Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Moving on...

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Yes - I've moved on from this blog and am now more active on my Instagram. Join me there if you wish!

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Friday, May 9, 2014

More Oleander - Creative Recap

Hesitantly, I opened my draft blog post today, expecting a big blank staring back at me.

I was cheered to find these images waiting here. You see, in this last month a hard drive crash and new computer have consumed  my creative time. 

And despite a good amount of backups - I wasn't quite perfect in that backup implementation.

So, I lost some spreadsheet data and photos.  But not these ones!

Continuing on from last month with that oleander motif, this time stitched on cotton over-dyed with indigo, using simple DMC stranded embroidery floss.

You know, working with anything hanging around the house!!

Pondering, too, how to use the Spoonflower printed fabric samples with the oleander images.

And I have a tale about that little 4" embroidery hoop I use...

It came from France, from the Sajou embroidery store online. It's a lovely little hoop with nicely beveled edges and wood that doesn't split.

Late one night clicking around the internet I found the shop online - at that time all in French. And using my high school language abilities I managed to order the hoop - padding my order with some thread bobbins and postcards to reach the minimum international order.

Yet my math failed me in converting from Francs to Dollars (or was it Euros?),and I reversed the conversion factor in my head.

So that cute little inexpensive hoop ended up costing me...



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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Thrift Stories - Aqua

I have a history with things aqua. It's one of those go-to colors that always pulls my attention. It's such a happy hue.

A year or so ago I found this vintage rotary telephone. Slightly overpriced, I just had to have it!

It's kept me company in my office ringing away with its classic bell tone. (Yes, it works!)

Although as a practical device in these digital times - not so much. (Try responding to a menu tree from a rotary phone - can't be done!)

 Great accessory piece, regardless of it's practicality.

For practicality, a Samsonite suitcase fits the bill. This one was tucked into a corner of my favorite thrift shop. (The one that features a wide range of prices.)

 For $4.00 it came home with me. I love the subtle sparkle to the aqua blue textured exterior, and I love the shirred cover over the lid.

 It's a bit stained inside so I use it to tote art supplies to our Odd Tuesday creative group.

Some items come with great surprises inside.

 A recent jaunt to that same thrift shop on a busy day had me feeling that the offerings were picked over.

 Up high on a shelf I spied this aqua and white ice bucket - obviously older with the robust metal handle. Dangling from the side was a small tag with tiny writing - "ice bucket with 35 silver".

They weren't kidding - inside an almost complete set of Towle silverplate flatware. Gorgeous! Made my day.

Suburban thrift picking - always a pleasure and sometimes there's treasure!

Do you venture out thrift picking? Are there go-to items that you always seem to be picking up?

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