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The Brass Armadillo in Wheatridge, CO
I recently made the 90 minute drive up to Wheatridge, Colorado to meet my buddy Suzanne at The Brass Armadillo. It's the first time I've ever been to one of the Brass Armadillo antique malls.
It was huge. The store is so big that I couldn't see it all in the time allotted, but that's okay. I wasn't really trying to see it all, just the best stuff.
The first thing I saw that I found really inspiring was this wonderful embellished dress. It was hanging near the snack bar they have in there, which serves very good coffee drinks, snacks, and lunch. How convenient is that?
This store's aisles are named for states; the store is a co-op, so all the booths are by different vendors. This one specialized in Pyrex and vintage kitchen items.
There were a lot of pretty displays, like this wicker chair that would have looked right at home on my back patio...
and this lovely print, which reminds me of the art you see engraved on coins.
This gal made cute button bouquets, and kept her things in one of the many glass shelved cases near the front of the store.
I think I only spent about $20 at the Brass Armadillo that day -- mostly on ephemera -- owing to the fact that Suzanne and I hadn't see each other since Birdsong and did more talking than shopping! But I will definitely be returning to the shop the next time I'm in that neck of the woods.
Here's a tutorial to make sweet baby Jesus ornaments: Materials: 3/4" round wooden balls blue felt like-sized small wooden stars flesh-colored acrylic paint yellow acrylic paint black permanent marker small button as star decor raffia natural excelsior "moss" silver thread or coordinating yarn candy cane You'll also need glue or a hot glue gun, paint brush and scissors Begin by painting the wooden balls with flesh-colored paint and the stars with yellow paint. When dry, draw two sleeping eyes on the ball. Meanwhile, cut small pieces of felt and make little rolls to represent the baby's body; tie with a tiny piece of raffia. Next, glue the wooden ball onto the top of the body roll of felt; if you wish, you can also cut a small wedge of felt to glue over like a little swaddled hood on the baby's head, but I think it looks cute without it as well. G
Earlier in the season Rebecca and I went to a craft fair at a local high school, and there was one booth with the CUTEST little jeweled, framed Christmas trees! The gal was nice enough to let me photograph them. Sorry it's kind of blurry, but it was dark in that high school gym! I know it's an older kind of craft (from the '60s and '70s) but she made them sweet -- not gaudy at all. We were both SO inspired. So, last week we made it happen. I brought a bunch of my old, broken vintage jewelry, some velvet, glue, old frames, and we sat in her dining room and made a forest of little trees! It was so simple: first, we took a vintage frame and covered the backing with velvet. We just glued it on. Then, we took our time arranging bits and pieces of jewels into a Christmas tree shape. When we were happy with the arrangement, we committed and glued the jewels down! I love this avocado green velvet! And then we did it again. We had so much fun playing
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