Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Into the "thrift mines" with Andrea

Our new pal Andrea has a fun blog she recently shared with us - favorite part?
MINING MONDAYS! Andrea hits thrift spots all over Pittsburgh, including her parents' basement, and as she states, "Somethings are amazing. Somethings are awful. Somethings are hideous. And somethings just need to be shared ..."

We agree. Check out her most recent edition, "The Best Little Goodwill in Pittsburgh" on her blog.
Note: all photos via andreadisaster.com


Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunday at Soldiers and Sailors

I went to Crafts N' At yesterday at Soldiers and Sailors in Pittsburgh and it was wonderful! Three cheers to the Pittsburgh Crafts Collective for their efforts - the foot traffic was steady and it looked like people (myself included) left with bags of goodies.

Above, our good pal Jennifer of FRESH POPCORN

Above, our new pal Amy of RED RAVEN STUDIOS

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Weekend: Get your craft on!

Sunday afternoon and nothing to do? Head to Soldiers and Sailors in Oakland for CRAFTS N'AT, an indie craft show organized by the Pittsburgh Craft Collective ...

Friday, August 27, 2010

Travel: Chicago by train

Red Pop recently sold a set of vintage American Tourister luggage pieces to a soon-to-be-married gal in Wisconsin. She told us of her plans for the all-red set and promised to send along images ...

Carmen and Troy were married this August and took an adventure by train to Chicago for their honeymoon. To be honest, the luggage looks great ... but the beaming bride in red dress and hat looks GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for sending along these photos.

Congratulations you crazy kids! xo.


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Call me ...


Terrific 1950s unused telephones for sale by SWEET BELLA (out of Brooklyn) and posted on a blog we love, OH HAPPY DAY.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Finally Hanging My Poster!

So I finally got around to hanging one of my favorite posters. I took it to a frame store to have it mounted to Foamcore, but they tried to sell me something more expensive called "Gator-core" - I cannot find anything about it online, but I was told that it is more rigid and longer lasting than standard Foamcore. But it is twice the price!

So to make the Foamcore more rigid I just used some Gorilla Glue and stuck some small pieces of wood on the back. I drilled holes in two of the pieces on the sides and put some framing wire through to hang it.

Red Pop Blogger: Michael

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Collection: Spring Blossom and Crazy Daisy

All are listed on our ETSY SHOP today - add to your collection, or just start one with all of these!


Monday, August 23, 2010

Thrifting: Sheets

To some, items like sheets or towels are things that shouldn't be thrifted and re-used for fear of germs, gross stains, bad 1970s patterns ... however, perfectly good and sometimes mint-condition vintage bed sheets and towel sets can be found and given new life (with a good cleaning).

After a solid inspection at a favorite Pittsburgh thrift shop, I found just one fitted bed sheet (above) and frequently use it with a white flat sheet or mix/match with other floral patterns in the same family or with some bright reds (my bedroom happens to be the same color palette as Red Pop Shop's ... coincidence? Maybe).

If sleeping on old sheets isn't appealing but the patterns are still attractive to you, below is a cool project idea for vintage sheets via Design*Sponge and blogger Katherine Jalaty.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Animals, Crafts and RIDES!

Red Pop is trying to squeeze in the last bits of summer.
What a week of summer fun.

Red Pop LOVES ... fairs, animals, handmade crafts (the awesome, the unique and the weird), summer food, amusement parks and RIDES. It was a weeks worth of fairs and amusement parks and, don't forget, RIDES!

We started with conquering the Washington County, PA FAIR. Hand-squeezed lemonade, milk chugging contests, hand-made EVERYTHING, cows and chickens galore and RIDES!

The next day brought us to world famous Kennywood Park - a Pittsburgh tradition for over 100 years. Kennywood amusement park is an amazing way to spend a hot summer day and a cool summer evening - so new and cutting edge, yet so retro and old school. Red Pop has been raised on Kennywood, and is grateful for that! (Jason & Michael have season passes ...)

For more info on the annual Washington County Fair, PA check out ... www.washingtonfair.org
and for more on Kennywood - Pittsburgh's Hometown Thrill Park - check out ... www.kennywood.com! You will be glad that you did!

RED POP BLOGGERS: Jason & Michael

Friday, August 20, 2010

Got weekend plans? That's OK ...

I've watched this wonderful piece time and time again these past few weeks, and it just gets lovelier. Enjoy and have a lovely weekend, together or alone ...



Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Bit of Style from the Grandmothers

I (Bess) live in a traditional four-square, 1940s home and my rooms aren't terribly large but I do have some great wall space. My living room has a large painting above the mantle and, although I had had another large painting above a love seat on the opposite wall (pictured above), I removed it, thinking two large pieces in one small room were a bit much. Hence the empty wall and sad looking nail in the center ...

For some time now, I had been considering enlarging images of my grandmothers for framing. I'm lucky to have some wonderful photos of both ladies and decided a series of images above this love seat was just the spot!

Project complete ...

Phyllis (above)

Margaret (above)

Needless to say, I'm absolutely thrilled with the result and smile every time I enter the room ...


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New to follow ...

Just tickled to find the blog FoodBurgh about Pittsburgh eats and dining. Note, it also links to a number of other foodie sites. Not being a "foodie" myself, but an avid diner and drinker, I appreciate these things! Go go steel city ...

Red Pop Blogger: Bess

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Collection: Enamelware

Since my mother collected Dansk enamelware when I was a kid, I've always loved the look and feel of enamel cookware, and more importantly, the colors. Here is some enamel eye candy ...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Dreamy San Diego Dining

As a part of this blog project, we're hoping to feature pals and their spaces and projects, particularly the use of vintage goodies in neat ways.

Our pal Missy B. and her husband live in San Diego and have made their dining room and bar area into something worth drooling over. The two had lived abroad and Missy said she snatched up lots of vintage Swedish, Finnish and Danish furniture and brought it all to her pad in Cali.

"You can tell a lot about somebody by looking in
they're dining room," Missy said.
(Note the leg lamp night light...)

Visit Missy on her Etsy shop, DRAG STRIP DOLLY, for cool vintage sewing items, clothing, fabrics, furniture and finds.