I have not posted my finds in a while! Mostly this is because I have been purchasing a lot of thrifty gifts and don’t want to ruin any surprises! I did go to an estate sale a few weeks back and got these great items:
So many fun holiday finds! The fiber glass tray and pitcher are the highlight for me. I spent quite a while digging through boxes at this one, those are the best sales. How cute is this guy!?
I have still been crafting like a mad woman to get ready for the holiday rush. Today really kicks off the shopping season, but I already have so many presents bought and wrapped. I like having them done early so I can put them under the tree. Bonus decorations! This will be our first official Christmas in our new home, so many fun firsts this past year!
I made a quick and fruitful stop to Goodwill on Monday. Such cute eyes on the little owl! I’m crazy about the holly berry pattern on that cup!
The cashier said “You really like this white glass, huh?” Ha! You have no idea.
This weekend I went to two sales in tight, maze-like houses. There were narrow stairs, tons of people, and mountains of stuff.
The first sale was small, and picked over. I only got a few things.
The hat needs work, and I don’t know if I can even get it clean. I don’t have a lot of experience with wool felt, but it has no holes or issues besides the stains, so for 75¢, I took a risk.
The bigger sale was a digger. There were so many un-sorted boxes. I came out with some real goodies.
The furry thing draped over the box is actually a mink collar. This is something I never thought I would own. I am not into the whole animal pelt thing. I will spare you my soap box rant about animal rights. However, while digging through boxes of christmas decoration in an attic, I discovered it and thought I ought to rescue it. An animal died to make that collar, why let it get destroyed? I had intended to make a (faux)fur collar for my coat, but this one is perfect, just needs a little freshening up.
I was happy to get a handful of good Christmas craft supplies. I can put those to use right away. There was a giant box of the wooden cut outs. They were handmade by someone who lived in the house. The tiny storks and camel are birthday candle holders. So fun!
The bank and the planter are probably my favorites.
I also found a nice shelf for my kitchen. It is already painted white and has grooves for plates, major bonus for the kitchen. My ingredient containers from the first sale will look great on here. I plan to add hooks or a dowel rod to the bottom for hanging towels and utensils.
And now I go back to my studio for more Christmas crafting!
Halloween is over, and now half of my Christmas decorations are up. I normally wait until the day after Thanksgiving, but last year we bought a house on December 20. We started sorting and packing in October, so my Christmas decorations never made it out. Our fabulous realtor gave us a Christmas wreath for our door, so at least we had something! This year, I am making up for it.
This is my favorite part of the decor. Later, our tree will be put up to the left, in place of the chair. The milk glass really stands out with all the red accents.
I am so excited for our first official Christmas in our new house. Last year we “celebrated” by scrubbing, painting, and scraping, then sleeping on what little floor space was not torn up. We took a break from that to go to my parents house on Christmas day, but we were so exhausted and dazed it feels like it didn’t happen. This year, we are off to a much better start for the season!
We are so happy to be settled in, and loving our little house!
How did I celebrate Halloween? By doing Christmas crafts of course! I was bleaching and dying trees all day.
I used new and vintage ones. The vintage ones definitely worked better, but I have not been finding many of them lately so I had to make a craft store run.
And now I have a colorful forest!
The crafting continues!
I have been kicking it into full gear to get ready for the holidays!
You can look forward to all kinds of new items in the shop, including supplies and vintage items! I have made good use of the vintage candle clips I bought at an estate sale.
Wish I would have scooped up more! All of these beauties will be hitting my shop very soon.
My press is getting festive too!
I have been meaning to make these for a long time. I love how they are turning out!
So far, I have not listed many of my more elaborate pieces like these in the shop because they are so delicate and I fear they will be destroyed in the mail.
I have many dioramas and terrariums that only come out for in person sales, which I do not do very often. They do make good gifts though!
I have to give shout out to Meyer Imports for being such a great source for many of my supplies. They are such a nice business! They really treat their customers like old friends, and I love that about them. A lot of their products are new old stock, which is pretty cool. I like to keep things vintage when possible. The majority of my supplies, come from thrift stores and estate sales. I love the hunt!
I found a few fun items this weekend. These christmas things are from Goodwill. Not sure why a panda was impaled atop the tree.
It looks much better without all of that junk. I love the mercury glass garland, and wooden base.
These are from an estate sale. A box of brass brads for crafts, and a Fire King Peach Luster dish.
Delicious and super girly. They have little flecks of pink and turquoise cotton candy. Perfect retro colors for poodle cookies.
This is one of the many cutters I got at an estate sale this summer.
I am looking forward to making gingerbread cookies with the dachshund cutter this season.
I was very excited to visit one of my favorite mid century neighborhoods for another estate sale. It is worth going just to see the houses!
I love the sweet message on this cup holder!
I think that the tiny dog might have come off of a cuckoo clock. Chris did seem to enjoy this sale more than the other two he accompanied me to, but he only came out with one item. Right by the checkout, he spotted an un-labeled candid snapshot of a 1978 Rolling Stones concert.
More awesome packaging!
This molded tin reindeer needs a little antler/hoof trimming.
My recent mission has been to gather more ornaments for making holiday wreaths. With this batch I am almost finished with my red and gold wreath!
I like to go to estate sales on the last day, when they are slashing prices. I found a few scandinavian goodies, some paper coasters and a dala horse deck of cards.
I was drawn to this tiny box because of the graphics, but once I read the fine print I was even more excited about it. This is a souvenir ash tray from a 1933 automobile expo in Chicago.
This egg cup has such a sweet rosy cheeked face! It must have had a spoon with it at some point, as there is a little hole on the side.
The best part is this cigar box full of miscellaneous vintage playing cards. There are over 500 cards in here!
It is way too many cards to try to photograph at once, but here are some of the highlights.
Did you see that spaniel in the corner? This is my favorite card. She looks just like my June!