The cutest of the holiday projects I found this past year were these button Santas by Linda Barton posted on the FB group Up-Cycled Cloth Collective. I have more than enough buttons to create these cuties. Have the very best of holidays. I am listening to Cristy Lane Christmas.
My quest for June was to find a piece of original art as a birthday present to myself. This $4.99 thrifted still life acrylic on canvas fit the bill. I love obtaining Other People's Artwork (OPA). At my same hospice thrift location I found a real Burberry bag. I couldn't believe my eyes, priced at $9.99, that came home with me too along with 2 bags from a mystery quilter. Mystery bags of fabric were priced at $3.99 each. The best of Mystery Bag #1 were these cross-stitched days of the week and a few other usable pieces. The best of Mystery Bag #2 were these appliqued quilt blocks. Sadly, there was only one of these retro Dresden partially completed blocks. While worth the money spent, 80% of the bags were unusable. Either ugly fabric (I give it away), or pathetic patchwork. It is a well kept secret among quilters that sometimes other's creations are downright ugly. Here is evidence of that in orphan blocks in odd colorways. I took the opportunity to clean out all of my
Without revealing my personal health information, in the past few months I have received two health diagnoses. I had attributed it to my age but got to thinking that maybe these problems were an outcropping of remote work and pandemic stress. Has your health deteriorated or have you put off medical attention? On a lighter note, let's talk reselling. Looking back, I see that I only have 40 patterns left of my original vintage sewing pattern collection of 200+. Never would I have imagined them to be so popular. All death pile sewing patterns should be in by the end of next week. Then, I have to turn my attention to books. I have them hidden under the bed, secreted away in corners of the house, and catch heck when the Mr. discovers them. 😁 They need to live in the She Shed trailer (that means they are listed on eBay). In my personal library, I have an entire shelf of craft books - Flower fabrication and arranging, Ikebana, painting, needlework, jewelry making, and quilting (stack
A slight play on words to a great Kenny Rogers song. Compression gloves have made a huge difference in my life. These fingerless ones I wear all day, with the exception of eating and preparing food, and take them off at bedtime. Another compression benefit are the knee high socks. I wear those a couple of hours in the evening and take those off at bedtime. My mother, now 93, is frail and has lost the use of her legs. She was always active and walked daily up until her late 80s. Will these changes benefit me in 30 years if I live into my 90s? Thrifting update: I continue to find sewing patterns, fabric and quilt books. Book finds in general have slowed, but I did pick up 3 Red Plaid cookbooks at Goodwill in Washington. My newest eye candy quilt book is 1989 Clues in the Calico , a guide to identifying and dating antique quilts. This will join the keeper collection. Reseller update: A book on the Soviet Navy from the Naval Historian's estate sold for $50! I have more than made bac
The FB group of American Patchwork and Quilting has chosen No. 2 in the UFO Challenge. That is my Spice it Up quilt. I have been distracted by other projects NOW is the time to dive in. I have committed to the Atomic Starburst pattern with the pattern printed on Perfect Piecing paper ( pattern image blocked out ). There are 20 starbursts in the pattern, meaning I have to piece 40 half stars. If I can set a goal of just a couple of completed starbursts at each sitting, I will eventually get there. While I was out of town, I bought fabric, two bags from Value Village at $7.99 each. I used the fabric to pack the box I shipped home so it served two purposes, as packing material and now as part of my stash. Reselling update: The push is on now. Just like the retailers, the next two months will be the true test whether I will make my goal of $500 for the year. I have gathered some product to sell. New listings will include batches of Barbie clothes. Finally, I know I have com
In an attempt t o limit my hand-use activities, I have installed the Microsoft free dictation app and have ordered a pair of fingerless compression gloves. I will be using my hands for work and then resting them off hours. It means sewing and patchwork piecing will take the hit. I have kits and PIGS (projects in grocery sacks) *even though mine are in zippered clear plastic* and orphan blocks. I will winnow down all of that stuff. I have added enough to my death pile to make it through another pandemic. I've tended toward listing the sewing patterns because they are so easy to scan in and don't require special photographing. They also are very popular and tend the sell quickly. I am thanking the Thrift Gods for the gift of 20 uncut Vogue patterns from a collectors estate. Mystery collector must have loved Vogue (who doesn't?). My current round of listings of those amazing patterns will total $250-$300 in value. https://www.ebay.com/itm/184864201987 This is not a paid