And always the clothes

May 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

For the little one this time, all like new, shirt $1.49, shorts $1, Stride Rite shoes $1.49, and .99 kerchief. We love our bandanas, for all kinds of uses. I’m thankful for the blessings of other’s largess.

Bag addition

May 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

Thrifted for $3, this bag appears never used and is the fourth in my collection of the same bag in different patterns. Someday I’ll probably give them away as favors. The colors and size make them great for little girls.

Pinterest project- teepee

May 8, 2012 § 3 Comments

There are so many cute teepee’s used in nurseries and children’s rooms and featured on blogs. You can view some of them here. I used Butterick pattern B4251 found at the fabric store. I really love the 6 sided shape and large size; it is five feet high inside. Lots of children can fit in this one. I got the outdoor canvas fabric at deep discount and along with the PVC poles, the cost of this project was somewhere around $50.This tent folds up really easily and tucks into a corner, and the kids can set it up themselves. I just don’t like the pattern though and am selling this one. A plain tea colored canvas one is in the works now, I like it lots better. Though the pictures are outside, we use it only indoors.

Lace lovely

May 7, 2012 § 1 Comment

A large piece of lace, thrifted for $2. An old tablecloth perhaps? Such lace has been used so effectively for stenciling furniture lately, I did consider that. But the needs of our household run closer to imaginative play. I flipped a quarter of it back on itself, sewed a casing and gathered it on a headband. I added a comb to keep it on and viola, another girly addition to the ever expanding dress-up bin.

Apparently it is necessary for princesses to spin. A lot.

Left on the shelf- porch chairs

May 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

These looked like a seriously great deal. They were brand new, not a mark or a scuff, made of plastic woven like wicker, for weather resistant hardy patio comfort. At $25 each they were at least half off retail. Yet a little too much for a thrifting splurge for me.

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Pinterest project- places we love

May 4, 2012 § 1 Comment

Hearts and maps go together so well, speaking wordlessly of the places you love or that have significance to you. There are tons of happy DIY projects with maps on pinterest. See here and here. So I got a US atlas and world atlas at Goodwill, about $2, cut out hearts of our places of birth and places we’ve lived, and put together a shadow box using one I’ve had stashed forever and a bit of blue painted artboard. It is personal and colorful and goes beautifully in a memory filled gallery.

It also makes a terrific gift!

 

Left on the shelf- lamps

May 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

A very nice set of lamps, crackle finish stoneware, a matched pair. Butter yellow and $12 each. With a new shade, so cute!

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Left on the shelf- antique dresser

May 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

This guy was beautiful. Has a mirror and all, good finish on top.  I don’t need it, but I did love it. $120.

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One man’s trash

May 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

One of my favorite finds in college. For some reason a friend and I were walking a rural road and saw a ramshackle shed. Which we explored to find all kinds of junk including a rusted lawnmower. I took this bit of it, a little lidded box with holes. I put a metal sheet in the bottom and sanded the rust off. And used a finishing spray. I’ve been using it for a jewelry box ever since.

Lotta pot

May 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Some one made this by hand, and glazed it a lot like a Lotta Jansdotter pattern. I like it’s short fat wavy self and the little handles. I think it will be a planter. $3 at the thrift store.

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