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This summer we spent a few fun days at my aunt and uncle’s house in Pennsylvania. They live on a large piece of property (compared to California standards) and have an amazing garden and quite a few animals including eight or nine chickens (which by the way provide the most delicious eggs). As a thank you for my aunt Jackie’s hospitality, my mom commissioned me to make her a tote bag. I knew exactly which embroidery I was going to use for this one! I got this piece at the Oakland White Elephant Sale in January. I loved the mid-century look of the design and the odd color combination. I had the corduroy in my stash as well as the unlikely floral fabric. Somehow they all went together in a fun way.

p.s. Here are Jackie’s chickens and the breakfast she made for me!

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Last night I got a call from my dear friend Brenda who informed me that today – yes today – was the annual White Elephant sale in Oakland!!! I swiftly changed my plans so I could be on the road by 8:00 a.m. Traffic was great and the day was beautiful as I drove towards that beacon of thrifting heaven. The wait in line seemed quick as I visited with long time friends and met new ones. Everyone seemed so happy to be there whether they were working at the event or there to shop. It is like a big gathering of kindred spirits! Here are a few pictures of the treasures that I found. Some will end up at totes and others are just perfect the way they are and will end up hanging on my walls. Oh, happy day!

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So yesterday was my 43rd birthday. I was gone all day but came home to this…It looked so good that I woke up Jeff and Avery and tried to wake up Will (he is a very sound sleeper) and we three had a slice of this delicious German chocolate cake at 10:30 pm. It is fun eating cake late at night. I recommend it!

The day started off early with a drive to Oakland to the White Elephant Sale benefiting the Oakland Museum. I had met my friend Lisa here last year so we decided to do it again this year. Since we were familiar with the lay out of the warehouse and each of us knew what we were looking for, as soon as we entered, we made a bee-line to our favorite areas. First I hit the linens area where I found these fabulous crewel work and needlepoint pillows that will be turned into totes. I found some other things too that i will post tomorrow. Next, I headed to the sewing section that has loads of fabrics, trims, buttons and finished embroidery. This is where I found the little rooster crewel work bell pull and the fab owl stitchery. After the Elephant sale, we went to Berkeley and ate brunch at the wonderful Rick and Ann’s Cafe then headed to Fourth St. for more shopping and lots of talking and catching up. The day ended at a Japanese restaurant where at the next table another Karen was celebrating her birthday. When they found out that it was my birthday too, I got a dish of green tea ice cream and the birthday song sung to me by Lisa, two waitresses and a table full of kindly strangers. It was the perfect day!

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I made this one for myself as an early birthday present. Yes, even though my birthday is at the end of the month I figure why not celebrate the whole 31 days?! This adorable needlepoint was purchased at a flea market for $5.00 and both fabrics used were thrift store finds. The only new items were the thread and ball fringe. I love when that happens. Anyway, for these really cold and frosty days it has been fun to use this cheerful tote.

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…DIAPER BAG!!! This was a first for me. As usual I have waited until the very last moment possible to complete this project but pressure is my friend in cases like this (the baby is due August 25th :)). I found the table cloth at the De Anza Flea Market months ago and knew this was the fabric that I wanted to use. I went to the fabric store yesterday and found the kelly green fabric and used it for the bottom so dirt wouldn’t show up as much. I added lots of pockets inside and even found a kelly green snap for a closure. Of course nothing would be complete without either rick-rack or ball fringe so when I found the kelly green rick-rack, that was a must. Sara, thanks for your order!!! I hope this bag makes toting kid stuff around fun and cheerful.

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Visiting Nolt’s Bargain Barn in Martinsburg, PA takes junking to a whole new level. Nolt’s is located in my dad’s home town and is housed in an old barn with what seems to be lots of smaller rooms tacked on. It is owned by a Mennonite family who travel around parts of OH and PA buying huge lots of stuff and then adding it to their massive inventory. If you look hard enough, you can find anything and everything you would ever want or need with lots of stuff to spare. Since Mennonite’s do not drive cars or trucks, they hire people to drive them around to pick up the loot. Shopping at Nolt’s is not for the faint of heart. You will want to end your visit with a large pump of hand sanitizer but the hunting is well worth it. My mom introduced me to this place around four years ago and every time she visits I look forward to hearing about what she has found. Some of the treasures we found this time include yards of trims, an owl wall pocket given to me as an early Christmas present (thank you Julia), costume jewelry, vintage napkins, plastic purse handles, a cute fabric tote to carry pies, a ceramic elephant, tacky plastic flower wall art that will somehow be incorporated into totes, a butterfly needlepoint, a small frame, and ten darling hankies at only 25 cents each! I wish I would have taken some pictures of the inside of this junking Mecca but if you are ever in the area, just stop by. You will not be disappointed. If you have worked up an appetite after your experience, you can stop for an ice cream cone at Ritchey’s Dairy which is located right in front of the Nolt’s barn. I recommend the graham cracker cheesecake on a sugar cone.

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This one is called “June” after June Cleaver herself. It is made from two vintage table cloths and a floral hankie. The checked table cloth was from Savers and the hankie an the floral were from the De Anza Flea Market. Avery searched through the button jar to find the perfect pearly yellow buttons. When I was taking her picture holding the purse, she suggested we turn it inside out to show that it can be reversible.

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