Saturday, April 6, 2013

Hula Hoop Rug (with suggestions and improvements)

Now that Spring is here, I've been considering snagging a tool for a tutorial that I'd pinned several months ago. That's's HULA HOOP SEASON! The hoops that I've seen at the dollar store are far too flimsy to hold up for my purpose, but I've spotted a few at other discount, craft, and hardware stores that seem to be sturdy enough to withstand use in this project. I think I may snag a $5 one at Michael's this weekend.

This tutorial on by

Goodwill Outlet Store in Appleton, Wisconsin that offer textiles and other materials at a flat rate per pound.

-Freecycle "want" posts: Since old clothing  IS something that will often end up in a landfill, it's something perfectly rational to ask for. Be forwarned though, practice good judgement when meeting other Freecyclers to pick up items. Most Freecyclers will leave their items out on their front porch/in their mailbox/by their front door for pick up. Entering a stranger's home is unwise.

-Group sourcing: While this is obvious, I'm going to mention it anyway. Let your co-workers/family/friends/etc know that you're collecting old shirts. If someone gives you a ton of discarded shirts, a nice "thank you" might be a rug of their own.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Sharing a quick shot of the pewter and Czech glass bracelet that I'd made last night. It'll be going off in the mail with my mom's birthday card this morning. I've been holding on to those leaves for a while and they seemed like the perfect beads for this simple piece.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Waiting for the flowers

Until actual flowers start blooming around here in Wisconsin, we'll have to settle for faux ones. These are some of the ones that I had made last October for El Dia de los Muertos. Want to make your own? Try this super easy tutorial:

Monday, April 1, 2013

Antiques and Uniques on Main (Waukesha, WI) 3/31/13

Since Sunday was a nice spring day, my lovely sidekick and I decided to venture out for the day. Grabbed some lunch, did the limited-due-to-it-being-Easter-errands, and ended up in downtown Waukesha. We were surprised to see that Antiques and Uniques on Main was open, so we stopped in.

One of the booths had some gorgeous vintage art supplies. So tempting. I absolutely didn't need them, but I did really want them.

This is what my partner wanted to bring home. (Not that I didn't, mind you.) She's circa 1977 and in working condition. I found more info and photographs here.

I wish I would have gotten a better look at the pinup calendar to the right of the machine. I've always really liked the Hilda drawings by Duane Bryers.

That's one happy Cylon...

Mr. Potato Head's friend, Oscar the Orange favored copstaches, guyliner, and snappy haberdashery. In a much less enlightened time, there were oft whispers as to the nature of the friendship between these chameleon dandies of the plastic patch...

Jingles' inability to respect personal boundaries made him less-than-successful with the ladies.

 What *DID* actually end up coming home with me?

In addition to some buttons that will end up in my stash for projects, I found this awesome doctor's bag for $25! It's leather and while it does have some wear, the flaws are easily repairable and kind of add to the charm. The previous owner's name is on the frame and I'm thinking about seal coating the label to preserve it.