Monday, July 18, 2011

An evening with Jan

After having had such a long week with painting down at the shop and then a trip south for a birthday party on Saturday, I decided I deserved some play time with my Janome last night.

Armed with some great images mostly from The Graphics Fairy  , vintage ticking (freecycle Baby!) and other fabrics, various vintage laces and trims I whipped up 4 slouchy bags last night!





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Monday, July 11, 2011

Some thrifty finds and Shop updates

Well it's been a non stop whirlwind here lately! The boys and I have been working on getting the shop and some vintage furniture (they will be fixtures) painted. I'm both nervous and excited about opening up, and really expect to awaken any moment to find it's all been a dream.



There is still a lot of work to be done, but we are making progress :)

This is what the dresser looked like before, bronze nail polish and all..

And here it is with a coat of a beautiful soft french blue...It's actually a color place color called Cloud formation.


I also managed to fit a bit of thrifting and a yardsale in whilst on my weekly grocery trip, I know, BIG shock right?



My favorites from this week are the pink footed bowl for 75 cents and this hand embroidered Ballerina Runner for $1.  At some point someone spilled what looks like it might be red pop or koolaid on it, but when asked, the owner told me she had never laundered the (2)pieces because her MIL had starched them so well and she hadn't wanted to have to restarch them, so I am hopeful that I can get the stains out. If not I will repurpose both ends as the stain is in the center that is not embroidered.


Here's a bit of sewing for the week!
 I am working on this cradle set for a new Mom to be and it's going so well! I just love her color choices!
I hope to finish it in a day or 2 :)


well, that's all from me for now, I'm off to get some more painting done down at the shop!

Later,
Michelle


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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Some vintage finds and the week in review


Warning, this is a picture heavy post, even more so than usual!

This has been a strange week, I feel like I've not accomplished much of anything. Probably due to the holding pattern I've been in waiting for the key to the shop, which has me stymied on getting other project done.

For the 4th, we drove down to my MIL's to hang out for awhile, then joined her and my SIL and family over at Nelsonville's Thunder in the Valley. The fireworks were ok, although it is paling in comparison to previous years. Still, we had fun, the boys enjoyed the show and the company, and that is all that matters.

I did manage to get one long overdue project completed with a bit of help from my hubby.

While it wasn't anything that I needed help with, We actually Enjoy working on these projects together. Maybe I will start an "I made it WITH my hubby" club? There are many times that Bill has helped spread paint, sand, staple and build to fit the visions in my head. And I'm lucky in that if it is something that I just really want to do myself, he doesn't get all touchy and offended about it.

Anyhow, this was finally completed after over a month of just needing the base upholstered and the legs painted. (Please Don't mind the stained cutter quilt in the background..I've been working on repurposing it 1 little bit at a time)
<--Ooops I still need to cover the staples..

This was a freecycle gem, and was in not so great shape when I got it. I used a very light pearl grey vinyl for the upholstery, and the inside got a good cleaning and a fresh coat of Krylon Jade. The legs also got the Krylon treatment, in Smoke grey.

The before pictures:
 Yeah definitely much better now :) This will be going to the store to hold some toys, books and coloring books/crayons to keep little ones occupied while Mom, G'ma etc shop.
The next project lined up for the shop is this vintage stool I found in Athens Oh. for $12.00. It was higher than I would normally spent on something that looked this rough. But it is solid..It's all cosmetic!

Last Friday when I went grocerying, I stopped at a yard sale, and then one of my favorite thrift stores was having a 50% off everything sale. I cleaned up my friends!!!
My finds:

  The deer planter..the dog I had from a previous flea market trip, I've already turned them into pincushions for the shop.

sweet vintage ribbon!

Wood candle stick and a holiday cheese n cracker or cake plate.

Old snooker table top ($1!!)

40 vintage harlequins, 5 cents a piece!

These vintage suitcases were a real steal at $0.50 each! They both still have their keys, and as you can see, the top one has most of the bottles and the original mirror!

I couldn't pass up the vintage bicentennial bottle and the 2 cup percolator for $0.50 each.

most of my favorite vintage items are kitchenware. these will all find homes in my kitchen, although I may take the carafe and coffee filter holder to the shop. 



 a few odds and ends to craft with. the owl will become another pincushion probably, the curtain tie back will become part of a wreath stand, and the candle sticks? who knows?

So there you have it, really it was a very good week!