When I said it would probably be a while before we experienced any crisp breezes in Atlanta, I was way off the mark; we're among the fortunate enjoying a gorgeous first week of September and I was anxious to head out Sunday morning to begin outfitting my homemade work table for a new season of projects. Priority one: see the local debut of the John Derian for Target collection.
[Two-drawer box from John Derian for Target collection.]
The great looking marbled wares interested me most but I knew that all the goodies offered online might not be available in stores (and some pieces could already be out of stock). It appears that I arrived at the Piedmont Target too early. As of 10:30 a.m., no Derian displays were on the shelves. I'll be checking back, though. In the meantime, if you spot any of the goods at a metro Target, please let us know.
[All images above via OldTools.co.uk.]
I also struck out looking for vintage tools and supplies. Well, specifically free ones. It seems my dad recently tossed his old leather and cloth tape measure. But for inspiration, I'm having fun exploring UK-based Old Tools. Really handsome finds over there. For items closer to home (if you live in the U.S.), vintage leather-cased tape measures frequently turn up on Etsy.
And of course Green & Stone of Chelsea is another wonderful source of inspiration. This Bright Star-era folding, traveling, artist's paint table has sold but it's too cool not to share.
Victorian 'string tidy' with fitted cutter, also from Green & Stone of Chelsea and also sold.
Recycled antique bobbin string holders with scissors are currently available through G and S.
Widely available old school style priced under $2 -- the wooden Westcott ruler with brass edge (if you pick up one for yourself, don't forget an organization like CHRIS Kids).
Related past posts: Tools of the Trade and August Rush.