay mysteries.

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If there was just one thing I could do with all my days, endlessly, it would be to wander around flea markets, charity shops, thrift stores, closets, garages, white elephant sales oh — you know, just all those places.  I would wake up early and drive to somewhere I haven’t been in a little while, walk and walk and shop until lunch, stop at a little local bakery for lunch, then shop and shop and walk again.  All day the back of the truck would be filling up with golden stuff.

For now I settle for borrowed bits of time to and from appointments, little fifteen minute windows where I can steal away to places that smell of acrid cinnamon candles and ladies’ perfume, musty old paper and flaking record covers just hoping every time to fall in love like this.

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What do you love to find?  What mysteries have you uncovered and which still keep you guessing?

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hello snow

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Guess what, Mainers?  More on the way.  It’s okay because the black and white world we live in now, the brighter the colors will be come May.  I’m making soup, building a fire, baking some bread and taking pictures to put some more lovely things in the shop.  How will you be hibernating this weekend?

Follow me on instagram @maineforager for more monochromatic moments (and some not so!) like the one above.