Saturday, April 21, 2018

{Thrift Shop Temptations} The Paintings

Just because I have a serious lack of wall space doesn't meant that I can't drool over the paintings and prints. 

There are lots of them that I'd like to bring home, but the reality is that I already have plenty of framed pieces and not a lot of big stretches of wall to hang them on. And there will always be more of them for me to fall in love with.

This one is going to haunt me. I love the idea of girls on a couch huddling around a book...and the potted plants on the windowsill behind them... But what are they looking at that's got those expressions on their faces? 

This centerpiece is filled with tons of possibilities but whoever priced it has obviously been on Pinterest and knows what they are...and knows that the rest of us know...

I've been on the lookout for vintage needlework books and found a few. This one left me speechless. I have no doubt that someone is going to want it, but that someone sure isn't me!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {4/20/18}

Let's Make Baby Quilts Linky Party Rules: 
Link directly to your post or specific Flickr photo. Your post can be about a baby quilt that's finished, or in progress, or you can be writing about what you have planned,  as long as it's about baby quilts. You're welcome to link to baby quilt posts that aren't brand new, but please don't submit the same post or picture more than once. I'd love it if you linked back to my site, either with a text link or the Let's Make Baby Quilts! button.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Coffee Antique Tin (and why that name sounds so, so wrong)

Remember all of  those vintage needlework kits I've been buying over the past year or so? I stitched one up! 

This isn't my favorite of the kits I've bought, but I wanted to start with something that wouldn't break my heart if I completely messed it up. The package was labeled "a beginning stitchery kit," which helped me make my choice I did learn from this project, and modified my techniques a bit as I stitched my way through it. I think I'm improving.

Overall, I'm happy with the results and it's steadily grown on me. My mother had a harvest gold kitchen when I was growing up and something about it makes my heart go pitty pat a little faster than it might without those gold accents.

There's a bigger kit with flour canisters, which was in the first crewel haul, and there are also four smaller kits. This is one, and I've got the cocoa tin. I'd love to find the tobacco tin and syrup tin and (if I ever got all five of them stitched up) make them into a quilted wall hanging.

The name of the design is "Coffee Antique Tin." Doesn't that sound wrong? Do you know why you want to rename it to "Antique Coffee Tin?"

In the English language, adjectives go in a certain order opinion, size, age, shape, color, origin, material, purpose. We all do it...but we don't know that we're following a rule. And that's the kind of weird thing that you learn when you're homeschooling a pack of curious kids.

Did you learn this at some point in your education? With all of the writing classes I took over the years and all of the books and articles I've read, I never knew there was rule telling you which order to put the words in. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Almost Back to Where I Was

The pictures look a lot like the shawl I showed you last week, but trust me. This version is completely different and whole lot prettier. And I'm going to make myself put in a lifeline before the lace pattern changes, so I hopefully won't be knitting this skein of yarn a third time. 

The pattern is Wailea Shawl, a free download from Crystal Palace Yarns.


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