Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Thrifting in your own home

Sometimes the thriftiest things don't cost you a dime.

I "discovered" a box in the basement this week which contained various antique linens that I didn't know I had.  Admittedly, once I started looking thru the box, I did vaguely remember where these items had come from, but hadn't considered them for years, and certainly wouldn't have remembered them if I was in the market for some linens for decorating.

Here are some of my faces

How sweet is that middle one with the hand appliqu├ęd flowers?  It's currently trying out a new spot on top of my treadle sewing machine toped with my retro "rotary" dial phone.  See that plaid pile?  That is a card table tablecloth with matching napkins which have hand embroidered scottie dogs.  CUTE!  I feel the need to have a card party...hmmm...

This hankie has got to take the cake however.
Connecticut living.  Hilarious.  I actually found TWO of these...wonder who I should gift one to?

What'd you find on your latest thrifty excursion?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

They're heeeeeeeeeere!

The droolies have arrived!


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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sweater -- second time around

Many of you may remember the sweet sweater I made for a friend whose baby was due last February.

I have had the great fortune of getting to know that sweet baby over the past year, and luckily she seems to like me *almost* as much as I like her.  The sweater was a huge hit with her parents, and only recently was it packed lovingly away, waiting for the next child to be born into this amazing family.

Baby's first birthday was last weekend, and I decided that since she, and her mama, seem to be fans of handknits, that I would knit her another sweater.

So I whipped up this little ditty.

I had made the Saroyan shawl for myself this fall, and had a great time with the fun leaves on the edge, so knew that those same leaves down the front would be super cute.  This is my first top down raglan pattern, and was so much easier than I thought "real" sweater knitting would be.  I have been thinking about making one for myself (a top down raglan, that is) but fear I am delusional about how much knitting time one for me will take.  I'm significantly larger than a 1 year old.

I wasn't around for present opening time, but have been told that after the sweater was opened, Lady Z walked over to it, picked it up and started rubbing it against her face.  A lover of handknits turned one last Friday, to be sure.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Keeping it Simple

When I decorated for Christmas I used less than 1/4 of the decorations I own.  I needed my house to seem like Christmas, but I needed it to be simple.  Not a lot of time putting things up, and not a lot of time taking them down.  I put up some of my favorites (remember the bowl of antique ornaments) and called it a day.

I don't normally decorate for Valentines Day.  It's all I can do to get Christmas put away in a timely manner.  But this year, I wanted to.  I was sure I had decorations waiting in a bin that never get put out.

I found one ornament.


Then I remembered some springy wreaths I'd thrifted a while back.  

So I put them together.  

It makes me smile.

Sometimes keeping it simple is all you need.