Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter Wonderland Thrift

With the holidays approaching faster than I could manage I decided not to do as much Christmas decorating this year and I jumped right into my January mode. Any one who really knows me knows that I decorate fresh for every month and January is blue and white snowflake theme.

Continuing on the thrift part of this blog I thought that I would blog my blue and white winter themed trays that I use on the kitchen wall to make it feel icy. These were part of a set of four, but at the thrift store there was not a complete set and the other seasonal trays of the set didn't appeal to me as well. I knew I would use these for sure. So I got wall plate hangers and here they are.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Vintage Pink Thrift Store Ornaments

It has always been a way of life for me to shop at thrift stores. Even when I travel out of town I try to find them. This find however was from a local thrift store. In an attempt to keep Christmas costs to a minimum, but at the same time be different than everyone else I chose a very cheap white Christmas tree that came complete with pastel lights. Well it seemed like we would have to put up with this frightful tree until....... I found some discounted ribbon, imitation poinsettia flowers of dark maroon and pink to match the ribbon and some off beat glittery who knows what and put it on the tree. Not perfect, but much better than I thought. It would do and fit the budget.

After the tree was up and we were ready to enjoy the holiday season my eldest daughter and I decided to visit some local thrift stores. As usual she went one way and I went the other. I got to a Christmas display and to my surprise was a box of vintage pink Christmas ornaments. Only twelve, but if applied to the front of the tree only she and I would know. Continuing on through the store I met up with my daughter who was so excited to show me that she had found two more boxes of the same ornaments and when I showed her my find we couldn't stop laughing. One box was minus three ornaments, but that was fine by us. Now we put the tree up either in the family room or in a Victorian decorated bedroom and just enjoy our economical and different Christmas tree.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Vintage Holiday Thrift

Sometimes you just happen to look on the top of a shelf at a thrift store and find a vintage holiday treasure. Mine was this box of unused vintage 40's or 50's Norcross Inc. children's Christmas cards. Are you old enough to remember the red velvet on cards? Well these are that kind of card and they just are so cute. I fell in love with them as soon as I saw them. The box was in mint condition and although there were originally 16 cards in the box there are only 10 now. I hope you find the pictures as cute and innocent as I did. Times surely have changed.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Apron Sewing Thrift

The trend today has gone back to giving things a new use or just using what is already available. I have lived this life for as long as I can remember and when I look around my house I see that most of what I have in it has been renewed.

I was going to start a new blog with my up cycled items listed on it to show what I have done to use old things or bring new things back to life, but this is what the Craft Zone has literally become. Most of the fabric I own and items in the studio are what other people have not used and given or I have purchased so I decided to just keep everything to one blog. I am trying to create a network of blogs and blog friends so feel free to share my blog with your friends and maybe get an idea or two of your own.

Some years ago I was given (yes, given) boxes of sewing materials from an estate. So much that a lot was donated, made into something new for charities, put to use or became something special to me. In the boxes were two hand embroidered apron fronts. The condition of these aprons was excellent so I went to work to make them come alive. I added neck and back ties and lined them and they have hung in all of my kitchens for as long as I can remember. Textile crafts are my love, but I also enjoy being in my kitchen. Aprons are something that combines both of my loves.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Autumn Thrift

I have seen so many people who have blogged about their thrift habits that I thought that through the year as I see my thrift store items and up cycled items used in my home that I would start to post them on my blog. I have so many that I could build a blog just for this purpose, but I will keep them short and do them on the Craft Zone.
These pictures of Thanksgiving blessings was a Hallmark punch out book. I found it at the thrift store (1.49) and just fell in love with the pictures. I didn't want to punch them out so I removed the rusty staples, found some autumn colored paper and some matching frames at a yard sale and put them to use in my autumn decorating. This was several years ago and I can't tell you how much they put me in the mood for turkey and pumpkin pie every Thanksgiving.

Dolly is finished.

I am happy to say that Dolly is finished and returned to her owner. I had so much fun working on it and making it a completed quilt. I know this will be loved and I know my love went into making it, and will always fill another heart with joy.