“printemps” stitch n kitsch

my transformation into becoming a hippie is progressing nicely, thanks to saturday’s outing to the spring stitch n kitsch sale:


this was my THIRD visit to my most favourite show/sale on the entire planet. (you can read about my stitch n kitsch discovery here and about the second trip – a new experience with mom! – here).

we lucked out that i happened to finish work on saturday at 3 pm instead of the usual 4 pm, so mom and i had some extra time together (never a bad thing).

our afternoon started on a sour note. you will not believe this tale of woe: remember my new peacock feather earrings? well, i wore them FOR THE FIRST TIME on friday eve to knitting club, and before i even got to shall we knit, i had lost one:

one lonely earring is all i have left

mom and i popped into earthwinds so that i could purchase another pair…and they had none in exactly that style. wah. happily, we managed to turn our luck around at stitch n kitsch.

as per usual, right inside the front entrance was studioloo, home to gorgeous yarn. the first skein to catch my eye:

look at the skein on the right: "indigo tie dye" - love! and how cool is it to name a colour "hipster?" that's right: cool kids knit!

we made our first purchase (ok, mom bought me a treat) 46 seconds later when i spotted this magnet:

"hippie van driving in the mountains," i am calling it

artist kym posed graciously for the blog!

you should see the colour and whimsy in each of her creations!

i loved the message on this piece of art:

i would hang this in the kitchen!

just like last time, mom and i did a tour of the room to see everything, then we went around again to do some buying [we deviate from this plan when we see something like the magnet that we adore too much to pass by on the inital go-’round].

we admired how this jewellery artist displayed her necklaces, draped over the huge glass jars!

now THAT'S a pair of moccasins! item for the christmas list

love that fabric! unfortunately, the dress was a child's size 5-6! i would totally wear a *something* made from that material.

wouldn't it be great to sport 5-6 of these colourful bracelets, all at once?!

we’ll pause here for a philosophical intermission:

this vendor also prints meaningful expressions on her display cards

so, back in december, mom bought me a pair of tie-dye undies. i wear them every single week, and they are always in the wash when i do laundry. in december, i said to mom that i would buy a tie-dyed cami at the spring sale. well, we were seriously worried for a moment, because we did not see the tie-dye booth! but then we did find it, so all was good. meet julia of green cocoon!

that's my new cami!

we had the best time chatting with julia. then mom said i needed another pair of undies (you don’t argue with your mom when it comes to underwear):

thanks, mom! (posing with undies -> it's all about the blog!!!!)

…and i selected the item i will get at the next show:

building my tie-dye collection slowly but surely. (this is the same tee that julia is wearing in the photo, above).

i had worn my pin-up girl hair barrette (picked up back in december) specifically today…

it gets a lot of wear!


…but sadly, the vendor was not at the show this time.

however, i DID find more hair clips!

guess which one i chose!

guess which pair i chose? (turquoise vs baby blue!)

it was two for $10 (a steal or what) and i went with the GINGHAM RED with YELLOW BUTTON clip and the BABY BLUE flowered bobby pins. they will be fun for summer. the artist is vanessa from this little bird.

we finished up back at the yarns. check out a few more names of colour shades – they crack me up:

L to R, that would be "less is more," "valentine lingerie," and "sweet transvestite" - this is not your g'ma's yarn stash!

i got a flash of inspiration for a future knitting project…but for some reason, my camera conked out right at the moment i was trying to capture the yarn, so you’ll have to wait for the explanation/description for eight months! i thoroughly enjoyed the in-depth knitting conversation i had with mat from manspun as my brainwave came together!

mom and i convened to s’bux, right next door since we still had not chatted ourselves out, and we desperately needed a drink fizzy water and a blueberry bar:

the camera miraculously revived itself!

what a great afternoon. and you can bet that our calendars are already marked for stitch n kitsch’s winter sale!

i can't believe there is a cardinal on that "save the date" card - that is my karmically-correct bird!

if you were a bird, what kind of bird would you be? it is only fitting to end with a hippie-dippy question, today!

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  • Gina Unger  On April 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    fun blog… so many little things i wanted to comment on as i read it! wish i’d been there with you. šŸ™‚ first off – don’t lose another earring! i have little plastic ends that push onto the earring stem so they don’t fall out of your ear and lose them (they came free with earrings). love the art that you’d hang in your kitchen – awesome words! i desperately need new moccasins too. love the dress fabric, the anais nin quote. and i guessed right on which items you chose to buy – yay! my camera dies and revives too… it’s usually when it uses a flash that it dies and then revives when no flash is needed for another pic… maybe that happened? what bird i’d be – hummingbird??? b/c of my crazy fast lifestyle – feel like i’m living in a whirlwind many days! šŸ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      oh, THANK YOU for taking the time to comment so extensively today, gina!! i love reading each and every one of your observations. first: yes! the hummingbird really does exemplify your life! you amaze me! šŸ™‚ i did not know about those earring backers…i will search them out as it was just heartbreaking to lose my feather! you would LOVE stitch n kitsch, i just know it. maybe some year we WILL attend together!! wish i could ship you some moccasins! šŸ™‚

  • nutschell  On April 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    i love the pictures! those are some awesomely creative folks!
    Happy A-Zing!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      thanks for commenting! yes, the creativity and talent of the vendors is really something to see…very inspiring! can you believe we’re at the letter P already?!!

  • Lisa  On April 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Looks like a fabulous outing with Mom….and lots of great stuff too!
    I’m a sucker for tie dye!
    Well, and S’bux.
    Glad you had a great time!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 18, 2012 at 11:10 am

      lisa, the items to see are fabulous! for example, i can see you really liking some of the all-natural soaps and lotions, too. usually mom is not a s’bux fan…but the vibe was right to just pop in since it was right next door…and we didn’t feel like coffee, so it WAS a great spot for us!

  • g2-55680831163e76fec0743a15184137d2  On April 18, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I’d be a seagull because they fly around bodies of water. They’re also scavengers and I like to hunt for a bargain.

    Love the tie die shirt. Hippies are good folks. (I grew up in the 60’s)

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

      i DID think of you as i wrote this post, johanna! we’ve talked about the 60s before! awesome pick with the seagull – i love your reasons for why it is “your bird!”

  • strivingcynic  On April 18, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Oh, I am jealous of this outing and your purchases. Everything looks like so much fun.
    For some reason ducks come to mind on your bird question. Maybe because I like hanging out by water!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

      haha, a duck is a great answer, zo – love it! mom and i both said we had to exercise restraint or else we would have spent mega money! we both have ideas for the december show, that is for sure!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On April 18, 2012 at 8:09 am

    LOVE the picture of you and Mom!! You could have bought the little girl dress and made it into a top or even a scarf! Even if you had to add some fabric to it!

    • 1970kikiproject  On April 18, 2012 at 8:52 am

      thanks, fran! and i love your creative idea for transforming the dress…unfortunately, i am only crafty when it comes to knitting – i cannot sew! but i could always hire someone!

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