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IMG_9787IMG_9773IMG_9785IMG_9781IMG_9783IMG_9776IMG_9793IMG_9782IMG_9778IMG_9777IMG_9788The Oakland White Elephant sale is an event that I look forward to each year. I met my friend Lisa there bright and early yesterday morning. It was a gorgeous day, clear and cool but not too cold. Here are some pictures of my finds. Cheerful, bright and quirky just the way I like them! I had to think twice about the lion but then I couldn’t imagine leaving him behind. I actually met a woman in the embroidery section who flies in yearly from Connecticut. Now that is what I call dedication.

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IMG_9771IMG_9770IMG_9768IMG_9772My 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.

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IMG_9747IMG_9749IMG_9760IMG_9764There 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?!

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Vintage Christmas Wrap

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Just finished wrapping the final gifts. I had forgotten about this vintage wrap I had gotten a few years ago at a thrift store in San Jose and had it packed away with the other Christmas wrapping paper. I love the colors and the slightly off register printing gives it a sweet nostalgic look. It is also little yellowed with the years. Happy Christmas Eve to all!

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IMG_9551IMG_9556IMG_9558IMG_9562IMG_9567This book was unearthed a few weeks ago at a used book store. I *love* it! Especially since I have been feeling the urge to embroider lately. When I was a Girl Scout back in the 70’s, my mom, who was the scout leader, made little books for each of us out of a heavy weight cotton. Each page of the book was for a different stitch for us to try such as chain stitch, running stitch, blanket stitch etc. and it was a great reference when it was finished. I really loved making that little book. I started reading “The Stitchery Book” and enjoyed the approachability of it. The women who wrote it (Irene Preston Miller and Winifred Lubell) really had a love of the craft and wanted to share it in a friendly, fun way. Some of the projects include taking a “stitchery walk” where you create a little map of a town or neighborhood using decorative stitches. Another is to make a fabric and stitchery collage of your family. I want to try both of these projects out!

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IMG_9512IMG_9509IMG_9529IMG_9530IMG_9508IMG_9516IMG_9515*Vintage Christmas Fabric LOVE!* Whenever I see it and it is a good deal, I buy it and add it to the stash. Most of these are tablecloths which I use during the holidays but sometimes I dream about turning them into other things too like pillows or bunting or maybe even a Christmas quilt…

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Now that San Francisco and San Jose have gone plastic bag-less there is a need for re-usable alternatives. While examining my fabric stash a few weeks ago, I realized that I had a pretty nice thrifted collection of Hawaiian mu-mu type fabric. It is all light weight but has a bit of heft to it (kind of like a light weight barkcloth). I thought these prints would be just right for some shoppers. I took a plastic bag apart and used it for my pattern. I lined the handles for some stability but left the interior unlined so I could make these bags quickly. I sent a picture of them to Samba in Sac and she declared they be called “Happy Bags” because how could you be bummed looking at all those outrageous colors and prints?

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