I've been inspired by Cathe Holden's post on vintage pickup trucks from a couple years ago. She created a pin cushion from a toy truck, and I couldn't wait to do the same. http://justsomethingimade.com/2010/05/quirky-collections-vintage-trucks/. Lately, I've been on the hunt for cute match box style pickup trucks. I scored today by finding four trucks at Safari Toys in Alameda.
If you look for these trucks at Alameda Point Flea Market, they usually go for about $5. At the Safari Toys store, they have 9 bins of match box cars/trucks for just .95 each and then the special vintage ones are locked in a case for $10 and up. If the trucks look too new, I take my emery board and scuff off some of the paint. I needed at least 6 for my students, to keep their needles handy. Fun, quick project!
Then on a side note, these past couple weeks, I've been working on framing restaurant articles for Shan Dong - that mini restaurant re-model I've been helping out with. Here's how they came out.