Thursday, February 20, 2014

My Thrift Haul

Well my dear readers, it sure doesn't feel like winter around here. We've been having highs in the 50s and 60s. It feels more like fall. Not that I mind since I like Fall but I also love winter. I guess cold weather is more my cup of tea. As long as I don't have to drive in it or go out in it much.

The last couple of weeks have seen me finish a one piece shrug for my mom. I finished it over a week ago but I'm not quite sure I'm happy with it. It looks fine and I finished it well, but something about it bothers me. Maybe it's just the style that I personally don't like I guess I'll have to see how my mom likes it. If  she doesn't, Ill just unravel it and make something else.

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Here's a WIP photo. I love the color my mom picked out. It's a a worsted yarn with varying  shades of brown and burgundy. I've got to knitting projects in the books right now. I'm knitting my youngest nephew a green hooded raglan sweater. I found a great pattern on Ravelry. It's easy to understand and easy to knit. After that, I'm knitting my aunt a capelet. She's turning 60 next month and my mom thought ld like it. I also want to make her a monogram pillow. Only time will tell if I have enough time.

In my last post, I showed everyone my awesome blue rose skirt. I really liked the skirt but decide to make it into a dress. I added the bodice with a sweetheart neckline and halter top straps. I was going to wear it to our anniversary dinner (last week was our 3 year anniversary). Unfotunately it rained all weekend. I had to change my outfit plans. I have issues with my tonsils so anytime it's windy and wet I have to be bundled up.

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Here's a close up of the print and before photo of the skirt. I didn't always add linings to my dresses but I try to now. It gives it such a great finished look.

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 A close up of the bodice neckline and halter straps. I finally found a pattern for the straps that look nice and sit flush. Oh, can I just say how much I love under-stitching! It is so wonderful. It gives your clothes a smooth finished look without having to top stitch.

The Mr. went out of town today for work so that means one thing: I get the truck. I have been up since 5am so, yeah, I definitely had coffee. I went out to the thrift store earlier today and scored big.  Sometimes it seems like there is nothing good out there but not today.

The first piece I found was this vintage 1950s Paule Mage sweater. It's an all wool sweater handmade in Denmark and, best of all, it fits me! I can't close it over my boobs but it'll make a great addiction to my collection. There's minimal piling and no holes or tears.

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I never find good jewelry at this thrift store. Sweaters, shoes, purses, magazine and fabric: yes, but never jewelry. I lucked out big time today.

Here's this awesome vintage nuts and seeds charm bracelet. I love charm bracelet but most of the time they are too small for me. This one fits perfectly and is in great condition. I think it maybe form the 1950s or 1960s. So happy with this purchase.
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As happy as I am with my charm bracelet this made my day. It's a Bakelite and wood bangle in great condition. It tested positive with the Simichrome so I know it's authentic. I got it for a great price and will be selling it. I would love to keep it but unfortunately, it's too small for my hand.

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Gorgeous side A
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Side B
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My last trip to the thrift store was a good one. I bought a couple of pairs of vintage shoes. One for men and one for women.

I love the look of vintage bowling shoes. These are pretty nice. They fit me but I figure some lucky guy can wear them out.

I only wish these beauties were in my size. I looks like they maybe a size 7 which I haven;t worn since I was 11. They are a pair of 1950s boudoir slippers with black rabbit fur accents. The puffy ball is the best.
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How stinkin' cute is this 1950s shot glass? It always amazes me when vintage glassware makes it for such a long time. The gold rim is a little faded but the lion and giraffe look great.
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I've been battling a sinus headache for a couple of days now. It's annoying and bothersome especially since I hate taking medicine more than I need too. It's been very dry too which hasn't helped. Hopefully, we'll get some more rain or snow to help us out.

I leave you with the lovely Hydrangeas my husband got me for our anniversary. Beautiful color. Hopefully, I won't kill it. I'm not too good with potted plants outside of succulents. I hope everyone has a fantastic week.
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