September 30, 2009

panama hat

Timeless beauty in the hat fashion world. This traditional brimmed hat has been made by the people of Ecuador for hundreds of years and it has gone from being a household item, to a fashion statement and back again within a relatively short space of time. for a hat to be a genuine ‘Panama’, it must come from Ecuador and be made from the right palm species. 

September 29, 2009

creative display

We usually see paintings for sale hanging on the walls at restaurants and cafes, but I found this creative display at a lovely place in Argentina. A different way of showing artwork and clothing accessories; like these hand woven scarves in earth tones.

September 25, 2009

granny squares {Sunday's work}

Last Sunday morning I crocheted these granny squares for the sleeve edges of a sweater; but then I thought I would try to join them together for what some one day become a summer blanket. 

September 24, 2009


Yes, yes we got figs! Figs don't last long in my house because we usually eat them as soon as we bring them from the market. Last Sunday I saved some to make a tart in the only baking pan I have at the moment {movers have not come yet with our stuff from Nairobi...}. I had to adjust the recipe a little to fit my pan but it turned out delicious.
It is just pâte sucrée {sweet pastry crust} filled with fresh figs. Simple ingredients for a complex taste.
These are the first figs of the season. The best is yet to come.

September 23, 2009

here comes the sun

"Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles is one of my favorite songs. It was written by George Harrison in collaboration with Eric Clapton in 1969. It is to me the perfect song to salute spring.
We are finally getting warmer here in the Southern Hemisphere and we are seeing flowers starting to bloom in our gardens. Unfortunately, we have not had much rain yet. Hopefully in the next few weeks, we will start getting some rain here and also in Northern Kenya, where the drought is severe and set to get worse over the coming months.

September 22, 2009

flea market finds #6 {San Telmo, Buenos Aires}


I didn't buy this pair of boots because they are not my style, but they are definitely colorful and fun to see.

Bobby pins embellished with leather flowers. A good use for all those scraps of material we end up with after cutting.

These flower pins/brooches are sooo cute. Again, the use of scraps of fabric to make something that will add a touch of style to everyday outfits. I love the ones made with wool fabric.

As seen on the streets of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Soho in New York, these finger puppets are also available on the streets of Buenos Aires. I have seen many copies of these puppets made in cotton, alpaca and acrylic.

Locks that would be a great addition to any coffee table or desk. 

September 21, 2009

September 20, 2009

flea market finds #4 {San Telmo, Buenos Aires}

Gauchos wanderers of the Pampas, romantic figures, hard-working horsemen, men of myth and historical significance. The gauchos are the cowboys of Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.

Original Gaucho Boleadoras, used to catch horses, ostriches or deer. They consist of two large balls of wood or stone covered with hide attached to two strips of hide of an equal lenght fastened to a third strip made with and equal or smaller ball at the end of it.

Ponchos are used to protect from the cold winters in the pampas. The poncho is a square blanket with an opening in the center to introduce the head. It identifies the person who wears it. It varies in groups of symbolic codes, materials, colors and designs. The red ones are from Salta in Argentina.

Hundreds of espadrilles in vivid colors and designs that remind me of the years I lived in Spain.

September 19, 2009

flea market finds #3 {San Telmo, Buenos Aires}

Vintage glass pharmacy bottles for sale at the market. Some flasks still have the original labels on them. I think they would make great vases for fresh flowers.

For some time now I'm becoming more and more fascinated with photography. My eyes wander off whenever I see lenses, tripods, filters, camera bags, and even antiques like these.

Love, love , love this Polaroid camera!

September 18, 2009

flea market finds #2 {San Telmo, Buenos Aires}

These classic siphons were for sale at the Flea Market. They come in all colors and prices; and vary depending on the condition, age and quality of the bottle. 

I could not resist and bought a blue and a yellow to take back home with me.

September 17, 2009

flea market finds #1 {San Telmo, Buenos Aires}

This week I will be writing about the Flea Market in San Telmo, Buenos Aires. I found soooo many beautiful pieces there; but will try to focus on the ones I like the most. The flea market takes place every Sunday on the Plaza Dorrego. There are hundreds of stalls selling everything from antiques to clothing.

I love these chandelier crystals and blown glass fruits. I can imagine many uses for all of them!

September 16, 2009

not just a sign

Hand painted in rich colors these signs are truly eye-catchers. Unlike standard store signs they make shopping more pleasurable, especially when you're on vacation in a foreign city.
These signs are from El Caminito in La Boca {Buenos Aires}.

September 14, 2009

caminito {La Boca, Buenos Aires}

La Boca is one of Buenos Aires' most colorful districts. Italian immigrants were the first settlers of La Boca, and the working class neighborhood was Buenos Aires' first port. Today the buildings in the barrio are painted in bright colors. El Caminito, was named for a popular tango song.
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