Sunday, August 31, 2014

A World of Little Finds

My post title is a play on words since I found a globe and a few little things this week. Up first was a sort of odd estate sale with not much to offer. I brought home an old alarm clock and this china puppy. He will go in my dog collection. And, yes, I bought a never used paint brush at a garage sale. Still painting around here and needed a new sash brush.

 A few more little finds from the thrift shop. A set of dogs made in Occupied Japan. That, obviously, makes them pretty old. The snail is marked "Japan" and must be from the early 70s as I have another one only smaller that I bought new back then. This guy went in my daughter's terrarium.

And I give you the world. Globes seem to be a hot collectible these days. We'll see if I have any luck selling this one. If not-- they are useful as is, right?

Have a good day out there!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Vote For Batman and Cheap Posters

Not many garage sales last week. This is the big haul: four posters. They are the smaller size, about 14" x 18". I definitely do not need a new poster in my house, but when I saw this Batman one in the stack, I was hooked.

I still like this movie.

At fifty cents apiece, I couldn't forget my daughter.

I've said it before, but you sure never know what you'll find at garage sales and thrift stores!

Happy hunting!

Friday, August 29, 2014

More Sunflower Pics

This sunflower had a visitor on its back for awhile. I wanted to get a closer shot, but it boinged away.

Come on in-- the pollen's fine!

Can it really be the end of summer?

Thanks for viewing!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Little Things

I haven't shown much in my new dollhouse in quite a long time (which is probably how I started the last dollhouse post). I made a (non-working-- let's not get carried away) roman shade in the bedroom that I have yet to do anything else with except paint it blue.

Decorated the front quite a bit. Added everything you see. I made the mailbox which doesn't show up too well here, but bought everything else. Kind of hard to make a gold eagle.

The local dollhouse store is closing its doors soon (the owner is retiring) so I bought a couple things on sale, including this little train.

Also picked up a sale nightstand which I put under the window. Bought a cat in a bed, and made the two wooden vases out of a weird, vintage bead that I cut in half.

Last time I mentioned I was going to try this wooden flooring that is printed right off the internet. It turned out pretty nice. I just taped it here and there underneath. If you wanted something more permanent (and probably better looking), you could Mod Podge it down. I might even do that some century.

So there you have it. No immediate plans for more projects, but I should really pop in to the dollhouse store one last time before it's too late.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wacky Pack Wednesday

A sort of back-to-school type Wacky for today. What is it about a brand new box of crayons? So perfect, so hopeful... Okay, Diane, you're making too much out of this.

Crayola was formed in 1885, but didn't start making crayons until 1903. Can you imagine all the broken crayons in that time???

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mini Notebooks

I've made these little blank notebooks for kids before. Simple enough-- scrapbook paper cover, a variety of different writing papers inside stapled in the center. I make them 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" to fit into plastic ATC/Baseball card sleeves.

Recently I thought I'd make some a little more "adult" and offer them for sale in my Etsy shop. Yes, I made quite a lot. This is just a sampling.

I made some Christmas ones too.

It's fun! There are so many nifty papers out there today. This is also a great way to use up some paper.

Have a pleasant day!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday's Muster #33

Today's collection is a "sampling" of the cross stitch projects I have around my house. I haven't done much stitching lately, but used to have a project going all the time since the early '90s. Below is the first large picture I ever attempted. It now hangs in my entryway.

Two more I did from patterns. The one on the right was rather challenging; lots of little stitches, but I like the way it turned out.

I did this one for my daughter. Never framed it, but I stretched it to a board so it can stand on a shelf.

I decided to do this one since I have a couple sets of old keys on display. The skeleton keys at the bottom actually came with my house. I never tried them in any doors.

I did the tree picture. The little chicken picture I bought for fifty cents at a thrift shop. That one is actually a crewel picture, not cross stitch.

This one is long, as you can see. I fudged the pattern a bit so it would fit on ready-made aida cloth. I added the cat at the end myself to balance it out. That's trickier than it sounds!

My mother stitched this one in the 1960s. She had it displayed hanging from a dowel. When it came to my hands, I framed it.

I have a friend who cross stitches too. She made this for me.

I've also made lots of ornament type pieces.

And some pillows.

 Lots of Halloween...

Lots of Christmas...

This is just the tip of the cross stitch iceberg. I have some pictures stored away, some are complete, but I never did anything with them as far as framing or sewing into a pillow. I've made a ton of pieces for friends and relatives to the point they probably got sick of them. Now, I do the paper crafts and have put stitching on hold. And, yeah, blogging came along too...

Thanks for viewing!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pinch Me

You won't believe what I found pretty cheaply at a garage sale. I still don't believe it myself. Look below. This is right out of the car-- haven't cleaned it yet.

I might as well give up garage sales-- I'll never top this!

One note: my daughter asked where the "delete" key is.

Have an unbelievable day!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vintage Sewing Patterns

Some of you know I use vintage sewing patterns in my paper crafts on occasion. I recently bought a "lot" of just the envelopes and thought I'd share a few.

Like the note on the one on the left-- "good pants." My sister used to make notes like that on patterns.

Versatile scarf on the left. The pattern on the right has an unusually large illustration.

I had a couple smock tops. One of mine was pretty similar to the green and orange number below, but mine was blue patchwork fabric with blue trim.

Kind of glad those looooong vests went out of style.

Wide enough for ya?

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wacky Pack Wednesday

This Wacky Pack is called a "Lost Wacky." It was dropped from production in the 1970s for unknown reasons; however, Topps did produce them in 2008 in a new series.

Of course, this is a parody of Kool-Aid; I intended to post this the week following "Kook-Aid" but obviously forgot.  Sorry, folks!

Have a foolproof day!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday's Muster #32

A "girlie" collection today, scarves and hankies. A lot of these I inherited from my mother otherwise I wouldn't have much of a collection. That also means some of them go back to the 50s. Below are scarves in various sizes.

This one my mother made in the early 70s.  I have worn it around my neck with a deep pink T.  Kinda neat.

I've never worn this one but just bought it because it's so psychedelic. Do you see "Love" on the right?

This is an older, smaller one of my mother's. Looks like a Pat Prichard design, but it is unsigned.

Some hankies below. Again, a lot of these were my mother's.

This one my sister picked up for me at a thrift shop. Rather "50s," wouldn't you say?

Another one from my thrifty sister.

These I picked up at thrift shops-- they make great Valentine "doilies" for display.

These two were actually mine as a child. I remember tucking one into my white Easter purse to go to church and Grandma's.

I decided to show these since I keep them in the same box with the hankies and scarves. Old 1950s collars. The beaded one on the bottom is pretty fancy.

Thanks for stopping by!

Oh, and in case you're wondering why part of this post was shot outdoors-- I started shooting outside because it was a beautiful day but too windy. The scarves started blowing away!