4.27.2009

On a roll with my crafting

After all of my good luck thrifting in the past week, I spent time this weekend cutting fabric for a few of my upcoming projects. I was also able to sew my pillow covers for our bedroom.

Here's the set I sewed this weekend. I used the wool I bought from the Treasure Cottage Thrift Store - all together they cost under $10 for the two pillow fillers and covers...

I think they suit the felted wool pillow I did awhile back. Now I think I just need an accent pillow maybe in a baby blue picking up the flecks of blue in the wool fabric.

My big trip this week will be to Fabricland since they have 50% off of their wool and 40% off of everything else! I've set a limit of $30... It's exciting!

4.26.2009

Good week for thrifting!

I had a FAB week for thrifting. I work 3 days/week in North Vancouver around mid-Lonsdale - there are some great thrift stores on Lonsdale. One day I hit lower Lonsdale. I went to the Good Stuff Connection Thrift Shop (154 West 3rd Street) and the Salvation Army (241 Lonsdale Avenue). I found a lovely wool shawl for $4 at the Good Stuff Connection - it's purple with a subtle pattern. I've already felted it and cut it up. I can get three 18" x 18" pillow covers if I use a plain back. I've scoped out some wine coloured wool at Fabricland for the back. It's $33/metre so I'm holding out until it's 50% off, which should be sometime soon! I didn't find anything at the Salvation Army - usually you can track down neat finds at the North Vancouver location but not this time!

The next day I went to the Lions Gate Hospital Thrift Shop (128 West 15th Street). I found a felted wool toque that's light pink/light blue. It's a bit hideous as a toque but I think it'll prove to be quite fun as baby boots. I'll need to make some adjustments to the bootie pattern and extend the booties to boots. I also figure I have some wool remnants kicking around that I can also make into boots. I might as well use up all of the bits of felted wool I have! My stockpile of fabric is starting to become quite massive.

My final day in North Vancouver included a quick trip to Lonsdale Quay. I decided to stop by the Treasure Cottage Thrift Store (121 Lonsdale Avenue). I found 1.5 metres of wool fabric that's brown with specs of purple and baby blue in it. It was $5 for the piece so I bought it. I'm going to make two 18" x 18" pillow covers out of the fabric for our bed this weekend. I have a brown wool for the back. It'll go with the one pillow cover I'm keeping in the bedroom. I'm re-engineering some of the pillow covers I've made in the past for other projects.

Recent Garage Sale Finds...

What a weekend for garage sales! Spring has definitely sprung... Paul and I hit a bunch of sales this Saturday. I actually didn't find anything at the garage sales but I did get some great deals at the Happy Cat Haven. I bought two 18" x 18" pillow fillers in close to new condition for $1. I also got two floral pillows for our patio furniture. I paid $0.50 for both. I did well for $1.50!

Then we hit the flea market. Man was it BUSY! Unfortunately it's not the best place for deals although I did buy two 24" x 24" pillow fillers in close to new condition for $5.

Yesterday I cut fabric, prepped projects and hung out on our deck sewing. All in all a great day! Next I'll cut more fabric - I want to make some felt applique photo frames for friends. Plus I'll finish off my pillow covers for our bedroom. I'm really enjoying all of these projects.

Signing off for now... Next weekend brings more garage sales, thrifting and I even have a date to go to the dump. Good times!

4.11.2009

Garage sale season is fast approaching...

Recent Thrift Store Finds...

Yesterday we headed up to Roberts Creek for a couple of garage sales. I found nothing worthy - I was tempted but held off for something phenomenal. Paul managed to spend $4 on goodies. The Happy Cat Haven garage sale will be up and running soon - I can't wait! You can always find something there!

After the garage sales, I dropped by the Salvation Army. I bought this canvas wall hanging for $1.25. I'm going to reuse the 2 handles for felt applique wall organizers. I found a link via How About Orange for a wall organizer pattern. I'll probably use it as a base design then modify it. I'll use the canvas for making a bag. All in all it was a FAB deal for $1.25!

Yes - More Booties in the Making

I'm making my way through the pile of felted sweaters that have been designated for baby booties. I picked up some snazzy buttons from Walmart this week. I want to keep trying new things with the basic pattern I'm using.



4.05.2009

When not to felt

Recent Thrift Store Finds...

I bought a wool blanket this weekend from the Sally Ann for $2... At first glance it seemed like the perfect item for felting. I brought it home and liked it too much to cut up. Paul liked it too so then I definitely couldn't "destroy" it.

Craft Update

I cut up fabric yesterday. I've decided to use up a bunch of supplies before buying more since I'm getting overloaded. The Benetton sweater is proving to be fabulous for booties - below is my initial pair of booties from the sweater.

I am also using the sleeves from a felted sweater for booties. The sweater is a charcoal grey. I'll line it with black wool. The main body of the sweater was used for a pillow cover. For $5, I should be able to get a pillow cover plus 5 pairs of booties out of it. Not bad!