Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Quickie Rednesday Day Share!

I really debated skipping this Rednesday. I have been spinning my wheels all day and I am tired!Tne unexpected turn in my day was taking our metal detector to my friend, Deb. A lady she works with dropped her wedding ring in the parking lot at work and it's snowing today! They heard it hit the pavement but no sign of it. So, they were hoping the metal detector would help. So far, no luck! I sure hope she finds it, what a bummer!So, the only picture I have to share today is a pillow I've made. It's my artwork. Nothing difficult to be sure, but I love it. I used a few decorative stitches on my sewing machine on the heart. I make pillows for almost every holiday. It's simply a tea towel folded in half and sewed into a tube. Then, I add buttons and button holes to the sides for easy removal of the travel pillow form inside. I'll get around to posting them all someday!

If you'd like my "pattern" give me a shout. I'll happily send it along to you!

Now make sure to check out all the other Red goodness at It's A Very Cherry World.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Finally a Decent Day at the Thrift Store

Yes, finally a decent day. It's been pretty bad at the thrifts around here. No estate sales to speak of, and the one auction I went to on Saturday was less than thrilling. I left empty-handed after a couple hours.

So, it's been so bad that when I saw these fabrics at the Goodwill I wasn't even that excited about them. They were all taped up and I didn't have the ambition to open them up to look more closely. I thought they looked old, but they were in such good shape, I wasn't sure.When I got home my indifference turned to school-girl giddiness! Both have 36" selvages, so they are old! No rips, no stains!The red and black piece is 4 yards.The blue piece is 10 1/2 yards!!! And since not much in my house is blue I will be selling it. Just not sure how or when I will do that. Not too many crafters out there want 10 1/2 yards of one fabric! So maybe I'll do an dutch auction or something.

You know today is Rednesday over at It's a Very Cherry World! . It seems in my drought that Rednesday is the one day I KNOW I can post something. I could let my red and black fabric be my weekly contribution, but I decided to throw in a few other red items.My canisters from an auction last January (I don't think they are very old.) Notice my red scoops inside!My cookbook rack, I bought at a thrift store probably 12 years ago. I immediately painted it RED!These pictures accentuate the fact that I need new counters and a backsplash! I still have the "builder's beige" going on! We keep pushing this project back, but I am hoping to finally tackle this come Fall!

So, now that I've done my part to keep the Rednesday train going. I'm off to check out the other red goodies out there!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Torn Between Two Lovers, Vintage and Primitive

Do you remember the 70's song, "Torn Between Two Lovers" by Mary MacGregor?

Torn between two lovers, feelin` like a fool
Lovin` both of you is breakin` all the rules

That's really the way I feel these days. See I love my vintage 30's, 40's and 50's but I also love primitive. How in the world do I make these two styles live in harmony in my house? It's a struggle, and the way I've reconciled it with myself is I collect what I love and deal with the consequences.
A prime example is today's offering for Carol's Rednesday, I am sharing another quilt. This is one of my favorites because I do love my snowmen. They are so appropriate this time of year, after Christmas but long before we see any signs of spring here in Iowa.
One thing I love about this quilt are all the hearts. Since Valentine's Day is our next decorating holiday, it seems a good way to transition. So, here's where my other love comes in. If you look closely most of the buttons I've used to embellish the quilt are vintage, some bakelite.

This quilt is usually in my hallway, where I have a wall quilt rack. I change out the quilts with the seasons. I had to move it to my mantel for this picture because it's hard to get a good picture in the hallway!

It's been slow here for auctions and estate sales. The thrift stores seemed to be filled with everyone's end of the year cast-offs. I hope things pick-up soon!