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Bet you thought I had flown the coop! Not at all. I have been busy with work and making things, craft shows, and this and that. I have so neglected my blog and all of you and I apologize for that!
I have been playing with some vintage neckties. They have been a hit and are currently available at two local shops, Nest on Semmes Ave across from Forest Hill Park and Handmade Happiness Boutique in Chester. I put my own spin on them by adding vintage buttons to the center.
Will try to be better about the ole blog. Promise!
I went to Diversity Thrift yesterday and they had 2 totes of scarves marked at $1 each. Since I love scarves and handmade stuff, I dug around. Imagine my surprise when out I pulled this shawl.
I thought this must be a mistake and checked it carefully for the tag with the real price on it. It was not there. Diversity has a policy that if it is not priced that you cannot buy it that day. It is sent to be priced and you can buy it another day. I took it to the register and let them know where I found it and got it for $1! HOW COOL IS THAT!
It is in perfect condition with no holes, pulls or stains. I am thrilled! Wraps, scarves and such are the greatest for this time of year. When you never know how the temp will go. Also, since I am a plus size kinda girl, it was also stunning that it fit with enough to wrap over the shoulder. Ah….life is good!
I also got some fabric scraps, small satin roses, a wee book, a vintage dictionary, a Japanese piano chord book, and 2 smallish cookbooks for a friend that loves cookbooks. All for the great sum of $5 total including my shawl.
The necktie flowers are still in progress since I was out most of the day yesterday. All that is left are the buttons (covered for the daisies) and uncovered for the roses.
To make the covered buttons for the daisies, I use large flat buttons, a bit of batting, and a yo-yo of fabric. I stuff the yo-yo, cover the button and then sew it tight around it. I then sew the button to the fabric from the sides of the button instead of using the holes.
Hope the week is starting well!
My sweet sister, Christy, spoiled me once again! Look at this lovely wrapping on my presents!
All of the presents were wrapped in fabric. I commented on her blog about a piece of recent thrifty fabric she found and lo and behold, there it is (the yellow one)! It is all in the little details.
Here was the goodness inside:
Some thrifted neckties for my crafts, Christmas holiday tags, a leaf dish filled with Reese’s (of which I am recovering from the tummy ache this morning), fabric, a stamping book for inspiration, some fall flowers and a scarecrow, and a turkey place card holder.
But the best part is this!
Her sewing is impeccable and all of the letters are sewn on and the thread is the straightest and perfectly outlines each letter, too. A girl that lives in the land of “winging it” can only appreciate details like that. When my stitches go a bit wonky, I make it all go a bit wonky so it looks like I planned it that way!
And how appropriate was it that I received and opened this package right after I finished my Thankful post of yesterday. The mailman rang the bell just as I hit publish. Thanks, Christy for another great swap package! You can see the goodies I sent to her here.
Image from Simply Green
I have mentioned before how Anthropologie gives me so much eye candy and inspiration. Danny blogged about a window they have in the store made from recycled materials. How lovely! I appreciate their displays so much and often go to browse and check out the sale homegoods. You can read more about this window here.
And, did you read today that Neil Diamond finally acknowledged that his song Sweet Caroline was inspired by Caroline Kennedy? I LOVE Neil and he can feel free to write a song about me any time. Crafty Cindoline, perhaps? Forever in Crafts, maybe? Crafts on the Rocks? Forever in Buttons? Okay, I will stop NOW!
Finish brooches Coffee cozies Crocheted flower brooches
TotesI decided to not make the totes. Button push pins
Here are the crocheted flower brooches all buttoned, pinbacked and ready to go.
All that is left today is to make the journals and go to the bank to get some change (1’s and 5’s). I need to make the price signs for the items and then stack it all by the front door so I won’t forget anything. I am so excited now that the work is all done about the craft show.
Christy asked me to post a pic of the tie scarf on me so that you can see how they sit. I wouldn’t wear it with the lime green sweater and would wear it with a turtleneck.
My friend Brenda and I went to see Dan in Real Life this afternoon. I would highly recommend this movie to you. It is not the typical Steve Carell movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it and left feeling good. Go and see it soon!
Brenda was the friend I made one of the tree pendants for. She is a big crafty supporter. She always wants to know exactly how it was made and what was involved. She is a great photographer, too. Sadly, you have to take my word for it as she doesn’t have a flickr page or a blog, but trust me!
I picked up the newest edition of Crafts ‘n Things. There is a true holiday crafty bonanza in this issue! Go and get it NOW!
I also had a hankering to make a stop at the local Goodwill. Check out the bounty I found there!
The flowered fabric to the left is a pattern stitched on the fabric. It is lovely. I liked the little birds with the holly in the middle, the top left is ornament fabric and on the right plaid ruffle trim. And oh, the country Christmas tree fabric, too.
The highlight of my trip was this cute little apron. It is way too small for me and most likely for a little girl. Check out the circus themed Christmas fabric on this one!
It must have been for a special little girl as someone spent a great deal of time on this.
I hope you have a great weekend!