Hey all. Sorry things have been a bit slow on the blog lately. Getting married very shortly. Lots of to do. Been busy.

But not too busy to thrift!

In fact, I had a very successful thrifting day about a week ago. In addition to a couple of dresses and some bits and bobs for Will & Bequeath, I came across a great find I just had to share with you: an Erkers enamelware bowl!
Images via Jag Blommar.
My bowl is yellow, with a black rim, like the yellow one shown above. And I looooove it.

My obsession with vintage enamelware started fairly recently, with a piece of Catherineholm that I blogged about here. Since then, it's grown, and now I have several different pieces scattered around my apartment. But this is my first Erkers. And it was only $2.02!

According to a profile on Design Arkivet, "Arne Erkers was born in Leksand and at the age of 24, decided to move to Stockholm as he for a long time had been interested in drawing." He worked as a gold and silversmith and a freelance designer, and founded the Erkers Design Studio around 1955. He designed my bowl (and the Raff pitcher, which obviously influenced similar designs currently at IKEA) for Kockums Jernverks AB in Kallinge. (My piece, like all similar pieces, is marked "Kockum Sweden".)

"Function is an important aspect of Arne Erkers design. His view of his profession was that the task of the designer was to design objects as simple and practical as possible. With this as a starting point he created articles as diverse as ball bearing joints and stackable saucepans but also had bold ideas about more practical cars and lawnmowers, sadly never put into production."
Images via Designarkivet.
Erkers lives into his 90s and passed away recently, in 2010.

If you're looking for vintage enamelware, search online for Cathrineholm and Finel, and add words like "Scandinavian" and "enamelware" and you should come up with a lot of options. But don't discount Erkers. While less well-know, his work is just as nice.

I like my bowl because of it's unusual rounded-triangular shape and low profile. I also love the tone of the yellow. It has one flaw -- a hole in the enamel -- but I just keep that bit turned away and never think about it. (Remember, it was only $2!)

Super find! Yay!
Hey guys,

Remember the post I did about Dollarama awhile back? Remember those adorable animal-lidded jars I mentioned being obsessed with? Well, I finished making a set of my own and I wanted to show them to you.

It's a very simple project.

Clean glass jars with metal lids (like old olive jars).
Plastic animals from the dollar store.
Epoxy glue.
White primer or other well-adhering paint in the colour(s) of your choice.

All you need to do is glue the animals to the jar lids and then paint the lids (and the animals) a solid colour. My animals were a bit too big for some of my jars, so I cut them in half (with a sturdy utility knife). The effect is a bit more surreal, with animal bums on some jars and partial torsos on others, but I like it. Here are the snaps:
Plastic animals before.
Project in progress.
After: the jars, completed.
Initially, I made these planning to give them to my niece, but I love them so much, I may have to keep them for myself.
I have a weakness for Dollarama.

There. I said it.

For the most part, I avoid mass-market consumption. I buy my clothes at Goodwill, I eschew Walmart. I shop at mainstream supermarkets, but I try to hit up the farmer's markets too. I'm not perfect by any means, but I TRY.

But somehow, when it comes to Dollarama, my ethics fly out the window and my cheap, miserly self comes to the fore.

I can't help it. I'm OBSESSED with Dollarama.

A new location opened up near my place in the last month, and it's so bright and shiny and well stocked. I feel lured there by the bright florescent lights and cheap craft supplies.

And lest you think I'm just a crazy lady, I wanted to post today about some of my absolute-favourite Dollarama deals. Because they have some GREAT stuff, yo.

Case in point: Art Blanc notebooks. These sweet, hard-backed, high quality babies come from Russia and are sold in gift shops for $12 (or more). They're $2 a piece at Dollarama. They're authentic. AND they're gorgeous. Lots of patterns are available.
Images from Art Blanc.
For the crafty among you, the Dollarama possibilities are endless, but my latest thing is making these storage containers for my niece (who has a million little bits and bobs to organize). You can get everything you need for this project at Dollarama: the hard animals (usually 4 or more for $1), the jars, the paint, and the epoxy glue. Amazeballs.
Photo by Dan Duchars/House To Home, Apartment Therapy.
And if you want some insta-pretty (no crafting required) check out these glass rose votive/tea-light holders. (I have resisted buying any so far, because we can't handle more knick knacks, but I'm very tempted.)
Dollarama stock photo.
Finally, I check out the garden section, where there is a seemingly endless supply of cute animals that can be spray painted and turned into chic book ends and that sort of thing. My house is turning into a menagerie. No joke.
Lion photos by the crafty lady over at Sweetsuite10. Check out her blog for DIY instructions.

I love Dollarama. I really do. But I truly feel guilty about it. In fact, I semi-hate myself... but I just can't stop shopping there. I'm addicted.

Is there a Dollarama addicts support group? Anyone? Anyone?

P.S. What's wrong with Dollarama? Well, I haven't done a LOT of research, but it's pretty safe to assume that many of their products, like those at Wal-Mart, are produced in sweat shop conditions, quite possibly by child labour. This is exactly the opposite of the sort of thing I would like to support with my consumer dollars... Sigh.