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I had such a great day that I just want to put together a quick post to share the inspiration.  There’s nothing more inspiring for a creative mind than to take a flea market field trip. My friend, Julie Weller, and I went to the Mercantile Flea Market in downtown Fullerton, CA today.

We visited our friend, Priscilla Cerda, and her husband, Victor, in their booth and checked out their wares. Priscilla’s jewelry and mixed-media art company is called Vintage Bruja and her husband, Victor, is a master at tooling leather and makes some really cool leather cuffs for his brand, Cerdafied Leather.

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We had a little reunion with some crafty friends, Mariasela Vallejo and Tara Wilson.

After the flea market, we stopped into a new shop called Oh Hello Friend. I love this shop because it’s was like a live version of Etsy. I’m fascinated with the paper piano roll display in the window. She has the cutest washi tapes, and even masking tape with red hearts printed on it! Adorable Letterpress cards, laser cut wood gift tags, bakers twine, and string envelopes. So amazing!

After that we headed over to Gilding the Lily. I’ve been hearing about this shop for years but today was the first time I actually got to go inside and see all the treasures. There’s walls of vintage french ribbons, rhinestone jewelry, drawers of vintage buttons, cases of jewelry findings, velvet ribbon, millinery flowers, vintage hats, German glass glitter, pearls, and vintage beads. Everything a fancy, altered art lovin’, girl could ever want!

Enjoy a tour of my day in pictures!

Also, I just want to remind everyone that I’ve got a giveaway going on, and I’ll be drawing the name of the winner on Tuesday, February 5, 2012. I don’t want you to miss out, so come on over and check it out!

“Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea.” ~Lou Dorfsman