Sunday, December 20, 2009

Seriously . . .

Why does my luck have to lean to the dark side? I mean, why can't I win the lottery? Why instead do I have to be one of the 5% of people who need to have ANOTHER surgery on their spine? Sigh . . . I am jumping ahead of myself. They haven't actually said I need a second surgery. YET. But the same discs they removed parts of in September are bulging again and causing some weakness in my left foot. Oy. What luck, huh? So put all your good jou-jou together and send it my way because I seriously have no patience for this.

Meanwhile, I'm in Baltimore visiting my parents and we had a blizzard yesterday. Close to 2 feet of snow!

It really is beautiful but there is a lot to clean up today and I am hobbling around and not much help.

Before I made the drive down here I spent a few days having my niece and nephew visit from Oregon. The kids have never been to NYC before and we had a great time seeing the Statue of Liberty and visiting the REAL Santa at Macy's. Their favorite part?

Riding the subway. :)

I've also been making a few things but many are gifts and swaps so I can't share them yet. Except for these needle books:

Aren't they cute? The fabric is vintage scraps I found at the flea market in Connecticut in the fall. Once the holidays are over and I'm past whatever medical crap is coming my way I'll list them, plus my extensive vintage apron collection, in the shop.

I hope to be back one more time before Christmas with some photos but just in case let me wish you the merriest, happiest day of the year.

Peace on Earth.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

It's Alive!

Hellooooo??? Is any body out there??? Yes, I'm here and YES I know, it's been far too long since I've written. Thanksgiving weekend was packed with fun and excitement, so much so that I threw my back out and have spent the last three days in bed. Ugh. I'm feeling somewhat better today (despite the nagging thoughts of how much crap needs to get done around here) but I still plan to take it easy.

So how about a recap?

Thanksgiving dinner was fab! (ha ha don't you love the can shaped cranberry sauce? My DH doesn't like when I slice it!) I'm totally patting myself on the back for this one. lol I did most of the cooking and left the heavy lifting to Nine and Louie. Everything came out hot and on time. Later this week I'll share the recipe for slow cooker corn bread casserole. It's divine!

Nine and I waiting for the train to head into Manhattan for some holiday cheer.

We spent hours in Macy's looking at the jewelry and oogling the ornaments. Here are just a few examples of the gorgeous trees set up in the Macy's in Herald Square:

And talk about a small world! While waiting in a long line to make a purchase I started chatting with the girls behind me. Turns out they were from Towson State University and had marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving parade! I'm from Baltimore (which is where Towson State is located) and to run into them among the millions of people visiting the big apple is just too funny.

Let's see if I get this right: from the left - Sloane, Courtney, Christie and Christina. I think! I gave the girl's my blog address and hope they stop by to see their photo. :)

And that's me in Bryant Park trying to soak up all the fun I could. It was a fabulous weekend! Now if only my back would heal completely so I can get a move on all the things that are piling up over here. Wish me luck!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Times they are a changin' . . .

It's about to get a whole lot thriftier over here at Thrifty Goodness. I found out on Friday that my last day of work will be December 4th. I have to say that I knew I wasn't going to make it through yet ANOTHER layoff (I've survived 5 at this point) but it's still hard to process. I've worked for Sprint for almost 8 years and it's the only job I've had since I moved to New York City from Baltimore in 2002. My husband still works for the company (thankfully) and I do get a nice severance package that will give me time to find a new job. I'll admit, I've had it good these last 18 months being able to work from home and I know that won't come my way again. So I'm tightening the belt, upping the Thrifty quotient and squirreling away all the money possible so I can be selective in my next career choice.

Now onto the Thrifty, right?

(boy I nees a haircut!)

Mom and I visited the Elephant's Trunk flea market on a gorgeous Sunday in November. We really lucked out with beautiful weather and some fun finds. Do I have photos? Um, no. But in my defense the vintage hankies and aprons are drying on the rack downstairs and the vintage holiday cards are set to be loaded in The Goodness Shop this week.

While visiting Mom in Baltimore we attended another Treasure Sale. As always I found loads of great craft supplies at amazing prices including knitting needles and crochet hooks (which I always grab as they are only 25 cents each and can range from $3 - $8 in the craft store) and some sweet fabric scraps. My absolute FAVORITE find this trip was this:

Never. Even. Used. And all mine for 50 cents! I've already put them to the test and they are great! And how cute is that box? Seriously, am I getting all ga ga over scissors? Yes. Yes I am.

So now when I thrift it will be with a new eye. An "I know I can find something here for CHEAP that I would normally buy at, say, Target" sort of eye. Like a new ironing board. And stuff to organize my closets.

So I'm off to peruse the employment sites, figure out my separation benefits package and become the Coupon Queen of Corona. Wish me luck!


Friday, November 20, 2009

. . . and then they crafted.

Hello! I know, I've been absent for so long, not only from writing but from reading as well. The plus to working from home is that I get so much more done during the day than I did when I worked in the office. However, I also spent my lunch breaks and other, ahem, breaks, perusing blogs. Not only do I miss my friends (both old and new yet to be found) but also the daily inspiration! So I'm trying to get up early each day and hope that those extra hours will help me fit in some extra blog reading and I guess, cleaning. Sigh.

So we held our newly annual Christmas Crafting Tea last weekend. What a blast! I think we have a solid group of crafters now made up of both family and friends. Mom and I had a great time decorating. Luckily her Christmas stuff is in her hall closet (unlike mine that is buried out in the garage) so we pulled out a tote and hoped for the best.

I was so happy with the look especially the snow flakes on the chairs:

And the Martha Stewart gingerbread house boxes that I got after Christmas last year at Macy's for $2 each!

We had a wide variety of food:


and crafting supplies:

Everyone brought a delicious dish to share and the smell of hot apple cider and the sound of holiday tunes really made for a festive atmosphere. Mom made it extra special by making up a holiday crafting aprin for everyone and fun monogram pins.

So what did we make?

Chenille baskets:

Wish boxes (an idea I took from my dear friend Ms. Sid!):

and paper treat cones which of course I forgot to take any pictures of and they are still at my Mom's place since I came home on the train. I'll share more pictures as I get them.

So needless to say our day was fun, festive and extremely crafty!

Thank you, girls, for helping us kick off the holiday season in high fashion!


Monday, November 09, 2009


I love to make Christmas ornaments. This coming Saturday I'm hosting a Holiday Crafting party and have three different ornament projects on the menu. We had such a good time last year that we decided to make it an annual affair. I can't wait to see what everyone creates this year!

In the mean time I've made a few ornaments on my own. I love old Victorian post card images and have a folder full of printed ones. I also had on hand some wooden circles and squares and of course a plethora of paper and doo dads to use as well.

I love the way the turned out and they were so easy and inexpensive to make! Oh and fun, too. I think one key to the cuteness factor is glitter and using "pop dots" to raise the images and give them some depth. :) I have already started a few more. Hopefully I can whip out enough to give as gifts and maybe even put a few up for sale in the shop. (Which I'll be reopening with some fun new vintage items next week!)

If you'd like to make your own you can find some fun images on Flickr in this photo pool. Also doing a google image search for Victorian post cards or images can produce some fun results and I do believe Dover Publications sells some nice CD collections of images as well.

This project was inspired by a Valentine ornament I made last year. See it here along with a tutorial for crepe paper pin wheels.

I'll be back next week with crafty party tales! Oh and check out Sweet Goodness Swaps for our new swap posting today!

~kiss kiss~

Thursday, October 29, 2009

One door closes . . .

I headed out to my favorite thrift store on Sunday and noticed that the parking lot was unusually full. As I got closer I saw THE BIG YELLOW SIGN. The thrift store is closing and everything is 50% off.


I have to read it again. At the bottom of the sign it says "Please visit Island Thrift" and gives an address . . . hmm . . . a thrift store I didn't know about? So I took a quick spin around the soon to be closed Northern Thrift and only found a few books, a hand knit baby blanket and two books of sheet music. Then I headed over to Island Thrift.

Wow. That place is huge and it's stuffed to the gills with crap! I had limited time so I didn't get to explore everything but did dig up some fun things:

They had lots of bags of kitchen utensils, something I didn't often find at Northern. Only the french fry cutter on the right has a wooden handle but I like the ice cream scoop and big slotted spoon as well. I bought antother bag for the funnel and also decided to keep a pair of ice tongs, a cake server and a mini ladle. A pretty good score for a total of around $5.00.

I also picked up this old wooden Christmas card holder for $3.00. Made in Japan and most likely some what vintage. Regardless, it's cute, no?

And a splurge for me, $4.50, was a large book called the Family Fireside Music Companion. Look how sweet the graphics are!

Part of me wants to keep it as is and part of me wants to cut it up for other projects. Tough decision.

I'll be heading out for a long weekend, everyone have a safe and spooky Halloween!

Boo ya ~ Rebecca

Monday, October 26, 2009

I Heart Ms. Sid

I have received my return swap from Ms. Sid and it was even better than I expected. Ms. S. really knows what I like and she is a very talented crafter with far more skills!

First off, she didn't cheat like I did. She made me a Witch's Boot filled with 13 Spells. She is so creative! While I loved everything she sent, here are some of my favorites:

A hand made cell phone case and tissue holder. I needed something for my phone and it's fits perfectly. She also included a cute black and white reusable tote that folds up tiny and clips inside your purse. My hand bag is quite fashionable with these accessories!

A tiny cross stitch in a little black felt frame. She and I both enjoy this craft and I am lucky to own many of Sid's creations. She also included some cross stitch patterns, a needle minder and some lovely custom floss.

A fabric knitting/crochet bag that held a skein of super soft bamboo yarn and a gorgeous crochet hook. And we always seem to send each other tea and this year she included the most delicious smelling vanilla tea and a heart shaped tea strainer!

Twinkle toes! A pair of sparkly halloween socks, sparkly toe nail polish and fabric toe separators. How fun!

Each year we exchange a little star shaped box Sid made and include a special wish. I sent it to her last year with a clover shaped pin with the wish of good luck! This year she sent it back with a heart touching story about a chandelier that hung in her family home for many years and how the crystals from that chandelier are imbibed with positive energy. She kindly sent me one of her prized crystals for some positive energy on dealing with my recent Diabietes diagnosis. (Update, I'm Type 1, not Type 2 as expected.)

And that's not even the half of it! She also sent hand made soap, sparkly stitch markers, a kit of all the fun Raven themed carfts and activities she has planned for her Halloween open house, a lovely fabric flower brooch and many many more things.

So my dearest Sid, thank you, thank you, for being my friend. As I've said before, I truely believe in fate and know we were partnered randomly two years back in that swap for a reason.


Saturday, October 24, 2009


As I am more than overdue in having a giveaway why not visit Amey at Peas Porridge? Click HERE to visit her giveaway post and while you're there, browse around a bit.

I'll be back soon to share the AMAZING swap package I received from my friend Ms. Sid.

And what's a post without s picture, huh? How about some puppy cuteness?

Little Lincoln sits under my chair when I'm at my desk. Sweet yes, but those are teeth marks on the chair there. :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Two years ago I signed up for the Sweet & Sinister swap hosted by I can't remember who (hence the reason I haven't done it the last two years!) Anyway, I was partnered with the dear Ms. Sid and boy did we hit it off. So much so that we decided to make Halloween swapping a yearly affair.

When I got home from work today there was a note that I missed her package! So I'll have to wait until tomorrow to trek over to the post office and pick it up. In the mean time I thought I'd share what I sent to her since I haven't been able to share some craftyness in awhile.

The whole kit and kaboodle. I really enjoy crafting for Ms. Sid, she and I have similar tastes and I know I can try new things and she will like them.

Like making a pair of earrings. I'm not much for jewelry making but wanted to try a little something.

I crocheted a little jewelry pouch and lined it with a vintage pillow case. These are very fun to make and I plan to whip up a few for the holidays.

I also made my first cross stitch on perforated paper. It made the project very interesting!

This sweet doggie collage was Ms. Sid's favorite. I had a feeling she would like it! I love making these and really should do it more often. I recently found a book that is all vintage photos of dogs or dogs and their humans.

I actually wanted to make a shaker for our swap last year and never got around to it. This was very fun to make. I used some Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween invites from last year that I got on clearance. I took an empty paper ribbon spool and filled it with lentils placing tape over the holes in the spool and then glued the invites on each side. Then I put a hole in the bottom and stuffed in a ribbon wrapped dowel stick and added some decorative flair. Viola!

Oh, did I mention this swap had a theme? Well it was a Witch's boot (like a Christmas stocking) and I tried to make one but well, it stunk. So running out of time I pulled out the pattern for a bag from one of my favorite Tilda books, Sew Pretty Home Style, and whipped up a Witch's hand bag instead. (Thanks for letting me cheat, S.!)

And I finally got to use a Halloween fabric remnant I swear I bought like 5 years ago.

So Sid, thanks for being my friend and always being so gracious about our swap. I know I'll love every single thing you sent me and I'll be in line at the Post Office first thing tomorrow.


Monday, October 19, 2009

A Work in Progress

Well I made something. I don't love it, it's just okay but at least it's DONE.

It's a hat though it looks like a birthday cake sitting there like that. The pretty posey pin was made by The Queen herself, who I am very over due to visit with.

I've actually made quite a few things lately but they were for swaps and I want to make sure they have arrived before I spoil the surprise. :)

I also managed to find time to update The Goodness Shop. Remember these aprons?

Well you can find most of them HERE.

Except for this one:

I kept that beauty for myself. That ruffle is organza, yum. I added a few other items including some paper packs and hope to add even more over the week. I've decided that's it's way too crowded over here and some things have GOT TO GO. I'll be donating some but will list some things I think some of you may like in the shop.

Fondly ~ RR

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

En la Cucina con Ida

My dear friend Ida (pronounced E-da) came for a visit last weekend. We've been friends since the 10th grade when we met at Show Choir Camp - think Glee but you don't get to go home at the end of the day. Ida is Puerto Rican and a marvelous cook. I was so happy when she offered to cook for us and teach me some Hispanic recipes. For those of you that don't know, my husband is of Colombian descent. He is a first generation American, his parents having come to the states in the 60s. So needless to say, he was excited about some Hispanic home cooking!

First up - Empanadas! Ida said that on the east side of PR they are called something else but I can't remember what it was! (Ida - remind me!)

That would be me trying my hand at crimping them closed. I think this is something you get better at with practice!

She also made Aroz con Pollo (Chicken with Rice) which was to die for!

And one of my favorites, Tostones, which are made from green plantains:

I got to squish them, which was kind of fun.

Needless to say, it was a wonderful meal and I think I may be able to recreate it though definitely not as well. :)

I'd also like to say that we dedicated our day of cooking to Ida's grandmother, Mama Ida, who passed away this summer. I never got to meet Mama Ida, she lived in Puerto Rico, but I felt like I knew her. She would call Ida at my house when she would sleep over when we were in high school so I did get to talk to her a bit. Mama Ida is dearly missed by her family.

Thank you, Ida, for the wonderful treat!



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