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2/4/2013: Fun with Mr. Virgo!

Monday, February 4, 2013
I had a great visit in Denver with my daughter. We hit a couple of ARC Thrift Stores and picked up a few things. My biggest find was a 1936 book on opera with some really great, dramatic pictures that I can use in my jewelry. I also bought some really cool old dishes to make some bird feeders. I also found an old aluminum cake cover. I always have to use plastic wrap when I make Mr. Virgo a cake and this is funky enough to fit in with my semi-retro kitchen. I say semi-retro because my decorations and accessories are all the large fruit print of the '40's. I would love to renovate the kitchen using Heartland's retro kitchen appliances but I'm afraid that won't go over with Mr. Virgo. Being a trained chef, he is into stainless steel Vikings. Someone is going to have to make a compromise! lol Good thing this isn't going to happen for quite some time. I Googled "jewelry supply stores" when I was in Denver and ended up at a cute little shop at 1245 E. Colfax. The Colorado Bead Company may be small, but what they lack in stock, they gain in quality and unique items. The owner gave me some really good advice regarding my necklaces and that alone was worth the trip. Very nice young lady. On my way out of town, I stopped at The Brass Armadillo. I think it is the largest antique mall in Colorado. I called Mr. Virgo to tell him I was just going to stop in there for a little bit and then head home. He just laughed. I can spend all day...heck, all WEEKEND, in the Armadillo just browsing. I did pick up a couple of things. A Beatrix Potter storybook that I can use for jewelry. An old photo of "Grandpa Lamb's second wife" that I am going to use in a painting. I also found a book that taught girls how to cook and "learn their place" in society. That is going to show up in a piece of art as well. I was looking for an old map of Colorado but never found one and I ran out of time. I only made it through about half the store and I was booking it through there. It is another beautiful sunny day in Colorado! I do hope you have a fabulous day!

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