Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thrifty Thursday!

Happy Thursday! I brought two things home this week from a thrifty jaunt. I spent a whopping $2.12!

I loved the color on this great old tin.

I use these tins. I have one filled with safety pins for quilt basting, another filled with items needed for applique.

This one may follow suite and store applique supplies!

A year or so ago I found this great vase.

I loved the thistle pattern. The graphic pattern and the color palette appealed to me!

Imagine my surprise when I spied this on the shelf at G'Willy's this week!

Both pieces are only marked 'Hand Painted' and 'Made In Italy', so I really don't know anything more about them, other than I really like 'em!

Did you find something you really like this week?


Monday, August 29, 2011

Camp Much?

I pulled another quilt out that needs the handwork done on the binding.

No sooner did I get it in my lap this evening, but someone decided to 'set up camp'.

Never fails! Emmitt loves quilt tents!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Goodbye Weekend

What? It's Sunday night ALREADY? It was a fun weekend, and I'm sad to see it end!

Saturday I spent some time with my pal, Blogless Karen.

Laughter ensued.....

Fabric was purchased....

always a good time when we get together!

Today was rather leisurely.

Food was enjoyed....

A new knitting project was started....

and it ended up being a nice relaxing day!

I'm sad to see it end! Hope yours was filled with all things wonderful as well!


Friday, August 26, 2011

Of Laps & Lids

I found myself in a conundrum last evening....

applique? knit? stitch? AAAACK! Couldn't decide. I let them all sit in my lap for a bit while I pondered.

And then my mind wandered (as it sometimes does) to these...

out on the kitchen table...waiting for their overhaul. So I set aside the lap content and traipsed out to the backyard....spray paints in hand.

I'll spare you the boring details....but it was about a 3 step process of black paint....steel wool....too shiny...BriWax....rubbed off too much red. Called it a night. This morning....sprayed another coat of red...went to work....came home at lunch and sprayed a poly coat....

and walaaaah.

lid overhaul complete! I like the touch of distressing that remains. I re-read it appears I did NOT spare you the boring details. But consider that a Cliffs Notes version of the overhaul.

Do they still make Cliff Notes? Do kids still USE Cliff Notes?

My wanders.

Now...where was I?

applique? knit? stitch?


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thrifty Thursday!

Big spender am I this week! ha!

Two little things......$2.65

I couldn't pass up this little red tool box! Took me a minute to get it open, but I figured it out. ;o) And the jar....

goes with last week's find, don't you think? Now I have two lids to overhaul! I think I'll try and get that done this evening after the office!

Have a great Thursday!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How Could I Resist?

This is going to be a fun stitch!

I couldn't stand it....the linen (35 ct Havana by Weeks Dye Works).....the bright colors (DMC)....the design...(All Hallow's Night by BOAF).

I couldn't resist. Yes...another start for me. Two starts in one week or so.....rein me in.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bind Off---Complete!

It's done!

The Infamous Noro Striped Scarf.

And I enjoyed every single moment! Such an easy knit for this wannabe knitter! Only took me about 3 weeks, knitting a few rows here and there.

While I wish I was perhaps a little more selective on the 4 skeins I chose (at times I don't like the way these colorways 'played' together), I'll definitely make another!


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ladies & Gentlemen....

start your engines! Happy Saturday!


Friday, August 19, 2011

Puckered Up & Ready

It's done.

This is one I pieced a while ago. But now it's been machine quilted by me....on the Bernina.

The binding is on. And it's been washed and dried.

NOW it's done....puckered up and ready!


Auction Time!

Because I'm not a hoarder (truly, I'm not!), I've been going thru collections and thrifty finds and I'm ready to move some out to new homes!

It's true...this is a lovely collection of white/ivory creamers, but...I collect clear footed glass creamers! So this is one of the many things that need a new home!

You can find the listing here and please check my 'other items' to see more listings!

I've also added some new fabrics and applique supplies!

It's auction time! Hope you score a deal!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

More Thrifty Thursday!

LOOK what the hubs brought home to me today!

He was out of town and stopped off an antiques mall type place. He saw this and thought of me! And it was $19!

NINETEEN DOLLARS. It's hand pieced! It's's 30s needs some love.

I think I'll square it up a bit....and have it quilted....and use it....and love it!


Thrifty Thursday!

The word must be out that I'm picking up pottery candlesticks....

because another one jumped in my basket this week!

And this great repro canister jar will be put to use.

But first the lid is going to get a makeover!

Buck-fifty for both....another week of cheap entertainment!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

But First....

My Bernina is ready to come home with nothing major fixed. Whew!

I've been getting lots of handwork done while the machine has been in rehab. It's been nice. Yet I'm ready to put the pedal to the metal again!

But first....

one more side.


Monday, August 15, 2011

I'll Trade Ya' a Pumpkin for a Turkey!

You may recall I pulled some colorful threads for a new stitching start this past weekend.

Don't you love them? So colorful and fun! I was all set, or so I thought, to start this....

but my linen stash is waning and I couldn't find anything dark enough. Drats! I've got an order on the way for some Weeks Dye Works linen in Chestnut, thanks to those wonderful ladies at the Silver Needle.

In the meantime, I've started yet another piece!

Sticking with an autumnal theme....

trading the pumpkin head people for "Thomas".

I think he will be an enjoyable stitch! My pal, Blogless Karen, stitched him up and I fell in love and so now it's my turn to stitch my own Thomas the Turkey!

Have you started anything new in the stitching department?


Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Shibori Sunday Morning

Quite a while ago....a while, as in years, I stumbled across a gal on Facebook that dyed ribbon. Beautiful Shibori ribbons. I purchased a kit.

Etsy is a wonderful thing! Her kits are available here.

This kit has sat idle....actually under some silk floss, linen and such in a drawer. Yesterday I was digging around in said drawer and rediscovered the kit!

This morning, I opened the kit.

It looked pretty straightforward so I decided to tackle it with my morning coffee today.'s not perfect! Not by any means!

Though I chose a different ribbon colorway than what is pictured on the kit, I don't see much similarity, are all different...right? ;o)

I think it will look dandy on a denim jacket! The ribbon is so beautiful!

Are you a fan of shibori?


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Coloring My Saturday

It's been a colorful day!!

Time spent with my favorite red-headed blue-eyed munchkin....

getting to be such a big boy!

Finally caved and dove in to the Fiesta world.

I had two Fiesta cereal bowls from thrifty adventures, but this time visited Macy's and added to those two lonely cereal bowls. Now I can say I am a bonafide Fiesta collector! If you haven't seen it live and in person...the new marigold...beautimus!

Though I'm still stitching along on the SDW sampler, I decided to color things up a bit and pulled for a new project!

Something that should stitch up rather quickly...I hope. It may be deceiving though! More to come on that!

And finally I've had colorful Noro in my lap today!

I'm exactly half done with the Noro Striped Scarf! It's time to start adding the last two balls of colorful bliss.

I think I'll thread a needle with some colorful floss and stitch this evening while I watch a colorful program and drink a colorful beverage!

I hope your day's been filled with color!


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thrifty Thursday!

I found a little something this week!

Isn't it cute? Those little sheep.....cuteness!

And it really IS little!

1 1/2" little! Not sure what I will DO with it, but it was too cute to leave there!

And I also found a couple other things.....
like this celery dish....spoon rest perhaps? It has some age to it by way of lots of crazing.

The underplate...another piece of Frankoma! Always nice to find on the cheap!

Did you find anything 'on the cheap'? Do tell!