This part of my blog is all about the things I collect or the things I make myself. I love so many things, I paint and draw and want to learn oils and pastels. I knit and crochet but want to learn tatting. I embroider and can turn my hand to most things given a chance. So much still to learn and do. I live in hope of some day reading all my books, learning all I want to learn and now I am learning to blog. You will often find my original poems, poor as they are I offer them here. I also appreciate other people art and will feature things I find that I have enjoyed. That includes pictures of fairies and fantasy or maybe just anything beautiful.
I try to use my own photo's as much as possible, sometimes I borrow from the web. If I inadvertently use your picture without giving credit, please do let me know and I will either credit or remove it, I hope you will do the same with mine.
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Friday, June 14, 2019

A long time..............

It's been a long time since I was last in a thrift shop. At least it certainly seems so. The one that was a regular for me upped their prices. Now it's hardly worth it. I mean, I know it's giving to charity and all that but if I have to pay more for something that I can get in the dollar store why bother. I am mainly looking for things to decorate the garden, and cheap as possible. Well today I thought I would have a look, I did find a couple of things.
This stepping stone will go in my pet cemetary.

The writing is very faded but I will go over the words. It reminds me so much of Buttons I had to have it for her. She is not in the garden because she was cremated and is in my bedroom, but, that and a plant will memorialize her.

I was actually looking for teapots and didn't find any there but stopped in one more shop on the way home and found this one.

Its just to sit in the garden and was only 2.00 so that was about right for me. I am not sure if I will make anything with it, or just sit it somewhere. We shall see.
The lady who moved in across the Ally from me makes the garden ornaments like I do but hers are nicer. I thought I would have another go haha.
This next item, also 2.00 I put in the kitchen. So unless it gets broken that's where it will live. It had the hanger with it so that was handy and made my descision. I had another plate there but it got knocked down and broken. I actually have some dessert plates that would be just perfect with this for a tea party.

A piece of Carnival glass for 3.50. Not sure what to do with it but it's in the kitchen window till I decide

I bought this just for the colour of the glass. An oil lamp that hangs so will hang in a tree maybe or on a Shepherds hook? Anyway for 2.50 I love the colour.

When I took the picture of the tea pot I sat it on a doily, that reminded me that I found a whole bunch of linens at a yard sale the other week while out and about. I got a whole bunch of them for a couple of dollars each all hand made. I have no need of them but will always buy them when I see hand made things. So out of style now but I use them all over my house regardless.

Last but not least a pair of sandals/slides just what I needed and at 4.50 not a bad find. Especially as I needed a replacement black pair. I am not proud, I will buy used if I find them. They fit and are comfortable. So why not

Well that little effort got me in the mood for thrifting again. Trouble is you can spend a lot on things one really does not need. Ah well............never mind. It's fun.I guess the shoes made what I spent worth it because the total was probably what I would have paid for the shoes in a store.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A few more things..........

I have been rather active and enthusiastic in my sewing of late. Unusual for me. I find it hard to get into it. However I have found that in doing small projects that get done quickly I can be more likely to finish things. I did a post previously on some things I had started, well I finally finished those and several others.
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I really like these bowl buddies and will continue to make these because I want some as gifts and I want some myself.
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Then the other thing is the bags I was making. I gave the first ones to Carrie. I mailed those out, not sure what she kept if anything but she said she was sending stuff to Haley and the rest were for Teal. So I have made some just to keep and maybe give away some at Christmas.
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All the bags are done with French seams to stop fraying and also strength. The purple with two rows of beads Gabby wanted.
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I am using up things I have had on hand for a long time so my expense at this time in minimal. I like the chicken tote'
I have not done hand sewing in a long time. I found that I had to sew the beads on by hand but buttons were a challenge too. My eyes are not what they once were.
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I really liked the Watermelon one. This one is more structured that the others
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This is another of my favourites
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I liked the cane handles and they are not expensive so I bought several more so I can put them on some other bags soon.
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It's hard to sew by hand but I am doing it. My fingers are sore haha. Anyway, When I was out with Edna the other day I picked up some fat 1/4s with cherries on. I decided to make some cushion covers for the front porch. That went very quickly but I still have to sew the buttons on one of them. I think they will be pretty. I will need to do a couple more. I also did some Tea Towels, just putting the borders on.
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The main fabric on the cushions are on the back.
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With the new bench on the front porch I don't think I will need a seat pad like the old one so at this point I'm not sure how many cushions I will need, but think I will get some more cherry fabric for that.
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Well now, I have been busy and have loads more to do. I have been through my fabric and my patterns. I have some other small projects that will be fun. I think I am just putting off doing the bigger things, like the lap quilts. Ah well, I will get around to it in due time. If the weather improves I will soon be working outside again.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Sewing again, at last..............

My sewing machine has been sitting there on the dining table for months. Well lets see, at least since Christmas. Guess that's not too long but the thing was, it was not being used. I made a start and since then I have made myself do something every day. Having made a start it seems like it gets easier. I see progress and want to do more. I have made pillow cases for Teal and a tote bag for her. I have made kitchen things to send along for Carrie. Soup bowl holders and pot holders. I am enjoying making simple things that I can get done quickly.
I have enjoyed making some Tote bags. I made the boys each a small bag to carry small things, not sure the effort was appreciated haha. Cooper said "why did she give us an empty bag"? Tristen said "She made it for us" ......Cooper was not impressed.
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Ah well you can't always win I suppose.
So I went back to making more adult Totes. These now need hand sewing. I need to get the handles sewn on and buttons placed.

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I did buy fabric especially for making tote bags. I also bought patterns for more complicated purses, but not sure I have the patience. I tell ya that ol seem ripper has seen some use this past week. I do not like that.
This was meant as a beach bag, I finally finished it. There is another that needs putting together next but I need something for straps.
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I liked the colour combination on that one and also on this smaller tote.
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All of them are made with French seams so they are strong and do not fray. The plastic beach bags I just did double stitches and reinforced the straps.
I am eager now to finish the other one. Meanwhile I look forward to using up a lot more fabric. I think I will take some to Donna as well so I can really get my stash down to a good size. I know I will soon tire of sewing and each time it's harder to get back into it. I think I will make some more pillow cases, they use a good bit up and are quick and easy. I will also make some cushion covers for Spring to put out on the benches outside.
I have the quilts that are cut out and started so while I am in the mood I better do as much as possible.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Sewing projects.........

I have not posted on here since Christmas. Wow, well just shows that I have not done a whole lot. I have got back into sewing somewhat. I posted a few projects on my Bluebell Woods blog because I was thinking of closing this one. It just seemed like there was nothing going on to post here.
Well, now there is.
I found that I had a pattern, so simple that it is, for hot pads to hold soup bowls in the microwave.
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They are getting easier to make now.
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I do believe I will make quite a few of these. I can give them away. I will also be making hot pad mats. Things to put on the counter to put hot dishes on. I have loads of thermolene and can use that for pot holders too and lunch bags.
Talking of bags. I made a bag to put Emily's baby shower gift in. She loved it and wanted another so I had more fairy fabric and just enough for another bag.
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This week I think I will get the pillow cases that I made for Teal in the mail. I made her a tote bag that I got finished today. So once the storm blows out and the roads are clear I will get those in the mail.
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I put the straps on the inside and have double sewn the seams. I hope its strong enough.
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Well in order to match fabrics the pile on the table just got bigger. The fabric I have now in the cabinet are larger pieces and so I would like to use up all these scraps.
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I have the fabric set for 3 quilts and two of them are half done. So those will probably be next. I will have to have Edna come and help me when its time to tie them. I want to tie at least two of them. My friend Barb who is the long arm quilter goes away for Winters now. She won't have time for my stuff so I have to learn to do it myself.
The Quilts I have finished by tying have lasted well so why not. Just got to remember how.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Christmas decorating............

Here it is again, time to decorate for Christmas. I was not going to ever go all out again with my decorating but this year I have a plan. I will do it.
Here is the plan. I am going to put everything away (everyday stuff). When Spring comes and I am ready to put away Christmas I will have sorted everything out. That way next year it should be much simpler to find things. Gerry hauled up all the boxes from storage and nothing is going back (under the stairs) I will have everything next year where I can get my hands on them.
The Entrance. (note that there is now a dresser in there and I have no ornaments for it haha)
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Laundry
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Right now my house is a total disaster. Every room is a mess. Is anyone else like this. If one room is in chaos I feel like the whole house is. I also found out while packing up some of the dining room just how dusty things are. Everything will have to get washed when I take it back out. No point in doing it now.
I didn't do much in the small bathroom but gave it just a tad of Christmas spirit.
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Not a lot in the Kitchen
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I have found I have a forest of (fake)trees for outside and in. I'm not sure where they all came from. I can probably keep most of those and maybe decorate them. I can decorate the porch and deck with some of them. I will select the ones for inside and keep the best for that. I think I gave Laura my Angels but kept the red and gold ones. I have Santa's and snowmen but again I don't remember what I kept. This will be fun finding out again what I have, like old friends. At this point in life I have things like a Santa someone made in my quilting class, she has since died so I think of her every year.
Dining room.... well, the sewing machine is still out and once this is finished I can get to sewing yeahhhh. Gabby says she remembers the little kissing bears from when she was little.
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I am taking a break because although I only packed 1/2 a room I am already whooped. The first day I could not stop and found myself getting up all evening and poking around.
Living room, this is the room most used, I suppose its the family room. I never know what the rooms are in this house as we have the extra room.
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I will seperate the outside stuff and inside stuff and pack it all seperately when the time comes, right now it's all together.
Progess, I found the trees that light and still work for the back. Have two for the house that light (except they didn't light up once I plugged them in). Lights for the deck did work woo hoo.
The front room, I suppose it was once the Parlour.
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We did get a sprinkle of snow so that made things look better outside. The squirrels are very hungry and keeping birds away so I have to chase them periodically. Fat little Squirrels, time for a few weeks nap maybe. I will have to go get more bird food at this rate
Well one good thing I found all my photo chips that have been lost forever they were in a tiny drawer in a small chest. I was about to send for more. They are expensive so this has been worth it for that alone. The cats are being wayyyyyy too helpful and if not careful will get packed away in a box till Spring.
The front porch
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So now to pack all the very small things. One thing that decided me was how very dusty everything is. Come Spring all this china must be washed. It looks like I still have all my snowmen and Santa's I must have just given Laura the Angels. I have way too many trees, its like a bloody forest in here. Still thats OK. I will use what I need and will know to get rid of the rest. I have 3 green (new) wreaths, they would make great gifts for next year decorated with some of my ornaments and balls.
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Since last time I decorated I have added a dresser in the entrance. Glad I didn't pack that stuff away just yet because nothing left to decorate it now. That's Ok though as nothing that is on there will go in my sale. I may just hit the resale shops haha, please no, don't let me do it.
I have had lots more energy, the cold lasted two weeks and the cough meds made me lethargic and tired. I kept falling asleep. Anyway, I was up at 6.30 this morning rather than the 9am it has been the past two weeks. So lets get this done. I have boxes to haul downstairs that will about kill me but it has to be done. Gerry can barely walk when he gets home. I told him it's time to quit. In this cold he just can't do it anymore. The money would be nice but...........not worth it.
Back deck, looks better when it gets dark and the lights show
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Just tweeking left to do now. I asked Gabby if she would like to decorate the tree with Cooper he has never done that before. All kids should be able to decorate the Christmas tree. So I sorted my ornaments and chose what I wanted on this tree, there's not room for them all on this tree.I also set aside some tin ornaments to put on another tree. He was so chuffed to do that and enjoyed himself I think.
Gerry quit early, he was just not up to working. So after he rested up he took the empty boxes to the garage and I was able to finish up. I have one box of things left to sort, but its mainly Poinsiettas and holly that I will set around later.
Thanks goodness that's done. Just 3 days that was quicker than I thought...........rather boring post but there ya go