Monday, January 31, 2011

Shopping wish list

When I go to Goodwill, garage sales, antique stores etc. these are the types of things I usually look for:

Vintage (or vintage looking) trim, lace, yarn, crochet thread etc.
Bias tape
Interesting and unusual aprons (I love aprons!)
Scrapbook albums
Craft supplies
Pretty greeting or post cards that I can use for crafts
Anything with Rosie the Riveter (haven't found any yet)
We Can Do It!Books for my son (educational as much as possible)
Books for myself  (I always look at the books.  I love to learn about history.)
Milk glass
Hobnail - milk glass vase
This is one example of milk glass.  Isn't it beautiful!  This pic is from Flickr.  Sadly, I don't own this.  You can see one vase in my craft room pics though. 
Hankies (ladies handkerchiefs)
Doilies (I make doilies but I get ideas from the ones I see and sometimes buy)

Those are the things that are usually going through my mind as I'm shopping.

What sort of things do you look for?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Apron and bias tape


My Aunt Michele and I both love to scrapbook, sew, garage sale shop, and thrift store shop.  We have lots of fun doing these things together.  But when we are shopping on our own we make sure to look for certain things for each other.  I am always on the look out for bias tape for AM (Aunt Michele).  She looks out for things for me when I ask her to.

She needs lots of bias tape for dresses that she makes and donates to charity.  A while back we watched You Tube videos showing how to make your own bias tape.  I finally tried it out.  It worked very well.  I used this video,
I watched a video about ironing the bias tape using a straight pin and an ironing board.  I didn't save that video.  But that's the method I used to make a bunch of bias tape.  AM also had a bias tape maker that she got at a yard sale.  I will try the bias tape maker in the next couple of days.

I used some of the bias tape I made to make the ties on this apron:
I just made this apron today.  I used fabric that Mom gave me, lace trim from AM, blue lace from Goodwill, and a 10 cent garage sale hankie.  The idea to use the hankie as the pocket came from aprons that I saw at the antique mall yesterday.  They had some really great vintage aprons.

I think the apron turned out really nice.  What do you think?

My plan is to share most, if not all of my projects on my blog.  What types of projects would you like to see?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Book haul


I went shopping with my Aunt Sandy today.  We went to an indoor flea market, antique mall, Walmart, and Goodwill.  She saw an ad in the paper for an estate sale.  When we got there it was a run down and scary looking house.  The way in was under a black tarp leading into the garage.  All we could see was a light bulb behind the tarp.  Scary!  We did not go in. 

The flea market wasn't that great.  They had a few neat things but nothing that I really wanted.  I love the antique mall we went to.  I've been there several times before.  They have tons of great stuff.  They have pretty good prices too.  One seller had a vintage sun bonnet sue quilt, originally $65, on sale for 50% off!  I was really tempted.  I didn't get it though.

At Goodwill I bought books for myself and my son.  This is what I got:

Humor Me, I'm Your Mother! by Barbara Johnson 2006
Never Kiss an Alligator! by Colleen Stanley Bare 1989
That naughty rabbit, Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit by Judy Taylor 1987
Explore A Spooky Swamp (Books for Young Explorers - National Geographic) 1978
On My Way with Sesame Street (#1, 2, 3, 8, 12, & 14) 1989
I spent a grand total of $3.15!

I had a great day with my Aunt and cousin.  We had lots of fun!

Getting great deals is always tons of fun! What deals have you gotten lately?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Faces of Impressionism card box

I made this box from some of the cards that I bought at Goodwill yesterday.  I posted pics of those along with the rest of my "haul".  The thread I used to crochet the card pieces together actually came from Goodwill also. It is silk gimp thread.

I think this box turned out really well. I think it is beautiful. Let me know what you think.




gimp crochet thread
Box of thread I bought at Goodwill.  I used most of one spool of thread to make this box.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thrift store haul

I went to Goodwill today and got some good stuff.


The books were 4 for $0.99.  The Faces of Impressionism set of cards was $0.99.  The three sets of post cards were $0.59 each (Russian scenes, art etc).  The stamps were $0.99 for all of them.  I was really excited to get the scrapbook for $2.99.  It wasn't until I got it home that I realized someone dropped it in the snow or something.  The whole back corner is wet.  I have it sitting by my window to dry out. The scrapbook is brand new in the package (ki memories brand)


I will use the cards to make crocheted boxes similar to this one:
I made this with other cards that I bought at Goodwill.

First Blog post

I've never blogged before but I enjoy reading blogs.  I have been watching alot of videos on You Tube from other crafters etc.  I've been really inspired by them.  I do not have a video camera and no money to get one anytime soon so I decided to blog instead.

I plan to share my craft projects and my thrift store and garage sale hauls.

So the first thing I want to share is my craft room.


This is a close up of one of the walls in my craft room.  My husband made the shelf about 10 years ago. It was for holding CDs.  I knocked the bottom decorative piece off of it, painted it, and mounted it horizontally for additional storage.  On the top there is a wooden spool with a stray knitting needle in it.  The needle is holding lots of bobbins.  The blue canning jar was given to me by my fabulous Aunt Michele.  It holds all of my buttons.


This is the same wall.  I bought my sewing desk at Goodwill for $6!!  My sister in law gave me the sewing machine and about half of my sewing thread.


This is my crochet corner.  I mostly crochet but I do know how to knit. I want to learn to tat.  Anyway, the table on the left of the pic was my Great Grandma Smith's table.  She always kept her knitting and crochet supplies in that table.  She also kept a view master and booties (slippers) in there.  My brother and I would come in from playing in the snow.  We would put our booties on and look at the view master while visiting with Grandma.  Those are great memories.  So, now I have the table.  I keep my knitting, crochet, and view master supplies there! :)


This huge entertainment center is terrific for organizing my craft supplies and finished scrapbooks.  I really love it.  My Aunt Sandy bought a house that was full of stuff.  The previous owner had passed away and her family didn't want to clean the house out.  So, they sold it completely furnished and then some.  This was left there.  Aunt Sandy gave it to me.


This is my scrapbooking area.  The desk is an old Steelcase desk.  I'm probably had it for 6 or 7 years.  A woman posted it at work.  Free to anyone that was willing to pick it up.  We did.  I love it.  The shelf is full of completed scrapbooks.

That's my craft room.  I love it.  I just finished organizing it again.

I have a ton of jeans and t-shirts that I would like to use in crafts.  I have made a few denim rag quilts, denim purses etc.  Does any one have any jean and t-shirt crafting ideas?