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Zipper Von Zalez

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This here's a story about a lil dog named Zipper ... We nearly lost this dog to some unknown illness last year. It began with her puffing up like she was pregnant. Oh, that would have been easier if she had been, but she wasn't.   It appeared she wasn't eliminating properly ( course there are coarser ways of saying it ). She has always been a dog that engages in "intestinal indiscretions" as the vet has termed it. She will eat anything, critter poop, salad, fruits, you name it. In the muzzle, down the hatch it goes.  When she fell ill, we were given the option of having her undergo surgery but the outcome would have been death. Open her up, find nothing, put her down. We didn't choose that option.   We took her to the UC Davis Vet Hospital, specialists in the field. Some $4,000 later, they couldn't determine what was wrong with her. Side note here - the Mr. had been feeding her Old Roy, a Walmart dog food that had been in the news regarding trac

Yarnbombing

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This is one of my recurring favorite topics for this letter. When I discover yarnbombing in the wild, I am delighted. A pop of color in unexpected places.   Links to previous year yarnbombing posts: 2016 2014 Link to article and more images ifitshipitshere.blogspot.com

Xena, Warrior Princess

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This shows off her big ole paws! Xena, my Maine Coon, is back in my life. We had one cat for two years who wouldn't allow her back on the property. That cat met an untimely demise ( we believe it may have been by coyote ). Just a kitten in 2012 She is my warrior princess.

Weird and Wacky in the World of Thrift

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As you can tell from the title of my blog, I spend a lot of time in thrift shops. Over the years, I have highlighted the Weird and Wacky in that realm.   2017 version 2016 version 2015 version The first three are all about heads. Home traction - what could go wrong? Deer hide head Purple and glittery A couple of dioramas. And one big feathered chicken. 25 of the strangest things found at thrift shops 27-insanely-weird-and-funny-objects-youll-only-find-in-thrift-stores Have you found any weird and wacky things at a thrift shop?

Vintage and velvet

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This handsome fella was immortalized on velvet but unluckily landed in thrift. At first glance, I thought it was John Wayne, more likely a county local. As the years pass, I appreciate vintage items more and more. I now have the third batch of 35mm slides from our family photo archive to scan to digital.  Americana Hotel San Juan, Puerto Rico Sometimes I find slides in thrift stores, other times I buy lots from online auction sites. 1940s family Vintagevixon.blogspot.com  has discovered a great use for patterns, she shrinks down the image and adds them to dollhouse sewing rooms.

U Get One Free Pass

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I have shamelessly used my "One Free Pass" on different letter prompts during the challenge, this year is "U."  My free pass postings in years past - 2016 you-get-one-free-pass 2015 you-get-one-free-pass-to-weird-and-wacky 2014 i-get-free-pass

Things I Didn't Buy, Thrift Shop Finds

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I enjoy reading about other's finds and deals, and even the things they didn't buy. Here are a few thrift shop finds worthy of good homes, just not mine. At $75, it was a beautiful print in a frame alone worth that amount. Very large piece, I have limited wall space.  This one was the best in a series of 4 Native-American themed paintings at $20 each. Had to pass it up.  This oil on canvas was massive and dark. I even enhanced the image to bring out more light. Usually, I pick up nautical-themed artwork. I wasn't sure if the artist intended it to be so dark or if the canvas was aged and dirty. Confusing because the frame was clean. I did go back to see if it was still for sale the next day but the thrift shop was unexpectedly closed and I took that as a sign.  Perfectly executed needlework with tufts of yarn.  Things I did buy * fabric * and shameless flower photobombs.

Seed Packet Quilt

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This began with mystery quilter's donation to thrift of the seed packet remnants. Then mystery quilter #2 donated the gray interior designer fabric ( selvage from 1983 ) and mystery quilter #3 donated the 4" precuts. Once I had put together those segments, I knew I had to supplement with retail fabric. I use FabHopShop, not only to enter quilting-related prizes, but also to shop for particular fabrics needed to finish projects. I chose a floral panel and the last couple of yards available of Garden Girl fabric.  Once I visited my mom at her assisted living center, I knew this project would be perfect for a Mother's Day gift. I had given her a couple of my creations when I first began quilting and was truly embarrassed to see my newbie quilter work. Still learning free motion quilting and tension settings, the quilts are something now I would never give away.   I had to redeem myself and mom needed a new lap quilt. Since the Brother was acting balkly and skipping st

Retro block, cards and 78 RPMs

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I continue to follow along with the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge with Green being the quilt block color for May.  The background is a mural near Harv's Car Wash, the retro radio material from the SPCA Thrift - it is truly a "Sacramento" block. Of the paper things I collect, one of them is cards. I wish they were dated - they look to be from the 1950s and 1960s. Here are a few of them. I discovered this archive of 78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings, part of the Great 78 Project.   The Great 78 Project is a community project for the preservation , research and discovery of 78rpm records. From about 1898 to the 1950s, an estimated 3 million sides (3 minute recordings) have been made on 78 rpm discs. https://archive.org/details/78rpm http://great78.archive.org/

Watercolor Quilt

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My next project ( I keep bumping my other PIGs-projects in grocery sacks and WIPs-works in progress ) is Watercolor Quilt. I scored the book thrift while visiting my mom.  Here is the fabric pull. The criteria for this quilt for fabric is florals, paisleys, geometrics and theme prints.  Instructions are to cut 2" squares and then combine the values. This is the type of project where you would need to plan out the blocks.  Since I have immersed myself into the quilting culture, I am still surprised and delighted by new methods and techniques.  In the first image, you can see the flimsy I've begun for the Art with Fabric Blog Hop next month. The challenge is to interpret a piece of artwork and then translate it to fabric.  I did not follow traditional piecing for that project and will detail it more in my blog post in May.  

Patterns of the Day

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I don't collect as many patterns now that there is an online repository. I only buy them for the image as I don't enjoy sewing clothing. Here are a couple from the 1950s I hadn't posted yet. One from the early 1960s Another from 1969 Ending with two patterns from 1970.