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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_9736IMG_9742IMG_9744IMG_9745IMG_9739IMG_9741Happy birthday to Julia, my awesome sister-in-law! She is celebrating her 40th today! For the occasion I made her a tote bag with a sweet little Dutch girl embroidery on it. Julia is Dutch so I was happy I had something meaningful to incorporate into this tote for her. The rose barkcloth was found at Nolt’s Bargain Barn in Martinsburg, PA. I actually think Julia was with me when I found this fabric a few summers ago. Happy Birthday Julia! I am so glad you are my sister! xoxo K.

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IMG_9583IMG_9584IMG_9585My Aunt Jackie ordered this tote for my cousin’s wife for Christmas. Jackie wanted a peace themed tote so I knew I wanted to add a bit of embroidery to give it that 60’s feel. The Stitchery Book from my previous post had these lazy daisy flowers which were perfect for it. This fabric has been one of my all time favorites to work with. It use to be several pairs of curtains in it’s past life. The denim was a pair of repurposed jeans I just sent this off last night and it should arrive in Pennsylvania by Friday. Nothing like last minute sewing to keep life exciting…

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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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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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