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.
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.
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.
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.
So, that is what is going on around here. What is going on in your studio today?