Paisley printer

April 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

This wasn’t thrifted. It was my only purchase during a remarkably calm trip with the kids to the antique store. Kids and antique stores don’t mix. but with Starburst and a mini Boggle game and Angry birds we can power through!

It’s a wallpaper print block, or a sari stamp. I just love the paisley and can’t wait to messily print some stationery! Such an item makes beauty and is beautiful itself. It has a big handle on the back and the wood is all black and smooth and lovely. And I’ve been looking at such stamps online, but this one is more reasonable than I could find there.

I bought them for the bones

April 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Two items to stash and finish off later. A little owl trivet, very common. And a huge lamp shade, the bones of which will show up again here someday. $.99 and $5.

 

Spools

April 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

These are so pretty. I took the old string off, and am waiting for inspiration, probably will fill them with velvet ribbon and give them as gifts or something. They are about 4in high.

Pinterest project- Matroyshka canvas

April 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

Matroyshka, or russian nesting dolls, have been quite popular in recent years. Click here for innumerable images and ideas. I really liked a view of their graduating sizes, kind of like this one on my pinterest boards. So I painted a long canvas of the dolls and used features of many different prints and images to make each matroyshka unique. This picture is so quiet, there was actually tons of measuring and paper templating and pencil sketching to get the sizing right.

It hangs in our up stairs kids and guests bathroom and beams benevolence on all. Matroyshka dolls are very peaceful. The kids like to pick their favorites.

The three buttons and one flower are glued on and have dimension.

 

Gleanings

April 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Here’s what I found this week. A leather dress-up belt for kids fancy outfits, $.50. A round framed tile that I will probably repaint with something else and hang. I like the shape, $3. And the lid only for my tangerine Pyrex dish.  I’ve been seeking to find it for a while now, $.50.

Alphabet cards

April 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Thrifted as a complete set, 226 fun alphabet flashcards with cute graphics and pithy sayings. Added to my etsy shop. Would be great with pieces in a gallery wall.

The pot place

April 10, 2012 § 1 Comment

With the seasonal trend encouraging plants in the home, look no further than your local thrift store for a huge selection of potting and display options. These cost from $.50-$2 and include a sugar bowl. There are so many shapes and colors to be mixed and matched!  The plants are from Ikea. I love my bit of green in the kitchen.

Corky

April 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

I thrifted this bunch of large corks. They were strung on a rope. They were once for stopping up demijohns of wine, and have a hole for an airlock while the wine ferments. They are all different diameters but one fit my damigiana from Italy perfectly! I hope to use the rest in cork art, kind of like this from my pinterest “to make” board. Or this! via greenweddingshoes.com

Left on the shelf- fan gear

April 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Not my  thing. But what a great find if you love Star Trek!

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Colanders

April 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

These were thrifted at different times and cost about $6 each. I love enamel, I love color, and I love how repeating objects become art. They live on a bench in the playroom by the window and currently hold stamps and wooden cars. Someday maybe I’ll use them for planters like this one via apartment therapy.

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