I love exploring flea markets! Look at what I found this time: a soil test kit that can probably be dated back to the 50′s and 60′s. This kit can test for nitrogen, phosphorus, potash, and pH. I’m glad the kits today can fit in my pocket.
In this season All kinds of markets and arts & crafts fairs are popping up all over. Which sign goes straight for the most ornate, exorbitant piece of art? Which sign is showering all the vendors with compliments? Which sign is all about practicality when picking out their handmade goods? Read on to find out how to spot each sign of the zodiac when they’re browsing for paintings, bracelets, dreamcatchers, and artisan jam…
Aries (March 21st-April 19th): You will find Aries running around to each booth, picking things up, saying, “This is so awesome!”, putting them down, and excitedly moving on to the next booth, not pausing long enough to buy anything.
Taurus (April 20th-May 20th): Taureans will be taking their time browsing, appreciating the beauty that surrounds them. They will try on every piece of jewelry that catches their eye and feel all of the varied textures of fabrics, wood, and stones.
Gemini (May 21st-June 20th): You can be sure to find Gemini chatting it up with as many artists possible to learn about the artist’s process, the full back story of each piece, and of course to share their own experience with that type of art.
Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd): Generous Cancer is there on a gift-buying mission. They are picking out the most unique and beautiful one-of-a-kind gifts for their closest friends and loved ones.
Leo (July 23rd-August 22nd): Leo has surely bought the most ornate, extravagant piece of art and is parading it around proudly, fielding compliments and beaming happily at their good taste.
Virgo (August 23rd-September 22nd): Virgo has come with a list of a few really specific things they were looking for, and they will spend the day diligently comparing and contrasting to make sure they choose the perfect things.
Libra (September 23rd-October 22nd): You will find Libra happily going from booth to booth showering all the artists and vendors with compliments and “oohs” and “aahs” like a little fairy of love and creative validation.
Scorpio (October 23rd-November 21st): Scorpio comes here often and is loyal to a few of the vendors. Upon arrival they go straight to “their” artists to see the newest pieces they can add to their collection.
Sagittarius (November 22nd-December 21st): You can find Sagittarians pondering and discussing the philosophical meanings behind different pieces of art, not to mention the inspiring economic implications of a creative free market.
Capricorn (December 22nd-January 19th): Capricorn is bypassing the more ornate art pieces and honing in on the functional pieces of art, like a hand-carved maple wood pepper grinder that will look fabulous in their kitchen.
Aquarius (January 20th-February 18th): Aquarians are having the time of their life being surrounded by creative, unique people, and are more than happy to support all the independent crafters and artists. Places like these renew their faith in humanity.
Pisces (February 19th-March 20th): You will find Pisces wandering around, appreciating the fresh air and atmosphere of creativity. Maybe they’ll buy something if they find a meaningful piece, but mostly they’re just there to soak up the good energy.
Happy birthday, my dear @zacharybosch! Can’t wait to see you again at RDC3. Here’s a Hannigram something in your honor. A new installment of the Giving Themselves series. Picks up after Afterglow. Will proposed to Hannibal, and now they are shopping for rings.
“You’re not going to get me something as pedestrian as a diamond, are you?” Will asked as they strolled through the Fell’s Point antique market on a Sunday afternoon.
Hannibal sipped his coffee, and delicately shrugged. “What if I would like to have a diamond?”
Will stopped to look at an old Rollex 20 camera at a nearby booth, the seller was asking for $50. He clicked the shutter a few times then gingerly put it back down on the table.
“With all your pomp and circumstance,” Will said with a smirk, “I really can’t picture you as a diamond guy.”
Hannibal smiled and stroked Will’s arm.
“You know me so well, Will. You do. No, no diamonds for either of us. But I can say I don’t have any idea of what to get. There are several jewelry shops here that we can visit and perhaps something will jump out at us.”
Will took Hannibal’s coffee, drank a sip, then returned it.
“We don’t have to get rings, you know. I mean, if we don’t find anything we like, we don’t need rings, Hannibal.”
“I want us to have them. I want others to look at your hand, at my hand, and know we are spoken for.”
Hannibal stopped in front of Will and continued, “I want people to know that you belong to someone, just as I belong to someone.”
Will blushed and said, “Fine. So let’s go look for some rings.”
They entered Rose and Stone Estate Jewelry. It was a tiny shoe box of a shop with red walls and a dark mahogany case, lined with red velvet.
“May I help you?” the woman behind the counter asked.
“Yes, we are looking for wedding rings,” Hannibal said.
“Traditional bands? I do have some matching sets. We also have some new rings that aren’t vintage but our own creations as well.”
Will looked into the glass case, “I don’t mind traditional bands, I suppose.”
“We have platinum, yellow, rose and white gold. Any preference?”
Will said, “Yellow” just as Hannibal said, “Platinum.”
They both smiled and looked at each other.
“They don’t have to match, I guess,” Will said.
“I would rather they did,” Hannibal replied, because he was in fact, quite a romantic at heart – but Will knew this about him.
He also knew that the symbolism of the rings was much more important to Hannibal than it was to him. He would know in his heart that Hannibal was his, and a ring was irrelevant really.
“We can get whatever you like. I promise, I’ll love it.”
Hannibal studied the case intently, but Will could see a broad smile blooming on his face.
The woman smiled and said, “I’ll leave you two to browse and just let me know when you’d like to see something. My name is Maria.”
“Thank you, Maria,” Hannibal replied.
They perused the case for a few minutes, then Hannibal sighed. “None of these will do. Should we go to another shop, perhaps?”
“If you want to. What don’t you like about these?” Will asked.
“They… don’t speak to me, about us. About what we are.”
“They don’t have a mouth,” Will teased.
Hannibal hit Will gently on the hand, “Insolent.”
Maria approached them and said, “May I show you something I think you’ll like? It’s not vintage, but rather one our original designs. Do you like signet rings?”
“I’m not sure,” Will said not knowing exactly what a signet ring was.
Hannibal’s interest was piqued. “Do you have some?”
She pulled out a tray of rings from a small safe underneath the case. “My husband is a master jewelry and he studied for three years in London to design these. These are his original creations.”
In the tray were several engraved gemstone signets rings in various precious metals. Some were engraved with a full coat of arms, another had a lion crest seal engraved onto bloodstone, some had a heraldic crest engraved on blue sardonyx.
“Gemstone engraving is an ancient, extremely rare and somewhat time-consuming craft,” Maria said. “We’re very proud of the work on these.”
“They’re lovely,” Will said as he picked one and held it up to look at it against his skin.
Hannibal hummed, but didn’t say anything. His eyes swept across the tray, examining and picturing them on his hand and Will’s hand.
“Well?” Will asked.
Just then, Hannibal saw it.
He saw it and he knew. It was a white and red sardonyx oval-shaped stone ring set in yellow gold. The engraving on top was of a stag sitting underneath a tree.
“I love that one,” Maria said. “My husband designed that one last year, but we have yet to sell it.”
Will looked over to Hannibal, and was momentarily taken aback when he saw the stag on the ring. It seemed the stag was destined to follow him everywhere.
“You like that one?” Will asked.
“Yes. Yes, I do.”
“Sardonyx is a stone of strength and protection,” Maria said. “They say it brings lasting happiness and stability to marriage and partnerships.”
“Sounds good to me,” Will mused.
Hannibal took Will’s hand and slipped the ring onto Will’s finger. It fit, of course.
“A stag is the king of the forest, the protector of all other creatures. I will protect you, keep you from harm, just as you will protect me. Always. This is my design.”
Will nodded and the two looked into each other’s eyes, momentarily lost in the moment, and in one another.
Hannibal cleared his throat and said, “I’ll take this one, and would also like to commission another identical one in my size, please.”
“Of course. I’ll start the paperwork,” Maria said then walked away.
Will looked at the ring on his finger, how at home it seemed; how perfect it was– it all was. Yes, yes, yes, he thought.
He then looked at Hannibal and said, “This is our design.”
East London’s historic Spitalfields is a hub for trendy boutiques and the arty cool East London has become known for. The Old Spitalfields Market building itself hosts regular antiques and fashion markets, making this a great place to shop. Find out more
As they broke box office records during these years of marathon US tours and platinum albums, the band was increasingly plagued by controversy, mainly fed by lurid stories in the rock press. Certainly they exhibited high spirits. John Bonham was seen riding motorcycles down hotel corridors, while rooms were trashed and decorated with hamburgers and ketchup. Half-naked groupies were pressed into nightly service amid the shattered piles of broken furniture. But the real culprits were the road crew and not the band. Bonham may not have been an innocent bystander but certainly Plant and Page were nowhere near this kind of action. They were far too cool to indulge in such stunts. On the road, the band were often quiet and reserved, worried about the next gig, the flight or simply yearning to get home to their respective families. Robert Plant was usually reading magazines or listening to tapes by Joni Mitchell. Away from the gig or hotel Jimmy Page went about collecting antiques at local flea markets or studying ethnic music forms. Even John Bonham usually preferred a pint of ale with his mates.
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@ms271-blog wrote: “Some lovely post cards I found at the antique market. They made me think of your blog.”
Thank you! Both of these are so great. The lobster card’s text recalls the pursuit of identifying the sources of vintage illustrations as well as ongoing speculation that some sea creatures (like jellyfish) are visitors from outer space.