Yesterday, I helped a friend celebrate her birthday. A child-free afternoon and evening and what did she want to do? First stop, the thrift store...I was more than happy to oblige...after all, it was her birthday.
It was a particularly good day for needlework finds.
I just had to take these ladies home with me.
They appear to be stitched on burlap so the rows are somewhat uneven. This gives it such a unique texture that I love.
I bought a plastic bag filled with fabric for a dollar and sandwiched in the middle were this group of hand stitched squares dated 1972.
I couldn't believe my luck and finally got a chance to drool over them this morning. Some of my favorites are
Then I found this Kit by Heather, also dated 1972, which is a two-piece linen stitch kit. I've never seen anything like it before and nothing about it popped up on a search. I love finding kits like this because if nothing else, the vintage linen and 100% wool is a great find for sixty-nine cents. This one I may have to stitch though...after all it is a tree.
There were two not-so-vintage needlepoint works I found that I had to rescue.
These are huge canvases and I imagine they took hours and hours and hours to complete...only to end up rolled and crushed, sitting in a dusty bin at the thrift store. I HAVE to give them a second life, I'm just not sure what that is yet. Anyone have any ideas? I'm always open to suggestions. Maybe a Frederique Morrel?
The sun has been shining, the snow has been melting and I've been digging in the garden looking for new green sprouts. And it's only March! Spring is definately in the air.
I've been making bunnies for the boys' spring baskets.
I knitted these with some wool found at the thrift store. Tonya (who introduced me to knit gnomes)generously created this bunny pattern for us to use. You can find it here, in the beautiful on-line magazine Rhythm of the Home.
For the bunnies tails I went with the pom-pom, so cute!
I stitched up a felt bunny for the nature table as we've been seeing them hopping about again.
For any readers from the Boulder area I highly recommend taking this workshop given by master puppeteer, Suzanne Down. I met her at my Lifeways training and her classes are so wonderful as well as valuable.
One more bit of spring...is anyone else keeping an eye on the hummingbird nest? I don't want to miss out on seeing the babies hatch and I feel like it could happen any day now.
My friends (who are from India) called to say they were cleaning out their closets and wondered if I would maybe be interested in some of the pieces to use for the fabric...some? Who me? You mean all that starched linen, beautiful soft cotton, super silkiest of all silks?
cloth with all that gorgeous trim
intricate hand stitching
and lovely details in even the plainest of house dresses?
Why yes, thank you. I'd be happy to take it ALL off your hands. So they brought over two plastic garbage bags full. I'm having so much fun and have only been through about one quarter of what they dropped off. I'm sure I'll be playing with this all weekend.
So, anyone watching the Oscars this weekend? This will probably be my third year in a row that I have not yet seen one nominated film. Maybe I'll entertain myself with Oscar Bingo by How About Orange. And to get in the spirit of things, I may just have to whip up a batch of Oscar cookies.
While in the middle of writing this post, Julen woke up and the mailman came. Look what Amy sent me.
How adorable! And sweet! I can't even say how much I love this little guy, because he just truly brightened my day. Thanks Amy!
This beautiful video was sent by one of my mom's at the preschool and is a must see for any mother. It's lovely to watch and brings me to tears everytime I see it.
And since I can't figure out how to embed it, I'll just leave you with the link.
Finally, using up some of the tiniest scraps of wool left over from our ornament making at the preschool I created a little winter scene inspired by the crazy amount of snow we had this year.
This is so small, I hope you can see what it is. I stitched a penny in the base to give it a little weight. It is just a tad larger than the coin.
Also, a big thank you to Sarah for spending the day with us yesterday. Sarah always fills our lives with so much light that there is a little withdrawal after we part...Julen keeps singing the "Sarah song...."
She surprised me with this sweet doll that she made...