I haven't done much thrifting this summer. But, I did stop by a garage sale this weekend and pick up these two summer spreads. The top is a twin and the bottom one is a queen. The chenille fluff on them is in perfect condition!
At the same sale I picked up a small chest of drawers. I thought I might put it in P's room but it ended up in my sewing room. It's in the corner behind my sewing table. M actually walked into my sewing room yesterday and said it looked NEAT! Now, that is progress. I guess two days of organizing and the little chest have paid off!
They just don't make them like the used to. That is so true. Some of the old things are much better than new. This little beauty now sits on my freshly cleaned desk. How can I have a cluttered desk with THIS sitting on it? I tell you this will change my desk keeping habits1 - or so I hope. I love this "new" phone. It makes such a satisfactory sound when you dial up a friend and it is heavy enough that it doesn't move when you use it. Someone please call me so I can hear it ring!! It replaces this less than perfect but still fun phone.
While cleaning my desk, (I did a deep clean involving the drawers!) I found the box of 64 crayons I had as a child. I remember wanting the 64 color box for a long time. My sisters and I had lots of crayons that we kept in a shoe box all jumbled together. Many were broken but we still loved to color with them. I remember visiting my friend Mary and when we started to color together she got out her crisp new box of 64 crayons. Those crayons were lined up like little soldiers wearing pointy hats. Oh, that is when it hit. Crayon envy. I finally did get a new box - much later. It was so special that I made sure I labeled that box. My name is written on it in at least three places. And as you can see, I was old enough to write in CURSIVE!
The box in the background is the box I bought for the 64 colors project. (The colors have new names and I had to make sure I was finding the right color for my photos.)
I think the old box graphics are much better.
Maybe I just don't want to grow up. Whatever it is, these things gave me a little thrill today.
Oh, and look what I found at a rummage sale this weekend - a flower shaped hankie!
I'm off to do some food preservation. We have garlic scapes and strawberries coming out of our ears and the peas are coming on strong too. We'll be shelling peas till the cows come home later in the week. I love it when the freezer is full of home grown garden bounty!
Have I told you lately how much I love a good rummage sale?
I stopped at a sale on my way home from the grocery store yesterday at noon. I got this great little suitcase and a fun yellow check tablecloth. P LOVES the suitcase. It is like one that I had when I was little but this one is bigger. She uses my old one for her doll clothes and is eager to use this on a trip. The table cloth has a hole in it but I am hoping that we can use it with a strategically placed flower vase on the table.
The crafting department was filled with treasures.
Someone had cut out some projects and had them bundled with the pattern jackets. I love that old flannel print.
I pawed through boxes and boxes of fabric and found some real winners.
Lots of vintage pieces, even some large pieces made with narrow width.
And some great old searsucker!
Here is the fabric haul all washed and folded.
The best part of all is that the total for all of my purchases was $3.70!
Three dollars and seventy cents!! And I even got a a few things that were not pictured!
Our library book sale was today! I picked up a few sewing and crafting books in addition to a big stack of children's books.
A couple of them I picked up just for the cover art. Miss P says she wants to make a picture like this.
I hope you can see the embossed design here. I think it needs to be done in applique.
The Complete Family Sewing Book is full of interesting chapters like "Fix it, Change it, Cover it". Oh, and I used to have a pair of bell bottom corduroy hip huggers with one of those "LOVE" patches sewn on the bottom. I am sure there are lots of great ideas to be found here.
The Crafts Jamboree has lots of good ideas too. Some of them I think can be adjusted for use in my children's art classes.
Winter thrifting around here is not nearly as exciting or thrifty as the warm weather rummage and garage sale season. We are limited to shopping at the local thrift stores. Last week I visited a few and came home with some fun finds.
I was happy to find this fun little pyrex bowl and pale green cashmere sweater. I haven't decided if I will wear the sweater as it is or frog it and knit something else. I think this yarn would look good in a cable design. I may just wear the sweater until I decide. It is a bit more green than the photograph shows.
Again I was happy with the pyrex dish for leftovers and was thrilled to find one of the Elizabeth Zimmerman books I have been looking for. I love that it has many notes in it from a previous knitter. It is a well used book.
I didn't notice that these last sweaters were Hokie colors until they were beside me in the car. The maroon one is definitely going to be frogged. It is a very unattractive design but it is knit with a wonderfully soft merino/angora blend yarn. I think perhaps I'll make a hat, mitten, scarf set with this yarn. The orange sweater is cashmere. I can really show my Hokie pride if I wear the sweater and hat set together!