November 2, 2006

I just can’t get enough of them. I’ve always loved trashy glam magazines, but having discovered the world of crafting, I’ve switched to crafting magazines, and care less about the love life of Brad and Jolie. A few months ago I got me a 2-year subscription for Scrapbooks Etc. which I love. I can leaf through and read it for months. I never get bored with all the color and inspiration and stories in it! Pity I can’t participate in any of the “win an 8,000 dollar scrapbooking room” contests. Wouldn’t that be great?

I think magazines are a cultural thing. A “thing” we don’t have here in Israel. I understood this fully in my visit to Athens in June. Seeing all of their small kiosks overflowing with magazines, made me so jealous. They have every single magazine you can imagine, translated into Greek! Vogue, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Maison & Decoration, to name just a few. I was really amazed (putting my translator cap on for a sec: just think of all that fun work for translators!). In Israel the only translated magazine we have is Cosmopolitan (well, because we’re not talking about National Geographic-type magazines now, right?), and we have about 3-4 women’s magazines in Hebrew, which are both unexciting and very expensive. Besides, we don’t have the cultural element. I don’t know anyone who would admit to buying these magazines, and the only place I’ve seen people read them here are at the dentists’. I wonder why…hmmm… I want me a regular supply of glossy magazines with nice perfume scents to try, and all the paper crafting magazines I get!

Well, as of this week I have a 2-year subscription to Cloth Paper Scissors as well, and three Somerset Studio magazine back issuesĀ are making their way to my mailbox. I just can’t wait. I know you want to see my beautiful back issues, so you can peek here, here and here, and make sure you scroll down to see all the beautiful art work photos.

I tell you, the simplicity of one-click online shopping is going to kill me. Or make me completely broke. Real soon. Well, at least I’ll have lots of magazines to enjoy! šŸ™‚

My next purchase, I can just see it coming… I just NEED this set of stamps below, by Julie Van Oosten (Stampington & Co.) – aren’t they gorgeous?


Flea market Friday

October 14, 2006

I’ve been wanting to go to the flea market for some time, but this time I wanted to go with someone who can appreciate junk. Otherwise I don’t get to rummage through as much. So I went with my new Flickr friend ilil, and we had a great time, as expected. We got our hands dirty, ate well, found some great finds, and then headed to the craft fair – Nachlat Binyamin, where we found some more stuff. But this is so much better with pictures, so here we go.

As always with her, the day started with gifting! yay! Look at these beautiful little collaged magnets she made, and the glittery box full of charms:

In theĀ market, IĀ notice I mainly took pictures of dolls:

I love how you can spot so many cultures in the picture below: note the Indian elephant, Russian Babushkas, Arab type coffe pot, Jewish Chanukkiyah, Nargillah…all in one flea market shop:

The greatest find of the day, I think, was a whole box of hundreds of old “Shanot Tovot” (greetings for the new Jewish year). They’re from the seventies, and are in great condition mostly. I love them, but I’ma lousy photographer, so keep in mind thatĀ my picsĀ don’t do justice to them. If you’d like to trade some, I’d be happy:

Another beautiful find was a “stamp”. Well, I will be using it as a stamp, but it’s made from steel, and made for machines (I know there’s a name for it, but can’t think it up right now!):

I also bought lots of new small tins, many charms, a small book for altering, a deck of cards for ATC, 3 decks of tiny cards for collaging, and a GORGEOUS Habana cigar box:

And what a better way to end the day than to arrive home and find a note from the Post Office saying I have a package waiting?