Thursday, July 19, 2012

Drive in Flea Market (and new cartridges)

Do you recognize the items in the photo at the top of this post?  When I was a child, this was a fairly common sight.  Every once in a while, we would go to the drive-in movies and hook a speaker like this on the car window so we could hear the show.

We stayed in the town of Wellfleet when we were on Cape Cod.  One of the attractions in the town is the Drive-In Theatre.  They have a flea market four days a week so we had to go check it out!  It was fun to see the mini golf there as well - we didn't get a chance to play a game this year but maybe next time! 

In this photo you can see the large screen at the left.  The dealers tents are set up in the parking area.  There were lots of booths set up across the lot - you can see all of the tips of the tents marking about ten rows of stalls.  The day was extremely hot and I was surprised to see so many vendors there.

There were antiques, new merchandise (lots of sunglasses), crafts, jewelry and more.

There was a fence loaded down with buoys for $5 each.

I found some interesting old stamps and type pieces.  I bought two of the words that are no longer in this photo...I wonder if anyone can guess what they were!

There was one booth with a crafty product that I find fascinating.  The seller applied old map sections and glossy travel brochures to tiles to make coasters and trivets.

It was sometimes confusing to look at the table since the tiles were lined up evenly.  At first I thought they were old brochures to collect for projects and then I realized that they had already been reused!

Some of the old graphics and fonts can be great sources of inspiration.

We did a little more antique/junk/thrift shop buying on the trip and I'll show you some of my other treasures in another post.

Back in 2008, when the Cricut Design Studio program was new, I made this "adjustable" design.  It is funny to go back and read the tutorial now - the software that I am currently using makes creating this type of design so much easier!  You can click on the photo if you'd like to see the post and download the old file.

Three new cartridges were announced for "Hello Thursday" this week.  The cartridges are A Frightful Affair, Fontopia and Artiste. They are all full cartridges and you can read a bit about them on the Official Cricut blog HERE.  The digital handbook for A Frightful Affair can be found HERE(This link was broken when I tried it but it may be working by now - I will update when I can).  The handbook for Fontopia is HERE.  The Artiste cartridge has both a handbook HERE and a book of assembly instructions HERE.

A Frightful Affair looks nice for Halloween but I already have several Halloween cartridges so I don't think I'll buy this one.  I may change my mind once I see more projects made with it...  Fontopia has some great card and shield or crest shapes in addition to the fancy monograms.  Provo Craft has also made the individual monogram letters available as digital purchases for $1.99 each - click HERE to see the images.

Of the three, Artiste is definitely my favorite.  It is chock full of wonderful images and has lots of three dimensional (3D) projects).  This cartridge will be available only through Close to My Heart consultants and my friend Melanie (of Courtney Lane Designs) would be happy to help you with your order as soon as the cartridge is made available to order on August 1st.  Her website can be found HERE.

Melanie and Joy will be posting projects made with the new cartridges to give you some additional inspiration.  Just check Joy's Blog, Melanie's Blog and the Everyday Cricut blog to see what they have been making. 

The weather here has broken - much cooler and less humidity.  We're off again for a quick turnaround trip to see my Dad this weekend.  Do you have something fun planned for the weekend?

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