It's no secret I love my weekly trips to the thrift store. My first stop is always the craft bins. Teaching preschool, I have learned the best and fastest way to stock up on handwork supplies is to pick them up at Value Village. And it's the yarn I usually grab for first. All kinds of yarn can be found there but I only want the wools and I love these recent finds of vintage-y skeins of yarn.
The wool has a more rustic feel, it's very scratchy but if you're into felting it afterward, this wool felts beautifully!
While we were all confined to our pyjamas over the weekend, we struggled to find something that would keep us entertained but wasn't overly challenging for our tired, feverish bodies. Puzzles were the answer. Thankfully I had a fresh stack I had picked up from the thrift store not long ago. I think we put together about twelve in all. Thrift store puzzles are always a risk...you never know if all the pieces will be there until you actually put it together. We were quite fortunate to not have one missing piece.
The top one, the bird collage, is from a piece of artwork by Lori Siebert. Curious about her, I did a quick google search only to find she is quite a prolific artist and can be found all over the internet.
The bottom puzzle is from a painting by Richard Estes. This was a fun find as Estes was an artist I became very familiar with when I was in my late teens. When I worked and lived in Maine in my college years, he lived in a house down the street from me...for all I know he still lives there. Anyway, as a photo realist painter, I was as fascinated by his work as I was by that of Chuck Close.
We all made it back to school today and the puzzles are once again safely tucked into their boxes.
What is not to love about this trio? All those beads and sequins. And so hard to see in this photo, but they are stitched on velvet!
I was so lucky to score this huge stack of vintage gift tags. My favorite is the candle...and apparently the previous owners too as there are only three of them.
And how adorable is this angel made out of pasta?
Can you see that the candle is made from a thumbtack? I just love that. I peeked around the Internet a bit to see if there were other pasta angels around...apparently so. In fact, click here for instructions on how to make your own. While not such a vintage find, it's still a good thrift score.
It's been a while since I've been to the thrift store, but I went today and found this interesting little treasure. For sixty-nine cents, I couldn't help add it to my cart. Maybe one of you has an idea what it is and what it's used for?
On top of bamboo wood sticks are little pots made of copper. Each one has a different sized spout at the top, so I imagine it's for melting wax or something (I hope that something isn't something illegal). Any insight would be appreciated!
I thought they could maybe be turned into little gnome dolls :).
We decided it was time to make room on the bookshelf in the boys bedroom so we packed up the entire collection of Papa's story books from when he was a boy. It was tough. I have such wonderful memories of watching my boys sitting on their papa's lap as he read aloud to them...listening to the oh-so-familiar tales of my youth being told in Spanish. The books are mostly traditional fairy tales but are filled with the beautiful illustrations by the very talented Adrienne Ségur. Here is just a sample...
There was an apparent bird theme in my finds at the thrift store today. I think it just has to do with the call of springtime...spring so wants to come to Minnesota. As my boy says, he thinks King Winter is really having a battle with Mother Spring and is not sure who is going to win. I'm not so sure either. We are having winter storm warnings through tomorrow...believe me, I'd rather be in my garden at this time of year instead of shoveling!
A girlfriend gifted me this over the weekend. A perfect case of "thrifting for others". She wasn't sure if I would like it. !! It's vintage! It's needlework!! If you've been around here for a while you surely know I have a passion for these forgotten pieces. (My collection).
While visiting New York last week I had high hopes of going to the much loved and very popular knitting and sewing store Purlsoho. But I was staying at a hotel in Times Square and it just felt impossible to sneak away for the time it would take for me to get to Soho and back. Luckily, I was near the garment district and found walking to Hell's Kitchen Flea Market on my lunch break on afternoon was a breeze. That is where I found this sweet little bundle of vintage fabrics. If I hadn't been on such a time crunch, I could have stayed for hours, but I was happy to bring home one little treasure from my trip to NYC.
I just fell in love with these three thrifted dresses. The fabric is nearly disintegrating in some places, they have been around so long. I love every stain and gentle tear and all the little hand-stitched parts. The blue one comes with a bonnet and a row of tiny buttons. Under each ruffle of the white satin one is a layer of tulle. It also has a one-upon-a-time pink satin ribbon that split in two when I tried to tie it. They are all lovely and screaming to be made into something new...kind of Ann Wood like.