The Love-Bug (car) Ring for Vintage Stuff Friday

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Okay, I know I missed Friday. But I got absorbed in a Slam Poetry Workshop at the Missouri Literary Festival on Friday, so I didn’t post this little car-ring I’ve been wanting to show you.

I got it an a little shop in Mexico near our hotel when we were there last March. At first the guy who owns the shop wasn’t very friendly, but I was fascinated by his collection of retro, vintage and antique silver jewelry. (I’m not sure if those terms overlap, so just threw them all in there to be sure.)

car-ring-store-signAnyway, he had lots of really old-looking stuff, some stuff that looked like the 40’s, some that looked like the 60’s… Since most of the charms, bracelets and rings were small, everything was in cases and we had to ask him to get each one out. As our enthusiasm for the pieces showed, he started to tell us about the dates and histories of the different styles and how it related to Mexican history.

When I found this little Volkswagon bug ring, he said, “Oh yeah, there were lots of those made because we were all driving them in those days.” I’d never seen a ring like this — the little car slides around the ring which I think is so clever!

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Traveling with art supplies

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Waaay behind on posting these days. We flew away from snow and ice, and are now enjoying sunshine. I’ve packed a bunch of art supplies and am actually dragging them around in my shoulder bag every day.

I saw guy at the hotel who had the coolest bag — when I asked he said it was a vintage Swiss army gas mask bag (sans gas mask) he got from a flea market in London, so have been plotting to find my own vintage bag for art supplies when I get a chance.

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We are staying at our friends’ boutique hotel and traveling as part of Russ’s Rotary/Sister City group, to see the progress of donations used build an extra classroom, office, and play yard for a family-services school in our Sister City. We were also supposed to help build a soccer park, but though we all brought tools and such, the goal posts haven’t arrived, so that project will have to be postponed.

chalk.jpg Russ came up with a great art project to do with the entire school, but it was interesting explaining why we were carrying 50 pounds of chalk to customs and airport security. I loved that this little guy drew a chalk track and then drove his car on it. How Harold and the Purple Crayon is that?

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It was a fun day, working with the kids at the school — art usually bridges barriers of language and custom. Sister Cities motto is “Peace through People” and the projects are grass-roots — a great way to travel, meet, work with people, and make friendships.