and then my heart just about stopped

My heart stopped for just a second, anyway. Do you ever feel like that, that if you take a breath or look away the moment might be shattered and whatever you see might not really be true? That’s how I felt when I laid eyes on these patterns. Can you see view A? I thinkContinue reading “and then my heart just about stopped”

thrifting: hand towel

I’ve been keeping my eyes open for bathroom linens ever since my friend Ginger showed me her beautiful bathroom sink. You need just the right sort of vintage linen to show off on that towel bar. I finally found one. What’s remarkable is that the entire thing seems hand-sewn. The edges are rolled and stitchedContinue reading “thrifting: hand towel”

finished projects: pillowcase, painted table

Sorry, no new painting this week for anyone checking in about that. I have two finished, but they won’t be dry enough to list this coming week. I like them to be actually dry-to-ship before I show them off, just in case someone wants to purchase a piece right away. I hope no one isContinue reading “finished projects: pillowcase, painted table”

finished project: painted dresser

You’d think I would have thought to take photos of the “before” version, but I didn’t. I had painted this dresser about 15 years ago, using first a dark blue all over, and then a cream enamel over that that I sanded to distress it here and there and let the blue show through. IContinue reading “finished project: painted dresser”

at the antique show (trailers)

There’s something about aluminum tear-drop trailers that is so much fun. Wouldn’t it be great to have one and belong to a caravan club? Instant friends and destinations! Several trailers, not necessarily tear-drops, but mini-minis, were at the show and displayed so you could view their gussied-up interiors. I’ll start with the turquoise trailer. YouContinue reading “at the antique show (trailers)”

thrifting: kids patterns

I never find old patterns. Almost never. But when I do, they are kids’ patterns. That’s fine, I’ll buy them. I’ll put them aside, and who knows — maybe sell them in another 10 years when they are even older. These were all bundled together, so I could see the pajamas (which is what IContinue reading “thrifting: kids patterns”

sewing: musing about embroidery floss

I pick up embroidery floss whenever I see it while out thrifting. I picked up a whole, filled bead-box with about 100 colors for $4.50 one time. Maybe even more colors than that. So that’s about four cents a skein, while nowadays a skein retails for about thirty-five cents. It’s not like floss is going toContinue reading “sewing: musing about embroidery floss”

thrifting: Bucilla pillowcase pair

Yay, I finally thrifted a pillowcase blank where the manufacturer is legible! Bucilla, and they have a lot of options available for sale on the web. These are my favorite pillowcase blanks to find, because the cotton is the best quality and the designs are significantly more intricate than their competitors. But I’d never foundContinue reading “thrifting: Bucilla pillowcase pair”