Sunday, August 16, 2009

Recent treasures

I thought I'd post a few pictures of my most recent finds from garage sales or thrift stores - or various family members! I love finding treasures in things others don't want anymore- I think it appeals partially to my desire to recycle and not generate more stuff.. and a bit to my innate "need" to shop and acquire things. Lord knows I still end up buying new enough, but I give the re-use/re-purpose movement a valiant effort.

Here is an old typewriter my Aunt Nancy and I found at a garage sale. I love the bracelets people make from the keys/letters, but can't bring myself to ruin this! I think I'll just keep it out on our buffet like this for now...

My Auntie Kym brought me this treasure - an antique portable Singer. And it works! We just need to figure out how to thread the dang thing! (Matches the typewriter too!)

This is a large, busy shot just to show the new (to me) frame around the guitar . $1 and some antique white paint to match the mantle and shutters... Dave hates it, but it makes me happy...

I did not know what this was at first, but thought it looked fun. My aunt said it is an old nut grinder... but I think instead of nuts, it will be full of thread or buttons soon.

Speaking of buttons, I picked up these buttons, jars and huge embroidery hoop while dropping stuff off at Goodwill yesterday. Defeating the purpose I know, but I like to think of it as swapping...out with the old, in with the new (to me).

Last up is one of my favorite finds lately. I found a huge stack of 5x5" fabric squares at Goodwill a few weeks back. Seriously, I bet the stack was about 9-10 inches tall and full of fun vintage prints. I have been thinking of doing some quilting, but the cutting part sounds so putsy and the precision required so daunting, I haven't gotten up the energy and/or nerve to start one. Not only do I have the cutting part done now, but I can also not wreck any of my favorite fabrics while I practice lining up the squares nicely. I am working on a lap quilt, or maybe 2 small baby quilts first off - and am only using about a 5th of the fabric! I think a tiered, patchwork, twirl skirt for Rowan may be next up with these squares.

Just thought I'd show some of my favorite finds thus far... I'm sure there will be more to come.

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