Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Festive Baubles & The Christmas Puppy

Oh how I love the glass ornaments . . .

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holiday tray - $2 - Mom took this home with her :(

glass ornaments - $2 - I know most of you out there gather these bad boys up when you see them. I also realized that I had two other boxes of thrifted ornaments stashed from last year so I displayed some of them in my new hurricane from the Pottery Barn Outlet:

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*that's my new Babuska from Dept 56 that I found at the Lenox outlet for $3! I love her.

I also loaded up my cocktail shakers with ornaments:

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I'm tempted to leave these out year round. I love the sparkle. By the way, all of these shakers were either thrifted or given to me by a friend. The ornament oil light was also thrifted. It had two others to match but somebody's big fluffy tail wiped them away last Christmas. :(

Needless to say, I love the festive baubles that come with this time of year. I also feel the need to share some pictures of Kaiser. Seems he is as much of a fan of the Christmas tree as I am. This first shot is from last year with Kaiser Peanut was a wee pup of 6 months:

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Honestly I think he's hiding from the big dog. Now this year, at 18 months:

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I think he realized that the tree skirt is some awfully squishy goodness.

Ho Ho Ho

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Thrift Heard Round the World

I have a new friend. Well, a new acquaintance BUT I can tell we will be friends. Want to know why? Because anyone who can whip up a poodle cake HAS to be my friend. Oh yeah, and she thrifts, too. AND she crafts. AND she sews. So anyway, go visit her blog and often. She sent me a lovely email about how she's been reading mine and honestly, her stuff is WAY better. :) Plus, she lives in New Zealand. Ahhhh New Zealand . . .

I'm in a blathering mood today so please pardon if I go on and on. When Mom was in town, we did some thrifting. We hit the regular old Savers, of course, but we also got to visit The Church Attic in Amityville which Vaxgirl told me about. It is only open during the week and the first Saturday of each month. It's in an old house and each room is filled with treasures. Plus the prices are pretty good! I'm hoping to stop by there again this Saturday when I FINALLY get to met Vaxgirl live and in person. Anyway, the booty:

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red checkered table cloth - $3 - this is small which is great because my table is ridiculously small. My cloths usually overwhelm it. Plus, it's classic picnic style!

floral vintage cloth - 99 cents - funny enough, I looked at this at Savers some time ago and it was $6! It had a multitude of stains and I certainly wasn't shellin' out 6 bones for it. Well when Mom and I were there the special was that all items with a purple tag were 99 cents and guess what? It was purple! So 99 cents and a load of Oxy Clean later and this is one gorgeous cloth!

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napkins - 59 cents each - all from Savers. The gold one has a crown in the center and it's probably some kind of brand. I'll get a better picture of it eventually. The others are from Bloomingdales and I couldn't resist the color combo! Of course they match nothing I own.

This is all from The Church Attic and mostly went home with Mom:

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barware - since Mom picked it all up I wasn't paying much attention to the prices but it must have been around 50 cents to $1 for each piece.

scoop - 75 cents - dog food scoop!

trivet - $1 - this was the first thing we found when we walked in. Mom has a bit of a collection of these small trivets.

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aruba paper mache plate - $2 - this goes nicely on my beach themed sun porch (Savers)

blue/white garland - $2 - also will go nicely on the porch and these things are so expensive at the craft store for some reason (Savers)

blue felt - 25 cents - This is what I made the stocking from that I shared yesterday. (Church Attic)

Tomorrow I'll share the thrifted Christmas items we picked up. I think between the two of us we spent around $40 combined. Not so bad for our haul!


Monday, November 27, 2006

And So It Begins . . .

Wow I feel out of the loop. My vacation was wonderful! I had a lovely visit with my parents, a quiet Thanksgiving and a lot of crafting time. It was nice but I am having a hard time getting back to reality. I find my mind wandering a lot, thinking about all my crafty blog friends and wondering what everyone was up to over the long holiday weekend.

The Christmas bomb went off on Friday at my house:

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Damn. I have a lot of stuff. So much that there is a whole bin of things I decided NOT to put out this year. You see, last year I had minimal furniture. Only a sofa, TV cabinet, side bar and table in a very large living room/dining room area. So my Christmas decorations really filled in the gaps. In fact, I was very sad when I put everything away last year because it looked so bare! Now this year I have LOADS more furniture and all my decorations are making the place look . . . cluttered. So I have my work cut out for me. I'll share more pictures of my decorations as I get them perfected over the next few weeks. I hope you will be doing the same on your blogs, I'd love to see what everyone comes up with in the way of holiday sparkle.

Did I mention that I crafted? I did. Mom and I turned out LOADS of paper rosette ornaments:

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They came out very cute and will be nice to tie on packages or the tree. They are really easy to make and I got to use some gift tags and holiday cards I saved from last year as embellishments. You know I love to repurpose!

I also went a little crazy with the felt. This is definately the year of felt for me. This stocking is probably my favorite of the felt ornaments I've done so far:

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In fact, I'm keeping this one. It's already on the tree. (By the way, I have two artificial trees in my house. The one on the porch is all blue, silver and white. I love live trees but we travel for Christmas and coming home to a dead tree sounds terrible to me.) I do love how this turned out and have a template cut out to make more.

I also made these:

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The hand puppet came out wonderfully! I think he's just adorable. The ornament isn't so bad either (despite his one floppy antler). I may try to make a Santa puppet to go with the reindeer. It is definately the year of felt.

Today I plan to hit ALL of my favorite blogs to see what everyone is up to. Expect multiple comments in your inboxes with my name on them! Tomorrow I'll share some goodies Mom and I thrifted during her visit. Oh, and maybe more felty goodness.


Thursday, November 16, 2006

Ideas Abounding!

I was chatting with Lucy about all the wonderful things I (we) want to do for the holidays. Many were inspired by blogs (of course) and many others by magazines (also a no brainer.) So I thought I'd share some things I've seen around that I'd love to try myself or that I just admire for it's craftiness:

clothespin dolls - oh the cuteness! Amy does wonderful things!

pom-pom garland - I do want to make this, how easy right? Especially for me little tree in the kitchen. (YES a kitchen tree) But my pom-pom making skills are not great. Thanks to Pink Trees I read this tutorial and am willing to try it again.

Merry Christmas Banner - oh how I covet this. I may try to copy cat it.

ribbon garland - made by Heidi and I love it! She sure has a way with ribbons. I have already started gathering spools to make both the garland and the topiaries she's done.

name banner - love these! I want one that says Buon Natale.


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I have big plans for these. The picture is from the new Martha Holiday Gifts magazine and how cute to put the little notes underneath? Hopefully my Mom remembered to hit The Cake Cottage for me and picked up boxes and those puffy gold sheets fo separating the layers.

LOOK AT THIS! That Sara, I'll tell you, she knows how to maximize her time. Do you know she's in her last year of law school??

Wow, does the babble never end around here? I could go on and on about all the stuff I want to do but I'm sure you've all heard it before.

I will do my best to post tomorrow but if not, I won't be online for about 5 days while my parents invade Queens. I plan to sneak on at night but only to check up on what all of you are doing. *stalk stalk*

take care, princesses!


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Happy Christmas!

I know, I've got my holidays all screwed up around here but I'm in a jolly mood. I have been day dreaming about the Friday after Thanksgiving and how I'll drag all my plastic bins up from the basement and start digging through my Christmas goodies. You see, during the week after Christmas every year I hit the sales. My favorite place to stalk is Target. On the 26th (if tradition holds) all of the hoiliday stuff at Target goes on sale for 50% off. My suggestion to you would be to buy whatever it is you lusted over before the holidays right away. (I'll be hunting down these white feather trees since I can't seem to bring myself to spend $40 on them now but maybe $20. We'll see.) Usually a few days later the discount will become deeper yet in my experience, you never find what you hoped would be there.

Now what was my point? Oh yeah, I'm particularly excited to open up my bins and see what I bought after Christmas last year at the sales. It's like getting brand new stuff! And we all love stuff, right? I also tend to buy Christmas ornaments through out the year as well. I guess I collect them. (I know, what a dork.)

Since I was in a Christmas mood I thought I'd share some of the ornaments I've made. You've already seen the felt mitten, star and circle but there are some new things, take a look:

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See my scottie dogs in the back? I love them. And that weird apple/tomato plaid thing? Love that, too. Don't know what you do with it, but I love it anyway. Yeah Christmas. :)

I also thrift for Christmas though I have to say I'm not that lucky with finding decorations. I do find some gifts but my thrifted decorations are few and far between.

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napkins - 49 cents each - you can never have enough linen napkins. Though I did buy these with the intent of turning them into yo yo trees.

festive goose cross stitch kit - $3 - I always buy these. I have like 5 stacked up. I'll start them next year. Yeah.

small quilted stocking - 70 cents - I thought it would be good for stashing a little gift in for someone.

gold pineapple spreaders - $1 - while these aren't Christmas specifically they sure are festive. Plus pineapples mean "welcome." That's goodness right there.

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snowman stackable boxes - $2 - yeah, he's real cute.

reeaaallly tall snowman - $2 - I just had to have him. I had to.

and I probably shared this before . . .

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Christmas pillow - $2 - I have a few of these for my sofa.

stitchable stocking - $2 - yet another cross stitch project. I do intend to put my friend's name on this and gift it this year. Check back soon to see if I follow through.

Are you in a holiday mood yet? I am. You just wait until after Thanksgiving, all of my posts will be holiday related I fear. I have a feeling that most of you are the same way so I know I'm in good company.

Tomorrow, to try to get away from my holiday craziness, I'll post about some other cards I've made in the past. I find them a great creative outlet and a good way to use up my mountains of scrapbook supplies.



Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Christmas Card Making Party

You know me. I have LOTS of craft stuff and not nearly enough time to use it all. Every year I say I'm going to make my Christmas cards so I buy the stuff, make one and that's about it. So this year I decided to to throw a little par-tay for a few friends to come over and use up my supplies, I mean MAKE some Christmas cards to take home. :)

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So, did I lie? I had A LOT of stuff. Honestly, all I bought was some holiday papers and 2 boxes of these from K & Company. The rest I already owned, stockpiled all squirrel like in my craft room. (That's the lovely Joolz hard at work in the back there.) In my defense, my friend Vera did bring the multitude of glitter glue. It was a wonderful day. I love to see crafty friends at work. Vera, Joolz and I were joined by another friend, Ali, who brought blueberry cobbler & wine. We love Ali.

I did teach some techniques that were new to the girls including using the Sizzix die cutter and heat embossing:

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Plus we had a wonderful brunch of mushroom spinach quiche, spaghetti squash, salad and shrimp cocktail. Desserts included Ali's bluberry cobbler, yummy strawberry cupcakes made by Vera and a pumpkin carrot cake Joolz and I made the night before. Speaking of Joolz, she did a great job keeping the bellinis flowing!

Here are some of the cards I made:

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I of course need LOADS more. I love sending holiday cards (and any kind of snail mail really) and hope to drag out the left over supplies and make a few more. What a fun day! Maybe I'll make it a tradition . . .

Anyone else making holiday cards this year? I'd also like to make some gift tags, it should go pretty quickly once I get started. You know, when I finish all the other things I'm doing right now. Let's make a list:

1 - Ornaments! I decided to give my boss of a basket full of home made ornaments for Christmas. Hmm . . . maybe that's not such a hot idea. I'm thinking now of making it a basket of ornaments and baked goods.

2 - Baked goods! Lizzy and I are supposed to get together soon to decide what treats we'll be making this year. I know I want to do truffles and gingerbread. Joolz - you should join us!

3 - Afghan! I started crocheting myself an afghan and I'm loving it. I love the softness, the colors and I'm really enjoying the crocheting. I need to put this down and finish my stuffed scottie dog ornaments (see number 1)

4 - Doggie Sweaters! 1 down, 2 to go!

5 - Misc. knitted gifts! Yeah . . . not sure where I'm going with that one

So you see my dilemna. 8,000 ideas and only 41 days to go. Oy. Tommorow I'll post about all those wonderful things I've found around blogville that I want to try, too. :)

cheers - R

PS - remember that pumpkin lolly from yesterday that I said was too cute to eat? Well '>Heidi left a comment saying it was a candle. WHOOPS. Good thing I didn't taste it LOL

Monday, November 13, 2006

Happy Halloween!

No, this is not a post I wrote two weeks ago and forgot to upload. This is because I got to celebrate Halloween TWICE this year. :) Over the weekend I received a WONDERFUL package from Heidi to get me in the mood for Halloween. She sent it on October 13th but I didn't get a note from the post office that it arrived until November 8th! Well sweet Louie stood in line for an HOUR to pick it up for me and I don't know if he would agree but I think it was REALLY worth the wait!

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Look at this Goodness! The note from Heidi says "some things to get you in the Halloween mood." There are two paper lanterns with spider webs on them, a super cute orange tea towel with a spider, those adorable stacking flowered mugs (in orange of course!), candy! yeah! including that pupkin lolly that may be too cute to eat, a striped drawstring bag (bottom left corner) filled with fall inspired tags, black ribbon, Halloween ribbon and black and white rickrack, an old Family Circle from 1966 and it's sitting on top of the best orange and brown VERA scarf! Ack, could you die?? While I love everything, here are some close ups of my favorites:

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Love these mugs! I may have loads of thrifted glasses and bowls but I was sorely in need of some mugs.

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And who doesn't love Vera?? And the colors! I love fall colors.

So thank you Heidi, this was such a thoughtful package! It was nice to have my Halloween spill over into November. I've already gone through half of those orange slices and 2 candy sticks. What diet??? ;)

How was your weekend? I know I rarely post on the weekends and in 2007 I'm going to attempt to do better. Luis has sorted out some of our computer problems and we've decided to move it dowstairs and use the TV as a monitor. At first I was against this but when I realized that the CPU would fit almost unseen behind the TV and that we have both a wireless keyboard and mouse that would be hidden under the coffee table I was gung ho. Hmmm surfing Etsy from the sofa . . . nice.

Anyway, my weekend was fun. I had a little Christmas Card making party on Saturday. I will post pictures and details tomorrow. We had a great time! I may be able to actually send out homemade cards for the first time. :) I'll leave you with a picture of what my guys do best . . .

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I belive they call that "maxin' and relaxin'." Until tomorrow!

cheers - R

Thursday, November 09, 2006


I made more ornaments last night. Not yo-yo trees, though I need to make a few more of those. I made these:

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As Austin Powers would say "Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!" I just cut the shapes out of felt, blanket stitched them together (leaving a space to stuff and then continued stitching) and then I decorated them with embroidery, sequins and a silver cord for hanging. My embroidery could use some work but I was just seeing if I could do it and have some ideas for improvement. I want to make some cute scottie dogs like these and these. I just need to search out a picture to make a template from. I'm thinking of doing two larger dogs for Luis' neice and nephew for Christmas. Any other ideas for shapes??

Now onto my obsession with glass. Not colored glass, not carnival glass, not even depression glass (though I do rather like it), just plain old clear glass. I would like to use glass for everything in the kitchen but I'm still tied to plastic containers for lunch. Much easier to lug on the subway to work. Anyway, my latest haul:

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pitcher - 49 cents - this is a tumbler style with no handle. It will be great for my mini pitcher collection (who HAS one of those, seriously? I'm such a dork.) The only makers mark is a cursive style "L" any ideas?

Pyrex refridgerator dish - $1 - no need to explain, I know you all covet these as well.

glass bowls - 49 cents each (4 total) - these are GREAT. They have a slight lip on top so they are stackable. They just say France on the bottom so I'm unsure of the maker.

glass tea/punch cups - $1 each (2 total) - man I searched for more of these! I like to make warm spiced apple wine and these will be perfect for serving it in. The bottom says made in France and of course now that I'm not staring at them I can't remember the maker. Something like pyrolux maybe? Anyway, I love them.

Well I haven't shared a tea party hat in awhile (oh yes there are more) so here is one made by the lovely Nina:

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One of Nina's many nicknames (we are famous for giving each other nicknames galore) is Nine hence the big pink number 9 on the front. For the full affect of this dashing chapeau you must see it in action:

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I think it's very Prince meets the Merry Widow but my Mom said it was more like the Black Dahlia. ;)


Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Do NOT Thrift with Me

Seriously, I can justify ANYTHING. I was just telling Sarah that while I do tend to thrift with a purpose at times I can ALWAYS make something I like HAVE purpose. Take, for example, these recent finds at Savers:

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Bags of carded buttons: $2 each (3 bags) - Do I NEED buttons? NO. Do I have friends who need buttons? Um . . . yeah! and carded are nice for knitting and sewing projects where you'd like to find more than one of the same kind of button, right? RIGHT? (psst, anyone need buttons??)

Bag of misc. embroidery crap - $2 - I said I wasn't going to buy any more random embroidery floss. It's hard to do cross stich projects that call for specific numbered colors when you have no CLUE what colors you have because you buy tons of floss at the trift store and they either have no labels or are so old that the manufacturer has CHANGED the numbers. Hmpf. Hate that. But hey, is that a piece of blue cross stitch linen in there? And are those wooden hoops AND metal hoops?? I'll take it, thanks.

Oh and how about these:

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old photo albums - $2 for both - these were in a bag and I could hardly tell what they looked like but come on! I'm a scrapbooker, how can I resist these awesome leather covered snap shot books? The fact that I've never even been to Detriot is moot, thanks.

Now for the stuff I NEEDED. Oh come on, you know you've picked up stuff at the the thrift and said you needed it even if you didn't. How do you justify it? The way my Mom did when I was a kid. Any time I said "WHY?" she said "Because I said so." Well there you go. I needed this stuff because I said so.

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Nine West black sandals - $3.50 - no I won't be able to wear them until next summer but still, they are in great shape and being large footed, I don't usually find shoes at the thrift. And $3.50, hello? Have you ever seen the prices at Nine West?

Memoirs of a Geisha - $3 - one of my favorite books and I'm currently only in possession of a paper back and it's nice to have hard backs of your favorites right? Plus it's a pre-movie copy with the original cover. I enjoyed the movie but I loved this book way before that . . .

Moral of the story? If you need a reason to buy something? CALL ME. I'm here for you.

I'll save my oodles of glassware and my thrifted Christmas stuff for tommorrow. Have a fab night, sweets.


PS - got turned onto this blog because of this tutorial linked to at Heidi's place.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Swap Guilt

Sigh . . . Selena spoke of swap angst. That overwhelming feeling you get when you have all these swaps to complete and you freak out thinking you won't get them all done. While I do get swap angst (on the rare occasion I join a swap) I also get SWAP GUILT. This is where you sweat and worry over whether or not what you send your swap partner will measure up to what they send you. Sarah spoiled me with not only craft supplies a go-go but also that wonderful hand made flour sack towel. And yesterday I finally was able to get to the post office to pick up Sara's swap box and well . . . THE GUILT IS OVER WHELMING. :) I can't remember all of what I sent to her but it in no way measures up to this:

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WOW and you're not even seeing the best part (which I'll get to in a moment). Let's see . . .

Vogue Knitting from summer 1994 & yummy yarn (I knit!)
artistic wire (this is EXACTLY what I am using on my yo-yo trees)
embroidery floss (I embroider!)
fabric, a bag of button and beads & zipper foot attachments (I sew! sort of . . .)
paper (I LOVE paper)
monkey note cards (I love monkeys!), lovely French inspired notecards & MC Escher postcards
candle beads (this is what I think they are, right Sara?)
chocolate (drool . . .)

AND (drum roll please) some hand made goodies including this pin cushion:

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Are you dying with jealousy? You should be. Do you see the ribbon that says love and has the little dancing mice?? Back off sisters, it's mine. ;)

and THIS:

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Yes, she made me a BAG. A beautiful, roomy, leather handled bag! Simply said, I LOVE IT. It's the perfect size for a knitting project and the fabric? Perfect! Notice how it's quite similar to my table cloth hmmm . . . so either Sara is clairvoyent (some one call Dionne Warwick) or she's my long lost sister. I'm hoping it's the later. DNA tests pending. :)

Thank you, Sara. Thank you. Now please come to my house and teach me to sew.

Cheers - Bex

Monday, November 06, 2006

Happy :)

Ever just have an idea, execute it and then are really really happy with the results? Well that rarely happens to me as I A.) have a problem finishing things and B.) usually don't like what I finish for various reasons. So at the moment, I am very pleased with myself about the project I've been working on.

I like to make a different Christmas ornament every year. I date them and hang them on my tree and if I'm lucky, make extras for friends and family. I've done paper mache bird houses, wooden mittens and pearlized sea shells to name a few. The Sculpey snowmen Mom I made from this pattern at HGTV are, I mean WERE, my favorites to date. (I'll post a picture of them later this month when I unpack my ornaments.)

As you know, I'm the queen of "monkey see, monkey do" and saw these fab yo-yo trees at Gooseberry Patch. I've been hoarding wooden spools for sometime now and just KNEW I'd find something to do with them. I made my own version of yo-yo tree ornaments:

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I am so pleased with them! AND I didn't buy anything for them and just used what I had. (Thanks to the fabulous Joolz for supplying the chopsticks I used as the center of the trees.) I've completed these 4 so far (and gifted the black and plaid one to Joolz) and plan to make quite a few more. These are small spools and are ornament sized. I have a few larger spools and would like to make some trees to place on my coffee table. Now I'm in search of more fabric for my trees. All you see above is fabric I had that I purchased from the remnant bin at Joanns. My favorite (and the one I'll keep) is the one on the far left. I plan to make more in that combo as well.

Aside from making yo-yo trees I did also manage to get some cleaning done and hit the thrift. You know me, I like to drag these things out so I'll post a few items today and more through out the week. Here is my collection of "misc" stuff I picked up Sunday:

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Hello Kitty Rummy - $1 - great stocking stuffer for Luis' niece Christina. I also thrifted her a new (with tags) Hello Kitty purse on a previous trip.

stuffed flower - 69 cents - another little stuffer for Christina's stocking.

Giants beer coozie - 49 cents - Luis love them Giants! (oh, and beer, too)

Eeyore book - 49 cents - a little something for my sister who has a thing for Eeyore. ;)

vintage cards - $1 - there are two decks in this decorative box. One has been opened but all cards are there. The other is sealed. I saved this for last so Icould share this:

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The vintage poker chip "go-round" is from an antique store in Havre De Grace, Maryland. I paid $20 for it. Luis was entertaining the idea of setting up a game room in the basement and I thought this set was just fabulous. Mille Bornes is a French card game and if you've never played you should. You can get new versions of it but this is a circa 1970 edition I found at the thrift a while ago. Coup Fourré! The new decks of vintage cards will be great in my collection.

More thrifts to come tomorrow and perhaps more yo-yo trees as well but I want to start my Apron ATCs for the swap over at Apron Thrift Girl's place. Maybe I'll drag some stuff down in front of the TV tonight . . .


PS - Remember my grubby buddy?

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well he got a haircut :)

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Alive & Kickin'

Whew! What a week. I've been such a bad blogger. I've actually had to WORK. Yes, my REAL job. No fun there. I knew I had to come on just to say hi today and wish you all a fabulous weekend. But since I'm here . . .

I'm in print again! See my article here on thrifting for Thanksgiving. Cookie at The Thrift Shopper has been so kind as to allow me to be the roving holiday thrifting reporter so expect more babble from me on thrifting for the winter holidays soon. Make sure you poke around her web site, loads of good stuff!

Speaking of thrifting, I'm going through withdrawl having not been in a few weeks. I'm hoping *fingers crossed* to hit the Savers on Sunday. In an effort to not repeat myself (and please let me know if I am) here are more things thrifted while in Baltimore in October.

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metal tray - $2 - there is a lovely rose motif in the middle that you can't see from this picture. I'm trying to bring tea service into my evenings so this will be a great tray for toting the cups and pot out to the living room.

tin - $1 - I have a few tins that I don't know what to do with but I figure to find a use eventually.

tea towel - $1 - I'll buy any linen-type tea towel regardless of pattern though I am particularly fond of these citris stripes.

american flag motif "jar" - $2 - for lack of a better word, I'm not sure what you call it, a planter maybe? But Luis loves that "old-school" American flag style and has several pieces in his office (including a wooden plaque we picked up in Vermont a few years back) and this goes nicely.

I've been promising another tea party hat complete with story:

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This one was decorated by my dear friend Ida who I met the summer before 10th grade at Show Choir camp. Yes, it's very similar to BAND CAMP but you sing and dance instead. At the end of the week of camp you put on a big show and your parents come up and yada yada yada I was 15 so give me a break okay? Anyway, on the way to the performance Ida, who I had not managed to meet during the week, asked if she could stow her wallet in my bag while we performed. I said sure and we went and did our thing. Needless to say, Ida forget her wallet (which was silver by the way) and it went back to Maryland with me. (Camp was in Pennsylvania where Ida lived at the time) LONG STORY SHORT (too late) we ended up calling each other regarding the missing wallet and I mailed it back it to her (after she told me I could borrow money from it if I wanted to!) and we became fast friends. Not only did we see each other the next summer at camp but we also convinced our high school music teachers to let my school take a field trip to her school. Weren't we cool? 18 years later and we are still the bestest friends. Can't beat that with a stick.

Anyway, here is Ida modeling her fab hat prior to decoration:

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Don't you wish she were your friend, too??

Have a great weekend my little fioras. Until the next . . .



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