Saturday, May 31, 2008

What should I do with this?

Of course I got these at the thrift store, in a bag, in seemed promising.....?
Bathroom set with hardware added in black marker.
Dining room and living room furniture.  The book shelf needs books and the planter had some dried play dough in it but the flowers had long since gone.  On the table is steak and potatoes, a loaf of bread and one very tiny knife, (because of course there is only one chair).
These are the babies that came with the set--the pink one is actually a little bit pinker than that. And then of course the raccoon.  Can't you just imagine the little girl that played with these? 

 They were poor and couldn't afford the doll house so she just used a box but every inhabitant of that humble house was welcomed with open arms and loved equally.


I got this in a bag at the thrift store--it was in pieces and I was not sure what it was but it seemed cute and you know how that goes.  I only glued the major panels together--all the painting and small pieces were already on.  It is missing two small pieces on the back at the bottom but otherwise seems complete.  The painting is really nicely done with only a few splotches (must have been done by an adult).   The thing is, it really isn't my style in terms of collections.  Do you think I should Etsy it?  Or do any of my ever expanding reader list just love it?  

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Meme & Softie

This little yellow guy was sent to me from Janet in the softie swap from crafty daisies.  
My boys have been trying to steal him for a couple of days now.  Thank you Janet!

This little brown guy is my contribution.  He is made from a mohair sweater and his eyes are old bridal gown buttons--talk about recycling!


I have been tagged by Susan to tell you all about me.  The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. what was i doing ten years ago?
I was at home with my  1 year old daughter, spending a lot of time being thrifty.  We lived in student housing and were always on the edge of broke--happy times!

2.five things on my to do list today:
It is Sunday so I will spend lots of time (#1) resting and (#2)relaxing--I have a couple (#3 & #4) of sewing projects to work on and I will go to church (#5).

3.snacks i enjoy:
Hmmm, there are a number of snacks that I enjoy so much that I cannot keep them in the house:  those japanese peanuts with the different crunchy coatings (sesame, soy, etc.), just about any kind of cookie,  and spicy hot trail mix.   I also love dried cherries with dark chocolate, surprisingly I can limit my consumption if the cherries and chocolate are separate (not chocolate covered cherries).  I like apples, and raspberries are my all time fave.

4. things i would do if i was a billionaire:
Buy my mother a house, pay all our student loans and mortgage and car off.  Put in  a swimming pool and do a few remodels.  Pay for the kids college.  I don't know if a billion will cover that much any more!  Design a program to help people who are involved with CPS--parenting, job skills, etc.  And most importantly start hanging out with other rich people so I could guilt them into donating substantially to worthy causes and easing up on consumption.

5.five places i have lived:
 Okinawa, Japan (alas, I was only a baby). Honolulu, Hawaii (I played Chinese jump rope all the time).  Seattle, Washington  (Home and I love the rain). Knoxville, Tennessee (middle school, high school, some college and I don't have an accent).  Sunnyvale, California (the armpit of the world).

6. people that i want to know more about:
See, now this is where I drop the ball--since I have only 3 readers and 2 of them have done this meme I am going to leave it up to my mysterious non commenting readers to unmask themselves and join in on this meme.  Let me know if you do or leave your answers in the comments--I would love to know more about you.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Oh my goodness!

  I bought this piece and it was smooth, a little bit stiff and had obviously been folded up for a long time but it seemed to be cotton (inside and out) and I love that old fashioned pink.  So I threw it in the wash and look what came out.  So soft and drapey!  I have enough for two baby quilts so I just need to figure out how to trim them--I am almost thinking that a simple bias binding would be enough--what do you think?

Monday, May 12, 2008

I made something!

I found a full length skirt at a thrift store that I haven't been to in a really long time.  It was $1 and I had no idea what I would do to it but almost right away I visualized  an apron--it is a nice sturdy polyester and the embroidery is too so I know it will wash well.  I used the waistband for the neck strap and a scrap for the waist band which has a button.  The other half of the skirt will make another apron but I will use ribbon for the ties.  Almost no waste as the zipper was salvageable and in my stash for a future project.

The only bummer is no pockets but I used all of the material and I would have to do inset pockets so as not to cover the lovely embroidery and I am too lazy right now--I can always put them in later, right?

I will put the other apron up on Etsy next week.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Ground meats....Intriguing? Discuss.

So, I am thinking not so much intriguing as....hamburgers.  Too bad this one has a bit of something dried on the cover.  These pictures just thrill me so much--the colors and the captions and then of course the foods.  Sigh.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


I got a bunch of these booklets at my favorite thrift--1956 and they knew all about low calorie didn't they?  Your eye ranges over the jellos and salads and vegetables and then rests on that meat right there.  Then you think maybe it is not meat but some kind of unattractive casserole and you look closer.'s meat--lots of it--and rather fatty.  Not sure how that fits into the low-calorie category or actually the tempting category either.