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.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Things I Didn't Buy 70

I thought the illustrations in this Music Through the Year book were adorable.

And here are some more pages from it.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Two Dresses

I went thrift shopping and bought two cute dresses that were $28 each. It was a big spending day for me, since I can’t remember the last time I spent that much for an article of clothing. But…I just couldn’t resist.

The first dress is this awesome 1950s dress that’s in pretty good condition. I love everything about it. I like the little details—like the little white collar, the small gold buttons, the triangular bit of fabric under the buttons, and the gathering in the skirt. It’s a fairly long dress, stopping around mid-shin. And the teal color is just so pretty. I really appreciate the craftsmanship of this dress.

The second dress seems newer; I’m not sure when it was made, but it was made in the U.S.A, so my guess is it’s a couple decades old. I really liked the pattern on this dress—kind of southwestern. There was a time I was against wearing patterns, but I’ve gravitated towards them in more recent years. The elastic waistband is nice because it makes the dress comfortable (and forgiving). I also love that this dress has pockets—I looooove pockets.

The one small downside is I think this dress is probably a little too big for me. I think the shoulders are maybe about half an each to wide, and maybe the waist is a little low on me. It’s not a huge deal (and I doubt anyone will really notice).

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Things I Didn’t Buy 68

I thought about getting this Runaway Corpse book…mostly because it’s a Perry Mason book. I haven’t actually ever read one of these books, but I watched the TV show back in the day. I thought the cover was interesting.

I liked the fun illustration of This Week Magazine.

And I liked the simplicity of The Invisible Man book cover.

I loved the book cover for The House at Pooh Corner.

I liked the simple sword illustration for With Wolfe in Canada.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thrifted for $6.57

I got this Brooks Brothers navy dress for $4.50. I didn’t need another navy dress—but it fit well and I liked the cut of it. It has a 1940s utilitarian feel to it that I liked. It’s comfortable and it has pockets!

I also bought six Corning mugs for $2.07. I just like the simplicity and durability of these mugs.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Navy Dress

I've sewn a raspberry version of this dress some years ago. I remember it being fairly simple to make, so I thought I'd make it again. My new navy version of this dress turned out…okay. I admit, I didn't go back and try to recall what I did on the raspberry version of the dress, and I pretty much made the same mistakes as I did before. [Sigh.]

The first error is that the skirt and bodice seams don't align properly in the back—it's about a quarter of an inch off when I zip it up. Which is why it's good to wear a belt or sash over my mistake.

The second error is that dress was too loose in the bodice. So after the dress was sewn, I just sewed the sides in. I know it's super sloppy, but I didn't want to undo everything because I'm lazy. So the dress fits a bit better than it did before, and I can and will wear it, but the craftsmanship on this dress isn't particularly good.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Things I Didn't Buy 67

This Red Bill celery label was interesting.

And I really liked the simplicity of this M-Z pears label.

Here are more produce labels.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Things I Didn't Buy 66

I liked these vintage puzzles quite a bit. Cute lion.

And nice polar bear puzzle.

I liked this I'm Going to Grandma's case.

These large spools were interesting.

I thought this vintage 1955 Coca-Cola ad was interesting because the headline doesn't assume that everyone would appreciate the best (as it would likely assume today). That "almost" leaves a little wiggle room. Because you know, some people like the crappy thing. It seems counter-intuitive, but sometimes it's true.