Monday, August 29, 2011

Fall Festival countdown!

A close friend of mine, my sister and I are doing a booth at a nearby fall festival the last weekend of September.  We had a booth last fall as well and I really enjoyed making items for the booth and the challenge of setting it up.  This year I am even more excited since our booth will be slightly bigger and in a better location and I've had more ideas in my head about how to set it up!  Here are some of the things I have been working on for the booth.
These are fabric rosettes to wear as pins or to put in your hair or on your purse. 
This one has plaid wool for the leaves and many of the others have burlap leaves.
These are double-sided cloth napkins made from vintage sheets.  I love the old colander they are in, its a really thin metal and has a rustic finish, of course I picked it up at one of my favorite thrift stores.
These are key chains or luggage ID tags.  They have vintage sheets and vintage fabrics on them and two of them have kitschy poems on them.
 This cracks me up and so does this one...
I thought these would be great charms for a backpack or purse too.

These are the bookmarks I've been cranking out.  The pieces of fabric are old quilt pieces that were never assembled. 
The little tin cup is a measuring cup. 

I added some crinkly ribbon to the edge of the buttons.  This genius ribbon is inspired by my sister's creation.  Its aged hem we age it is out little secret!  These are a few of the things I have been working on for the fall festival.  I'm focusing on smaller items this year.  I think they are better received than higher priced, more time intensive projects. 

A note for the Grandparents, I would've included a picture of AJ at her new hand-me-down dressing table however she didn't want to pose for a picture.  Someone at church passed down a dressing table to her Sunday and she had a fit over it.  She cried when I told her Dad would bring it home later so I had to pull the car around and load it up myself.  She was juiced up on cake that we had at a reception after church and it was dangerously close to nap time so loading up the table and taking it home in the moment seemed more prudent than listening to wailing all the way home and all through lunch and all through nap time routine!  Sometime you just gotta do what works! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

What you can find at a thrift store (or church yard sale!)...

Here are some of the treasures I've picked up in the recent months.  I've discovered that I love a church yard sale.  The older women who usually run them are generally always so graceful and kind and the atmosphere is usually a kind one.  The prices aren't outrageous either since they aren't just in it to get your dime!  Mostly they are places where you can find old stuff which is why I love going!

This mixer cover is a little frayed on the edges but I love the embroidery!
This is an enamelware teapot from Poland.  I have used it to heat water in, I hope that's safe.  Anyone have any wisdom about using old enamelware and whether or not its safe?
This is about six yards of fabric.  I just love how vibrant it is and the white polka dots are so fun next to the strawberries.  I've got to figure out what to do with border print fabrics since I have two cute ones. 

And here's a picture for the Grandparents, the other night I went to get in bed and I always keep a roll of toilet paper next to the bed for tissue.  As I went to go to bed I discovered this nice little nest of tissue.
I knew that AJ had Micah's belt earlier in the day and had been hanging it over the edge of the bed "fishing" but I didn't know she'd actually made fish!  And yes my bed is unmade (I know this would make my MaMa roll over in her grave) but I just see it as airing out the sheets during the day!!

Happy day to you and happy creating!