Posts Tagged ‘thrift store finds’

Thrifty Shoes

I wear my shoes until they have no more umph left in them, which is typically for years. This past fall is when my fall/spring shoes finally expired. Over the winter I’ve just worn my boots so haven’t really needed to find new ones, though somewhere in the distance I can see spring popping up. I’m not a huge fan of shoe shopping, I can never seem to find exactly what I want/need for the kind of price I’m looking for. I need practical shoes, but let’s face it, I want them to look cute too. My mom and I went to the thrift store on Saturday and I was pretty happy to see these. They were all in my size, practically brand new, and the perfect price. So for a mere $13 bucks, I am 3 pairs of shoes richer. These are my favourites. I just love them. On a side note, do you remember my granny square laptop cover? I love the cover, but I just haven’t grown to love the colours, so I have decided to sell it. It holds a 13" MacBook perfectly (not really sure about PC laptop sizing, sorry) and I’m selling it for $35 plus actual shipping. If anyone is interested, please e-mail me at jennifer@thegirlbythesea.com. Hope everybody had a great weekend. We’ve got a busy week here, and my brother is coming into town at the end of the week, yeah!

green, thrift store finds • Monday, February 15th, 2010 • 19 Comments »

Winging It

small granny squares For the most part, I like winging it when it comes to crafting. Though I do use them, patterns make me nervous. I much prefer to tackle a project by figuring it out what needs to be done and doing it, minus a pattern. I recently found an article of clothing at a thrift store that was fantastic in just about every way. There is one thing I want to change and that’s what these granny squares are for. Of course, the whole thing could be a complete failure, but I hope not. I should have it done by next week and I can’t wait to show you. Oh, and after I laid these out, I noticed how cute they would be as a granny square wreath. I might have to work on some of those for next Christmas. On a side note, my closet is almost done. Just one more stack to go through and then my clothes will be down to what I actually wear and love. Decluttering is so freeing, good thing, as I have lots more to do. Which do you prefer, working from patterns, or winging it?

crochet, sewing, thrift store finds • Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 • 11 Comments »

A Winter Wreath

autumn wreathI’m not normally a wreath person, but I had seen several pictures lately of wreaths made with pinecones and other nuts that I just loved the look of. This past Saturday I was in our local thrift store looking for a few items and as soon as I walked in the door, this beauty was sitting on the table right inside. Someone had taken the time to individually wire all of the pinecones, chestnuts, walnuts and many other gorgeous brown items to a frame. It is absolutely beautiful and they were practically giving it away at $1. I really love that it’s not Christmassy as it can be displayed all through the autumn and winter. It always make me a little sad when I see things that were so lovingly made go for such a small sum. On the other hand, I am thankful that it wasn’t just tossed out, and now my family can give it a new life where it will be much loved and appreciated.

home, nature, thrift store finds • Monday, November 16th, 2009 • 15 Comments »

Stool Makeover

before stoolWe have a pretty small kitchen which also serves as our dining room. Up to this point we have had a very small built in table that we have eaten at, but it was no longer working for us as we couldn’t fit all six of us around it very comfortably. This past weekend Hubby ripped it out (more on that tomorrow) and we have purchased a new, bigger table. Because the table is bigger and there is not a lot of space, I have been keeping my eye out for some stools that would fit under the table when not in use. We stopped by our local thrift store the other day and on my way out of one of the buildings I saw this poor, sad little stool. He was painted a bizarre wood-like colour and was covered in filthy old brown corduroy. He is super sturdy, and the best part was that he was only $1.50. I snapped him up and with a little bit of a clean up, some fresh paint and new fabric, here he is. after stool I really wanted some kind of a neutral-ish floral print so that it would look nice but still blend in with the table and other chairs, but since I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted and we need the stool now, I covered him in unbleached muslin. I’ll still keep my eye out for a different fabric that will work, but in the meantime, he looks so much cleaner and will be perfect for our needs. I was so excited that I found exactly what I was looking for for such a great price. We are really lucky with our thrift store, it has such great prices, and this is the kind of thing that really gets me going. I really love taking something old and worn out, or just plain ugly and turning it into something that is useful and beautiful. More fun stuff tomorrow, have a great day!

home, thrift store finds • Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 • 10 Comments »

Blue and White Striped Jugs.

blue and white jugsYou will have to pardon my very short post today as I didn’t get home until 2:45am last night and can barely keep my eyes open. I am wondering how I am going to make it through this day (though it was a fun night), I’ll tell you all about it shortly. In the meantime, look what I found at a local antique store, two blue and white striped jugs all the way from Staffordshire, England. I am always surprised at what shows up in thrift and antique stores and wish that the items could tell their story. Have a great day and I’ll fill you all in later.

food, home, thrift store finds • Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 • 9 Comments »

Sweet Little Fabric Birdy Tutorial

finished bird.jpgHere is the tutorial for this sweet little birdy. I have not done a tutorial before so I hope this one is ok. Please make as many as you want for personal use, but please do not sell any birdies made from this pattern. Let me know if there are any problems with the tutorial and I’ll see what I can do. I crocheted chains for the hanging loop and legs, but if you don’t know how or don’t want to, you could use any kind of ribbon or string. Hope you enjoy, I’d love to see any birdies you make. Download Pattern (pdf)

Supplies you will need:

  • fabric scraps for body and wings
  • yarn for hanging loop
  • yarn for birdy legs
  • decorative button for loop
  • two buttons for eyes
  • two buttons for feet
  • embroidery floss for wing
  • poly-fil or wool for stuffing

bird cut out pieces.jpg Cut out two body pieces and two wing pieces using the pattern pieces. bird making wing.jpg Center the actual size wing pattern piece on the back side of the wing fabric. Fold the fabric around the pattern piece and iron. Slip the paper pattern piece out. I’m sure there are better ways of doing this but it is what I ended up doing, feel free to do this however you wish. bird hand embroider wing on.jpg Place the wing on the right side of the body piece and using a running stitch, attach the wing to the body (I removed two strands of the embroidery floss and used the rest so that it would not be too thick). Make sure to leave a small opening in order to put some stuffing into it. Repeat for the other side. bird stuff wing.jpg Add a small amount of stuffing into the wing and then finish stitching it up. bird crochet hanging loop.jpg Crochet a chain of approx. 40 stitches (you can make it shorter or longer depending on where you want to hang it) using your hanging loop yarn. When you chain your last stitch, using a slipstitch, connect it to the chain about 2/3 of the way down. Finish it off leaving a tail long enough to stitch your button on. bird stitch button on hanging loop.jpg Using the tail, thread it through your decorative button and secure it to the chain behind the button. bird crochet leg.jpg Crochet another chain using your leg yarn (I was using a thicker yarn so I only needed four stitches) to the length that you want. Finish it off leaving a tail long enough to stitch a button on. bird stitch button on leg.jpg Thread the tail through your birdy feet button and secure to the chain behind the button. Repeat for the other leg. bird sandwich pieces with loop.jpg Place bird bodies right sides together and sandwich the decorative hanging loop in the middle. You want the single chain (the bottom, not the handle part) peeking out the top of the birdy head. Pin around the birdy making sure that the hanging loop is in the middle so as not to be accidentally stitched when joining the two sides together. bird stitch together.jpg Using a 1/4” seam allowance, machine or hand stitch all the way around the bird leaving an opening at the bottom big enough to turn and stuff the bird. bird turn right side out and stuff.jpg Turn the bird right side out and stuff. I used a small chopstick to make sure the stuffing filled out the beak and tail. bird stitch up with legs.jpg Take a needle and thread that will blend in with your main body fabric and start stitching up the hole making sure to add the legs in as you go. bird finished legs.jpg Take a moment to breathe, we’re almost done. Grab your eye buttons and some thread that matches the buttons. bird stitch eyes on.jpg I stitched the eyes by holding both buttons in place and starting at one side, going through the button, through the head, and through the other button and just stitched them both on at the same time. When I was done I wrapped the tails of thread around the buttons to hide them. You are now done with your birdy. I hope you enjoy him.

tutorials • Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 • 13 Comments »

Hankies

kids hankies.jpgOne way that we have tried to consume less and save on the budget is by using hankies. I’ve had lots of fun trying to build up a collection. I have a good start, but if everyone came down with colds at the same time, we might be a tad short. I have some from when we lived in Japan, one from a friend in New Zealand, a couple from my great grandmother, and the rest have been picked up at thrift and antique stores. crocheted edge hankies.jpgI’ve got a couple with some beautifully crocheted edges and several with some gorgeous embroidery. I even found a cute little child’s hanky.embroidered hankies.jpg The other day when I was out birthday shopping with my mom, I found this beautiful smoky brown hand embroidered hanky which would be great for using at more solemn occasions. My new favourite is this hanky with pink and brown houses.brown hankies.jpgThen of course there are plenty of floral hankies as well.floral hankies.jpgI don’t usually pay more than one dollar for a hanky, so over time that is significantly less money than buying boxes of tissues. As far as laundry goes, with the amount of laundry that six people generate, a couple dozen hankies really doesn’t add much. Besides, it’s so much more fun having a colourful hanky in your pocket, and so much softer on your nose. I love collecting them and keeping my eye out wherever I go, hoping to find some new ones. There are so many beautiful hankies out there, but a lot of them are really fragile so I try to only get ones that can handle some serious nose blowing. Using hankies is just one small way we try to consume and discard less.

home, thrift store finds • Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 • 10 Comments »

Birthday Goodies

birthday flowersI received some wonderful presents for my birthday, and wanted to share them with you. I got these gorgeous flowers, just perfect to brighten up the kitchen. It makes me smile every time I look at them.birthday bits and bobsSome great new (well, old, really) hankies to add to my collection that I use daily. A beautifully hand crocheted baby bib and some silver baby spoons for the little one, and an old wooden spool which will decorate my studio, one day.how to grow your own food.jpgA new gardening book to hopefully help me figure out what I’m doing.stripey blanket.jpgA pink stripey blanket that is destined to be repurposed as it has a little hole and a couple of stains. I also got two sets of Wee Wonderfuls embroidery patterns, the All Four Seasons Stitchettes, and the All Four Fairy Stitchettes. Last but not least, is a 1- year subscription to the British Country Living magazine, which I’m super, super, super excited about. I had such a great birthday, and got some wonderful things. There is going to be a lot of fun crafting before Christmas and plenty to learn before spring hits with a new garden. Hope you guys are having a great week.

books, gardening, thrift store finds • Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 • 8 Comments »

A Favourite Chair

climbing on chairThis is one of my favourite chairs. My mom and I found it at an antique store in town last year and she gave it to my daughter for Christmas. At the moment my four year old daughter uses it at the table as she couldn’t quite reach high enough, but soon it will be passed down to my 14 month old. She’s getting antsy in her highchair, I think she just wants to be right up to the table with the rest of us. I love that it takes up so little space, and it’s the perfect height so that little ones don’t have to eat with their hands up by their ears. I love the pale green that it was painted and the fact that it is worn on the edges. It had a life before it came to live with us, and besides, I would much rather find a piece that has a history than just purchasing something new. I think it adds much more charm. I love pieces with a history whether I know exactly what it is or not, and I really love that it will have a life after my little ones when we pass it down to their little ones.

home, thrift store finds • Friday, September 25th, 2009 • 2 Comments »

Repurposing Vintage Linens – Part 1

shower curtain I love repurposing things, especially vintage linens. I have found some really cute ones at thrift stores and I have several from my grandparents and great grandparents. Recently I was tired of looking at the shower curtain in our master bathroom, so I decided to repurpose a vintage sheet that I had picked up and turn it into a shower curtain that would make me smile. In order to turn it from a sheet into a shower curtain, all I did was measure for the proper length and then cut it off and hem it. Next, I added buttonholes to be able to hook it onto the shower curtain hooks. All in all it took me about a half an hour to make, and what a difference it made in the bathroom. I just love this print, it is so bright and cheery, and $2 for the sheet and a half an hour of time is my idea of a makeover.

sewing, thrift store finds • Friday, September 18th, 2009 • 2 Comments »