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Thrifted Drapes

I finished sewing the rod pocket in the drapes I found that I talked about here.  I have been staring at them all evening and loving them more and more.  They have the perfect shade of chocolate background.  Just vintage looking enough.  I also sewed back in the original label from the drape shop they were made at.  Mrs. Begun (no kidding) would love them more now.  She is the lady that they were made for her and they were for her right bedroom.  It says it was pair 1 of 2.  I wonder if I will come upon the other pair at some point. 

This past weekend I was at the Goodwill and found the elusive 10th panel for the cafe drapes that are in my craft room.  I explained to the cashier that I bought the other 9 2 weeks ago, but still had to pay $1.25 for the 10th panel.  Not a biggie, I still got a bargain and some great drapes, too. 

Opticrafters Swap All Packaged

I also help to moderate an optical chat board.  I started a post about crafters and found out I had some kindred souls on that board, too.  Myra (from Vancouver, BC) and I swapped previously.  She made me some fabulous greeting cards that ironically had all of my favorite quotes in them.  I loved them.  This time Sabrina joined us to swap, too.  She makes some lovely jewelry. 

These are the packages with their goodies all wrapped and ready to go.  One package is tied with a handmade tag with their names on it and the other a quote card.  Silly me, I forgot to take a pic before I wrapped so will have to wait for them to take one and will post it.  Suffice it to say that this became something FABULOUS! 


Lastly, I cut out these today for another Swap-bot swap I am participating in.  Stay tuned to see what they become.  It involves some more fabric, some stiff interfacing and a bit of needlepoint. 

I hope you are all enjoying this great fall weather.  It is going to be in the low 50’s again tonight.  HOORAY!  I love that the air has a crispness to it and I am thisclose to putting on one of my sweaters. 


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I thought I would share a bit of the free wealth of stuff on the internet.  I have a couple of blogs hosting giveaways and a couple with free project ideas.  Check them out!

First, Sweet Jessie is having a giveaway.  While you are there check out her super sweet blog, too!

So here’s how to play (there’s two ways to win):
1.Leave me a comment telling me what you would make with the fabric (or what I should make with mine).
2. Tell your friends about the contest – and tell them to tell me you sent them!

Comments will close Saturday the 22nd at midnight

One winner will be drawn on Sunday, September 23rd, and the person that referred them will win the second prize! The more people you tell, the better your chances of winning!

Make sure to tell her I sent you!

Second, Sugar Sugar is giving away some notions and things.  Check out her too cute blog while you are there.  The winner is drawn on 9-21.

Then there are free project ideas on Country Home’s site.

The Purl Bee is packed with projects in all media.  I made the fabric gift tags with the idea from this site. 

I just returned home from the Friday for the Arts and had to share these pics.  This is Joe after we convinced him to try on this very Stylin’ blazer at Kim’s shop.  Bridget added the sequined beret and Joe’s wife added the purse.  Stylin’, isn’t he? 

There are a couple more in my Flickr photos if you want to check them out.  Needless to say we had some fun!

Everyday Things

© 2007
fresh brewed illustration

I was reading an entry on Tattered Edge.  It was a post about this delightful little comic by Josue Menjivar.  I promptly ordered it and have not regretted that decision for one minute.  It is a great and uplifting read which one doesn’t expect from a comic.   

Check out his site Fresh Brewed Illustration and let him know that I sent you if you order a copy.  I get nothing from it, but it is always nice to know where people heard of you. 

I am off this evening to the Friday for the Arts.  If you happen to be in the Petersburg, VA area be sure to check it out.  It is always great fun.  My friend Ellen Murphy of My Beading Heart is having a trunk show at Paper With Style.  Ellen makes handmade glass beads and creates jewelry with them.  I have several of her pieces and just love them.  I love that she creates all of the beads by hand and then makes jewelry from them.  Each piece is unique as are her beads. 

There is great art, good food, and lots to do and see in beautiful Old Towne Petersburg.  So come on down and check it out! 

I found this fabric at the Goodwill. It appeared to be drapes of some kind. Upon closer inspection it didn’t have a rod pocket. Maybe a piano skirt? It had fringe on it and 4 places with a drawstring to pull them up a bit.

I have been noodling around with a thought to change this bag a bit. I cut 12 6″ squares with lots of the fabric left over.

Let me see where it takes me and where we end up.

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Images courtesy of Spell with Flickr.

I thought on this day of rememberance that this song seemed appropriate. They left us too soon, left so many behind, left so much more to accomplish. Bless all of the heroes of 9/11 and all of the loved ones and friends they left behind.

Tears In Heaven
Artist: Eric Clapton
Tears In Heaven Lyrics print version

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven
Will it be the same
If I saw you in heaven
I must be strong, and carry on
Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven
I’ll find my way, through night and day
Cause I know I just can’t stay
Here in heaven

Time can bring you down
Time can bend your knee
Time can break your heart
Have you begging please
Begging please

Beyond the door
There’s peace I’m sure.
And I know there’ll be no more…
Tears in heaven

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven
Will it be the same
If I saw you in heaven
I must be strong, and carry on
Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven

And this is one of my favorite Bible verses that has gotten me through many a rough patch:

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.”—Isaiah 61:3.

God bless us all!

I took this picture of the frog in Dutch Gap here in Chesterfield County. It is my favorite place to wander when I am feeling a bit stressed or just want to get out and “breathe” a bit. It is teaming with animals, birds and all types of critters. I take my 35mm camera and take a whole roll (or sometimes 2) of film.

I spent 5 minutes inching up on this tree frog so I would not spook him this past fall. After spending all that time and shooting about 5 pictures of him as I inched the lens closer and closer, I noticed he didn’t even flinch. I believe he was dead, but didn’t poke him to find out. After I finished taking my pictures I moved on to the next subject.

Here are a few quotes that I feel correspond with this picture:

Learn to pause … or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.
~Doug King

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.
~Dr. Suess

So live that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.
~Will Rogers

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
~Mother Tesesa

What are your favorite quotes? Leave a comment and share your favorite with me.

It occurred to me today that I had not posted a pic of the items I received from the Just Stuff Swap on Swap-bot.  The items on the right are from my partner in England and the ones on the left from my partner in Minnesota.  the only item missing from the left pile is the lace I used in the birthday postcard

I also received the first set from my handmade Halloween card swap.  These are from Kimberly from Wisconsin.  The bat on the card on the right is drawn by hand.   Since the cards are black she placed swatches of tan paper on the inside to write on.

I have been looking for some new drapes for my bedroom as the current pair is older then I care to admit.  I found just the pair at the Goodwill today.  They are custom made draperies and I got them for $4.99!  It is a chocolate brown background (think milk chocolate) with the sweetest viney pattern on it.  There is also a label on them saying the shop that made them, who they were made for and what room in her house they are for. 

The pair is a bit narrow for my window, so I spent this evening taking out the pleats at the top.  Tomorrow I am going to sew two lines across the top to accomodate my curtain rod and they will be perfect.  I had this brain storm when I got home.  I thought if they don’t work for the curtains the fabric will make some pretty tote bags. 

This is a close up of the pattern.  It is very minimal and lovely, isn’t it?  Can’t wait to hang these puppies up.  I recently found a set that was hand printed for the craft room makeover.  It is a scandanavian pattern and more of a cafe length.  There were 9 panels in all (the craft room has the same large window).  They look great!  The craft room gets a lot of the afternoon sun so it helps to shade it a bit.  I got these 9 panels for the same $4.99.  I love Goodwill. 

I have to make a teacup pincushion for an auction for the United Way.  A crafty friend asked for a donation so I have to have it done by tomorrow.  I was at a shop in the Lakeside section of Richmond on Saturday after meeting a friend for lunch.  The owner of the shop I was in asked me to bring some by for her to see if she would like to carry them in her shop.  I love when a short conversation works that way! 

Have a great rest of your weekend!


Here at the cards that I will pick 2 for each of my swap partners. I ended up making 16 total.  You can use the link to the left to my Flickr photos to see them up close in groups of 4.  I have promised one to a friend in NC and the remainder I will sell at Torman. I found the cards at Michael’s in the Martha Stewart Crafts line. They were $7.99 for 8. You can see somewhat in the picture they are scalloped on 3 sides. Too cute. She packages them with a silver metallic gel pen to write in the card and address the envelopes. I purchased one for each of my swap partners to send with the cards.

In addition to various Halloween images, I used some ribbon, halloween confetti and some small fabric autumn leaves for adornment. Some of the papers I found were really pretty. The 2 with October on them are 12×12 pages that I cut out that image from the paper. I also used a bit of yarn on the card with the wizard to simulate the magic spell feeling.

 Tags for Halloween Cards for Swap

I also created these tags to add to the package I will put the cards in to send to them. I cannot wait to hear what they think. One of my partners is an artist and the other a scrapbooker, so I am anxious to see their goodies.

Tickle My Fancy Bag and Thrift Goodness

I love going to stores that “wrap” your purchases.  In this case it is a new store in the area called Tickle Your Fancy.  The bag held my $5 set of totes, but none the less it was made more special by the presentation.

In the front are some of the items I picked up at the thrift stores today.  The fish on the left is a potholder.  Someone placed all the scales on it individually.  Too cute.  Don’t need it, but HAD to have it.  To the right are the set of 8 napkins that I found at the same shop.  I thought they will make great totes for next spring.  I try to pick up napkins and dishtowels as I go along so that I have them for the spring/summer.

I just finished sewing some of the cup cozies that I will take to Kim’s shop in time for the Friday for the Arts on the 14th.  I now have to turn them inside out and iron them flat.  Tomorrow I will do the zig zag on the outside and place the buttons on them.

I have been tagged by Kirsten of the Preppy Pink Crocodile to share some of my favs…Sound – the waves crashing at the beachLate Night Snack – chips and salsa (has to have corn and black beans)

Smell – pound cake

Color Combination – yellows, taupes, earth tones (but I wear just about anything)

Nut – peanuts

Time of Year – Spring, the weather warms and it isn’t too hot
Books – I like various authors.  My recent favorite was The Secret Life of Bees
Vegetable – succotash (limas and corn)Male Actor – Dennis Farina (most recently Fontana on Law and Order-the original one).  He has also been in a few movies lately.Female Actress – Meryl Streep or Shirley MacLaine

Flower – daisies or sunflowers

Vacation Spot – anywhere with a beach

Pizza – BBQ Chicken

Subject in School – Music

TV Channel – Public Television or NBC

Radio Station – Mostly easy listening and I sing along
Holiday – ChristmasPerfume – I wear a lotion made by the fellows at Torman-White Tea and Ginger.  Depending on the day, my body chemistry it smells different.
Shoes – flats and loafers
Candy – Chocolate and peanut butter anything!

City to Shop – Atlanta, there are so many shopping areas and all are individual and unique to the area

Beauty Products – Mostly Avon for moisturizers, I did splurge and buy some Paula Dorf tinted moisturizer.  It is costly, but LASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSTs

Item to Shop For – clothes, fabric, purses  and totes (I have a sickness!)

Not sure if they are checking, but would like to Tag either Heidi @ Everyday Cookies or Breanna @ Graceful Designs.

Have a great rest of your day!

Napkins and Fish Potholder

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"What this world needs
is a new kind of army
- the army of the kind."
~Cleveland Amory

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