Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thrifted for $7



I got these Corelle dishes—5 bowls, 8 small plates, 5 medium plates and 6 large plates for $5. Very 1970s design.


I also got this cool spatula and salt and pepper shakers for $1.


And I got four cds for $1. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast soundtrack and The Bravery were two cds I knew I would like, so I was quite happy to buy both of them.

I was disappointed in the Movie Hits cd. I got it mainly because of “Everything I Do, I Do it for You,” because I remember liking that song. But when I listened to it again, I didn’t like it as much.

This is My Song set of cds had three cds in it (and missing the one disc) that were older songs—I think all before 1970. There were a lot of songs I didn’t know, but some I did know and like. So there were some happy surprises in there.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Embroidery Floss


I found a whole bunch of embroidery floss at an estate sale. It was something I was sort of on the lookout for since I made my first (and so far only) cross stitching project. I would like to do more cross stitching…I just haven’t gotten to it. I bought two smaller cases with some blues and silkier floss for myself for $3.50.

And I got six large cases of embroidery floss for $5 each—so $30 total. But the plan is to split this with two friends, so it’ll only cost $10 a piece. I thought it was a pretty good deal (and so beautifully organized).







Thursday, May 3, 2018

Things I Didn’t Buy 72


I really liked this ballet book cover.


This Now We are Six book cover is cute.


Nice Primer book cover.


This was a fun book cover.


And I liked this Making Words Work book.


It had nice illustrations too.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Things I Didn’t Buy 71


I really liked this 1950s dress pattern. Sooooo cute. I love the way they worked the red stripe dress and the navy dress is so adorable.


This 1950s dress and jacket was pretty nice.


I liked this 1960s simple top and skirt pattern as well.


This 1970s long robe is awesome (although I could do without the lace trim).


These 1970s separates were nice.


Finally, this 1970s wedding dress is fantastic. I love the sleeves, the high collar and the buttons down the front. The bridesmaid’s dress I mostly like—I’m just not a fan of that collar.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cross Stitching Fun


When a couple of friends and I were planning to get together, one friend suggested taking a class—like cross stitching. She sent a link to the class, and my other friend’s response was, “$60! For $60 each, we could get all the supplies and make our own class.” And that’s what we ended up doing.

One friend got some Aida fabric and embroidery floss from a thrift store. And when we met up, we went to a craft store to get extra supplies (just some hoops and needles). The grand total for everything was about $7 a piece.

I picked up a couple of cross stitching books from the library, and we followed their straightforward directions. And after a couple of early mistakes, we all got into the rhythm of cross stitching. It has to be one of the simplest crafts to do. I knew nothing, and after about 10 minutes, I was stitching right along.

My friends picked a couple of images online to replicate. I just picked these classic video game characters from one of the cross stitching books I had. Truthfully, I didn’t really care too much about what I was making, I just wanted to learn how to cross stitch doing something fairly easy. I followed the pattern to a point; I did alter some of the characters so they would align more vertically and horizontally.

It did take a good amount of time to finish, but I finished it over the course of a week. I liked cross stitching—it was very relaxing. The only downside is I’m not sure what to do with the finished cross stitch…I’ll have to think about it. But I think this might be a craft that sticks. It was pretty fun and creative and very low stress.