Left on the shelf- capiz chandelier

October 7, 2012 § 1 Comment

New, less than $10, but I did not buy it. Would you?

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!

 

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.

 

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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Trend alert

April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

It is fun to watch what people like and what people buy. So the whale is the new owl in kids decor. You should buy a stump to use as a chair or side table. And succulents and cacti are filling favorite retail establishments. I see new things to sew! Take a look at these fabric potted cacti. From Anthropologie.

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I am going to plant some. There are miles of plant pots at the thrift store.

Jam jamboree

March 31, 2012 § 1 Comment

Canning jars are one of the things I pick up thrifting. They are very inexpensive, 60-70 cents for me,  and just this week I put up my first batch of strawberry jam. I never thought I’d can. So much work! But my goals change with time and now I’d like less corn syrup, skills that are useful in less luxurious situations, integrity of ingredients, and ways to share things with my kids while teaching them to work and to appreciate their food.

Hanky bunting stash

March 28, 2012 § 1 Comment

I once passed up a stack of vintage hankies and never again will that happen. These are the first two from which I hope to made bunting and a myriad of other project to come. Hankies at thrift store are rarely used. How could you blow your nose on such prettiness?

Scarves

March 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m not actually sure they what they are; 40in lengths of vibrantly colored cloth, hemmed all around. Floppy rayon. I chose them mostly for their color and pattern and in a household with children you can never have enough pieces like this. They are hats and capes and dresses and baby blankets and forts.

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