Sunday, October 22, 2017

A little retail therapy

There is a large thrift store in the next town over that I used to love going to. The building they are in used to be a Publix supermarket so you can imagine how large it is. They have a holiday room, furniture section, clothing section, and a quite large craft room. I used to go and shop in the craft room every few weeks. I haven't been in a long time though so I asked my daughter if she wanted to go out and about with me. Of course she said yes. We always have a good time when we go out. 

This time I wasn't impressed. Yes, they had a lot of craft supplies like ribbons, beads, cross stitch, and tables of fabric but the prices were not very good. I know it's for a charity and I'm fine paying a reasonable price but when they have things from Dollar Tree and are charging $1.50 I'm not impressed. I'm not going to pay $2.50 for an old looking maybe partial skein of Redheart yarn. 

There was a lot of little girl bow making supplies like ribbons and iron on decorations. I did find these cute mustache and Hello Kitty ribbons. I haven't opened them to see how long the ribbons are but there are 3 packs of ribbon in each bundle for $1. 

What made it totally worth the trip was these three Smurf glasses I stumbled upon. I have always LOVED the Smurfs. I used to watch the cartoons every week and I've seen the movies a few times each. I believe these glasses were from a Hardee's promotion back in the 80's. I know we had a full set when I lived at home but they weren't mine so I wasn't able to take them when I moved out after high school. No matter. I have these now. Papa, Smurfette, Brainy, and Clumsy were my favorite. I remember there was one that had Gargamel and Azrael on it too. I loved the 80's lol. I now have Papa, Clumsy, and Baker Smurf. I'll just have to keep an eye out for the rest. With a little Google research I see that there were 8 glasses in total (1983) and they had Papa, Gargamel/Azrael, Jokey (another fave), Smurfette, Grouchy, Brainy, Lazy, and Hefty. I guess I can say that those 8/9 were all favorite characters of mine. I do think there were a few others from 1982 but maybe they were from somewhere other than Hardee's.  I have a few little figurines and I used to have a stuffed toy at one point too. I've been slowly collecting Smurf memorabilia. While the new movies are wonderful to watch I prefer the way the original Smurfs looked. The new ones are still recognizable as Smurfs but with modern technology they have changed a bit but that's okay. 

McDonald's, Hardee's, and Burger King among others have done several glass promotions over the years. I came across this site that shows the 13 best novelty glasses from the 80's. Or so they say. Either way it was fun to see the list. We had many of them lol.

After thrift shopping we hit the stores. I didn't buy anything exciting (cleaning supplies, chips, etc.) from the first two stores but I did find somethings at Walmart. I wanted to get back into knitting stuffed animals but I wanted some of the new crazy yarn from Redheart. This yarn stripes nicely for hats so I think they will be fun for stuffies.

I also found some fat quarters to add to the stash. This is how they are packaged.

 They're pretty nice when opened up too.

I don't have much Fall fabrics so these were a nice find.

This is the one that surprised me. The picture on the label of the folded fat quarter was a bit small and my eyes are bit old so I didn't realize that it would be this one large picture. I thought it maybe had a bunch of the "S" symbol all over the blues. Nope. I'm not sure what I will make from this. Maybe a pillow? The center of a wall hanging?  I guess it will rest in the stash until I figure out what to do with it.

What was your best thrift store garage sale find?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Talk To Me Tuesday (TTMT #13) October 17, 2017

Tuesday has come around once again in the blink of an eye. I have a new TTMT video up on my RsIslandCrafts YouTube channel.  If you want to see what the rest of the Tuesday bunch is up to you can see their videos on the TTMT blog.

I finally have a fully finished Halloween Hop wall hanging!!!  WooHoo!  I don't remember when I bought this kit but it has been a few years. I cut out the bones and fused them down last year or maybe the year before. This year I was determined to get him finished. I guess making videos for TTMT and YouTube have given me that extra push that I need. 

I did a basic free motion meander for the quilting using black thread in the center and green in the borders. The binding is the same fabric as the borders because I liked the way the piece flowed. The pattern recommended black binding but I felt that it made an abrupt stop like a picture in a frame. This way felt like it flowed better but that just might be me and since it's mine I get to choose, right? lol

It's hard to get a picture of something glowing but you can kinda see how it glows. The bones aren't just straight up white. They have what I think of as a jungle leaf print which is why the glowing picture looks a bit mottled. Trust me, he looks awesome in person.

I had so much fun making this wall hanging. I think Bartie needs a girlfriend but that might be for another year. Now to dig in the wip bin and see what I can finish next.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Key Fobs

I've been fighting trying to get pictures from my phone to either the desktop or Chromebook. While going through some of the pics that did get transferred I found this picture. I don't think I showed you these. A few weeks ago I went on a normal for me sewing session and made a bunch of key fobs. I made wrist straps and finger straps. I like the shorter finger straps for all those discount cards the stores hand out nowadays. I don't like keeping them in my wallet and they tend to disappear in the bottom of my purse. I like to keep a basket of these on hand for quick gifts or little tuck ins. Some of these have already been given away so I see another sewing session in my near future.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Halloween Hexi Table Toppers

While wandering on around Pinterest recently I came across some hexagon table toppers. I thought they looked really neat so I had to make one... or four lol. I had so much fun making these that I could make a dozen more and probably will.

This one is for my house but you can find the rest in my RsIslandCrafts ArtFire shop. I can't keep them all especially since we don't have any tables lol. I will hang ours on the wall probably.

I like this back but I wish it glowed in the dark. That would be fun even it is on a table and you wouldn't be able to see it. I would know it's there and peek all the time.

I used one Halloween jelly roll that I've had for quite some time for all the Halloween fabric hexie toppers. I really like the lime green, purple, orange combo. I really think these toppers would look great with a big chunky candle in the center. I can picture an orange chunky candle on this one.

I think this is my favorite backing fabric out of all the Halloween hexie toppers. I love pumpkins and so cute with purple witch's hats.

I wasn't sure how a striped hexie topper  would look but I like this one too. This one reminds me of witch's hats. I think it's the stripes messing with my eyes but it's fun

  I've also been hoarding this backing fabric for awhile. Little Halloween badges with cats, bats, and pumpkins oh my!

I had a mini jelly roll sampler from Connecting Threads that I purchased in 2009/2010. I've told y'all I had some old stash to work through before I could restock the stash. lol I love how bright this Springtime topper turned out. Wouldn't this one look sweet with a little Easter bunny and basket in the center? I chose the green backing because it reminds me of grass.

If you're interested in knowing how I made these hexagon table toppers I did do a Sew With Me video over on my YouTube channel. I stitched what I like to call the With's Hat topper in that video.