Pin It! Where Pinterest Comes Alive

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You read the title right, it is called Pinspiration Market and it was here in Seattle over the weekend at Magnuson Park Hanger 30. There were over 115 vendors with everything you might have pinned to your boards at one time. I found out about this event through Facebook events one day and thought why not go. The market was held at Magnuson Park in one of the old airplane hangers that dot the property (the place used to be a Navy Air Station) and on a Saturday morning there was plenty of activity going on all around the area.

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Lately, my mother has been looking for old vintage picture frames to use in decorating a wall in her house and by the end of our day at the market, I was carrying two frames back to the car. The thing is they were shabby chic with what one vendor called “mermaid” blue and had a rustic old paint technique people have been pinning like crazy on Pinterest. Sadly these frames will not be this color for long because they are going to be repainted.

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Of course, there was a lot of vendors with old antiques like typewriters, those neat Brownie cameras from the 1940s, and those old 1920-1970s suitcases or travel trunks stacked on top of each other. Not to mention the old pane glass windows that seemed to be sold within 15 minutes of the market is open. A few vendors tried to sell some that had broken or missing glass panes for $40-75, which let’s be honest is still way too much even if the replacement panes cost $9. There was plenty of those cute signs seen all around Pinterest, and one vendor sold the adhesives stencils to make your own. There were clothing shops and a few vendors with those cotton ball floral arrangements for sale (Note: you can find these at Hobby Lobby or Micheals or even JoAnn Fabric in the floral departments) that have taken by storm due to Fixer Upper show on HGTV.

There is, of course, DIY classes, but after a few rounds of names being called, there was no way I was sticking around for a long time waiting for my name to appear (if it ever did).

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There was only one food truck there, and it was damn good food! 314 Pie– Savory and Sweet Pies food truck had one of the best chicken pot pies I have had in a long time. It was even better than Marie Calendar pies people are raving about. There was a cookie in there too, but I ate it before I could document it, so sorry you just have to go try it in person (Chocolate Chip and Almond Cookie). I did pass the Delicately Sweet Confections booth and the Arno Chocolates, but I need something more than a sweet treat to keep me going.

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For those who missed the chance, there will be other times: Puyallup Fair Grounds Feb 9&10 2018, and Seattle Magnuson Park May 20, 2018.

Such cute stuff at Pinspiration Market! Come see us in Seattle tomorrow from 10 to 4. #pinspiration #coolstuff #makersgonnamake

Or you can visit the site Pinology Market for more places and The Great Junk Hunt.

 

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Tanzanian Adventures: Bells Toll & Bargain Shopping

Since it was a long drive back to Arusha from Ngorngoro, our team checked in to the Karatu Hotel run by the Lutheran Church of Tanzania in the town of Karatu. I would not exactly call it a hotel, but more like a hostel. The rooms are clean, there is a shower and bathroom, but the room I was assigned would have things left over from the last person who occupied it. The beds all have mosquito nets which hint at the fact there was a rather large hole in the screen of the windows in which these nasty insects could come in. For the first time on the trip I had to use DEET spray for the bed sheets, and put on my insect lotion before bed. At this point all those anti malaria pills I have been taking all this time better be effective since I did get two mosquito bites during the night (as of this writing I DO NOT have malaria!).

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After checking into the room, I found myself along with the rest of the group eating dinner communal style with the other guests in the large dining hall. Being college students we have no problem with this concept, but the other guests may have not. Dinner consists of a potato chicken broth soup with rolls, some Tanzanian pilau, cucumber salad and some Tanzanian dessert I don’t recall the name of. With dinner done, I headed back to my room and crashed.

My room-mate got the scare of her life in the middle of the night when she walked into the bathroom to discover a moth flying into her face and a rather large spider hanging out on the wall near the toilet. Earlier on the same day I too had a rather large insect attach itself onto me. I have never seen a grasshopper as big as the one who flew into the jeep window while at Ngorogoro crater. And it was black too!

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Morning was a real treat! I awoke to the sound of church bells clanging (it was Sunday after all) and the call to prayer from the local masque all blending together. The Lutheran church across the road treated us to a spectacular sounds of singing that when you listen to the recording of it, the sound is surreal. Breakfast was again communal style with the menu of toast, more Tanzanian pilau, omelet, and juice. After breakfast we all gathered our things, and headed for Arusha to do some shopping before leaving Tanzania.

Once in Arusha we were let loose on the Maasai market in town looking for whatever we wanted. I will say being American, bartering is not something we do much, and thus I am not very good at. The thing is it does turn me off when you have store owners trying to get you to buy something you do not want at all. It is considered to be rude in African culture to not buy something after viewing someone’s shop. I committed this offense and it was exhausting after all that shopping. I only got a few things for people, like a carved wooden giraffe, chonga for myself, African tea and coffee, and a shuka (Maasai wrap). One US dollar equals $2,000 Tanzanian shillings. So $10,000 shillings equals roughly $5.00 USD. So there was a lot of things we could buy with our American money, but mostly it was transactions in shillings since shop keepers would make a huge profit off you if dollars were exchanged. Also at one point all the street vendors gathered around one store waiting for us to come out so they could hawk their wears. A crazy adventure in itself trying to get back to the van.

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I would say shopping in Tanzania was a learning experience, and I wish I could have bought more, but when you have to keep in mind the weight and size of the suitcase, it just could not all fit in there. I really wanted to bring back a floor standing wooden giraffe, but it was not going to happen. Maybe next time I come back.

 

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Karatu Lutheran Hotel