Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Before we left for the weekend, this package arrived on my doorstep..
I got to work straight away..
I'm glad this fabric is so nice to work with as I'll be seeing a lot of it over the next several months! Hopefully I'll have some finished pins to share with you soon.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
The juicy blackberries help, and we'll just ignore the fact that the late summer/early fall raspberries are not coming out this year.
Friday, August 12, 2011
This was our first time visiting, and we were greeted with aisles upon aisles of wonderful antiques! I find stepping into places like this very overwhelming, my eyes having no idea where to go first. There are just so many things crammed into every corner of every shelf. That's treasure hunting for you!
I find every antique mall has its own unique feel. Most usually have a little bit of everything, but some cater more to rustic antiques, high brow antiques, or retro pieces. This place definitely had a retro feel to me. Everywhere I looked I was finding vintage suitcases, Coca Cola memorabilia, old hair dryers and curler sets, toys, linens, mid century furniture, and kitchenware. Of course there were booths dedicated to other types of antiques and re-production antiques as well.
The Pyrex pickings were slim, but I did find myself lucky and came away with the orange bowl to complete my Friendship Cinderella bowl set. The smallest bowl was one of my very first Pyrex finds, so this set was a long time coming. As silly as it is, I love the satisfaction of completing a set.
I also came away with a case full of old thread spools, a set of 4 mid-century dining chairs, and some more blue glass jars. Sadly, this cupboard didn't. I love it!
The Corning, NY trip? There's always next year, right?
Monday, August 8, 2011
I got a lovely Etsy package in the mail today. I love getting mail, but Etsy mail makes me especially happy! I swear half my wedding is going to be outfitted by that place. This package was full of goodies to make place cards. 'Cloud' gift tags, ring labels, and this wonderful stamp doo-hickey that has rings with every letter of the alphabet and numbers from zero through nine. Of course I had to try it out right away, which explains the black rubs all over the handle. I am like a four year old when it comes to messy crafts.
They are turning out exactly as I had hoped, and thanks to Etsy I saved a lot of money in the process. Last week I paid a visit to a chain craft store, and even with a 40% off coupon, I would have paid at least three times as much, even with shipping costs added in. The Etsy love is very big today.Another thing making me happy today? This giant tomato plant.. That's my mom standing behind it there. It's almost as tall as she is.
I started on the sleeves last week. I had a chance to work on them as I stayed up all night with a special little guest. I think they look a bit wonky so far. The stitches insist on being smaller no matter how loosely I knit them. I think it may just be those extra underarm stitches, but I guess we'll see when this sleeve gets a little longer!
Our little guest, dear sweet Oliver. He found himself in a terrible situation, but is just fine now. After a long night of feeding and cuddling, he moved to a foster home with teeny kitten experience a litter of kittens for him to play with.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
I'm still far from perfect, but I can keep my hoop going for nearly 10 seconds. And when I get tired? Well teach my dog to jump through it, of course!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Turns out, not very! Some fabric, a needle and thread, and a pin-back. But oh, do they ever take a lot of time. Cutting out 10 layers for each pin certainly is a lengthy process, even with pieces of fabric layered one on top of the other. Still, I am persevering and will complete no less than 100 of these pins before next June. I may very well come to regret that decision when I get to #50 or so. For now, I just think they're really very cute.
Along with crafting, there has been some thrifting and antiquing, mostly for centerpieces and decor. These jars will be added to a collection I've already got going, to hold flowers and line the aisle.