here. I love the scenes but am wondering what I should make out of it in order to preserve the large scenes? Any suggestions? Its also vintage so I wouldn't want to make anything that would be subject to multiple washings. I think it was decorator fabric because it feels thick. Here's the bolt end.
At some time this fabric was 1.99 a yard. Seems like a stark contrast to the prices of decorator fabrics now huh?
I also thrifted some taffeta for a Christmas dress for AJ. I looked at buying some this past Christmas but just couldn't bring myself to fork over the money. I found two yards of this taffeta for 1.00.
Its exactly the pattern and color that I had in mind last Christmas. I think it just goes to prove that the karma of finding something you want will eventually catch up with you at a thrift store.
I also popped in to a local church rummage sale. I literally whizzed in and practically whizzed out which is not like my usual lolly-gagging that I like to do at those kinds of sales. I picked up this kids craft book and was super excited as I flipped through it. The binding is really fragile but I LOVE the activities inside.
Its by McCalls and dated 1953. Here are a few of the activities.
I like that the pictures/activities often include both boys and girls.
These instructions are really clear and who could resist this little Dutch girl hat?
Now I'm going to get a little reflective, you've been warned!!!! I feel so fortunate to have the choice to shop at thrift stores and rummage sales. On Sunday I needed an hour escape in the afternoon and went to a thrift store that features 20 cent clothing items on Sundays. I haven't been in a while and since I can only go later on Sunday afternoons its not always worth it (all the items are very picked over by then.) I rummaged around a bit and then decided I'd rather spend my time at Hancock's fabrics. As I was leaving I noticed a Mom and daughter that looked as if they had no choice about where they shopped. I went on to Hancock's for about thirty minutes and as I was driving home I saw the same Mom and daughter walking home on the street with their bags of clothing. My heart went out to them and I considered just how incredibly lucky I am to have a choice about where I shop. When I go to a thrift store it is for fun and it helps me support a value that I am trying to live out of trying to conserve the earth's resources but it is not out of necessity. Yes it does help our budget greatly but again I still have choices.
I am reflecting on this experience because I hope to use it as a reminder of how much Micah and I have and how we can be generous and live in a spaciousness that gives us open hands ready to give. With the economy as it is, it's too easy to live with hands closed tightly around all your possessions. I hope that I can live with more freedom than that.