Did you hear shrieks of joy radiating across the land this morning??? If so, that was me. Will was working late into the night stitching away at something that he would not show me until he was finished. This morning he gave me the sweetest owl I have ever seen. Don’t you agree?
My friend Dawn found this tea towel at a thrift store almost two years ago. She gave it to me and I have been meaning to make her a tote out of it for about that long. She is my thrift store hero. She can find the *Best* stuff. In fact, she was visiting me last weekend and found a pair of Kate Spade leather sandals that were maybe worn once or twice. I think the price was something crazy like $7.99. She has a way sniffing out the really good expensive stuff and buying it for a song. I got inspired to get this tote done this week and it really turned out nicely. I have been collecting these tea towels and plan to make a one of a map of Royal Britain next.
There have been lots of good offerings lately from the local thrift shops. One of my favorites is this rug crafting kit from 1979. It was in the original package with an $8.99 price tag still attached. I got it for $4.99. I am not going to hook it like was originally intended but instead I plan to fill it in with vintage fabrics, trims and embroidery. I thought I was going to use earth tones and make it really have a 70’s feel but then it started to go in a more Scandinavian direction which is fine because I am part Swedish. I also found two big bags of beautiful wool yarn. Each bag was only $1.50. I’m not sure what I will use the yarn for yet but how could I resist?!
Axel: “Mom, what are you doing out there? It is cold outside.”
Mom: “Yeah, I know but the light is so nice out and I wanted the glitter on the pig to sparkle and the colors of the vintage sheets to be true and pretty!”
Axel: “The glitter is sparkling but I am unimpressed…”
Mom: “Just look at those those nostalgic patterns and beautiful colors!”
Axel: “They would look much better folded in a sunny window with me sitting on top of them…”
p.s. This thoughtful gift came from my friend Shannon. She rolled up bits of vintage sheets and put them in this cute mason jar with a whimsical glittered pig on top. I can’t wait to incorporate this fabric into a quilt which is a goal I have for 2013.