{thrifting 101: flower power}


There seemed to be a theme to my finds on my last visit to the thrift store – flowers! I swear I found all three of these items during one visit to one store, sometimes things just work like that. 

This super retro looking ashtray was just too pretty not to scoop up. In fact the word ‘ashtray’ to me seems too dirty for something this cute. This would be a great dish in your bathroom or bedroom for hairpins or rings. Or I guess it could be used as an ashtray, if you must. 

I’m a sucker for tins….like it’s probably gotten a little out of control. I usually don’t find true vintage tins in thrift stores, they’re more of a flea market find but my eyes lit up when I saw this colourful tin. I haven’t decided where it will live yet but everyone has something that needs a good storage space. Or you could take the lid off and use it as a vase with some really basic wild flowers or grasses.

Lastly is this huge vintage bedspread that I found. It’s so big that I can’t really show it all in a photograph. I was so drawn to the colours and velvet-like texture but I had walked away from it because I just didn’t know what I would do with it. But before I cashed out I had to go back and grab it because it was just too nice to look at. I love the vibrant colours and contrast between the random flowers and the orderly pattern. 

When I brought it home I took it out on the deck to take pictures and realized that it looks amazing on the ground and would make a super cozy rug (shoes off please) with a bunch of big pillows tossed on top for extra seating. 

{craft-o-rama}

So as usual, everything takes wayyyyyyy more time than you anticipate or plan for. Here I was thinking I was so organized for this weekend’s upcoming Handmade Harvest and here I am working day & night this past weekend to get stuff done! It’s mostly the silk-screening that I left to the end because it’s the biggest job. Probably not the BEST idea. I did a bunch of silk-screening years ago and had little to no issues. This time around however, it hasn’t been so smooth. I think it’s a combination of the design I chose and maybe my make-shift studio area (read: my dining table) that’s giving me the problem. Either way – there has been a share of wasted supplies and time. I haven’t actually decided if those pieces are going to make it to the show or not and I haven’t had a chance to take pictures yet.

BUT on a more positive note there is a bunch of stuff that I have made, on top of the buttons & tags that I showed a few weeks ago. Here are some pictures of some other items I’ve been crafting up:

I pulled out my old silk-screen and used this great vintage clipart-esque image on some kitchen towels:

Then I made some of these cute matchbook notepads with various messages stamped on them:

And I was so in love with that cute felt garland that I blogged about a few weeks ago that I decided to make a few of those too. They look a little arts & craft in person but when you put them up, they just look so great!

Needless to say I was thankful that I decided to finally get cable (and PVR) just two weeks ago because I have been watching ALOT of TV & movies while making all of these goodies. My favourite so far has been re-discovering Will&Grace…I watched 5 episodes in one sitting. I also watched many episodes of Hoarders which is hard to watch while having random piles of finished and half-finished projects laying around all around you.

There will also be some 2011 wall calendars, photography and some printed shoe bags for those winter evenings out but I don’t have pictures. You’ll just have to come to Handmade Harvest to see them!