Archive for the ‘shopping’ Category

thrift store scores

February 6, 2009

In an effort to save money and purge our home of many unnecessary clutter, I have tried to stay away from thrift and fabric stores. Sometimes that just doesn’t happen.

This amazing mid-century chair came home with me last week and will serve me well as a sewing chair.

new chair

And these glasses are just gorgeous & look great in our kitchen. There were 8, but I selected the 4 that were in the best condition to bring home with me. A compromise with myself.

awesome glasses

Guiltily, I’ve also added to my fabric stash in the past few weeks. Granted, half of it is intended for projects that will be giving away, but I need to try to stay focused on my destashing.

fabric mosaic

But look at that mushroom fabric. It’s adorable. I’m even more fond of the large print houndstooth. I must work it into something for the house.


etsy love

January 29, 2009

Right now I’m really loving in the forest’s woodland creature paintings and prints. If it weren’t pretty tight money-wise around here, due to owed taxes, I would snatch up one of her small individual paintings. The bear on the aqua background is just calling to me.

in the forest's Original forest brown BEAR painting, framed wall hanging

in the forest's Original forest brown BEAR painting, framed wall hanging

Maybe I’ll have to settle for one the animal prints instead. The armadillo would be divine with our growing Texas-inspired collection.

in the forest's hello armadillo, print 5 x 4

in the forest's hello armadillo, print 5 x 4


handmade nation

November 21, 2007

jungle quilt

The boy has baby fever & is concocting plans for us to have one at home of our own. Right now I think we should be content with visiting the little toad & providing awesome handmade gifts, like this quilt I’ve been working on for the past few months. It’s the first actual quilt I’ve ever made and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I was a little worried I’d injected it too much of my taste into it and not taken the nursery theme into account enough, but the parents seem to love it.

the boy & the baby

The DIY ethic has been influencing me more & more lately, to the point that I’m having a hard time buying things I could make myself, even from other crafters, although I have been trying. I bought an awesome bag last month from Jmacc because I fell in love with the fabric print. In an attempt to make our place feel less transitional, I bought some wall pretties last week – a woodblock from Cabin & a print from A Minor Thread. And I just finished knitting a simple ribbed scarf with some glorious handspun yarn from Feral Feminine.

One area where I don’t have any guilt about the extreme DIY is food preparation. A friend introduced me to rice pudding a few weeks ago and I spent all day yesterday thinking about it, so I made a batch when I got home. I’ve yet to perfect the recipe, it needs way less sugar, but I’m already thinking of way it can be incorporated into other dishes. And Monday night I tried out a recipe for pumpkin butter that I’d bookmarked a few weeks ago ( is my friend). It made the house smell wonderful and it tastes delicious on everything.

pumpkin butter

buy handmade

October 26, 2007

I Took The Handmade Pledge!

& you should, too!

dollar tree bargains

June 21, 2007

Lately, I’ve been finding myself drawn to the dollar store. The first time was a whim with the boy & I found some great wire trays to use for craft show displays. And a week or so later I left the one by my house with this awesome book & some bugles. Now a week later I find an even more amazing book & mini candy bars.

bugle claws