Thrift shopping and warehouse sales have been very fruitful lately. The four bolts of fabrics were my haul during a recent trip to Foust. While we were out that day, I picked up my Shop Hop win! Yes, amazingly, for the first time ever, my entry was drawn for one of the Shop Hop basket prizes! Wahoo!! Just look at all the goodies inside!! Some of them will become door prizes for other events, but I’ll sure have fun with the fabric.
The fabric box it came in will be really useful.
Of course, getting new stuff means I need to clear out some old, so you can have a chance to get some nice fabric, or new stamps at a great deal. My Etsy store is restocked and ready, and here is a coupon code link – Click HERE to take you to my Etsy store, and register your 15% discount on any sale $20 or more without having to enter the code. I have made a number of new pincushions, and listed more of my stash and stamps to temp you plus I have added fabrics, charm packs and stash stuff I am willing to let go. The coupon code AUGUST2017SALE will be good to the end of the month, just put that in the coupon area if you use your own link to get there.
New-to-me Gorham crystal wine glasses came from the thrift store last month (we used them at the summer luncheon), and some really fun pottery bowls were nabbed from a friend’s garage sale. I have been experimenting with Japanese cooking lately, and these rice bowls were perfect for those meals. Yes, I’ll be sharing some recipes soon, but I don’t have the spice balance right yet, and the meat filling on the Shumai is coming out too much like a meatball.
I was thrifting with a friend last week, and we found a big garage sale at a downtown church, and a new-to-me junk shop in old downtown. What a score!! An added bonus is I got to see a number of friends at the church that I haven’t seen since I left the quilt club. I am thinking of attending a quilt retreat day in the fall, just so I can sew with friends for a day.
This gorgeous magnolia picture has the perfect color background for my master bath, but I don’t like the band of beige and gold on the frame. This will be a DIY rework soon. I picked this up at the Safelight thrift store the week I delivered the spa bags. If you are local, try the Tomato Pie at the Safelight run Dandelion Cafe on 5th St in Hendersonville. It was scrumptious.
I couldn’t resist these white fine bone china leaves at a recent auction house sale. They are so delicate that you can see your hand through them when you hold them up to the light, indicating a very high quality china. They will be wonderful when I do all white tablescapes in January. All seven dishes, six plates and the larger bowl were too inexpensive to pass up.
Grilling outdoors has been fun this summer, and I haven’t had a chance to show you that I found a good use for the onion bowls from a previous thrift find. They were perfect for baked beans!
After my luncheon earlier in the summer, a dear friend gave me the knife rests I have been wanting. Thanks, Bonnie!!
Many of you have asked where I store all these dishes, and the answer is in every nook and cranny I can find. One thing I do is change out the ones in the kitchen seasonally. The spring and summer colors occupy these spots in the lower dish drawer, and will change to the autumn colors in September. Off season dishes are stored in the basement on a bookshelf stuffed with tablescaping bits. Holiday dishes have their own cabinet in the den, that also doubles as a TV stand. My china and glassware, along with some depression glass and serving dishes are in the china hutch around the corner from the kitchen.
This biscotti jar was also a recent find at the Blue Ridge Humane Society thrift store, and will be nice on the apple inspired tables I like in September. I just realized that I have never shared my recipe for my biscotti that I give as gifts some years. I need to make some and share that this fall.
I’ve been harvesting in the garden too, and I’ll show you that soon. Fresh parsley has been making its way into lots of dishes.
I am currently in the process of designing for Autumn Jubilee, gathering sponsors for giveaways, and pulling things out of the stash for a studio sale. I have invited friends over for a shopping day next week for a first peek and preview sale, then I’ll be carting some of what is left to a friend’s home in September to participate in a neighborhood garage sale. I’ll keep her company and sell a few things of my own. I spent hours this week, pulling and culling, and I have a good start here. Household items, bird feeder, sewing notions, bits of this and that, crafting and tablescaping. Still to be added, stamp sets and paper goods. Sorry the picture is so dark, it was pouring rain when I took this shot. Oh, and the table is stuffed a lot fuller now.
Fabrics on bolts will be cut to length wanted. I only really need about 2 yards from each of the bolts I had to buy at Foust, so the rest will be offered for sale. Then there are other fabrics I have wound onto bolts since I had multiple yards of it, and haven’t used nearly all of it. Prices will run from $1-5 per yard, depending on what I paid. Pretty much I am selling at below what I paid, but I just have more than I will ever use.
Large 2-gallon size grab bags of scraps are on the longarm table on the backside, after hours of measuring and pulling out fat quarters, half yard pieces and yardage. The grab bags are sorted loosely into spring, fall and holiday collections, all $3 each.
I set up a cardboard folded mat to display more fabrics, all labeled with the length. There are quilting cottons, gabardines, corduroy, some silky fabrics, some home dec and a doggy tapestry. This was at the end of day one of pulling and pricing, I’ve had two more days since then to add to the sale.
I figure I’ll sell what I can, then whatever is left will be used in projects coming up. I still have two more shelves of fabrics to go through in the big closet. I am finding fat quarters tucked everywhere! Gathering them into baskets, they’ll be $1 each.
Now up to three baskets full, with some one yard cuts in a bin for easy shopping.
Then I’ll have books on sale too, Christmas books fill two shelves, and they will all be for sale.
Plus, I am going to go through my shelves of quilting and sewing books to cull out the majority of them. Now that I am designing my own, the books are never used anymore. So, most of these will be in the sale too. I guarantee, my selection will be better than the library sale! I’ll be pulling out patterns, magazines and duplicate notions too.
Batting for sale in small craft and table runner sizes, along with some large enough for lullaby quilts.
And here is the box on offer of rayon embroidery thread. I’ll have other specialty threads too. What doesn’t sell will go on Etsy, or another internet selling site.
So, that is what is going on around here. What is going on in your studio today?