Saturday, April 10, 2010

Trunk Show Recap

I did a little trunk show this past weekend while in Stephenville. My sister-in-law was kind enough to host the event in her beautiful, recently restored architectural gem of an office and invite her wide circle of friends and business associates to attend. It was a really pleasant way to spend a couple of hours on a holiday weekend. A big thanks to all those who came out.

I didn't get a chance to take any pictures of the actual show, so I'll post some pictures of the cool tins I found at the local junque shop later that day. As I got about half way through the shop I hadn't yet spotted any tins. I was thinking about getting a bit disheartened when I spotted this gem.
 
I love maps and years back when I started all this making from tins stuff, I thought for sure I would find tons of tins with maps. Well, if they exist, I've had little luck finding them. Maybe my luck has changed. This one is perfect. The dusty light aqua-y color of the oceans is fab. More importantly, this map is NOT a globe. Though globes are awesome in so many ways, they are nasty to break down and, regardless of what Thomas Friedman says, defy all attempts to be returned to any semblance of flatness. Super bonus--this tin is finished on the back/inside with black. I have several designs that only work well with tin printed on both sides, so I'm excited to see what I might do with this one. Über bonus--I found the mate to this tin on the other side of the shop hidden in the back corner of a dusty shelf. I now have TWO! Breathe. Okay, if you have any custom map jewelry needs, let me know.

I probably shouldn't have started out this post with the most excellent tins first, since the rest will pale in comparison, but I'm actually pretty excited about these finds as well. I was so inspired by the Uppercase Flickr collection of vintage typewriter ribbon tins that I posted about a while back. That image has been in the back of my mind for a while now. Finding these two in a random dusty bin helped me to decide to start a collection of my own. I have no intention of cutting them up and don't really know what, if anything, I will DO with them, but I guess that's the non-point of a collection.
This Superior Universal box is going to make a perfect business card holder once I dig out the old stamp pad and clean up the rustiness. I love the fine print on this one, though I take issue with the "will not dry out" part.
 
Again, I have no idea what to do with this tiny tin, but I just had to have it. It has a hardcore steel bobbin inside that the floss wrapped around. The quality of the packaging is pretty amazing. Makes my boring plastic, flip-top, tooth-shaped floss container seem pretty wimpy. I'm thinking I might just have to make some sort of pendant from this one. It will sit on a shelf until inspiration hits.

Though I didn't see any cowboys or UFOs during my weekend in the Cowboy Capital of the World, I did manage to have a good time.

3 comments:

Average Jane Crafter said...

ooooooooh! Such awesome finds. I love them all! That dental floss tin is amazing! I love the colors and typeface on the "dental floss nylon" part. RAD!

Ashley said...

I love that map tin! I actually saw one just like that on esty a few months ago. It was more than I wanted to spend though.

Lettie said...

I need a map wrist cuff ... really bad .. I want the asian island nations and sophia can have the mid east or maybe south america ...