October 31, 2012 § Leave a comment
So much to do. So little time. Though with the homeschooling I am strangely more productive then when the kids were in school.
Birds for mobiles. I have a craft show in Nov.
Four baby chairs and 7 adult size to refinish.
This amazing pile of Afghani beaded discs. I can’t decide how to use them. The best wall garland ever? They smell like tea.
A cuckoo clock to gift, here is the primer stage.
October 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
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October 4, 2012 § Leave a comment
Skirt hangers are very good for hanging papers and displaying artwork, under a dollar at the thrift store. I print most of my art from images online. Frames are one of the best thrift purchases. There is a huge selection, all different sizes, and very cheap. This shadow box was $3. It was already white but frames are one of the easiest things to paint.
September 17, 2012 § 1 Comment
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I had to. They are just so beautiful, and $1 apiece. Just look at that texture! I like the toile-like horseback scene one. And the one with Roman soldiers. See more of the ties here.
May 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
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!
April 21, 2012 § 1 Comment
We went to the Mile High Marketplace today north of Denver. It is large, it is well marketed, it is not at all chic, it is very fun. A great sunny spring activity. We found some sunburn, a mile or so of cheap and ugly plastic goods, kettle corn and turkey legs. I think I’d classify Mile High as more of a tourist trap than either the new vintage goods marketplaces or the old-fashioned junk tables of southern flea markets.
For thrifty buying, the most impressive selection is from the acres of tools available.
I wish I had taken a photo of the 4 foot Cinderella pinata. I can just picture a bunch of kids bashing the princess with sticks.
Here is our small trove. Finger bananas $2. Bolo tie $1. Rake for a friend (see this project). Bags of roasted chilis $6. I think that is my favorite part of the market. The rolling barrels of roasting chili peppers and their smell wafting strongly. It is uniquely Colorado to me. Old fishing lures $4. Basket $20.
And the basket. Kind of steep for a flea market. But I’ve bought some of them full price and this was a deal. I love these guys. They are made in Ghana and sturdy and moldable and beautiful.
I really wanted to find old outdoor faucet knobs, but no luck. Here is my inspiration.
April 19, 2012 § 1 Comment
Thrift stores are one of the best places to find fiber-fil (the stuffing) for craft projects. It is very cheap and I always keep a few bags ahead, especially as it crams into stuffed projects faster than you expect and I frequently run out. Check back Friday for a fiber-filled pinterest project!
And a baby life-jacket for $2.50. for those infrequent times we rent a boat or go lake swimming. We won’t use it much but we have had several times we wanted one.